WSJ: Public Confidence in Obama Dropping

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that confidence in Obama is rapidly dropping. Obama’s numbers have now dropped to the point that they are lower than President Bush in this point in 2001. His net approval rating was as low as +6% this week according to Rasmussen. The article points out multiple signs of trouble in the polling data:

  • A third strongly disapprove of Obama’s performance.
  • Obama has lost nearly all Republican support and a large portion of Independant support.
  • Support is dropping more rapidly than other Presidents of the 20th and 21st centuries.
  • 83% are concerned Obama’s policies will not improve the economy.
  • 82% are worried about the growing deficit.
  • 78% are concerned about inflation.
  • 69% are worried about Government’s increasing role in the economy.
  • Less should have been spent on the stimulus according to a 3-to-1 margin.
  • Obama’s budget is opposed by a 46% to 41% margin.
  • Voters reject Pelosi’s idea of a second stimulus by a 2-to-1 margin.
  • The feeling is that the mortgage bailout will unfairly benefit the irresponsible by 48% to 36%.
  • 45% do not have confidence in the direction Obama is taking.
  • Less than half suport increasing taxes for expanded health-insurance (17% less support than 1993).
  • Only 20% support the most recent bank bailout.

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Written by admin on March 13, 2009

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Americans Losing Confidence in Congress

Another interesting poll from Rasmussen:

67% trust their judgment more than the average member of Congress. Even more surprising 44% think a group of people randomly selected from the phone book could address the nation’s problems better than Congress! Only 37% disagree with them. This does not bode well for the Democrats so early into holding majorities in the House, Senate, and Presidency.

It is clear that the stimulus package is starting to take a toll on the Democrats.  Public support is falling not only for the package, but for the party that is pushing it.  The “bold and swift action” that Obama is pressing for could end up expensive if an equally swift economic reaction does not result from its passing.

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Written by admin on February 11, 2009

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Only 20% Want Stimulus Passed As Is

Rasmussen released a poll showing that only 20% want the stimulus plan passed as it stands today.  62% actually believe that more tax cuts should be added to the plan and the spending should be cut.  Only 14% believe that there should be more spending in the plan and less tax cuts.

If ever there was a clear message that the public believes Conservatism is the answer to the economy, this is it!

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Written by admin on February 10, 2009


Presidential Poll Accuracy Revealed

Fordham has provided this list of polls and their accuracy compared to the real election.  As expected, the polls overestimated Democratic support, but only by 1.37 percent.  23 polls overestimated Obama’s strength, only 4 polls overestimated McCain’s.  Rasmussen and Pew got the election spot on!

The List
1(T). Rasmussen (11/1-3)
1(T). Pew (10/29-11/1)
3. YouGov/Polimetrix (10/18-11/1)
4. Harris Interactive (10/20-27)
5. GWU (Lake/Tarrance) (11/2-3)
6(T). Diageo/Hotline (10/31-11/2)
6(T). ARG (10/25-27)
8(T). CNN (10/30-11/1)
8(T). Ipsos/McClatchy (10/30-11/1)
10. (D)/Research 2000 (11/1-3)
11. AP/Yahoo/KN (10/17-27)
12. Democracy Corps (D) (10/30-11/2)
13. FOX (11/1-2)
14. Economist/YouGov (10/25-27)
15. IBD/TIPP (11/1-3)
16. NBC/WSJ (11/1-2)
17. ABC/Post (10/30-11/2)
18. Marist College (11/3)
19. CBS (10/31-11/2)
20. Gallup (10/31-11/2)
21. Reuters/ C-SPAN/ Zogby (10/31-11/3)
22. CBS/Times (10/25-29)
23. Newsweek (10/22-23)

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Written by admin on November 6, 2008


Exit Polling and State Calls Favoring Obama

New Mexico has just been called for Obama.  With Pennsylvania going early to Obama, numbers are looking worse for McCain.

It appears that my early instincts on the states to watch were correct.  At this point, if McCain loses Virginia, Ohio, Florida, Missouri, or Colorado, it will be safe to call this race.

On the Senate side of things, the Democrats have only picked up 3 seats so far.  It appears that they won’t be able to hit that filibuster-proof number of 60 barring a miracle.

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Written by admin on November 4, 2008

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