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MSNBC.com Wildly Spins: 'Obama Approval Ratings Turn Around'
NewsBusters.org ^ | January 9, 2014 | Ken Shepherd

Posted on 01/09/2014 5:55:22 PM PST by Kaslin

"Obama approval ratings turn around," exulted the msnbc.com landing page headline for Traci G. Lee's January 9 story, "Positive start to 2014 for Obama: poll."

Lee set about spinning the results of the latest Quinnipiac Poll, which shows President Obama sitting atop a 41 percent approval rating, up from a low of 38 percent in December, but still a net negative approval rating. Lee used the slight uptick in approval as a springboard to forecast that the president's economically liberal spending agenda could change his and his party's fortunes (emphasis mine):

Obama is likely to use his upcoming State of the Union address this month to set a positive tone for this crucial midterm election year. As Congress returns to Washington, the Obama administration has the opportunity at the start of the year to push key agenda items that would curry favor among his Democratic base–namely, raising the federal minimum wage and extending unemployment insurance benefits for millions, two issues that voters are in favor of, according to the Quinnipiac poll.

The Senate on Tuesday advanced a short-term extension of federal unemployment benefits, passing the ball to the House where Speaker John Boehner has already expressed hesitation.

“One month ago, I personally told the White House that another extension of temporary emergency unemployment benefits should not only be paid for but include something to help put people back to work. To date, the president has offered no such plan,” Boehner said.

Meanwhile, House Republicans are continuing their attack on the Affordable Care Act, and hoping to tie Democratic candidates this year to the botched rollout of Healthcare.gov.

“These Democrats repeated the lie that people could keep their health care plans under ObamaCare,” Republican National Committee chair Reince Priebus said in a statement regarding the RNC’s new attack ads. “Cancelled plans and increased premiums prove they cannot be trusted to keep their promises.”

The Quinnipiac poll shows that an overwhelming majority of Republicans continue to disapprove of the president’s approach to health care, with 93% polled expressing disapproval.

Yes, and the same poll showed a whopping 2/3rds of independents opposing the president on the health care issue. What's more, there's plenty to worry Democrats in the same poll, but Lee ignored those numbers.

The top three issues of concern for poll respondents were the economy, the deficit, and health care, all of which President Obama is heavily underwater in approval ratings from independent voters. Republicans and Democrats will largely rally around the party, of course, but independents will be key, and right now it looks like they'll skew to the GOP.

Another troubling item for President Obama is the response to the question, "Do you think that in general the Obama administration has been competent in running the government, or don't you think so?" Some 17 percent of Democrats answered yes --it should be troubling to the Obama team that it's in the double digits -- as did a whopping 59 percent of independents.

Of course, President Obama is not on the ballot but his Democratic supporters in Congress are, and the poll numbers there are also not good for the president and his allies. As Quinnipiac noted in a news release:

The 2014 congressional races are tied as 38 percent of American voters say they would back a Republican candidate, while 37 percent would back a Democrat.

Voters want Republicans to take the U.S. Senate 46 - 42 percent, with independent voters going for the GOP 45 - 40 percent. Looking at the House of Representatives, 46 percent want Republicans to keep control and 44 percent want Democratic control.

Those aren't wildly encouraging numbers for Republicans, but they are nonetheless encouraging, especially when you consider the poll shows roughly 4 out of 10 voters saying their congressman's vote against hiking the minimum wage or extending unemployment benefits would not influence their decision this November.

Conservatives might take courage from numbers like these that standing their ground on these issues is not a losing issue.

One last thing: the sample size of this poll was 28 percent Democratic, 26 percent Republican, and 37 percent independent, a Democrat +2 advantage. This is the midterm cycle in the second term of an unpopular Democratic president, so it would be surprising to see this be a strong Democratic turnout year.

Of course November is a long ways off, and there's a lot that could change. But it seems to me the Lean Forward network is only interested in spinning heavily to "reset" the narrative from President Obama's dreadful fourth quarter of 2013.



TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: 0bamacare; 0bamawatch; 2014congessional; barack0bama; healthcare; liv; mediabiasdebate; medicalinsurance; obamapoll; onlinemedia; pmsnbc; polling; shortmemory

1 posted on 01/09/2014 5:55:23 PM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

But the media doesn’t carry Obastard’s water. (spit)


2 posted on 01/09/2014 5:58:07 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (The War on Drugs has been used as an excuse to steal your rights. Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: Kaslin

They’ve done a complete 360!!!


3 posted on 01/09/2014 5:59:47 PM PST by ClearCase_guy
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To: Kaslin

It’s weird how a two week vacation in Hawaii taken by the Kenyan freeloader and paid for by the taxpayers can make the unwashed masses come together and adore him again.


4 posted on 01/09/2014 6:00:51 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (If you like your ObamaCare, you can keep your ObamaCare. I'll pass. PERIOD!)
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To: Kaslin

0bama: Now considered several centimeters above whale poop.


5 posted on 01/09/2014 6:02:43 PM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: Kaslin

Oh Goodie, so now Obama is loved as much as Ariel Castro..but according to MSNBC that would be a good thing


6 posted on 01/09/2014 6:07:34 PM PST by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Kaslin
Lol! And ironically to get that whopping 3% boost in approval Obama had to disappear and go on vacation for three weeks.

The best thing he could do for himself and the democrats is stay on vacation until after the November elections....

7 posted on 01/09/2014 6:08:10 PM PST by apillar
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To: Kaslin

You GO Barry~!!!

(no, really.... please go)


8 posted on 01/09/2014 6:09:43 PM PST by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period.)
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To: Kaslin
Sunday...One of the Dem media said....no problem if he turns his numbers around.

Voila!!

9 posted on 01/09/2014 6:16:17 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: Kaslin

Did MSNBC explain what happened between a month ago and now that would account for such a turnaround? His vacation face? Golf scores?


10 posted on 01/09/2014 6:19:12 PM PST by skeeter
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To: Blood of Tyrants

Naw, no way /sarcasm>


11 posted on 01/09/2014 6:24:51 PM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

It’s called a spin


12 posted on 01/09/2014 6:25:32 PM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin
Look, maybe his ratings have really turned around. Why fight a spin war over it?

I think the majority of Americans think the guy is the greatest thing since Superman. Heck, a sizable majority think he literally is Superman. We really shouldn't lie to ourselves about it if it's true.

Obama and ObamaCare are not diseases. They are symptoms of a disease.

13 posted on 01/09/2014 6:29:33 PM PST by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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14 posted on 01/09/2014 6:33:41 PM PST by RedMDer (Happy with this, America? Make your voices heard. 2014 is just around the corner. ~ Sarah Palin)
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To: Kaslin

Americans’ disapproval has tapered off? What more could you aspire to?


15 posted on 01/09/2014 6:33:52 PM PST by John W (Viva Cristo Rey!)
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To: Kaslin

If Obama’s poll number was -5%, the media would spin it that make his ratings look like he is at +110%.


16 posted on 01/09/2014 6:36:20 PM PST by ExCTCitizen (2014theyearofdeadRINOs)
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To: Kaslin

turn a zero any which way you want to and it’s still zero


17 posted on 01/09/2014 6:52:34 PM PST by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: bigbob

Exactly


18 posted on 01/09/2014 6:56:06 PM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: ExCTCitizen

well they are right. That arrogant, lazy, lying pos occupant of the Spite House is a 110% disaster


19 posted on 01/09/2014 6:58:39 PM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin

Are they on drugs at MSNBC?

Yes, they are definitely on drugs.


20 posted on 01/09/2014 7:00:08 PM PST by Bullish (America should yank Obama like a rotten tooth before he poisons the entire body)
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To: skeeter

Numbers rigging is my guess.


21 posted on 01/09/2014 7:15:48 PM PST by funfan
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To: Kaslin

22 posted on 01/09/2014 7:46:27 PM PST by UCANSEE2 (I forgot what my tagline was supposed to say)
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To: Kaslin

When did MSNBNASTY ever broadcast the fact that Obama’s
poll number was down to 37 percent? As far as the 17 clowns
who watch that nutwork ever knew Obama is still somewhere
around 65%. That he is “up” to 41 percent must be a shocker.


23 posted on 01/09/2014 10:20:05 PM PST by Sivad (NorCal red turf)
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To: Sivad

Well, the only reason his poll numbers are low is because Americans are racists.

And the fact that poverty, unemployment, cost of food and gas are worse now under Obama is because of that awful financial crisis caused by Bush.

It wasn’t Obama’s fault that the health care computers didn’t work. He didn’t even know about the problems until after the launch.

It is terrible how poorly Americans treat this man.

For more check out my blog: The Obama Clarifier for timely updates on the idiocracy of the Obama Administration. http://obamaclarifier.blogspot.com


24 posted on 01/09/2014 10:33:42 PM PST by garjog (Obama: making the world safe for Sharia.)
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To: Kaslin

Obama remains to be the #1 “back dooring” president of all time, and will likely be forever.


25 posted on 01/12/2014 5:41:33 PM PST by Huskerfan44 (Huskerfan44 (22 Yr, Navy Vet))
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