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  • Weíre number two: Pew poll shows atheists are Americaís second-least popular religious group

    07/16/2014 8:23:00 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 69 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/16/2014 | AllahPundit
    Good news for Obama, I guess. The group he actually secretly belongs to is slightly more popular than the group his harshest critics accuse him of secretly belonging to. Jews, Catholics and evangelical Christians are viewed warmly by the American public. When asked to rate each group on a ¬ďfeeling thermometer¬Ē ranging from 0 to 100 ¬Ė where 0 reflects the coldest, most negative possible rating and 100 the warmest, most positive rating ¬Ė all three groups receive an average rating of 60 or higher (63 for Jews, 62 for Catholics and 61 for evangelical Christians). And 44% of...
  • Putin's tough stance burnishes his image

    03/27/2014 8:11:38 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 36 replies
    CS Monitor ^ | 03/27/2014 | Fred Weir
    Nina Moreyeva, a Moscow resident who lives on a pension, doesn't agree with the widespread perception in the West that Russian President Vladimir Putin has been too muscular in his actions in Ukraine. Quite the opposite. She believes Russia had the right to annex the Ukrainian territory of Crimea Ė even if it meant going to war with Kiev. "Crimea is deep in our history," she says. "I have never accepted that it was given to Ukraine" by former Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev in 1954. Nor is she worried about the West imposing sanctions. "Russia shouldn't be under anyone's thumb,"...
  • CARSON: Political correctness and the slavery of Obamacare

    03/19/2014 9:06:56 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 27 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 18, 2014 | Ben S. Carson
    Speech taboos are meant to silence patriotic dissentWhen I was in high school in Detroit, there was a great deal of emphasis on clothing. As I became increasingly interested in fitting in with the ďin crowd,Ē fashion supplanted academic achievement in my hierarchy of importance. My grades plummeted and I became a person who was less pleasant and more self-absorbed. My mother was very disappointed, because she thought I had enough insight and intelligence to avoid the flypaper trap of acting like everyone else. Fortunately, after wasting a year pursuing acceptance, I realized that my dreams went far beyond silk...
  • Poll: The least popular senator in America isÖ

    03/06/2014 1:48:52 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/06/2014 | AllahPundit
    To clarify, he’s the least popular incumbent in his home state among the many states that PPP has polled this year. This is a survey of Arizona, not of the entire U.S., in case that makes a difference to you. And maybe it should: A former national nominee would probably poll better nationally, based on pure name recognition (and maybe some sympathy for his defeat), than he might among locals who are following his Senate votes day to day.But let’s not let the fine print spoil this. At last, my friends, people of all partisan stripes have found something they...
  • (Michelle) Obama On Being Booed: "The Truth Is We Got A Lot More Cheers" (they really are popular)

    11/30/2013 5:34:36 PM PST · by Zakeet · 60 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | November 29, 2013
    <p>BARBARA WALTERS: I know that by now, you both have fairly thick skins. But when you hear your husband being booed, the president, at a recent basketball game, how do you feel?</p>
  • Nancy Pelosi quietly raises popularity rating; poll respondents are not so sweet on politicians

    08/06/2013 5:25:25 PM PDT · by Libloather · 16 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 8/05/13 | Stephen Dinan
    Whatís Nancy Pelosi doing right? While the other top congressional leaders are fading, the House minority leader and former speaker is on the rise, according to the latest Quinnipiac University Thermometer poll, which shows the California Democrat is gaining popularity as one of the nationís top political figures. **SNIP** While Democrats give her a 64.2 percent warmth rating, the best among the four leaders, self-identified Republicans score her at 19.8, the lowest of the group.
  • Reuters: Louisiana Governor Jindal's popularity slumps after bold tax plan

    04/07/2013 7:27:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Reuters ^ | 04/06/2013 | Stephanie Grace
    (Reuters) - Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, one of the nation's most prominent Republicans and a possible 2016 presidential candidate, has fallen out of favor with local voters, and his bold plan to scrap the state income tax is running into trouble. Jindal was re-elected to a second term with two-thirds of the vote in 2011. But his Louisiana approval rating was down to 38 percent in a recent poll, worse than Democratic President Barack Obama in one of the most conservative states. The poll suggested voters think he is spending more time traveling outside the state and burnishing his credentials...
  • Justin Bieber lands 7th place on '50 most popular women on web' list (Sarah 18th, Michelle 21)

    04/06/2013 5:39:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Lady Gaga has been named as the most popular women on web. COED Magazine has compiled a list based on Google search results, sporting some surprises-Justin Bieber comes in at No. 7, ABC News reported. The list also includes Washington's famous women like former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin at No. 18, first lady Michelle Obama at No. 21 and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at No. 32. Here are the top 50: 1. Lady Gaga 2. Kesha 3. Madonna 4. Beyoncť 5. Rihanna 6. Britney Spears 7. Justin Bieber 8. Miley Cyrus 9. Paris Hilton 10. Avril Lavigne....
  • President Obamaís popularity surges to three-year high (From Washington Post)

    01/30/2013 12:09:15 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 01/30/2013 | Scott Clement and Aaron Blake
    President Obama is riding a wave of personal popularity into his second term, with his highest favorability ratings since his first year in office, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.Fully 60 percent of Americans have a favorable impression of Obama in the new poll, up slightly from October but a clear shift in opinion from an election year in which his ratings hovered in the mid-to-low 50s. And by 39 percent to 26 percent, the president now has more ‚Äústrongly‚ÄĚ positive ratings than strongly negative reviews, breaking a two-year stretch in which intense opposition was on par...
  • Andrea Mitchell Confounded By NRA's 'Surprising' popularity in New Poll - 41%

    01/21/2013 5:36:33 AM PST · by Quester · 22 replies
    Newsbusters.org ^ | January 18, 2013 | 12:47 | Scott Whitlock
    A perplexed Andrea Mitchell on Thursday highlighted a new NBC poll finding high favorability numbers for the National Rifle Association, results she deemed "surprising." The veteran journalist proclaimed: "The NRA brand has been fairly toxic in many of the debates, the gun debates especially since Newtown, but their membership base is broad and deep." One reason the brand has been "toxic" is because of relentlessly negative coverage from reporters. Yet, NBC political editor Mark Murray explained, "Despite a lot of the criticism the NRA has received in the month after the Newtown shootings, the NRA has a 41 percent favorable...
  • Pop Culture Presidency (what impact does personality have on the electorate)

    11/09/2012 1:45:43 PM PST · by NYer · 12 replies
    Splendor of Truth ^ | November 9, 2012 | Jeff Miller
    After election analysis can be interesting, but when it comes from the same people who got the pre-election analysis wrong it should be taken with many grains of salt. After election reactions can also be rather elitist. I know it is easy to want to disparage those who voted against a supported candidate in a ‚ÄúHow dare you‚ÄĚ tone. Political junkies kind of expect everybody else to be political junkies.Still I was trying to understand the dynamics of this election and was not really finding a key to understanding it. I was listening to Al Kresta and he said something...
  • Barack Obama (D-Lame Duck)

    11/05/2012 12:00:15 PM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 5, 2012 | Dan Holler
    Regardless of the outcome of Tuesdayís presidential election, Barack Obama will immediately become a lame duck. That is not to say he will be powerless, but he will never again have to face the wrath of American voters. Even if Mitt Romney prevails tomorrow (which I think he will), President Obama will have 75 days to ram through any number of economically destructive regulations and executive orders. Make no mistake, an aggressive administration can push things across the finish line in the waning days regardless of their popularity; and that is especially true of this administration. Prior to the election,...
  • Why the Obama Bubble Still Hasnít Burst

    10/08/2012 3:21:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 8, 2012 | Star Parker
    Can there be political bubbles like financial bubbles? Financial bubbles, inflated by hopes and dreams, burst when reality negates any possibility that those hopes and dreams will be realized. At that point, sky high stock or bond or real estate prices come crashing down to earth. Can the same thing happen in politics? Can a skilled politician, who has become popular with soaring rhetoric and promises, deflate when it starts becoming clear that he is not going to deliver? Of course, I am thinking about our president. Mitt Romney demonstrated in the first presidential debate that the considerable gap between...
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz's Popularity Takes a Nosedive

    09/15/2012 6:09:30 AM PDT · by Libloather · 29 replies
    Sunshine State News ^ | 9/14/12 | Nancy Smith
    Debbie Wasserman Schultz's Popularity Takes a NosediveBy: Nancy Smith | Posted: September 14, 2012 3:55 AM **SNIP** Problems for the DNC chair began the week of the Republican National Convention in Tampa. In a fundraising letter Wasserman Schultz claimed that GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney had directly intervened in the writing of the partyís platform on policies regarding abortion. The letter quotes its source as the Los Angeles Times, but as many media outlets and fact checkers have since pointed out, the supporting claims were misquoted and misrepresented in the article to which Wasserman Schultz was referring. ďDo you at...
  • Poll: George W. Bush is gaining in popularity

    06/27/2012 5:16:21 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/27/2012 | Erikas Johnsen
    I've always thought that history is going to be kind to President George W. Bush. While that whole "compassionate conservatism" thing and its derivative policies drive me nuts (what does that imply ... that I'm otherwise not compassionate? False, ugh!), I think his humility and good-faith efforts will eventually earn him much more widespread respect than he received when he was in office.Despite President Obama's best attempts at a no-holds-barred blame-Bush approach --- from continued economic doldrums to Fast and Furious gunwalking tactics, there seems to be no problem that President Obama didn't "inherit" --- it appears that Americans are...
  • (France's Socialist president FranÁois) Hollande's popularity falls slightly: poll

    06/24/2012 1:47:23 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sat Jun 23, 2012 3:50pm EDT | (Reporting By Muriel Boselli; Editing by Myra MacDonald)
    French President FranÁois Hollande's popularity has fallen by two percentage points to 59 percent, a poll published on the Journal du Dimanche's website showed on Saturday. The survey by pollster Ipsos was conducted between June 14 and June 22, a few days before and after the second round on June 17 of France's parliamentary election, which gave a large victory to Hollande's Socialist Party. Hollande's prime minister Jean-Marc Ayrault had an approval rating of 65 percent, unchanged on the previous. Ö
  • Obamaís Falling Personal Popularity Ė Dick Morris TV: Lunch Alert!(video)

    04/30/2012 12:51:28 PM PDT · by Signalman · 12 replies
    Dick Morris ^ | 4/30/2012 | Dick Morris
    Dear Friend, In this video commentary, I discuss how Obamaís job approval has fallen for four years, but his personal favorability has stayed high. Not anymore. Now itís crashing too. Tune in!
  • Sarah Palin is More Popular than Any Republican Presidential Candidate

    03/25/2012 7:52:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 70 replies · 8+ views
    PR News Web ^ | March 25, 2012 | Wana L. Duhart
    Author, Wana Duhart's case study explains Sarah Palinís appeal among Conservatives and Republicans. The contention among the Republican candidates continues to rise as they fight to position themselves as the true front runner. Although Mitt Romney continues to hold a lead over Rick Santorum, according to Public Policy Polling, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin remains the favorite among Republican Party voters. "People, Politics, and Profits: The Ties that Bind Main Street, the Beltway, and Wall Street," an essay written by Wana L. Duhart, provides a case study that explains the emergence and appeal of Sarah Palin and why she remains...
  • Reid: New poll on presidentís popularity is Ďmeaninglessí (OH?)

    03/13/2012 4:30:07 PM PDT · by Libloather · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/13/12 | Mike Lillis
    Reid: New poll on presidentís popularity is ĎmeaninglessíBy Mike Lillis - 03/13/12 04:13 PM ET Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Tuesday dismissed a new poll finding that President Obamaís approval rating has plunged in recent weeks. The Nevada Democrat said the survey ó a joint effort between The New York Times and CBS News ó is ďflawedĒ and ďmeaningless,Ē suggesting that all public polls are misleading. ďThis poll is so meaningless,Ē Reid told reporters at his weekly press briefing in the Capitol. ďIt is trying to give the American people an idea of what 300 million people feel by...
  • Obama says it's "not as trendy to be an Obama supporter" today compared to '08

    10/25/2011 8:58:40 PM PDT · by martosko · 24 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 10/25/2011 | Nicholas Ballasy
    President Barack Obama told an audience in San Francisco Tuesday that the famous ďhopeĒ poster, popular during his 2008 campaign for president, is ďkind of fadedĒ and that itís ďnot as trendy to be an Obama supporterĒ today as it was during his first run for the White House. ďWeíve made a lot of change, but weíve got a lot more work to do,Ē he told an audience during a campaign event at the W Hotel in San Francisco, California. ďAnd I know that Iím now a little grayer. You know, and itís not as trendy to be an Obama...
  • Obama's likability is keeping him afloat

    09/24/2011 9:22:35 AM PDT · by thecodont · 65 replies
    Associated Press via SFGate.com ^ | Saturday, September 24, 2011 | By KRISTEN WYATT, Associated Press
    09-24) 06:25 PDT DENVER (AP) -- People like Christine Alonzo are keeping President Barack Obama afloat and giving his political team hope that he can win re-election despite high unemployment and sour attitudes about his policies and the country's future. Alonzo volunteered for Obama during the 2008 campaign. A few months after Obama's victory, she lost her job. She's still looking for work. Instead of blaming Obama for the economic crisis, she's volunteering full time to help him capture a second term. Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2011/09/24/national/a062218D89.DTL#ixzz1Yt5KLq6S
  • Osama Killing Largely Unmourned

    05/07/2011 6:48:05 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 16 replies · 1+ views
    IPS News ^ | 05/04/11 | Ashfaq Yusufzai
    Osama Killing Largely Unmourned By Ashfaq Yusufzai ABBOTTABAD, Pakistan, May 4, 2011 (IPS) - Three days since the death of Al-Qaeda chief and U.S. public enemy No. 1 Osama bin Laden, there are no public demonstrations to protest his killing, nor are there any other displays of anger or grief in this country of 170 million where he once enjoyed tremendous support. Instead, the aftermath of bin Laden's assassination in a 40-minute air assault by U.S. Special Forces Sunday night brought to the spotlight the dwindling popularity of bin Laden, who was once regarded as the leader of the Muslim...
  • Wall Street Journal/NBC: Palin approval at -28%

    04/07/2011 12:52:21 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 60 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 7, 2011 | Christian Heinze
    Sarah Palin's favorable rating continues to drop, in a new WSJ/NBC poll. Only 25% view her positively, while 53% view her negatively.
  • Obama fever seems to be in a chilly phase

    03/08/2011 4:16:20 PM PST · by Mark Landsbaum · 33 replies
    The Orange County Register ^ | 3-7-2011 | Mark Landsbaum
    Remember the ecstatic atmosphere of near euphoria that surrounded the election of Barack Obama? Yeah, we canít either. But assume it for a moment. Then read this from CBS: ...
  • Gov. Scott Walker Has Lost The War. Popularity in Wisconsin is fast going down the tubes

    03/08/2011 1:51:54 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 132 replies
    Forbes ^ | 03/08/2011 | Rick Ungar
    In what may be the result of one of the great political miscalculations of our time, Scott Walkerís popularity in his home state is fast going down the tubes. A Rasmussen poll out today reveals that almost 60% of likely Wisconsin voters now disapprove of their aggressive governorís performance, with 48% strongly disapproving. While these numbers are clearly indicators of a strategy gone horribly wrong, there are some additional findings in the poll that I suspect deserve even greater attention. It turns out that the stateís public school teachers are very popular with their fellow Badgers. With 77% of those...
  • White House Insiders Feel Shellshocked, And Already Think It's Over For Obama

    10/13/2010 7:54:17 AM PDT · by blam · 75 replies
    The Business Insider ^ | 10-12-2010 | Joe Weisenthal
    White House Insiders Feel Shellshocked, And Already Think It's Over For Obama Joe Weisenthal Oct. 13, 2010, 10:32 AM The talk of the town for the next few days will be this big piece by Peter Baker in the NYT on President Obama. The piece paints a picture of a despondent administration: Yet even if the White House saw it coming, this is an administration that feels shellshocked. Many officials worry, they say, that the best days of the Obama presidency are behind them. They talk about whether it is time to move on. While not in the 30s, Obamaís...
  • National Journal Poll: Young People And Minorities Are All The President Has Left

    09/29/2010 11:55:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    National Journal Congressional Connection ^ | 09/29/2010 | Jim O'Sullivan
    Americans between ages 18 and 29 are significantly more likely to be satisfied with the overall state of the country than those who are 65 and older, according to the latest Society for Human Resource Management/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll, conducted with the Pew Research Center. While fully 72 percent of voters 65 and over saying they are dissatisfied with the direction of the country, only 39 percent of those under 30 share that dissatisfaction. Fifty-nine percent of respondents between 18 and 29 said they believed the federal government would make progress in solving the nation's crucial problems over the...
  • 'Americans would choose ANY Republican over Barack Obama', says disastrous new poll

    07/21/2010 3:09:25 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 50 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 10:25 PM on 21st July 2010 | By David Gardner
    Barack Obamaís fading popularity could cost him the next U.S. presidential election, according to a poll today. Most Americans would vote for any Republican politician over their current leader, the independent survey shows. With the U.S. mid-term elections fast approaching in November, Mr Obamaís popularity ratings make grim reading for Democrats hoping to cling to power on Capitol Hill. His job approval rating has dropped to 44 per cent, his worst ever score, in Connecticut's Quinnipiac University poll.
  • Will Austerity Be The Catalyst For War?

    07/02/2010 9:11:40 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 07/02/10
    Will Austerity Be The Catalyst For War? Tyler Durden on 07/02/2010 As always SocGen's Dylan Grice comes out with some tremendous insights in his latest weekly piece "Double dips, siren calls and inflationary bias of policy." While the gist of the piece is presenting a comprehensive overview of the traditional and cognitive biases toward inflationary policies and away from hard, unpopular, deflationary/austere measures, Dylan provides a chilling anecdote involving the 1980s conflict between the UK and Argentina, in which it was precisely war that pulled an extremely unpopular government, that of Maggie Thatcher, out of the gutter of public opinion,...
  • Obama more popular in Europe than at home: poll

    06/17/2010 1:26:59 PM PDT · by americanophile · 24 replies · 353+ views
    AFP ^ | June 17, 2010 | AFP
    WASHINGTON ó US President Barack Obama gets a more favorable rating in western Europe and Asia than at home, but his standing in the Muslim world is slipping, a global poll showed Thursday. The Pew Research Center's Global Attitudes Project found that overall opinion of Obama remains broadly positive in most non-Muslim nations. The survey of 24,000 people in 22 nations conducted April 7 to May 8 showed a largely favorable view of the United States for a second year, in sharp contrast to perceptions of America under former president George W. Bush. When asked whether the US president would...
  • Book Ridiculing OBAMA's Gaffes Debuts in Japan; Says "He's Not As Eloquent A Speaker As Advertised"

    05/26/2010 11:08:22 PM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 81 replies · 1,865+ views
    New book out on stands in Japan which took many by surprise: Title: "Obama Shitsugen De Manabu America" („ā™„Éź„É쌧ĪŤ®Ä„Āߌ≠¶„Ā∂„āĘ„É°„É™„āę), by Marie Nishimori (KK Bestsellers (2010/5/15) ISBN-10: 4584132372 ISBN-13: 978-4584132371 Subtitle: "Top 101 Gaffes of Barack Obama" Background: As in many countries overseas, Japan went absolutely crazy two years ago at the prospect of a "President" Obama. Once he won, a whole cottage industry came alive, selling (hawking) CDs and texts of speech upon speech by He Who Must Be Worshipped, The Messiah, teaching Japanese everything from "the spirit of Change and Hope possible in Great America", to "correct English pronunciation...
  • CBS Poll - Grade Obama

    04/20/2010 5:18:13 PM PDT · by nagdt · 55 replies · 2,259+ views
    CBS ^ | 04/20/2010 | nagdt
    CBS News doing a poll... How's Obama doing? Grade him NOW!
  • Obama fools nine percent of Israeli Jews

    03/25/2010 7:14:09 PM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 20 replies · 402+ views
    Powerlineblog.com ^ | 03/25/10 | Paul Mirengoff
    Only 9 percent of Israeli Jews believe that President Obama is pro-Israel, according to a poll taken by Smith Research on behalf of the Jerusalem Post. 48 percent said that the Obama favors the Palestinian side, while 30 percent said his administration is neutral. The remaining 13 percent expressed no opinion. The 9 percent number is up from 4 percent last August, but the difference is only slighly outside the margin of error. Moreover, the poll was taken before Prime Minister Netanyahu's chily reception at the White House on Sunday. President Bush was considered pro-Israel by 88 percent of Israeli...
  • The Fall of Barack Obama

    03/01/2010 4:27:44 PM PST · by safetysign · 54 replies · 2,013+ views
    Red County ^ | 02/02/2010 | Paul R. Hollrah, O.E.
    In a January 20, 2010 editorial, the Editor in Chief of U.S. News & World Report, Mortimer Zuckerman, had this to say: ďObamaís ability to connect with voters is what launched him. But what has surprised me is how he has failed to connect with the voters since heís been in office. Heís had so much overexposure. You have to be selective. He was doing five Sunday shows. How many press conferences? And now people stop listening to him... Heís lost his audience. He has not rallied public opinion. He has plunged in the polls more than any other public...
  • Does Obama even care if he's popular in his own country?

    12/08/2009 7:35:39 PM PST · by opentalk · 18 replies · 731+ views
    Telegraph UK ^ | December 9th, 2009 | Stephanie Gutmann
    Does President Obama care about pleasing world bodies like the EU, the UN, and the Nobel committee more than the people of the United States? Is he, as David Gutmann at frontpagemag.com puts it, ďalready getting restless in his present job, and Ö seek[ing] a promotion to an even greater statusĒ ó some grander, as yet uncreated position? Of course it would be impossible to answer this question now; still, I am ready to bet that a vague sense that Obama is not terribly interested in being our president is behind his continued drop in job approval ratings among Americans....
  • OBAMA Starting To Feel The Heat From Blacks On Jobs

    12/08/2009 7:03:15 PM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 42 replies · 1,439+ views
    The Grio ^ | 8 December 2009 | Javier David
    On Tuesday, President Barack Obama announced a new spate of measures aimed at jumpstarting an economy suffering from record levels of unemployment, and designed to complement last Thursday's jobs summit in Washington. While last week's event was greeted with a healthy dose of skepticism in some quarters, critics may find succor in at least a few of the proposals floated by the president...
  • Michelle more popular than Barack?

    10/25/2009 6:00:12 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 28 replies · 929+ views
    The day after the election, Barack Obama was viewed more favorably by Americans than his wife, Michelle. Not any more. A USA Today/Gallup Poll taken in the last week shows a surge in positive views of the first lady over the past year even as her husband's ratings have eroded. As the anniversary of the presidential election approaches, Michelle Obama is viewed more favorably than her husband. "She has conducted herself as an educated, sensitive, down-to-earth woman -- not a black woman, a woman -- like when she does the gardening [to encourage healthful eating] and taking care of the...
  • Polls: Chavez's popularity slips in Venezuela

    10/22/2009 10:29:43 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 836+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/22/09 | Ian James - ap
    CARACAS, Venezuela Ė Hugo Chavez's support has declined in the polls as many Venezuelans say they are fed up with 27 percent inflation, a stagnant economy, faulty public services ó and a government they see as incapable of doing much about it. .. "Whatever he offers, everything gets half-done," said Maria Martinez, a 32-year-old who once voted for Chavez but now is disenchanted. She says the government's health programs are insufficient, and the $500 or so she earns each month selling books in the street is no longer enough to support her five children. She said water reaches her Caracas...
  • U.S. most admired country globally: survey

    10/05/2009 8:35:19 PM PDT · by myknowledge · 49 replies · 2,042+ views
    Reuters ^ | October 5, 2009 | Patricia Reaney
    NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - The United States is the most admired country globally thanks largely to the star power of President Barack Obama and his administration, according to a new poll. It climbed from seventh place last year, ahead of France, Germany, the United Kingdom and Japan which completed the top five nations in the Nation Brand Index (NBI). "What's really remarkable is that in all my years studying national reputation, I have never seen any country experience such a dramatic change in its standing as we see for the United States for 2009," said Simon Anholt, the founder...
  • As Support Plunges, Obama Seeks to Retool Agenda

    09/03/2009 5:44:53 AM PDT · by truthandlife · 24 replies · 1,009+ views
    Newsmax ^ | 9/2/09 | Margaret Talev and David Lightman
    As he retreats to Camp David for a final summer getaway, President Barack Obama is mapping out a post- Labor Day plan to regain the political offensive, including a private meeting next Tuesday with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid . After taking office with a two-thirds approval rating, Obama has watched it slip closer to 50 percent. Over the summer, he lost ground on the health care debate and other aspects of his crowded agenda, and his dealings with Congress ó controlled by fellow Democrats ó also worsened as worries increased about losses in next...
  • New poll shows Congress' popularity dropping

    09/02/2009 10:07:12 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies · 878+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/2/09 | Larry Margasak - ap
    WASHINGTON Ė Slightly more than one-third of Americans have a favorable opinion of the Democratic-led Congress, a new poll said Wednesday in a clear warning to the majority party. The Pew Research Center for the People and the Press said the 37 percent expressing a positive opinion represents a decline of 13 points since April. The favorable percentage is one of the lowest in more than two decades of Pew surveys ó if not the lowest, the poll said. The previous low was 40 percent in January, but the difference is not statistically significant because of the margin of error....
  • Poll: President's popularity suffers in health reform push

    07/25/2009 3:50:16 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 12 replies · 1,165+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Saturday, July 25, 2009 | By S.A. Miller
    For the first time since President Obama entered the Oval Office, a majority of voters disapprove of the president's job performance in a Rasmussen tracking poll - a downturn that has the potential to sap the White House's clout as it begins the heavy lifting required for health care reform. Political strategists and pollsters said Mr. Obama is likely sacrificing his popularity by pursuing an ambitious agenda that engenders opposition. "As the president attempts to rebuild the economy and improve the health and welfare of an entire nation, he must use his political capital," said Democratic political strategist Donna Brazile....
  • Our Prom King President (personal popularity counts only until lives are affected actual policies)

    07/24/2009 6:27:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies · 397+ views
    Human Events ^ | 7/24/2009 | Gary Bauer
    British essayist Walter Bagehot once wrote, ďPublic opinion is a permeating influence, and it exacts obedience to itself; it requires us to think other menís thoughts, to speak other menís words, to follow other menís habits.Ē Or, as Abe Lincoln put it more succinctly about the U.S., ďPublic opinion in this country is everything.Ē If Lincoln is right, then Barack Obama, ďthe man who would be Lincoln,Ē has reason to be uneasy. Just six months into his presidency, polls show dwindling support for Obamaís policies, and significant push back against his administrationís incontinent spending. But public apprehension may only deepen...
  • Obamaís Popularity Falling ó But Not Among Blacks

    07/23/2009 9:50:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 99 replies · 3,137+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | 7/23/2009 | T.K. Farrow
    On Monday, the daily presidential tracking poll for Rasmussen Reports showed that Barack Obama no longer has the job performance approval of a majority of Americans. His overall approval rating was down to an even 50 percent. Released on the same day was a demographic breakdown of that rating: only 41 percent of white Americans approve of the job heís doing, while 97 percent of blacks approve and 58 percent of all other ethnicities combined approve. The approval rating of blacks jumps off the page because itís such a glaring anomaly ó or at least it should be. Upon seeing...
  • Obama is a '10' (updated)

    07/22/2009 4:05:52 PM PDT · by SloopJohnB · 7 replies · 655+ views
    American Thinker ^ | July 21, 2009 | Gene Schwimmer
    According to a new Gallup Poll Barack Obama is a "10" - not the kind of 10 girls like to look at, but the kind of numbers Obama's political opponents like to look at: At six months in office, Obama's 55% approval rating puts him 10th among the 12 post-World War II presidents at this point in their tenures. When he took office, he ranked seventh. Or to put it another way, Obama is the third lowest rated president at this point in his presidency. "His ratings have certainly come back down to Earth in a very short time period,"...
  • Obama popularity lower than Bush's at six-month mark: poll

    07/21/2009 8:51:45 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 52 replies · 1,797+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 7/21/09 | AFP
    WASHINGTON (AFP) Ė President Barack Obama's tumbling poll numbers have dipped below those of his predecessor George W. Bush at the same point in his White House tenure, according to a national poll released Tuesday. Obama's approval rating is 55 percent six months into his presidency, a USA Today/Gallup poll found. But 56 percent of those polled approved of the job done by George W. Bush after six months, the daily reported. Obama's handling of the economy appears to be key in his fading popularity, as Americans become more pessimistic about how long it will take the economic downturn to...
  • The Great Awakening

    07/16/2009 10:31:18 AM PDT · by Jbny · 29 replies · 2,002+ views
    Commentary Magazine ^ | July 16th | Peter Wehner
    Something has changed over the course of the last five weeks. Barack Obama, who seemed politically invincible to his supporters and many media commentators, now seems vulnerable. His approval ratings are dropping, public concern is rising, the debt is exploding, and the economy is, in many respects, worsening. This may simply be a bit of a rough patch he can ride through and overcome; or it may be the beginning of a longer slide. Time will tell. But Obama seems less politically formidable than he did. The main reason for this shift is that Obamaís signature initiative to date, his...
  • You can still call her &#8216;governor&#8217; after July 26

    07/09/2009 10:17:02 AM PDT · by Josh Painter · 16 replies · 745+ views
    RedState.com ^ | Wednesday, July 8th at 7:39PM EDT | Josh Painter
    Like ex-senators and former presidents, ex-governors retain their honorific titles, so Sarah Palin will still be addressed as "Governor Palin" after she officially turns the reigns of her office over to Sean Parnell July 26. The 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate has never been much of a stickler for that kind of thing, though, as she signs "Sarah" to her non-official correspondence. So what will she be doing after July 26? Only one specific event has been announced so far that will have Gov. Palin's participation. According to the Simi Valley Republican Women Federation (SVWF), Sarah Palin will be at...
  • Presidentís popularity dropping like a rock. A big, heavy rock.

    07/08/2009 11:01:57 AM PDT · by mikelets456 · 67 replies · 2,459+ views
    Ihatethemedia ^ | 7/8/2009 | I hate The Media
    The approval rating for The Greatest President In History has been trending south lately. And the pace is accelerating. According to Rasmussen, he just hit his lowest negative rating to date: The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows that 32% of the nationís voters now Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Thirty-seven percent (37%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of Ė5. The number who strongly disapprove inched up another point to the highest level measured to date and the overall Approval Index is at the...
  • Palin's Popularity in GOP Soars After Quitting

    07/08/2009 8:13:03 AM PDT · by kristinn · 310 replies · 7,073+ views
    Cleveland Leader ^ | Wednesday, July 8, 2009
    Apparently Sarah Palin's decision to quit her post as Governor of Alaska wasn't as misguided as it sounded at first, because it has certainly already begun to work it's magic on winning over the Republican party. According to a new USA Today/Gallup Poll, her popularity has surged amongst Republicans since she made the announcement. 71 percent of Republicans said they would vote for Palin if she ran for president in 2012, and three-fourths believe that Palin has been treated unfairly by the media. Two-thirds of Republicans want Palin to be "a major national political figure" in the future, while three-fourths...