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  • Poll: Democrats Losing Middle America

    03/24/2010 3:35:18 AM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 23 replies · 1,145+ views
    NRO ^ | March 23, 2010 | Daniel Foster
    Tom Jensen at Public Policy Polling sums up their polling data in the "Big Ten" midwestern states. If the election were held tomorrow, Democrats would lose big: It's really looking like a brutal year for Democrats in the Big Ten states. Barack Obama's approval numbers in the two places we polled this week- Wisconsin and Ohio- tell the story. He won Wisconsin by 14 points in 2008 but we find his approval there at a net -2 (46/48) for a 16 point drop since the election. It's a similar story in Ohio. He won there by four points in 2008...
  • Obama's Approval Decline

    02/19/2010 12:14:41 PM PST · by OldDeckHand · 20 replies · 934+ views
    Public Policy Polling ^ | 02/18/10 | Tom Jensen
    Barack Obama peaked in our national polling at a 55/38 spread last May. Now he's at 48/47. What's most interesting to note about that shift in his numbers is that it has come completely among white people. In May his approval with racial minorities was a 73/17 spread and now it's an almost identical 77/17. But with whites he's fallen from slightly positive ground at 48/45 to strongly negative territory at 37/58. That is part of the problem for Democrats this year in the midterm election. While white voters were only 74% of the electorate in 2008, they made up...
  • Looking at the Democrats

    01/22/2010 7:28:52 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 12 replies · 462+ views
    PPP ^ | January 22, 2010 | TOM JENSEN
    You wouldn't know it from reading the blogosphere but liberal Democrats are actually pretty happy with the direction of their party right now. On our most recent national poll 76% expressed that sentiment. The other wings of the party are not that content- 58% of moderates say they like where the party's headed but only 39% of conservatives do. Those conservative Democrats unhappy with their party aren't complaining too loudly about it- they're just going out and voting for Republicans, as many of them did on Tuesday in Massachusetts. On the whole Democrats (60%) are happier with their party than...
  • Obama in North Carolina

    01/22/2010 7:43:52 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 18 replies · 619+ views
    PPP ^ | January 22, 2010 | TOM JENSEN
    With Democratic fortunes declining nationally it should perhaps come as no surprise that Barack Obama has now hit his lowest level of approval yet in North Carolina. 44% of voters like the job he's doing to 50% who are unhappy with him. Obama's lower numbers are due largely to movement among independents. They've been pretty evenly divided about him through most of his first year in office but are now splitting against him by a 61/33 margin. As has always been the case most Democrats (73%) approve the job he's doing while most Republicans (88%) don't. Obama's health care plan...
  • Huckabee Bests Palin and Romney, Leads in 2012 Poll Against Barack Obama

    01/22/2010 7:09:12 PM PST · by SmokingJoe · 116 replies · 2,220+ views
    LifeNews ^ | January 22, 2010 | Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee fares the best against pro-abortion President Barack Obama in a polling of voters previewing potential 2012 presidential election matchups. This is the first time in the PPP poll that any of the potential candidates has led Obama. The Public Policy Polling firm, which is Democratic by respected for fairly accurate results, found Obama trails a pro-life opponent for the first time. Huckabee has a 45-44 advantage over Obama, aided largely by a 44-38 lead with independents. The former governor's 35/29 favorability breakdown, with 35 percent of all voters saying they have...
  • Obama and the Massachusetts Election (Poll blames Zero)

    01/18/2010 8:30:26 AM PST · by Palmetto Patriot · 23 replies · 1,029+ views
    Public Policy Polling ^ | 1/18/2010 | Tom Jensen
    If Martha Coakley loses tomorrow it will certainly have a lot to do with her running a poor campaign, but ultimately it will be a repudiation of the President. Scott Brown is winning 20% of the vote from people who voted for Barack Obama last year, but these are not people who think he's doing a great job and just think Coakley is a duddy candidate. For the most part it's people who voted for Obama and aren't happy with how he's performed in office. Among the Obama/Brown voters just 22% approve of the President's work and only 13% support...
  • Toss up in Massachusetts

    01/09/2010 4:20:42 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 15 replies · 921+ views
    PPP ^ | JANUARY 9, 2010 | TOM JENSEN
    The Massachusetts Senate race is now a toss up. Buoyed by a huge advantage with independents and relative disinterest from Democratic voters in the state, Republican Scott Brown leads Martha Coakley 48-47. Here are the major factors leading to this surprising state of affairs: -As was the case in the Gubernatorial elections in New Jersey and Virginia last year, it looks like the electorate in Massachusetts will be considerably more conservative than the one that showed up in 2008. Obama took the state by 26 points then, but those planning to vote next week only report having voted for him...
  • Trends in Governor Approval Ratings

    01/05/2010 6:38:37 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 1 replies · 223+ views
    PPP ^ | January 5, 2010 | TOM JENSEN
    I spent some today compiling approval ratings on 33 different Governors- pollster.com averages when they were available and the most recent polls I could find when they weren't. Here's what I found on three different points of comparison: -The average approval on Governors from states with populations below the national median was 51%, while it was 42% for those from bigger states. A couple reasons for that I think- Governors in small states have fewer media markets to deal with and can maintain a higher level of visibility, which leaves voters feeling more connected with them. And although this is...
  • Republicans back in the fold?

    01/05/2010 6:41:48 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 14 replies · 598+ views
    PPP ^ | January 5, 2010 | TOM JENSEN
    One underplayed aspect of this year's elections that I think could make an impact is the return of disaffected Republicans who didn't even bother coming out to vote in 2008 because they were unhappy about the nomination of John McCain. They may have felt it didn't make any difference who they voted for then, but feel differently about things now that they've seen the impact of Democratic control in Washington. On the Virginia exit poll 94% of respondents said who they voted for President last year and their responses average out to a 13.2% advantage for Bob McDonnell. Since McDonnell...
  • Thoughts on Massachusetts

    01/05/2010 7:10:54 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 4 replies · 571+ views
    PPP ^ | January 5, 2010 | TOM JENSEN
    There's all sorts of speculation and back of the envelope math being done right now on the Massachusetts Senate special election and whether Republican Scott Brown might be able to pull off a surprise there. Dave Weigel reports that Rasmussen is going to be polling there tonight so that should give us a better idea but I thought it would be worth taking a look at what would happen if things played out in Masschusetts similarly to Virginia, which is a sort of Democratic worst case scenario. The Virginia exit poll showed the folks who turned out there voted for...
  • Poll: Romney’s Favorables Among Republicans Drop Below 50 Percent

    11/27/2009 1:27:00 PM PST · by Leisler · 187 replies · 5,345+ views
    Washington Independent ^ | 11/24/09 | David Weigel
    This is a surprising result from Public Policy Polling, the occasionally partisan group which nonetheless called the New Jersey and Virginia gubernatorial races accurately. Mitt Romney’s favorable rating among Republican voters has fallen to 48 percent–a plurality, but a weak one. And the trend lines are even more interesting. Since April, when PPP started asking the question, Sarah Palin’s favorable number has moved from 76 percent to 75 percent; Mike Huckabee’s has moved from 67 percent to 65 percent. Romney, alone, has seen a statistically significant drop from 60 percent down to 48. The results are so strange that PPP’s...
  • Pr. William declines to join [race-baiting] anti-HOT lanes lawsuit

    10/08/2009 8:20:29 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies · 930+ views
    The Washington Business Journal ^ | October 7, 2009 | Sarah Krouse
    Prince William County decided not to join Arlington County in its lawsuit against high-occupancy toll lanes on Interstates 95 and 395, citing what it characterizes as race-baiting and class warfare in the suit. The county considered joining the suit because it shared concerns about the HOT lanes’ proceeding without a proper environmental study and their effect on traffic, but Board Chairman Corey Stewart, R-At large, said the board unanimously agreed Arlington’s suit raised too many concerns. “The board had a closer look at the suit and there are allegations in there about Pierce Homer, the secretary of transportation, and about...
  • State pulling final plug on [Trans-Texas] corridor

    10/06/2009 4:39:58 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 112 replies · 3,250+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | October 6, 2009 | Associated Press
    The Texas Department of Transportation is pulling the last plug on the Trans-Texas Corridor, Gov. Rick Perry's embattled plan to build a toll-road network across the state. The agency said earlier this year it was scaling down the project and dropping the name "Trans-Texas Corridor." Now, transportation officials say it's fully dead. Transportation Commissioner Bill Meadows told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram of the decision in a report posted online Tuesday. The news comes a day after Perry's Republican primary opponent, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, secured the coveted endorsement of the powerful Texas Farm Bureau — a vocal opponent of the...
  • Ready for 2012? Obama Leads (53-41 Over Sarah, Huck Trails 49-42, Mitt Down 50-39, Newt 52-39)

    04/23/2009 1:37:32 PM PDT · by lewisglad · 137 replies · 2,650+ views
    CQ Politics ^ | April 23, 2009 12:59 PM
    In a different take on President Obama's 100-day ratings, Public Policy Polling found Obama's job approval ratings lower than in a Pew Research poll released today, but decided to take things a step further (actually four years further) and match him against potential GOP opponents in 2012. And by that measure, he's doing a lot better than potential Republican contenders. Obama leads Newt Gingrich 52 percent to 39 percent with 9 percent undecided; Mike Huckabee by 49 percent to 42 percent with 9 percent undecided; Sarah Palin by 53 percent to 41 percent with 6 percent undecided and Mitt Romney...
  • Problems and Opportunity in Pakistan

    04/07/2009 9:30:19 AM PDT · by pakistanwatch · 4 replies · 289+ views
    04/07/2009 | Pakistanwatch
    Weekly StandardNY TimesThe recent media coverage in Pakistan regarding the film of a young woman being beaten by religious fanatics of Swat district has shocked and angered many around the world and within Pakistan. As a nation, Pakistan is a study in modernity and backwardness existing side by side, and coming into contact and conflict. The plight of the woman is one where the Taliban have come to dominate her area, and she was beaten for being in unescorted by a male family member while in the presence of an unrelated male. Of course, this was after she refused the...
  • Whose Side Is the GOP On?

    03/29/2009 11:31:12 AM PDT · by AJKauf · 17 replies · 721+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | March 29 | Jennifer Rubin
    Missed in the wake of the titanic battle over the president’s budget has been the reaction to Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner’s plan for a public-private partnership to clean up the toxic assets still sitting on the books of many of the nation’s largest banks. The Financial Times reports: " The liberal backlash against President Barack Obama has begun with many prominent left-leaning economists in the US attacking the administration’s plans to bail out the banks. Paul Krugman describes the toxic asset purchase plan as “cash for trash.” Jeffrey Sachs calls it “a thinly veiled attempt to transfer hundreds of billions...
  • Treasury Department Releases Details on Public Private Partnership Investment Program

    03/23/2009 5:45:44 AM PDT · by cc2k · 38 replies · 1,031+ views
    To view or print the PDF content on this page, download the free Adobe® Acrobat® Reader®. March 23, 2009tg-65Treasury Department Releases Details on Public Private Partnership Investment ProgramFact SheetPublic-Private Investment ProgramView White Paper and FAQs at http://financialstability.govThe Financial Stability Plan – Progress So Far: Over the past six weeks, the Treasury Department has implemented a series of initiatives as part of its Financial Stability Plan that – alongside the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act – lay the foundations for economic recovery: Efforts to Improve Affordability for Responsible Homeowners: Treasury has implemented programs to allow families to save on their mortgage...
  • Schwarzenegger says federal government should consider higher gas tax

    03/22/2009 2:45:06 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 59 replies · 1,387+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | Mar. 22, 2009 | Kevin Yamamura
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said the federal government has to look at raising the gasoline tax to pay for public works improvements if the public supports paying for them, according to a "Meet the Press" interview that aired Sunday. The Republican governor appeared on the NBC show with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell to advocate for more federal public works spending as part of a coalition they formed last year. The interview was taped Friday. Host David Gregory asked Schwarzenegger whether an increase in the federal 18.4-cent per gallon gasoline tax is an appropriate way...
  • California is a Poor State (Vanity)

    12/15/2008 10:05:00 AM PST · by buwaya · 7 replies · 580+ views
    Vanity | buwaya
    California is a poor state. Though it has an outsize economy even on a per-capita basis, because of its having some of the highest high price levels in the country, it gets very little bang for its buck, and arguably really can't afford public services on the level of most of the US. I was playing around with Gross State Product (Gross State Product, like national GDP) , population data from the US Census and the MERIC (Missouri Economic Research and Information Center) State Cost of Living figures, based on the ACCRA COLI data - ACCRA is a company that...
  • PPP-D Poll Unintentionally Reveals McCain steadily Ahead in NC!

    09/29/2008 1:48:55 PM PDT · by TitansAFC · 20 replies · 1,184+ views
    More good news! Public Policy Polling, a Democrat Pollster, revealed a poll today showing Obama +2 in North Carolina. But one quick look at the internals reveals a steady McCain lead, when real numbers are applied. What do I mean? The Party turnout in the 2004 election? Republicans 40% Democrats 39% (GOP +1%) The Party breakdown in this poll? Democrats 48% Republicans 34% (Democrats +14%) Breaking down the poll by 2004 turnout numbers, we get these corrected numbers: McCain: 48.4% Obama: 41.0% Others: 10.6% (McCain by 7.4%!) Even if the Dems have relatively expanded their party, and even by a...