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  • U.S. loses AAA credit rating from S&P [copy 2]

    08/05/2011 5:51:56 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 70 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 8/5/11 | Walter Brandimarte - Reuters
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - The United States lost its top-notch AAA credit rating from Standard & Poor's on Friday, in a dramatic reversal of fortune for the world's largest economy. S&P cut the long-term U.S. credit rating by one notch to AA-plus on concerns about growing budget deficits. U.S. Treasuries, once undisputedly seen as the safest investment in the world, are now rated lower than bonds issued by countries such as the UK, Germany, France or Canada.
  • The US *WILL* Be Downgraded

    07/28/2011 4:15:05 PM PDT · by verklaring · 35 replies
    Market Ticker ^ | 7-28-2011 | Karl Denninger
    The "most-recent" proposals cut anywhere from nothing in actual spending (Democrat proposal) for 2012 to $90 billion (Republican.) And neither contains any actual cuts on a forward basis - the Republicans are at least honest about it and say they just "hold discretionary non-defense spending at 2011 levels." That's not a cut in spending.
  • Credit Rating Downgrade Could Happen Before August 2(S&P)

    07/23/2011 1:59:01 PM PDT · by Son House · 23 replies
    FOXNEWS ^ | Jul 23, 2011 | Neil Cavuto
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  • California's debt rating outlook raised by S&P (Plan to balance budget "largely realistic.")

    07/20/2011 1:36:02 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 07/20/2011 | Tom Petruno
    Standard & Poor's has removed the immediate risk of a downgrade of California's debt rating, saying the state's plan to balance its budget was "largely realistic." S&P on Thursday raised its outlook for California’s rating to “stable” from “negative.” The rating, A-minus, still is the lowest of any of the 50 states. “The negative outlook had been linked to the possibility of a recurring cash deficiency that we now believe the enactment of the fiscal 2012 budget is likely to mitigate for the most part,” S&P said in a report. “Because the state has improved the structural alignment between its...
  • German Rating Agency Feri Downgrades US Government Bonds: AAA to AA!

    06/10/2011 5:20:02 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 51 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | June 10, 2011
    The first Western downgrade of US government bonds is a fact! The German credit rating agency Feri lowered its rating on US debt by a full notch, from AAA to AA. Here is the German press release: Feri Downgrades US Gov Debt AAA to AAThe English translation: Homburg, 8 June 2011 - The Bad Homburg Feri EuroRating & Research AG downgraded the first credit rating agency's credit rating for the United States from AAA to AA. Feri analysts justify the downgrade by the continuing deterioration of the creditworthiness of the country due to high public debt, inadequate fiscal measures, and...
  • New rating shows US 44th in energy competitiveness

    05/27/2011 4:15:49 PM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies
    american thinker ^ | 5/27/11 | Ed Lasky
    Now it is official: Barack Obama’s animus and actions towards our energy companies are choking off the prospects of America developing our own energy wealth. From Steven Hayward , writing at Powerline: It is almost as if the United States deliberately wanted to be more dependent on foreign oil. Consider that while the World Economic Forum rates the U.S. 4th in its ranking of the world's most competitive economies, it would rank far down the list if the WEF were to look at the competitiveness of the oil and gas industry in isolation. A proprietary ranking of political and investment...
  • Arizona Gets Best Brady Rating, Ties Utah and Alaska!

    05/05/2011 8:33:33 PM PDT · by marktwain · 25 replies
    5 May, 2011 | Marktwain
    Arizona earned a zero from the Brady campaign this year, the best rating that the anti-freedom group gives out. Alaska and Utah, two other states with sensible gun laws, also earned zero. Charles Heller, of AZCDL, the Arizona Citizen Defense League says that he has been writing letters to the Brady campaign, demanding the Arizona be awarded a zero rating. This year, AZCDL was successful in obtaining the coveted rating. Currently, the Brady Campaign does not give negative ratings, but that may be possible in the future. AZCDL leaders say that they will work throughout the coming year to break...
  • 5 reasons why S&P just guaranteed U.S. debt will lose AAA rating

    04/20/2011 8:32:11 AM PDT · by library user · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 20, 2011 | by James Pethokoukis
    ~ EXCERPT ~ By prodding Washington to agree on a debt plan, Standard & Poor’s might achieve just the opposite. Its dour take on Treasuries could inflame the debt-ceiling debate, leaving little energy for a grand budget compromise. And the severe austerity S&P desires would have few takers anyway. Consider the following: 1) Obviously the rating agency hopes its unnerving note will nudge lawmakers into reaching agreement on taxes and expenditures. Inaction until after the 2012 national elections risks an actual downgrade of America’s AAA bond rating. 2) But striking some mega-deal doesn’t have top priority on Capitol Hill. First...
  • Obama Gets Lowest Approval, Reelect Score Ever,..and thats lefty Quinnipiac.

    03/30/2011 4:09:26 AM PDT · by sunmars · 23 replies
    quinnipiac ^ | Quinnipiac
    March 30, 2011 - Obama Gets Lowest Approval, Reelect Score Ever, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; More Voters Oppose U.S. Involvement In Libya American voters disapprove 48 - 42 percent of the job President Barack Obama is doing and say 50 - 41 percent he does not deserve to be re-elected in 2012, both all-time lows, This compares to a 46 - 46 percent job approval rating and a 45 - 47 percent split on the President's re-election in a March 3 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University. In a hypothetical 2012 matchup, President Obama gets 36 percent of...
  • S&P Converts US Govt Rating To 'Unsolicited';Still 'AAA'

    02/24/2011 10:12:53 AM PST · by hripka · 1 replies ^ | February 24, 2011 | Market News International
    WASHINGTON (MNI) - The following is the text of a statement Thursday by Standard & Poor's regarding it's decision to convert its credit ratings on the United States to "unsolicited": Standard & Poor's Ratings Services today said it converted its issuer and issue credit ratings on the U.S. federal government (AAA/Stable/A-1+) to "unsolicited." This conversion follows previously announced conversions of the ratings on seven sovereigns in Europe. These actions, in turn, follow new EU regulations on credit ratings (Article 10(5) of EU Regulation 1060/2009), which address matters relating to the disclosure and presentation of credit ratings, requiring, among other things,...
  • Obama's Approval Rating Dropped in All 50 States in 2010

    02/23/2011 8:20:09 AM PST · by julieee · 12 replies ^ | February 23, 2011 | Steven Ertelt
    Obama's Approval Rating Dropped in All 50 States in 2010 Washington, DC -- A new Gallup polling analysis finds pro-abortion President Barack Obama saw his approval rating drop in all 50 states in 2010 -- in what could be an indicator of a weakened position heading into his 2012 re-election campaign.
  • Moody’s Opinion On “Evolution” Of US AAA Rating (Rating's agency fires first warning shot)

    01/28/2011 7:02:14 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    24X7 Wall Street ^ | 01/28/2011 | Douglas McIntyre
    There was more bad news about the view credit rating agencies have on the debt of large developed nations. Moody’s released a new Special Comment entitled “Evolution of Moody’s Perspective on the US Aaa Rating.” The message was simple. America’s debt is too high and is growing too fast. There is nothing about the GDP forecast and the unemployment rate in the US that will allow it to “grow” out of the deficit problem. Government costs continue to rise. Government receipts may barely do so. Moody’s characterized the present threat to America’s Aaa rating as small. Japan may have thought...
  • Too Much Attention To Moody's Swing

    12/15/2010 5:41:50 PM PST · by Kaslin
    IBD Editorials ^ | December 15, 2010 | Staff
    Tax Deal: The media are touting a rating agency's schizophrenic claim that keeping the Bush tax rates helps the economy, but hurts the country's credit standing. Are ratings firms even relevant anymore? Manhattan Institute senior fellow Nicole Gelinas, in her richly detailed analysis of the roots of the financial crisis, "After the Fall: Saving Capitalism from Wall Street — and Washington," pulls back the curtain and exposes the ugly reality of the once all-powerful credit ratings agencies Moody's, Fitch and Standard & Poor's. "Reliance on ratings agencies contravenes market principles," Gelinas warns. "The ratings-agency world is small and homogeneous, populated...
  • Obama’s job approval rating hits a new low (42% - the rookie Hussen losing his leftist base)

    12/13/2010 5:47:12 PM PST · by Libloather · 28 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 12/13/10 | Holly Bailey
    Obama’s job approval rating hits a new lowBy Holly Bailey Mon Dec 13, 10:44 am ET Is President Obama in serious danger of losing re-election in 2012? A new McClatchy/Marist Poll released over the weekend found Obama's job approval rating at just 42 percent — the lowest number of his presidency. One reason Obama's numbers have taken a turn for the worse: The president has lost ground with Democrats in recent weeks. According to the poll, 74 percent of Democrats approve of the job Obama is doing — a sign that he remains enormously popular with his base. But that...
  • Moody's Says Extension of Tax Cuts Won't Lead to U.S Downgrade

    11/17/2010 11:13:41 AM PST · by facedodge · 3 replies
    BusinessWeek ^ | 11/15/2010 | Cordell Eddings
    Moody's Investors Service Inc. said a permanent extension of the tax cuts first enacted under former President George W. Bush won't lead to a downgrade of the nation's credit rating....frpa
  • CNN Just Clocked Its Worst Primetime Ratings In 10 Years Thanks To Eliot Spitzer And Larry King

    10/12/2010 3:54:14 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 48 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/12/10 | Joe Pompeo
    CNN Just Clocked Its Worst Primetime Ratings In 10 Years Thanks To Eliot Spitzer And Larry King Joe Pompeo | Oct. 12, 2010, 5:51 PM | 161 | comment 6 CNN executives say they want to give Eliot Spitzer and Kathleen Parker's week-old discussion program time to grow. But perhaps they're reconsidering in light of the show's performance Monday night, when it drew just 311,000 viewers at 8 p.m., according to Nielsen Media Research, far fewer than it had any night last week following its Oct. 4 premiere. The low numbers for "Parker Spitzer" helped give CNN its worst average...
  • Approval of Congress at All-Time Low for Midterm Election Year, Says Gallup

    09/21/2010 2:56:51 PM PDT · by Justaham · 20 replies · 1+ views ^ | 9-21-10 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    Public approval of Congress now sits at 18 percent, lower than it has been in any prior midterm election year since Gallup started polling public approval of Congress in 1974, according to a USA Today/Gallup Poll conducted Sept. 13-16. In March, approval of Congress actually sank to 16 percent, the second-lowest approval rating Congress has ever received in the Gallup poll. After that, it climbed to 23 percent in April and then started declining again, hitting 21 percent in May, 20 percent in June, 20 percent in July, and 19 percent in August. “Congress’ current approval rating is now approaching...
  • SEC suspends rule requiring credit agency signoff

    07/22/2010 3:25:37 PM PDT · by jdsteel · 11 replies · 1+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | 07/22/2010 | jdsteel
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal market regulators are relaxing a rule that could have clogged crucial markets for bonds backed by consumer debt. The Securities and Exchange Commission says a credit rating agency's signoff will not be needed for the sale of certain newly issued bonds. The change will last six months. Credit raters currently must endorse certain new bond deals backed by consumer loans. The agencies said this week they would no longer do so. They fear the financial consequences of a new law that makes it easier for investors to sue them if ratings prove inaccurate. ...... The measure...
  • GALLUP : Obama Job Approval Rating Down to 38% Among Independents

    07/07/2010 7:32:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 133 replies
    Gallup ^ | 07/07/2010 | Jeffrey Jones
    Overall job ratings for the president continue to be below majority level. PRINCETON, NJ -- Thirty-eight percent of independents approve of the job Barack Obama is doing as president, the first time independent approval of Obama has dropped below 40% in a Gallup Daily tracking weekly aggregate. Meanwhile, Obama maintains the support of 81% of Democrats, and his job approval among Republicans remains low, at 12%. These data are based on Gallup Daily tracking interviews conducted the week of June 28-July 4. Over the past year, Obama has lost support among all party groups, though the decline has been steeper...
  • FR Internet Activism Opportunity

    06/16/2010 7:08:07 PM PDT · by mnehring · 29 replies · 583+ views
    Everyone should be aware of the tool in Firefox called the WOT (Web of Trust). This is a tool that Firefox users can download to rate websites as safe or warn people if a website is malicious. This is a great tool to promote Conservative websites, such as Free Republic. The liberals, such as DU use this tool to rate down sites and get them blocked by search engines. We should try to counter this. It is also a good way to have other resources rated. Link to the Firefox tool:
  • Daily Presidential Tracking Poll (May 31, 2010: Dear Reader at -13)

    05/31/2010 7:16:45 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 18 replies · 872+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | 5/31/10 | Rasmussen
    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Monday shows that 27% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Forty percent (40%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -13
  • Daily Presidential Tracking Poll (May 29 2010: Hussein holds steady at -12)

    05/29/2010 8:27:11 AM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 19 replies · 801+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | 5/29/10 | Rasmussen, Scott
    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows that 28% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Forty percent (40%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -12
  • Fitch: Here’s Why We Stripped Spain of AAA Rating

    05/28/2010 10:35:37 AM PDT · by C19fan · 5 replies · 399+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | May 28, 2010 | Matt Phillips
    It’s the growth rate, stupid. And the ratings firm is less rosy on the kingdom’s growth rates than the government is. Fitch writes: The Spanish government has announced an ambitious fiscal consolidation plan to ensure a return to sustainable public finances after the global financial crisis. Fitch believes the Spanish government could find it hard to implement some of the expenditure cuts.
  • Daily Presidential Tracking Poll -16 Presidential Approval (0 had a big bounce)

    05/27/2010 10:42:51 AM PDT · by for-q-clinton · 73 replies · 3,201+ views
    Rasmussen ^ | 27 May 2010 | Rasmussen
    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Thursday shows that 26% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Forty-two percent (42%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -16 (see trends). Just 28% now believe the United States is generally heading in the right direction.
  • Daily Presidential Tracking Poll (May 26, 2010: Dear Reader at -22) LOWEST EVER!!!!

    05/26/2010 6:30:35 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 309 replies · 11,059+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | 5/26/10 | Rasmussen
    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows that 23% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Forty-five percent (45%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -22. That’s the lowest Approval Index rating yet measured for this president
  • Fitch Cuts Greek Debt Rating to Just Above Junk

    04/11/2010 7:07:35 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies · 416+ views
    Money News ^ | 04/09/10
    Fitch Cuts Greek Debt Rating to Just Above Junk Friday, April 9, 2010 11:21 AM Greece was hit with another financial headache Friday after Fitch Ratings slashed its credit rating on the country's debt because of mounting concerns about the government's ability to get a handle on its debt mountain. Fitch, one of the world's big three ratings agency, lowered its rating by two notches to BBB negative and said that the outlook on the country remains negative. The downgrade means that Greek debt remains investment grade — but only just. Another downgrade would make Greece's debt junk status —...
  • Obama's Approval Rating Hits New Low

    04/02/2010 10:21:30 AM PDT · by Chet 99 · 127 replies · 5,130+ views
    Last week, President Obama signed historic health care reform legislation into law -- but his legislative success doesn't seem to have helped his image with the American public. The latest CBS News Poll, conducted between March 29 and April 1, found Americans unhappier than ever with Mr. Obama's handling of health care - and still worried about the state of the economy. President Obama's overall job approval rating has fallen to an all-time low of 44 percent, down five points from late March, just before the health bill's passage in the House of Representatives. It's down 24 points since his...
  • No room for error on U.S. debt (credit rating warning from Moody's)

    03/15/2010 1:44:37 PM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 6 replies · 271+ views
    CNN/Money ^ | 03/15/10 | Colin Barr
    NEW YORK (Fortune) -- The United States isn't in jeopardy of losing its gold-plated credit rating, though by one measure America is closer to the ratings-downgrade danger zone than Spain. That's according to credit rating agency Moody's. In a quarterly report about sovereign debt, Moody's analysts wrote that despite market worries about rising government debt levels, there is "no imminent rating pressure" for the United States and other big governments carrying its highest triple-A rating.
  • Ferguson: We're One Downgrade Away From The End Of American Empire

    02/23/2010 7:44:21 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 36 replies · 1,227+ views
    Business Insider ^ | 02/23/10 | Gregory White
    Ferguson: We're One Downgrade Away From The End Of American Empire Gregory White | Feb. 23, 2010, 9:19 AM | 1,575 | comment 18 Print Tags: U.S. Government, Debt, Ratings Niall Ferguson is candidly calling time on the American Empire, or at least pointing to the combination of factors that will soon lead to its demise, in the latest issue of Foreign Affairs. /snip Foreign Affairs: But one day, a seemingly random piece of bad news---perhaps a negative report by a rating agency---will make the headlines during an otherwise quiet news cycle. Suddenly, it will be not just a few...
  • U.S. Rating Under Pressure Unless Deficits Cut, Moody’s Says

    02/02/2010 12:52:28 PM PST · by optiguy · 17 replies · 1,108+ views
    Business Week ^ | February 2, 2010 | Inyoung Hwang
    Feb. 2 (Bloomberg) -- Moody’s Investors Service Inc. said the U.S. government’s Aaa bond rating will come under pressure in the future unless additional measures are taken to reduce budget deficits projected for the next decade.
  • Daily Presidential Tracking Poll (January 5, 2009: Dear Reader at -13)

    01/05/2010 6:31:28 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 44 replies · 1,734+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | 01/05/09 | Rasmussen
    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows that 27% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Forty percent (40%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -13
  • Daily Presidential Tracking Poll (December 30, 2009: Dear Reader is at -16)

    12/30/2009 6:29:06 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 13 replies · 1,302+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | 12/30/09 | Rasmussen
    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows that 25% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Forty-one percent (41%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -16
  • U.K., France, Spain Risk Losing Top Credit Rating

    12/26/2009 11:46:37 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies · 638+ views
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 12/27/09
    U.K., France, Spain Risk Losing Top Credit Rating In a fresh blow to the standing of some of Europe's fattest economies, France, Spain and the U.K. are at risk of having their credit rating slashed due to their skyrocketing public debt, Fitch warned Tuesday. The ratings agency said unless the three take more concrete measures to reduce their public debt, it will downgrade their sovereign ratings from AAA, the highest rating available. If the three countries' public debt keeps rising at the current pace, it will amount to over 90 percent of their GDP by 2011, Fitch predicted. By contrast,...
  • Moody's Puts $143 Billion Of Jumbo RMBS On Downgrade Review

    12/19/2009 4:29:15 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies · 396+ views
    Zero Hedge ^ | 12/18/09
    Moody's Puts $143 Billion Of Jumbo RMBS On Downgrade Review Submitted by Tyler Durden on 12/18/2009 16:31 -0500 ABX ABX Prime Bonds C Case-Shiller Cash Cumulative Losses default Default Rate Defaults Delinquencies Delinquency Rates Downgrade Factors Foreclosures Government-Sponsored Enterprise Housing Investment Grade loans losses Moody's Moodys mortgage Mortgage Backed Securities overhang Performance prices recovery risk RMBS securities Structured Finance Unemployment US Wall Street With the ABX Prime index stirring those willing to take risk on prime residential exposure, Moody's came out with a report demonstrating why there likely will be a recurring offer on the index. In short: Moody's Investors...
  • Moody's 'axe blow' to rating on Spanish debts(another time bomb ticks in EU)

    12/18/2009 9:39:51 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies · 459+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 12/18/09 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Moody's 'axe blow' to rating on Spanish debts The debt crisis sweeping southern Europe has deepened after US credit-rating agency Moody's downgraded €112bn (£100m) of Spanish mortgage debt and slashed the ratings of Catalunia and a raft of regions with ballooning state deficits. By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, International Business Editor Published: 6:05AM GMT 18 Dec 2009 A deserted buiding site in Spain. The country has been hit hard by the property crash Spain's media called the move an "axe blow", fearing a domino effect through the country's debt markets. Credit default swaps measuring the risk on Spanish sovereign bonds jumped 10...
  • Overrating Agencies (Economy)

    12/13/2009 10:47:24 AM PST · by blam · 1 replies · 252+ views
    The Daily Reckoning ^ | 12-13-2009 | Joel Bowman
    Overrating Agencies (Economy) By Joel Bowman 12/13/09 Taipei, Taiwan – As nervous investors await news of the next sovereign debt debacle, Moody’s Senior Vice President Tom Byrne gave them another reason to remain on guard this week. During an interview in Singapore on Friday, Byrne made the following comment concerning the health of the US and UK economies. “The outlook is stable.” Byrne’s placating remarks came in quickstep after a report from his firm earlier in the week let slip that the two massively indebted sovereigns may “test the AAA boundaries.” That report, in turn, emerged after the kafuffle in...
  • Moody's downgrades Illinois debt ratings (At least there is CA)

    12/10/2009 6:59:58 AM PST · by C19fan · 3 replies · 401+ views
    Reuters ^ | December 9, 2009 | Staff
    Moody's cut other Illinois ratings, affecting about $24 billion of outstanding debt, including the state's Build Illinois sales tax revenue bonds, also cut to A2 from A1. The downgrade gave Illinois the second lowest U.S. state rating from Moody's, with California having the lowest at Baa1, a Moody's spokesman said. Moody's said Illinois has yet to take action to tackle a structural budget gap of more than $11 billion, equal to about 35 percent of its expenditures.
  • Obama's 47 Percent Approval Lowest of Any President at This Point

    12/08/2009 7:26:48 AM PST · by Zakeet · 41 replies · 2,746+ views
    Fox News ^ | December 8, 2009
    President Obama's job approval rating has fallen to 47 percent in the latest Gallup poll, the lowest ever recorded for any president at this point in his term. President Obama's job approval rating has fallen to 47 percent in the latest Gallup poll, the lowest ever recorded for any president at this point in his term. The new low comes as Obama enters the home stretch in his push to enact his signature initiative, an overhaul of the nation's health care system, and escalates America's involvement in the Afghanistan war. Below are comparable ratings for other presidents since Gallup began...
  • Inside the numbers: How Obama has fallen (Obozo's dropping like a rock -- almost everywhere)

    11/24/2009 9:19:38 AM PST · by Zakeet · 62 replies · 3,706+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | November 24, 2009 | Byron York
    We've all seen reports that Barack Obama's job approval rating has recently fallen below 50 percent in the Gallup poll for the first time since the president took office in January. A look inside those numbers -- Gallup publishes a weekly breakdown of its results by demographic groups -- shows that there are a lot of other firsts in the polling: Among age groups: For the first time in the White House, Obama is below 50 percent with every age group of Americans except those between 18 and 29. He's at 48 percent with people in the 30-49 range; 46...
  • Will Obama's decision to deploy more troops in Afghanistan improve or hurt his approval ratings?Poll

    11/25/2009 10:41:32 AM PST · by DBlake · 10 replies · 625+ views
    Youpolls ^ | 11-25-2009 | Reuters
    A USA Today/Gallup poll depicts Obama battling headwinds and sinking....
  • Fox News Poll: Approval of President Obama Hits New Low

    11/19/2009 11:45:12 AM PST · by DadOfFive · 87 replies · 5,934+ views
    by Dana Blanton , President Obama's approval rating has hit a new low of 46 percent, even as a majority of Americans says he is providing the kind of leadership they expected. print email share recommend (2) President Obama's approval rating has hit a new low of 46 percent, according to a FOX News poll released Thursday. An equal number -- 46 percent -- disapprove of the job he's doing. Breaking down the numbers by political party shows how sharply split American voters are over the president's job performance. While 85 percent of Democrats approve of their party leader,...
  • Moody’s: Pension Strains Put Pressure on Ratings

    11/06/2009 9:20:34 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 2 replies · 187+ views
    Financial Planning ^ | 11/06/09 | Yvette Shields
    Moody’s: Pension Strains Put Pressure on Ratings By Yvette Shields, Bond Buyer November 6, 2009 The fiscal strain of deteriorating pension funding levels on local and state governments could contribute to downgrades in the next several years, especially among those governments that entered the recession with poor funding ratios or have little flexibility in their funding requirements, a new report from Moody’s Investors Service warns. In the near term, the impact of dwindling investment returns as a result of the market downturn is broad and adds yet another layer of fiscal stress on governments already faced with faltering tax revenues,...
  • Freefalling Obama

    11/01/2009 11:50:03 AM PST · by nutsonthebus · 5 replies · 695+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | Nov. 1, 2009 | Rasmussen
    In October, for the third straight month, 39% Strongly Disapproved of the president’s performance. The number who Strongly Approved fell two percentage points to 29%, the president’s lowest full-month total to date. That leads to a Presidential Approval Index rating of -10, also a new low for Obama. Also in October, the president’s total approval slipped a point to 48%. His total disapproval remained stable at 51%.

    10/23/2009 4:20:39 AM PDT · by lt.america · 34 replies · 1,454+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 22 October, 2009 | Toby Herndon
    Gallup recorded an average daily approval rating of 53 per cent for Mr Obama for the third quarter of the year, a sharp drop from the 62 per cent he recorded from April. His current approval rating – hovering just above the level that would make re-election an uphill struggle – is close to the bottom for newly-elected president. Mr Obama entered the White House with a soaring 78 per cent approval rating.
  • Gallup wonders: What happened to Sarah Palin’s favorable rating?

    10/16/2009 6:53:58 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 111 replies · 3,165+ views
    Hotair ^ | 10/16/2009 | Allahpundit
    Worth posting if only to lay down a marker about where her favorables were before the book was released. At 40/50, there’s nowhere to go but up. Hopefully. Palin became a bit of a sensation after John McCain tapped her as his running mate last August. But over the course of the campaign, her image suffered, going from a 53% favorable rating immediately after the 2008 Republican National Convention to 42% by the end of the campaign. Palin’s ratings have not recovered, and her current 40% favorable rating is the lowest for her since she became widely known after last...
  • Britain "Within A Whisker Of losing Its Triple a Credit Rating"

    09/22/2009 2:54:12 PM PDT · by blam · 5 replies · 462+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9-22-2009 | Jeremy Walker
    tain "Within A Whisker Of losing Is Triple a Credit Rating" By Jeremy Warner September 22nd, 2009 Can Britain afford the massive increase in sovereign debt it is clocking up in paying for the structural deficit and the recession? Only just, assumptions used by the Treasury in drawing up its forecasts for the public finances reveal. It could swing either way. One of the most striking features of confidential Treasury papers leaked last week to the Tories was the projected growth in the numbers for debt interest. This is assumed to rise from “just” £27.2bn this financial year to a...
  • Zogby: Obama Approval Plummets to 42 Percent

    08/31/2009 3:58:46 PM PDT · by library user · 350 replies · 19,249+ views
    Zogby / Newsmax ^ | August 31, 2009 | John Zogby
    ~ EXCERPT ~ ~ snip ~ President Barack Obama's job approval rating is down to 42%, with a decline in approval from Democrats the leading factor. The latest Zogby Interactive poll of 4,518 likely voters conducted from August 28-31 found 48% disapprove and 42% approve of the job Obama is doing. The poll found 75% of Democrats approve of Obama's performance, a drop of 13 points among Democrats from an interactive poll done July 21-24 of this year. That same poll found 48% of all likely voters approving of Obama's job performance, and 49% disapproving. ~snip~ In the time between...
  • Franken’s initial approval rating: right where he left off

    08/17/2009 11:47:23 AM PDT · by RobinMasters · 25 replies · 1,670+ views
    Hot Air ^ | August 17, 2009 | ED MORRISSEY
    When politicians first take office, they usually ride on a bubble of good will among their constituents. Consider it the triumph of hope over experience; after an election, most people hope they will do well even if they didn’t support the winner in the election. With that in mind, Eric Ostermeier looks at Al Franken’s initial job-approval ratings after a month in office, and finds that bubble missing entirely: A newly released SurveyUSA poll conducted only two weeks into Franken’s tenure finds Minnesotans unsurprisingly divided about how he is conducting himself as their Senator in Washington. The poll finds 43...
  • Moody's cuts Calif rating, budget talks press on ($72b CA debt rated as junk)

    07/15/2009 10:13:43 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 20 replies · 747+ views
    Reuters ^ | 07/14/09 | Jim Christie
    Moody's cuts Calif rating, budget talks press on By Jim Christie Tue Jul 14, 9:36 pm ET SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Moody's cut its rating on Tuesday on about $72 billion of California's debt to near junk status, citing the state's budget crisis, but a top lawmaker said a deal to close a $26.3 billion gap was near. Moody's Investors Service in a statement said it cut the state's general obligation debt by two notches to Baa1, or three notches above speculative "junk" status and the rating may suffer further downgrades because of a growing risk to the state's ability...
  • Latest Obama Approval Numbers 51%-48% (Pres. Approval index down to -8)

    07/09/2009 6:29:35 AM PDT · by smith5460 · 348 replies · 14,096+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | 7-9-09 | Rasmussen Reports
    "The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Thursday shows that 30% of the nation's voters now Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Thirty-eight percent (38%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of –8. The President’s Approval Index rating has fallen six points since release of a disappointing jobs report last week."