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US: Generic Ballot (Fox 5/4-5)

Topics: poll

Fox News / Opinion Dynamics
5/4-5/10; 900 registered voters, 3% margin of error
Mode: Live telephone interviews
(Fox release)

National

2010 Congress: Generic Ballot
42% Republican, 40% Democratic (chart)

Job Approval / Disapproval
Dems in Congress: 37 / 54
Reps in Congress: 31 / 57

Favorable / Unfavorable
Barack Obama: 53 / 42 (chart)
Sarah Palin: 37 / 53 (chart)
Nancy Pelosi: 28 / 52
Mitt Romney: 40 / 28 (chart)
Mike Huckabee: 42 / 26 (chart)
Newt Gingrich: 32 / 46

2012 President
41% Obama, 41% Generic Republican
42% Obama, 29% Generic Republican, 10% Mike Bloomberg (i)

 

Comments
Farleftandproud:

I am not too worried if the people who would vote Republican, would also consider voting for Bloomberg. He is more liberal than Obama on a handful of issues.

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Farleftandproud:

They overpolled Republicans again and underpolled INdependents. This isn't that bad.

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Field Marshal:

This from the PEW poll the other day.

http://people-press.org/report/613/arizona-immigration-law

45% of Dems approve of the AZ law, 64% of indies, and 86% of Reps. Obama's handling of immigration policy 25% approve, 54% disapprove.

73% say they support police being able to requiring people to produce documents verifying legal status.

So, i guess 73% of the people in this country are racists.

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Stillow:

FM - I saw that pew poll, why is not posted here?

Does thsi mean 45 percent of the Democratic party is racist?

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bigfoot9p6:

FM. Not all of them, just the ones who never seem to think about anything else. Such as yourself.

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Farleftandproud:

No, I believe that in much of the country there are a lot of blue dog Democrats who like Arizona's law. I am sure they are probably the older ones.

The GOP made a good decision by not having their convention there. I wish they had made the decision last month, and they had no choice but to have it there. It would be nice to see the same folks who are angry now, showing up for them in the summer of 2012.

Thankfully in 2012, the Democrats will have the advantage of making the closing arguments and having their convention after the GOP.

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Field Marshal:

LOL.

Yeah, its the conservatives and me that don't think of anything else but race. That's rich. Good luck with people not laughing right in your face when you say THAT to them....

Stillow,

Yes it does.

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Farleftandproud:

Liberals are a minority group in America, since we make up only about 23 percent, but we have a very strong voice. Sometimes what is popular at the time comes back to bite everyone later. This support for AZ's immigration law reminds me of the tremendous support for going to Iraq in early 2003. I was called a traitor to my country by some for opposing the war. Our insight came back to prove that we were right. I think this Immigration law will wear out in popularity. Arizona will be the first state to start feeling angry at the people who signed this. The protests are working, and if 1/3 fewer people go to see baseball and Football games and the Grand Canyon's tourism falls by 1/3, the blame game will begin. Besides the law isn't going to prevent illegals coming in anyhow.

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Manning:

The reason why Obama's Numbers seem to stagnate in the low 50s is because their is a deep divide in our country Obama has a 91% approval rating among Dems. He is too liberals what Ronald Regan was to Conservatives .........

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Stillow:

The only problem in the long run with that is Reagan had a lot more conservatives in the country than Obama has liberals.

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Farleftandproud:

And Reagan like Obama are both likeable and personable. You could disagree with their policies but still like them personally.

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Farleftandproud:

The definition of what it means to be conservative for the GOP has only gotten more extreme. I mean, the thought of nominating someone like Sarah Palin for VP would have been ludicrous in 1980. Reagan Picked George Bush who was extremely moderate. Each election cycle the GOP keeps becoming more and more and more extreme and conservative. It is very unfortunate.

That is exactly why they threw out Specter, than they didn't nominate Crist who was moderate, than they didn't nominate Bob Bennett who I never thought of moderate, just because he supported Tarp. John Mccain is a fixture in the Senate and moved quite far to the right as it was in 2008; he picked Sarah Palin for heaven sake, and even that wasn't enough to not get a primary challenger. I still think it is because he treated Obama like a human being and a legitimate politician, not a foreign entity who was born in Kenya and has ties to terrorists. Coming up to bat for Obama is all it takes in today's GOP to bring on a primary challenger.

Democrats in contrast, felt double crossed by Blanche Lincoln for her opposition to health care reform and than taking the credit for more health benefits to her constituents. Plus she had a long history of voting with Bush's conservative agenda a fair amount of the time. That is a much more serious reason, than Bennett voting with the Dems on one issue, or Crist, treating Obama like a long lost friend.

As for Arlen Specter, he has to earn his way into Democratic circles. He picked us, we didn't pick him, so it is only fair he has a primary challenger. Parker Griffith in ALabama has a primary challenger too and he changed parties as well.

I don't know what happened to civility in politics. It is clearly due to a world of misinformation, rumors spread on cable news, the internet, the pulpit and just through what people were taught or not taught at home.

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Farleftandproud:

A lot of people who support Obama are more center/left, but wouldn't classfiy themselves as liberal. Besides I think he has been fairly moderate. We had 6 presidents who tried to get health care reform passed and failed. They were not all flaming liberals, including Kennedy, Nixon, LBJ.

He is a victim of a lot of misinformation. He is liberal, but no more so than Clinton, Kerry and Al Gore. Most people I find who think Obama is a liberal extremist are mostly people who lean right, and never vote for Democratic candidates.

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bigfoot9p6:

FM, as I've mentioned I am a scientist. Therefore, I am somewhat partial to actual evidence. My case in what I said is the following: You brought up race in the comment section of a poll that had nothing whatsoever to do with race. Therefore, I concluded that that was what was on you mind. Clear, present, self evident. Now, with solid evidence, provide a link to a time where Obama, uber-liberal, blamed race on anything, whatsoever. Good luck dude.

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LordMike:

"So, i guess 73% of the people in this country are racists. "

73% of the country don't think it will affect them and could care less about those who will be unduly harassed as second class citizens. Some of it is racism... most of it is simply selfishness and wanting to beat up on an easy scapegoat to blame all their problems.

The fact is, Wall Street took away your jobs, not some brown skinned guy down the street.

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Emawk:

The problem with the Arizona law is simple: it disregards that there can be illegal aliens from anywhere other than Mexico (or any Hispanic country for that matter). It goes after people who "look or act" suspiciously...what about those from England or Russia who have money? Those people won't be harassed. That is the reason why this law is racist. Public opinion represents ignorance but what's new?

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Field Marshal:

emawk,

I would argue that the people from England and Russia are the only ones going to be caught from this law. The law prohibits racial profiling so now cops will be afraid to ask hispanics for documentation but no one will say a peep if its a white person (of course). This is similar to airport security where the wonderful TSA will frisk Grandmas but allow Arab males in their 20's with one-way tickets and no checked bags to go through without so much as a second look.

The ignorance of the people who think this law is racist is astounding to me. I mean, look at LordMikes posts for fresh evidence of that. 73% of the country is selfish and/or racist. Give me a break. Maybe they are just smart enough to weed through the bravo sierra.

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Emawk:

How can you argue that? What reasoning would the cops have to ask the white people for papers? The problem is HOW DOES SOMEONE ACT LIKE AN ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT? The fact is that several law enforcement officers have said that they don't need this law in order to find undocumented people in the country. The sheer ignorance of the people who support this law is what really is problematic in America. This law wouldn't affect me even if I lived in Arizona but it reminds me of a story someone in my family told me about black people being stopped and questioned before they were allowed in a white neighborhood. They broke no crime and showed no other reason to be stopped but the color of their skin said otherwise. It's distasteful and the people in this country need to wake up. Yes, illegal immigration is a problem; I live in Florida where we have a problem as well. This law is not the solution. We need to make sure that people are not hiring illegal immigrants which will force them into citizenship.

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