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US: National Survey (AP-GfK 9/8-13)

Topics: National , poll

AP-GfK
9/8-13/10; 1,000 adults, 4.2% margin of error
Mode: Live telephone interviews
(AP-GfK release)

National

Obama Job Approval
49% Approve, 50% Disapprove (chart)
Economy: 42 / 58 (chart)
Health Care: 50 / 50 (chart)

State of the Country
40% Right Direction, 57% Wrong Track (chart)

No matter how you will vote in November, if the election for Congress were held today, would you want to see the Republicans or the Democrats win control of Congress?
46% Republicans, 43% Democrats

Party ID
31% Democrat, 25% Republican, 31% independent, 13% Don't know (chart)

 

Comments
Beowulf687:

13% don't know there affiliation? Thats odd.

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tjampel:

Highest right/wrong direction numbers I've seen for some time. (first time it's climbed out of the 30s for many months). Also Presidential approval is pretty high, at 49%, and his approval for health care is as high as I've seen in months, once again.

I know that the LV generic is what everyone is focused on. I just think their LV screen is way off; that Dem enthusiasm isn't quite as bad as they see it. Politico just came out with a LV generic that's tied. PPP's generic, if you make it LVs is only about Repub +5.

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Field Marshal:

This poll has consistently had a high right/wrong direction result.

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Cederico:

Some encouraging numbers for Obama and DEMS in this poll. Obama at almost even approval - 49% and his approval on most issues is fairly high including Iraq, Terrorism, Afghanistan, Education, Environment, etc. He is even on approval regarding healthcare which can only help.

The downside is his approval on the economy is still upside down and unfortunately for DEMS that is the primary issue this election season.

The generic using registered voters is still close which is consistent with other recent polls. Again this points to the need for DEMS to get their voters enthusiased and to the ballot box as the likely voter screens assume much higher GOP participation.

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Mike E:

No change from the last AP poll with respect to Obamas job approval. Not good when even your pals at the AP have you underwater.

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Aaron_in_TX:

"13% don't know there affiliation? Thats odd."

Among all adults I think that's perfectly reasonable. Only about 20% of the population pays close attention to the news/politics, and most of them know exactly where they stand and will not deviate.

Probably anywhere from 10-25% get no news whatsoever besides what they hear from the people they associate with, facebook, etc..., etc... A lot of those people probably simply don't care enough to know about what the democrats or republicans stand for.

In the middle are 50% or so that tune in or out intermittently and have vague allegiances to either party.

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