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US: National Survey (Economist 2/21-23)

Topics: poll

Economist / YouGov
2/21-23/10; 1,000 adults, 3.7% margin of error
Mode: Internet
(Economist release)

National

Obama Job Approval
45% Approve, 48% Disapprove (chart)
Dems: 79 / 16 (chart)
Reps: 10 / 87 (chart)
Inds: 37 / 57 (chart)
Economy: 41 / 52 (chart)
Health Care: 40 / 52 (chart)

Congressional Job Approval
9% Approve, 71% Disapprove (chart)

2010 Congress: Generic Ballot
45% Democrat, 38% Republican (chart)

State of the Country
30% Right Direction, 55% Wrong Track (chart)

 

Comments
CUWriter:

Another wild Internet poll. Obama's upside down on everything, Congress has 9% approval and yet the Dems lead by seven on the generic ballot. Something just doesn't track there.

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Ryan:

I love their comment:

"Only 9% approve of the way Congress is handling its job. We really ought to study these people."

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Ryan:

CUW-
I don't see those two as being a problem. If congress is at 9% it means that people aren't happy with either party, but the rep-dem choice makes you choose between two groups that aer both polling negatively.

And as for Obama being upside down on everything, the only question that they asked for which he is not upside down on in all of the poll averages in job approval, and the numbers here are within the margin of error of those averages (45/48 +- 3.7 compared to 48/47.4).

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Scott:

YouGov polls continually have these contradictory results. Their approval poll results for Obama tend to lean to the GOP slightly while their Dem vs. GOP matchup polls lean heavily to the Democrats.

And this leaning is witnessed not only with the generic congressional polling but also with the 2009 Virginia and New Jersey polling.

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