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US: National Survey (Economist 8/9-11)


The Economist / YouGov
8/9-11/09; 1,000 adults, 4.9% margin of error
Mode: Internet
(Economist post)

National

Favorable / Unfavorable
Obama: 53 / 41 (chart)

Obama Job Approval
49% Approve, 43% Disapprove (chart)
Dems: 85 / 10 (chart)
Reps: 10 / 85 (chart)
inds: 42 / 48 (chart)
Economy: 47 / 44 (chart)
Health Care: 44 / 47 (chart)

Congressional Job Approval
19% Approve, 56% Disapprove (chart)

2010 Congress: National Ballot
36% Republican, 46% Democrat (chart)

State of the Country
37% Right Direction, 48% Wrong track (chart)
Economy: 26% Getting better, 34% Getting worse, 33% About the same (chart)

 

Comments
JMSTiger:

Those numbers are bad for everyone. This is the first poll outside of Rasmussen that shows Obama's approval rating under 50%. Only 42% of independents approve. Congress' rating is a pathetically horrible 19%. But, look at the 2010 Congressional ballot: the GOP trails by 10%. According to this poll, the American people are pissed at everyone. Oh, and this poll is of "all adults". If it were of "registered voters" or "likely voters" it would be worse.

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Stillow:

Congressional approval means nothing....everyone hates Congress but loves there congressman...so that will never change.

Those pesky Indy's are dragging Obama down. Rass has his approval at 47 today...if you average Rass's likely voter tracker with Gallup's registered voter tracker Obama is right at 50....heatlh care really seems to be pulling him down.

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DemFromPOR:

Stillow, you crack me up with your commentary. From poll to poll you change your belief in what poll is good and what poll is bad.

Now you want to use two tracking polls to fit your meme? You said before that tracking polls are useless and meaningless. In Gallups case since they use Adults for approval don't mean much but now that Obama has dipped a little bit, you can use an average?

The headline in the media at the moment is "Obama is failing". Under the logic you use which is the "Liberal" media props up Obama and his numbers, seems that a lot of polls are trying to fit that headline. But since the polls are negative at the moment, all the polls are perfect! Right?

I'm not trying to pick on you, but everytime I see you post on here you attack a liberal leaning poster, because he is a liberal leaning poster. You discredit any poll and any statistical reasoning if it doesn't fit your thinking. You can't just believe in the polls that justify your thoughts. Whenever a poll shows Obama at 55%+ you say "oh, too high". But when it's 55% or below, "yeah that sounds about right. Oh and did I mention he is sinking??!"

Just don't be a hypocrite because that seems to be the action of your party and belief system of late. Interrupting town halls and screaming is not democracy at work, it's disrespectful and ignorant. Just because liberal groups did it, doesn't justify the right doing it. For people who hate the left so much, you guys seem to practice what we did a lot.

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Stillow:

Apparantly you do not actually "read" my posts. I have always said trackrs are useless, but that "I" perosnally average them to get some kind of idea where the real # is.

Its no secret most pollsters do lean left, it is what it is...I fully admit Rass leans right too....I am consistant. There was only one poll I recall recently where I said the result wwas wrong...and nearly everyon else who posted on here called it an outlier too.

I have said a trillion itmes that all polls have to be viewed in context of who did the polling....and that its best to use trends an averages to get the best numbers....I don't know why I have to keep saying that....

You need to "read" my posts and not just read the parts you want....!

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DemFromPOR:

I read your posts actually quite well. And I did a little look back and took a few quotes from older posts. A little research, something Conservatives frown upon. Here is what I found.


Stillow:

Of course this poll is useless, its not giving you the results you want.

Posted on August 5, 2009 11:16 AM Quinnipiac 7/27 - 8/3 poll on Health Care


Stillow:

What a stupid poll to conduct....Kos is trying to distract from real debates like health care at the same time they are trying to link the far right wing kooks to average repubs and conservatives by doing this dopy poll.

Silly, silly Kos...................

Posted on July 31, 2009 12:23 PM - Kos poll on Obama Nationality.


The point of those is, YOU dismiss anything that doesn't suit your thoughts. It's distracting to poll anything that could hurt your current fight, right? You only seem to support the numbers in your favor. It's a bit hypocritcal to say oh what a silly poll to have on if people believe Obama was born in the U.S.A. Well it's not so weird when in fact the data suggests that most people who don't believe in his birthplace, don't believe in reforming Health Care. Weird?

I know that nuanced thoughts are not the norm for Conservatives and so you seem to take things at their surface instead of looking deeper. This poll proved to be right and justified. There is an easy link for not believing where he was born and against everything the President does. I said during the Bush years and so did many other liberals, you can't start an argument with I hate Obama. It has to come from a real and intelligent opposition with facts against his agenda.

Or keep going with I hate Obama, therefore none of the programs he offers will work. EVER. It failed the Democrats in 2004, just like it will fail the Republicans in 2010 and 2012. Only in 2006 did the Democrats start to give real answers and opposition to Conservative programs, and only then did they start to win elections. Although Obama may be more popular than his policies, a deeper line is in there. Attack Obama in 2010 and you lose the election. A lot of independents will say, "I may not agree with Obama on everything but the personal attacks are wrong". But good luck throwing stones in a glass house.

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Stillow:

@DemFromPOR

Your joking right?

The first one I was refuting someone else dismissing hte poll...I called him out on it because it didn't give him numbers he wanted.

The other is from Kos.As you may o rmay not know, Kos is a hard far left group and that poll was stupid....it was quit elcear what they were tryign to do...as liberal you don't see it of course.

The rest of what you posted just doesn't mak any sense. A blog is about posting your "opinion"...I know you libs only like free speech whe nits liberal speech, but you will have to deal with it.

Birther polls are stupid.....was Kos out there polling Dems on how many of them though Bush planned 9/11? Or how many Dems still think the CBS forged documents are real? No, they are doign the birther thing for political reasons...if you can't see that then that is your problem, not mine.

You need to stop because you are making yourself look quite moronic.

I comment on all polls, I recognize the bias in certain pollsters....what you are doing is trying to divert fro mthe fact your saviors numbers are falling...he is losign the health care debate....so what is it you do? You end up talking about some loony birthers..........as though that will somehow turn it ll around for you.

What answers did the Dems have in 2006 and 2008? It was all we hate Bush....nothing more.

Don't make anymore foolish posts.......I am tryign to save you the embarrassment.

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Stephen_W:

"Its no secret most pollsters do lean left." Really? Did I miss the memo on that?

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Stillow:

@Stephen_W:

You got me...I should have said its no secret outside the left wing that most pollsters lean left!

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DemFromPOR:

1. You agreed with the poll because it favored your thinking. Therefore, you dismissed the person who questioned it. You know that for a fact.

1. I didn't know Research 2000, the company who conducts the polling for Kos, was liberal leaning. Hmm, news to me.

2. Distracting?? You want to talk about distracting? Republicans clamoring about "Death Panels" is distracting. This poll just shows where these people come from and from where the opposition to Obama grew.

3. Whenever the "saviors" numbers fall the poll is fantastic. However, whenever his poll numbers go back up you seem quick to point out that it's just temporary and that bad news is lurking.

4. What did the Democrats run on in 2006 and 2008? It wasn't just pure Bush bashing. Yes, some of it was, I do admit that. However, they ran on not privatizing Social Security, winding down the war, trickle down economics doesn't work, corruption and overall lack of understanding. What will the Republicans run on? No?? The Stimulus programs are starting to show signs of helping the economy. If you looked into the bill MOST of the spending comes later this year, into next year. No on Health care? Good luck. You can't start from I hate Obama. Which you prove my point exactly. You did, so I can! It's childish and not progressive. Let's move this country forward, not live in the past. Conservative principles state to do nothing and hope the market fixes it. The world has changed, there are a million different complexities in the market today that it takes bold action and bold ideas. Not sitting by handing it to the corporations to fix it.


So don't tell me about idiotic posts, your posts are idiotic. If you can't recognize that these protests are fake and are astroturf, YOU are the moron. Not me. You spew nonsense about REAL Americans are standing up. You mean the real Americans who shout over questions being asked? You mean the people who have Medicare and collect Social Security yet yell they don't want Gov't in either? Those Americans?

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Stillow:

@DemFromPOR:

I tried, but if you insist on embarrassing yourself, I will not try and stop you.

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DemFromPOR:

Typical Conservative. Don't answer critics, just tell them they are wrong and that they are embarrassing themselves. In hopes they will go away and not challenge your thinking. I understand.

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notonegativity:

Stillow, this might be petty to you, but since you are the resident poster on here, would you mind slowing your typing down so you have proper grammer and spelling? Your posts are annoying to read with all the errors and I assume that since you spend so much time on here that you want people to read your posts.

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Stillow:

@notonegativity

I apologize and I have explained before...I have an old right hand injury from when I was stationed in Kuwait many years ago so I developed many bad typing habits which I can't break....typing is quite difficult when you have minor nerve damage in your hand! Just bare with me....thanks.

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A Facebook User:

i've been following this site quietly for a while. i agree with DemforPOR. Stillow, you don't make sense and i find most of your comments unnecessary/filler. just so you know, i'm a fellow Republican.

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Stephen_W:

Does anyone know how Yougov actually conducts their internet polls?

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Stillow:

@A Facebook User:

Congrats!

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okd44:

Keep giving them hell Stillow. There are not too many conservatives who post on this site, but there are a lot of us who read this site. Keep sticking it to them, many of us find it quite entertaining watching these libs scramble about like lost sheep when there dreadfully misguided views are questioned.

Give 'em hell!

You libs sure do get flustered when confronted with a dose of common sense.

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saywhat90:

The issue of whether these protestors are grassroots or astroturf is to me a non issue. They are still americans so they do have a right to protest whether they were bussed in or not. What I do have issue with is the way they protest. It is the same way I had problems with code pink. Being disruptive, talking out of turn, and calling people names is childish. It is disrespectful to the other americans who want to ask questions of their representative or senator without having to shout over people who are there only to disrupt. This goes for both sides. If you have a disagreement or a problem with the healthcare plan then by all means talk to your congressman or woman about it. But is it really necessary to call people socialist, nazis, or un-american. I hope not.

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catinnc:

The Left call the Right un-American and the Right call the Left Socialists...it's nothing but sophomoric name-calling (much like some posters above.)

To call the new vocal uprising from formerly quiet Americans (silent-majority? We shall soon find out) as "astroturf" is absurd.

Remember when Hillary said that it was patriotic to dissent? Remember? Well, this is evidently no longer the case. I wonder what has changed that the patriotism of dissent is now racist.

The Tea Party movement is a growing phenomenon of Constitutional Originalists. We "Teabaggers" simply want the central government to recede in size and scope. If it isn't an enumerated power listed in Article 1, sect 8 of the US Constitution, then it must be a program, benefit, "right", left to the individual states.

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