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US: National Survey (Ipsos 2/26-28)


Ipsos / McClatchy
2/26-28/10; 1,076 adults, 3% margin of error
Mode: Live telephone interviews
(Ipsos release)

National

State of the Country
34% Right Direction, 60% Wrong Track (chart)

Obama Job Approval
53% Approve, 44% Disapprove (chart)
Dem: 80 / 18 (chart)
Reps: 23 / 75 (chart)
Inds: 54 / 42 (chart)

2010 Congress: Generic Ballot
50% Democrat, 40% Republican (chart)

Has the U.S. economy turned the corner on the current crisis, is the worst yet to come, or have things stabilized but not yet begun to improve?
11% Turned corner, 31% Worst to come, 55% Stabilized but not improved

As of right now, do you favor or oppose the healthcare reform proposals presently being discussed?
41% Favor, 47% Oppose (chart)

Of those who oppose: You said you are opposed to the healthcare reform proposals presently being discussed. Is that because:
37% You favor healthcare reform overall but think the current proposals don't go far enough to reform healthcare
54% You oppose healthcare reform overall and think the current proposals go too far in reforming healthcare

Of those who favor: You said you are in favor of the healthcare reform proposals presently being discussed. Is that because:
78% You favor healthcare reform overall and think the current proposals go far enough to reform healthcare
12% You oppose healthcare reform overall and think the current proposals being discussed will keep healthcare reform from happening

Party ID
32% Democrat, 25% Republican, 43% independent (chart)

 

Comments
Field Marshal:

53/44 job approval? 50/40 generic ballot? 54/42 Indy approval?

Something is way off on this poll...

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Rockym92:

That's by far the highest Republican and indi approval i've seen in a long time, even in a poll of just adults.

Has Obama really turned it around that much in just a couple days? Probably not.

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Charles Yeganian:

It's a big sample size, weighting seems right, and Gallup today has Obama approval at 52/41... just a data point. We'll wait and see.

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Farleftandproud:

This poll is for all adults so it isn't that scientific. It isn't likely or registered voters so of course it would be higher. Nevertheless, it is better than the 3 or 4 point lead Democrats had last time this poll was taking.

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Farleftandproud:

It is good news for Obama, because a lot of people who don't vote that often will likely turn out for him. For the midterm elections, however it is a bit out of touch.

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IdahoMulato:

Mathematical analysis of this polls indicate that about 70%[41% + 54%(47%) - 12%(41%)] support a robust health care reform. I think this is one of the best structured poll I've ever seen. Why can't the other pollsters do same all these time.

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Farleftandproud:

I was only in Grade school in the March of Reagan's second term, but I looked at Gallup today and I almost ripped my hair out to think George W. Bush had 79 percent approval in the March of his 2nd year. I think back in those days it was too painful to believe that a president who became president by a 5-4 supreme court decision was fooling so many people. This was from Gallup, not Rasmussen.

I can't understand how so many people were duped after 9/11. It was like the calm before the storm when he started his imperial ambitions in Iraq. I knew that sooner or later people would figure him out.

Reagan in contrast was well liked by many and many people didn't agree with his right-leaning policies but they respected him. He was at 46 percent approval. Obama is currently 5 points above Reagan, and about tied with Bill Clinton at this point in his presidency.

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Charles Yeganian:

I'll never understand the "this poll is of all adults, so..." argument. Isn't the president the president of all adults? If a pollster isn't horseracing a pair of candidates, why do a likely voter screen?

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