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US: National Survey (Marist 2/1-3)

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Marist
2/1-3/10; 1,072 adults, 3% margin of error
910 registered voters, 3.5% margin of error
(all questions asked of registered voters unless otherwise marked)
Mode: Live telephone interviews
(Marist release)

National

Obama Job Approval
44% Approve, 47% Disapprove (chart)
Dems: 81 / 10 (chart)
Reps: 15 / 80 (chart)
Inds: 29 / 57 (chart)

Favorable / Unfavorable
Barack Obama: 50 / 44 (chart)

State of the Country (asked of all adults)
38% Right Direction, 54% Wrong Track (chart)

2012 President
44% Obama (D), 29% Palin (R), 15% Bloomberg (i)

If the 2010 election for congress were held today, would you support your current congressperson who represents your district in Washington D.C. or would you vote for someone else?
42% Current Congressperson, 44% Someone else

 

Comments
Field Marshal:

Kind of random adding in Bloomberg to the mix unless i missed something while on vacation.

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Xenobion:

Marist and Rasmussen are polling complete ficticous candidates in certain races. Its gotten pretty bad. Any basketball star that says he's thinking of running suddenly becomes a short list candidate to poll.

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StatyPolly:

Wow, I never knew Bloomberg was a basketball star.

Not bad for a 5'2" guy. He must be really good.

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Stillow:

Singling out basketball stars is clearly discrimination against all other sports and X, being a left winger shoudl be ashamed of himself for singling out one specific group for a particualr form of treatment. Disgusting X, disgusting!

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Field Marshal:

HAAAA!! The left is so intolerant and bigoted.

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Xenobion:

You must be at least this tall to ride the hyperbole train all you. I'm sure you can after you graduate satire boot camp.

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Williame123:

Why do they keep polling Palin? She is too stupid to survive a tough presidential primary. Why not poll serious candidates like Romney, Huck etc.

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Aaron_in_TX:

"Why do they keep polling Palin?"

I don't know. The media is so obsessed about her that I think they want to encourage her to run because she's such big ratings draw. I can't recall any politician getting so much attention at this point in a cycle, especially when she's not even in office.

She's a celebrity in a tabloid sort of way, frankly the coverage surrounding her is too much. I feel sorry for her; she really is treated unfairly.

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Aaron_in_TX:

I think Bloomberg's inclusion in this poll simply shows the level of support a credible 3rd party candidate could get.

In that context, the poll is actually pretty good. Obama's floor of support as it stands is probably around 44%. The republicans could put up anyone and he/she would get at least 30-35%. Palin is about the closest thing to a leader they have right now, so it's reasonable to poll her. Last poll I saw had Romney in the 30s too. Huckabee does better but he's far from leader status too.

An independent the likes of Bloomberg probably draws more or less equally from Ds and Rs, and his support shows that there is a significant minority that wants someone that's not particularly conservative but more pragmatic than the democrats and Obama, especially fiscally. So the GOP needs some sort of fusion candidate that has Palin's charisma and appeal but Bloomberg's pragmatism and intelligence. Right now they don't have anyone fitting that description that I can think of. They need to find him/her within the next 15 months or so in order to have the cash to adequately challenge Obama. Reagan is not walking through that door.

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