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US: National Survey (NBC/WSJ 1/23-25)

Topics: poll

NBC News / Wall Street Journal
1/23-25/10; 800 adults, 3.5% margin of error
Mode: Live telephone interviews
(NBC: story, results; WSJ: story, results)

National

State of the Country
32% Right Direction, 58% Wrong Track (chart)

Obama Job Approval
50% Approve, 44% Disapprove (chart)
Economy: 47 / 49 (chart)

Positive / Negative
Barack Obama: 52 / 34 (chart)
Democratic Party: 39 / 38
Republican Party: 32 / 38
Tea Party Movement: 28 / 21
Scott Brown: 23 / 8
Timothy Geithner: 11 / 19
Ben Bernanke: 18 / 18

As you may know, Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke's term of office ends this year. Do you think that President Obama should or should not reappoint Ben Bernanke as Federal Reserve Board Chairman?
34% Yes, reappoint
37% No, don't reappoint

What is your preference for the outcome of this year's congressional elections-- a Congress controlled by Republicans or a Congress controlled by Democrats?
44% Democrats, 42% Republicans

Will your vote for Congress this November be a vote to send a signal of support for President Obama, a signal of opposition to President Obama, or not a signal either way about President Obama?
37% Signal of support
27% Signal of opposition
35% Not a signal either way

From what you have heard about Barack Obama's health care plan, do you think his plan is a good idea or a bad idea? If you do not have an opinion either way, please just say so.
31% Good idea, 46% Bad idea, 22% No opinion (chart)

Some people have said the election of Republican Scott Brown in Massachusetts to complete the term of the late Ted Kennedy in the U.S. Senate was aimed at sending a message to Washington. Do you believe this was aimed at sending a message to Washington, was it not about sending a message to Washington, or do you not have an opinion about this?
48% Sending a message
15% Not sending a message
36% No opinion

Party ID
31% Democrat, 24% Republican, 40% independent (chart)

 

Comments
Aaron_in_TX:

The right track/wrong direction numbers (Bernanke's numbers are probably tied to this) are not good, but everything else is pretty decent for the dems, given the situation they're in.

Only 27% say they're going to vote to show their dissatisfaction with Obama, proving the media narrative is overblown.

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Farleftandproud:

AIG bailout was criminal. It was a huge fiasco.

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Williame123:

Aaron_in_TX

"Only 27% say they're going to vote to show their dissatisfaction with Obama, proving the media narrative is overblown."

The same was true of polls in NJ, VA, MA and most other national polls. The panic on the Dems side is absurd. They are going to lose seats for historic and structural reasons period! Their retreat is going reinforce the Repub and media narrative and make matters worse.

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Farleftandproud:

But the problem is, if the voters don't vote for leaders who will endorse Obama's agenda, they are voting against Obama, therefore the Dems need to try a lot harder to get back on the attack and discredit this new right wing movement sweeping the country.

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Williame123:

Farleftandproud

"AIG bailout was criminal. It was a huge fiasco."

That is abject nonsense. TARP has been a huge success and both Bush and Obama deserve credit for it. You don't cut off your nose to spite your face in the midst of a crisis.

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Williame123:

Farleftandproud

"But the problem is, if the voters don't vote for leaders who will endorse Obama's agenda, they are voting against Obama"

You are overgeneralizing. NJ and VA were not federal elections and McDonnell and Christie campaigned on State issues. They also kept Palin and national Tea Party leaders at a distance. Also, the president's party lost VA and NJ in '89, '93, '01 and '09 regardless of nationl politics.

The MA election was complex as the post-election polls showed.

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