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US: National Survey (NPR 1/7-11)

Topics: poll

NPR / Greenberg Quinlan Rosner (D) / Public Opinion Strategies (R)
1/20-21&23/10; 800 likely voters
Mode: Live telephone interviews
(NPR story, results; POS analysis; GQR analysis)
Update: complete results

National

Obama Job Approval
49% Approve, 48% Disapprove (chart)

Congressional Job Approval
28% Approve, 67% Disapprove (chart)

2010 House: General Election
44% Republican, 39% Democrat (chart)

As you may have heard, President Obama has proposed a plan to change the health care system that recently passed in the House of representatives and the Senate. From what you have heard about this plan, do you favor or oppose Obama's health care proposal?
39% Favor, 55% Oppose (chart)

Do you think the policies of the Obama administration have made the United States safer or less safe from terrorism?
41% Safer, 40% Less safe

 

Comments
Stillow:

Typically a party is smart enough to drop an agenda item when its this unpopular. The Democratic party amazes me with there arrogance and pure disdain for the american people.

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Williame123:

I guess the same can be said of Repubs and impeachment but that didn't stop them. The same also goes for past legislation and decisions like Medicare, Brown vs Board of Education, Civil Rights, Iraq surge etc.

Public opinion matters but it is not everything.

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BH:

55% oppose HC and yet the Dems are insisting that the national mood and what happened in MA, VA and NJ over the last three months has nothing to do with them.

I wonder if they'll say the same thing in Nov. should they lose 100 house seats and control of the Senate? At this rate, they'll do just that...

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Williame123:

BH

What I am saying is that the national environment is bad for Dems but they would have lost seats regardless of HCR. There are other major factors at play like unemployment, unique State dynamics, quality of candidates, war fatigue, one-party rule etc.

Reagan lost 26 seats in the House in '82 despite the fact that Repubs were in the MINORITY in an unpopular Congress. Were Americans upset with Reagan's tax cuts and conservative rhetoric?

Reagan lost 8 seats in the Senate in '86 despite a booming economy and a landslise re-election in '84. Why? Were Americans rejecting conservatism in favor of liberalism?

Eisenhower suffered heavy losses in '54 and '58 and had lost control of both chambers of congress by wide margins by the end of his presidency. Were Americans repulsed by his policies? If so, why was he elected by lanslides in '52 and '56?

I have said it before and I will say it again; the best thing that can happen to the Obama presidency is a Republican Congress and the NE and MW Republicans that it would come with. It helped Truman, Eisenhower, Nixon, Reagan and Clinton.

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