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US: National Survey (Pew 4/21-26)

Topics: National , poll

Pew Research Center
4/21-26/10; 1,546 adults, 3% margin of error
413 Republican, 6% margin of error
499 Democrats, 5.5% margin of error
554 independents, 5% margin of error
Mode: Live telephone interviews
(Pew release)

National

Obama Job Approval
47% Approve, 42% Disapprove (chart)
Reps: 18 / 75 (chart)
Dems: 79 / 13 (chart)
Inds: 41 / 46 (chart)
Economy: 38 / 54 (chart)
Health Care: 40 / 51 (chart)

State of the Country
29% Satisfied, 66% Dissatisfied (chart)

Thinking about the Republican Party, who do YOU think of as the leader of the Republican Party these days...
8% McCain, 4% Palin, 3% Romney, 2% Limbaugh, 2% Gingrich, 1% McConnell, 1% Bush, 1% Steele, 1% Boehner, 1% Huckabee

 

Comments
Westwoodnc Westwoodnc:

Obama Job Approval
47% Approve, 42% Disapprove (chart)
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Economy: 38 / 54 (chart)
Health Care: 40 / 51 (chart)

That's so weird.

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jamesia:

I think those numbers are an indication that most people understand Health Care and Economy legislation are a product of the legislative branch - Congress, not the President. Similar "job approval" numbers for Congress are always abysmal.

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rdw4potus:

Why is that weird? We know from other polls that O gets high marks for foreign policy and his handling of Afghanistan, presumably the things he does well at counterbalance the things he sucks at and he averages out to 47/42 when people look at him overall.

What IS weird is that McConnell, Boehner, and Steele each only get 1% when people are asked who leads the republican party. Sooooo, nobody thinks the House Minority Leader, Senate Minority Leader, or Chairman leads the Republican Party? How sad is that?!?

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Farleftandproud:

It is truly unfortunate that the spirit of bi-partisanship has declined rapidly since the early 1990's. Growing up when Reagan was president and Ted Kennedy and Tip O'Neill were the leading Democratic leaders, I always felt a sense of outrage between the two sides and disputes. I remember angry Union people picketing a lot for higher wages, and teachers being on strike and not in favor or Reagan's policies, but there weren't these constant attempts to fillibuster everything. Reagan and the Democrats worked out a lot of legislation together, and things went fairly smoothly through the end of Bush 1's adminstration.

After the Iraq war and Katrina it seemed to all fall apart. It was sort of like Watergate Part 2. It seems like at this time in politics you can pick any issue and you can't find common ground. The post-Bush GOP has clearly instructed their members in the US House and senate to delay everything and anything the president offers, even if it is something that more than half of the public supports.

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Westwoodnc Westwoodnc:

Oh FLAP, you so crazy. The Democrats head-long dive into stupidity and extremist base-pleasing politics is driving voters they use to have away. In fact, they're on record on planning to ramp up the race rhetoric in the run-up to November. Obama's youtube speech is the beginning of a loooooong nasty, but ultimately fruitless campaign to racialize the election by Obama since there's nothing else to run on that's even remotely popular. You should read the other results in this Pew Poll. Fascinating and devastating against Democrats.

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Paleo:

"stupidity and extremist base-pleasing politics."

Sounds like you're describing the Republican playbook. As they play the nativist card.

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Xenobion:

I'm a patriot, squawk! I'm a patriot! Kuukuu! Hannity wants a cracker!

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rdw4potus:

...and Xenobion becomes my hero of the day:-)

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StatyPolly:

Yet another GOP trending set of data from a leftist pollster. Look at question 10 a thru f, for example. All trending away from Dems..

Undeniable ideological shift in progress.

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GARY WAGNER:

What I see from this poll is that the republicans desperately need a leader. I'd do it but I despise republicans almost as much as I do democrats. I don't actually want them to win in November as I want the democrats to lose.

Westwood,

I've come up with a new label for the obamazombies. Racialists. They believe in Racialism. We should just call in the National Racialiast Democratic Party.

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Paleo:

" the National Racialiast Democratic Party. "

As opposed to the Nativist Racist Republican Party.

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Field Marshal:

If we can get away from the stupidity for a moment, does anyone remember what the question response was in 2004 after Kerry lost for the leader of the dems? I'm guessing Hillary but am not sure.

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GARY WAGNER:

Thank you, Paleo. One more chip gone from the believability of charges of racism.

That's what Racialists do. They call people racists because that's the only thing they can think of. See how well the title fits?

The stimulus results in the detailed poll were extremely telling. 79% of republicans, 69% of independents, and even 42% of democrats say that Obama is a liar when he claims that the stimulus bill created jobs. Even 31% of blacks say he is lying about this.

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Paleo:

"That's what Racialists do. They call people racists because that's the only thing they can think of. See how well the title fits?"

Typical right-winger. They can dish it out, but they can't take it.

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Field Marshal:

"That's what Racialists do. They call people racists because that's the only thing they can think of. See how well the title fits?"


I like to call those people baiters. And i handily agree with you. Its lack of creativity and thinking ability that makes them simply retort the things they hear on left wing news stations.

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Pluoticus:

Paleo,

Are you for real or are you just screwin around with satire?

Thanks in advance.

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LordMike:

Oh, please... Even Michael Steele, head of the RNC, has admitted publicly that Republicans have been using race baiting for 40 years... the Southern Strategy.

They are using it again in Arizona and with all the birther nonsense...

Race baiting has been at the core of conservatism since the Civil Rights bill passed in the 60's. That's the only way they could dismantle the new deal. "Hey, white guy, I'm taking away all your benefits, but, it's OK, the black folk will fare worse."

It was the heart of Nixon's and Reagan's strategy for election. Now, it's the heart of the current GOP's attempts at regaining power. The chairman of the GOP has said so in no uncertain terms.

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LordMike:

"The stimulus results in the detailed poll were extremely telling. 79% of republicans, 69% of independents, and even 42% of democrats say that Obama is a liar when he claims that the stimulus bill created jobs. Even 31% of blacks say he is lying about this."

Too bad all the economists disagree with you... but, hey, what are facts to a republican but an annoyance.

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GARY WAGNER:

"Too bad all the economists disagree with you"

Really? ALL of them? Every economist in the country? That's the same lie Obama told.

Do you believe in CNN money? They have an article dated April 26,2010 that shows that 78% of economists AGREE with me that the stimulus is a failure. When you said ALL did you really mean 22%?

http://money.cnn.com/2010/04/26/news/economy/NABE_survey/index.htm

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sjt22:

@ Gary Wagner

Try again. From the article

NABE conducted the study by polling 68 of its members who work in economic roles at private-sector firms. About 73% of those surveyed said employment at their company is neither higher nor lower as a result of the $787 billion Recovery Act,

So an incredibly small and selective sample of economist who work in the private field say that their specific firms are neither better nor worse because of the recovery act. Do you honestly think that means they think the whole thing was a failure?

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11thGenerationAmerican:

Yeah, let's poll a business trade group and ask their members if they think the stimulus worked.

Now THAT is funny.

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Westwoodnc Westwoodnc:

stj22 just got schooled, how sad that he's even pretending that he didn't get schooled. Great job Gary!

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sjt22:

@ Westwoodnc

That word, I do not think it means what you think it means.

Especially since Gary hasn't replied to my post.

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Westwoodnc Westwoodnc:

11thGenerationAmerican:
Yeah, let's poll a business trade group and ask their members if they think the stimulus worked.
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You mean let's poll the people the stimulus is supposed to help?

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sjt22:

Unless by saying that I was "schooled" you mean that I pointed out the huge flaw in his talking point by showing that the "data" he was basing it on was both flawed and misconstrued by Gary.

Perhaps schooled has a different meaning wherever you are from.

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Westwoodnc Westwoodnc:

Libtards are such geniuses. These are the morons that run the country:

Opponents of Arizona's new anti-immigrant law are calling for a boycott of the state's products - including the popular Arizona Iced Tea.

The problem: Arizona Iced Tea is actually brewed in New York.

Online, misguided tea fans vowed to switch to Lipton or Snapple.

"Dear Arizona: If you don't change your immigration policy, I will have to stop drinking your enjoyable brand of iced tea," Twittered Jody Beth in Los Angeles.

"It is the drink of fascists," wrote Travis Nichols in Chicago.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/2010/04/28/2010-04-28_ariz_law_leads_to_misfired_ire.html#ixzz0mQcmcsav

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sjt22:

@ Westwood

You're selectively polling a natural rival of the administration/Democrats who are likely to have a skewed sense about the effects of the stimulus.

Even if they don't have an axe to grind, the "poll" still does nothing to substantiate the claims that Gary was making. He said that they all said it was a failure. False. They said that their specific companies (who aren't identified) were neither better or worse off because of it.

How exactly the substantiate that is another matter. Considering most of the stimulus was direct or indirect tax relief, and Republicans have been playing up the wonders of tax relief for as long as I can remember, one wonders how it could have failed.

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sjt22:

@ Westwood

Yes, I'm sure those few cherry picked tweets are representative of the entire liberal spectrum.

Isn't this a bit like when the French were opposed to our invading Iraq and some Republicans wanted to boycott French's Mustard? Or when they "boycotted" French wine... by first buying it and then pouring it out! Worst boycott ever!

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GARY WAGNER:

@sjt22:

Snap!

I know what schooled means. Do you?

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sjt22:

@ Gary

I thought I did. Apparently that's changed, and now you can "school" someone without ever responding to them in the first place. Crazy kids, always screwing up perfectly good slang.

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Westwoodnc Westwoodnc:

sjt22 says blah blah blah. You claimed that ALL ECONOMISTS thought the stimulus worked, then Gary schooled by pointing out several economists who said the exact opposite of what you claimed. "All" =/= "most". Learn some English son.

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sjt22:

@ Wood

I claimed that when?

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Shannon,Dallas,Texas:

The truth of the matter is that Republicans are falling on their own swords:

1). A right leaning Supreme Court sides with corporate interests in deciding to treat corporations as natural born citizens for the first time in our nations history. On day, we'll be able to vote for President Enron or President Goldman Sachs.

2). A right leaning board of education in Texas felt that Thomas Jefferson was no longer relevant in US history. Instead, kids are going to be taught about Newt Gingrich and Mary Kay of Mary Kay Cosmetics.

3). Lastly, a right leaning state assembly felt it necessary to legalize the racial profiling of American citizens in Arizona.

Republicans, are reframing the election.

The election is going to be a referendum on Republican governance, both the lack thereof (Party of No) and an un-American ideology (We are not a nation of immigrants. We stand for the rights of Corporations, both mulitnational and domestic, above the rights of average American citizens. We a not a Democracy. Our founding fathers, excluding Jefferson, created a Republic of losely associated states.)

2010 is quickly becoming a referendum of Republican politics, Michael Steele and the RNC.

Good luck with that.

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bigfoot9p6:

Westwood wants to make fun of stupid things liberals have said?! seriously? Do you happen to remember a man by the name of George W. Bush, or perhaps a woman by the name of Sarah Palin? Or maybe you remember when Cheney said "Reagan taught us deficits don't matter" followed by the "anti-deficit" tea party chanting "run, cheney, run?"

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sjt22:

@ Shannon

Oh come now, Enron would never get passed Exxon in the primary!

And I don't mind if kids learn about Gingrich. I learned about him in school in a unit titled "The Gingrich that Stole Christmas".

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sjt22:

@ Shannon

Oh come now, Enron would never get past Exxon in the primary!

And I don't mind if kids learn about Gingrich. We learned about him in school with a unit called "the Gingrich that Stole Christmas". All I ask is that the curriculum be sure to cover the time he divorced his cancer stricken wife and mother of his children in order to marry another woman who he was having an affair with.

And then they talk about the time he did that again. Except there was no cancer this time, just a much younger woman who he was chasing around the office.

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Field Marshal:

Wow, the banter on the board today is probably at an all-time low.

Does anyone have an idea which Dem had the biggest percentage of responses for leader of the party after the '04 election?

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sjt22:

Stupid pollster with its double posts!

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sjt22:

@ FM

Not sure. I would guess either Hillary, Dean or Kerry.

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Westwoodnc Westwoodnc:

bigfoot9p6:
Westwood wants to make fun of stupid things liberals have said?

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Why not? You guys say a lot of stupid things. A lot. So much so if liberals say more stupid things, Guam will tip over.

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sjt22:

@ Westwood

Well if it does I'm sure the military can come help things. They should be well rested after that 6 week long invasion of Iraq back in 2003 which was such a success.

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Farleftandproud:

I honestly wish people on this web site wouldn't insult each other the way they do. We are all entitled to our opinions, and calling someone stupid for disagreeing with you isn't good.

It is one thing to call a politician or radio talk show host, stupid, crazy or misinformed, but there is a better way of reacting to people than calling their comments stupid because you disagree.

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Farleftandproud:

Besides politicians actually do make contreversial decisions and are more fair game because they do influence people's opinions. Whether it is Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich or Barack Obama or John Kerry, we can agree to disagree with them, but they actually influence the public. We are just debating these issues for fun.

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bigfoot9p6:

Westwood:
Why not? You guys say a lot of stupid things. A lot. So much so if liberals say more stupid things, Guam will tip over.

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I think that post may disqualify you from making fun of stupid things anyone says; liberal or conservative, or for that matter, Neanderthal.

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sjt22:

@ Westwood

Can I assume from your silence that you've realized your glaring mistake about what I did and didn't post?

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Paleo:

"Libtards are such geniuses. These are the morons that run the country"

The posting rule says "post an intelligent and civil comment." Westwood constantly posts neither.

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Aaron_in_TX:

Yeah, it's particularly bad on this thread.

"Does anyone have an idea which Dem had the biggest percentage of responses for leader of the party after the '04 election?"

I don't quite recall, but my guesses would be John Kerry, Al Gore, and Hillary Clinton (probably Bill Clinton too) were the first tier, followed by maybe John Edwards and Howard Dean. Obama was on the radar thanks to the 2004 keynote speech, but wouldn't have been considered a leader.

Of those, Edwards, Clinton, and Obama ran for president in 2008. Hillary was a given. Kerry and Gore were serious possibilities until the actual election year. The other people that ended up running for president - Biden, Dodd, Richardson, Kucinich, would not have been mentioned at that time, but they were also-rans.

2004 was a republican year, and a lot of times, people that make a splash and win races handily from the out party during a year like that are instant presidential contenders. Obama and Franklin Roosevelt are great examples - 1928 was a huge republican year, but FDR was elected NY governor.

The biggest problem here is that only 22% can name ANY republican leader, and those that did are highly split. Hillary would have done a lot better than that in 04-05. Of those mentioned, only Palin and Romney are clearly running for president. They are both former losers, and lost gloriously at that.

So far, the GOP does not have someone who would run a credible campaign. They will HAVE to run someone that is more than "not Obama," if they want to win and so far that's what it looks like they're heading for. "Not the other guy" candidates sometimes come close (Kerry) but usually get beaten badly (Dole, Mondale, Stevenson, Dewey).

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Chris V.:

Seriously, what is wrong with you people? You guys should try more facts and logic and less childish insults and name-calling.

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Aaron_in_TX:

Mitch Daniels would be the only person in 2008 who won a statewide race as a republican in a state that Obama won, and he's not on this list. He's not particularly charismatic...I get a kind of Adlai Stevenson or Gerald Ford feel from him... and I'm not sure that a moderate republican would do well in the 2012 R primaries, but I would watch out for him, as well as Mike Pence, Rick Perry, and John Thune.

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LordMike:

Mitch Daniels said his wife would divorce him if he ran, and he meant it. Apparently, she REALLY does not want to be first lady. This was from a story in Politico.

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GARY WAGNER:

"They said that their specific companies (who aren't identified) were neither better or worse off because of it.

How exactly the substantiate that is another matter. "

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It's extremely simple how this substantiates the conclusion that 78% of these economists say the stimulus was a failue. If this bill didn't make things better, it failed. I don't know how much more fundamental it can get.

That is, unless this bill wasn't supposed to do anything except pump hundreds of billions into union pay raises to reward their members for supporting democrats. Then is was a raging success.

Do you think a bill that was supposed to create jobs and stimulate the economy did neither of those can be labeled a success? What is the new liberal word for a complete failure, "non-success", or "success-neutral",
or "successless"?

Here's another article about 69% of economists saying that the stimulus failed to create any jobs: http://www.jsonline.com/business/82657582.html

But they are only private sector economists. They don't know anything about economics and jobs. Only Obama paid economists know about that.
And somehow because these are private sector economists their opinions don't matter? The alternative would be what? Get a poll from government employed economists? So, ask Obama's employees if Obama's bill was a success or failure? Yeah - that would be open and unbiased. Especially in an administration that is quick to mock, crush, humiliate, and destroy anyone who dares utter a negative word about king Obama.

Besides that, the federal government was the only organization that acutally added more jobs in the past year, received big pay raises, and had boatloads more money to spend than ever before. The government is booming but the economy is still stagnant - despite Obama throwing over a trillion dollars into it.

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11thGenerationAmerican:

"So, ask Obama's employees if Obama's bill was a success or failure? Yeah - that would be open and unbiased."

You just destroyed your own argument and proved everyone else's.

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GARY WAGNER:

Your logic and reason evades me, 11thGA. You think that a government employed economist would be the best person to evaluate the benefits of his boss's program?

Do you happen to have a job? Do you have a boss? Have you ever worked for a boss that would toss you under the bus in a New York minute if you criticized him or his pet project?

The best economists to determine the stimulus success are people who actually live and work in the real world - not some theorist who lives in the la-la land of big government.

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11thGenerationAmerican:

The point is neither is unbiased. The fact that you're (presumably) not out on the street selling apples for a nickle is an indication that the stimulus and the so-called "bailouts" worked. If Bush had another two years or if McCain had been elected, we would have seen unemployment nearing 25%. Just like the last time conservative policies caused the economy to crash.

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Chris V.:

"That is, unless this bill wasn't supposed to do anything except pump hundreds of billions into union pay raises to reward their members for supporting democrats. Then is was a raging success."

Amen! Don't forget that the bill was also a conspiracy by Obama to turn us all into Communist Muslim Kenyans!!!

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