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US: National Survey (PPP 2/13-15)

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Public Policy Polling (D)
2/13-15/10; 743 registered voters, 3.6% margin of error
Mode: Automated phone
(PPP release)

National

Obama Job Approval
48% Approve, 47% Disapprove (chart)
Dems: 77 / 15 (chart)
Reps: 12 / 85 (chart)
Inds: 48 / 47 (chart)

Do you support or oppose President Obama's health care plan, or do you not have an opinion?
39% Support, 50% Oppose (chart)

Do you think gay men and women should be able to serve openly in the military?
54% Yes, 37% No

This fall will you definitely vote for a Democrat for Congress, consider voting for a Democrat for Congress, or definitely not vote for a Democrat for Congress?
34% Definitely Democratic, 24% Consider, 37% Definitely not

 

Comments
Farleftandproud:

2 percent more men supported health reform than women. That was a huge surprise. Usually it is the opposite because single women with children are sometimes the ones who are overcharged on health premiums, and single people are the biggest supporters of health care overhaul.

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LordMike:

Strange generic ballot question.... otherwise the numbers look better than in PPP's last national poll.

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Ryan:

I know this is quite common, but I find it interesting every time I see it. And yu wonder why people like Bayh get pissed.

Q6
Liberal ............ 16%
Moderate............ 48%
Conservative........ 35%

Q8
Democrat ........... 40%
Republican.......... 34%
Independent/Other... 26%

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Ryan:

I know this is quite common, but I find it interesting every time I see it. And you wonder why people like Bayh get pissed.

Q6
Liberal ............ 16%
Moderate............ 48%
Conservative........ 35%

Q8
Democrat ........... 40%
Republican.......... 34%
Independent/Other... 26%

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Farleftandproud:

Liberals make up more like 22-25 percent of the population based on Gallup's last poll. Conservatives make up more like 40 percent. This poll if it were true, would have some validity.

From my standpoint, you don't have to be a liberal to think we need health reform, you don't have to be a liberal to think that don't ask don't tell doesn't work, you don't have to be a liberal to believe Iraq is a waste.

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LordMike:

Having people identify themselves like that is pointless. I know conservatives who are for single payer health care, for example. I know liberals who are for school vouchers. People determine for themselves what makes them "liberal" or "conservative" and they usually don't fit in predefined molds.

A better analysis would be to look at policy preferences.

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Aaron_in_TX:

I agree. The words "liberal," "moderate," and "conservative" are all relative. Asking that says more about societal attitudes toward those words than what the public's actual ideology is.

A better way to judge opinion would be to ask for opinion on specific policy proposals or a long questionaire that is probably too involved for many polls.

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Lou-NH:

LM - I couldn't agree more. I am often called a lefty because I support the President. I find that hilarious when in fact I have voted for far more Republican Presidents, Senators and Representatives in my lifetime. I am a fiscal conservative and a social moderate. You know the species the Republican Party felt they could do without. I believe HCR is an imperative to solving the budget crisis, however, I do not believe we should break the promise we have made to our seniors and ourselves by gutting SS and Medicare. I believe both of these programs require 3 things. First is to remove these programs revenues (taxes) from the general fund, second is to re-adjust these programs to fit with the current life expectancy curves, lastly and only if necessary, raise the revenue stream (taxes) for each program to ensure solvency. The adjustments were done in the past and worked effectively. The problem is that the revenues remain in the general fund which leaves them open to be cannibalized.

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Lou-NH:

LM - I couldn't agree more. I am often called a lefty because I support the President. I find that hilarious when in fact I have voted for far more Republican Presidents, Senators and Representatives in my lifetime. I am a fiscal conservative and a social moderate. You know the species the Republican Party felt they could do without. I believe HCR is an imperative to solving the budget crisis, however, I do not believe we should break the promise we have made to our seniors and ourselves by gutting SS and Medicare. I believe both of these programs require 3 things. First is to remove these programs revenues (taxes) from the general fund, second is to re-adjust these programs to fit with the current life expectancy curves, lastly and only if necessary, raise the revenue stream (taxes) for each program to ensure solvency. The adjustments were done in the past and worked effectively. The problem is that the revenues remain in the general fund which leaves them open to be cannibalized.

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Aaron_in_TX:

"I believe HCR is an imperative to solving the budget crisis"

I agree. No HCR reform will only insure the problem becomes more of catastrophe rather than a crisis - eventually the entire system will either have to be nationalized or medicare, etc... will have to cease to exist.

While Obama touched on that aspect in the September HCR speech, he never pressed the issue after that.

The democrats made a big mistake trying to gain public support based on emotional vignettes. They are very sad, but frankly, no one cares. Unless you have personal experience with the burden of health costs and the insurance system screwing you, you'd rather your insurance not be messed with; it's too expensive as it is and a lot of people were afraid it would go higher.

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Field Marshal:

"I am a fiscal conservative and a social moderate. You know the species the Republican Party felt they could do without."

How does that possible fit into the democratic party? Fiscal conservancy is anathema to them. Social moderates are no more welcome in the Dems than they are in the Reps. What is a social moderate anyway?

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Lou-NH:

FM - To answer your first question directly, it doesn't, however, I disagree that fiscal conservatism belongs to the Republicans, as a matter of fact, the last President to balance the budget in many years was Bill Clinton. You don't have to like it but it is a fact and it was against incredible push back from the Gingrich congress. Also a fact is that over the last 30 years the largest deficits have been run up by Republicans. I am sure that their were many good Republicans and Democrats that helped to balance that budget. Why can't we just agree that fiscal responsibility doesn't have a party.

With respect to social programs, I believe they are an effective part of a balance that is necessary to keep our society as strong as practical.

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saywhat90:

People fail to understand that a fiscal conservative does not necessarily mean less government. It means implementing government spending where they feel it is needed. Noone not even Bill Clinton curtailed spending he just countered it with cutting unnecessary ones. Money was still spent but in appropriate areas of concern. No matter what you do concerning the current economy you will have spend money. It's just a matter of what and where to cut programs on Paygo. Tax cuts are not going to fix anything if we can't pay for them. Nor is anything other so called jobs creating program. So it's not how much we spend it how muchj we counter with removing outdated or useless programs. Problem you have the congress trying to protect these programs because they may benefit their state. Both sides do this. They are all for something until it interfers with their state.

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Stillow:

Clinton balanced the budget because the GOP Congress did not spend. Remember a the president nor congress can spend money with agreeing on it. Had Clinton had Obama's congress, look out. But Clinto nbeing a pragmatic fellow became an advocate of fiscal conservatism...and he and the Congress controlled spending. Plus the tax revenue fro mthe tech bubble didn't hurt either.

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saywhat90:

Spending was done during Bill Clinton. What Bill Clinton did was he would say to the congress I'll support welfare reform if you support an area I want to spend some mmoney on. When he talked of the era of big goverment being he wasn't talking about government helping people. He was talking about spending money without finding a means to pay for it. He was all for cutting programs or parts of a program if it he thought that part of the program was unnecessary.

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Field Marshal:

Stillow/Lou-

I agree with you. Bush was not a fiscal conservative by any means. Its hard to imagine Clinton being one either had it not been for Gingrich. However, the Gingrich congress then became HUGE spenders when a rep got in the white house and they could pass anything they wanted. Hence, the blowback from reps like stillow and i not voting for most of them in 2006 and 2008.

I do give Clinton credit though for seeing the writing on the wall in '94 and moving to the middle and even embracing some traditionally conservative ideals.

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saywhat90:

Spending was done during Bill Clinton. What Bill Clinton did was he would say to the congress I'll support welfare reform if you support an area I want to spend some mmoney on. When he talked of the era of big goverment being he wasn't talking about government helping people. He was talking about spending money without finding a means to pay for it. He was all for cutting programs or parts of a program if it he thought that part of the program was unnecessary.

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jamesia:

Um... Has Obama himself put forth a Health Care plan? I know the Senate has a crap one, and the House has a less-crap one... but does Obama have one?

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