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US: Obama Approval (Marist 10/7-12)


Marist
10/1-8, 10/12/09; 1,026 adults, 3% margin of error
913 registered voters, 3.5% margin of error
(all questions asked of registered voters unless otherwise noted)
Mode: Live telephone interviews
(Marist release)

National

Obama Job Approval
53% Approve, 41% Disapprove (chart)
Dems: 84 / 11 (chart)
Reps: 21 / 74 (chart)
Inds: 45 / 47 (chart)
Health Care: 44 / 49 (chart)
Economy: 48 / 47 (chart)

State of the Country (all adults)
47% Right direction, 47% Wrong Direction (chart)

Overall, would you describe the direction in which President Barack Obama is moving the country as:
46% Change for the better
34% Change for the worse
18% No change at all

Do you think a public option is a good thing or a bad thing to include in heath care reform? (all adults)
60% Good thing, 27% Bad thing

Do you think the current economic conditions are mostly something President Obama inherited or are they mostly a result of his own policies?
70% Mostly inherited, 24% Mostly the result of his own policies

 

Comments
Wong:

Good numbers for the President. There seems to be growing sentiment that the economy is improving. 2010 may be another good year for us brain-washed liberals. We'll take it.

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Stillow:

I am not among thsoe thinking its recovering....without jobs you cannot have a recovery.

Someone remind me, the last question here, did it not used to be 11 that blamed oabama? Now its 24? Some of the balme is starting to shift now.

Jobs guys, we need jobs to have a recovery...a jobless recovery is no recovery at all. If the other counries threats are real and they are gong to dump the greenback, we are in deep doo doo as my daughter would say. Inflation, yikes!

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Field Marshal:

The wording that he "inherited" the problems is ridiculous in my opinion. He was not appointed president, he sought the position. If you seek something, it is not possible to inherit it.

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RAG2:

What's your point, Field Marshal. Are you saying that because BO sought and was ELECTED to the job, he "created" these problems? One doesn't have to "inherit" a job in order to inherit the problems that come with them. Economic and other problems don't automatically "reset" themselves when administrations change!

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Field Marshal:

Rag,

I'm not saying that at all. No ned to be so defensive! All I'm saying is that the wording is incorrect. The question should state instead "Do you think the current economic conditions are mostly something that 'existed' when President Obama took office or are they mostly a result of his own policies? There should also be a choice for 'neither'.

I would vote neither since ANY president in the office over the last 4 years would have had the same outcome. We've had business cycles since the founding of the country. This was just another one of those cycles. I think Bernanke and Paulson did a good job dealing with it. Geithner has too.

But again, its just the wording of the question that is wrong IMO.

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Xenobion:

Employment is a lagging indicator and it will be as businesses stable out and recover from a year and a half of losses. As you see consumer confidence rise you'll def see a rise in employment figures. That will come with this stability and a little time.

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Aaron_in_TX:

"I would vote neither since ANY president in the office over the last 4 years would have had the same outcome. We've had business cycles since the founding of the country. This was just another one of those cycles. I think Bernanke and Paulson did a good job dealing with it. Geithner has too. "

I agree, Field Marshall. It's I wish that more people realized that the economy is not necessarily under the president's control, nor can the president significantly change the trajectory of the economy quickly.

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Stillow:

That is true, a preaiddent actually has little to do with the eocnomy....granted they have some influence via tax policy, etc, but overall a president can effect very little real change in the economy.

And all presdients inherit baggage fro mthe previous president...thats been true since day 1. Presdients often kick problems they do not want to deal with down the orad for the next guy to deal with it.

But also in our system, the pres is the leader, so he gains or loses based on how the economy does...and by proxy his party.

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Stillow:

Xenobion

I have to tell you, I hope you are right and I am wrong. I want people to work...I don't care if that means obama is a lock for a second term. I have freinds in real bad shape right now and I want everyone working who want to work. I just don't see it happening, I see a double dip coming....but lets hope on this one, your right and I am wrong....

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Aaron_in_TX:

"I see a double dip coming"

Well, Stillow, I'm glad to see you are not invested in America's failure.

I think it's too early to tell, but I don't think there'll be a double dip, at least not a bad one.

I'm more worried about a general sense of stagnation with unemployment chronically higher than 8%. The private sector seems to be taking this as an oppotunity to reconfigure, increase efficiency, and extract more work out of remaining employees and not hire too many entry level or supplemental people. I don't foresee much hiring for several years. Green tech is education intensive and not labor intensive. That's not going to make up for lost manufacturing jobs.

Good paying, stable, blue-collar jobs that you can get w/o a degree are going the way of the dinosaur. Even bachelor's degrees are becoming the new hs diploma. People are going to more school and delaying earning potential until they're almost 30. They do this often because it's necessary, but overall this hurts productivity.

Some jobs that fueled the old bubbles - retail, services, leisure sectors - those will come back, but those are crappy jobs and not careers anyway.

More problematic is that the new "bubbles" we're likely to have are going to come from government and health care sectors (which is heavily government-funded even before health reform). These don't contribute to growth beyond the 1-3% range, and that's optimistic.

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