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US: Obama on the Issues (Gallup 3/26-28)

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USA Today / Gallup
3/26-28/10; 1,033 adults, 4% margin of error
Mode: Live telephone interviews
(Gallup release)

National

Obama Job Approval / Disapproval
Foreign Affairs: 48 / 46 (chart)
Health care: 42 / 54 (chart)
Economy: 37 / 61 (chart)
Israel & Palestine: 31 / 52
Federal budget deficit: 31 / 64

 

Comments
Field Marshal:

Obama is like the opposite of the HCR bill. For some reason, 50% of the people like him but when you get into the details, they tend to like him less.

Goes with the thesis that they like his charisma but not much else.

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Aaron_in_TX:

The economy is the only one where there's been much of a drop since 2010 started, about a 5 point decline since december.

Health care is somewhat better, he experienced disapproval over 60 earlier in the year on that. About a 6 point increase.

Israel & Palestine... I wish this question was a little more specific. Do people not like that he stood up to the Israelis, or would they like him to approve of their settlement building after he had previously been against it? This has a lot of undecideds. It would probably be a lose-lose for any president since that's such an intractable issue.

The budget deficit... Obama lost this issue after the first few months of 2009. Complaints about the deficit during democratic administrations are perennial. I'm writing an article about the political opposition during the JFK years, and the republicans constantly complained about the deficit, even though Eisenhower hadn't done much about it either, despite having a republican congress for a couple years. The deficit then was peanuts compared to today and they were saying the same stuff.

The deficit has only really been bad since the 1980s. Something about what we've been doing since then is wrong. In any case, historically speaking, it's nowhere close to what it was during WWI or WWII. Imo, national debt is a worse problem than the deficit and we're not so bad on that yet. Eisenhower through Carter the national debt went consistently down. Since Reagan, it went up, with a brief downward trend under Clinton.

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havoc:

Who are the 31% who approve of his handling of the Deficit?

I mean really, what would he have to drive our debt to make these people not approve?

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Stillow:

O's likability keep shis numbers up. Much like it did for Bush for a long time. But unpopular policies will eventually own the day.

A large number of O's policies have well below 50 percent support. Eventually his likability will give way to those numbers as it did with Bush.

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Stillow:

aaron - Why don't you write your article on how the Dems bitch and moan about deficits and debt when a repub is in office, then go totaly silent when a Dem is in office.......and vice versa.

That is why so many conservatives left the GOP the past 10 years. Because they were no different whatsoever from Dems on spending and deficits. they had no problem running big deficits when W was in office....just like now Dems have no problem running trillion dollar deficits while O is in office.

Sucks for us too, since we all get to pay it back no matter your party ID.

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Westwoodnc westwoodnc:

"Health care is somewhat better, he experienced disapproval over 60 earlier in the year on that. About a 6 point increase."

That's the Gallup poll, this is the USAToday/Gallup poll. The last USAt/G poll had it at 51-46 disapprove (3/22/10). So the disapproval spread went up. And the month before that it was 48-45 disapproval. The 61-37 on the economy is eye-popping.

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LordMike:

"Goes with the thesis that they like his charisma but not much else. "

Worked for Reagan...

"Who are the 31% who approve of his handling of the Deficit?"

I'm one of the 31%... The GOP ran up the deficit with nary a complaint, and all we got were some lousy foreign wars and a failed economy. If the GOP didn't care about the deficit when they were in power, neither will I.

And for all the concern trolling over "grandchildren will pay" for this and that... whatever. I remember in the 80's everyone saying how Reagan's deficits would increase taxes through the roof in 20 years. Well, now we have the lowest tax rates since the great depression. The fiscal scolds have always been wrong.

"Why don't you write your article on how the Dems bitch and moan about deficits and debt when a repub is in office, then go totaly silent when a Dem is in office.......and vice versa."

No one on either side criticized Bush's deficits... no one... No one in political office really criticized Bush on anything for fear of being branded a traitor. When a Dem is in office, though, it's open season. Maybe Stillow can write an article on that?

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Westwoodnc westwoodnc:

"I'm one of the 31%... The GOP ran up the deficit with nary a complaint, and all we got were some lousy foreign wars and a failed economy."

Aaah, LMAO. Glad those were taken care of with Obama's deficit spending.

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Stillow:

LM - Obama passed a 1.4 trillion dollar deficit. Not Bush. It was O who supported, who signed it and increased spending via the stimulus and a swarm of other things, not Bush. We are living with O's budget right now and O's deficit projections, not Bush's. Its cute you can't let go of Bush and wanna blame him for O's spending, but life just does not work that way. There is no gun to O's head forcing him to spend all this money.

No one bitched about Bush's spending? Seriously? I assume you said that as a joke and were not really being serious. Its like clockwork, if a Dem is in office, that party is perfectly fine with deficit spending, if an R is in office, thn the repubs are perfectly fine with deficit spending. However it cost the GOp big, as fiscal conservatives like myself got so angry we actually left the GOP and became Indy's.

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Lt. Cmdr. Walrus:

I imagine that his Economy rating will improve as the recession tapers off, assuming it is of course.

It's also odd that he gets a high foreign affairs rating but low on Israel/Palestine.

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lat:

Stillow and Field Marshall,

39.6 coming soon to a paycheck near you!

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11thGenerationAmerican:

This Billow character still doesn't understand that Bush never put the cost of the two wars in his budgets. They were funded with special appropriations. Obama inherited the worst economy in two generations and had "a gun to his head" to spend money or face a devastating depression--which would have happened if McCain and Palin had been elected. This is understood by economists of all persuasions.

Sadly for conservatives, as the Dow approaches 11K, job numbers improve, etc. they are being proved wrong once again. I suppose their next distortion will be that the long-term effect of Bush's tax cuts is what's causing the economy to improve. LOL!

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Xenobion:

GOP has owned the budget for 75% of the time in the past 30 years. While many may not approve of Obama's policies, they'll end up being better than what the GOP is proposing. People don't seem to get that the GOP's popularity is half of Obama's.

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Stillow:

And O's popularity keeps falling....and the repubs lead on the generic ballot with many pollsters....and the GOP is poised to pick up huge gains thsi November.

lat - you libs are amazing, keep raising those taxes and see what it gets you....can anyone say 1970's.............

11thGenerationAmerican - Nice try, but this O's budget and O's over spending. Bush mayu have spent a lot, but O has spent more debt money than Bush eer dreamed of. i know, those damn facts hurt, but they are soemthing that we have to live with.

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Stillow:

11thGenerationAmerican - I need to apologize. I missed the Billow reference. I know you Olberman watchers have a real hard time understanding anything in real life. So I apologize and I regret any emotional distress I may have caused you. It was not my intent to be insensitive to your status as an Olberman fan.

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11thGenerationAmerican:

Yeah, and there's a reason why there are no Federalists, Whigs and Know-Nothings in this country. Your philosophy has been rejected throughout the course of American history. Most Americans realize that the world and this country are diverse and complicated. Your childish, naive, "Virtue of Selfishness" "Way-Things-Ought-To Be" mentality doesn't work and never has.

I thought Limbaugh was going lead all of you into exile in Costa Rica. Why are you still here?


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Stillow:

LOL....ya that childish and naive notion of self reliance, personal responsibility and actually getting to keep money you earned. Damn those evil selfish people who want to take care of themselves and not live on their knees to g'ments whims. Damn naive bastards....can you actually beleive there's people out here who think lower taxes is better in a consumer based economy? Amazing that people actually exist who think a g'ment big enough to give you everything you need is strong enough to take everything you have.........oh but we've never seen in world history before where a g'ment who accumulates enough power turns into a dictatorship, nah, that's never happened! I just can't beleive there's people out there who think its healthy to be skeptical of g'ment and keep its influence limited....damn selfish childish people who just don't think g'ment shoudl be invovled in every aspect of there lives. Those naive founding fathers who designed a country based on limited g'ment didn't know what they were doing. It was a fluke we became the most powerful nation in world history. If only more people wanted to live in left wing utopias like Cuba then we'd all be in a permanant state of bliss. I just can't beleive that guy who wakes up at 4AM to get to wrok and gets home at 6 actually has the nerve to get angry watching his money be used to provide things to people who sit at the lake all day. What a selfish bastard that guy is! When are these people going to learn that only thru g'ment can one be truly happy. That your God given rights are simply a dispensation of g'ment. That only by g'ment t dictating how you live your life can you truly be happy. These people need to understand that working hard and bettering yourself if just a warped version of selfishness. Those who seek evil goals like profit should be tossed aside as the childish naive people they are. We either all eat, or no one eats! Willingness to sacrifise and take risk is a childish and naive mentality that shoudl be purged from our mindsets. Indeed, these naive people need to undestand that there lives are better planned by a small ruling elite class rather than planning them themselves.

Long live the Olbermaniacs! Through kool aid, we shall find our salvation!

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Xenobion:

Regan ran the deficit like a Russian whore.
Clinton balanced the budget.
Bush ran the deficit like a Louisiana stripper.
Obama now is apparently destroying the Country.

My how frustrating it must be to gamble on the same horse that keeps disappointing.

I hear Romney is in the lead for 2012. Love to hear everyone and how Romneycare is different from Obamacare!

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11thGenerationAmerican:

You sound worse than my three-year-old grandson when his little sister touches his toys. "Their mine, their mine." Not sure how you got to where you are, but you obviously have enough time to screw around on the internet most days. You're just too blinded by your own ideology to understand who's really ripping you off. Most of the work my company does is funded with public money. Trust me, the senior executives here have no trouble traveling, staying in nice hotels and drinking expensive wine on your dime. And you're complaining about children being fed.

Like most conservatives you invoke this "limited government" talking point but don't know the true meaning. What the Founding Fathers limited in most part were the abuses put upon them by the King, like being thrown into the Tower of London without due process and without rights against self-incrimination, etc. Ironically, you conservatives sat idly by as Bush, Cheney and Gonzo tried to destroy the Constitution and pushed the government further into our lives than any other administration.

You don't seem to realize how close we came to being a totalitarian state, but it didn't come from the left, it came from the right. Fortunately, democracy worked and the Alexander Hamilton/John Adams/Dick Cheney notion of centralized power in the head of state was rejected once again.

Isn't American great?

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11thGenerationAmerican:

You sound worse than my three-year-old grandson when his little sister touches his toys. "Their mine, their mine." Not sure how you got to where you are, but you obviously have enough time to screw around on the internet most days. You're just too blinded by your own ideology to understand who's really ripping you off. Most of the work my company does is funded with public money. Trust me, the senior executives here have no trouble traveling, staying in nice hotels and drinking expensive wine on your dime. And you're complaining about children being fed.

Like most conservatives you invoke this "limited government" talking point but don't know the true meaning. What the Founding Fathers limited in most part were the abuses put upon them by the King, like being thrown into the Tower of London without due process and without rights against self-incrimination, etc. Ironically, you conservatives sat idly by as Bush, Cheney and Gonzo tried to destroy the Constitution and pushed the government further into our lives than any other administration.

You don't seem to realize how close we came to being a totalitarian state, but it didn't come from the left, it came from the right. Fortunately, democracy worked and the Alexander Hamilton/John Adams/Dick Cheney notion of centralized power in the head of state was rejected once again.

Isn't America great?

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Stillow:

X - "Regan ran the deficit like a Russian whore.
Clinton balanced the budget.
Bush ran the deficit like a Louisiana stripper.
Obama now is apparently destroying the Country"

Shh, just between you and me, a president doesn't spend money. Spending bills start in the congress. Congress has far more power than a president does when it comes to spending, deficits, etc....which is why normal thinkers like myself blame both parties! Just thought I'd share that little secret with ya!

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Stillow:

11thGenerationAmerican - Your entire post made no sense at all. Where were cons during Bush? Most of us left him in 2004 and didn't even vote, MYSELF INCLUDED. He lost fiscal cons early on.

Totalitarianism? Look around man, its liberals who are engaged in authroitarian control of your life. Its libs trying to dictated your personal choices, its libs trying to force you to buy certian services like HC. We are being led right now by a neo-marxist who is doing exactly what he said he would, fundamentally transofrm america from a free country into a authoritarian run communist like country....where the peoples lives are run form a small group of people in Washington.

All that msnbc stuff has soaked into your brain and you actuall think some of that stuff don't ya?

G'ment was designed to be limited, espeically the national g'ment. The bigger and stronger g'ment gets, the less and less free we become, its not a talking point, its a fact. Tyrany can come from a big g'ment just as easily as it came from a king.

try and get past your hate for Bush, he is gone....take a look around at this crap going on now. Your freedom is being eroded right in front of your face, but as long as its a D next to his name, your perfectly fine with it. If your a neo-marxist too, then just admit it....perhaps you feel people are stupid and need to be managed....this country is being turned into a centrally run authoritarian-style dictatorship...despite what you think, g'ment is soaked with corruption, crooked politicans and scandals. Its full of career politicans who get rich off your back. I've been in the workforce for decades working my ass to get where I am today.

I just wish you leftists woudl be honest about what you want...about how you want a top down society and not a bottom up one....about how you thrive on being dictated to by a ruling class in DC....just be honest and lets have the public debate. But you don't, cus you would lose. instead you disguise it, you invoke name calling such as racists, you divert, distract and divide. The ends justify the means for you and your goal of fulfilling O's dream of "fundamentally transfomring the united states of america".

It sound sgood to say we'll give everyone HC, until th time comes when g'ment is the only provider in which case they and they alone determine your treatment, which means you live there way, do what they want or find yourself left out to dry.

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Aaron_in_TX:

Oh Stillow, where do you find the time? Sometimes I wonder if you really believe your own claptrap. I don't have all day to respond to everything but I'll point out the obvious prattle you've offered.

"We are being led right now by a neo-marxist"

Obama is nowhere near a marxist. Marxists don't believe in property.

"I've been in the workforce for decades working my ass to get where I am today."

So have a lot of people who are not nearly as successful. I know 55 yr-olds who worked their whole life and got denied health insurance.

"Those naive founding fathers who designed a country based on limited g'ment didn't know what they were doing."

Actually the constitution was the original "big government takeover." If you don't think so you're not very familiar with the writings of Patrick Henry, Richard Henry Lee, Sam Adams, and others.

"I just can't beleive that guy who wakes up at 4AM to get to wrok and gets home at 6 actually has the nerve to get angry watching his money be used to provide things to people who sit at the lake all day."

I run at the lake a few times a week. The only people I know of who are there all day are either wealthy or homeless.

"These people need to understand that working hard and bettering yourself if just a warped version of selfishness. Those who seek evil goals like profit should be tossed aside"

It's great that you mentioned God. You obviously don't know your bible, because it says things similar to your sarcastic quote. I find it hard to believe that so many conservative Christians today ignore so many scriptural references to the accumulation of money as wrong. Over and over again, it says to give to the poor, significantly. If every Christian in America did what they were supposed to, we wouldn't need government intervention on behalf of the poor.

Here are just a few:

"Ecc 5:10-15 (NIV) Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income. This too is meaningless. As goods increase, so do those who consume them."

"Ps 49:16-19 (NIV) Do not be overawed when a man grows rich, when the splendor of his house increases; for he will take nothing with him when he dies, his splendor will not descend with him."

Luke 3:11 (NIV) John answered, "The man with two tunics should share with him who has none, and the one who has food should do the same."

And most people ignore Luke 12:48 (NIV): "From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked."

That sounds a little socialistic, doesn't it?

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Xenobion:

Stillow as a fellow "normal thinker" (whatever that is lol...) we both know who control's the budget... its the house right? The house that's been in a vetoable situation under Republican authority and leadership for hmmm is it about 95% of the past 30 year? Yeah that's the ticket!

Apparently here we are thinking that the Grand Old Party can learn new tricks like being fiscally conservative rather than ideologically driven to spend.

I guess the difference is I understand Democrats spend money. Yet if they are going to spend, I mostly like the things they spend their money on. But if I were a Republican I'd have to be on meds to believe that they do what they say historically looking at it all when it comes to fiscal conservatism. And I don't need to go to a stripper in Louisiana to find that out.

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Aaron_in_TX:

He also ignored earlier when I pointed out the national debt decreased consistently throughout the adminstrations of Eisenhower to Carter. All that time save 2 years, the congress was under democratic control. Starting with Reagan it went consistently up, with a little decline under Clinton.

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Stillow:

X - That at least isa valid point you made how you beleive Dems will spend, but you like what they spend it on. IMO, the GOP knows they have one more chance to actually be fiscally conservative. We need a fiscally conservative party to balance the Dems, we cannot exist or function long term without a balance on spending. It has to get under control, we cannot keep doing what we are doing. We are in the era of bubbles, and right now g'ment is a huge bubble building and is damn near about to pop. We had the tech bubble, then the housing bubble, then the Wall Street bubble and now the g'ment buble is the bubble to end all bubbles. Perhaps some of the GOP's oppostition to the current spending is just the nromal bickering between D's and R's....but it is my hope that once the GOP regains power they stick to that mentality and actually reduce spending and try to get society out of this entitlement trap g'ment has created for all of us.

arron - I have had so mnay conversations with you over the months, you are so much smarter than what you claim to beleive. It could be your youth and lack of real world expereince. O is a neo-marxist authoritarian. Look at his entire upbrining, he was surrounded by marxists and communists. Even in his own book he spoke of how he became freinds with his marxist professors during college. One of the main influences in his life was that crazy communist poet guy in Hawaii whose name escapes me, Davis I think. Then he spends twenty years listeing to how evil America is from the now famour Rev. Wright. The guy is a marxist......and again he is doing what he promised to do, trying to fundamentally transofmr this country into a more marxist like society.

America does not need to be fundamentally transformed, our grandparents left us a pretty damn good country...the best the world has to offer...and you leftists line up wanting tochange that. America should constantly evolve and grow, but if we lose that core vein of who we are where we came from, then america will no longer be a beacon of freedom and opportunity....but rather just antoher place where g'ment has near total control over your life.

This is it guys, if we fall, there's nowhere else to go. Every year, slowly but surely g'ment gets more and more power over the individual....it gets involved in making more and more of our decisions.

We are nearing a crossroads, where either a majoirty stands up and says enough is enough and demands g'ment pull back from this marxist trend...or we become part of the next history book explaining how the once great american Empire fell...how we exchanged freedom for the free lunch na dreplaced opporunity with dependency.

I'm much older than you....yet you seem a bright, well informed young man, i wish you owuld utilize those smarts to do the right thing....you have been handed a great country, do not let it go to waste and do not abuse it. There is now an entire genertion of young americans who feel they are owed soemthing....that every problem they have is someone elses fault.

You have to be able to see the danger in a large centralized g'ment. There is much more at play here than just D vs. R....there is an effort to fundamentally transform the greast nation the world has ever seen. This country has done more good and provided more people with prosperity than any other nation in history. It would be a very ugly stain in human history if you and the younger generations let this country die and be reborn into a place where a ruling class controls the masses....where the people are sheep...and love to live on there knees thanking the g'ment that provides them with there bread and there doctor.

Our leader and indeed the power structure in the Dem party right now are authoritarians. It has to stop.

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Aaron_in_TX:

I'm not THAT young, I have a little more life experience than you think. The difference is my experiences have taught me differently than yours did for you. That is why we don't think the same way.

Other than that, you veered off and didn't address the topics at hand, instead launching into one of your manifestos, something you tend to do when confronted with issues you're shaky on.

Read a little less Ayn Rand and you'll be okay. If you read a little Karl Marx, you'd see that he would not like Obama at all.

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