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NYT: 70% Disapprove Of Direction Of US

A typically meandering analysis of another meaningless push poll from the New York Times:

Nation’s Mood at Lowest Level in Two Years, Poll Shows

By JIM RUTENBERG and MEGAN THEE-BRENAN
April 21, 2011

Americans are more pessimistic about the nation’s economic outlook and overall direction than they have been at any time since President Obama’s first two months in office, when the country was still officially ensnared in the Great Recession, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.

Amid rising gas prices, stubborn unemployment and a cacophonous debate in Washington over the federal government’s ability to meet its future obligations, the poll presents stark evidence that the slow, if unsteady, gains in public confidence earlier this year that a recovery was under way are now all but gone.

Note the artful way the headline and the lead paragraphs are written. The public is in a funk. But you can’t blame anybody, least of all Mr. Obama. It is just due to a series of unfortunate events – and the "cacophonous debate in Washington."

By the way, the ‘Great Recession’ has been over for almost two years now. How can anyone still be unhappy?

Capturing what appears to be an abrupt change in attitude, the survey shows that the number of Americans who think the economy is getting worse has jumped 13 percentage points in just one month. Though there have been encouraging signs of renewed growth since last fall, many economists are having second thoughts, warning that the pace of expansion might not be fast enough to create significant numbers of new jobs.

Really? What was their first clue?

The dour public mood is dragging down ratings for both parties in Congress and for President Obama, the poll found.

That is so unfair. Why should Mr. Obama be punished for our "dour mood"?

After the first 100 days of divided government, and a new Republican leadership controlling the House of Representatives, 75 percent of respondents disapproved of the way Congress is handling its job

At last we finally get to the real cause of the problem. The "new Republican leadership" in the House of Representatives. We should have known it was their fault all along.

When it comes to cutting the deficit and the costs of the nation’s costliest entitlement programs, the poll found conflicting and sometimes contradictory views, with hints of encouragement and peril for both parties.

Mr. Obama has considerable support for his proposal to end tax cuts for those households earning $250,000 a year and more: 72 percent of respondents approved of doing so as a way to address the deficit.

And, in what he can take as a positive sign for his argument the nation has a duty to protect its most vulnerable citizens, about three-quarters of Americans polled think the federal government has a responsibility to provide health care for the elderly, and 56 percent believe it has a similar duty to the poor

Which, of course, was the reason the New York Times ran this push poll in the first place.

In what Republicans can take as a positive sign as they seek a more limited government, 55 percent of poll respondents said they would rather have fewer services from a smaller government than more services from a bigger one, as opposed to 33 percent who said the opposite, a continuation of a trend in Times/CBS polls

Twice as many respondents said they would prefer cuts in spending on federal programs that benefit people like them as said they would favor a rise in taxes to pay for such programs.

Yet more than 6 in 10 of those surveyed said they believed Medicare was worth the costs. And when asked specifically about Medicare, respondents said they would rather see higher taxes than see a reduction in its available medical services if they had to choose between the two

People would rather have taxpayers pay for their healthcare than pay for it themselves. What a shock. By this same logic we should all live in taxpayer subsidized housing and drive taxpayer subsidized cars.

Given the choice of cutting military, Social Security or Medicare spending as a way to reduce the overall budget, 45 percent chose military cuts, compared with those to Social Security (17 percent) or Medicare (21 percent.)[.]

This is what Mr. Obama calls the spirit of ‘shared sacrifice.’

The opposition by Tea Party supporters to raising the level of debt the nation can legally carry was shared by nearly two-thirds of poll respondents, including nearly half of Democrats

Notice how The Times always obscures such minor details with their arcane grammar. The fact is 2/3rds of the respondents oppose raising the debt limit.

[W]ith 70 percent of poll respondents saying that the country was heading in the wrong direction, the public was not exhibiting warm feelings toward officeholders of either party…

And notice how they just mention such trifling details in passing. If a Republican were in the White House, 70% of Americans saying "the country was heading in the wrong direction" would be the headline for this article. And it would be top story across the country for days.

The displeasure with officeholders of both parties is reminiscent of the mood that prevailed in November, when anti-incumbent sentiment swept Democrats out of power in the House and diminished their edge in the Senate

What a laugh. Yes, the midterm elections were the result of a bi-partisan anti-incumbency mood. One of the most lopsided party victories in the history of the nation.

Let’s hope there is similar "anti-incumbent" sweep in November, so that the GOP will pick up a super majority in both houses of Congress and control of  the White House.

By the way, you will be surely amazed to hear that this poll over sampled Democrats and Independents. According to their data (a pdf file) they polled 25% Republicans, 33% Democrats and a whopping 41% ‘Independents’ — which, of course, is simply media-speak for Democrats.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, April 22nd, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “NYT: 70% Disapprove Of Direction Of US”

  1. proreason says:

    The problem with the 70% is that what most of the 70% want is to transfer more money from your wallet to theirs.

  2. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events

    Three wealthy children’s parents are killed in a fire. When they are sent to a distant relative, they find out that he is plotting to kill them and seize their fortune.

    Sound familiar?

    • tranquil.night says:

      Yeah, a noted Liberal huckster, clown, hyper-narcissist stars in the lead role.

      (That would be Jim Carrey, whose had another flick that has been used in a classic Rush parody poster: Me, Myself, and I Lie)

  3. Right of the People says:

    ONLY 70%?????


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