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Poll: Obama Still Gets ‘Strong Support’

From the Wall Street Journal:

Obama Gets Strong Support in Poll

By LAURA MECKLER

WASHINGTON —

President Barack Obama enjoys widespread backing from a frightened American public for his ambitious, front-loaded agenda, a new poll indicates.

He is more popular than ever, Americans are hopeful about his leadership, and opposition Republicans are getting drubbed in public opinion, the new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll suggests…

"The American people trust him and like him," Rahm Emanuel, the White House chief of staff, said in an interview. "That’s how you make change possible, because it’s not threatening but accessible."

The poll found a sharp jump in the proportion of Americans who say the nation is "generally headed in the right direction" since Mr. Obama’s January inauguration, a period when economic indicators and financial markets have suggested the opposite. The survey shows that 41% of Americans say the country is headed in the right direction, up dramatically from 26% in mid-January, before Mr. Obama took office, and up from 12% before the election.

The number who say the country is on the "wrong track" is still higher at 44%, but given the economic conditions, pollsters expected it to be much higher.

In the past, similarly sudden improvements in national mood were recorded only after national emergencies that prompted a rallying effect, such as the 2001 terrorist attacks. In this case, the boost is being driven by Democrats and other Obama voters who are pleased with the opening weeks of the administration. Overall, two-thirds of all Americans say they feel "hopeful" about Mr. Obama’s leadership and plans, compared with 28% who say they feel "doubtful." …

The survey of 1,007 adults was conducted Feb. 26 to March 1 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points…

Alas, when you look at the respondents to the poll, you see an all too familiar practice:

As is not a constant rule with our watchdog media, Democrats have been oversampled.

Here there are 13% more Democrats than Republicans.

According to the very latest Rasmussen Reports, Democrats only outnumber Republicans by 7%, and that is near to their all time high. Usually the numbers are much closer.

But somehow our media’s pollsters always ask 13% more Democrats than Republicans to answer their polls. And they are always surprised at the outcome.

But really, some of this is just plain laughable:

The poll found a sharp jump in the proportion of Americans who say the nation is "generally headed in the right direction" since Mr. Obama’s January inauguration, a period when economic indicators and financial markets have suggested the opposite.

Does anyone who is sitting up and taking notice actually believe this? And if anybody does, what is their optimism based upon?

Do they just hate the stock market and anyone who has ever had a job?

The number who say the country is on the "wrong track" is still higher at 44%, but given the economic conditions, pollsters expected it to be much higher.

Oh, so it turns out most people (44% versus 41%) still think the country is on the wrong track.

But that’s okay because it’s so obvious that the country is on the wrong track even the pollsters expected this number to be higher.

(Thanks to BannedbytheTaliban for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, March 4th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

37 Responses to “Poll: Obama Still Gets ‘Strong Support’”

  1. BannedbytheTaliban says:

    Obama gain’s popularity in poll oversampling democrats:

    Obama Gets Strong Support in Poll

    By LAURA MECKLER
    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama enjoys widespread backing from a frightened American public for his ambitious, front-loaded agenda, a new poll indicates.

    He is more popular than ever, Americans are hopeful about his leadership, and opposition Republicans are getting drubbed in public opinion, the new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll suggests.

    …The number who say the country is on the “wrong track” is still higher at 44%, but given the economic conditions, pollsters expected it to be much higher.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123612000246123253.html#articleTabs%3Darticle

    One has to question the objectivity of a poll that has expectations. Also, 43% of respondents identified themselves as democrats compared to 30% allying with the Republican Party. That is a difference of 43% more democrats that republicans.

    Didn’t we hear Obama say he was going to end the politics of fear mongering during the campaign? Glad to see that he kept yet another promise.

    The poll results are listed in a PDF embedded in the article.

    • crosspatch says:

      “That is a difference of 43% more democrats that republicans.”

      That is about the right split, according to Rasmussen who says among their polling, about 33% identify as Republican and about 41% identify as Democrat. And that Republican number is up a whole point from last month when 32% identified as Republicans.

      Right now there are just a lot more Democrats than there are Republicans. And then you get those who will say they are whatever it is “cool” to be this year. But judging from recent voting, to pretend the polls should be split 50-50 between the two parties is a fantasy.

  2. Colonel1961 says:

    Pollsters aren’t supposed to expect anything, i.e., the fruits of their labor are to unearth expectations, not to interject themselves into the process…

  3. TickTock says:

    I hope Obama fails.

    Just more crooked shenanigans from the brain-dead trust in the WH.

    It’s interesting that even with the commie/zombie over-sampling the “wrong track” number is at 44%.

    I believe the truth can be easily extrapolated from these numbers given that we know the number of over-sampling.

    Obamy is in trouble. Hopefully the tipping-point will come soon.

    Good enough. Even better when they frog-march this Obamanation out of our White House.

  4. curvyred says:

    Polls – schmolls – I know many real-life former Barry supporters who are no longer enamored of TCO.

    They are starting to see the reality of the situation.

  5. proreason says:

    For in-depth analysis, they quote Rahm Emanuel.

    The “journalist” who wrote the article is shocked the country isn’t even more negative.

    The country is “rallying”?

    They could improve their business model a lot by dispensing with polls and “journalists” and just publish PravdaUS news releases. Think of the money they would save.

  6. BannedbytheTaliban says:

    The questions are highly skewed too:

    24. Which of the following concerns you more?

    That the federal government will spend too MUCH money trying to boost the economy and as a result will
    drive up the budget deficit, OR
    That the federal government will spend too LITTLE money trying to boost the economy and as a result the
    recession will be longer?

    You see, only government spending can end the recession. The only problem with spending too much money will be a larger deficit. Only more government can save us from big government.

    Also, people are frequently contradicting themselves. 56% of people think Obama’s mortgage plan is a good idea, comparied to 27% who are sane, but 48% think it is unfair. Even 5 year olds know how to connect the dots.

    • catie says:

      I got a phone call from Rasmussen yesterday. I didn’t get too far into the poll because they asked me who I voted for and I said “McCain”. They thanked me for my 30 seconds of time and hung up. Maybe they’re only talking to Obummer supporters? I realize they’d say they had their quota of McCain folks but I have my doubts.

  7. 1sttofight says:

    Hmmmm, RCP has a different set of numbers. Wonder why they were not mentioned?

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/other/direction_of_country-902.html

  8. Odie44 says:

    The bastardization of proper, scientific polling today is at par with, well American math.
    Bottom of the barrel.

    As a Political Science degree holder with a concentrate in policy and polling – I migrated to Rasmussen over 12 years ago (when it was basically a newsletter). Also a reason why he has been +/- 1 % since 96 in legislative, state, Presidential, etc final results.

    And the dope who wrote this gave their Bambi loving opinion in the headline “Obama STILL gets strong support”

    “Still???” well, they then go on to explain, based on their “opinion” of what peoples opinion should be… which has been pointed out – omits any scientific portion of a true poll. The questions are so lopsided, confusing, contradictory, ironic, – on purpose.

    Bottom line – Bambi is losing support and his minions need to push bogus propoganda “polls” as a knee jerk reaction for “leading” our nation.

    All anyone has to do is ask the dolt liberal Bambi lovers any question about Bambi. No longer the glassed eyes “Hopey Changey” look, mindless drivel on anti-Bush “terrorism”, Lincolnesque comparisons, etc., etc. You get crickets, a shrug.

    When Bambi himself sucks the life out of deranged liberals – we know how fast he is falling.

  9. proreason says:

    “it is appearing more and more probable that Obama sees economic recovery as a secondary goal, that his real agenda is remaking America into a liberal paradise in the midst of a severe recession – even if those policies exacerbate the downturn.

    I would say that ordinarily, this would be a sure sign of megalomania and perhaps even madness. But in Obama’s case, we have to start worrying whether there isn’t some kind of messianic impulse driving him – and us – off a cliff. His sky high approval ratings, an adoring media, millions of citizens who view him as more than human, – pretty heady stuff for a former community organizer and non-entity state senator.”

    Am Thinker http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2009/03/its_only_your_life_savings.html

    He is deluded. So were Hitler, Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Castro and many others who ruined their countries and came close to ending civilization.

  10. Lipstick on a PIAPS says:

    Hmmm…….. so everyone loves Papa Doc Barak? Guess they were polling the Palestinians, Al Quada, The Weather Underground, John Kerry, O J Simpson, Whoopi Goldberg, Rhaim Emmanuel and John McCain. I guess that’s why we have such a result! LMAO

  11. TwilightZoned says:

    Stats and polls are manipulated to say whatever the backer wants everyone to believe is true. Doesn’t mean it is. Unfortunately, the percentage of idiots out there is pretty high. The idiots may even be in the majority-the same majority who voted for O.

  12. canary says:

    To begin with 10% of those polled only had cellphone service. Every single person I know that “only” use a cell phone, it’s because they can’t afford a home phone too. They are very young adults who have no clue what’s even going on in the world, often they move around alot, alot of them room together, and lots of times their cell phone is temporarily disconnected. I don’t want to sterio-type anyone, I’m just telling my experience.
    “News poll was based on nationwide telephone interviews of 1,007 adults, including a sample of 102 interviews with people who only use a cellphone.”

    • proreason says:

      good catch canary

      and how many of those people who only use a cellphone do you think are obamabots?

    • canary says:

      Also, as far as the “Independent voters”. No way! Probably unregistered voters guessing, or picking one of the three, they were offered,
      Wallstreet is pathetic. The 1007 participants, should have been put smack under Wallstreets misleading headlines. What an illusion to keep the uninformed to go along.

      Then if you look at all the “not very strong” groups I think that is for the ones who are guessing by what their parents were. And to the yippies and yuppies, “Independent” means unique and free thinkers.

    • AConcernedCitizen says:

      “To begin with 10% of those polled only had cellphone service. Every single person I know that “only” use a cell phone, it’s because they can’t afford a home phone too. They are very young adults who have no clue what’s even going on in the world, often they move around alot, alot of them room together, and lots of times their cell phone is temporarily disconnected. I don’t want to sterio-type anyone, I’m just telling my experience.”

      I have to counter this with my experience. I’m a late 20’s professional with conservative leanings with many friends that could be described in a similar way. I haven’t had a home phone for at least five years. I’ve moved around a bit, but for me, that’s because my job with the military did that. For many of my friends, its because they choose not to purchase a home they did not feel they could afford with prices going through the roof. And with rental properties changing their rates and services every year, it sometimes makes sense to move on. Most of these people don’t have home phones, either. Why spend an extra 20 bucks a year to field calls from telemarketers? A cell phone number can stay with you no matter where you are, saving you from having to update all your contacts when you move. And with long-distance included, most cell phone plans are cheaper than having a home phone. I resent the broad strokes that were painted by the comment above.

    • curvyred says:

      I have to disagree also, I have been “landline” free since 2001, I do not see the need for a landline phone that I never used, and being a natural tightwad at heart I never wanted to pay for something I saw no use for.

      But I can understand your point about mostly younger people were polled.

    • 1sttofight says:

      IMO, the people who actually have money invested in the US economy are older folks who have landlines. That would explain why they were not called.

    • curvyred says:

      I do have money invested in the U.S. economy, despite not having a landline.

      Older folks probably are more likely to have a landline, that’s true but just because you don’t have a landline does not mean you do not have an investment in the future of our country.

    • 1sttofight says:

      curvyred,
      That is not the point.
      The point is why did they discard the folks who did not

      have a cell phone?

  13. proreason says:

    The best recap of The Moron’s Socialist/Communist roots, published july 28, 2008. IBD called it on the nose.

    http://www.ibdeditorials.com/IBDArticles.aspx?id=302137342405551

    “Throughout his career, Obama has worked closely with a network of stone-cold socialists and full-blown communists striving for “economic justice.”

    He’s been traveling in an orbit of collectivism that runs from Nairobi to Honolulu, and on through Chicago to Washington.

    A perfect storm of statism is forming, and our economic freedoms are at serious risk.”

  14. canary says:

    A concerned citizen, that is why I made it clear I did not want to sterio-type, and I do not know if any of your friends know what Obama is doing to hurt your futures and thank you for serving in the military.

    You ask “Why spend an extra 20 bucks a year to field calls from telemarketers? A cell phone number can stay with you no matter where you are, saving you from having to update all your contacts when you move. And with long-distance included, most cell phone plans are cheaper than having a home phone.”

    I’ve never heard of any cell phone company with unlimited minutes that is cheaper than 20 bucks a year. Or 20 bucks a month. I have 30 dollar home phone service, long distance included. Not charged for incoming calls and messages minute charges, 20 dollars unlimited texting. Cell phone plans all start at approx 30 dollars a month. Taxes, and I pay extra to call after 7:00 pm instead of 9;00 pm. only because I have a child. But, the battery recharging thingy does not make me feel secure in case of emergency. Again, do appreciate your serving this country, and hope it’s not in vain, because it isn’t a priority with oOllah Obama.

    • AConcernedCitizen says:

      I apologize, I should have been more clear. I meant to state “20 bucks a month”, which is what I was paying for a home phone that just sat there. A cell phone can be a bit more expensive per a month, but it doesn’t make much financial sense to be paying for both. Also, I cannot take credit for serving in the military…I just have a job with the military that has entailed some of the same year to year movement between posts.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      BTW….YOUR WELCOME!!

  15. canary says:

    If oOllah Obama gets his way there will be one universal phone, and he will decide who get’s a phone. And he could press buttons and make it so some people can’t use their phone, so I won’t be able to call someone and warn them, the “commies are coming!! The terrorists are coming!! Lock n Load”” meet at the old North church!!!!!!! lock n load!!!! cause I don’t own horses anymore. And Obama’s screwing the farmers and agriculturists, probably won’t again.

  16. CaliforniaBear says:

    I belive these polls as much as I believe Obama’s hair is getting grayer because of the “crisis”:

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29524174

    “Are times so stressful — a plummeting economy and two wars — that our young president is going grayer a mere six weeks into the job?”

    I love the wonderful reporting. It must be because of the crisis that he is going gray. I don’t know about you guys, but I saw him gray and not gray all throughout his campaign.

    • dulcimergrl says:

      You’re not the only one who saw The One’s hair changing color throughout the campaign. I was listening to Jim Geraghty on the way home yesterday, who’s guest hosting the Hugh Hewitt radio program. He was saying the same thing as you: he noticed Obama’s hair changed from dark, to a little gray at temples, and back again more than once before the election. He was also making fun of the NYT putting the earth-shaking story of Dear Leader’s hair color on the front page.

    • 1sttofight says:

      Yet he still parties every wednesday night at his crib, The WH. Excuse me while I puke.

    • MinnesotaRush says:

      Is the WH a “Drug Free Zone”??? Just askin’.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      MR…ask his uncle AbongO if the WH is a DF zone.

  17. Alice L. says:

    Sorry, folks: I do NOT believe this poll. All the libs I am surrounded by who voted for Obambi no longer support him. Even they are waking up.

    • curvyred says:

      That is the experience, I have had in real life as well. Even some of his most ardent cheerleaders have really questioned what is going on.

    • JohnMG says:

      I’ve got to agree with you Alice. Folks I see on a daily basis are saying “What the hell…….??!!”

      So I just can’t resist:

      O–One
      B–big-
      A–assed
      M–mistake,
      A–America!

  18. nuthingbettertodo says:

    Support like this? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIHz5tevLAw


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