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WP/ABC Poll Tries To Give Obama A Mandate

From his front line cheerleaders at the Washington Post:

President Obama’s popularity surges to three-year high

Posted by Scott Clement and Aaron Blake | January 30, 2013

President Obama is riding a wave of personal popularity into his second term, with his highest favorability ratings since his first year in office, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

Isn’t that convenient? Sure, Obama might not have been given a mandate by the voters in November, but the news media is going to try to give him one now via their (phony) polls.

Fully 60 percent of Americans have a favorable impression of Obama in the new poll, up slightly from October but a clear shift in opinion from an election year in which his ratings hovered in the mid-to-low 50s. And by 39 percent to 26 percent, the president now has more “strongly” positive ratings than strongly negative reviews, breaking a two-year stretch in which intense opposition was on par with (or higher than) intense support…

Now that the campaign is over, there is no criticism of Obama anywhere. Certainly, not from our watchdog media. So why should anyone have a negative opinion of Obama? What would they base it on?

The news media are always careful to point out that none of the problems we face are because of Obama.

Obama’s general likability has improved across a variety of constituencies, including a wavering base and the political middle. Obama’s favorable ratings have climbed by double digits since last year among liberals, racial minorities and people under age 40. Among each group, at least two-thirds now see Obama positively.

When did any of these groups ever ‘waver’?

Two groups that voted against Obama in November are also beginning to tilt in his direction. Independents see him favorably by a 60-to-36 percent margin, compared with a 51-45 split a year ago. And 51 percent of those ages 65 and older now see Obama favorably, up 11 points from January 2012. Independent voters backed Mitt Romney over Obama by six points in November, and seniors favored Romney by 12 points, according to the national exit poll.

Now if only Fox News and Rush Limbaugh would see the light and fall in line.

Partisans’ opinions have changed the least over time. Fully 80 percent of Republicans have an unfavorable view of Obama, similar to 78 percent last January. Even more Democrats, 92 percent, say the opposite, with favorable ratings ticking up five points from last year.

After surviving the “fiscal cliff” debate no worse for wear, Obama seems emboldened by his current standing. He has tightened his grip on the bully pulpit, advocating new gun legislation and immigration reform in an effort to parlay his personal popularity into legislative victories…

You see? Obama is wildly popular, so you had better agree to everything he proposed without question. And never mind that his actual policies have always been wildly un-popular in the polls.

The Post-ABC poll was conducted Jan. 23 to 27 among a random national sample of 1,022 adults. The margin of sampling error for the full survey is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points. Click here to see full results and interactive breakdowns.

Good luck trying to find how much this poll oversampled Democrats. For some odd reason the WP and ABC are not releasing their sampling methodology anywhere.

But these weekly Post-ABC polls have regularly oversampled Democrats by 7%. Whereas the Democrats only had a 4% edge in turnout in November. Which might help account for Obama’s ‘popularity’ in this poll.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, January 31st, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “WP/ABC Poll Tries To Give Obama A Mandate”

  1. What the hell does personal popularity have to do with governing ability or intelligence? Look at Hollywood. Popularity seems to effectively breed stupidity. If you’re popular, you don’t have to work for anything you get. Remember that bottle-blonde cheerleader from high school who everybody loved, and who always got everything she ever wanted, even though she had the IQ of a parsnip? IMHO, we now have a very popular root vegetable in the White House. And even as popular as he may or may not be, that means nothing when we’re talking about the security, prosperity, and stability of this once great country.

    He has a mandate alright. But, unfortunately for the rest of us, it’s from a collection of people who were already so far up his ass that they could smell his breath, and those who read the Washington Post for the articles . You know. Morons.


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