Rasmussen and the quietly rusting Democratic advantage.
Examining Rasmussen’s trust-on-issues numbers from month to month is interesting enough, but I was interested in the long term trends. So I put together this chart comparing this month’s numbers with those of last October’s*: October 2008 May 2009 Issue Dem GOP Diff Dem GOP Diff Cum Shift Economy 51% 38% 13 44% 43% 1 (12) Govt Ethics 40% 30% 10 40% 29% 11 1 | Read More »
Half the country thinks that Congress has rigged the system.
Rasmussen has a poll out that argues against the “people hate Congress but love their own congressman” meme. Essentially, that explanation is beaten out 2-to-1 by “the fix is in:” …23% believe members of Congress get reelected because they do a good job representing their constituents. However, 50% believe the high reelection rates result from election rules that are “rigged to benefit members of Congress.” | Read More »
30/45/25 for Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano.
Those numbers above represent Favorable/Unfavorable/Don’t Know in the latest Rasmussen poll, and while Rasmussen itself notes that: At the time President Obama nominated her for the Homeland Security post in early December, 43% had no opinion of her. Since that time, her favorable ratings have remained constant, but her negatives have increased. That’s fairly typical for politicians as they get better known. …it’s still not | Read More »
Rasmussen: Majority of country worries government will do too much.
I would quibble with the results here: it implies that the notion that we’ve already done too much already to fix the economy isn’t a legitimate answer. Still, this report will not be welcome news for the administration: 52% Worry Government Will Do Too Much to Fix Economy [snip] The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 52% of the nation’s Likely Voters now | Read More »
Sabato’s Handicapping the Governors’ races, Part One.
Larry Sabato has done the first half of his anaylsis of the governor’s races for 2010 (the Democratic half): the basic results are below. ARKANSAS: DEMOCRATIC HOLD. COLORADO: LEANS DEMOCRATIC. ILLINOIS: TOSS-UP. IOWA: LEANS DEMOCRATIC. KANSAS: LEANS REPUBLICAN TURNOVER. MAINE: TOSS-UP. MARYLAND: LEANS DEMOCRATIC. MASSACHUSETTS: DEMOCRATIC HOLD. MICHIGAN: TOSS-UP. NEW HAMPSHIRE: DEMOCRATIC HOLD / TOSS-UP NEW MEXICO: LEANS DEMOCRATIC HOLD NEW YORK: LEANS DEMOCRATIC / | Read More »
Jobs ‘saved’ by ‘stimulus’ reduced to 2.5 million.
Contra Wizbang and Roger Kimball, this is actually the latest estimate of Mark Zandi, not the Obama administration itself. What the Obama administration is merely doing is trying to lower the expectations of their debt bill: WASHINGTON (Reuters)- President Barack Obama’s aides warned Americans on Sunday not to expect instant miracles from the $787 billion economic stimulus bill he will sign this week, but said | Read More »
Rasmussen: Public opinion flips on ‘Fairness Doctrine.’
But a majority expects Congress to try to pass it anyway: 47% Oppose Fairness Doctrine, But 51% Think Congress Likely To Bring It Back Just 38% of U.S. voters think that the government should require all radio stations to offer equal amounts of conservative and liberal political commentary. Forty-seven percent (47%) oppose government-imposed political balance on radio stations, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national | Read More »
Decent Gallup bounce for Obama.
48 – 42 (+6 Obama) on the Gallup Poll; Rasmussen’s currently tied at 47/47, but the explanatory text suggests that tomorrow’s numbers are going to be more Obama-friendly (they float the concept of a possible ‘modest lead,’ which means… I have no idea). While this technically represents Monday through Wednesday, today’s numbers probably are not taking into account the Wednesday lineup of speakers, which means | Read More »