A President with poor marks on the economy, running for re-election during a bad economy and with the economy the number one issue should have some serious political problems. Yet both recent polls show him with a small lead. The Post/ABC poll has Obama leading by three, and the NBC/WSJ poll has Obama up by four. That suggests Americans don’t think Mr. Romney could do any better on the issue they care about the most.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday April 19, 2012 4:15 pm|
The biggest Achilles heel for President Obama is the still extremely poor shape of the economy.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday April 11, 2012 4:27 pm|
I’ve noted before that one of the reasons we don’t get good housing policy in this country is that the media by and large doesn’t understand it. When Ed Henry shows that he doesn’t know how home loans work, it means more complex issues about housing policy have no chance of moving past the demagoguery stage. That’s what I thought when I saw this story from ABC News about how taxpayers are paying for mowing lawns! Oh noes!
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday January 18, 2012 11:40 am|
A New Washington Post/ABC News poll asked Americans “What is the single most important issue in your choice for president?” The poll found that the economy or jobs dominated the responses with 51 percent. No other issue came close to breaking double digits.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday December 6, 2011 8:45 am|
There are now two more polls, in addition to the two polls released last weekend, showing that Newt Gingrich has the lead in the Iowa Caucus. A third poll shows Iowa voters now believe Gingrich is slightly more electable than Mitt Romney.
|By: Jon Walker Friday November 18, 2011 5:07 pm|
Really this is your defense, Gingrich? Are people supposed to feel better about your qualifications for president because you can’t remember whether or not a company paid you $1.6 million? That sure makes you seem like a regular man of the people.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday October 4, 2011 9:45 am|
Texas Governor Rick Perry’s national poll numbers have plummeted to almost half of what they were only a few weeks ago, according to the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll. Perry is now tied for second with Herman Cain and is well behind front runner Mitt Romney.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday October 4, 2011 8:15 am|
There are at least two areas where President Obama and I are in full agreement: his chances in the 2012 election and the current state of regular Americans’ economic lives.
|By: dakine01 Saturday September 10, 2011 1:03 pm|
On Tuesday morning, September 11, 2001, I was living in Springfield, IL. I had been laid off from my previous employer back at the end of July so my usual routine was to get up, make the coffee, check my email and the various job hunting sites for anything within my skills and career field to apply to, then surf the news sites. That routine stayed pretty much the same, even the week before when I had visited my best friend in Jacksonville, FL for a week, having returned to Springfield on Saturday, September 8.
It was a sunny morning and my then feline companion had joined me at the computer when I saw the first news article about a plane hitting the World Trade Center.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday June 7, 2011 11:50 am|
The most recent ABC News/Washington Post poll (PDF) found that 57 % of Americans based, on their own personal experience, don’t think the economy has began to recover. Only 42 % feeling it has began to recover and among that group 81% feel the recovery has been weak.
The fact that so few Americans actually feel the economy has recovered highlights the point Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg has been making about the serious failure of Obama messaging over the past few years