Polls and Occupy

By: Sunday September 9, 2012 7:00 pm

In the course of our vivid exchanges in the Book Salon yesterday, I mentioned recent polls on public opinion toward Occupy in polls over the summer. Below are the specifics. But first, let me address the objection that these assessments don’t accord with a reader’s sense of how the population is feeling. In the early weeks of the Occupy movement, last fall, majorities in the polls did support Occupy. (I give some of the particulars in Occupy Nation.) They liked this movement. Accordingly, Occupy supporters liked those polls. But we don’t get to cherry-pick the polls we like and discard the rest, not if we’re honest with ourselves.


Romney’s Favorable Rating Shows Big Improvement

By: Thursday May 17, 2012 11:20 am

Since finally effectively securing the Republican Party’s nomination Mitt Romney’s favorability rating have improved significantly, according to Gallup. Romney recently registered an all time best with 50 percent holding a favorable view of him and only 41 percent viewing him unfavorable. Only a few months ago his net favorable rating was a dismal -8.

Some Worrying Job Numbers

By: Thursday April 26, 2012 8:41 am

Several months ago many of the economic indicators were showing improvement, albeit very small and insufficient to make up for the depth of our current crisis. The important thing politically was it at least looked like things were moving in the right direction, which is critical for an incumbent President heading into an election. In the past month, though, there are signs that any growth we were experiencing has potentially stalled.

Over 71 Percent of College Freshmen Support Same-Sex Marriage

By: Wednesday February 1, 2012 11:20 am

An astonishing 71.3% of college freshmen support marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples, according to UCLA’s Freshman Survey, an annual national survey of first-year students entering four-year colleges and universities. There were large increases in support across the board.

NC: Latest PPP Poll Shows Voters Do Not Know How Extreme the Marriage Discrimination Is

By: Friday December 9, 2011 6:07 pm

The vote on the amendment is May 8, 2012, so there is not a lot of time to educate voters around the state about just how extreme this ballot initiative is. Public Policy Polling’s latest data shows just how confused many North Carolinians are about the scope of the effect if this is passed. Most North Carolinians are fair-minded and want legal recognition for same-sex relationships…but some of these voters are still in favor of the amendment.

Michael Gerson Concern Trolls Obama for Supporting Occupy Wall Street

By: Friday October 21, 2011 10:30 am

Michael Gerson used to work for George W. Bush, so undoubtedly, he has Obama’s best interests in mind when advises him to distance himself from the OWS movement. And if anyone knows what Americans really think, it’s a former Bush administration official.

Herman Cain Leads in the Early Southern Primary States

By: Wednesday October 19, 2011 9:00 am

Herman Cain leads the Republican Presidential field in South Carolina and is tied for first in Florida according to two new NBC News-Marist polls out today. In South Carolina, “the first in the South” primary, Cain has a 4 point lead over Romney among likely primary voters.

Poll Shocker: 44% of Democrats Don’t Think Economy Will Get Worse Under a Republican President

By: Wednesday October 12, 2011 10:30 am

With Willard looking more inevitable every day, this is especially bad news for the White House. The Everest-size electoral challenge facing President Obama is encapsulated in a single question in the latest Washington Post-Bloomberg News poll: Would the economy be better or worse if a Republican were elected president in 2012? [...] …the division, even [...]

Is 40 Percent Approval Obama’s Floor?

By: Tuesday October 11, 2011 1:00 pm

While President Obama’s job approval numbers had being trending steadily downward since the May bump following the killing of Osama Bin Laden, his job approval numbers appear to have stabilized over the past two months. Every day since August 9th Obama’s job approval number has fallen between 43-38 percent, and his disapproval number has been between 48-54 percent in Gallup daily tracking poll.

Marist Poll: 49 Percent Definitely Plan to Vote Against Obama

By: Wednesday September 21, 2011 9:45 am

Just shy of a majority of registered voters, 49 percent, say they definitely plan to vote against Barack Obama in 2012, but just 36 percent say they definitely plan to vote for him, according to a new McClatchy-Marist poll.

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