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Thu Feb 21, 2013, 10:04 AM

USA Today/Pew: Public Prefers Obama To Congressional GOP On Host Of Issues

Source: TPM

Half of Americans said President Barack Obama has the better approach to immigration reform than Republicans in Congress while pluralities gave him the nod on the federal budget deficit and gun policies, according to the inaugural USA Today/Pew Research Center poll released Thursday.

Fifty percent of those surveyed said they prefer Obama on immigration, while just 33 percent said the congressional GOP has a better approach to the issue. Obama claims a nearly identical edge over the likes of House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) on guns and the deficit.

On gun laws, 45 percent said Obama's approach is better compared with 39 percent who said Republicans on Capitol Hill. The poll showed Obama with a 45 percent to 38 percent advantage over the GOP on the federal budget deficit. The widest disparity came on climate change, to which 47 percent said the President has the best approach while just a little more than a quarter of respondents said Republicans are better-suited to deal with the issue.

The pollsters fleshed out the public's attitudes toward those policy areas, providing a look at the source of Obama's current political advantage. Half of Americans said it is more important to control gun ownership than it is protect the right of Americans to own guns, while majorities are in favor of imposing a ban on high-capacity magazines that contain more than 10 bullets, closing the so-called gun show loophole and reinstituting the assault weapons ban. Fifty-four percent said the country should give priority to developing alternative sources of energy such as wind, solar and hyrdogen, while only 34 percent said it's more important to expand the production of oil, natural gas and coal.

Read the entire poll here:
http://www.people-press.org/files/legacy-pdf/02-21-13%20Political%20Release.pdf

Read more: http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/usa-today-pew-public-prefers-obama-to-congressional?ref=fpb

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 10:13 AM

1. Seems like a great many of the poll outfits were

wrong about the 2012 Presidential election including Pew, Gallup, Ras and many others. The one poll that was more to reality was PPP. That said, the % probably is much higher favor- ability towards Pres O and minus 134 for the GOP congressional assholes who's only concerned is the 1-2% and fucked everyone else.

Why do the GOP HATE AMERICA?

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 10:24 AM

2. Like the gerrymanderers care. nt

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 10:28 AM

3. Interesting poll results on immigration, minimum wage and the blame for sequester.



Even republicans favor the increase in the minimum wage to $9. The only exception is the tea party wing of the party which rejects raising the minimum wage by 64% to 32%.



72% now favor a path to citizenship as either a top priority in immigration reform or a shared priority with stronger enforcement activities. Only 25% now believe that immigration reform should focus solely on stronger enforcement.



Even 54% of republicans favor a path to citizenship (vs. 84% of Democrats).



By 49% to 31% people will blame republicans for the sequester.

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