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jefferson_dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-23-09 07:44 AM
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PEW POLL: Obama at 100 Days: Strong Job Approval, Even Higher Personal Ratings (73%)
Obama at 100 Days: Strong Job Approval, Even Higher Personal Ratings
Better Ratings for Foreign Policy than Domestic Issues

As he approaches the 100-day mark of his presidency, Barack Obamas job approval ratings are higher than those of his most recent predecessors. However, the 44th president is even more distinguished by his strong personal popularity. Fully 73% of Americans including as many as 46% of Republicans hold a favorable view of Obama as a person. Fewer people held favorable impressions of George W. Bush (61%) and Bill Clinton (60%) early in their first years.



Obamas job approval stands at 63%, while 26% disapprove of the way he is handling his job as president. His approval rating is up slightly from March (59%). Opinions about Obamas performance remain highly partisan. Fully 93% of Democrats approve of the way Obama is handling his job as president, compared with just 30% of Republicans. Independents opinions fall in between, with 58% expressing positive views of his performance and 27% negative opinions.



Pew Research previously found a greater partisan gap in Obamas early job approval ratings than in the ratings of past presidents. (See Partisan Gap in Obama Job Approval Widest in Modern Era, Commentary, April 2, 2009.) That continues to be the case. Obamas approval rating among Republicans (30%) is about the same as Bill Clintons at a comparable point in his first year (25%), but Democratic approval particularly strong approval is much higher than it was for Clinton. Fully 79% of Democrats very strongly approve of Obamas job performance; only about half as many Democrats (39%) expressed very strong approval for Clinton at this stage in 1993. Obamas highly positive ratings from members of his own party also surpass Bushs 71% very strong approval among Republicans in April 2001.

The latest national survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, conducted April 14-21 among 1,507 adults interviewed in English and Spanish on landlines and cell phones, finds that Obamas job ratings on several specific domestic issues are on balance positive, but also reflect the division of opinion about many of his policies. For example, 60% approve of his handling of the economy generally, while 33% disapprove. Fewer (50%) approve of his handling of the budget deficit, compared with 39% who disapprove.

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http://people-press.org/report/509/obama-at-100-days
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Clio the Leo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-23-09 08:12 AM
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1. kick NT
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Jennicut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-23-09 09:07 AM
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2. Obama is well liked and popular and that just kills the Rethugs
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jefferson_dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-23-09 09:37 AM
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3. AP POLL: 64% approval, first time in five years that more say nation headed in right direction.
The president draws a similar rating, 64%, in a new poll conducted by the Associated Press and GfK Roper Public Affairs and Media. That survey also finds, for the first time in five years, more Americans saying the nation is headed in the right direction than those who say it is not.

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Among those surveyed by AP-GfK, 48% said the country is headed in the right direction, up from 40% in February. And 40% still said the nation is headed in the wrong direction. Not since January 2004 has an AP survey found more "right direction'' sentiment than "wrong direction'' concern.

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-fg-obama-polls24-2009apr24,0,2817055.story
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Crowman1979 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-23-09 09:54 AM
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4. Guess the Teabagging rallies had the opposite effect !
Because even the moderate independents who didn't disagree entirely with Obama's policy saw this crowd and thought: OMG! No way am I letting these nut jobs in charge of my country. Maybe Obama isn't so bad after all.
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Undercurrent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-23-09 10:22 AM
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5. The GOP slime machine just ain't what it used to be! haha
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Arugula Latte Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-23-09 10:41 AM
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9. And their time machine ain't either.
St. Ronnie is dead, and the younger generation won't remember the old bastard.
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gcomeau Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-23-09 10:30 AM
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6. Good grief...
...they did it AGAIN. They threw out that "more partisan" line and declined to mention that the reason for it was because the moderate Republicans are all no longer calling themselves Republican anymore, so the only people left in that group are the hard-line conservatives, and of COURSE they tend to disapprove of Obama as a group and make it look like there's a larger partisan split than there actually is.

The current breakdown by party identification in this poll was:

Republican: 22%
Democrat: 33%
Independent: 39%

After they pulled this last time you know this was pointed out to them, I know plenty of places it was being talked about... but they just went right ahead and did it again anyway without explaining the reasons the observation is bogus.
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Uzybone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-23-09 10:33 AM
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7. Fully 93% of Democrats approve
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Arugula Latte Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-23-09 10:39 AM
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8. And 79 percent of those approve "strongly."
Those are incredible numbers.
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high density Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-23-09 10:46 AM
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10. Almost half approve "very strongly"
I'd say it's time to get 'er done from more stimulus to healthcare. Congress had better play along.
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Thrill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-23-09 11:09 AM
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11. Let me guess the media isn't reporting these number?
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