Posted Jan 30, 2013 at 8:31 AM by Maurice Berger
Which US county gave President Obama his largest percentage of the vote in the 2012 Election? Was it a county in New York? Vermont? Washington, DC? The answer, according to Josh Green, is "Shannon County, tucked into the southwest corner of
South Dakota with a population of about 13,000. Ninety-three percent of
the county's voters supported Obama, the highest percentage of any
county in the country."
Posted Jan 29, 2013 at 8:31 AM by Maurice Berger
According to a study by votes compiled by the Orlando Sentinel, and analyzed by Ohio State
University professor Theodore Allen , more than 201,000 votes were lost in Florida in the November election due to long lines. The Sentinel continues: "At least
201,000 voters likely gave up in frustration on Nov. 6, based on
research Allen has been doing on voter behavior. His preliminary
conclusion was based on the Sentinel's analysis of voter patterns and
precinct-closing times in Florida's 25 largest counties, home to 86
percent of the state's 11.9 million registered voters."
Posted Jan 28, 2013 at 7:30 AM by Maurice Berger
According to Gallup,
"during his fourth year in office, an average of 86% of Democrats and
10% of Republicans approved of the job Barack Obama did as president.
That 76-percentage-point gap ties George W. Bush's fourth year as the
most polarized years in Gallup records."
Posted Jan 24, 2013 at 7:50 AM by Maurice Berger
According to a new survey by Gallup, "Americans' immediate reaction to President Barack Obama's proposals for
new laws designed to reduce gun violence is more positive than negative,
with 53% saying they would want their representative in Congress to
vote for the set of proposed new laws, while 41% say their
representative should vote against them."
Posted Jan 23, 2013 at 8:58 AM by Maurice Berger
In its analysis of its recent approval polling for the president, the New York Times/CBS News observes that the President's "job approval rating is similar to that of George W. Bush at
the start of his second term, but much lower than the ratings of the
previous two presidents who served eight years. (President Bill
Clinton's approval rate was 60 percent in January 1997 and Ronald
Reagan's was 62 percent in January 1985.) More than 8 in 10 Democrats
approve of his job performance, 8 in 10 Republicans disapprove and
independents are evenly divided."
Posted Jan 22, 2013 at 9:00 AM by Maurice Berger
According to a new poll by NBC News/Wall Street Journal, 49% of Americans hold a negative view of the Republican
Party while 26% have a positive view. Views of the Democratic
Party remain net positive rating: 44% hold a favorable view of
the party and 38% hold an unfavorable one.
Posted Jan 21, 2013 at 12:51 AM by Maurice Berger
. . . PollTrack will return on Tuesday with up-to-the-minute reporting about voter sentiment on the ground.
Posted Jan 18, 2013 at 9:02 AM by Maurice Berger
According to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, 52% of Americans approve of President Obama's overall job performance.
Posted Jan 17, 2013 at 8:56 AM by Maurice Berger
A just released survey by Pew Research reports that 63% of Americans are opposed to overturning Roe v Wade, the US Supreme Court's historic 1973 ruling on abortion; only 29% want it reversed.
Posted Jan 16, 2013 at 10:03 AM by Maurice Berger
According to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll 58% of Americans prefer that the debt ceiling issue should be handled
separately from the debate on spending cuts, while 36% favor linking the
Posted Jan 15, 2013 at 11:12 AM by Maurice Berger
A new survey by Gallup reports that "Americans give Congress a 14% job approval rating as the new year
begins, the lowest since September of last year and down from 18% in
November and December. The disapproval rating for Congress is 81%." Here is Gallup's chart:
Posted Jan 14, 2013 at 9:23 AM by Maurice Berger
According to a new poll by Gallup: "In the aftermath of the Newtown, Conn., school shootings, and as Vice
President Joe Biden leads a federal task force that will recommend ways
to curb gun violence in the U.S., 38% of Americans are dissatisfied
with the nation's gun laws and want them strengthened. This is up from
25% who held this set of views a year ago, and is the highest since
2001. Still, more Americans are either satisfied with current gun laws,
43%, or think they should be loosened, 5%." Here is Gallup's chart:
Posted Jan 11, 2013 at 9:39 AM by Maurice Berger
According to a new poll by Gallup, "an average of 47% of Americans identified as Democrats or said
they were independents who leaned Democratic in 2012, compared with 42%
who identified as or leaned Republican. That re-establishes a Democratic
edge in party affiliation after the two parties were essentially tied
in 2010 and 2011."
Posted Jan 10, 2013 at 9:13 AM by Maurice Berger
A just released Public Policy Polling survey reports that Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Chrisitie is more popular with Democrats nationally than he is with Republicans. His overall favorability is 51% to 23%. With Democrats, he holds +29 advantage: 52% to 23%. With GOP voters, his advantage is +21: 48% to
27%. And he is most popular with independent voters with a staggering +34 at advantage: 52% to 18%.
Posted Jan 09, 2013 at 8:53 AM by Maurice Berger
From Gallup: "Americans again this year name Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and
President Barack Obama as the Most Admired Woman and Most Admired Man
living in any part of the world. Clinton has been the Most Admired Woman
each of the last 11 years, and Obama has been the Most Admired Man five
years in a row. First lady Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, and
Condoleezza Rice are next in line behind Clinton on the Most Admired
Woman list, while Nelson Mandela, Mitt Romney, Billy Graham, George W.
Bush, and Pope Benedict XVI follow Obama as Most Admired Man." Here is Gallup' chart:
Posted Jan 08, 2013 at 8:46 AM by Maurice Berger
According to a survey by Gallup, "Americans have a decidedly mixed reaction to the "fiscal cliff"
agreement reached by Congress and signed into law by President Barack
Obama this week, with 43% saying they approve and 45% saying they
disapprove. Two-thirds of Democrats approve of the agreement, while
almost as many Republicans disapprove. Independents are slightly more
likely to disapprove than approve." For more on the poll, click here.
Posted Jan 07, 2013 at 8:39 AM by Maurice Berger
With nearly all of the votes counted in the 2012 presidential,
President Obama has won 51.1% of the
vote -- against challenger Mitt Romney, who took
47.2% of the total. This represents an historical milestone: Obama is the first president to achieve that level of support in two
elections since President Dwight D. Eisenhower was re-elected in 1956. He is also only one of three presidents to do so in the twentienth century, the other being Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
Posted Jan 04, 2013 at 7:57 AM by Maurice Berger
According to a survey by Associated Press-GfK, 78% of Americans believe that temperatures are rising and 80%
say global warming will be a serious problem for the United States if
nothing is done about it. Even among Americans "who trust
scientists only a little or not at all," 61% now say temperatures have been rising over the past 100
years, a substantial increase from 2009, when the poll found 47% said the same.
Posted Jan 03, 2013 at 9:53 AM by Maurice Berger
With many speculating that Hillary Clinton will mount another run for president in 2016, NY Governor Andrew Cuomo appears also to be weighing his options. Will the Governor's sky-high popularity in his home state increase his standing within the Democratic party? Or is Senator Clinton unstoppable? A recent poll by Quinnipiac in New York reports that Cuomo holds a stunning 74% to 13%
approval rating, his highest score to date and the latest in a six-month string of 70+ percent positive ratings. But it is the demographic breakdown of these number that may add fuel to the Cuomo presidential bandwagon: 68% (to 18%) of Republicans and 70% (to 12%) of independent voters also approve of the way he is handling his job. In the end, New York is not a good indicator of national sentiment and popularity: there, it is Sen. Clinton who holds the edge, with a national approval rating at nearly 70%, higher than her husband or the president.
Posted Jan 02, 2013 at 6:51 AM by Maurice Berger
With the population of older white--and generally GOP-leaning--voters aging out and dying, is the Republican Party risking becoming a "regional party" if they don't increase support among Hispanic and other voters. GOP pollster Whit Ayres released a strategy memo saying that Republicans are, indeed, at risk in future elections: "Mitt Romney won a landslide among white voters, defeating Barack Obama
by 59 to 39 percent. In the process he won every large segment of white
voters, often by double-digit margins: white men, white women, white
Catholics, white Protestants, white old people, white young people. Yet
that was not enough to craft a national majority. Republicans have run
out of persuadable white voters. For the fifth time in the past six
presidential elections, Republicans lost the popular vote. Trying to win
a national election by gaining a larger and larger share of a smaller
and smaller portion of the electorate is a losing political