Presidential Race Maps Writing on the Wall

71% Believe In Path For Illegal Aliens To Stay In US

Posted Mar 29, 2013 at 12:24 AM by Maurice Berger

A new survey by Pew Research survey reports that 71% of Americans believe there should be a path for illegal aliens in the United States to remain in this country if they meet certain requirements; just 27% say they should not be allowed to stay legally. 

VA Gubernatorial Race A Tie

Posted Mar 28, 2013 at 8:16 AM by Maurice Berger

A new poll by Quinnipiac in Virginia reports that Republican Ken Cuccinelli just edges Democrat Terry McAuliffe in the race for governor, 40% to 38%. Will the state live up to its longstanding record of electing governors from a party different from the US president? Stay tuned. 

Obama's Approval Rating In Decline

Posted Mar 27, 2013 at 8:09 AM by Maurice Berger

A new poll by Pew Research suggests further erosion of President Obama's job approval rating. Since the period just after his re-election, his approval numbet has dropped from 55% to 47%, "as the public's economic expectations for the coming year have soured"

No Consensus On Supreme Court Ideology

Posted Mar 26, 2013 at 7:36 AM by Maurice Berger

A new survey Pew Research reports that there is little consensus on how Americans perceive the Supreme Court: 40% say it is middle of the road in its ideology; 24% say it is liberal; and 22% say it is conservative.

Americans Support Background Checks By Wide Margin

Posted Mar 25, 2013 at 9:01 AM by Maurice Berger

A new survey by Quinnipiac reports that 88% of American voters back the idea of universal background checks before permitting the purchase of a firearm; just 10% are opposed. 

CNN: Obama's Approval Rating Declines

Posted Mar 22, 2013 at 11:55 AM by Maurice Berger

A new poll by CNN reports that President Obama's approval number (50%) is now lower than his disapproval rating (47%).

Majority Of Americans See Iraq War As Mistake

Posted Mar 21, 2013 at 7:50 AM by Maurice Berger

A new survey by Gallup reports that a majority of Americans--53%--believe the United States "made a mistake sending troops to fight in Iraq" while 42% say it was not a mistake.

Support For Same-Sex Marriage At All-Time Highlighted

Posted Mar 19, 2013 at 8:07 AM by Maurice Berger

A new ABC News/Washington Post poll reports that support for gay marriage is now at an all-time high--58%--"marking a dramatic change in public attitudes on the subject across the past decade. . . . That number has grown sharply... from a low of 32 percent in a 2004 survey of registered voters."

Americans Down On Iraq and Afghanistan Wars

Posted Mar 18, 2013 at 8:37 AM by Maurice Berger

Ten years after the start of the Iraq war, a new Washington Post-ABC News poll reports that a clear majority of Americans--nearly six in 10--say the war was not worth fighting. An almost equal number believe the same about the war in Afghanistan. One significant reason for this perception, according to the poll:  "A substantial sense that neither war did much to achieve their goals of enhancing U.S. security. Only about half of Americans say either war contributed to the long-term security of the United States, and just two in 10 say either contributed "a great deal" to U.S. security - clearly insufficient, in the minds of most, to justify their costs in lives and lucre."

Obama Job Approval Continues To Decline

Posted Mar 15, 2013 at 8:22 AM by Maurice Berger

According to a poll by McClatchy-Marist, President Obama "had piled up political capital with his impressive re-election, it's largely gone. His approval rating has dropped to the lowest level in more than a year, with more voters now turning thumbs down on his performance than thumbs up." The survey continues: "The measure of how much people like him also has dropped. He's still vastly more popular than Congress, particularly congressional Republicans. But in the biggest political clash of the year - over the federal budget and how to curb deficits - voters split 44 percent to 42 percent between preferring Congress or Obama. At least some of the president's fall to Earth lies in the fact that voters no longer see him in the context of an election. He has to stand alone in the eyes of voters again and doesn't benefit from the comparison with Republican rival Mitt Romney."

Obama Approval Declining

Posted Mar 14, 2013 at 7:18 AM by Maurice Berger

According to new poll from Washington Post-ABC News, President Obama's approval rate has dropped -5% in the last month to 50%. ABC News reports that his advantage after his reelection "appears to have vanished as increasingly negative views among Americans about his stewardship of the economy have forced his public approval rating back down to the 50 percent mark. . .  In December, just after he won a second term, Obama held an 18-percentage-point advantage over congressional Republicans on the question of whom the public trusted more to deal with the economy. Now, it's a far more even split -- 44% to 40%, with a slight edge for the president -- but the share of those saying they have confidence in "neither" has ticked up into double digits."

Why Do Americans Own Guns?

Posted Mar 13, 2013 at 8:41 AM by Maurice Berger

A  survey by Pew Research of gun owners reports that 48% own firearms for protection; 32% said they own guns principally for hunting purposes. Twelve years ago, the answers were nearly reversed: 26% of those surveyed said they owned a gun for protection, while 49% said they used it mainly for hunting.

Democratic-Leaning RI Rejects Independent Governor

Posted Mar 08, 2013 at 8:01 AM by Maurice Berger

A new poll by Brown University in Democratic-Leaning Rhode Island reports that Independent Governor Lincoln Chafee is in serious trouble, with an approval rating at a dismal 26%. Democratic Providence mayor Angel Taveras, who is likely to run for governor next year, remains most popular in the state, with a job approval rating of 64%. Another possible Democratic candidate, Treasurer Gina Raimondo, scored a 56% approval rating.

GOP Governor Rebounds In Ohio

Posted Mar 06, 2013 at 8:30 AM by Maurice Berger

A new survey by Quinnipiac in Ohio reports that Governor Gov. John Kasich's job approval has rebounded, and is now at an all-time high, 53% to 32%, the first time in two years that he tops 50 percent. Quinnipiac observes: "What a difference a few months make. Not that long ago, Democrats were licking their lips at the prospect of taking on an unpopular governor who had a disapproval rating in the 50s. Now his job disapproval rating is just 32% and his chances of re-election appear to be much better than they were thought to be as recently as December."

Obama Trumps GOP in Public Perception

Posted Mar 05, 2013 at 1:46 PM by Maurice Berger

A new poll by NBC News/Wall Street Journal reports that a meager 29% say they agree "with most" of what Republicans in Congress have proposed. 45% say this about President for Obama and 40% about congressional Democrats. To further the sense that the GOP brand may be in trouble, the survey also found that only 29% of respondents have a favorable view of the Republican Party as opposed to 49% for Obama and 41% for the Democratic Party.

Who Do Americans Blame For Sequester?

Posted Mar 04, 2013 at 9:37 AM by Maurice Berger

A new survey by Harper Polling of likely voters reports that Republicans, by a modest plurality, are seen as most responsible for the sequester, 46% to 40%.