Posted Sep 11, 2013 at 8:44 AM by Maurice Berger
A poll by NBC reports that President Obama's job-approval rating has dropped to 44%, which is tied for his lowest mark in
past surveys over his entire term. His approval rating on foreign policy is even lower, with just 41% approving of his handling of the issue, an all-time low.
Posted Jul 19, 2013 at 8:09 AM by Maurice Berger
According to a new survey by Gallup, "Democrats are more likely than Republicans to be satisfied with the
work the government is doing in each of 19 different areas. The parties'
satisfaction levels diverge most on healthcare and foreign affairs, and
diverge least on poverty, national parks, and transportation." Here is Gallup's chart:
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."
Posted Aug 22, 2012 at 9:42 AM by Maurice Berger
According to Gallup, "three months before the election, President Barack Obama gets good
marks from Americans for his handling of terrorism, fair marks for
education and foreign affairs, but poor marks on immigration and three
big economic issues: the federal budget deficit, creating jobs, and the
economy generally." Here is Gallup's chart:
Posted Dec 04, 2009 at 1:30 AM by Maurice Berger
According to a new Pew Research/Council on Foreign Relations survey, isolationism is on the rise in the US: "Just as President Obama has outlined his broad strategy for
Afghanistan and is pushing ahead with other global initiatives, the
percentage of Americans who believe the U.S. should mind its own
business and let other countries get along on their own has reached an
all-time high . . . The
survey found 49% of Americans holding that view. The
previous highs were 41% in both 1995 and 1976. 44% in the poll disagreed."
Posted Feb 18, 2009 at 1:27 AM by Maurice Berger
A majority of Americans now support direct diplomacy with Iran, a policy that would represent a dramatic reversal from the Bush Administration. According to a new Gallup Poll, Americans appear to support the Obama administration's push for
"face-to-face" dialogue with Iran: 56% say the United States should
engage in direct diplomacy with Iran, while 38% say it should not. Gallup observes: Certain subgroups of the U.S. population are more ready than others to
support forging ahead with direct diplomacy with Iran. At 74%, those
with post-graduate educations are the most likely to favor this
approach. Moderates, Democrats, liberals, college graduates, and
middle-aged Americans also express solid support at or just below
two-thirds. Interestingly, younger Americans are the most resistant to direct
diplomacy with Iran, with 38% in favor and 56% opposed. Keeping them
company among the most cautious constituencies are conservatives,
Republicans, and the less educated, though it is worth noting that
levels of support among these groups still hover at or near 50%."