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Obama Approval Drops

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.

How Satisfied Are We With Government?

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:

Satisfaction With Work Federal Government Is Doing in Different Areas, by Political Party, June 2013

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."

Gallup: Economy Remains Problem For Obama

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:

President Barack Obama Approval on Issues

Isolationism On The Rise

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."

Majority of Americans Favor Talking To Iran

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%."