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Consumer Confidence Index: Electoral Doom For The President?

Posted Oct 17, 2011 at 1:28 AM by Maurice Berger

In yet another indicator of an icreasingly difficult reelection race for the president in 2012, Mark McKinnon observes that "the average consumer confidence index when a president running for reelection wins is 95. When they lose, it's 76. Today the number is 55." Still, the present-day economic situation is highly unusual in that most Americans continue to blame the bad economy on forces outside of Obama's control.

A just released survey by CBS News poll reports that 69% of Americans believe President Obama has not made real progress in fixing the economy; 25% say he has made real progress. Yet, on the question of who to blame for the shaky economy, most--22%--cited the Bush administration, followed by Wall Street at 16%, Congress at 15% and then the Obama administration at 12%. One in 10 said "all of the above. Will this perception help President Obama in his quest for reelection. PollTrack thinks it's too early to tell. 

Americans Evenly Divided On Wall Street Bailout

Posted Oct 01, 2008 at 2:59 AM by Maurice Berger

Rasmussen reports that American voters are evenly split on the bailout question: "Voters are evenly divided over whether Congress should take action to help the troubled financial industry or just let Wall Street work out its problems on its own, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Forty-five percent (45%) say Congress should take action, but 44% say Wall Street and the financial industry should take care of their own problems. Eleven percent (11%) are undecided."

Public Skeptical About Wall Street Bailout

Posted Sep 24, 2008 at 1:15 AM by Maurice Berger

The country is divided on more than just the election. A Washington Post-ABC News poll released yesterday reports that the American public is "evenly divided on the recent steps taken by the Federal Reserve and the Treasury Department to rescue the financial services industry -- 44% approve, 42% disapprove. Skepticism cuts across party lines: "Approval is under 50 percent among Republicans (49%), independents (46%) and Democrats (42%)."