Posted Dec 12, 2013 at 12:23 AM by Maurice Berger
Despite signs that aspects of the economy may be improving, a New York Times poll reports that "37% of those surveyed approve of Obama's handling of the economy; 58% disapprove. These numbers are indistinguishable from the results of a CBS News poll taken last month, although better-than-expected unemployment numbers and other positive economic data were released last week."
Posted May 07, 2013 at 8:10 AM by Maurice Berger
According to Gallup, "a majority of Americans still don't know enough to say whether the
federal budget sequestration cuts are a good thing or a bad thing for
the country -- as has generally been the case since they went into
effect. But of those who do who have an opinion, more continue to say
sequestration is a bad thing, rather than a good thing." Here is Gallup's chart.
Posted Apr 30, 2012 at 8:09 AM by Maurice Berger
The latest survey from Fox News reports that if the presidential election were held now, the race would be tied, with President Obama and Mitt Romney each garnering 46%. Interesting, and perhaps one reason for the closeness of the race as reported by the Fox poll: a majority of Americans -- 61% for President Obama and 58% for
Mitt Romney -- believe that neither candidate has a plan to fix the economy.
Posted Oct 24, 2011 at 10:54 PM by Maurice Berger
A poll USA Today/Gallup indicates that a majority of Americans--for the first time--blame President Obama for the nation's economic problems. 53% believe that Obama deserves "a great deal" or a "moderate
amount" of the blame for the economic problems that the country
currently faces. Nevertheless, an even larger number -- 69% -- believe that former President
George Bush deserves a "great deal" or a "moderate amount" of blame for
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.
Posted Sep 28, 2011 at 1:49 AM by Maurice Berger
A new survey by Gallup reports that Americans remain largely pessimistic about the economy: "Three in four Americans assess the U.S. economy as no better than a
year ago, with 35% saying it is about the same and 42% saying it is
worse. Looking ahead to a year from now, Americans remain largely
pessimistic, with 61% expecting economic conditions to be similar to
now, or worse." Here is Gallup's chart:
Posted Jan 19, 2011 at 1:33 AM by Maurice Berger
A just released Quinnipiac poll reports that Americans--by a 54% to 43% margin--believe that the economy is improving. By a margin of 46% to 28%, Americans also believe that President Obama's policies are helping rather than hurting the economy.
Posted Jan 05, 2011 at 1:05 AM by Maurice Berger
According to a new Gallup survey, "Twice as many Americans think the U.S. economy will be better rather than worse in 2011.Americans living in the East and Midwest are a little more optimistic
about the economic outlook for 2011 than those living in the South and
West. Americans making $75,000 or more in annual income are slightly
more optimistic than other Americans, and Democrats are considerably
more optimistic than their independent and Republican counterparts."
Here is Gallup's chart:
Posted Aug 25, 2010 at 1:01 AM by Maurice Berger
According to Gallup, "after improving slightly earlier this month, Gallup's Economic
Confidence Index declined over the past two weeks to its current -33,
matching the average for all of July. The July confidence numbers are the lowest of the year so far; thus,
even with the slight uptick in early August, confidence remains below
the levels seen during much of 2010 and below its depressed levels of a
year ago. 48% of Americans rated current economic conditions as 'poor' during the week ending Aug. 22 -- approaching the highest levels
of the year. This is marginally worse than the early August reading, is
in line with the full July average of 47%, and is marginally worse than
at this time in 2009."