Posted Apr 16, 2010 at 1:11 AM by Maurice Berger
According to new Gallup
Poll, the Democratic party's favorable rating has dropped to 41%, the lowest point in the 18-year history of this measure. The Republican party's favorable rating is now at 42%. As recently as last summer, the Democratic advantage over Republicans was a significant +11%. Now, that advantage has completely evaporated. According to Gallup, "Americans' current 41% favorable rating of the Democratic Party is five
points lower than the party's previous low, recorded twice in 2005."
Posted Jun 24, 2009 at 1:34 AM by Maurice Berger
A new poll out from ABC News/Washington Post suggests that while President Obama continues to hold a relatively high approval rating, voters are less approving of his handling of the economy, a possible future red flag: "President Obama remains on his honeymoon -- but with a hint of clouds over the beach.
They signal economic impatience. A still-impressive 65% of
Americans in this new ABC News/Washington Post poll approve of Obama's
job performance. But there's been a retrenchment in the expectation
that his stimulus plan will improve the economy -- and, consequently, a
halt in what had been steadily improving views of the nation's direction. A narrow majority, 52%, now thinks Obama's stimulus program has
helped or will help the nation's economy -- down from 59% in
late April. While he's vulnerable elsewhere as well, it's the economy
that's his make-or-break issue -- and his advantage over the
Republicans in trust to handle it, while still broad, has narrowed from
a record 37 points, 61%-24%, in April, to 24 points, 55%-31%, today"
Posted Oct 27, 2008 at 1:32 AM by Maurice Berger
Despite voters preference for Obama in many surveys, Gallup reports (and a number of other polls confirm) that the two candidates for president are generally well liked by the electorate. Gallup notes that "recent favorable ratings of 61% among likely voters for
Barack Obama and 57% for John McCain are two of the more positive assessments of
presidential candidates this late in the campaign in recent elections. . . . Usually, by
this late stage of the campaign, presidential candidates' ratings have settled
in the 50% range. George W. Bush had the highest favorable rating at the end of
the campaign for any president since 1992, at 58% just before the 2000