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Congress Gets Low Marks on Fiscal Showdown

Posted Oct 01, 2013 at 9:20 AM by Maurice Berger

Gallup observes in a new survey: "As Congress heads into a major fiscal showdown that could result in a government shutdown and the U.S. defaulting on its debt, few Americans approve of the job that top congressional leaders are doing. Americans give relatively low job approval ratings to Republican House Speaker John Boehner (37%), Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (33%), Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (39%), and Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (35%)." Here is Gallup's chart:

 

Net Approval Rating of Nation's Top Four Congressional Leaders, September 2013

Obama Seen As Better For Women

Posted Jun 11, 2012 at 8:53 AM by Maurice Berger

A new survey by the Kaiser Foundation reports that a clear majority of Americans believe that President Obama "would be better for women" than Mitt Romney on a host of issues. The poll reports that overall, on the question of "who looks out for the best interests of women, Obama leads 52-26%. Among women voters, it's 59-25%."

Independent Women Prefer Obama By Wide Margin Over Romney

Posted Apr 11, 2012 at 9:03 AM by Maurice Berger

One reason the president's reelection numbers have improved in recent months, according to a poll by the Washington Post is that his support among independent women -- a key group of swing voters --has improved considerably. According to the survey, "Obama had been trailing Romney by five points in a series of surveys late last year. But that number shifted dramatically in polling conducted in February and March, and the president took a 14% lead over the former Massachusetts governor, marking a net gain of 19%."

Obama Approval Remains Steady at 61%

Posted Jun 30, 2009 at 2:05 AM by Maurice Berger

According to a new CNN/Opinion Research poll, President Obama's approval rating among Americans remains steady. 61% of people questioned say they approve of how Obama's handling his duties as president; 37% disapprove: "The 61% approval rating is down one point from May and down six points from February . . . The poll suggests when it comes to opinions of Obama, gender and generation gaps continue. Sixty-seven percent of women questioned in the survey approve of how Obama's handling his job as president. That number drops to 54 percent among men. Two-thirds of people under 50 years old questioned in the poll approve of the president's handling of his duties. That number drops to 54 percent among people over 50 years of age."

Republicans Less Popular Among Women

Posted May 12, 2009 at 1:57 AM by Maurice Berger

According to a new Gallup survey, Democrats maintain a solid double-digit advantage among women in party identification over Republicans, 41% to 27%: "In contrast, men are equally divided in their party loyalty between Republicans (28%) and Democrats (30%), and are currently most likely to say they are politically independent (40%).Among women, Democrats maintain a solid double-digit advantage in party identification over Republicans, 41% to 27%. In contrast, men are equally divided in their party loyalty between Republicans (28%) and Democrats (30%), and are currently most likely to say they are politically independent (40%). The current results for women are typical of what Gallup has found over the past year, with roughly 4 in 10 identifying themselves as Democrats. The Democratic Party has held an advantage among women in Gallup polling throughout this decade, with support usually in the high 30% range. The current 41% female Democratic identification matches the high achieved several times since 2000."