Blaming The GOP

@iriscot (1290)
United States
June 18, 2009 8:55am CST
Blaming The GOP:.... The good news, according to our poll, is that the president is still personally popular; his fav/unfav is 60% -29%, and three-quarters like him, including 27% who don't agree with his politics. In addition, the public doesn't blame Obama for the deficit or the economy -- that honor instead goes to the previous Republican administration. Asked who is more responsible for the size of the deficit, 46% cited Bush, 21% said the Democrats in Congress, 7% said the Republicans in Congress, and just 6% said Obama. Moreover, 72% believe the current state of the economy is something the president inherited. Indeed, the Republican Party finds itself at all-time lows in our poll (25% positive rating) and in the NYT/CBS one (28%). And that brings up this question: If the public is really serious about the deficit, does it turn to a Perot-like figure instead of the GOP? Ref: FirstRead.MSNBC.com
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@Taskr36 (13928)
• United States
18 Jun 09
I swear someone started a thread talking about proof not long ago... "his fav/unfav is 60% -29%, and three-quarters like him" You might want to learn basic math. Three quarters would be 75%, not 60%. There's also the matter of this statement "The good news, according to our poll" "Our poll"? This is MSNBC we're talking about right? The Obama media headquarters? Any poll done by them should be taken with a grain of salt, or perhaps a salt shaker. I trust Rasmussen Reports on polls. Their numbers are 56% to 43% in favor of Obama and they've been consistently dropping each month. http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/obama_administration/daily_presidential_tracking_poll Rasmussen also shows Republicans having an even rating with democrats at 39% to 40%. http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/mood_of_america/congressional_ballot/generic_congressional_ballot See what I did there? I provided links to the proof of my statements.
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@starr4all (2865)
18 Jun 09
Do you have any other sources other than msnbc? They're reporting on stuff is...somewhat...skewed.
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@heathcliff (1415)
• United States
18 Jun 09
Well, ignoring the numbers, since Task did such a nice job above, why is it any question that a poll would find people not blaming the Obama Administration yet? He has only been in office a little over 100 days. The GOP has had a lot of freedom to make policy the past 30 years, so if fault is to be found it is probably going squarely on their shoulders. (Clinton got the White House for 8 years in there, but had an antagonistic Congress.) The policies of Reaganomics right down to GW's wait-and-see economic policy have defined the American economy for nearly 30 years and the GOP was all too happy to claim credit when things were going well. They should be "big" enough to shoulder some blame when the economy falters. Your last question, about turning to someone like Perot, was qualified by "if the public is really serious about the deficit". The answer is therefore in the question. The general public is not yet concerned enough about the deficit. The American public has always seemed to be against running the country as a business. They do not want government to be showing a profit. There would be outrage that the money was not spent on this or that. Th only other alternative is to operate at a loss. Sure we would prefer it be a small loss, but everybody has their favorite program to support and noone wants to increase taxes or take away tax breaks, so we are stuck. The GOP concept of letting businesses lead the way is still preferable to most people when compared to running the governent as a business.
@gewcew23 (8012)
• United States
18 Jun 09
One more thing lest we forget Democrats controlled the Senate during the first two years under George W. Bush.
@cbjones (1157)
• United States
18 Jun 09
YOu know, there's something about these opinion polls that always bothers me. NO matter what kind of question is asked, no matter if one specific answer looks like it can be views as a fact to anyone who thinks, you still never get 100 percent on any of them either way. What's up with the 28 percent polled who don't think the economic problems were inherited? do they believe the bad econemy was like some sort of jungle cat lurking in the bushes, waiting for Obama's command to come out and strike or something? I'm not one of those people who insists on blaming everything on the previous administration. What's done is done. The writing on the wall is pretty clear, and steps need to be taken to move on and repair the problems. Members in both parties need to swallow their pride already. Finger pointing isn't happening anyone right now. This whole Dem. Vs. Repub. argument fest has gotten old. Everybody should just grow up already and do something productive.
• Macedonia
18 Jun 09
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@Rollo1 (16681)
• Boston, Massachusetts
18 Jun 09
I think you forgot to mention some really important facts. Such as, that 60% is his personal approval rating, that's how much people think he's a swell guy. On specific issues, Obama doesn't do as well and the Democrats don't either. According to the latest Rasmussen poll, on six out of ten key issues, including the economy, more people said they trust the GOP more than the Democrats. * 45% now trust the GOP more to handle economic issues, while 39% trust Democrats more. * on national security, people favor the GOP 51% with only 36% believing the Dems can handle the issue properly and importantly.... * on issues of government ethics and corruption - the second most important issue to all voters and the top issue among unaffiliated voters - the GOP holds a six point lead over the Democrats. Another poll found that Conservative is now the largest political group, with 40% of people from all parties and independent claiming to be conservative.
@gewcew23 (8012)
• United States
18 Jun 09
See now you have something to be happy about, everyone hates the GOP as much as you do. You need to celebrate, if your wife is still with you take her out to dinner tonight. The question to you I have is exactly what does this mean to you? Does Obama have high favorability make your life any better? Does the GOP having low favorability make your day any better? Does having a scapegoat make you fell like you have a jump in your step?