Three Polls: Public Sours on Obama, Stimulus, Liberalism

Gallup: conservatives outnumber liberals in all 50 states: “[M]ore Americans nationwide are saying this year that they are conservative than have made that claim in any of the last four years. In 2009, 40% percent of respondents in Gallup surveys that have interviewed more than 160,000 Americans have said that they are either “conservative” (31%) or “very conservative” (9%). That is the highest percentage in any year since 2004.Only 21% have told Gallup they are liberal, including 16% who say they are “liberal” and 5% who say they are “very liberal.” Thirty-five percent of Americans say they are moderate.” More

75% say stimulus not working: “More than three-quarters of Americans say the economic stimulus is not helping their financial situation and another 57 percent say it is not helping the overall economy, according to a new poll…” More

President strong dissaproval leads approval by 7%: “…33% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Forty percent (40%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -7. More

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  • Max

    The reason 75% say the stimulus isn’t working is because it is not.
    The 25% who think otherwise are smoking some medical weed and are most likely not fully awake.

  • Anonymous

    Oregon’s 25% hang out at BlueOregon and are simply smarter.

    That’s why their explanations and advice are so good.
    And the fact that their progressive democrats controlling Oregon have been responsible for all of the succusses in Oregon over the past 30 years.

    We should thank them and hand over more of our earnings.
    For our own good.

  • Rupert in Springfield

    Looks to me like 75% of the people who say the stimulus is not working are correct. This is one of the things Obama has been honest on and right on. He is in fact right when he says the stimulus is working exactly as intended. It is having little effect because little of it has been spent. The stimulus was designed to spend money largely in 2010, not 2009. It is a slow release of government money, not a fast one. Virtually all economists said this was the wrong thing to do if you were committed to government spending as a way to get out of recession. We had the Japanese model where they tried this exact approach, trickling out money slowly, and were in deep recession for ten years. Obama is trying the same thing with the same lack of results. Everyone said if you are going to spend the money, do so fast not slow. Well, Obama didn’t want to do that, he wanted to ram the bill through as quickly as possible. This is why he is now being taken to the wood shed over health care. Everyone is sick of this ramming through of crappy legislation just so this guy can appear to be doing something. Time for Obama to sit back and listen for a change. Apparently arrogance is a great way to win an election, but not much of a way to govern.

  • v person

    Stocks are up, unemployment has stopped rising, manufacturing orders are increasing (especially cars after the “failed” cash for clunkers, which is part of the stimulus,) the GDP is probably growing now after 2 years of decline, and of course the stimulus had nothing to do with all this because the Democrats were the ones who passed it right? Sorry, but when multiple leading indicators all point in the same direction, something has been working. Count me among the 25% who go with the actual evidence.

    • Jay Bozievich

      V,

      post hoc ergo propter hoc

      Google it!

      In addition don’t cherry pick your data. Have you seen the data on unemplyment that includes discouraged workers and those that took part-time jobs to get by? 24% in Oregon

      How about the home foreclosure rate? Personal bankruptcies? Have you read anything about the commercial real estate market and that crash that is just starting? Let alone what the borrowing to pay for cash for clunkers will do for interest rates and inflation in the next six months to a year.

      I wish I could be as optimistic as you in the short run, but I thnk we are not quite out of the woods yet. In the long run, we will recover, with or without the stimulus, provided we still have a free market.

      J

      • v person

        I’m not cherry picking data, I’m citing the leading indicators (other than unemployment) of what typically happens when a recession is ending. I agree that there is no absolute proof that the stimulus caused the turnaround, and frankly I think it was at most a contributing factor, not in and of itself the magic bullet. The Fed printing 2 trillion in new money was probably more of a factor. But the stimulus has been part of it and will continue to be in the months ahead.

        (By the way, asking people in a poll if the stimulus is working or not is a political, not an economic question. If you polled economists you might get an answer of some value).

        I’m not particularly optimistic nor am I pessimistic. I’m just looking at the facts and drawing a conclusion that the worst appears to be over, that we avoided going over the cliff we were at the edge of, and that a recovery has either begun or will very shortly. What happens next, and what the shape of things will be a few months before the next election is an open question. Recall that after Reagan was elected the economy did poorly his first 2 years with unemployment peaking, leading to his becoming unpopular and his party losing a lot of seats in the mid terms, but by the time of his re-election it was morning in America and he won by a landslide. A similar scenario is very likely for Obama given the timing and severity of this recession.

        Yes, in the long run we would recover with or without a stimulus. But we live in a nation of democratically elected leaders and they can’t afford to do nothing, waiting for the long run.

  • Robert

    Yet the Republican Party is still MUD. Odd, but fitting.

  • ROSIA GREGG

    CHANGE?? PROGRESSIVE?? STIMULUS?? THEY HAVE INCREASED THE GOVERNMENT, DECREASED REAL JOBS,WE HAVE CZARS WORKING WITH OBAMA [WITHOUT ANY GOVERNMENT,REP OR SENATE APPROVAL, THIS SMELLS LIKE COMMUNISM OR SOCIALISM AND NOT A REPUBLIC].. OBAMA HAS NOT FILLED HIS CABINET, HAS MADE DEALS WITH THE UNION LEADERS WHO GAVE MONEY TO HIS CAMPAIGN,, AND THE LISTS GOES ON, WHERE DOES HIS ACCOUNTABILITY COME INTO PLAY, WHEN DOES HE ANSWER THESE PROBLEMS,, WHERE IS THE STIMULS MONEY??? ITS A CHANGE, FROM GOVERNMENT TO MORE GOVERNMENT CONTROL,, START SMALL, GIVE A FEW OREGONIANS OREGON HEALTH PLAN, AND LET THEM BUY LEGAL MARIJ., MEANWHILE THERE ARE THOUSANDS OF OREGONIAN WORKING MOTHERS WHO DO NOT GET OHP,,,ILLEGALS IN OREGON GETTING SOCIAL SERVICE MONIES,, WHATS WRONG WITH OUR STATE LEADERS??? I WE ARE ON THE WAY TO COMPLETE SOCIALISM,,I VOTE AND I COMPLAIN AND I CALL OUR REPS AND SENATORS AND NO ONE LISTENS. HOPEFULLY THE FAR LEFT WILL NOT BE RE-ELECTED.. WE CANNOT ALLOW MORE SPENDING,CZARS, MILLIONS OF ILLEGALS,ETC. WE ARE A BROKE NATION.. AND OUR MAIN CREDIT HOLDER IS CHINA !! WHATS WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE??? WE NEED CHANGE, FROM OBAMA LAND..WE NEED MORE POLLS !!

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