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Obama Budget: 42% See Help; 43% See Hurt

March 27, 2009

Voters are evenly divided over whether President Obama’s proposed $3.6 trillion budget will help or hurt the economy.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 42% believe it will help the economy while 43% say it will hurt.

The data, combined with two earlier surveys tracking the topic, shows that opinion on both sides of the debate are fairly entrenched. The data also indicates that proposals for health care reform are likely to be the central front in the budgetary debate.

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Obama “Strongly Approve” Number from 42% to 36% in Last 60 Days; Geithner 24% Or Less

March 23, 2009

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Monday shows that 36% of the nation’s voters now Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Thirty-one percent (31%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of +5.

From Rasmussen

At the time of his inauguration, Obama’s approval rating was above 40% with only about 16% stongly disapproving.


Geithner’s Poll Numbers March 23

America’s Political Class gives Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner rave reviews: 76% have a favorable opinion of him. Two-thirds (66%) of the Political Class say Geithner’s doing a good or excellent job handling the credit crisis and federal bailouts.

However, the latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that America’s Populists see things from an entirely different perspective. Just 12% of Populists have a favorable opinion of Geithner, and only 11% say he’s doing a good or an excellent job.

Most Populists (53%) rate Geithner’s performance as poor, but not a single Political Class survey respondent said the Treasury secretary is doing a poor job.

The findings are especially telling as calls increase for Geithner’s resignation following the disclosure that American International Group (AIG) paid its executives $165 million in bonuses after receiving a $170-billion taxpayer bailout to stay in business. Geithner was aware of the bonuses and did little or nothing to stop them.

Overall, among all adults, 24% have a favorable opinion of Geithner, 44% have an unfavorable opinion, and 33% are not sure. Twenty-one percent (21%) of adults say Geithner is doing a good or an excellent job while 40% say he is doing a poor job.

Sen. Sherrod Brown, D- Ohio, pauses in the elevator after arriving on Capitol


Politicians Who Took AIG Money Should Give It Back

Two-out-of-three Americans (67%) believe that politicians who received campaign contributions from American International Group (AIG) should return the money. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that just 21% disagree and 13% are not sure.

The belief that the politicians should give back the money is shared by a solid majority of every measured demographic group except one – America’s Political Class. In that elite group, just 29% think the contributions should be returned while 63% reject that idea.

Among America’s Populists, 77% believe the campaign cash should be returned, and only 14% disagree. Most Americans have Populist attitudes. and their perspective can reasonably be considered the perspective of Mainstream America.

Senate Banking Committee Chairman Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn. ... 
Senate Banking Committee Chairman Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn. took more AIG money than anyone else.  Senator Obama was second……(AP photo/Harry Hamburg)

Obama Needs To Blitz Congress To Get His Entire Agenda Approved

March 14, 2009

President Obama must be irked. The media and other Obama allies like Warren Buffett are on his case for the first time, insisting he’s in too big a hurry to enact his entire domestic agenda. Obama should slow down, they say. He should prioritize. He should focus on reviving the economy and nothing else, and leave other issues–health care, energy, education–for later. The president has spurned this advice.

by Fred Barnes
Weekly Standard

Obama is right. His agenda is grandiose, but his strategy for achieving it makes sense. Since he has a fair chance of getting nearly everything he wants, why not go for it now? The president and his aides believe any new administration in similar circumstances would do the same. Right again. Proceeding prudently, taking up issues one at a time, would reduce the odds of success. For a new president, later is harder.

The White House strategy has dictated the Republican strategy: slow-walk the process. No one understands this better than Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell. He’s joined the chorus urging Obama to pull back. There’s “ample time” later, he said last week, to deal with issues “that have no relation whatsoever” to rejuvenating the economy.

The president, contrary to his reputation as the smartest guy in town, doesn’t seem to realize how important his own strategy really is. He acts as though he’s not subject to the normal rules of politics and thus, for him, success is inevitable. It’s not. The rules do apply and have, in fact, begun to affect him adversely. He needs to make haste.
Obama has two great political assets: his popularity and the large Democratic majorities in the Senate and House. The more popular a president and the bigger his party’s majorities, the better his prospects for winning approval of his agenda. Seems obvious, doesn’t it? The best example: Lyndon Johnson in 1965, when his Great Society programs became the law of the land. (They still are.)

Like earlier presidents, Obama is slipping in popularity, as measured by job approval, as his first year progresses. At 63 percent approval, he’s roughly where George W. Bush was at this point in his presidency in 2001, but behind JFK, Eisenhower, Carter, LBJ, and Nixon. Pollster Scott Rasmussen has noted a sharp rise in those who “strongly disapprove” of Obama’s performance and a dip in those who “strongly approve.”

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Poll: Americans Deciding Stimulus is Wrong, Only 37% Support

February 4, 2009

The latest Rasmussen Poll shows that only 37% of Americans now support the economic stimulus.  Some 43% of those polled said the stimulus should be scrapped.

The Senate debate on the stimulus and the Daschle limo and tax caper have done something important and remarkable: the American media is again starting to do its job and act in a more impartial manner.

Even the New York Times finally decided yesterday that Tom Daschle needed to pull his name from the president’s consideration for HHS chief.

Now the Rasmussen poll is telling us that the Nancy Pelosi developed stimulus that passed in the House without one Republican vote is a bad bill. It spends too much, acquires too much debt and creates too few jobs.

Even the White House knew the stimulis created by Nancy Pelosi was a bad deal.
White House Encouraged Dems To Fight Pelosi on Stimulus

Senator Mitch McConnell said it meets none of the president’s goals and is not “timely, temporary and targeted.”

Last night Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) said, “This plan steals the future of the next two generations.”

“When the American people learn what this bill contains they will reject it. This bill is about spending money we don’t have on things we don’t need. We got into this mess by spending and investing money that didn’t exist. We won’t get out of this mess by doing more of the same. Yet, that is precisely what we are doing,” Dr. Coburn said.

“Instead of delivering change, this bill celebrates the politics of the past. The bill represents both the mindless partisanship of recent decades, and the failed interventionist policies of the 1930’s. The Senate can, and must, do much better. As currently written, this bill represents the worst act of generational theft in our nation’s history.”

Michelle Malkin:

Mayors, Governors of Both Parties Favor Stimulus (Surprised?)

Stimulus: Some Loony Spending Requests in Obama Plan

Flaws of Stimulus More Obvious Each Day

Only 11% of Americans Say Obama, U.S. Should Apologize To Iran

February 2, 2009

The Rasmussen Poll asked Americans if the U.S. owes an aplogy to Iran.  The question arose because of President Obama’s recent appearance on al-Arabiya TV.

 Obama’s Unnecessary Muslim Apologia; Misguided on al-Qaeda


Obama: Muslims not America’s enemy, “I have Muslim members of my family”


From Rasmussen Poll

Just 11% of U.S. voters think America should apologize to Iran for “crimes” against the Islamic country – one of the prerequisites demanded by the Iranian president before he will agree to meet with President Barack Obama.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 73% oppose such an apology.

Obama in an interview last week with al-Arabiya, a 24-hour Arabic language satellite network, offered to end nearly 30 years of bad relations with Iran if the Middle Eastern nation is ready to “unclench its fist.” Ahmadinejad responded by demanding an apology for U.S. “crimes” against Iran and calling for major changes in U.S. policies toward his country.

Shortly after Obama’s election, most Americans said they expect terrorists or Iran to provide his first international test in office.

Fifty-two percent (52%) of voters view Iran as an enemy of the United States, while just four percent (4%) say it is an ally. Thirty-nine percent (39%) view it as somewhere in between the two, and six percent (6%) are not sure. These numbers have changed little since last September.

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Public Support for Economic Recovery Plan Slips to 42%

January 29, 2009

Scott Rasmussen said today that public support for President’s Economic stimulus, as it passed in the House yesterday, is slipping.

Rasmussen said many people say they support the bill “just because they like Obama.”

This goodwill from the public during the president’s honeymoon is already ebbing badly where laws are made: in the House and Senate.  Despite a pledge of bipartisanship, not one Republican could bring themselves to vote for the Democratic stimulus.  Now onward to the Senate….


From Rasmussen Reports

Public support for the economic recovery plan crafted by President Obama and congressional Democrats has slipped a bit over the past week. At the same time, expectations that the plan will quickly become law have increased.

Forty-two percent (42%) of the nation’s likely voters now support the president’s plan, roughly one-third of which is tax cuts with the rest new government spending. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 39% are opposed to it and 19% are undecided. Liberal voters overwhelmingly support the plan while conservatives are strongly opposed.

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