Archive for Saturday, April 17, 2010

Voters split on whether Obama deserves 2nd term

April 17, 2010


— Barack Obama isn’t even halfway through his term as the nation’s 44th president, but the latest Gallup poll released Friday shows that registered voters are about evenly divided over whether he deserves another.

According to Gallup, 46 percent of those surveyed said Obama deserves a second term while 50 percent said he does not.

The margin of error is plus or minus 4 percentage points, making the results too close to call.

Unsurprisingly, Democrats are solidly for Obama’s re-election and Republicans are equally partisan in opposing it. Many independents, who were an important bloc captured by Obama in 2008, said the president does not deserve re-election.

Gallup notes that this type of question “is not highly predictive this far out from a president’s re-election bid.” People have plenty of time to change their minds before the 2012 race begins in earnest.

However the findings do follow polls that measure job approval ratings. Obama has been running just under 50 percent on job approval. The results are also similar to what Gallup found recently when it asked voters whether they would be more likely to vote for Obama or the GOP in 2012.

Those results could spell trouble for Democrats in this midterm election year.

In a spate of campaign-style appearances, Obama has minimized the value of polls and has urged his supporters to stay focused.


just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 8 months ago

"Many independents, who were an important bloc captured by Obama in 2008, said the president does not deserve re-election."

And at this point, I would agree with them. Only thing is, the Republican alternatives are a cruel joke, and third-party candidates are locked out of any possibility of getting elected.

Richard Heckler 7 years, 8 months ago

Replace 95% of incumbents each cycle.

The problems are in the house and senate.... let's not kid ourselves.

Isn't it time voters stop idolizing presidents such as Reagan,Clinton and GW( although that's changed finally)?

Isn't time we stop standing by presidents even when they are wrong?

Isn't time we demand that elected officials demand hard evidence that the public can support before saying yes to invasions?

Obama was far from a political media star which is refreshing. We'll see how it goes.

The parties, news media and corporate america SHOULD NOT need to decide who OUR candidates should be for local,state or federal level representation. Voters let take that job back!!

The media has become a large part of the special interest takeover of our process as if they know what is best for all of us. Voters support this takeover by standing idly by while the media and the parties dictate who can participate in debates. That is crap!

Campaigns go too long,spend way too much BRIBE money and do not necessarily provide the best available. It is up to us to stop the nonsense at the voting booths. Replace 95% of all elected officials every 4 years for the house and every 6 years for the Senate.

Not voting sends the wrong message and changes nothing.

Lets’s demand a new system and vote in Fair Vote America :

Demand a change on the next ballot because you know our legislators will NOT change the corrupt campaign finance process.

The big money candidates are more beholden than ever to corporate special interests due to the very long nature of campaigns. How do they have time to do the job they were elected to do?

We need public financing of campaigns. Citizens cannot afford special interest money campaigns for it is the citizens that get left out. Let citizens vote on this issue.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 7 years, 8 months ago

I hate polls. They are usually designed to "lean" in the direction of the notions of the poll takers. They depend on "sampling methods" with some pretty suspicious formats. They present a false view to a lot of people who are frankly unable to think for themselves, look at the legion of dittoheads that Limbaugh claims to have in his "many" listeners. (Wonder who takes the "polls" that keep that idiot on the air???)

I ignore polls. They are frankly usually slanted, unreliable, and sometimes just plain wrong.

beatrice 7 years, 8 months ago

Gee, the nation is divided over politcs. What a shocker.

Now, in this poll, who was the person selected to run against Obama? The quitter Palin? The slick flip-flopper Romney? The morally bankrupt Gingrich? The exorcist JIndal?

Find a viable candidate from the party of NO, then get back to us. Good luck.

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