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Poll: Obama approval rating at 53 percent, and he leads GOP rivals by double-digits

All that invective the candidates for the Republican presidential nomination are heaping on one another seems to be helping Barack Obama, as we see HERE:

A new POLITICO/George Washington University Battleground Poll reveals the prolonged nominating battle is taking a toll on the GOP candidates and finds the president’s standing significantly improved from late last year.

President Barack Obama’s approval rating is 53 percent, up 9 percentage points in four months. Matched up against his Republican opponents, he leads Mitt Romney by 10 points (53-43) and Rick Santorum by 11 (53-42). Even against a generic, unnamed Republican untarnished by attacks, Obama is up 5 percentage points. In November, he was tied.

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  1. Nice little poll of 1,000 nationwide. Too bad Gallup does it much better:

    Obama approve 45% disapprove 47%
    Gallup tracks daily the percentage of Americans who approve or disapprove of the job Barack Obama is doing as president. Daily results are based on telephone interviews with approximately 1,500 national adults; Margin of error is ±3 percentage points.
    http://www.gallup.com/poll/113980/Gallup-Daily-Obama-Job-Approval.aspx

    Historically presidents don’t get re-elected with lousy numbers like that. And, with 4 people remaining in the Republican primary race to muddy the waters, and over eight months to the election, Obama’s numbers will only get worse. But keep those polling numbers coming in, Pat. Some people actually believe all the polls taken before the one on election day.

  2. Terry’s playing the idiot again.

    He writes: “Some people actually believe all the polls taken before the one on election day.”

    There’s two things wrong with that statement. For one thing, it’s a variation on the stupid cliche that the only poll that counts is the one on election day. That ignores the fact that every major political organization and campaign pays lots of attention to polls for months prior to elections. Indeed, they spend vast sums of money for their own polls.

    But another thing that Terry gets wrong is his mention of “all the polls.” Nobody with even a modicum of political sophistication believes “all” polls. Some polls are reliable, and some are not. The pros pay a lot of attention to the reputable polls, especially with regard to the “internals” of such polls.

    Terry also pretends that the Gallup Daily Tracking Poll (which produces a rolling three-day average) is a lot better than the POLITICO/George Washington University Battleground Poll. He says the Gallup poll has a margin of error of plus-or-minus 3 percentage points. But the Politico/George Washington University Battleground Poll, which is conducted by an independent firm, has a margin of error of plus-or-minus 3.1 percentage points. That’s not much of a difference.

    Moreover, if you average the nine most recent polls, as RealClearPolitics has done, you see that Obama’s overall approval rating is higher than his disapproval rating:

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/other/president_obama_job_approval-1044.html

  3. You play the idiot every day, Pat with your polls, polls and more polls. I don’t need a poll to read the handwriting on the wall. Check out the graph on my Gallup link. Pretty damning data for the O’ster to overcome. And, yes, people use other polls than the one taken on Election Day (duh). We’ll see how that one plays out soon enough.

  4. Terry: What hypocrisy! In one sentence you say that you “don’t need a poll to read the handwriting on the wall.” In the very next sentence, you make it clear that the handwriting on the wall, as you perceive it, comes from the Gallup Poll.

    By the way, Obama’s approval numbers in the Gallup poll more than eight months before the election are roughly the same as George W. Bush’s were just four weeks before he got re-elected in 2004. And, of course, Obama’s trend in most polls in recent weeks has been upward. I know you and your Republican buddies will be praying for the economy to tank in the coming months, but if it doesn’t, and if the GOP nominates either Romney or Santorum, Obama likely will win in a landslide.

  5. Obama’s lead seems to increase with each GOP debate. He’ll win by default.

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