Why are Obama’s job-approval numbers so jumpy and widely varied?

I haven’t bothered to research the historical context for this matter, but President Obama’s job-approval ratings in recent polls seem to be unusually volatile. For example, would you be surprised to learn that Obama’s approval-disapproval numbers are close to even in the two most recent three-day tracking polls? Well, they are. The latest numbers from Gallup for three days of polling early this week  show only a small gap, close to the poll’s margin of error. And the figures from Rasmussen Reports, which has a...

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The reasons why some people are opposed to Obamacare might surprise you

If I had a dime for every public-opinion poll on the subject of the Afforable Care Act, I would never have to worry about paying my health-care expenses. Ah, but not all polls on this issue are the same — even if you take for granted that none of them is rigged or intentionally skewed. Greg Sargent explains HERE how one poll digs for answers that most other polls don’t — and comes up with surprising numbers: CNN polls on Obamacare take the added step of asking why people disapprove of the law. Result: CNN polls offer a more...

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Most opponents of gay marriage wrongly think most Americans agree with them

Talk about self-delusion! Over the years, polls have shown that people generally aren’t very good at guessing whether most Americans agree with them on the subject at issue. The typical tendency among poll respondents is to think they’re in the majority. But the degree to which this pattern pertains among opponents of gay marriage is especially pronounced, as we see HERE: What happens when a vocal minority thinks it’s a silent majority? According to a new survey by the Public Religion Research Institute, only 41 percent of...

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Obama still hasn’t had the low poll numbers the past five Republican presidents had

The sixth year of Barack Obama’s presidency begins later this month, and his current job-approval rating stands at 42 percent in Gallup’s three-day tracking poll. That’s certainly nothing to brag about, but it’s a little better than his all-time low of 38 percent approval in August of 2011. (Let’s not forget, however, that Obama won re-election in an Electoral College landslide just 15 months after he hit his lowest approval numbers.) Perhaps the most interesting aspect of Obama’s overall approval ratings is that...

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Obama’s approval rating falls nine percentage points in one month

One full year after his election to a second term as president, Barack Obama’s standing in the polls is at its lowest level yet. Obama’s job-approval rating still hasn’t sunk to the levels reached by his three most recent Republican predecessors, but it’s nothing to brag about, as we see HERE: Approval of President Barack Obama and the Affordable Care Act have plummeted to historic lows, according to a poll released Wednesday morning. The CBS News poll found Obama’s approval rating falling nine points in just the...

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