Obama Ahead of GOP Rivals, Voters Side With Dems on Taxes,OWS more favorable then TP

Discussion in 'Politics' started by AK Forty Seven, Oct 15, 2011.

  1. http://news.yahoo.com/time-poll-obama-still-ahead-gop-rivals-voters-081010901.html

    TIME Poll: Obama Still Ahead of GOP Rivals, Voters Side With Dems on Taxes

    Time.comBy ALEX ALTMAN | Time.com – Fri, Oct 14, 2011

    Despite sweeping pessimism about the nation's fortunes and his own sliding approval ratings, President Obama leads potential Republican rivals Mitt Romney and Rick Perry in hypothetical general-election match-ups, according to a new TIME poll.

    Obama leads Romney, the former Massachusetts governor who sits atop the GOP presidential field, 46% to 43% among likely voters. The President has opened a double-digit lead over Perry, 50% to 38%, highlighting concerns percolating through the GOP that the Texas governor would face a steep uphill climb should he capture the nomination. Obama also boasts a 49% to 37% edge over businessman Herman Cain, whose strong Tea Party support has propelled him toward the top of Republican ranks in recent weeks. In each case, the President was buoyed by his performance among female voters. Women prefer Obama over Romney by eight percentage points (49% to 41%), by 17 points over Perry (53% to 36%) and by 21 points over Cain (53% to 32%). (See photos of Republicans taking over New Hampshire.)

    Obama's strength in head-to-head match-ups with potential Republican rivals belies his own shaky footing with a weary electorate. Just 44% of voters approve of the President's performance, a slip of four points since a similar poll was conducted in June. Four out of five respondents say the U.S. has veered off track, and 71% think the country's clout in the world is waning. A scant 5% report feeling positive or unconcerned about the state of the nation.

    The President's positive personal qualities have cushioned voters' frustration with the sagging U.S. economy, the exodus of capital to overseas markets and the declining value of the dollar. Most voters see Obama as tough enough to shepherd the U.S. through this rough patch (50% to 44%), and empathetic (59% to 37%) to the concerns of Americans like themselves. By a 48% to 37% margin, respondents consider him a better President than his predecessor, George W. Bush, who won a hard-fought battle for a second term amid falling approval ratings and an opposition galvanized by the war in Iraq.

    For Democrats, the silver lining in a gloomy series of electoral rebukes and legislative setbacks is that voters remain partial to their chief economic principles, at least compared to the alternatives. Forty-two percent of respondents say they place greater trust in the Democratic Party to deal with the nation's problems, compared to the 31% who side with Republicans. In particular, some two-thirds of those surveyed say they prefer the Democrats' blueprint for trimming the federal deficit — a mix of spending cuts and tax hikes — to the GOP prescription, which would solely slash spending. At the same time, more voters think reducing spending is a better way to juice the moribund economy than an additional round of stimulus, the approach advocated by liberal economists. (See "Obama's Tax Plan: 'Fair Share' vs. 'Class Warfare.'")

    The survey also revealed that respondents have a better impression of the left-leaning protest movement known as Occupy Wall Street than they do of the Tea Party movement. Fifty-four percent of respondents harbor a positive view of the burgeoning protest movement, well above the 23% with a negative opinion. By contrast, just 27% of those surveyed have favorable views of the Tea Party, while 65% say its impact on U.S. politics since its inception in 2009 has been negative or negligible.

    Those results reflect a strain of economic populism common to the new movement's backers. Among those respondents familiar with Occupy Wall Street, nearly 80% argue the wealth disparity in the U.S. has grown too large and 68% say the rich should pay more taxes. Even so, this cohort is aware of the challenges facing the movement. Fifty-six percent predict Occupy Wall Street will have little impact on American politics, and another 9% say its effect will be negative.

    The poll, conducted for TIME by Abt SRBI, surveyed 1,001 adults — 83% of whom described themselves as likely voters — between Oct. 9-10.
  2. This early polls move a lot.

    Your "poll" posts are getting very tired.

    Congress has an approval rating of 13%, yet in 2010 after a record turnover of the Congress 88% were still re-elected.
  3. Max E.

    Max E.

    Ak47/RangeRover is an idiot, there is probably no use in pointing this out to him. He was bragging about how he was going to bump a thread where he claimed Sarah Palin was running back in 2010. The guy doesnt have anything that would constitute an original thought. He simply reads an article which cheers on Obama and accepts it word for word, then copies and pastes it.

  4. 1.While early polls move a lot with the exception of Romney Obama kicking every republicans ass has remained consistent.IMO that will change when the left and the media focus all their attention on Romney

    2.Polls never get tired in politics,that's why they're taken and posted on every major political website daily.Even Yahoos home page has a new political poll most days

    3.Since most Congressmen can get re elected with 13 % Obamas 44 % looks pretty good
  5. It does seems like OWS is much bigger than the TP..today 80+ countries rallied in support of OWS.
  6. rc8222


    AK Forty Seven is only trying to make himself feel better. For any incumbent President going into a election year with polling/approval under 50% is almost guaranteed to be defeated, since the majority of undecided voters will almost always vote against the incumbent. Obama's days are numbered. The economy will not improve to any significant degree in 2012, in addition, the U.S. Supreme Court will sink Obamacare once and for all.

    :D :D :D
  7. INTRADE, my fav predictor, has Obama at 47%-essentially a coin flip whether he will win.