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Obama Poll Watch -- December, 2012

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.04.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Obama is currently enjoying not only a vacation with his family in Hawai'i, but also a "second honeymoon" with the public at large. If history is any guide, the fiscal cliff deal could create another wave of approval on top of the "second honeymoon."

Obama Poll Watch -- April, 2012

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.02.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Bush's numbers and Obama's have been almost exactly tracking each other for the past three months. Bush had a 48.6 approval rating at this point, and a 46.9 percent disapproval rating. Both are within one point of where Obama now stands.

Obama Poll Watch -- February, 2012

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.06.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

President Barack Obama's job approval numbers are back "above water" (where his approval rate is higher than his disapproval number), continuing an impressive rise in the polls, which began in November of last year.

Obama Poll Watch -- December, 2011

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.05.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

While 2011 was a volatile year for the president, he didn't lose all that much ground. He ended the year on an upswing, and while he still isn't in great shape for the election, he is heading upwards and things are looking a lot better than they did a few months ago.

Obama Poll Watch -- November, 2011

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.04.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

This month Obama poll watchers got some good news, and some bad news. This was capped off by the Washington punditocracy making a stupid comparison between polling for Obama and Carter.

Job Creation And The G.O.P.

The New Yorker | James Surowiecki | Posted 11.19.2011 | Business

There is no truer truism in American politics than James Carville’s catchphrase from the 1992 election “It’s the economy, stupid.” When people...

The 10 Most Hated Industries In America

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 10.29.2011 | Business

Over the last decade, some of country's most dominant industries have become those least liked by Americans. And that downturn in public perceptio...

Obama's Path To Reelection Narrows

National Journal | Posted 10.11.2011 | Politics

Newly released state-by-state approval numbers for President Obama suggest that in 2012 he could face fewer options for assembling an Electoral Colleg...

Alex Wagner

Obama Losing Liberal And Black Support Over Jobs Record

HuffingtonPost.com | Alex Wagner | Posted 09.25.2011 | Business

Amidst new research showing historic disparity in wealth between whites and minorities, President Obama is facing plummeting approval over his jobs ag...

U.S. Jobs, Economy Largely Considered Country's Most Pressing Issues: Poll

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 09.18.2011 | Business

In Washington, talks center around whether and under what conditions lawmakers should raise the nation's debt ceiling. Elsewhere, though, Americans fi...

Obama Poll Watch -- June, 2011

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.05.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

[Program Note: Last month, we ran this column four days before the end of May, due to travel plans. We promised we'd update the preliminary numbers i...

Obama Poll Watch -- May, 2011

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.27.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

"What a difference a death makes." President Obama announced at the very beginning of the month that Osama bin Laden was dead, and his poll numbers reacted almost immediately.

Obama Poll Watch -- April 2011

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.04.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

April was a pretty miserable month for Barack Obama, mostly due to the high price of gasoline at the pump. But May is already shaping up to be one of Obama's best months ever, for one very obvious reason.

Obama Poll Watch -- March, 2011

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.04.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

While catastrophic world events dominated the news for most of the month, Obama's approval rating was being hit with a creeping domestic problem -- the rising price of gasoline.

Obama Poll Watch -- February, 2011

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

In terms of shifts in public opinion, January and February were the best two months President Obama has yet had during his entire presidency.

Obama Poll Watch -- January, 2011

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

When taken month-to-month, January, 2011, was Obama's best month of his entire presidency. Not only did he finally get his bump -- but it was a truly significant bump.

Obama Poll Watch -- December, 2010

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Obama once again charted an unbelievably stable month in terms of approval ratings. The mildly good news was in his disapproval rating, which dropped significantly over the course of December.

Obama Poll Watch -- November, 2010

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Obama just had his most stable month ever in the public opinion polls, capping off a remarkable year of polling stability. Were you to just read the headlines or listen to the soundbites, you may have a different impression.

Obama Poll Watch -- October 2010

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Obama's approval rating ended the month on somewhat of an upswing, at 46.1 percent.Obama's approval rating stayed remarkably steady all month long.

Obama Poll Watch -- September, 2010

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Last month I rashly wrote that since Obama was starting the month on an upswing, he had a good chance of posting largish gains in September. This didn't happen.

Obama Poll Watch -- August 2010

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Augusts haven't been very kind to Obama. Two years ago, August was "Reverend Wright" month. Last year, August was "death panel" month. By that measure, at least, this past August wasn't actually all that bad.

Obama Poll Watch -- July, 2010

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

July had some political successes for Obama, but the public once again didn't give him any credit for passing Wall Street reform, or any of the other achievements Obama chalked up.

Obama Poll Watch -- April, 2010

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Obama seems to have hit a plateau in his approval ratings, which have remained largely unchanged for the past three months. Could it be that we've all just made up our minds about the job the president is doing?

Friday Talking Points [121] -- Swampy Muck

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Once you get started, it becomes quite easy to justify shaking people down for their papers. I think the police should pull over anyone who looks like they work on Wall Street, at any time.

Is Germany's Government Headed For Collapse?

TIME | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

It was only eight months ago that Angela Merkel was re-elected German Chancellor amid buoyant approval ratings and the giddy promise offered by a new ...