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Approval Ratings

Obama as a "polarizing" president

Brendan Nyhan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brendan Nyhan

In today's New York Times, Peter Beinart describes President Obama as having "failed in the effort to be the nonpolarizing president" and calls him "o...

Democrats Now "All In" On Healthcare Reform

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Let's look at the poker hand we've been dealt on health care reform. Democrats have now officially gone from "pot committed" to "all in." The stakes, to be blunt, have been raised until they are as high as they can go.

Dec. '09 Obama Poll Watch -- Below Fifty, But Stabilizing

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

It's time once again for Obama Poll Watch -- our monthly look back at Obama's approval ratings for the previous month.

Jason Linkins

Dick Cheney's Job Approval Rating: Why Does Anyone Care?

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Might I take a moment to remind everyone that Cheney currently does not have a job? So why should I, or anyone, care about his approval rating? Nancy Pelosi, by contrast, is serving in a non-imaginary capacity.

Pollster Analysis: Obama Not Losing Support From Independents

Pollster | Charles Franklin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

...support for Obama has not plummeted among independents, and that needs to be clarified before it becomes erroneous conventional wisdom. It especial...

Obama Poll Watch -- Scraping Fifty Percent

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

November wasn't a particularly good month for President Obama in the polls. Not disastrous by any means, but not very cheerful either. For the first time, Obama's numbers flirted with going below 50 percent.

Obama Poll Watch: Obama Halts His Slide

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

This month, the news for Obama fans is not bad. It's not get-up-and-cheer good, either, but it's a lot better than the news has been for the past two months.

How Important Are These Off-Year Races?

New York Times | ADAM NAGOURNEY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

At the very least, the results in the governors' races, if not predictive, are quite likely to drive the political narrative, bolstering or diminishin...

The Pendulum Swings Back

Steve Lombardo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Lombardo

While we hate to interrupt the feeding frenzy over Harry Reid and Game Change, we thought the time was right for a quick, unvarnished snapshot of the ...

Obama as Reagan

Charles Franklin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Charles Franklin

I've been struck for some time by the similarity of circumstance between Presidents Reagan and Obama. Both replaced deeply unpopular predecessors. B...

Obama's Speech and Afghanistan Approval

Mark Blumenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Blumenthal

Will President Obama's speech last night, announcing that he will send another 30,000 troops to Afghanistan now and start withdrawing American forces ...

False hopes on Obama approval

Brendan Nyhan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brendan Nyhan

A New York Times story on President Obama's approval rating yesterday included this unpersuasive claim: If Congress passes Mr. Obama's health care bi...

2010 Election: Trouble Brewing For House Democrats

AP | BETH FOUHY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

NEW YORK — Despite sweeping Democratic successes in the past two national elections, continuing job losses and President Barack Obama's slipping...

President Obama will Pay Lip Service to the Public Option in his Congress Speech, and Scrap it Later

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The mixed signal from Obama and the flat rejection by Baucus is simply the latest in the long line of neon bright warnings that the public option will go when it's crunch time.

Understanding Obama's Poll Slide

Pollster.com | Charles Franklin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

David Brooks commented in his column yesterday "All presidents fall from their honeymoon highs, but in the history of polling, no newly elected Americ...

Obama Poll Watch [August 2009] -- Obama's Base Support Erodes

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The news for Obama fans continues to be bad this month. There may be a faint glimmer of a spark of hope in the numbers -- but that's about all I can promise here, sorry about that.

Assessing the GOP brand

Brendan Nyhan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brendan Nyhan

How weak is the Republican brand right now? This issue came up yesterday when a Media Matters criticized The Hill for failing to mention the GOP's poo...

Drop Among Dems, Liberals Major Factor In Obama Poll Slide

The Plum Line | Greg Sargent | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A major factor in President Obama's slide in today's big Washington Post/ABC News poll, which is preoccupying the political classes today, is his surp...

Unusually Strong Disapproval?

Mark Blumenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Blumenthal

Gary Langer has a blog post up today worth reading in full, but I'll block quote two paragraphs to get you to read the rest. First, his lead: A deb...

Obama Poll Watch, July 2009: The Honeymoon's Over

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The news this month for Obama fans is not particularly good, as Obama has definitely ended his "honeymoon" period (which virtually all first-term presidents go through).

How Fast Does Approval Fall?

Charles Franklin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Charles Franklin

David Brooks commented in his column yesterday "All presidents fall from their honeymoon highs, but in the history of polling, no newly elected Ameri...

Biden's Approval Ratings Generally High

Washington Post | Jennifer Agiesta | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Vice President Biden, the anointed "Sheriff" of the stimulus is well rated generally in a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, with public opinion riven...

On Rasmussen's Index and Intensity of Opinion

Mark Blumenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Blumenthal

Last week, TPM's Eric Kleefeld examined the "Presidential Approval Index" reported daily by Rasmussen Reports. Rasmussen calculates the index by subtr...

Obama Poll Watch (June 2009) -- Obama v. Clinton (Second Term)

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Obama's poll numbers have dropped this month -- a whopping one-and-a-half percentage points. Reports that the sky is falling may be overblown.

Jason Linkins

Public Registers Stronger Support For White House Foreign Policy Than Domestic

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Greg Sargent takes stock in another round of opinion polling and discovers that the public, in general, is more approving of the Obama administration'...