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Republican's Offer Ironically Awful Attacks on Mark Schauer

Dale Hansen | Posted 08.12.2014 | Detroit
Dale Hansen

It's fine to believe the Mark Schauer isn't the right man for the job. But if these latest attacks are meant to prove that Gov. Snyder is the man for Michigan, the Nerd should be very concerned -- by Republicans' own standards, he is even less qualified to be governor than Mark Schauer.

Obama Poll Watch -- May 2014

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.02.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

In five out of the last six months, in fact, Obama's numbers have gotten better. He is now roughly where he was right before the impact of the Obamacare website rollout hit his approval rating.

Obama Poll Watch -- April 2014

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.05.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Obama has gained back all the ground he had lost and then some (well, "and then a little bit more" would be more accurate...). He still hasn't quite made it back to where his poll numbers were before the Obamacare website rollout, but if the trendlines continue in May, he is at least within reach of this goal for the first time since October.

Obama Poll Watch -- March, 2014

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.02.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

President Obama's job approval polling was down a bit last month, ending three months of positive news. He didn't slip back much, but the reversal does bring up a serious question: is Obama stuck in a "new normal" of job approval numbers in the low-40s range?

Obama Poll Watch -- February, 2014

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.05.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

For the second month in a row, President Obama had an all-around positive month in the public polls. His job approval average was up, his job disapproval was down, and he has almost completely recovered from the dip his numbers took after the Obamacare website rollout fiasco.

Obama Poll Watch -- January 2014

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.05.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

As I accurately predicted last month, Obama was set to have a pretty good January -- and he did. To be fair, in absolute terms, this still is pretty dismal territory for Obama's polling. If you don't count the previous two months, Obama's January numbers would be the worst of his entire presidency.

Obama Poll Watch -- December 2013

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.08.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Obama started the month of December at rock bottom. There's just no other "polite" way to put it, folks.

Congress Approval Rating Drops To Dismal 5 Percent In Poll

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 10.09.2013 | Politics

A poll released Wednesday found Americans' approval of Congress dropping near all-time lows as the government shutdown continues with no solution yet ...

Republicans Want Smaller Government? Opt-Out of Those Dirty Socialist Programs - What Is Stopping You?

Leslie K. Stein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Leslie K. Stein

We know the shutdown is not about fiscal responsibility. If it was, Republicans would not have run up the deficit under W by trillions of dollars with two unpaid wars, unpaid Medicare prescription plan, and the Bush tax cuts.

Obama Poll Watch -- July 2013

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.05.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

There was plenty of political news in July, but little of it was directly attributable to President Obama. What this means is that it's really anyone's guess why the polling continued downwards.

Obama Poll Watch -- May 2013

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.03.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Barack Obama had a pretty bad month inside the Beltway, with Republicans on the warpath over multiple scandals. Outside Washington, Obama didn't have too bad a month at all, as his job approval ratings barely budged.

Congressional Approval Trending to Zero

Fred Lundgren | Posted 07.13.2013 | Politics
Fred Lundgren

Since 2001, Congressional approval has declined by an average of 4.17 percent each year. This trend line reaches zero by 2016.

Obama Poll Watch -- April 2013

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.06.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

In April, Obama's numbers returned to a normal level, after experiencing a very short post-election "honeymoon period" with the public which bounced his numbers up to a peak, and then bounced them right back down again.

Obama Poll Watch -- March, 2013

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.03.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

President Obama lost almost all the ground he had gained late in the 2012 election season. He hit a new low in approval and a new high in disapproval for his second term, as the honeymoon bounce completely evaporated.

Obama Poll Watch -- February, 2013

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.06.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

As expected, Obama's "second honeymoon" in the polls is starting to fade. The election is long over, the inauguration is fading from memory, and now the real legislative struggles of Obama's second term have begun.

Obama's Approval Numbers Drop 7 Points

Reuters | Posted 05.05.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON, March 6 (Reuters) - Less than two months into his second term, President Barack Obama's approval rating has dropped and Americans blame ...

Zach Carter

LAZY CONGRESS

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 02.26.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Public approval for Congress remains near an all-time low, but lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives aren't doing much about it...

Obama Poll Watch -- January, 2013

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.06.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Obama's "second honeymoon" period with the public may not last more than a few months, but for now seems to be holding steady. He's in a pretty good position right now in terms of "political capital," but this will likely change as legislative reality sets in.

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...