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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.

How to Lie With Data Visualization

Ravi Parikh | Posted 06.17.2014 | Technology
Ravi Parikh

Data visualization is one of the most important tools we have to analyze data. But it's just as easy to mislead as it is to educate using charts and graphs. Let's see how this works in practice.

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 -- 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 -- 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."

GRAPH: Who Pays Income Tax?

npr.org | By Jacob Goldstein | Posted 11.18.2012 | Money

Mitt Romney's comments regarding the 47 percent of Americans who pay no income tax is getting lots of attention today. Our colleague Mark Memmott expl...

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.

Jason Linkins

Business Insider Uses Charts To Elucidate Precisely Why There Is An 'Occupy Wall Street' Movement

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 12.12.2011 | Media

I daresay that after having to negotiate the piffle-marm from the editors of the New Republic, this piece from Henry Blodget over at Business Insider,...

Tracking The Harry Potter Buzz On Twitter (GRAPHS)

Posted 09.14.2011 | Entertainment

"Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2" debuted during the wee hours of Friday morning, and judging by the throngs of spellbound fans who sacrif...

Explaining The Debt Ceiling Debate

Posted 09.10.2011 | Politics

2011-07-12-jason.pngHere's a chart that explains all of modern politics -- and especially the debt ceiling debate.

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.

PHOTOS: 'My List Of Demands' Visualized

Posted 06.12.2011 | Arts

Andrew Kuo narrates glimpses of his life through a variety of media. His life takes shape in the sculptures, graphs and paintings he makes. Kuo’s mi...

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.

Fareed Zakaria: 'Rest Of The World Has Begun To Catch Up' To U.S.

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Hans Rosling of Sweden's Karolinska Institute shares some interesting data with Fareed Zakaria on CNN's upcoming special, 'Restoring the American Drea...

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 -- 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 -- 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?

The Obama Administration is Discouraging Entrepreneurship by Preaching That Taking Risk is Evil

Jerry Chautin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jerry Chautin

President Barack Obama and his risk-aversive legislators are sending the wrong message to America's entrepreneurs. They equate risk taking with wanton greed and evildoing.

Obama Poll Watch -- May, 2010

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Will Obama's presidency wind up charting a similar course as Carter, or will he recover as Reagan did? Only a fool would even contemplate making such a prediction at this point, that's all that really can be said.

Obama Poll Watch -- March, 2010

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Everyone was looking for a healthy bounce in Obama's poll numbers after health reform passed. This bounce has either failed to materialize yet, or is so gradual it likely won't end up being called a "bounce."