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The Story Behind the Polls

James Zogby | Posted 06.07.2014 | Politics
James Zogby

To pick one result, while ignoring this "big picture" is to "miss the forest for the trees." Pointing out a result is as easy as finding a number on a chart. But understanding the meaning of that result is the key to making sense of this or any poll.

Obama Poll Watch -- May 2014

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.02.2014 | 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.

What Iranians Think

James Zogby | Posted 02.06.2014 | World
James Zogby

We've heard what Israel Prime Minister and members of the U.S. Congress think about the interim nuclear deal the Iranian government concluded with the P5 + 1. What we don't know is how the Iranian people will react?

49 Percent of Americans Support the Majority Opinion: The Sociology of Obamacare Poll Numbers

Galanty Miller | Posted 11.30.2013 | Politics
Galanty Miller

According to the latest polls, more Americans oppose Obamacare than oppose the Affordable Care Act. Obamacare and the Affordable Care Act are the same thing. Nevertheless, I can understand the sentiment behind public opinion.

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 -- 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 -- November 2012

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.02.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

November was certainly good to President Obama. He won the election at the beginning of the month, and he's been riding a "bounce" in the polls ever since. There are two notes of caution here, though, for Obama fans.

Entering Polling Darkness

Sheri and Allan Rivlin | Posted 12.31.2012 | Politics
Sheri and Allan Rivlin

Even without a mega-storm blasting the Eastern states, we were headed into a period of polling uncertainty, but the storm intensifies the cloudiness of polling predictions from this point forward.

New Poll of Micro Businesses: Who They Are and What They Do for the Economy

John Arensmeyer | Posted 12.11.2012 | Small Business
John Arensmeyer

Despite being one of the most respected constituencies in the country, small businesses are a group that many people understand little about -- the very smallest ones, especially. Micro businesses are vital contributors to the economic recovery ahead.

The Republican Demolition Derby

Bill Schneider | Posted 04.22.2012 | Politics
Bill Schneider

The 2012 election has crossed a barrier. In the latest CNN poll, 40 percent of Americans say things are going well in the country. Is that good? After all, 60 percent still say things are going badly.

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.

America in Trouble in the Middle East: Obama Understands, But GOP Gloats

James Zogby | Posted 09.15.2011 | Politics
James Zogby

A few months back, I mentioned to President Obama that we would be conducting a poll to assess Arab attitudes two years after his Cairo speech. Well, the results are in.

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.

LIVE Q&A: Ask A Polling Expert Anything

Jake Bialer | Posted 06.07.2011 | Politics

With Barack Obama's reelection announcement and the ever more frequent public statements from Republican primary contenders, the 2012 election cycle i...

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.

Arab Voices: Listening and Moving Beyond Myths

James Zogby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Zogby

What we find when we survey public opinion is a rich and varied landscape across the Arab World that defies stereotype.