Poll: Republicans Who Want To Repeal Health Care Law Should Opt Out Of Gov’t-Sponsored Health Plans

November 23, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

Last week, responding to Rep.-elect Andy Harris’ (R-MD) hypocritical demand for government-sponsored benefits, Rep. Joe Crowley (D-NY) began circulating a letter among his Democratic colleagues calling on Harris and other members of Congress who want to repeal the new health care law to forgo their own government health care plans. So far just two incoming Republican freshmen — Rep.-elect Mike Kelly (PA) and Rep.-elect Bobby Schilling (IL) — have agreed. But a new Public Policy Polling survey has found that most Americans “think incoming Congressmen who campaigned against the health care bill should put their money where their mouth is and decline government provided health care now that they’re in office”:

Only 33% think they should accept the health care they get for being a member of Congress while 53% think they should decline it and 15% have no opinion.

Democrats are actually the most supportive of anti-health care Congressmen taking their health care, with 40% saying they should accept it to 46% who think they should decline. But Republicans and independents- who put these folks in office in the first place- strongly think they should refuse their government provided health care. GOP voters hold that sentiment by a 58/28 margin and indys do 56/27.

The Huffington Post’s Sam Stein estimated that Republicans could save the federal government $ 2.4 million if they forgo health care for a year. New members have 60 days (after being sworn-in) to select an insurance plan from the federal health insurance exchange, which will become available on the first day of the following month. Returning members can opt-out of the government-sponsored health insurance coverage until the end of the open-enrollment period, December 13th. The Wonk Room has more on why not opting out would be a betrayal of Republican candidates’ pledges to “listen[] to the people who sent us,” and on the scheme of Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-NY), a reform proponent, to make the GOP lawmakers put up or shut up on repeal.

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Poll: Taxes and benefits most important to Americans

November 23, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

(CNN) – Americans are most concerned about keeping their money out of the government’s hands this holiday season, indicates a new Gallup poll.

When asked about the lame-duck Congress and to rate the importance of six possible actions lawmakers may take before year’s end, those surveyed most want Capitol Hill to vote down an increase in the estate tax and to extend some form of the federal income tax cuts passed during the Bush administration.

Extending unemployment benefits for the long-term unemployed ranked third in the poll, which was conducted through last weekend.

Fifty-six percent of Americans responded that passing legislation that would keep the estate tax from increasing significantly next year was very important to them. And half of Americans give the same rating to extending Bush-era tax cuts set to expire at the end of this year.

Forty-eight percent of survey respondents are most concerned with extending unemployment benefits for the long-term unemployed, according to the poll, and 4 in 10 believe it is important for Congress to ratify the new START treaty with Russia.

Political party priorities vary drastically: almost 7 in 10 Republicans say that the extending tax cuts and the prevention of estate tax increases are very important but, overwhelmingly, Democrats choose the extension of unemployment benefits as their top cause. The next priority for Democrats is ratifying the START treaty, though only half rank it as very important.

Repealing “don’t ask, don’t tell,” the policy that prohibits openly gay men and women from serving in the U.S. military, falls at the bottom of the list for the GOP, while the extension of tax cuts takes last place on the priority list for Democrats.

The survey suggests that Americans follow the trend of the GOP when it comes to the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. About one in four say it is not too/not at all important. Similarly, the country is less concerned with Congress acting on the DREAM Act, which would provide a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. who were brought to the country as children. Thirty-eight percent say it is not too/not at all important.

Gallup’s poll was conducted by telephone from November 19-21 among 1,037 adults. It has a sampling error of plus or minus four percentage points.


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Zogby Poll: Barack Obama’s Job Approval Rating Drops to 39%, the Lowest of his Presidency

November 23, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

BINGO WE HAVE A WINNER! The Barack Obama job approval ratings has dropped to the 30′s. According to a Zogby Interactive poll, President Barack Hussein Obama’s job approval rating has dropped to the lowest point of his presidency at 39%. The Zogby poll also has Obama with a 60% disapproval rating.

President Barack Obama’s job approval rating has dropped to the lowest point of his Presidency at 39%, and in potential match-ups with Republicans in 2012, he trails Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush and Newt Gingrich and is just one point ahead of Sarah Palin.

The percentage of likely voters saying the U.S. is on the wrong track is now the highest since Obama took office at 69%.

The President continues to lose the job approval of Democrats, going from 78% on Nov. 15 to 72% in this Nov. 19-22, 2010 interactive poll. His approval among independents stayed at 39%, and is 6% among Republicans.

The polling 30% watch has been on for some time now. After a disastrous 2010 midterm election for Democrats, largely due to Obama’s radical agenda … The One continues his downward spiral. As Hot Air Pundit asks, “how low can it go?” The real question will be how other polls like Gallup and Rasmussenwill react to Obama’s continued lack of leadership. The “Failure” in Chief is on the ropes and is on the verge of becoming a lame duck President.

What has to be more disasterous as stated by Hot Air is that “The One” is in a statistical dead heat in a hypothetical 2012 Presidential match up with Sarah Palin. Rut-roh, Obama trails Romney, Gingrich and Jeb Bush as well.

Obama now trails in hypothetical 2012 matchups against Republicans Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and the next Bush, Jeb.

Most embarrassing of all for the 44th president, he’s slipped into a statistical tie with none other than Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor shown by other polls to be seen as unqualified for the presidency. So it appears many have now decided, on second thought, Obama is too.

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Washington Post Covers For Team Obama With Body Scanner Poll – 53% Idiocy

November 23, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

It is not just the Obama Administration that is tone deaf as to what is going in with airport checkpoints: you can add the Washington Post and writers Jon Cohen and Ashley Halsey III to the list – Poll: Nearly two-thirds of Americans support full-body scanners at airports

Nearly two-thirds of Americans support the new full-body security-screening machines at the country’s airports, as most say they put higher priority on combating terrorism than protecting personal privacy, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

Yet, that is NOT the major issue. Yes, some people are upset about getting scanned, but, other than a small kefuffle over the TSA saving the “nude” pictures, of which no actual facial identity can be garnered. And some are worried about potential health problems. The issue, though, is the pat downs, and why children, nuns, women with a prosthesis, and old men are being subject to being treated like criminals.

But half of all those polled say enhanced pat-down searches go too far.

Glad they tell us that. Interestingly, though, 37% fly less than once or twice a year, and 16% never fly. Wait, what was that first one? Less than once or twice a year? Wouldn’t that mean……do not fly? So, that means that 53% of the respondents have no stake in the game, and when asked the question as to whether the pat downs are “justified” or “goes to far”, a 48-53% split, the majority of responses are meaningless. But, of course, what the Washington Post is attempting to do is cover for Obama and Company

According to the Transportation Security Administration, less than 3 percent of travelers receive the pat-downs.

In other words, all you left and right wingnuts, ie, the American Public, are getting upset over spilled milk, and should chill out and let The One do his thing. He just wants to protect you in his loving arms and send TOTUS over to read you a bed time story.

The scanners are intended to catch terrorists such as Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the man accused of trying to bring down a passenger jet bound for Detroit last Christmas with explosives hidden in his underwear.

Again with the scanners, which are not really the problem, though, if you’ve watched how they work, they sure look like they can slow down the waiting lines, eh? Except, the scanners might not have caught said crotch bomber (apparently, this whole thing is the fault of the Bush regime or something. BDS lives!).

Anyhow, can you imagine how slow this all will make airports such as Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International, not exactly a fast airport to start with?

On the basic question of investigating threats versus protecting privacy, the public remains about where it has been in recent years. Fully 68 percent of those polled say that the federal government should focus on looking into possible terrorist actions, even if that intrudes on personal privacy. Some 26 percent say it’s more important for the federal government to avoid privacy intrusions.

Let’s remember that 53% figure from above, people who do not fly making judgments for those of us who do, even if it is only once or twice a year.

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WaPo, ABC Pay for Poll Question on Bristol Palin’s Dancing Skills

November 23, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

It's fair game to discuss whether Bristol Palin arrived at the finals of ABC's Dancing with the Stars on talent alone (instead of being judged with telephone voting). But ABC and The Washington Post were Palin-obsessed enough to actually pay for a poll question on the matter. The headline in Tuesday's paper was "Poll numbers suggest Bristol doesn't have 'Dancing' legs to stand on."  (On the website's homepage, the headline was "Poll: Palin a finalist because of mother." TV writer Lisa de Moraes announced the public verdict:

Fifty-four percent of Americans think Sarah Palin's daughter Bristol is one of the finalists on "Dancing With the Stars" because of large-scale voting by viewers who support her mother, according to a poll conducted by The Washington Post and ABC News.

Just 14 percent of respondents think Bristol is still in the competition because she is one of this season's best dancers on the show.

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WaPo, ABC Pay for Poll Question on Bristol Palin’s Dancing Skills

November 23, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

It's fair game to discuss whether Bristol Palin arrived at the finals of ABC's Dancing with the Stars on talent alone (instead of being judged with telephone voting). But ABC and The Washington Post were Palin-obsessed enough to actually pay for a poll question on the matter. The headline in Tuesday's paper was "Poll numbers suggest Bristol doesn't have 'Dancing' legs to stand on."  (On the website's homepage, the headline was "Poll: Palin a finalist because of mother." TV writer Lisa de Moraes announced the public verdict:

Fifty-four percent of Americans think Sarah Palin's daughter Bristol is one of the finalists on "Dancing With the Stars" because of large-scale voting by viewers who support her mother, according to a poll conducted by The Washington Post and ABC News.

Just 14 percent of respondents think Bristol is still in the competition because she is one of this season's best dancers on the show.

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Daily Commentary – Monday, November 22nd, 2010 – An Internet Poll Asks Whether a Mother Should Have an Abortion

November 22, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 
  • The Arnolds of Apple Valley are asking the public to vote on whether or not they should abort their unborn child via their website.
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TRENDING: Poll: Obama eight point advantage over Palin in ’12 matchup

November 22, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama leads Sarah Palin by 8 percentage points in a hypothetical 2012 general election matchup, according to a new national poll.

But a Quinnipiac University survey also indicates that a plurality of Americans don’t think Obama deserves to be re-elected to a second term in the White House.

Forty-nine percent of people questioned in the poll, which was released Monday, say that the president does not deserve to be re-elected, with 43 percent saying he does deserve a second term and nine percent unsure.

An Associated Press-GfK survey released 11 days ago indicated that 54 percent thought Obama should be voted out of office in 2012, with 39 percent saying the president deserves to be re-elected, and nine percent unsure. The AP-GfK survey was conducted November 3-8, in the days immediately after major Republican victories in the midterm elections.

According to the Quinnipiac poll, Republicans by a 92 to 4 margin and independents by a 51 to 35 margin don’t think Obama deserves to be re-elected, with more than eight in ten Democrats saying that the president does deserve a second term.

“The Democratic base remains squarely behind President Barack Obama when it comes to his re-election, but his weakness among independent voters at this point makes his 2012 election prospects uncertain,” says Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

“The demographic splits in the electorate when voters are asked whether the president deserves a second term is a roadmap for his re-election strategists on how they need to focus their appeal. Only 39 percent of men, 34 percent of whites, 35 percent of political independents and 38 percent of those over age 35 think he deserves four more years in the Oval Office,” adds Brown.

According to the poll, Obama has a 48 to 40 advantage over Palin in a hypothetical general election matchup. The president also held an 8-point advantage, 52 to 44 percent, over the former Alaska governor in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation released two weeks ago.

The Quinnipiac survey indicates that Obama has a 44 to 37 percent advantage over Palin among independent voters.

According to the poll, hypothetical matchups between the president other possible 2012 GOP presidential contenders have closer margins. Former Massachusetts Gov. and 2008 Republican presidential candidate received 45 percent to 44 percent for Obama, while the president has 46 percent to 44 percent for former Arkansas Gov. and 2008 GOP presidential contender Mike Huckabee. Obama leads Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels 45 to 36 percent.

“At this point, former Alaska Gov. Palin runs the worst against President Obama. Daniels is essentially a generic Republican because of his anonymity to most voters. Obama only gets 45 percent against him while he gets 48 percent against Ms. Palin,” said Brown. “She is very unpopular among independents and although she recently said she thought she could defeat Obama, the data does not now necessarily support that assertion.”

According to the survey, Romney, Huckabee, Palin and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich are bunched together when Republican voters are asked who they prefer for the GOP’s 2012 presidential nomination. Other recent polls from CNN/ORC and Gallup have similar results.

To be fair, polls at this stage in the next cycle are heavily influenced by name recognition and popularity.

The Quinnipiac University poll was conducted November 8-15, with 2,424 registered voters nationwide questioned by telephone. The survey’s overall sampling error is plus or minus two percentage points.

Check out CNN’s new Polling Center, which provides the most comprehensive polling data of any news organization in the political landscape.


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Palin Leads GOP 2012 Field, But Loses To Obama In New Poll

November 22, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

A new Quinnipiac Poll shows once again the disconnect that exists between attitudes toward Sarah Palin inside the Republican Party, and in the public as a whole:

President Barack Obama does not deserve a second term, American voters say 49 – 43 percent, and he is in a statistical dead heat with possible Republican challengers Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. President Obama leads Sarah Palin 48 – 40 percent.

Romney, Huckabee, Palin and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich are bunched together when Republican voters are asked who they prefer for the GOP’s 2012 presidential nomination, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University survey finds.

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In trial heats for 2012, former Massachusetts Gov. Romney receives 45 percent to 44 percent for Obama, while the president gets 46 percent to 44 percent for Mr. Huckabee. Matched against Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, a virtual unknown to most voters, the president leads 45 – 36 percent.

“At this point, former Alaska Gov. Palin runs the worst against President Obama. Daniels is essentially a generic Republican because of his anonymity to most voters. Obama only gets 45 percent against him while he gets 48 percent against Ms. Palin,” said Brown. “She is very unpopular among independents and although she recently said she thought she could defeat Obama, the data does not now necessarily support that assertion.”

“Unlike Daniels, who is a political unknown to most Americans, virtually all voters have formed an opinion about Palin and that opinion is not encouraging for her candidacy.”

Ms. Palin is viewed the most negatively by the American people of the possible Republican candidates in 2012. She is viewed unfavorable by 51 percent of voters and favorably by 36 percent. Among independents, the key swing voting bloc, she has a negative 54 – 33 percent favorability rating.

Huckabee gets a 41 – 25 percent favorability rating and Romney gets a 38 – 26 percent score. Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich gets a negative 30 – 43 percent score.

The numbers for the GOP nomination are as follows:

  • Palin 19%
  • Romney 18%
  • Huckabee 17%
  • Gingrich 15%
  • Pawlenty 6%
  • Daniels 2%
  • Barbour 2%
  • Thune 2%
  • SMONE ELSE(VOL) 1%
  • WLDN’T VOTE(VOL) 1%
  • DK/NA 17%

So, again, the most popular candidate inside the GOP is the least popular with the public as a whole. This is a dichotomy that can only lead to electoral disaster.




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Quinnipiac poll shows Americans skeptical of second Obama term

November 22, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

For now.


Wasn’t that the message of the midterms, especially after Barack Obama went out of his way to defend Democrats by warning voters that his agenda was at risk?  In this case, it was the same as waving a red cape in front of a bull — or a whole Pamplona village of them.  Quinnipiac’s latest […]

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