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According to the latest PPP Poll.

  • Rick Perry 17%
  • Mitt Romney 17%
  • Michele Bachmann 9%
  • Sarah Palin 17%
  • Ron Paul 7%
  • Herman Cain 11%
  • Newt Gingrich 10%
  • Tim Pawlenty 2%
  • Jon Huntsman 1%

With Sarah Palin out of the race:

  • Mitt Romney 16%
  • Rick Perry 17%
  • Michele Bachmann 17%
  • Newt Gingrich 11%
  • Ron Paul 11%
  • Tim Pawlenty 4%
  • Herman Cain 9%
  • Jon Huntsman 2%

Another good initial poll for Texas Governor Rick Perry. It looks like he goes into North Carolina in a very good position with both Bachmann and Romney fading in the most recent polls.

Only two days into the race and in North Carolina, Rick Perry can be considered a co-front runner.

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President Barack Obama speaks during a town hall meeting, Monday, Aug. 15, 2011, at the Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah, Iowa, during his three-day economic bus tour

Unbelievable – I mean really.
At a town hall meeting on his campaign-style tour of the Midwest, President Obama claimed that his economic program “reversed the recession” until recovery was frustrated by events overseas.  And then, Obama said, with the economy in an increasingly precarious position, the recovery suffered another blow when Republicans pressed the White House for federal spending cuts in exchange for an increase in the national debt limit, resulting in a deal Obama called a “debacle.”

“We had reversed the recession, avoided a depression, gotten the economy moving again,” Obama told a crowd in Decorah, Iowa.  “But over the last six months we’ve had a run of bad luck.”  Obama listed three events overseas — the Arab Spring uprisings, the tsunami in Japan, and the European debt crises — which set the economy back.

“All those things have been headwinds for our economy,” Obama said.  “Now, those are things that we can’t completely control.  The question is, how do we manage these challenging times and do the right things when it comes to those things that we can control?”

Isn’t Obama really saying: Vote for me because things were out of my hands and without me the economy could be a lot worse?

This pig is NOT going to fly, Mr. President.

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According to the latest PPP Poll.

  • Rick Perry 20%
  • Mitt Romney 20%
  • Michele Bachmann 12%
  • Sarah Palin 11%
  • Ron Paul 8%
  • Herman Cain 7%
  • Newt Gingrich 6%
  • Tim Pawlenty 3%
  • Jon Huntsman 2%

With Sarah Palin out of the race:

  • Mitt Romney 22%
  • Rick Perry 21%
  • Michele Bachmann 15%
  • Newt Gingrich 9%
  • Ron Paul 7%
  • Tim Pawlenty 6%
  • Herman Cain 5%
  • Jon Huntsman 2%

With Texas Governor Rick Perry having just announced his Presidential bid on Saturday, he has already rocketed to be the main challenger to front-runner Mitt Romney. This poll was conducted August 4-7 with Colorado Republican voters. There is a 5.5% margin of error.

The entire poll is here.

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According to the latest Gallup Poll.
President Obama’s job approval rating dropped to 40% during the week spanning Aug. 8-14, the lowest weekly average of his administration. During this period, Obama’s three-day rolling average also hit a new low of 39% for Aug. 11-13, the first such average below 40% since he took office, though it recovered to 41% for Aug. 12-14.

Obama’s weekly average was 42%
for the two weeks prior to last week, which at that time also marked new lows for his administration. His lowest three-day average prior to Aug. 11-13 had been 40%.


Probably widespread disapproval of the way the President handled the debt-limit crisis and a drop in confidence regarding Obama’s handling of the economy.

Also, the Republican Presidential field is being solidified and have been attacking Obama directly.

But, the implications are very clear.

Although the new lows in Obama’s job approval rating represent only a slight drop from his previous low readings, they symbolically underscore the weaker position the president is in as he begins a “listening tour” of the Midwest this week.

Ten incumbent presidents have sought re-election since World War II, and none has won a second term with final pre-election job approval ratings below 48%. The last two presidents who lost their re-election bids — George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter — had job approval ratings in the 30% range in the fall of the election year. Thus, Obama’s challenge is not only to move his rating back above 40%, but also to push it close to or above 50%.

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