• Barack Obama,  Government Regulation,  Mitt Romney,  Polling,  President 2012

    Poll: Americans Don’t Want MORE Government Regulation of Business and Industry

    According to the latest Gallup Poll.

    Americans say there is too much (47%) rather than too little (26%) government regulation of business and industry, with 24% saying the amount of regulation is about right. Americans have been most likely to say there is too much regulation of business over the last several years, but prior to 2006, Americans’ views on the issue of government regulation of business were more mixed.

    The collapse of Lehman Bros., the failure of the secondary mortgage market, and other business problems in 2008 and 2009 might have been expected to increase Americans’ desire for more government control of business and industry. But that was not the case. Americans’ views that there is too much government regulation in fact began to rise in 2009, perhaps in response to the new Obama administration and new business regulation policies such as Dodd-Frank, reaching an all-time high of 50% in 2011 before settling down slightly this year to 47%.

    There has been little change since 2003 in the percentage of Americans saying there is too little regulation of business. The changes that have occurred in recent years have involved shifts between the percentages choosing the “too much” and “about right” alternatives.

    Congressional Democrats and President Obama are vulnerable on this issue and this is certainly exploitable by the GOP.

    I, certainly, would have expected to see some national cable television ads on this subject. But, maybe, they will be hitting this issue hard in the coming weeks with their ad buys.

    Even independent voters say there is too much government regulation of business.

    Here is the chart:

    Poll of Goverment Regulation by party preference chart

    What does this mean?

    Despite what some observers call a pattern of excess by big business that helped lead to the 2008 recession, Americans continue to say there is too much rather than too little government regulation of business. In fact, over the 15 times since 1993 that Gallup has asked this question, never have more than a third of Americans said there is too little regulation of business and industry.

    The increase in the “too much” viewpoint since 2008 largely results from Republicans’ increased agreement with this point — most likely reflecting their reaction to Democratic President Obama’s election and his policies once in office.

    All in all, the results suggest that a call from Mitt Romney for a reduction in government regulations and red tape may strike a more responsive chord from the average American, particularly independent Americans, than a call from Obama for more regulation.

  • Barack Obama,  President 2012

    Obama Grades Himself – INCOMPLETE?

    President Obama gives himself a grade

    Are you frakking kidding me?

    President Obama’s four years in the Presidency have been a colossal failure and WE, Americans, are NOT BETTER OFF than four years ago.

    Here is the video:


    It is funny that Obama is running ads featuring President Bill Clinton.

    President Obama, you are NOT Bill Clinton.

    If American voters, re-elect Obama, they can look forward to another four years of a stagnant economy and increasing unemployment. In addition, more and more state/local governments will be facing bankrupty.

    The choice is clear!

  • President 2012,  Republican National Convention,  Sarah Palin

    Will Sarah Palin be the Mystery Speaker at the Republican National Convention?


    The word on the internets is that it won’t be Sarah Palin but may be any of the following:

    • Nancy Reagan
    • President George H. W. Bush
    • Former Secretary of State Colin Powell
    • Democratic West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin
    • Clint Eastwood

    Sarah Palin speaking

    The BUZZ has started and who else to deliver the “RED MEAT” speech to end the Republican National Convention?

    Republican convention planners appear to have a surprise planned for those tuning in Thursday night.

    Buried deep in the convention schedule released Monday is a vague reference to a mystery speaker scheduled for the event’s final evening. “To Be Announced” has a prime speaking slot late in the Thursday program.

    By then, speakers from Mitt Romney’s church will have taken the stage that night. The co-founder of Staples office-supply chain will have spoken about working with Mr. Romney during his time at Bain Capital. State officials from Massachusetts will have talked about the former governor. Olympians will have already thanked the presidential candidate for leading the 2002 Winter Games.

    The only other speakers to follow “To Be Announced” will be Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and Mr. Romney himself, suggesting that the unnamed guest may appear during the 10 p.m. hour when the networks all will be broadcasting the convention.

    Has anyone checked to see where Sarah is? Her last Tweet had her in Arizona.

    I cannot think of anyone who could stir up the convention crowd and who could deliver such a motivating speech.

    I guess we will see.

  • Barack Obama,  Mitt Romney,  Polling,  President 2012

    Poll: Obama More Likable But Romney is About the Economy

    Gallup Poll on Presidential Characteristics

    According to the latest Gallup Poll:

    As the two-week period of back-to-back presidential nominating conventions gets underway next Monday, an Aug. 20-22 USA Today/Gallup poll underscores the strengths and weaknesses of each of the two candidates at this point in the campaign. Barack Obama retains a significant edge over Mitt Romney on personal dimensions, particularly in terms of his “likability,” while Americans still believe Romney is better able to handle the economy.

    This Presidential race is all about the economy.

    Likability does not put food on the table or a car in the garage.

    Americans can like their President, but if he is not producing results – he is OUT.

  • Polling,  President 2012

    Poll: Men Prefer Romney – Women Prefer Obama

    Gallup Presidential Poll chart of Men/Women Preferences

    According to the latest Gallup Poll:

    Male voters currently prefer Mitt Romney over Barack Obama by an eight-percentage-point margin, while female voters prefer Obama over Romney by an identical eight points. These gender-gap figures, based on Gallup Daily tracking conducted July 30-Aug. 19, are virtually identical to what they were four months ago.

    The impact of gender on the presidential race has received a renewed focus in recent days after Missouri Republican senatorial candidate Todd Akin’s controversial comments about rape and abortion. It’s too early to tell if this incident and the resulting fallout will have a long-term impact on the presidential gender gap, but from a broad perspective, Gallup’s large sample sizes show a remarkable stability by gender since tracking began in mid-April.

    The gender gap is driven mostly by the underlying differences in party identification. Women are more likely to identify as Democrats and less likely to identify as independents than are men. Within party groups, gender gaps are quite small.

    This is not really a surprise since a gender gap has been known to exist for some time.

    But, will the Todd Akin flap about legitimate rape flip a few more women to the Democrats. It remains to be seen and Akin could still quit the race – and the GOP will do what it can to force him out.

    The gender gap in presidential preferences has not changed over the last four months, with men preferring Romney over Obama by eight points, while women prefer Obama by an identical margin.

    The nature of the gender gap varies significantly across demographic segments. Support for Obama is so strong among black voters that gender makes little difference, but both white and Hispanic women are more likely to support Obama than are men in each of these groups. Women are more strongly for Obama than are men across all age groups, and the gender gap is starkly evident among voters with postgraduate education.

    All in all, women, those under 30, those with postgraduate education, and those who are black and Hispanic give Obama his strongest support. Conversely, Romney receives his strongest support among men who have college degrees but no postgraduate education, and among older and white men.

  • Barack Obama,  Day By Day,  President 2012

    Day By Day August 23, 2012 – Additions

    Day By Day by Chris Muir

    Day By Day by Chris Muir

    The honeymoon with President Obama and the Lame Stream Media has been over for a while, but the persistent bias in coverage persists. Obama simply avoids the White House press corps and gives soft, puff piece interviews for the more pop-culture, grocery store rags.

    Obama no longer has the compelling “Hope and Change” mantra of 2008. The President has lost his MOJO.

    The Newsweek cover is funny, but who reads Newsweek or Time Magazine anymore? It reaches and influences nobody.

     The Morning Flap: August 20, 2012Today’s social media world has changed politics and Presidential campaigns. No more hiding from the “press” or a President hiding in the Rose Garden, behind their favorite print columnists.

    The POLS will either have to ENGAGE the voters or perish.

  • Barack Obama,  Hillary Clinton,  Joe Biden,  President 2012

    Joe Biden Being Taken to the White House Woodshed?

    Matt Drudge is certainly having some fun with today’s Joe Biden/Hillary Clinton White House meeting.

    But, wait.

    President Barack Obama and his mistake-prone vice president, Joe Biden, are having lunch today, a weekly occurrence that takes on far more significance than usual in the wake of controversy surrounding several of Biden’s recent statements.

    While the lunch was probably already scheduled, it’s practically impossible that Biden’s campaign trail remarks will fail to come up given the clamor they have provoked. There is even a growing chorus of suggestions – mainly from Republicans – that Biden is not up to the job and should be replaced on the ticket.

    The session could easily end up a trip to the woodshed for Biden or, though it’s unlikely, something far worse.

    Biden this week suggested that Gov. Mitt Romney would put African Americans back chains and, in a separate appearance, indicated that we are all still living in the 20th century. The statements are just the latest in a series of mistakes – assuming the comment about African Americans was unscripted – in the past few months that have raised concerns about Biden.

    Making the switch to Hillary would energize the Democratic Party and would be better for Obama’s re-election chances in some of the key battleground states. But, does Hillary want the job, especially since should Obama lose in 2012, she would be come the presumptive nominee in 2016?

    Team Obama is undoubtedly nervous about Biden’s gaffes and whether “Slow” Joe is up to the task as he approaches 70.

    How the President will frame the Biden scolding delicately, may be a challenge.