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Poll Watch: Obama Going The Wrong Way As 37 Per Cent Now Strongly Disapprove

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The Obama honeymoon is definitely over in this latest Rasmussen Presidential poll.
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows that 32% of the nation’s voters now Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Thirty-seven percent (37%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of –5.

The number who strongly disapprove inched up another point to the highest level measured to date and the overall Approval Index is at the lowest level yet for Obama (see trends).

In the wake of last week’s disappointing report on job loss, consumer confidence has fallen to the lowest level in two months. The Rasmussen Investor Index shows investor confidence falling to the lowest level in three months. The number of investors who say the economy is getting worse jumped from 43% before the jobs report to 51% today.

The Presidential Approval Index is calculated by subtracting the number who Strongly Disapprove from the number who Strongly Approve.

Overall, 52% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the President’s performance so far. Yesterday and today are the first time that the number of voters who approve of the President’s performance has slipped below the 53% share of the vote he won last November. Forty-eight percent (48%) now disapprove.

The bloom has come off the Obama rose and the press is continuing to give him positive treatment. What is up with that?

You cannot fool the people – all of the time.

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Poll Watch: Republicans Top Democrats on Generic Congressional Ballot

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For the second time in five years of polling the GOP tops the Democrats in the generic congressional ballot.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 41% would vote for their district’s Republican candidate while 38% would choose the Democrat. Thirty-one percent (31%) of conservative Democrats said they would vote for their district’s Republican candidate.

Overall, the GOP gained two points this week, while the Democrats lost a point in support. Still, it’s important to note that the GOP’s improved position comes primarily from falling Democratic support. Democrats are currently at their lowest level of support in the past year while Republicans are at the high water mark.

Over the past year, Democratic support has ranged from a low of 38% to a high of 50%. In that same time period, Republicans have been preferred by 34% to 41% of voters nationwide.

During calendar 2009, Democratic support has ranged from 38% to 42% and the Republican range has been from 35% to 41%.

With political pundits heralding the death of the Republican Party and the American economy in the tank, there appears to be hope for Republicans who are in the wilderness.

Was the Arlen Specter switch to the Democrat Party yesterday, the low for the GOP?


Poll Watch: 11 Per Cent Favor States Seceding from the United States

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The last time states seceded from the Union(over the issue of slavery) it resulted in the American Civil War

Frankly, I am surprised that eleven per cent favor secession from the Union.
Eleven percent (11%) of Americans say they would vote for their state to secede from the United States and form an independent country, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey.

Eighty-three percent (83%) say they’d vote to keep their state in the United States, and six percent (6%) are undecided.

Only 22% of adults believe individual states have the right to leave the union to form an independent country if they wish to. Sixty percent (60%) say states do not have that right, and 18% are not sure.

Texas Governor Rick Perry, in a response to a reporter’s question at a “tea party” protest rally last Wednesday, said, “We’ve got a great union. There’s absolutely no reason to dissolve it. But if Washington continues to thumb their nose at the American people, you know, who knows what might come out of that? But Texas is a very unique place, and we’re a pretty independent lot to boot.”

That independence is clear from the slightly higher levels of support for secession among Texans. In a separate survey, 31% of Texas voters say that their state has the right to secede from the United States. However, just 18% would vote to secede, while 75% favor staying a part of the United States.

The notion of secession is absolute nonsense. Remember what Benjamin Franklin said in the Continental Congress just before signing the Declaration of Indpdependence:

“We must, indeed, all hang together, or most assuredly we shall all hang separately.”

The United States derives its strength from its unity of its deiverse parts. In a dangerous world, Americans would be foolish to EVEN consider secession.

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Poll Watch: 54 Per Cent Say Better for the World If Europe Became MORE like the United States

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This really isn’t the lead looking into this Rasmussen poll but it is an interesting and important aside.

Thirty-seven percent (37%) of American voters agree that in dealing with its European allies over the years, the United States has shown arrogance, been dismissive, and even derisive. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 47% disagree with that assertion and 16% are not sure.

Most American voters—54%–say it would be better for the world if Europe became more like the United States. Just 22% voiced the opposite view and said things would be better the United States would become more like Europe.

Still, 88% of voters say that America’s relationship with Europe is at least somewhat important. That figure includes a majority—53%–who say the relationship is Very Important.

Forty-six percent (46%) say the nation’s ties with Europe will be better in a year while 25% expect them to get worse.

There appears to be a disconnect on Americans feelings towards Europe where most Americans derived their heritage. But, that is easily explained with understanding why the original thirteen colonies declared their independence from Great Britain over three hundred years ago and united to form the United States of America.