Yes - let's go with the dueling surveys. Democrats do fare better when compared to Republicans head-to-head. But - as Ed Sullivan used to say - the "really big" surveys are the ones where the American people rate our Democrat president because it is HIS "coattails" that have carried a lot of the Dems to victory - albeit in most cases by a very slim margin. The latest Washington Post-ABC News poll sums up the opinion of the American people about the head of the Democratic party this way:
"On the eve of President Obama’s State of the Union Address, a new poll from Washington Post-ABC News shows that fully 63 percent of Americans have either little no confidence Obama will make the right decisions. The public is evenly split on whether Obama is honest and trustworthy, with 49 percent of Americans answering in the affirmative, and 48 percent answering negatively.
A bare majority of Americans, 52 percent, feel Obama does not understand the problems of people like them – a shocking downward turn for Obama on an important likeability issue on which he dominated in 2012. A majority of Americans. 51 percent, also believe Obama is not a strong leader. His disapproval rating stands currently at 50 percent, with 41 percent disapproving strongly – only 23 percent support him strongly. 50 percent of Americans have an unfavorable impression of the president.
For perhaps the first time, Obama’s personal popularity seems to be suffering from his inability to govern effectively."
The Republicans will probably continue to poll less favorably than Democrats in the national polls, but the polls that are most important to THEM - since they are not elected by national polls - are how they are doing with their individual constituencies. Last time I checked, there wasn't a single Democrat who was predicting the Dems would take over the House in November, and most of the Dems on the talk circuit were trying to spin away the possibility that the GOP would take over the Senate. I think the Republicans would be very happy with those results any day.
But I do like news about polls, PN. Keep it coming.
2013 was a tough year for the President but he's recovering..The good news is that the numbers are going up and not down! Were headed back up!
6 Reasons This Could Be Obama’s Best Year as President..
I saw that. But I'm not sure I'd characterize the President as "recovering." I'll continue to watch the polls. But I will say this: if Mr. Obama pursues making law with "a phone and a pen," he is going to have a worse year in 2014 than he had last year. From all across the nation (blue states too), he is being hammered on the unconstitutionality of doing this - on top of what he has ALREADY done by executive fiat bypassing Congress. Our system of government is specifically designed so that laws are enacted by the LEGISLATIVE branch, not the Executive. You can be sure that when a Republican gets into the White House most (if not all) of Obama's executive orders will be rescinded (just like Obama did with Bush's). Even before then, I predict many of Obama's orders will be successfully challenged in federal court on a constitutionality basis. So in effect, there will be no lasting "legacy" on these except as an example of the way NOT to do it. For me if I were President, that would be the wrong answer.
Even at this late date, Mr. Obama can still decide to roll up his sleeves and do the work necessary to actually LEAD this government. Campaigning and speech-making are what he sees as fun, but sooner or later - if you want to get anything done - you have to get to work.
Last year, a former Republican senator called the Affordable Care Act as "a pile of manure." This year, he's lobbying in support of a major ACA provision.
Obamacare's opposition is fracturing in ways that spell trouble for conservatives.
The apparent fractures won't make any difference. It is what people feel in their pocketbooks and in their hearts that will win the day. Those who lose their doctors, their hospitals, and pay more for what they don't get (and what they don't want) will far outweigh what ANY politicians say or do. The horse is out of the barn, and the effects of ObamaCare are being felt across the nation. Now nearly two-thirds of the country (see above poll I linked) is AGAINST ObamaCare and that number is rising.
You're going to see a lot of frantic spinning on the left to try to control the damage. Just a few minutes ago I read an article at USATODAY.com which says ObamaCare "increases incomes of poorest." It is here:
Unfortunately, when you read the actual report on the study, posted here:
what you get is more like: "not exactly." The USATODAY.com article fails to go into what exactly "income" is as it relates to ObamaCare, while the Brookings Institute study report refers to "potential" effects of ObamaCare on "income equality" and is filled with so many caveats and assumptions that it is hard to understand how USATODAY.com came to the conclusion which is the basis for THEIR article. Hard to understand, that is, unless you take into account that the editors of USATODAY continue to be card-carrying, left-tilting members of the mainstream media who have as a goal to assist Mr. Obama in having a better 2014 than he had in 2013.
The State of the Union is tomorrow night. The spinners are out webbing like whirling dervishes. BEWARE!
(oooooppppssss - wrong poll cited in my first para above. The one which I intended to reference was reported best here:
"Another poll is out showing landslide opposition in this country to the misnamed Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. A Fox News-commissioned survey showed 59 percent of people opposed the law and only 36 percent favored it.
Nearly two-thirds, 63 percent, said the law will increase their taxes; 62 percent said the same about their insurance costs; and 44 percent said it will decrease the quality of health care in America. The poll was conducted jointly by Anderson Robbins Research, a Democratic firm, and Shaw & Company Research, a Republican firm, presumably mitigating political bias.
Thirty percent of the Democrats in the poll opposed the law, a jump of 10 percentage points from last June. Similarly, opposition from independents climbed from 53 percent to 64 percent in that period.
In view of such overwhelming opposition, you might ask why this law is still being implemented. Why is it not repealed? Answer: a Democratic president and Democrat-controlled Senate don’t care what the majority of Americans want. Obama and the Democrats rammed the law through Congress in the face of opposition from most Americans and continue to arrogantly defy the will of the people. There’s no remedy except at the ballot box in the coming elections."
No remedy except at the ballot box, indeed. I fully agree. Leading up to the elections, the polls will tell the tale. In this regard, I offer a suggestion which paraphrases the final lines from the 1951 movie "The Thing From Another World":
"Tell the world. Tell this to everybody, wherever they are. Watch the polls everywhere. Keep looking. Keep watching the polls."
...and lest I forget about this:
"Despite spending years attacking the character of President Obama and the Democrats, a new Pew Research Center survey found that the American people trust Democrats more than Republicans 41%-31%."
I'll point out that I have yet to see a recent poll which dispels THIS one from back in November: