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Paraphrasing that pop classic by the O’Kaysions from 1968:

“I'm a poll watcher
I'm a poll watcher
Watchin' polls go by
My, my, my….

I'm a poll watcher
I'm a poll watcher
Here comes one now…..”

Actually, here comes TWO now. It’s that time again – time for the latest poll results - just to tickle your fancy and stimulate your political juices.

*The first one comes from our friends at the Gallup organization, and its results are explained in an article posted this morning at politico.com. The title of the article is “Poll: U.S. thinks Obama not respected abroad.” Here are the highlights:

--”For the first time, a majority of Americans think President Barack Obama is not respected among world leaders, according to a new poll that found opinion has plunged “dramatically” in the past year.”

--”Fifty-three percent now say Obama is not respected on the international stage, up from 43 percent a year ago, the Gallup poll on Monday shows. And the number who say they believe the president is respected has dropped to 41 percent from 51 percent over the same time, the poll found.”

--”Obama’s shift in his foreign approval comes largely from both Democrats and independents. Sixty-nine percent of Democrats say he is respected by other world leaders, down from 80 percent in 2013. Similarly, only 34 percent of independents say he is respected, down from 49 percent in 2013.”

--”The Gallup poll was conducted Feb. 6-9 and surveyed 1,023 adults and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

For the entire article, see: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/02/poll-us-thinks-obama-not-respected-abroad-103840.html

*The second poll comes from Economist/YouGov.com. The results were published last week by various news outlets, but not trumpeted by the “mainstream media” - which explains how it slipped by me until now. In their article titled “Poll: Only 79% of Obama voters would vote for him again,” our friends at the Washington Examiner announced the results. Here are the highlights of that poll:

--“Given a chance to do it all over again, only 79 percent of those who voted for President Obama would vote for him again and 71 percent of Obama voters now inclined to vote for somebody else “regret” their vote to reelect the president, according to a new poll.”

--“The Economist/YouGov.com poll found that Obama would lose enough votes in a rematch with Mitt Romney that the Republican would win. “90 percent of people who voted for Romney would do it again, compared to only 79 percent of Obama voters who would,” said the poll.”

--“In the poll, Obama's voters seemed to have moved on and are ready for the next election, giving Obama very early lame duck status before the midterm elections. The poll, for example, found that Hillary Clinton has a higher favorability rating than the president. While Obama is underwater in his ratings, Clinton is buoyed by a 50-percent favorable to 43-percent unfavorable rating, with a sizable 28 percent rating her “very favorable.””

For the entire article, see: http://washingtonexaminer.com/poll-only-79-of-obama-voters-would-vote-for-him-again/article/2544165

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JimmyMack commented on Monday, Feb 24, 2014 at 14:13 PM

Well, Sebe my friend, I guess it's time to pop them corks on all them champagne bottles yall got on ice. Might as well go ahead and fill up all then balloons with Helium too. Yall got enough people to do all them chores. I mean, afteral, the polls prove it.

sebekm commented on Monday, Feb 24, 2014 at 15:35 PM

Jimmy: There's still a long way to go, but as I said earlier:

"Watch the polls.....everywhere.....watch the polls....."

Mid-terms for second term presidents are historically REALLY BAD. This is when they lose their majorities in Congress (if they had them to begin with), and when their standing at home and abroad tends to be on the deep slide. For President Obama, this may not be good news but it is not particularly "new" news - if you follow polling and history. It just means that Obama is NO DIFFERENT than any other president in this regard - nothing special or "exceptional."

I (obviously) find it all to be very fascinating - especially since the polls are now reinforcing MY sentiments, and are providing the rest of us with some real HOPE for CHANGE in November.

JimmyMack commented on Tuesday, Feb 25, 2014 at 10:04 AM

If the right runs with Hillary as Bill's enforcer to quieten his sexual transgressions with other women...they will lose...hands down. That will only energize ALL the Women's Groups to rally around her. The Right has a ways to go to shed their 'war on women.' It would be political suicide. Women coupled with the Demo base will keep the Oval Office and....Executive Order,
thus nullifying supposed Right gains in the Legislative bodies.

sebekm commented on Wednesday, Feb 26, 2014 at 15:39 PM

Unfortunately - for the Dems - they have been losing women in leaps and bounds over the past four years. That's why they have been shoveling the GOP "War on Women" male bovine scatology with such ferocity.

*First, they lost 'em in 2010, when the GOP took over the House:


*Then, they lost some more in 2012:


*And NOW comes the coup-de-grace - courtesy of OBAMACARE - YEE HA!:


and especially:


and even the UNINSURED *HATE* ObamaCare. I'm sure there's a boatload of women in those numbers:


And let's not forget that there is no guarantee that HRC will run. Talk about implosion, I see the potential for a BIG ONE when the Hillary Papers and the Bill Papers hit the fan. You better believe the GOP will make a lot of hay out of that stuff:



and even some of the women in the Democratic party apparatchik at MSNBC think Hillary should not run in 2016:


(This might not be "truth," but there may be a "smidgen" of HONESTY buried somewhere.)

I wouldn't be surprised if the GOP produces a 2016 ticket with a woman VP candidate (might even be a woman "minority"), regardless of whether HRC runs or not. But they won't win unless they have a winner at the top of the ticket. I'm still waiting for that person to emerge.

JimmyMack commented on Friday, Feb 28, 2014 at 08:14 AM

The Republican GOP candidate will emerge from the ranks of the Conservative faction that wins the internal fight now going on in the GOP between 'Establishment" Conservatives, and The Tea Party.

A Michelle Bachman-Mike Hukkabee ticket might work. Or a Hukkabee-Bachman ticket.

sebekm commented on Friday, Feb 28, 2014 at 22:14 PM

You wish. No - I believe they've learned their lesson and they will put a UNITER (for the party that is) at the top of the ticket, and a woman who could be seen as President as VP. The latest, most intriguing VP candidate is Senator Kelly Ayotte from New Hampshire. Ayotte has at least as much experience "governing" as Obama had when he ran for president, and has the credentials and gravitas that were severely lacking in the 2008 GOP VP candidate. Here's a recent story on the possibilities:


As far as the top of the ticket goes, there's a lot of noise being about Romney again, but despite the misgivings of Barbara Bush Senior and the potential candidate himself, I still think Jeb Bush is the answer. A Bush-Ayotte ticket would be competitive - especially if something happens to derail Hillary The Inevitable. They're digging through the Clinton Papers as we speak for ammunition, and Hillary's age and especially her HEALTH may come into play. If I was a Democrat, I wouldn't be particularly encouraged by THIS article:


The Dems are already spinning these "health rumors" as wishful thinking by those on the right, but if she does decide to run, she had better be up to it.

Reminds me a story told by Paul Hornung on one of those NFL Classic Films interviews, where he was relaying a terrific exchange between Coach George S. Halas - the Papa Bear of my beloved Chicago Bears - and the great coach of the Packers, Vincent T. Lombardi. The way Hornung told it, Halas sought out Lombardi 10 minutes prior to a Bears-Packers game in the bowels of the stadium and the meat of the conversation went like this:

Halas: "Coach - I hope you have your team ready, because we're going to kick your @$$."

Hillary better be tanned, rested and ready to run - if she does - in 2016, because I expect the GOP to bring the hammer down this time.

JimmyMack commented on Saturday, Mar 01, 2014 at 04:45 AM

Well Sebe, in a wisely voiced truth about politics being cyclical...you may be right. As I pen THAT statement at 4:33 a.m. (kool aid buzz won't let me shut down.) Jeb would be strong but along with Hillary and even with perhaps a better health record for Jeb,(we ain't got to it yet)I am not sure if the NATION wants any more Bush's or Clinton's.

I do KNOW tho, that the Nation is Ready for a woman President. That may even the match-up. Unless the National Women's Groups diss her, or the Republicans can prove she held them women down while Bill violated them, then Jeb would have the advantage.

I don't know. Getting a little tired now at 4:44. If Tot is right, America might just elect a GLBT, Democrat or in a symbol of unity a Republican of like sexual of persuasion.

sebekm commented on Sunday, Mar 02, 2014 at 13:56 PM

"I do KNOW tho, that the Nation is Ready for a woman President."

I'm not so sure. I think the IDEA of a woman president might be more attractive than actually HAVING one. (Kind of like it was back when in our "dating days.") The Democrats find HRC particularly attractive now partly because of the "It's time for a Woman President" argument, but also because I believe they can't put Obama in the rearview mirror fast enough. ObamaCare is turning out to be the fiasco the GOP predicted it would be, and on the domestic and foreign fronts, there is little to brag about as to Mr. Obama's "Legacy." In fact, our power and prestige in foreign affairs seems to be crumbling so visibly and at such an alarming rate that even the Democrats can't spin it all away. And just recently Mr. Obama decided it was tine to "focus on jobs and the economy." HA! HA! Just a little too late (about six years) - no?

And the Obama Scandals aren't going away, either. It was announced today that Lois Lerner (of "I invoke my rights against self-incrimination" fame) will take the stand before Congress this week and testify about her role in IRS-gate. That should be MUST SEE TV for all concerned citizens. I expect she will get a grilling - from BOTH sides of the political aisle - that will rival the tailgating at a Bears-Packers game.

As our friends at Hillshire Farms like to say:


sebekm commented on Sunday, Mar 02, 2014 at 13:58 PM

...it was time to "focus on jobs and the economy," that is....

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