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A comprehensive, 30-page Wall Street Journal-NBC News survey completed in December shows Obama in a position to win re-election this year.
Everything could change between now and November, of course. But responses from interviews with 1,000 Americans of all political inclinations, income levels, races, ages, religions, and other characteristics indicated only 6 percent of those identified as Republicans say they are “very favorable” about their party, while 25 percent are “very negative.” Eighty-three percent said they were registered voters.
When asked which party would do “a better job,” 44 percent chose the Democrats. Only 24 chose the Republicans. Only 21 percent of those polled said the Republicans have “strong/many good candidates,” and 27 percent described the party as having “weak/hardly any good candidates.”
The deplorable incompetence of Barack Obama and his destructive economic policies have had some impact on the public, as indicated by the survey. For instance, only 22 percent believe “things in the nation are generally headed in the right direction.” And 57 percent do not approve of what Obama “is doing in handling the economy.” This compares with an apparently naïve 39 percent who do approve.
On how the Republicans have done in Congress, only 26 percent approve, while 69 percent disapprove. The Democrats in Congress get a little better score—31 approve, 62 disapprove. Asked what disappointed respondents most about the current Congress, 17 percent said the Republican leadership is unwilling to compromise with the Democrats. Only 6 percent said Obama is unwilling to compromise with the Republican leadership.
In rating “feelings” toward individuals, Obama was ranked “very positive” by 22 percent and “somewhat positive” by 23 percent. His negative ratings were 27 percent very negative, and 15 percent “somewhat negative.” Obama’s all-time high was 47 percent in February 2009; his low was 10 percent in January 2009.
The Republican Party was given only a 6 percent “very positive” and 21 percent “somewhat positive” score compared with a 25 percent “very negative” grade. The highest “very positive” rating for the Republican Party was 20 percent in 1998, according to the survey, which was conducted by the polling firm Hart/McInturff. In the December 2011 poll, the Republicans got a 25 percent “very negative” grade.
How did Obama stack up against the Republican Party? The president received 45% total positive votes and 42% negative from the respondents, compared with 27% positive and 48% negative for the Republican Party. In this match up, Mitt Romney received 24% positive and 32% negative. The Democratic Party vote was 32% positive, 42% negative.
The Tea Party Movement yielded 27% positive and 43% negative, in spite of its respectful behavior and stand for liberty and Constitutional principles. The Occupy Wall Street Movement, with its disruptive, often illegal, Socialist-inspired ruffians got a higher—27% approval, and only 44% disapproved. The lame-stream media were largely sympathetic with the Occupy Wall Street Movement as they have been with Barack Obama. This true and pathetic media favoritism toward Obama as described by Bernard Goldberg in his book, “A Slobbering Love Affair,” is still tilting the public’s view of the President.
When asked what “has been the most disappointing event of the past year for you personally,” a surprising 31 percent said “the wealthiest one percent getting richer and the middle class declining.” Only 29 percent named “the lack of economic recovery.”
Only 14 percent identified themselves as “somewhat liberal,” and 22 percent as “somewhat conservative.”
Nineteen percent of the respondents had earnings of more than $100,000. And 24 percent had college degrees.
For Mitt Romney, the combination of “very positive” and “somewhat positive” was 27 percent. The “very” and “somewhat negative” score in December totaled 43 percent, fair consistent through the year. The win edged out from the Iowa caucus may help him a bit,
When asked whether the respondents were more enthusiastic about voting in 2012 or less enthusiastic, 43 percent they were more enthusiastic. Some 39 percent responded “less enthusiastic.”
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