A Year of Negative Ratings for Obama

By: Thursday September 25, 2014 10:38 am

Today makes a rather problematic anniversary for President Obama. It was one year ago today that Gallup conducted their last tracking poll which actually found Obama with a positive job approval rating. Last September Obama briefly saw his approval ratings go positive, with 47 percent approve to 46 percent approve. Since then Obama’s approval rating [...]

Republican Base Doesn’t Care as Much About Who Controls Congress This Election

By: Monday September 22, 2014 11:24 am

There is a small piece of good news for Senate Democrats. In 2010, making sure Republicans took control of at least one chamber of Congress was hugely important to their base — but this year control of Congress isn’t nearly as big of a deal to regular Republicans. From Gallup: This fits with data showing [...]

The End of the Conservative Democrat

By: Friday September 19, 2014 12:57 pm

This Gallup poll of Arkansas captures perhaps the most important thing happening in American politics. The number of so-called “conservative Democrats” has been dropping steadily. From Gallup: There was a time when the role of racial issues and weak national parties left the American political party system, frankly, a sloppy mess. There were liberal Republican [...]

Gallup: GOP’s Favorable Rating Almost as Good as Democrats’

By: Thursday September 18, 2014 11:14 am

The favorable rating of the two major parties is now almost equal, according to Gallup. Democrats now have only a two point advantage. From Gallup: One of the few things Democrats had going for them this election was even though President Obama is unpopular, the voters really disliked the Republican party. Unfortunately for Democrats, the [...]

Alaskans Turn Against Both Parties as Local Democrats Embrace an Independent Candidate

By: Friday September 12, 2014 11:35 am

The number of Alaskans who identify with either major party has reached a new low. From Gallup: This is particularly interesting in light of the fact that recently Democrats in the state abandoned their own bid for governor to instead back an independent Bill Walker. That move turned what should of been a easy victory [...]

Why You Won’t See Much of Obama on the Campaign Trail

By: Friday August 29, 2014 10:25 am

President Obama has never shown must interest in campaign for other Democrats and it has now gotten to the point that even if he wanted to he would probably end up doing more harm than good. Not only has Obama’s approval rating been negative for almost a year but the number of people excited about [...]

Republican Base Is Far More Tuned In to the Midterm Election

By: Thursday August 28, 2014 11:32 am

In yet another sign of the Democratic enthusiasm gap this year, Gallup found that regular Republicans are paying far more attention to the election than regular Democrats. From Gallup: At this point 42 percent of Republicans have given at least some thought to the upcoming election while only 27 percent of Democrats have. Even Independents [...]

Popularity of Congress Remains Extremely Low, but 90% Expected to Win Re-election

By: Monday August 18, 2014 10:12 am

The percentage of Americans who think most members of Congress deserve to be re-elected this November continues to remain near record lows. From Gallup: While significantly more people think their own House member deserves re-election — 50 percent –  that number is notably lower than most recent elections. This mid-term election is going to be [...]

This One Chart Illustrates Why Hillary Clinton Is in Such a Dominating Position

By: Thursday July 17, 2014 12:59 pm

If you want a very simple explanation why Hillary Clinton is not only the 2016 Democratic frontrunner but also able to scare off any serious competition, you need only look at this graph from Gallup. Regardless how you feel about Clinton, this is remarkable. This level of familiarity among the public is unheard of for [...]

Congressional Approval on Track to Be Lowest for Any Midterm in 40 years

By: Monday June 16, 2014 11:08 am

Americans rarely have a high opinion of Congress, but currently its support for the body has been at record lows. Unless there is some dramatic change in the next few months this election could feature the lowest Congressional approval ratings of any midterm election in the past 40 years. From Gallup: Ideally, such poor numbers [...]

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