Public Satisfaction with How Things Are Going Continues to Drop

By: Wednesday June 13, 2012 12:20 pm

As we get closer to the November election, Americans’ satisfaction with how things are going in the country has fallen in recent months from already low levels, according to Gallup: Compared with May, satisfaction ratings are down nine percentage points among Democrats (from 43% to 34%) and three points among independents (20% to 17%), while [...]

Obama Holds Small Three Point Lead

By: Tuesday May 22, 2012 10:08 am

The latest horse race polling shows the election remains incredibly close with President Obama holding just a three point lead over Republican Mitt Romney. According to the new Washington Post/ABC News poll of registered voters the race currently stands at Obama with 49 percent and Romney 46 percent. The good news for the Obama campaign [...]

Marriage Equality Was Already Guaranteed to Be an Issue this November

By: Thursday May 10, 2012 12:41 pm

Even before President Obama announced his personal support for marriage equality, the political issue of gay marriage was going to be unavoidable this November. Gay marriage was already guaranteed to be part of the political discourse this cycle because it was already on the ballot in at least two states this November. In Maine the [...]

“Forward” Is Obama’s Newest Attempt at a Campaign Message

By: Monday April 30, 2012 2:44 pm

The Obama 2012 campaign is testing out a new campaign theme with its 7 minute long web video entitled “Forward.” The general focus of the ad it to remind people how bad things were when Obama took office, while trying to convince voters that his efforts made things better than they otherwise would have been. [...]

Obama to Offically Start Campaign in Ohio and Virginia

By: Thursday April 26, 2012 12:11 pm

Even though the President has been essentially albeit unofficially campaigning for months with events that just happen to be in strategic battleground states, next week he will attend his first two official public rallies of the 2012 election. The locations for the kick-off of Obama 2012 are Columbus, Ohio and Richmond, Virginia. From the campaign: [...]

President Obama’s Job Approval Back at 50 Percent

By: Thursday February 16, 2012 3:24 pm

President Obama’s job approval rating has started to break the very important 50 percent mark according to three new national polls. The CBS News/New York Times poll found him at 50 percent approval to 43 percent disapproval, CNN/ORC International has him at 50 percent approval to 48 percent disapproval, and the Democracy Corps poll puts [...]

Obama’s Pivot to the Deficit Was a Total Political Failure

By: Friday February 10, 2012 5:49 pm

Over at The New Republic, Noam Scheiber has a pretty decent account of how the Obama administration made its pivot to deficit reduction after the 2010 election and messed up the debt ceiling issue. From Scheiber: BY JANUARY 2011, two months after Democrats suffered a rout in the congressional midterm elections, the West Wing again [...]

Obama Follows GOP into the Super PAC Swamp

By: Tuesday February 7, 2012 12:15 pm

Despite having criticized the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling and the rise of Super PACs, President Obama’s re-election campaign has decided to fully endorse the use of their own allied Super PAC. From Jim Messina at the Obama campaign: The President opposed the Citizens United decision. He understood that with the dramatic growth in opportunities [...]

Americans Don’t Like Romney but May Still Vote for Him

By: Wednesday January 18, 2012 2:53 pm

The Republican base may have a favorable view of Mitt Romney, but the rest of the country holds a pretty negative opinion about him. Nationally, his favorable numbers are extremely poor and have been getting worse. Yet even though the American people don’t like Romney, he is within striking distance of beating President Obama. From [...]

Obama Job Approval Is Historically Low for a President a Year Out from Re-election

By: Friday December 2, 2011 1:16 pm

President Obama’s average job approval rating in November, exactly one year from his possible re-election, was very low by historic standards. According to Gallup only one previous modern regularly elected president had a lower average job approval rating in the November of the third year of his term and that was Jimmy Carter. Obviously a [...]

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