Scandal Takes Real Toll on Christie’s National Support

By: Tuesday January 21, 2014 3:52 pm

There are now several polls confirming that the bridge scandal is doing serious damage to Gov. Chris Christie’s (R-NJ) standing in national polls. According to Pew Research the percentage of people who see Christie unfavorably jumped from only 17 percent last year to 34 percent this year. At the same time, the percent who see [...]

The Partisan Fact Divide

By: Monday December 30, 2013 11:20 am

I think this statistic is both fascinating and very informative about the current state of politics. Significantly fewer Republicans now believe in evolution than did in 2009. On the other hand more Democrats now believe in evolution. From Pew Research: There is not just growing ideological disagreement between the parties about how to solve problems, [...]

Raising the Federal Minimum Wage Is Extremely Popular

By: Thursday February 21, 2013 1:15 pm

The American people overwhelmingly back President Obama’s call for increasing the federal minimum wage. According to a new Pew Research poll, 71 percent of Americans would favor raising the minimum wage to $9.00 an hour, while only 26 percent would oppose the move. The idea is not only very popular with Democrats and Independents, but even [...]

The Republican Base Doesn’t Want Leadership to Become More Moderate

By: Thursday November 15, 2012 4:14 pm

Following the Republicans’ losses this year there has been a lot of inside the beltway talk about whether or not the party will moderate its positions to try to appeal to a broader share of the electorate. Ultimately, though, the decision rests mainly in the hands of rank and file Republicans. They are the ones [...]

Expectations Are Much Lower for Obama in Second Debate

By: Tuesday October 16, 2012 10:05 am

Basically the only benefit President Obama got from being trounced in the first debate is that it has significantly lowered exceptions for the second debate this evening. From Pew Research:

Pew: Romney Surges After Debate

By: Tuesday October 9, 2012 9:59 am

Mitt Romney’s strong performance in the debate has allowed him to grab the lead nationally according to the latest Pew Research poll. Last month Obama lead by eight points among likely voters but now Romney is up by four.

Pew: Obama Up by Eight and Holds the Advantage on Almost Every Issue

By: Wednesday September 19, 2012 2:37 pm

Things are looking very dark for Team Romney. Voters aren’t going to replace a president with a challenger they like less, they trust less and they think is less capable of addressing most of the important issues facing the country.

Obama’s Favorability Rating Is Poor, Romney’s Is Comically Bad

By: Friday August 3, 2012 10:07 am

Pew Research is out with a new poll showing President Obama is leading by an impressive 10 point margin. According to the poll, it is 51 percent Obama compared to 41 percent Mitt Romney. This is a three point improvement since their last poll and the best performance for Obama since March. Perhaps the most [...]

Many Voters Don’t Know What Religion Romney or Obama Follow

By: Friday July 27, 2012 12:53 pm

What I find most interesting about this Pew research poll is not that 13 percent feel uncomfortable about Mitt Romney’s faith but the fact that 40 percent don’t even know he is a Mormon. From Pew: The poll also found that only 49 percent say Obama is a Christian. Another 17 percent think he is [...]

You Need to At Least Be Better at Some Things

By: Thursday July 12, 2012 3:00 pm

Presidential elections tend to be a referendum of the incumbent and the job s/he may have done. By that metric, President Obama should be in trouble given the poor state of the economy. That said, the main way people  vote against an incumbent is to vote for the candidate of the other major party.  But [...]