The national poll of likely voters asked: “Would you rather see a balanced budget with higher taxes or a budget deficit with tax cuts?” A 41% plurality would rather have budget deficit with tax cuts, with 36% calling for higher taxes and a balanced budget. The internals of the poll show Republicans favoring deficits and tax cuts.
“The partisan differences on the questions are notable,” says the pollster’s analysis. “While 50% of Republicans would rather see a budget deficit with tax cuts, a plurality (46%) of Democrats favor the opposite approach – a balanced budget with higher taxes. Voters not affiliated with either party are evenly divided on the question.” …
Another Rasmussen number finds that only a very small minority knew the correct answer to this one: “Is the following statement true or false? Most federal spending is spent on only three programs–Social Security, Medicare and national defense.” The correct answer is “True,” but only 35% answered that way, with a 44% plurality saying false.
At least in California, from a poll taken about the Tea Party movement:
A Field Poll released today finds that 28 percent of registered California voters identify with the group.
This is the first time the poll has measured attitudes about the Tea Party movement, which began a year ago …
The poll also found that 71 percent of Tea Party supporters don’t think – or aren’t sure whether – Obama was born in the United States, which would make him ineligible to be president. Obama’s birth certificate shows he was born in Hawaii.
That’s more ignorance than I would have expected in the Tea Party movement. Although it’s been obvious all along that Birthers were ‘Baggers, I didn’t think the correlation would hold from the other direction. Oh well, dumb clucks all the way, then.
The state overall looks fairly normal, with the same 20-30% wingnut or against-whatever-it-is contingent as there always is America-wide, but if I were a Republican, this poll would have me tossing and turning on my pillow; WTF WTF WTF WTF.
You wouldn’t know it from reading the blogosphere but liberal Democrats are actually pretty happy with the direction of their party right now. On our most recent national poll 76% expressed that sentiment.
The other wings of the party are not that content- 58% of moderates say they like where the party’s headed but only 39% of conservatives do.
Those conservative Democrats unhappy with their party aren’t complaining too loudly about it- they’re just going out and voting for Republicans, as many of them did on Tuesday in Massachusetts.
On the whole Democrats (60%) are happier with their party than Republicans (35%) are with theirs.
I had such high hopes for her heading the Republican ticket.
So one-fifth of those who view her favorably don’t want her to run.
Well, I think she should run anyway. Somebody’s got to entertain me, give me the spectacle I crave in a presidential race, before losing to President Obama.
Specifically, 71 percent say they do not want the former Republican vice presidential nominee to run for president, while 21 percent say they do want her to run.
When the results are split out by party, 56 percent of Republicans say they do not want her to seek the office and 30 percent do. Meanwhile, 88 percent of Democrats do not want her to run. Among independents, 65 percent do not want her to run and 25 percent do.
The poll also finds that more people view Palin negatively than positively and that her book tour did not improve overall views of her. However, she is a little better-known now than she was last fall, and both favorable and unfavorable ratings of her have increased slightly.
Now, 26 percent of people view Palin favorably, compared with 23 percent in November and July of last year. Forty-one percent now view her unfavorably, compared with 38 percent in November and 37 percent in July (both in CBS News polls). Nineteen percent of people in the current poll are undecided about Palin.
Forty-three percent of Republicans have a favorable opinion of her. Independents are divided, with 30 percent holding favorable views and 35 percent unfavorable.
Conservatives are the only ideological group that holds net positive views of her — just under half do, while a quarter are unfavorable and a quarter of conservatives are undecided.
I was a little surprised at this part of the new CNN poll, although I would have polled the same way:
The poll indicates that nearly eight in 10 believe that full-body scanners should be used in U.S. airports, and only 15 percent say they would refuse to go through one of the new machines at an airport, if asked to do so.
“Most Americans don’t see full-body scanners as a health risk, and more than seven in 10 say they would be unconcerned if asked to go through one at an airport. Women in particular seem to prefer the idea of a full-body scanner to being frisked by a security guard, even when the question makes clear that the guard doing the manual pat-down would also be a woman.”
It begins to look like the GOP went down a wrong road after the attempted Christmas attack:
Nearly two-thirds of people questioned in the poll say they have a moderate or great deal of confidence in the administration to protect the public from future terrorist attacks, up 2 points from August. Thirty-five percent say they have not much or no confidence at all, down 1 point from August.
A number of Republicans have criticized the president over his handling of the attempted bombing of Northwest flight 253 from Amsterdam to Detroit. But according to the survey, 57 percent approve of the way President Barack Obama’s responded, with 39 percent disapproving of how he handled the situation.
“Only a third of Republicans have a positive view of Obama on this matter, but the key for the administration is the 55 percent of independents who approve of how the president responded to the incident on Christmas Day,” says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.
I think Nancy Pelosi’s been getting the job done and doesn’t deserve this flak. I just think the American people, in large part, don’t know it.
According to the new poll, 50 percent of those surveyed thought Pelosi is among the “losers” of the year while 52 percent said the same for Republicans in Congress. Conversely, only 39 percent think Pelosi is a “winner” while 38 percent gave positive marks to GOP members of congress.
As for other political losers of the year, 61 percent identified South Carolina Rep. Joe Wilson – who earned fame after his “You Lie!” outburst at President Obama – and 63 percent named South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, whose exploits with an Argentinean woman were well documented last summer.
But Americans thought the biggest political losers of 2009 were Tareq and Michaele Salahi, whose last name became a verb after the two crashed a White House State Dinner last month. Seventy percent of those surveyed said the Salahi’s were losers while only 16 percent identified them as winners.
When it comes to the year’s winners, Michelle Obama gets the highest marks with 73 percent of Americans giving the first lady high marks. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton comes in a close second with 70 percent of those surveyed giving her the thumbs up. Rounding out the list is President Obama with 58 percent, and newly confirmed Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor with 57 percent.