Here’s a final set of numbers from our new NBC/WSJ poll that we find fascinating: 57% say the Iraq war has been successful, versus 40% who say it has been unsuccessful.
It’s a reversal from July 2008, when 43% said Iraq was successful, and 53% said it was unsuccessful.
What’s more, nearly six in 10 (59%) believe the U.S. has accomplished as much as can be expected in Iraq, and 70% say they approve of President Obama’s plan to pull most troops out of Iraq by 2011.
From Bloomberg: Americans Want Government to Spend for Jobs, Send Bill to Rich
Dec. 10 (Bloomberg) — Americans want their government to create jobs through spending on public works, investments in alternative energy or skills training for the jobless. …
The findings are in tune with the job-promotion initiatives President Barack Obama announced Dec. 8, as well as the administration’s assurances it will address the deficit, and proposals from some Democratic lawmakers to raise taxes on the wealthy.
The difficulty of reconciling public demands for government action on jobs while at the same time reducing the deficit is shaping up as a major political theme ahead of the 2010 midterm elections. Obama and Democrats in Congress confront an unemployment rate that was 10 percent for November and a deficit that is forecast to be more than $1 trillion over each of the next two years.
While the public sees both unemployment and the deficit as a threat, anxiety over unemployment is higher. Eight out of 10 poll respondents rate unemployment a high risk to the economy in the next two years and 7 of 10 say the same about the deficit. …
Two-thirds of Americans back boosting spending on infrastructure. Six of 10 also support more spending on alternative energy to stimulate job growth, another measure Obama announced.
Thirty-five percent of Republicans said that they would support impeaching Obama for his actions so far, though there is no indication of what specific “actions” they think could potentially merit impeachment. Twenty percent of all respondents were in favor of impeachment.
It’s not as easy a choice as I am making it.
You’ve heard of the Person of the Year and the Sportsman of the Year — get ready for PolitiFact’s Lie of the Year.
For our year-in-review coverage, PolitiFact soon will be announcing our Lie of the Year — the most significant falsehood of 2009. Our staff is examining the claims we’ve rated False or Pants on Fire and will be choosing the one that reached all-star status and played an important role in the nation’s political discourse.
Still, I voted for Our Lady Of Liberty, for the sheer number of lies, besides this one, and she filed TWO fake Kenyan birth certificates:
A birth certificate shows Barack Obama was born in Kenya.
– Orly Taitz on Sunday, Aug. 2, 2009, in an attachment to a lawsuit
Research 2000, MoE 2%, Nov 16, 2009 – Nov 19, 2009
REST OF USA 67%
President Obama is showing durability against significant economic and policy challenges, maintaining majority approval for his job performance in the face of broad unemployment, a controversial health plan and continued doubts about his work on the war in Afghanistan.
Obama maintains approval in face of high unemployment and health care battle. The trick’s in personal appeal, a strong base of support, weak opposition and a teaspoon of sugar in some of the medicine the president’s prescribed.
The last is notably so on health care reform. Negatives abound: Fifty-four percent of insured Americans think it’ll increase their own costs; among all, 56 percent think it’ll raise overall costs, six in 10 think it could shut down many private insurers and 61 percent oppose covering abortions in federally supported plans. For all that, sweetened by other, more popular elements, the plan’s holding essentially at an even split, 48 percent in favor, 49 percent opposed.
Obama, for his part, has a 56 percent job approval rating overall, better than on any individual issue tested in this ABC News/Washington Post poll save one – 60 percent for his handling of international affairs. That makes his current foray to Asia look well-timed, playing to a strength while he’s got difficulties at home.
Continued personal popularity helps; 61 percent of Americans have a favorable opinion of Obama overall, his lowest since before the 2008 election and down 18 points from his peak when he took office, but a positive rating nonetheless. Intensity, while diminished, also is still with him; “strongly” favorable views of the president exceed strongly unfavorable ones by 12 points.
Obama’s solid in his base – an 84 percent job approval rating among Democrats, falling sharply to 50 percent among independents and a mere 18 percent among Republicans. Notably, he and his party continue to benefit from a floundering opposition, with, for example, a 16-point margin for the Democrats over the Republicans in trust to handle the nation’s main problems.
A year after he won the presidential election, 54% of Americans approve of the job President Obama is doing, according to a new CNN/Opinion Research survey.
Said pollster Keating Holland: “Obama’s approval rating of 54 percent is nearly identical to the 53 percent of the vote he won a year ago. And in nearly every demographic category, the percent that approve of Obama today is within two to three points of the percent who voted for him in 2008.”
WASHINGTON (CNN) – More than seven in 10 Americans think Sarah Palin is not qualified to be president, according to a new national poll.
Seventy-one percent of those questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Wednesday morning believe the former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee is not qualified to be president, with 29 percent saying she does have the credentials to serve in the White House. Republicans appear split, with 52 percent saying she’s qualified and 47 percent disagreeing with that view.
The poll indicates that about half of the country, 51 percent, has an unfavorable view of Palin, with 42 percent seeing her in a positive light. Nearly two-thirds of those questioned say Palin’s not a typical politician, and feel she’s a good role model for women. Fifty-six percent add that Palin cares about people, and a similar amount think she’s honest and trustworthy. But the survey indicates Americans are split over whether Palin shares their values, agrees with them on the issues, or if she’s a strong leader.
“Sarah Palin has one advantage that many past Republican candidates have not shared – Americans think she cares about people like them,” says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. “But her biggest Achilles heel is the number who think she is not qualified to be President. Those numbers are similar to what Dan Quayle got in 1993, when only 23 percent thought he was ready for the White House.”
In a very early look at the next race for the White House, the survey indicates that nearly one in three Republican voters, 32 percent, say they would be most likely to support former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee in a hypothetical battle for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination, with Palin seven points back at 25 percent, and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney at 21 percent. Five percent said they would back Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, with one in ten suggesting they would support some one else.