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If You Dislike Obama, You Dislike Him a Lot

The improving employment picture does not appear to be giving President Obama a major boost. And those who don’t like him feel very strongly about it, while those who do are less sure. In a couple of recent surveys, Obama’s poll numbers are on the way down. Even as the Obama campaign puts out word champagne corks are popping at headquarters in Chicago over the

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Gallup: Obama Approval at 43 Percent

There’s been a lot of talk about the resurgent President Obama, the gleeful Obama 2012 campaign headquarters, the newly rollicking economy, the diminishing prospects for Republican presidential contenders, and the drapes being measure for the Obama second term Oval Office redesign. And so, I just want to note that, while I hate to rain on the parade at campaign headquarters in Chicago, the most respected

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Obama’s Poll Numbers Move North

President Obama’s poll numbers have been on the rise of late, though his overall approval rating remains dismal, a few points below the 50 percent mark. Gallup Monday had him at 47 percent, breaking out  in recent days from the low 40s – where he had been hovering for weeks – and putting him about ten points above the all-time lows he was recording in

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Obama’s Approval Travels Northward

President Obama’s approval rating has increased six points in the last month, rising from 38 percent the middle of October to 44 percent today, according to Gallup’s daily tracking poll. I can think of only three of reasons why this might be so. First of all, Qaddafi was killed, which means if Obama’s numbers go back down, Syria’s Bashar Assad better watch his back. Secondly,

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Obama’s Kill Bump Evaporating – Again

President Obama got a nice little boost in the polls after the death of Muammar Qaddafi, but as in the case of Osama Bin Laden, the reward Americans are giving Obama for offing a bigtime bad guy appears to be ephemeral. Obama’s approval rating soared in the days after Qaddafi’s death last week, rising from 39 percent to 44 percent by Sunday. The president had

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Less Than Half Think Obama Better Than Bush

Only 43 percent of voters think President Obama has been a better president than George W. Bush, according to a new Gallup poll. The result is striking, given Bush’s dismal ratings at the end of his presidency. And it calls into question whether Obama’s unwavering strategy of attempting to blame Bush for everything that’s wrong with the world is working. The poll finds that 34

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Intensity of Black Support for Obama Plummets

The passion of African-American support for President Obama is falling, posing a major new threat to his prospects for reelection. According to a new ABC/Washington Post poll, the number of blacks who have “strongly favorable” views of Obama has dropped off a cliff, declining from 83 percent five months ago to 58 percent today. That blacks will support Obama in the end is unquestionable. Eighty

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Obama Approval Down After Joint Session Speech

President Obama’s approval rating declined in the days after his Thursday evening speech to a joint session of Congress according to the latest daily tracking poll by Gallup. Obama used the speech to announce a new $447 billion “jobs” bill, which he submits to Congress today. Undoubtedly, he also hoped it would help boost his standing with a public that believes he has failed in

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Silent Obama Surges in the Polls!

Obama’s approval rating Friday stood at 42 percent, four points higher than the record low of 38 percent he had been at earlier this week. This is terrible news for the president. Why? Because he has been almost totally out of the public eye. Sequestered on Martha’s Vineyard quietly putting away on the golf course and puttering around on the beach, Obama has been off

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Obama Approval Rating Hits a New Low

President Obama’s Gallup approval rating found a new bottom floor today, dipping for the first time to 38 percent, one point below the record of 39 percent he set last week. According to Gallup, some 54 percent of Americans disapprove of the job he is doing. Looks like the decision to vacation in Martha’s Vineyard and tour of the Midwest in the big, scary bus

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Gallup: Obama Only Two Points Ahead of Ron Paul

President Obama beats Ron Paul by only two points among registered voters and just one point among all adults, according to a new poll by Gallup. That the president is in a statistical dead heat with someone most analysts have given no chance of winning the presidency is a startling development and suggests there is a strong pool of voters who will vote for a

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Obama’s Talks His Way into 39 Percent Approval

President Obama appears to have this weird problem. The more he talks, the more his poll numbers go down. This is a very bad thing for a politician. It’s a little like an auto mechanic who breaks cars. Actually, I’ve had that. But still. Obama made sure to raise his profile as the debt ceiling struggle neared its conclusion, and then some more afterward, when

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