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jefferson_dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-25-09 11:37 PM
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WaPo/ABC POLL: Obama approval at 69%. Strong on economy, foreign affairs, leadership. Repugs at 30%
Edited on Sat Apr-25-09 11:42 PM by jefferson_dem
Obama Off to Solid Start, Poll Finds
But Release of Memos on Detainee Interrogations Reveals Deep Partisan Split

By Jon Cohen and Jennifer Agiesta
Washington Post Staff Writers
Sunday, April 26, 2009

Barack Obama's performance in the first 100 days of his presidency draws strong public approval in a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, but there is decidedly less support for his recent decision to release previously secret government memos on the interrogation of terrorism suspects, an initiative that reveals deep partisan fissures.

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Obama's overall rating remains high, with 69 percent of Americans approving of his job performance. He gets solid marks for his handling of the economy, maintaining a better-than-2-to-1 advantage over congressional Republicans on the issue. Majorities said that Obama has exceeded their expectations in his first three months in office, has accomplished big things and has kept his main campaign promises. Further, public optimism about the economy and the country's direction also remain on the rise since his election, even as few think his major economic initiatives have moved the needle on the nation's flagging economy, their communities or their finances.

Two-thirds of those polled approve of how Obama is handling international affairs in general, up slightly from last month, just before he embarked on his first European trip. Majorities of Americans also approve of how he is handling health care, global warming, taxes and Cuba, four areas in which the administration has tried to stake new ground in its first few months.

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Beyond specific policy areas, Obama continues to get high personal favorability ratings across a range of attributes. Overall, 72 percent of Americans have a favorable impression of the new president, down slightly from the eve of his inaugural but far higher than it was during the 2008 campaign. It is also about double Bush's favorability rating when he left office in January (37 percent) and above where Bill Clinton's was at this stage in 1993 (59 percent).

Nearly two-thirds said Obama has accomplished "a great deal" or "a good amount" in his first three months in office. In a Post-ABC poll at the 100-day mark in Clinton's first term, 37 percent said he had done that much. A majority, 54 percent, also said Obama had exceeded their expectations, significantly more than had said so of Clinton or Bush at the outset of their first terms.

Six in 10 Americans said Obama has kept most of his major campaign assurances, although most said he has not reduced the amount of political partisanship in Washington, as he had pledged to do. At the same time, 90 percent said he is willing to listen to different points of view, and close to two-thirds, 63 percent, said he has brought needed change to Washington.

About three-quarters of Americans see Obama as a "strong leader," as "honest and trustworthy," as empathetic and as someone who can be trusted in a crisis. Six in 10 said he is in sync with their values, and nearly as many rate him a good commander in chief.

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/04/25/AR2009042503120_pf.html


FULL RESULTS - http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/polls/postpoll_042609.html?sid=ST2009042600036
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Patsy Stone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-25-09 11:39 PM
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1. Excellent!
K&R
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napi21 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-25-09 11:40 PM
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2. Wonder if we should all send a purse size pack of tissues to the Pubs
in Wash? They're cheap, wouldn't cost much to mail, and they sure could use them to dry their tears!
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FrenchieCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-25-09 11:41 PM
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3. Now that's what I call "great News!"
Love it! :)

He's drinking the Republicans' Milkshake!

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jefferson_dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-25-09 11:44 PM
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4. Yup! He just brushed the gimpy repugs aside and grabbed their strawberry freeze...
Slurp slurp...

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bluestateguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-25-09 11:46 PM
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5. You just have to say thank God that this man is the president
I know I do, every day.
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Tarheel_Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 12:15 AM
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7. Same here bsg. This has to grate the GOP & FNC, because despite their...
best efforts, the president's numbers just keep climbing. I wonder if this will be the lead story on Hannity? :rofl:
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Tarheel_Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 12:10 AM
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6. Off to the Greatest! It just doesn't get any better. While Repukes continue to lose ground.
Edited on Sun Apr-26-09 12:25 AM by Tarheel_Dem
4/24/09 - Summary Table

Approve Disapprove No opinion
a. The Democrats in Congress 45 49 6
b. The Republicans in Congress 30 64 6

Trend:

a. The Democrats in Congress

Approve Disapprove No opinion
4/24/09 45 49 6
2/22/09 50 44 6

b. The Republicans in Congress

Approve Disapprove No opinion
4/24/09 30 64 6
2/22/09 38 56 6
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Pirate Smile Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 12:40 AM
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8. Wow. Check out this rain cloud for Republicans that comes at the end of the article:
There is a warning sign for the GOP in the new poll: 21 percent of those surveyed said they identify as Republicans, the fewest to do so in a Post-ABC poll in more than 25 years. Last fall, Democrats outnumbered Republicans at the polls by the biggest margin in network exit polls going back to the 1982 midterms.


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pnwmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 12:45 AM
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9. Most intriguing news: only 21% of those polled now identify as Republican.
Hope this number reflects Republicans in the population as a whole!
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tblue37 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 12:57 AM
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10. Interesting, since we always get 25%-30% who approve of
Bush and the Republicans and hate all things Democratic. It looks like the dead-enders are still dead-enders, but there are not quite as many of them as there used to be.
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vaberella Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 12:59 AM
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11. Are you kidding? It's like every day his approval rating keeps going up.
Edited on Sun Apr-26-09 01:17 AM by vaberella
If only the economy could right itself and it would be amazing.
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NYC Liberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 01:22 AM
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12. Ah, remember the good ol' days when Bush's approval would edge up to like 30%
and the media would claim his numbers were "rebounding" or at least "holding steady" :rofl:
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struggle4progress Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 01:32 AM
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13. In spring 2001, the polls were showing W in the 40-50% approval range
Fox and the WSJ were around 50%, Newsweek and Pew were around 40%, and Gallup and WP were around 45%

So Obama's 20 to 30 points ahead of where the Pretender was
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NYC Liberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 01:52 AM
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16. Without 9.11 he would have been a one-term, little remembered blip in history
Unfortunately ... well, we know what happened.

8 years and he nearly destroyed the country.
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SamCooke Donating Member (406 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 01:32 AM
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14. Read just the 1st page of this WaPo article and prepared to get pissed off
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/04/25/AR2009042501870.html?hpid=topnews



one of the most bias article I've read. The guy doesn't even mentions the republican leadership in SC, led by a retarded governor.
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mvd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 01:33 AM
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15. And yet a majority still thinks the Bush admin. should be investigated
Edited on Sun Apr-26-09 01:37 AM by mvd
I have no idea why support for using torture went up. It's not supported by the sample change.

There's fun data in there. I'll state my approve/disapprove on these:

The economy - unsure about bank plans; wait and see
The federal budget deficit - approve
International affairs - approve
The situation in Iraq - wait and see; I think Obama still wants all troops out by the end of 2011
Global warming - approve
Health care - wait and see; good sign today
U.S. relations with Cuba - approve
The situation in Afghanistan - disapprove
Immigration issues - approve
The situation with Iran - approve
Taxes - approve, but more to be done on rolling back Bush tax cuts for the rich
The U.S. campaign against terrorism - I have to say I'm more of a dove for sure, but I give an approve based on the no torture policy
The situation involving the
big U.S. automakers - disapprove

I'll add these:

Education - disapprove
Drugs - disapprove
Gay rights - mixed, so no opinion
Trade - disapprove so far

But those are countered by:

A number of achievements already
Bringing honor, intelligence, and dignity to the White House
He's a President who listens when you disagree

On edit: just to state - I approve overall of his performance.
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Thrill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 12:17 PM
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17. That has to be one of the best ever at 100 days?
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saltpoint Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 12:25 PM
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18. The Red Team is leaderless.
They have been slammed hard by voters both in general elections and in their individual state and district elections.

They have John Boehner and Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin and FOX News and Limbaugh the multitude of brain-dead loonies in the fundie nutbag community.

We have Barack Obama.


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alcibiades_mystery Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 12:50 PM
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19. This is why Fox put out their 62% poll
They know the historical standard is 65%, and they'll take what they can get...
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Hamlette Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 01:57 PM
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20. I'm disappointed so many are against the release of the memos.
"Barely more than half of all poll respondents back Obama's April 16 decision to release the memos specifying how and when to employ specific interrogation techniques. A third "strongly oppose" that decision, about as many as are solidly behind it. Three-quarters of Democrats said they approve of the action, while 74 percent of Republicans are opposed; independents split 50 to 46 percent in favor of the decision."

I don't know if ppl really care about secrecy or if we really don't want to admit how awful we've been.

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Hamlette Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 01:58 PM
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21. I'm disappointed so many are against the release of the memos.
"Barely more than half of all poll respondents back Obama's April 16 decision to release the memos specifying how and when to employ specific interrogation techniques. A third "strongly oppose" that decision, about as many as are solidly behind it. Three-quarters of Democrats said they approve of the action, while 74 percent of Republicans are opposed; independents split 50 to 46 percent in favor of the decision."

I don't know if ppl really care about secrecy or if we really don't want to admit how awful we've been.

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