February 1, 2012 |
President Obama's job approval rating declined in all but three states in 2011, with some of the steepest declines coming in likely battlegrounds he must win this fall to claim a second term. New state-by-state data released by Gallup on Tuesday (chart below) shows that a majority of respondents approved of the president's performance in only 10 states plus the District of Columbia, down from 13 a year earlier. Meanwhile the number of states where his approval rating was below 40% doubled in 2011, from 10 to 20. That list now includes New Hampshire, where his approval rating was 38.7% -- the lowest score in any of the states he carried in 2008.
December 23, 2011 |
President Obama's success in getting congressional Republicans to renew a payroll tax cut flowed from a strategy the White House has employed since the summer: Bypass Congress and marshal the political power of middle-class voters fed up with Washington gridlock. The standoff with House Republican leaders formally ended Friday, when Obama signed a bill that extends for two months a Social Security tax cut for employees and unemployment insurance benefits that had been jeopardized by a weeklong impasse.
December 16, 2011 |
Mitt Romney scored the endorsement of South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley Friday as he tries to improve his standing in that state in advance of next month's primary. Haley is the tea-party affiliated, Indian American governor swept into office last year as part of the GOP electoral tide and is considered a rising star in the party. Should Romney capture the nomination, it's likely that Haley's name will be part of the vice presidential conversation. Haley made the announcement on Fox News Channel on Friday.
November 30, 2011 |
After achieving a modest rebound in his approval rating this fall, President Obama is headed for a high-profile fight with Republicans over how best to preserve a tax break for American workers. This time, White House aides insist, the president has the upper hand. During the late summer, as the debt ceiling debate dragged on, Obama was repeatedly thwarted by congressional Republicans and his approval rating dropped below 40% in some polls. Since then, as he kept a distance from Congress, his slide has halted and his rating has edged up to the mid-40s.
November 29, 2011 |
The influence of the tea party movement appears to be on the wane - even in congressional districts that elected tea party candidates last year, according to a new survey. The report from the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press released Tuesday showed support for the tea party dropping nationwide, with more Americans viewing the movement unfavorably. The view of the Republican Party in the 60 districts represented by members of the House Tea Party Caucus has also suffered.
November 1, 2011 |
Don't call it a comeback; he's still in perilous terrain for an incumbent. But President Obama's job approval rating is showing remarkable consistency of late after reaching an all time low. According to the Gallup daily tracking poll, Obama's rating now stands at 43%, where it's rested seven of the last nine days. His approval rating has been at or above 40% for 13 straight days now, equaling the longest such stretch since he first slipped below 40% in mid-August. Any incumbent president who is polling below 50% is thought to be vulnerable in a reelection year, and the White House would certainly like to see his numbers higher.
October 21, 2011 |
President Obama's average approval rating sank to a new low of 41% in the 11 th financial quarter of his term, according to a new analysis of Gallup's daily tracking poll. That number is down six percentage points from Obama's 10 th quarter average, and is the lowest 11 th quarter average posted by a sitting president since Jimmy Carter, who lost his reelection bid in 1980. (Carter's approval average that quarter was 31%.) Obama's average approval rating over his entire term is now 50%. Gallup's Jeffrey M. Jones notes that while the 11th quarter was so far Obama's worst, the 12 th - and 13 th - quarter averages will be better indicators of his reelection prospects.
October 17, 2011 |
Hillary Rodham Clinton, the woman seemingly born to become the first female president of the United States, on Monday again ruled out a race for the top office in 2016 and insisted she is ready to return to private life. In an interview with NBC's “Today” show, Clinton squelched the latest boomlet for her presidential ambitions, emphatically answering “No, no,” when interviewer Savannah Guthrie asked her whether she would ever run again for president. As President Obama's approval rating has been falling in the polls, rumors of Clinton's return to presidential politics have resurfaced, taking on the status of political urban legend, one of those things that everyone seems to think is true despite all evidence to the contrary.
October 12, 2011 |
The Herman Cain juggernaut has reached its peak -- but for how long? The former pizza chain executive had surged into the top tier in the blink of an eye, and now a new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll has him in first place nationally among potential Republican primary voters. Cain's rise parallels Rick Perry's descent. Cain was the choice of 27% in the poll, up from just 5% in August, while Perry was third at 16%, down from 38%. Mitt Romney, meanwhile, is showing remarkable consistency, in polling at least.
October 12, 2011 |
When Mitt Romney picked up the support of Chris Christie, the question was just how much a big political hug from the governor of New Jersey was worth. Two polls released Wednesday say that Christie's approval rating is on the rise - at least in the Garden State, which in recent presidential races has gone to the Democrats. Christie, who flirted with a late-starting presidential run before announcing that he still had no plans to run this cycle, endorsed former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney on Tuesday.