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Wyoming Residents Most Conservative, D.C. Most Liberal

 

 

Conservative-Liberal State Map

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” Pop culture and media may tilt left, but Americans were much more likely to self-identify as conservatives rather than liberals in 2013, according to a Gallup poll released on Friday.

  The poll—part of Gallup’s “State of the States” survey that randomly samples 178,527 adults living in all 50 states and the District of Columbia—found 38 percent of Americans say they are conservative, while 34 percent claim to be moderates, and 23 percent are liberals.

  That’s a slight shift from 39 percent of Americans identifying themselves as conservatives in 2012, with 35 percent saying they were moderates and 22 percent were liberals. Gallup attributed part of the uptick with more Democrats embracing the term “liberal” and liberal ideologies.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Government Itself Still Cited As Top U.S. Problem

 

 

 

 

 


” Americans start the new year with a variety of national concerns on their minds. Although none is dominant, the government, at 21%, leads the list of what Americans consider the most important problem facing the country. The economy closely follows at 18%, and then unemployment/jobs and healthcare, each at 16%. No other issue is mentioned by as much as 10% of the public; however, the federal budget deficit or debt comes close, at 8%.”

 

Most Important Problem Facing the U.S., January 2014

 

 

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Distrust Of Big Government Growing

 

 

 

 

” The Obama administration and Obamacare has increased distructs of Big Government so much even a majority of Democrats view government as the greatest threat, via Gallup, Record High in U.S. Say Big Government Greatest Threat:

  Seventy-two percent of Americans say big government is a greater threat to the U.S. in the future than is big business or big labor, a record high in the nearly 50-year history of this question. The prior high for big government was 65% in 1999 and 2000…. “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Honesty Ratings Of Police, Clergy Differ Most By Party

 

 

Party Differences in Honesty and Ethics Ratings of Professions, December 2013

 

 

” Reinforcing the power party identification has in shaping Americans’ views of many aspects of the world around them, Republicans and Democrats differ by at least 10 percentage points in their honesty and ethics ratings of six of 22 professions included in Gallup’s 2013 update. Republicans rate the honesty and ethical standards of police officers, clergy, military officers, and pharmacists higher than Democrats do. In turn, Democrats are more positive about judges and TV reporters.”

 

There is lots more detail at the link

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gallup: Hispanics Split With Obama

 

 

Changes in President Obama's Job Approval, by Subgroup, December 2012 vs. November 2013

 

 

 

” President Obama’s approval rating has taken the steepest dive with Hispanics since his reelection last year, according to a Gallup analysis

  Obama’s approval rating recorded a 23-percentage-point drop among Hispanics since last year, compared to an average drop among all Americans of 12 percent. 

  Fifty-two percent of Hispanics still approve of Obama, but that’s a drop from 75 percent in December 2012. 

  Other voting groups that make up Obama’s base also have seen 15-point plus drop offs — including people making less than $24,000 a year, nonwhites and young voters. “

 

 

   We’ve already seen that the kool-aid is losing it’s potency among the youth , women , Jews and independents so is it any wonder that Hispanics are refraining from imbibing of the “holy water” ? The only voting bloc that continues to show strong loyalty to our feckless leader is the black population , which continues to exhibit a self-destructive faith , and even there is it showing signs of the strain .

   Even among blacks his support has fallen by 9% over the past year . Could this be the worst case of second term buyers remorse ever ? there does not seem to be a bottom to the descent at this point either . How low can it go ? 

 

  Interested readers can view the poll here .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Twenty-Six Percent Believe Democratic And Republican Parties Do Adequate Job

 

Trend: Perceived Need for a Third Major U.S. Political Party

 

 

” Amid the government shutdown, 60% of Americans say the Democratic and Republicans parties do such a poor job of representing the American people that a third major party is needed. That is the highest Gallup has measured in the 10-year history of this question. A new low of 26% believe the two major parties adequately represent Americans.

The results are consistent with Gallup’s finding of more negative opinions of both parties since the shutdown began, including a new low favorable rating for the Republican Party, and Americans’ widespread dissatisfaction with the way the nation is being governed.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Obama Tilts Playing Field To One Percent

 

 

” Barack Obama has won two presidential elections promising that he had the best policies to make the U.S. economy work — not just for the wealthy, but also for the middle class and poor. So how is it that his presidency has seen unprecedented erosion in both American household income and the gap between rich and poor?

Consider the president’s visit with San Francisco billionaire hedge-fund manager and green activist Thomas Steyer this April.

Steyer is a staunch opponent of the Keystone XL Pipeline which, despite its promises of 20,000 jobs, he considers to be threat to global climate change. Thanks in part to swanky fundraisers in Steyer’s estate overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge, One Percent greens have gotten their way at the expense of 99 Percenters from union workers to Michigan valve makers.

A Gallup poll of 600 small companies under $20 million this summer found 41 percent have frozen hiring due to the president’s signature achievement, Obamacare. But Big Hospital and Big Pharma, with their armies of government lobbyists, have thrived with hospitals due to reap $2 billion in Michigan alone from Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion.

In the energy sector, thousands of coal miners have lost their jobs as the Obama administration has waged a War on Carbon. In favoring green alternatives, the administration has showered wealthy pals like Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Fisker Automotive investors with hundreds of millions in taxpayer loans. And for the well-to-do buyers of their Obama-preferred, $100,000 chariots? They get a further $7,500 taxpayer subsidy. “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Textbook Example Of Spinning Numbers

 

Gallup Tea Party Support Chart 9-26-2013

 

 

” I covered earlier the negative spin Gallup put on its recent Tea Party polling.  What showed a stable support/opposition over the last two years — including a drop in opposition – was spun as a negative only by comparison to three years ago.

Gallup could have titled its report “No real change in Tea Party Support” or “Tea Party Support/Opposition Stable.” Instead, Gallup put this spin on it:

Gallup Tea Party Support 9-26-2013

That misleading spin has been picked up and run with across the media, which is trying to tie the supposed decline to Ted Cruz’s rise since 2012.

But there was no meaningful decline since 2012 — just 2% within the poll’s 3% margin of error.  Support is actually 1% higher than in 2011.  You have to go back three years to the 2010 mid-term pro-Republican wave election, when Tea Party support peaked briefly, to see a substantial decline.  But that substantial decline took place prior to the 2012 election, long before Cruz was in the Senate.

Even with that, over 1 in 5 Americans still support the Tea Party and half of Americans are neutral.  Considering the demonization of the Tea Party in the media and Washington, D.C., a stable support/opposition is pretty amazing.

No one is interested in the details, it’s just political gamesmanship.

Here are 5 profoundly misleading headlines inspired by Gallup:

1.  The Week — Why does everyone hate the Tea Party?

Really? 73% of people supporting or being neutral on the Tea Party means everyone hates the Tea Party? “

 

READ THE WHOLE THING … Professor Jacobsen refutes the MSM spin proclaiming the death of the Tea Party .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

… But Not On Main Street

 

 

” If a new Gallup poll is to be trusted, tea party fatigue has firmly set in among the American public. 

The survey, released Thursday, indicates that 22 percent of Americans support the tea party, which anchors the conservative wing of the GOP. The number marks a 10 percentage point drop from the movement’s peak in the wake of the Republican Party’s 2010 takeover of the House of Representatives.

Whether it is tea party loyalists’ relentless drive to upend President Obama’s health-care initiative, or, more generally, the near-constant intraparty bickering that has divided the Republican Party, the numbers reflect relatively high public dissatisfaction with the tea party’s push for conflict over compromise.”

 

 

The Founding Fathers were in the minority too .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Americans Turn On Washington, 68% Say Wrong Track In Poll

 

 

” Americans also are pessimistic about the course of the country, with 68 percent saying it’s headed in the wrong direction, the most in two years, according to the poll of 1,000 adults conducted Sept. 20-23.

“People are so divided and unwilling to compromise,” said poll respondent David Carpenter, a 40-year-old general contractor and political independent in Atlanta. “There’s no unity from the administration. He sticks to his ideals and points fingers. I don’t think that’s the right way to lead.” “

 

 

 

Illustration by William Warren

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Record Number Of Republicans Say The Federal Government Has Too Much Power

 

Trend: Americans' Perceptions of Governmental Power

 

” Six in 10 Americans (60%) believe the federal government has too much power, one percentage point above the previous high recorded in September 2010. At least half of Americans since 2005 have said the government has too much power. Thirty-two percent now say the government has the right amount of power. Few say it has too little power.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This Must Be More Of The “Hope & Change” We Were Promised

 

 

 

” Just 49 percent of Americans said they had a great deal or fair amount of confidence in the federal government to handle international problems, according to a Gallup poll released Friday. The previous low was 51 percent in 2007.

The public’s trust is even lower when it comes to domestic issues. Just 42 percent of Americans answered with a great deal or fair amount of confidence in the government to handle issues at home, one point below the previous low from 2011.

Democrats have far more confidence in the government than Republicans: 78 percent of Dems trust the government on international issues compared to just 35 percent of Republicans. “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gallup: Majority Of Americans Feel The Founders Would Dislike Modern America

 

 

” Leading up to Independence Day, the Gallup polling agency reached out to Americans in an effort to gauge patriotism throughout the Nation. According to the results of a patriotic survey, 71 percent of the Nation’s citizens believe that the signers of the Declaration of Independence would be ashamed of America today.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Majority Of Americans Don’t Trust Newspapers And Television News

 

 

” The percentage of Americans saying they have “a great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in newspapers dropped to 23 percent this year from 25 percent last year, according to a report on the poll, which was released Monday.

American confidence in newspapers reached its peak at 51 percent in 1979, and a low of 22 percent in 2008.

But newspapers don’t stand alone. Confidence in television news has also been slipping — it’s tied with newspapers this year at 23 percent, which is slightly up from last year’s all-time low of 21 percent. Newspapers and television news rank near the bottom of a list of 16 “societal institutions,” according to the report. The only institutions television news and newspapers beat out this year are big business, organized labor, health maintenance organizations and Congress. Americans expressed the most confidence in the military, at 76 percent, and small businesses, at 65 percent.

 

 

 

Illustration by Yogi Love

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s Official: Bush Is More Popular Than Obama

 

 

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” President Bush is looking pretty good now that he’s moved to his Texas ranch full-time and his successor President Obama is laying waste to the economy and civil liberties like he’s recreating Sherman’s March through Georgia.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exploiting Families Of Sandy Hook Victims Backfires

 

 

 

” Gun ownership restrictions that the president said were supported by 90% of the nation have died in a Senate controlled by his party. Exploiting Newtown is haunting the power grabbers.

“How often do 90% of Americans agree on anything?” the president asked, provoking laughter. “And yet, 90% agree on this … 80% of Republicans, more than 80% of gun owners, more than 70% of NRA households. It is common sense.”

Turns out that our republic is working the way it’s supposed to. A Gallup poll asking what’s the most important problem facing the country shows why what the president is trying to do is indeed a “heavy lift” — only 4% in both April and March cited “guns/gun control,” down from 6% in February.

As Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said on Wednesday, “in some cases” the president has used Newtown victims and their families as props. While still grieving, they were flown on Air Force One to lobby Congress, with the president repeatedly insisting — yelling, in fact — that “this is not about politics!” 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gallup: Only 4% Of Americans Think Gun Control Is An Important Problem

 

 

 

” Only 4 percent of Americans think guns and gun control are an important problem facing the country, according to Gallup, and far more Americans are concerned about the economy, unemployment and the federal debt.”

 

 

 

” Respondents answered in the following order:

 

Economy in general                                      24%

Unemployment/Jobs                                     18%

Dissatisfaction with Government                16%

Federal budget deficit/Federal debt             11%

Healthcare                                                     6%

Ethical/Moral/Family decline                            5%

Immigration/Illegal aliens                                4%

Education                                                       4%

Guns/Gun control                                            4%

Situation with North Korea                              4%

Lack of Money                                                  3%

Welfare                                                            2%

Lack of respect for each other                         2%

Poverty/Hunger/Homelessness                        2%

Foreign aid/Focus overseas                              2%

Taxes                                                                 2%”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exclusive: States With Lowest Unemployment Are Dominated By Conservatives & Republicans

 

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” America is said to be the laboratory of democracy. If so, there may be a top secret ideological formula for lower unemployment: conservatism.

States where self-identified conservatives dominate the political landscape are more likely to have the lowest unemployment rates. People can argue about it, but they should take it up with the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the people who respond to Gallup surveys.

Comparing Bureau of Labor Statistics’ state unemployment numbers released on March 18th, 2013 with Gallup polling published in February 2013, the superior performance of conservative states is glaring. Gallup frames its scores as ‘conservative advantage,’ and these variables average out to a score of 17.7. That means the middle-of-the-road ideology score is about 17.7.”

 

 

 

Poll: Americans Don’t Really Like the Job Obama’s Doing

 

” When President Obama discusses the economy in his State of the Union Address Tuesday night, he will be dealing with an area in which the American public gives him relatively low performance ratings.

The same thing applies to immigration, energy policy, guns, and taxes.

Gallup found that President Obama is heading into his fourth State of the Union address Tuesday night with an overall job approval rating of around 50 percent. But in eight of the nine specific areas measured, more Americans disapprove than approve of the job he’s doing.

In only one category — national defense — did Obama’s approval rating (53 percent) exceed his disapproval rating (44 percent). “

 

 

Here are the latest Gallup poll results for the president’s approval ratings …

 

Gallup Obama 2-7:10-13

 

 

Obama Rated Highest on Foreign Affairs, Lowest on Deficit

 

 

” If President Obama focuses on the economy in his fourth State of the Union address Tuesday night, as news reports indicate he will do, he will be dealing with an area in which the American public gives him relatively low performance ratings. The president’s 39% rating on handling the economy is essentially the same as the 38% from this time last year, although lower than the ratings of 45% and 44% he received just before and just after last November’s presidential election. Obama received his lowest rating on the economy (26%) in August 2011, in the aftermath of the debt ceiling fight in Washington. Obama earned his highest economic rating, 59%, in February 2009 — in the first measure after he took office.”

 

 

Read the entire poll results and details here .

GALLUP: HERE ARE THE MOST ‘CONSERVATIVE’ & ‘LIBERAL’ STATES

 

 

” Alabama is the most “conservative” state in the U.S., with roughly 50 percent of its residents “identifying their ideology as conservative,” trailed closely by North Dakota and Wyoming (both 48.6 percent), according to a recent survey by Gallup.”

 

 

Gallup Reports on the Most Conservative & Liberal States

Poll: 14 Percent Approve Of Congress

 

 

 

 

” Among GOP respondents, Congress has a 6 percent approval rating, down from 14 percent in December; among Dems, Congress has a 15 percent approval rating, down from 21 percent in December.

And Gallup noted that Congress’ approval rating for 2013 is looking to be a continuation of last year, when Congress had a yearly average approval rating of 15 percent — the lowest in Gallup’s 38-year history of asking the question.

Earlier this week, a Public Policy Polling poll found that Congress was less popular than NFL replacement refs, root canals and Canadian rock band Nickelback. “

 

 

Don’t Forget This …

 

 

  They May Not Be Popular , But They Are Richer Than You 

 

 

GALLUP: NRA MORE POPULAR THAN MEDIA

 

 

 

 

” Gallup released a poll this month stating that the NRA stands at 54 percent approval.

Fifty-four percent of Americans have a favorable opinion of the National Rifle Association, while 38% have an unfavorable opinion. The public’s ratings of the NRA have fluctuated since first measured by Gallup in 1993 — from a low of 42% favorable in 1995 to a high of 60% in 2005.

On the other hand, the same polling firm shows that the media is distrusted by 60 percent of the population: approval rates for the media are below 30 percent.

And Congress? Their approval rate was last measured by Gallup at 21 percent. “

 

 

Related :

 

Congressional Performance

5% Think Congress Is Doing A Good or Excellent Job
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Polls: NRA Has Higher Favorable Rating Than Obama

 

 

 

new Gallup poll shows that the National Rifle Association, the target of a wave of intensely negative news coverage after the Newtown, Connecticut school shootings, still has a favorable rating of 54 percent.  While down from the organization’s 60 percent favorable rating in 2005, that is still about a point higher than President Obama’s personal favorable rating.

 

 

 

Should , But Don’t

What Journalists Should Know About School Shootings And Guns

 

 

 

” In the coming days, journalists will have to provide clear-eyed context to help the nation come to terms with the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Without question this incident will once again spark heated debates over gun-control and school safety. Let’s step back to see what we need to know to cover those stories.

Schools are safe.  After days like this, it can be hard to remember that schools are usually the safest place for a child. School violence has been in a steep decline since 1990.

But even after the mass murder in Aurora, Colorado, and even after the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, there was no increase in support for gun restrictions. Right after that shooting, Gallup found that Americans resist gun control mostly because they do not trust the government.

Gallup said, “Almost half of Americans say they perceive the federal government to be an ‘immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens,’ and this percentage is up in recent years.”

Look at this trend described by Gallup, which has been asking about gun control for years: “

 

 

 

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