Tag Archive: Polls

Daily Video 3.25.15

Poll Shows American Gun Ownership Might Be Alive And Well



Published on Mar 24, 2015

” John Phillips describes a new Gallup poll that seems to show a decline in American gun ownership. Or does it? “












One Nation Under God, Mapped



top religion by state




” The Public Religion Research Institute regularly polls Americans on their religious beliefs and practices, and they put together some striking data on the most common religious affiliations in each state.

  Keep in mind that these are pluralities, not majorities; Catholicism is more common than any other tradition in Maryland but is still followed by only 20 percent of the population.

  Perhaps the biggest surprise here is that “unaffiliated” is the biggest group in 13 states, and is tied for the biggest group nationally with Catholics at 22 percent of the population. Some of these are liberal states you might expect to make the list, like Vermont or Oregon, but Montana, Alaska, and Idaho also have unaffiliated pluralities. In only five states — Alabama, Louisiana, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota — is it not in the top three religious traditions. The full PRRI chart, showing the top three for each state, is here … ” (see above)















GOP Poll Puts Brown Ahead Of Shaheen For First Time Since April









” A poll commissioned for a locally-based Republican third-party group showed Republican Senate nominee Scott Brown leading Democratic U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen for the first time since April.

  It is the first poll showing Brown ahead of Shaheen since April when another Republican poll, that one for the Republican Governor’s Association, also showed him up slightly.

  The Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire poll was conducted by the Colorado Republican polling outfit Magellan Strategies, which sampled 2,214 likely voters. The poll’s margin of error was +/- 2 percent.”



    While we are no big fans of Scott Brown , having been sorely disappointed after supporting him in his Massachusetts senatorial bid , we are even less enamored with his opponent Ms Shaheen and thus see this as a positive development . Read more .













Huge Majorities On East Coast Support National Gun Registry

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” A shocking poll released Tuesday shows overwhelming majorities of people in Virginia, New York and New Jersey support a national gun registry.

  The survey released Tuesday was done jointly by Roanoke College in Virginia, Rutgers-Eagleton in New Jersey and Siena College in New York. It shows that 68 percent of New York voters and a whopping 74 percent of New Jersey voters are in favor of establishing a national gun registry.

  Even in the southern state of Virginia — which has gone blue in recent years — 63 percent want the federal government to track all guns.

  NRA Spokesman Andrew Arulanandam pointed out that the poll appears skewed.

“ Given the exceptionally high numbers of support for President Obama and Hillary Clinton in this poll, it isn’t surprising that there would be high numbers of support for draconian gun control proposals,” he told me.  

  The poll does seem skewed with too many liberals and Democrats. None of the colleges said they asked party affiliation of the respondents.”

    As we know depending on one’s methodology one can achieve whatever results one likes in polling , and while the colleges said that they didn’t ask party affiliation the fact is they don’t have to in order to bias things should they so desire . By doing  a simple comparison of voting district results and area codes pollsters can report any results they would like . 

    The two northeastern states are dark blue to begin with and if the pollsters concentrated their calls to area codes linked to the metropolitan areas they are sure to get Hillary approval ratings of 60% and Obama 55% . The same goes for the cities in Virginia , and anywhere else for that matter , as most all urban areas of the US run decidedly to the left of the average .

 Just reading the numbers off the poll illustration above shows large majority support for a veritable democrat wish list with the exception of Keystone and Obamacare . In fact,the results for those two policy issues help further document the bias as does the question of illegal immigration . If the polling respondents were a genuinely balanced group Keystone support and repeal of Obamacare would be much higher .

    Does anyone believe that a poll that was truly representative of conservative voters would show 70-80% approval for Amnesty , universal free pre-k and raising the minimum wage ?

    The interested reader can find what polling data the schools made public on about this survey here and here . It is of considerable interest that the average polling sample was only about 750 respondents and the demographics such that approximately 65% were childless , 75% non-gun owners and 53% female with an average margin of error of 3.6 .

Poll Samples

    Also , while the text of the article claims that the pollsters didn’t ask the respondent’s political affiliations , a quick glance at the Nature of the Samples provided says otherwise and finally if these polls offered the reader a truly unbiased screenshot of today’s electorate do you believe that Hillary would get 30-40% support for president when no one else who my be a potential candidate in 2016 can even reach double digits … except Christie but only in his home state ? 

Hillary For Pres

Think about that before you shed too many tears . Read the rest from Emily Miller .

Deep Distrust Of The Government Is American Norm



Distrust In Government Pew




” No one tests the historic optimism of the American people quite like your  average politician. Poll after poll finds a deep distrust of government, with more than two-thirds saying they can’t believe what they hear from  Washington.

  You don’t have to look far for examples of why they feel this way. Americans  have learned to be wary of taking what politicians say at face value. You could mine almost any political speech for examples, but consider some of the claims  from President Obama’s latest State of the Union address. “


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Just 38% Of Republican Voters Say Graham Deserves Reelection



” In South Carolina, an incumbent needs the support of 50% of primary voters to avoid a runoff challenge. Wenzel’s numbers suggest that Graham will almost certainly have to face one. The poll shows that State Senator Lee Bright is Graham’s leading challenger.”

Send the squish into retirement … please 

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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.”









Epic Narrative Fail: Laughably Few Voters Believe Income Inequality Is The Government’s Business






” The “post-partisan” president revealed his true left-wing radical colors recently with his completely predictable pivot away from ObamaCare and economic failure (not to mention all those “phony scandals”) to something near and dear to his community organizer heart: income inequality.

  But the overwhelming majority of voters aren’t buying itOnly 13% of  a random sample of 1,010 registered voters contacted by Anderson Robbins Research (D) and Shaw & Company Research (R) at the behest of Fox News believe income inequality is any of the government’s business.”



   As the chart from Gallup shows below , the host of “problems” that the politicians and the media swear that the people are demanding solutions to are , in reality quite low down on the totem pole . Can you say “Squirrel” boys and girls ? Note also that the problems that ARE of chief concern to the public , by and large , are government caused in the first place . 



Trend: What do you think is the most important problem facing this country today?











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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Californians Sign Petition to Allow Soldiers To Commandeer Anyone’s Home & Live There For Free



Published on Jan 13, 2014

” Californians Sign Petition to Allow U.S. Soldiers to Commandeer Anyone’s Home and Live There For Free

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Zogby Report Card: 2014 Looks ‘Dim’ For Obama




” Pollster John Zogby reports in our White House report card that President Obama’s 2014 agenda has a poor chance of success, although it’s likely immigration reform will pass because both sides want it to.”


Read on at the Examiner









Harvard: Students Turn On Obama, Want Him Recalled, Reject Obamacare



” The Obama thrill is gone among America’s millennials aged 18-29 just a year after they helped the president win a second term.

  A new and shocking poll from Harvard University’s Institute of Politics released Wednesday found that younger Americans are so disgusted with President Obama, Congress and the troubled Obamacare system that 47 percent support recalling the president and just 29 percent are planning to sign up for health insurance.

  How bad is it? Obama’s approval rating among millennials, many with big college loans and no job, is just 41 percent. Even young blacks are tiring of the president, with his approval rating among African-Americans dropping from 84 percent seven months ago to 75 percent today. “

     The only real surprise here is why the kids took so long to come to their senses . They have been bearing the brunt of Dear Leader’s horrific policies all along . From owing their souls to the company store of student loans that paid for educations which produce no job prospects and make them to move into their parent’s basements , to being forced to buy insurance that they don’t want or need , to being saddled with an over-whelming national debt , Obama has done nothing positive for the younger generation .







Check Out This Poll On Congressional Popularity




    Admittedly this poll is from very early in 2013 and so does not exactly reflect current trends regarding Congress but we found it enlightening nevertheless . As a matter of fact recent polls have shown Congress to be even less popular than the 9% that this poll gives them credit for . Ah , for the good ol’ days .

    As we know the most recent polls show our illustrious leaders with a 6% approval rating which makes the results of the above referenced one even more startling … Congress even at 9% approval was found to be less popular than a host of common pests , maladies and annoyances … read on and soak in the love felt by the American public for our elite leadership .



” Facing low approval ratings after a historically unproductive 112th  session and a series of last-minute showdowns over fiscal matters, Congress is now less popular than root canals, NFL replacement referees, head lice, the rock band Nickelback, colonoscopies, carnies, traffic jams, cockroaches, Donald Trump, France, Genghis Khan, used-car salesmen and Brussel sprouts.

    When asked if they have a higher opinion of either Congress or a series of unpleasant or disliked things, voters said they had a higher opinion of root canals (32 for Congress and 56 for the dental procedure), NFL replacement refs (29-56), head lice (19-67), the rock band Nickelback (32-39), colonoscopies (31-58), Washington DC political pundits (34-37), carnies (31-39), traffic jams (34-56), cockroaches (43-45), Donald Trump (42-44), France (37-46), Genghis Khan (37-41), used-car salesmen (32-57), and Brussels sprouts (23-69) than Congress.



    On the plus side , Congress did manage to be more popular than the ebola virus , gonorrhea and meth labs , but if you can’t beat out cock roaches and head lice it’s time to retire …





Thanks to Young Americans For Liberty for bringing this poll to our attention .









New Low For Congress: Just 6 Percent Approve, Finally Lower Than Car Salespeople


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” The public’s approval rating for Congress has finally hit rock bottom: For the first time, America has a higher opinion of car salespeople.

  A new Economist/YouGov.com poll put the approval rating of Congress at a historic low of 6 percent. A December 2012 Gallup poll comparing Congress’ approval ratings to other occupations had car salespeople at the bottom at 8 percent and Congress at 10 percent. Now Congress is the cellar dweller.

  The nation’s bad opinion of Congress, impacted by inaction, budget fights and the battle over the filibuster, has also spread to Senate leaders. Just 19 percent approve of Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell while 54 percent disapprove. Democratic leader Sen. Harry Reid’s ratings are 52 percent unfavorable, 25 percent favorable.”


    After dealing with car salesmen you do end up with something in your possession after having spent your money . What do you get when Congress spends your money ? The same pack of lies as the salesmen , the same empty pockets , but nothing at all that you can claim as your own . In fact once the politician has taken your money they are liable to be putting that car your money paid for in someone else’s driveway .







It Is Bigger Than You Think…


” An exclusive Esquire-NBC News survey shows us that everything we are told about politics in America today—that there is no middle ground between left and right, blue and red, us and them—is wrong. The data, compiled by the Benenson Strategy Group (pollster for Obama for America ’08 and ’12) and Neil Newhouse of Public Opinion Strategies (lead pollster for Romney for President), show us there is a large group of American voters—even a majority—who make up a New American Center that is passionate, persuadable, and very real. They are merely waiting for Washington to find them.”




” When we talk about the Center, we are not talking about some shapeless, shifting mass of voters who just can’t make up their minds about where they stand. They know what they stand for—nearly half the voters we identified in the Center even say they’re liberals or conservatives. (Hell, 15 percent of those in the Center say they are supporters of the Tea Party.) However, their views don’t neatly correspond to traditional definitions of liberal or conservative, creating a disjunction between where they think they are on the ideological spectrum and where they actually are.”

    This article has some interesting info-graphics and theories . On the other hand a careful reading of the details would tend to convince one that there is an agenda being put forth by Esquire that is not exactly coming from the center but perhaps a little left of it . Some of the info-graphics are likely the result of polling that may have been slanted in order to push a preconceived notion of exactly what constitutes the “center” . See for yourself , biased or not it is still worth your time .

We tend to agree with the sub-titled notion that the center is bigger than you think . Where we disagree is with the article’s definition of center . On certain issues it would seem that Esquire’s view of the center appears through Statist glasses . We on the other hand feel that the pendulum is swinging away from authoritarian worship and back towards the Founder’s principles of individual liberty and responsibility .








The Conservative Shift In Public Opinion Has Happened In All 50 States





” Recently on this blogLarry Bartels drew attention to an astonishing fact: the public is as conservative as it has been in 50 years. To highlight this point, Professor Bartels presented the public’s policy mood — James Stimson’s measure of public support for government programs—from 1950 to 2012. In a recent article, Julianna Koch and I generated measures of policy mood for each state from the 1950s to 2010 (our measures our here). What we found is that the conservative opinion shift Professor Bartels highlighted repeats itself in every state.”











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.”










Tea Party Backlash? Not Among Rank-And-File Republicans




” Recent news reports have suggested that the hard line taken by Tea Party and other conservative Republicans in the House in the budget and debt ceiling battles may be producing a backlash among party supporters and donors who are concerned about the political impact of the government shutdown and a possible U.S. default on its debt.

But to whatever extent that pushback may be happening, it’s a point of view not shared by rank-and-file Republicans. Just 18% of Republicans believed their leaders were paying too much attention to the Tea Party, up slightly from 13% two years ago, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted last week. Most Republicans said the party’s leaders were either paying the right amount (40%) or too little (24%) attention to the positions of the Tea Party.










60 Percent Say Fire Every Member Of Congress





” Throw the bums out.

That’s the message 60 percent of Americans are sending to Washington in a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, saying if they had the chance to vote to defeat and replace every single member of Congress, including their own representative, they would. Just 35 percent say they would not.

According to the latest NBC/WSJ poll, the shutdown has been a political disaster. One in three say the shutdown has directly impacted their lives, and 65 percent say the shutdown is doing quite a bit of harm to the economy. NBC’s Chuck Todd reports.

The 60 percent figure is the highest-ever in that question recorded in the poll, registered in the wake of the government shutdown and threat of the U.S. defaulting on its debt for the first time in history. If the nation’s debt limit is not increased one week from now, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew warns that the entire global economy could be in peril.

“We continue to use this number as a way to sort of understand how much revulsion there is,” said Democratic pollster Peter D. Hart, who conducted the poll with Republican Bill McInturff. “We now have a new high-water mark.” “
















” Much has been made over the past week and a half or so over the partial government shutdown, who is winning the battle, and what policies will result from it. 

Establishment Republicans continue taking sideswipes at grassroots-oriented conservatives, especially Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee (R-UT). Some in the establishment of the GOP have even stooped to calling Cruz and Lee, and their grassroots supporters, “traitors.” 

Meanwhile, across the aisle, Democrats like President Barack ObamaSenate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi accuse the Tea Party movement of being vitriolic, hateful, and nefariously motivated. The establishment’s friends in the mainstream media echo those smears and hold off-the-record meetings at the White House with the president.

Despite the establishment’s hue and cry about grassroots conservatives, Cruz, Lee, and their conservative counterparts in the House and the movement’s leaders outside the halls of Congress are winning the debate. President Obama’s approval rating has plummeted to 37 percent, and his disapproval rating has skyrocketed to 53 percent.

More polling data shows that compared to the 1995 shutdown, Americans are much more split on who to blame this time around. In 1995, a Gallup/CNN/USA Today poll found that 49 percent blamed congressional Republicans for the shutdown, 26 percent blamed then-President Bill Clinton, and 19 percent blamed both.

This time around, Americans are more evenly split.”



Imagine where the numbers would be with a free and fair press .











Public To Obama — Cut A Deal On Debt Limit Hike: Poll




” President Obama is sharply at odds with the American people in his refusal to consider any negotiations over raising the debt ceiling, according to the latest IBD/TIPP poll.

The poll, conducted Sep. 28 to Oct. 2, found that 56% think Obama should negotiate with Congress on a plan to increase the nation’s borrowing limit. Just 41% think he shouldn’t.

Obama declared Thursday that “there will be no negotiations,” adding that “you don’t get to demand ransom in exchange for keeping the economy going.”

The poll also found that 51% want a one-year ObamaCare delay as part of a debt deal, something Obama has also rejected, calling it a GOP “obsession.”

Half the public would support a pre-condition that the federal government not increase spending as part of any agreement to raise the debt ceiling.”










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.”











A 2016 Sneak Peek: Biden Does Depressingly Well



” Watching America’s standing in the world sink, other nations snub this diplomatic amateur as investments in our superior military stagnate and Obama’s scandals fester while the Federal Reserve sets the country up for Jimmy Carter-scale inflation, got us to thinking:

Dear God, how much longer must we endure?

The answer is pretty depressing: About 105 million seconds or 1.76 million minutes. Hours are not much better: 29,250. Days — 1,219 is a minor improvement, since we’re 58% through. But 174 weeks feels least worst.

Then, Rasmussen Reports came out this week with a new poll of 1,000 likely voters ahead of 2016. Hey, it’s never too early anymore. Then we read it.

The results show that Vice President Joe “I Say I’m from Scranton Because Pennsylvania Has More Electoral Votes Than Delaware” Biden currently defeats just about every conceivable Republican contender. At least the folks from within that stale Washington GOP crowd.

Great news for America’s late-night comics. Biden’s hair plugs trump Rand Paul’s curls, 44%-36%. Biden beats Marco Rubio, 44%-34%. And at the moment he even tops conservative darling Ted Cruz, 43%-32%.”