Wednesday, January 14, 2009

NBC/WSJ Poll: Support Solid for Obama

Wow, I feel like it has been AGES since I wrote about a poll. Remember, when the polls were jumping off everyday? Oh well, next.

The NBC/Wall Street Journal poll has some good news for Obama.

First off, there have been distracting hiccups for Obama from his senate seat, Bill Richardson, Blago, Illinois political corruption, etc., one thing is for sure, the public is not feeling all these distractions and they want Obama to tackle the economy, create jobs and get us out of this mess.

But the public also is concerned that the stimulus’ price tag might be too expensive and would increase the U.S. deficit.

“They want to do something and want to see it done,” says Democratic pollster Peter D. Hart, who conducted this survey with Republican pollster Bill McInturff. “But what they’re warning [Obama] collectively is — be careful.”


Eighty-nine percent support the creation of new jobs through increased production of renewable energy (as well as making public buildings and schools more energy efficient). And 85 percent think it’s a good idea to generate jobs through the repair and construction of roads and bridges.

In addition, 67 percent approve of the the tax cuts in the stimulus plan, and 65 percent agree with the expansion of unemployment insurance and government-assisted health insurance.


Also, 66 percent view Obama positively, versus just 14 percent who see him in a negative light. And while 55 percent say they like Obama personally and approve of most of his policies, an additional 22 percent say they like him personally but disapprove of his policies.

While the public is standing behind Obama, they can't WAIT for Bush to just LEAVE.
But while Obama is enjoying that honeymoon, President Bush is exiting with the lowest approval rating for a president leaving office (with the exception of Richard Nixon), according to the NBC News/Wall Street Journal pollsters.

The survey shows Bush’s approval rating at 27 percent. What’s more, only 31 percent view him positively, while 58 percent see him in a negative light.


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