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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

A Majority Now Say Country Is Going In The Wrong Direction

According to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News (remember THAT network anyone?) a majority of American say that the US is heading in the wrong direction. First politics and the economy:

3. All in all, do you think that things in the nation are generally headed in the right direction, or do you feel that
things are off on the wrong track?
Headed in the right direction...... 26
Off on the wrong track ............... 59
Mixed (VOL)............................ 9
Not sure..................................6

5. In general, do you approve or disapprove of the job that Congress is doing?
Approve........................ 24
Disapprove ................... 65
Not sure...................... 11

6a. Do you generally approve or disapprove of the job Barack Obama is doing in handling the issue of health care reform?
Approve.......................................... 43
Disapprove ..................................... 48
Not sure........................................ 9

9. In the next election for U.S. Congress, do you feel that your representative deserves to be reelected, or do you think that it is time to give a new person a chance?
Deserves to be reelected .......... 41
Give new person a chance........ 49
Not sure ................................. 10

10. I’m going to read you two statements about the role of government, and I’d like to know which one comes closer to your point of view.
Statement A: Government should do more to solve problems and help meet the needs of people, OR
Statement B: Government is doing too many things better left to businesses and individuals.
A/Government should do more ................... 46
B/Government is doing too many things...... 48
Some of both (VOL).................................. 5
Not sure................................................... 1

11. How much of the time do you trust the government in Washington to do what is right––just about always, most of the time, or only some of the time?
Just about always............................ 4
Most of the time............................... 19
Only some of the time...................... 65
Never (VOL).................................. 11
Not sure........................................ 1

15. Would you strongly favor, mildly favor, feel neutral about, mildly oppose, or strongly oppose building a new independent political party to run a credible candidate for president in the next presidential election?
Strongly favor ................................. 30
Mildly favor ..................................... 16
Feel neutral .................................... 20
Mildly oppose ................................. 10
Strongly oppose.............................. 20
Not sure ....................................... 4

16. As you know, the president and Congress are dealing with many issues facing our country such as the economy and health care reform. I’m going to read you two statements about these and please tell me which one comes closer to your point of view.
Statement A: When considering issues facing our country, it is important to have unity and compromise between the two political parties to ensure that the country comes together.
Statement B: When considering issues facing our country, it is important to have debate and differences between the two political parties to ensure that all options are considered.
Statement A/unity and compromise ........ 38
Statement B/debate and differences ...... 56
Depends (VOL) ..................................... 5
Not sure ................................................ 1

17. When it comes to the partisanship going on in Washington, do you feel that this is mainly due to an unwillingness of the Republicans to compromise and find a middle ground to work with the Democrats, or that this is due to an unwillingness of the Democrats to compromise and find a middle ground to work with the Republicans, or do you feel that it is equally the fault of both parties?
Due to unwillingness of Republicans......... 24
Due to unwillingness of Democrats........... 17
Equally the fault of both parties................. 57
Not sure................................................. 2

22. Which of the following two statements comes closer to your point of view?
Statement A: The president and the Congress should worry more about boosting the economy even though it may mean larger budget deficits now and in the future.
Statement B: The president and the Congress should worry more about keeping the budget deficit down, even though it may mean it will take longer for the economy to recover.
Statement A/Worry more about boosting the economy ............. 31
Statement B/Worry more about keeping budget deficit down .... 62
Depends (VOL) ...................................................................... 3
Not sure................................................................................. 4

Now we move onto to Mr. Obama's Atttempt to seize/nationalize Health Insurance/Health Care:

26. From what you have heard about Barack Obama’s health care plan, do you think his plan is a good idea or a bad idea? If you do not have an opinion either way, please just say so.
Good idea....................................... 38
Bad idea ......................................... 42
No opinion ...................................... 16
Not sure........................................ 4

27a. And from what you have heard about Barack Obama’s health care plan, do you believe it will result in the quality of your health care getting better, worse, or staying about the same as now? If you do not have an opinion, please just say so.
Quality will get better ....................... 21
Quality will get worse....................... 40
Quality will stay the same ................ 27
Do not have an opinion.................... 10
Not sure........................................ 2
* Asked of one-half the respondents (FORM A).

27b. And from what you have heard about Barack Obama’s health care plan, do you believe it will result in the cost of your health care going up, down, or staying about the same as now? If you do not have an opinion, please just say so. **
Cost will go up................................. 47
Cost will go down ............................ 13
Cost will stay the same.................... 25
Do not have an opinion.................... 11
Not sure........................................ 4
** Asked of one-half the respondents (FORM B).

28. Thinking about efforts to reform the health care system, which would concern you more?
Not doing enough to make the health care system better than it is now by lowering costs and covering the uninsured. OR
Going too far and making the health care system worse than it is now in terms of quality of care and choice of doctor.
Not doing enough ............................ 44
Going too far ................................... 51
Not sure ........................................ 5

Switching again...to the War in Afghanistan:

39. When it comes to making major decisions on overall military strategy and the number of troops needed, such as in Afghanistan, who do you have more confidence in to make the right decisions––the president and secretary of defense OR the generals running operations in the country? **
The president and secretary of defense............... 25
The generals running operations in the country.... 62
Some of both (VOL) .......................................... 9
Neither (VOL) ................................................... 2

40. And now, thinking about Iran, if Iran continues with its nuclear research and is close to developing a nuclear weapon, do you believe that the United States should or should not initiate military action to destroy Iran’s ability to make nuclear weapons? And do you feel strongly about that, or not?

Should Initiate Military Action
Feel strongly........................................ 45
Do not feel strongly .............................. 7
Should NOT Initiate Military Action
Do not feel strongly .............................. 10
Feel strongly........................................ 27
Depends (VOL).................................. NA
Not sure............................................. 11

It's pretty obvious that a fairly strong majority don't approve of the agenda/direction that Mr. Obama has chosen to take this country...after running as a "pragmatic moderate".

1 comment:

Donald Borsch Jr. said...

Rich,

I'm so glad you posted this poll! I heard about it but didn't have time to find it myself and here it is on your blog! Awesome!

What can be said that hasn't already? America is finally waking up and seeing the reality of this awful administration.

Awesome.