cur-mud-geon: anyone who hates hypocrisy and pretense and has the temerity to say so; anyone with the habit of pointing out unpleasant facts in an engaging and humorous manner
Real Clear Politics is a poll that averages most of the other significant polls believing that this provides a better and more nearly perfect result. This poll shows that, for the period of 4/11 through 4/24, President Obama had an approval rating of 47.9% compared to a disapproval rating of 47.6%.
Rasmussen, who polls groups of likely voters, shows approval at 46% and disapproval at 53% for the same time period. Quinnipiac polling registered voters showed 47% approval and 48% disapproval
Gallup polling people in general shows approval at 50% and disapproval at 44%.
Underlying these results is the simple fact that no sitting president in the modern era has ever been re-elected to a second term when having an approval rating of less than 50%.
Fox News (with a margin of error of +/- 3%), polling registered voters, went into a good deal of additional questions:
64% of Democrats think the recession still continues but that things are getting better. 54% of Republicans think the recession still continues and that it could get worse.
On the question of the Buffett Rule: 84% of Republicans, coupled with 63% of Independents and 24% of Democrats think the Buffett Rule proposal is a gimmick. People earning more than $100,000 thought the increase would make no difference while those earning less than $100,000 annually thought that would help the economy.
Hillary Clinton fared better than the President (that has to smart). 67% of all voters approve of her job as Secretary of State (that was comprised of 94% of Democrats, 60% of Independents and 40% of Republicans).
The withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan was approved by 78% to 16% of all respondents.
The GSA and Secret Service scandals could’ve happened under any Administration according to 84% of those polled.
Some of these results are quite predictable either along political party lines or economic status, but some items were quite surprising to me. I expected to find more separation on a political basis on the GSA and Secret service issues although I think the result is a fair portrayal.