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Obama at All-Time Low in Nearly Every Category.

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By Melissa Clyne

President Barack Obama’s dismal 39 percent approval rating is the bright spot of recent polling data, which indicates just how little Americans think of his policies, according to The Washington Post.

Americans panned the president in nearly every category, from the economy to healthcare to immigration, with approval ratings dipping into the low 30s, according to polling data from the Pew Research Center. 

The recently released data reflects the president’s lowest-ever approval ratings.

Only 19 percent of American voters say Obamacare will improve the quality of care they will receive in the next year, while 43 percent think the quality of care will decline, according to Quinnipiac’s research.

A whopping 52 percent of Americans don’t think the president is honest and trustworthy, with 46 percent saying he “knowingly deceived” the country when he repeatedly pledged that Americans could keep their existing health plans.

Sixty-two percent of Americans polled think the president, who ran on the slogan of “Hope and Change,” is doing a poor job with the federal budget. Another 59 percent disapprove of how he is handling of the economy.

Despite reports that a majority of Americans support a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants already living in the United States — an issue the Obama administration has pushed — the polling data shows that just 32 percent (Pew) and 35 percent (Quinnipiac) of the country thinks the president is doing a good job on immigration reform.

Just more than half — 53 percent — of voters say the Obama administration has not been competent in running the country.

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Poll: Obama Job Satisfaction Hits New Rock Bottom.

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By Courtney Coren

President Barack Obama’s job-approval rating has hit a new rock bottom — in a state that is vital in national elections.

Quinnipiac University’s poll in bellwether Ohio gives him the lowest rating the university’s polling institute has ever found.

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According to the survey released Wednesday, Obama is underwater by 27 points in Ohio, which has picked the president in every election since 1964 and has been within 2 percent of the national vote since 1996.

He has a negative job-performance rating of 34 percent to 61 percent among registered voters, 10 points worse than the last time Quinnipiac asked the same question in June. Then, his rating was 36 percent to 59 percent.

His previous-worst polling was last week in Colorado, with a negative 36 percent to 59 percent.

“Clearly much of the reason for the president’s decline in Ohio is ‘Obamacare,’ said Peter Brown, assistant director of Quinnipiac’s Polling Institute. “Ohio voters oppose the Affordable Care Act 59-35 percent. Perhaps more significantly, voters say 45-16 percent they expect their own healthcare to be worse rather than better a year from now.”

This new low is telling, as Quinnipiac generally does not poll in dyed-in-the-wool red states. Instead it concentrates its surveys in nine blue and swing states — Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Iowa, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

The figures look even worse for Obama when broken down.

Among Republican voters, just 3 percent say they are happy with his job performance, with 96 percent dissatisfied. Independents also give him a massive thumbs down, 30 percent to 64 percent. Democrats approve of Obama 69 percent to 25 percent.

When it comes to the president’s honesty and trustworthiness, 57 percent to 39 percent of Ohioans do not believe or trust Obama.

“President Barack Obama’s popularity is at a record low in Ohio, and the first time his approval rating has fallen below 40 percent in the state,” said Brown. “This is a state considered to be a national bellwether, where he got 51 percent of the vote just 12 months ago.”

And it is clearly Obamacare and its disastrous rollout that is to blame, says Brown. Ohio voters oppose the provisions of the Affordable Care Act by 59 percent to 35 percent.

“Perhaps more significantly, voters say 45-16 percent they expect their own healthcare to be worse rather than better a year from now,” he said.

“If voters still feel that way about their own situation come November 2014, that is likely to create a political playing field beneficial for Republicans,” Brown added.

The Quinnipiac poll also asked Ohio voters how they would vote if a presidential election were held today.

Likely Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton defeats all likely Republicans, although New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is within 1 percentage point at 42 percent for Clinton and 41 percent for Christie.

Among other possible candidates, Clinton beats Ohio Gov. John Kasich, 49 percent to38 percent; former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, 50 percent to 37 percent; Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, 48 percent to 39 percent; Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, 50 percent to 40 percent; Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, 49 percent to 41 percent; and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, 50 percent to 35 percent.

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CNN/ORC Poll: Majority Believes Obama Dishonest, Ineffective.

A new national poll shows that only four out of every 10 Americans believe President Barack Obama is managing the government “effectively” and 53 percent do not believe he is “honest and trustworthy.”

The survey of 843 adults taken Nov. 18-20 by CNN/ORC International represents a dramatic drop of 12 percentage points from June, when 52 percent of respondents in another CNN/ORC poll said the president was effective in running the government

The CNN/ORC International survey also found that 53 percent of respondents do not believe Obama is “honest and trustworthy,” a figure that for the first time represents “a clear majority” raising that concern.

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“A lot of attention has focused on the president’s numbers on honesty in new polling the past three weeks, but it looks like the recent controversy over Obamacare has had a bigger impact on his status as an effective manager of the government, and that may be what is really driving the drop in Obama’s approval rating this fall,” CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said.

The study also revealed that 56 percent of respondents do not agree with Obama on the big issues, which would include the Affordable Care Act. The same number said they do not admire the president.

According to the poll, 53 percent of the country does not think that Obama is “a strong and decisive leader,” while 56 percent declared that he does not “inspire confidence.”
These are the worst numbers for the president in CNN polls since he took office.

“It’s clear that views of Obama as a person, once his strong suit, have taken a hit in October and throughout 2013,” said Holland.

But there was some good news for the president. Seven out of 10 respondents described him as a likable person, while six out of 10 believe he has a vision of where the country is headed.

Still, his job approval rating continues to take a hit survey after survey. Earlier this month, for example, a Quinnipiac University poll showed only 39 percent of respondents now approve of how he’s doing his job while 54 percent disapprove.

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By Drew MacKenzie

Amid Plummeting Poll Numbers, Obama Tries to Shift Focus.

President Obama, amid the lowest poll numbers of his presidency and a barrage of bad headlines, accentuated the positive on Saturday, telling Americans that the economy is headed “in the right direction.”

“Over the past couple months, most of the political headlines you’ve read have probably been about the government shutdown and the launch of the Affordable Care Act,” the president said in his weekly media address referring to the new health care law informally known as Obamacare.

“But if you look beyond those headlines, there are some good things happening in our economy,” he said.

Obama said 7.8 million new jobs have been created in the private sector in the past 44 months.

He said that the US auto industry is resurgent and America is on the path to reversing its “addiction to foreign oil.”

And although he felt compelled to apologize last week for mistakes in the rollout of his signature health reform legislation, he said the program would do good for the nation.

Some 500,000 Americans “are poised to gain health coverage starting Jan. 1,” Obama said.

“Imagine how much farther along we could be if both parties were working together.”

The president’s approval ratings, battered by slow economic growth, the October partial government shutdown, and the clumsy health care law rollout, have sunk to around 40 percent, according to several recent polls.

A November 13 Quinnipiac University had him at 39 percent, a new low.

Obama’s polling track at this point of his presidency are similar to that of George W. Bush, who left Washington with a paltry 34 percent approval.

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Emerson College Poll: Cuccinelli 2 Points Behind McAuliffe in Va.

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Republican Ken Cuccinelli has pulled within 2 percentage points of Democrat Terry McAuliffe in the Virginia gubernatorial race with just four days to go, a new poll shows.

The Emerson College Polling Society says  McAuliffe’s lead over Cuccinelli is now 42 percent to 40 percent, with Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis lagging taking 13 percent of the vote.

McAuliffe’s lead is within the poll’s margin of error, which Emerson says is 3.24 percent.
The society says the survey, conducted October 25-30 among 874 likely voters, shows that Cuccinelli is “gaining momentum” going into the final weekend before the election.

Early last month Emerson College had found that Cuccinelli was trailing McAuliffe by five points. The new poll comes just two days after Quinnipiac University stated that McAuliffe was ahead by four points.

The poll notes that none of the three candidates is popular with the voters. McAuliffe has a minus 15-point favorability margin with 37 percent viewing him positively and 52 percent negatively. Cuccinelli stands at 37 positive, 52 percent negative and the lesser known Sarvis is 22 percent positive, 19 percent negative.

Whoever they favor, most Virginians believe McAuliffe will win next Tuesday’s election, the poll notes.

“Despite his slim lead in the poll, 55 percent of Virginia likely voters believe that McAuliffe will be elected, with only 28 percent predicting that Cuccinelli will be their next governor.”

Emerson found the Libertarian Sarvis is taking more votes from Cuccinelli than from McAuliffe. Eleven percent of Republicans support the third-party candidate, with only 6 percent of Democrats going for him.

The poll is the seventh this week on the race. All have given McAuliffe the edge, but it has been narrowing as the week has gone on. The other six gave the Democrat a lead of between 4 and 15 percentage points, with Sarvis taking between 8 and 12 percent of the vote.

According to The Washington Times, with the race narrowing, the Republican and Democratic candidates are hoping to entice Sarvis supporters to change their vote.

Cuccinelli has attacked Sarvis’ credentials while McAuliffe has made a point of not criticizing the third-party candidate for fear of alienating his supporters who might still be swayed shift their support.

Former Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, who is seen as a “Libertarian folk hero” will join Cuccinelli in Richmond on Monday in a last-ditch bid to sway voters. His son, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., joined Cuccinelli on the campaign trail earlier this week.

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By Drew MacKenzie

US Catholics Back Pope Francis on Changing Church’s Focus.

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By Melanie Batley

A significant majority of American Catholics support Pope Francis’ recent commentsthat the Church is too focused on social issues such as homosexuality, abortion and contraceptives, a new poll has found.

The Quinnipiac University poll 
of 1,776 American adults, including 392 Catholics, found that 68 percent compared to 23 percent believe the church needs to shift its focus away from those social issues, and the findings hold among both more observant and less observant Catholics.

“American Catholics liked what they heard when Pope Francis said the Church should stop talking so much about issues like gay marriage, abortion and contraception,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

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The survey conducted September 23-29 also found that an overwhelming majority of Catholics like the Pope, with 89 percent saying they have a “very favorable” or “favorable” opinion of him, compared to just 4 percent who say they have an “unfavorable” view.

“Maybe they were just waiting for a Jesuit. Overwhelmingly, across the demographic board, Catholics—men and women, regular or not-so-regular church-goers, young and old—have a favorable opinion of Pope Francis,” Carroll said.

Notably, the survey found that a higher percentage of American Catholics support same-sex marriage than the general U.S. adult population. Sixty percent of Catholics support same-sex marriage, compared to 56 percent of American adults who say they support it.

Meanwhile, 52 percent of Catholics say abortion should be legal in all or most cases, compared to 53 percent of all American adults who hold that view.

“On the two issues that have prompted some pulpit thundering, same-sex marriage and abortion, Catholics are right in line, or even a little ahead, of their non-Catholic neighbors,” Carroll said.

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Majority in US See Snowden as Whistle-blower.

Fifty-five percent of Americans see fugitive US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden as a whistle-blower rather than a traitor, suggests an national opinion poll released Thursday.

Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut released its findings amid news reports that Snowden had left a Moscow airport after being granted one year’s asylum in Russia.

In a statement, the university’s respected polling institute said 55 percent of the 1,468 registered voters it contacted by telephone on Sunday through Wednesday considered Snowdown to be a whistle-blower.

Thirty-four percent viewed him as a traitor, while 11 percent either didn’t known or gave no response.

The results were unchanged from a July 10 survey that asked the same question.

“Most American voters think positively of Edward Snowden, but that was before he accepted asylum in Russia,” said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

Snowden, 30, is wanted on felony charges by the United States after leaking details of vast US surveillance programmes, but Russia has refused to extradite him.

His awarding of asylum status in Russia came two days after US soldier Bradley Manning was convicted of espionage on Tuesday for leaking US secrets to anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks.

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Poll: Voters Give Obama Worst Grade Ever on Foreign Policy.

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By Melanie Batley

American voters have handed President Obama his worst grade ever on foreign policy, giving him a 52 percent rating disapproval rating in the latest Quinnipiac University poll data released Thursday morning.

According to the survey of 2,104 registered voters taken June 28 to July 8, only 40 percent of respondents approved of his approach to foreign affairs compared to 52 percent who said they disapproved. The poll also found that 48 percent disapprove of his handling of the Syrian crisis.

His job approval ratings on domestic and foreign policy issues wasn’t quite as bad, however, with 48 percent giving him a negative mark compared to 44 percent who still view his job performance positively.

President Barack Obama is in a slump, under water for the last two surveys,” said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

Still, 50 percent of voters say the president is honest and trustworthy, compared to 40 percent who don’t, and 52 percent believe he has strong leadership qualities and that he cares about their needs.

“Generally, voters don’t seem happy with some of the president’s policies, but they still give him majority support on his personal characteristics such as honesty and leadership,” Brown said.

“They also trust Obama more than Republicans 44-38 percent, to fix the economy. This compares to a 43-43 percent split on this measure May 30,” he added.

The poll also found that a significant majority of Americans believe it is not in the national interest to send troops into Syria and also oppose arming rebel groups in the conflict. By a margin of 61 percent to 27 percent, respondents said they were opposed to American involvement in Syria. Fifty-nine percent also said they were against arming Syrian rebels, compared to 27 percent who favor it.

But despite that seemingly overwhelming desire to remain apart from the Syrian conflict, the voters still voiced support for using U.S. drone aircraft or cruise missiles to attack Syrian government targets by a margin of 49 percent to 38 percent.

The survey also indicated that Republicans and Democrats seem to be united in their views on Syria.

The survey also found that voters feel strongly — by a margin of 63 percent to 33 percent — that the United States should not negotiate with the Taliban in Afghanistan, although 53 percent said they would favor talks “if such negotiations could end the war in Afghanistan.”

At the same time, however, 57 percent of respondents said they disagree with the claim that negotiations with the Taliban will actually get American troops home more quickly.
Concerning terrorism overall, 60 percent of respondents also said the United States should not negotiate with terrorists because it only encourages them.

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Obama Job Approval Tumbles in Wake of White House Scandals.

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By Melanie Batley

President Barack Obama’s job approval rating has taken a huge hit in the wake of the scandals surrounding the White House, a new poll has found.

Fewer than half the registered voters surveyed now believe Obama is “honest and trustworthy,” according to the poll conducted by Quinnipiac University. That figure had stood at 58 percent the last time the question was asked in September 2011. Now it is at 49 percent.

And it is the scandal involving the Internal Revenue Service that is hitting Obama hardest, the survey found. The voters, who were surveyed between Wednesday last week and Tuesday of this week, believe that controversy is more worrying than those surrounding the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, or the seizure of phone records from journalists.

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According to the Connecticut university’s survey, more people now view the president negatively than positively. Slightly under half — 49 percent — say they have a negative view of Obama, while 45 percent have a positive view.

Just one month ago, before news of the IRS controversy broke, the president’s job approval rating was more positive than negative, at 48 to 45 percent.

When it comes to the individual controversies swirling around the Obama administration, 44 percent of voters see the IRS prying into conservative groups as the most important, while 24 percent say they are most concerned about the administration’s handling of the terrorist attack in Benghazi, and 15 percent say the records seizure at news organizations is most important.

Many voters believe criticism of the administration’s handling of the Benghazi attack as “just politics,” the survey shows with 43 percent describing it that way

Meanwhile, more than three out of four voters — 76 percent — believe a special prosecutor should be appointed to investigate the IRS scandal. That figure includes 63 percent of Democrats, 88 percent of Republicans, and 78 percent of independent voters.

“There is overwhelming bipartisan support for a special prosecutor to investigate the IRS,” said Peter Brown, assistant director of Quinnipiac’s Polling Institute.

“Voters apparently don’t like the idea of Attorney General Eric Holder investigating the matter himself, perhaps because they don’t exactly think highly of him,” Brown said. Holder got a negative 39 percent job approval rating, compared to 23 percent who approved of the way he is doing his job.

But the poll also shows that almost three-quarters of voters, or 73 percent, believe that dealing with the economy and unemployment is a higher priority than investigating these three issues. Only 22 percent disagree.

But those who were surveyed are also optimistic that the economy is finally improving.

“The fact that voters say, 34–25 percent, that the economy is getting better also may be a reason the president’s job approval numbers have not dropped further,” said Brown.

Other points from the poll include:

• Political parties and groups are generally held in disdain. Voters have an unfavorable view of both the main parties and the tea party. The Republican Party fares worse, with an unfavorable rating of 50 percent, compared to 35 percent who rate it favorably. The same is said of the Democrats by 47 percent who rate their party favorably, and 42 percent unfavorably; and the tea party by 38-28 percent.

• A minuscule 3 percent of voters surveyed says they trust the federal government to do the right thing all the time. Twelve percent says they trust the feds most of the time, 47 percent say some of the time, and 36 percent say hardly ever.

• A congressional election today would be evenly split, with 38 percent saying they would vote for a Republican to sit in the House of Representatives and the same number saying they would vote Democrat.

A total of 1,419 registered voters were polled for the survey, with a margin of error of 2.6 percentage points, Quinnipiac said.

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Quinnipiac Poll: Hillary Leads Paul, Rubio in Iowa Survey.

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio of Florida may want to put a trip to Iowa on his calendar if he’s planning to run for president in 2016. He’s already behind.

While primary-season voting is more than two years away, pollsters are testing potential Republican and Democratic candidates and Hillary Clinton has an early lead in Iowa, the state that traditionally hosts the first nomination contests.

In head-to-head match-ups, the former first lady, Democratic senator from New York and U.S. secretary of state has a bigger lead over Rubio, 41, than she does over Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, who has said he may make a 2016 presidential bid. Paul, 50, appears to be a stronger Republican candidate in Iowa now than Rubio, said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

“Part of the reason may be the publicity from his recent high-profile visit to the state, but more likely is that he begins with a solid base of support — the folks who voted for his father in the 2008 and 2012 caucuses,” Brown said of Paul.

Clinton, 65, ran an unsuccessful presidential campaign in 2008 and has said she doesn’t plan a second bid. She also hasn’t ruled it out.

She led Rubio 48 percent to 37 percent in a survey of Iowa voters released today by Hamden, Connecticut-based Quinnipiac University. She was ahead of Paul 46 percent to 42 percent. The May 15-21 telephone poll of 1,411 registered voters has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.6 percentage points.

Father, Son

Former U.S. Representative Ron Paul of Texas, Paul’s father, ran for president three times and finished third in the Iowa caucuses in 2012. Rand Paul appeared in the state earlier this month to speak at an Iowa Republican Party fundraising dinner, boosting speculation that he may make a White House run.

Vice President Joe Biden, a possible 2016 Democratic candidate, got 39 percent to Rubio’s 40 percent and trailed Paul 39 percent to 44 percent, the poll showed.

“The major difference between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vice President Joseph Biden is that she runs much better among independent voters, although Senator Rand Paul runs better among that key group than either Democrat,” Brown said.

In a hypothetical Clinton-Paul race, the poll showed Democrats backing her 89 percent to 4 percent, while he led 82 percent to 9 percent among Republicans and 44 percent to 38 percent among independent voters. Clinton won women 53 percent to 34 percent for Paul. Among men, 49 percent supported Paul to 39 percent for Clinton.

Iowa independent voters backed Paul over Biden 45 percent to 29 percent, as the vice president took Democrats 80 percent to 7 percent and lost Republicans 84 percent to 6 percent.

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