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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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