New NBC/WSJ Poll
(From MSNBC) Here are the results of the latest NBC/WSJ poll.
I actually thought Pres. Obama's popularity would take more of a hit since the far-left has expressed some disappointment lately and he has had to make some tough calls, but his numbers remain pretty strong (he's at 56%, down from 61% 2 months ago.) Did I read the poll correctly? Is Nancy Pelosi's favorability (24%) really lower than Cheney's (26%)? I guess the GOP won the "let's demonize Pelosi" campaign. However, the GOP was rated at an all time low of 25% so they must have hurt themselves in the process. Sotomayor has pretty strong numbers in the poll.
Odd & Ends:
...Despite their concerns, the American public isn’t blaming Obama for some of the current problems he’s facing. Asked who was more responsible for the size of the deficit, 46 percent cited the Bush administration, 21 percent said the Democrats in Congress, 7 percent said the Republicans in Congress and just 6 percent said the Obama administration.
In addition, 72 percent believe that the current state of the economy is something Obama inherited rather than created.
Even though the public remains pessimistic about the economy — just 12 percent say they are satisfied with it — the poll does show a bit of optimism with 46 percent expecting the economy to improve in the next year.
That’s up eight points since April, and it’s the highest percentage on that particular question since January 2004.
...On the topic of health care, the poll shows that more than three-quarters believe it’s important for Americans to have a choice between a public/government insurance plan and a private one. But if a government-run option is established, 47 percent of those who hold private insurance say it’s “very” or “somewhat” likely their employer would drop their plans.
As McInturff, the GOP pollster, puts it: “It’s hard to change the status quo when you have people who have been well served by the status quo.”
Also, when asked how they would prefer to finance health-care reform, 59 percent oppose taxing those with generous health benefits, while 70 percent oppose taxing everyone’s health benefits.