Gallup: Americans concerned about jobs, economy

With ObamaCare dominating the news and blogs this week, you may think that it’s the biggest issue on the minds of Americans. You’d be wrong.

Gallup finds that jobs and economy are our top concerns:

Gallup survey

The poll also finds that in the long-term, Americans are more worried about budget deficits and the economy than health care.

Gallup: Americans oppose ObamaCare

The latest polling from Gallup shows that Americans still oppose the health care reform proposal brought to the table by President Barack Obama and Democrats in Congress. Even worse for Democrats is voters’ opposition to reconciliation.

Gallup poll

Gallup: Voters disapprove of Obama on economy, health care and deficits

A new Gallup survey shows declining numbers across the board for President Barack Obama, including a new low on the economy.

Here is a look at the issues surveyed:


The most concerning numbers have to be health care, the budget defict and the economy. These are issues the administration has spent the most political capital on in the last couple weeks. This poll shows he is continuing to lose independents, with on only 29% approving of Obama’s handling of the economy. Even worse, 24% percent of independents approve on his handling of health care and the budget deficit.

Calls for bipartisanship aren’t necessarily too late, but Democrats have absolutely no momentum right now, and both parties in Congress seem so far apart on every issue.

Poll shows majority wants Congress to suspend work on ObamaCare, Democrats weigh options

A new Gallup poll shows that a majority now favor suspending work on ObamaCare, showing a 56% of independent voters holding that opinion as well:

The USA Today/Gallup poll was conducted Jan. 20 to gauge initial reaction from Americans to Brown’s victory in the special election to fill the remainder of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy’s term. Massachusetts voters elected a Republican to the Senate for the first time since 1972. Americans widely agree that the election result has national political implications — 72% say it reflects many Americans’ frustrations, which the president and members of Congress should pay attention to, while 18% believe it is a reflection of political conditions in Massachusetts.
According to the poll, most self-identified Democrats (67%) want Congress to continue working toward passage of the bill. However, an even larger majority of Republicans (87%) call for suspension of Congress’ current work on the bill. The majority of political independents, whose support has been crucial to recent Republican election victories in Massachusetts, Virginia, and New Jersey, would also prefer to see the reform efforts put on hold rather than moved forward.

According to the poll, 65% believe that Congress should focus on other issues first or believe that health care should not be a major priority.

Majority of Americans reject government role in ensuring health care

Gallup is out with a new poll with that shows a majority of Americans do not believe that government should be in the business of ensuring health care:

More Americans now say it is not the federal government’s responsibility to make sure all Americans have healthcare coverage (50%) than say it is (47%). This is a first since Gallup began tracking this question, and a significant shift from as recently as three years ago, when two-thirds said ensuring healthcare coverage was the government’s responsibility.

Gallup has asked this question each November since 2001 as part of the Gallup Poll Social Series, and most recently in its Nov. 5-8 Health and Healthcare survey. There have been some fluctuations from year to year, but this year marks the first time in the history of this trend that less than half of Americans say ensuring healthcare coverage for all is the federal government’s responsibility.

The high point for the “government responsibility” viewpoint occurred in 2006, when 69% of Americans agreed. In 2008, this percentage fell to 54%, its previous low reading. This year, in the midst of robust debate on a potentially imminent healthcare reform law, the percentage of Americans agreeing that it is the government’s responsibility to make sure everyone has health insurance has fallen even further, by seven points, to 47%. Half of Americans now say this is not the government’s responsibility.

Americans are growing skeptical of government intervention, that’s not to say they outright oppose it (though they should). It good to see that in a time when we constantly told that government should get more involved, or as George W. Bush would say, “When people hurt, government must be on the move.”

Rock Bottom for the Republican Party?

Gallup released a massive new series titled “State of the States” in which over 355,000 Americans in every state were interviewed regarding a host of political issues. The first issue which was released on Wednesday took an indepth look at political affilliation. The results were not surprisingly heavily in favor of Democrats, but the extent to which is quite dramatic none-the-less. This data below from shows what percent Americans consider themselves Democrats over Republicans in their given states. It includes individuals who lean towards a party with that party, which presumably helps increase the Democratic advantage in traditionally Republican states-

Gallup Poll

Neo-Cons Really Do Hate Free-Speech

For a while now we have heard the McCain campaign trying to foment some type of backlash against Obama for promising to take public funding and his subsequent rejection after he found out he could raise hundreds of millions of dollars. The tactic was nothing more than the throwing of a dart while blindfolded and it has yielded little to no benefits. This widely held assumption was confirmed by recent gallop polling with a near  super majority of participants not even knowing who took or rejected what funding. But the polling did have some great data that delved deeper into the policy issues as opposed to the election issues.

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