Voters reject President Barack Obama’s notion that the scandals being investigated in Congress are “phony,” according to a new poll from Fox News.
During an economic speech last month in Illinois, President Obama told a crowd of supporters that Republicans in Congress have been trying to distract Americans. “[W]ith this endless parade of distractions and political posturing and phony scandals, Washington has taken its eye off the ball,” he said. “And I am here to say this needs to stop.”
But voters believe that the each of the four scandals that have plagued the Obama Administration in recent months should be taken seriously.
Seventy-eight percent (78%) of voters believe, that the Obama Administration’s handing of the Benghazi terrorist attack, during which four Americans died, should be taken seriously. Only 17% believe Benghazi is a “phony scandal.”
The poll also finds that 62% of voters say that the administration is trying to cover up what happened in Benghazi.
This scandal has come up in the news again recently after revelations that the CIA had been actively trying to discourage agents who worked on the ground in Benghazi from talking to Congress. The first charges related to the attack on the American compound in the Libyian city were brought forward this week.
During an interview last week with PBS NewsHour, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) expressed his frustrations to Judy Woodfruff about “gridlock” in Congress and claimed that the Republican-controlled House is “doing nothing” in terms of legislating.
Reid cited a poll recent NBC/Wall Street Journal poll showing that 83% of Americans disapprove of the job Congress is doing. Woodruff then asked Reid if he thought Americans’ perception of Congress was accurate.
“Yes, of course they’re right. Gridlock. We have gridlock. We have a House of Representatives — they’re doing nothing. My friend the speaker was on television on one of the Sunday shows and he said, my job isn’t to pass laws; it’s to repeal them,” noted Reid. “Well, by that metric he’s failed every place because he hasn’t passed any laws and he damn sure hasn’t repealed any.”
Woodruff asked Reid if he thought Democrats deserve some blame because, after all, they have control of the Senate. Republicans have passed measures to repeal ObamaCare or to delay the mandates in the law for one year, but the Senate won’t take them up, despite polls showing that a majority of Americans disapprove of the law and favor its repeal.
The battle over ObamaCare is heating up. Emboldened over the Obama Administration’s tacit admission that parts of the law are unworkable, a dozen Republican Senators sent a letter to Majority Leader Harry Reid yesterday explaining that they would not support a Continuing Resolution that contains funding for ObamaCare.
“We view the Obama Administration’s recent decision to delay ObamaCare’s employer mandate and eligibility verification for the individual exchanges as further proof the law is a failure that will inevitably hurt businesses, American families, and the economy,” said the Republican Senators in the letter. “In light of this admission, we believe the only way to avert disaster is to fully repeal ObamaCare and start over with a more sensible, practical approach to reforming our healthcare system.”
“[I]f Democrats will not agree with Republicans that ObamaCare must be repealed, perhaps they can at least agree with the president that the law cannot be implemented as written,” they continued. “If the administration will not enforce the law as written, then the American people should not be forced to fund it.”
The Republican Senators — including Mike Lee (R-UT), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Rand Paul (R-KY), and Mike Enzi (R-WY) — noted that defunding ObamaCare is about “fiscal prudence” and “fundamental fairness.”
Still reeling from the string of scandals that plauged his administration and increasing concerns over ObamaCare, Business Insider notes the latest string of polls shows that the last couple of months have finally caught up to President Barack Obama:
In three separate polls, President Barack Obama’s approval rating has plunged to its lowest point in at least a year, as he is set to embark on a national tour to give speeches on the economy.
In a new McClatchy-Marist poll, Obama’s approval rating has sunk to its lowest point in nearly two years at 41%. A new ABC News-Washington Post poll showed his approval rating slipping below 50% for the first time since last September. And a Public Policy Polling survey set to be released later Tuesday promises his lowest numbers since his disastrous performance in the first presidential debate last October.
President Obama has always enjoyed a certain amount of leeway from Americans. Even when his poll numbers faded, they still liked him and he was able to quickly rebound. But the events of the last couple of month have really taken a toll. For example, the number of Americans who believe the country is on the right track has dropped to its lowest point since August 2012, according to the ABC News-Washington Post poll.
Nearly two weeks ago, the Obama Administration announced a one-year delay of the employer mandate, a part of ObamaCare that requires businesses with over 50 employees to offer health insurance coverage or face a fine.
What’s good for business, as the Obama Administration apparently believes, seems to have Americans wondering why it’s not good enough for them. According to a new poll from Rasmussen Reports, 56% of Americans oppose the individual mandate,a central part of ObamaCare that requires every American to purchase health insurance. The same number supports a one-year delay of the policy.
“Only 35% of Likely U.S. Voters favor the individual mandate anyway, according to the latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey,” noted the polling firm. Fifty-six percent (56%) oppose the law’s requirement that every American obtain health insurance or else be forced to pay fines.”
“Only 35% of Likely U.S. Voters favor the individual mandate anyway, according to the latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Fifty-six percent (56%) oppose the law’s requirement that every American obtain health insurance or else be forced to pay fines.”
A similar poll conducted by HealthPocket showed that a plurality believes that the delay of the employer mandate should extended to the individual mandate.
Americans are not willing to trade liberty for security, despite overtures from President Barack Obama and politicians from both sides of the aisle, according to a new poll from Quinnipiac. They also reject the notion that Edward Snowden, the man who linked the information about the NSA’s broad surveillance techniques, is a traitor to his country.
“In a massive shift in attitudes, voters say 45 - 40 percent the government’s anti-terrorism efforts go too far restricting civil liberties, a reversal from a January 14, 2010, survey by the independent Quinnipiac University when voters said 63 - 25 percent that such activities didn’t go far enough to adequately protect the country,” the polling firm noted in a release on Wednesday (emphasis added).
“There is a gender gap on counter-terrorism efforts as men say 54 - 34 percent they have gone too far and women say 47 - 36 percent they have not gone far enough. There is little difference among Democrats and Republicans who are about evenly divided. Independent voters say 49 - 36 percent that counter-terrorism measures have gone too far,” added Quinnipiac. “Some of the largest growth in those concerned about the threat to civil liberties is among men and Republicans, groups historically more likely to be supportive of governmental anti- terrorism efforts. “
After days of teasing his future plans, Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced yesterday that he would not seek re-election next year.
At a press conference before a crowd of supporters, Perry listed off a number of accomplishments, from balancing the state budget to the economic boom in Texas, which has seen some 1.75 million jobs created in the last five years. He also played up his social conservative credentials, specifically his pro-life stance. Texas has been the center of the national debate over abortion in recent weeks.
“I remain excited about the future and the challenges ahead. But the time has come to pass on the mantle of leadership,” Perry told a large crowd of supporters gathered at a Caterpillar plant in San Antonio. “Today, I’m announcing I will not seek re-election as governor of Texas. I will spend the next 18 months working to create more jobs, opportunity and innovation. I will actively lead this great state. I’ll also pray and reflect and work to determine my own future path.”
“Any future considerations I will announce in due time, and I will arrive at that decision appropriately,” he added. “But my focus will remain on Texas.”
Perry has served as governor since December 2000, succeeding George W. Bush, who left office after defeating then-Vice President Al Gore. Perry was elected to a full term in 2002 with 58.1% of the vote. He won re-election in 2006, taking 39%, a plurality, in a five-way race. In 2010, he faced stiff primary competition, from then-Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and Debra Medina, but managed to win with 51.1% of the vote and subsequently win an unprecendented third term that fall.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) leads the field of potential 2016 Republican presidential candidates in Texas, according to a new poll out of the state from Public Policy Polling.
Though 2016 is a long way off, many polling firms are already gaging the Republican base in primary states to get an idea of which way the wind is blowing in what is sure to be a hotly contested race.
“Senator Ted Cruz is the preferred choice for Republicans in his home state, taking in 27% of the primary vote,” noted Public Policy Polling, a North Carolina-based firm. “Jeb Bush finished second with 15%, and Chris Christie and Rand Paul both finished with 11%. Rick Perry’s presidential aspirations appear to be dead in the Lone Star State, as only 18% of Texas Republicans wish for him to run.”
Ever potential Republican presidential candidate polled, with the exception of Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX), leads Hillary Clinton, who is viewed as the Democratic Party’s frontrunning in 2016. Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) holds a 47/38 lead over Clinton. Former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-FL) leads Clinton by a slim margin, 46/43. Cruz holds a 5-point lead, at a 49/44, over Clinton.
The poll also found Cruz and Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) holding positive favorability ratings, but both are under 50%. “Though both Republican Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz are barely eking out net favorable ratings (36/33 for Cornyn and 42/36 for Cruz), Democratic bids for the Senate would still be major long shots,” explained the firm. “Cornyn holds at least a 7% lead over all potential 2014 challengers, including former Houston Mayor Bill White (47/40), State Senator Wendy Davis (48/40), Mayor of San Antonio Julian Castro (50/37), and Mayor of Houston Annise Parker (49/36).”
One of the key components of ObamaCare is the individual mandate, a controversial requirement that all Americans purchase health insurance or face a punitive tax. This particular part of ObamaCare, which goes into effect at the beginning of the year, was focal point of the legal challenge that went all the way to the Supreme Court.
But a new Gallup poll shows that many uninsured Americans aren’t aware of the individual mandate, which may be an unwelcome surprise next year.
“The vast majority of Americans, 81%, say they are aware of the 2010 Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) requirement that most Americans must carry health insurance or pay a fine,” wrote Jeffrey Jones of Gallup. “Americans who are currently uninsured — those most directly affected by this requirement — are much less likely to be aware of the provision, with 56% saying they know about it and 43% saying they are unaware.”
The main reason uninsured Americans don’t have health coverage is, according to Gallup, predominately because the can’t afford it.
“Uninsured Americans are most likely to mention cost and affordability as the reason why they do not have health insurance. Forty-three percent cite this reason, not surprisingly given the dramatic increase in health insurance costs in the last 20 years,” noted Gallup, which conducted the poll between June 20-24. “Job considerations are also a major factor for the uninsured, with 24% saying they lack insurance because they are currently unemployed. Also, 8% are working but say their job does not offer health benefits, and another 2% lack health insurance because they are self-employed.”
Not only have Tea Party activists been targeted by the Internal Revenue Service because of their political views, they now considered to be a terrorist threat to the country by some of President Barack Obama’s supporters, according to a poll from Rasmussen Reports.
“A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 51% of Likely U.S. Voters consider radical Muslims to be the bigger threat to the United States today. Thirteen percent (13%) view the Tea Party that way, and another 13% consider other political and religious extremists to be the larger danger,” noted the firm, which conducted the poll of likely voters from June 22-23. “Six percent (6%) point to local militia groups. Two percent (2%) see the Occupy Wall Street movement as the bigger terrorist threat.”
“However, among those who approve of the president’s job performance, just 29% see radical Muslims as the bigger threat,” they added. “Twenty-six percent (26%) say it’s the Tea Party that concerns them most. Among those who Strongly Approve of the president, more fear the Tea Party than radical Muslims.”
That 3-point separation between Obama supporters who consider radical Muslims to be a bigger terrorist threat than the Tea Party is within the poll’s margain of error. Statiscally speaking, it’s even.
Rasmussen notes that of those who disapprove of President Obama’s, 75% believe that radical Muslims are the biggest terrorist threat. Only 1% believe the Tea Party movement is a terrorist threat.