Friday, April 9, 2010

Polls, Damn Polls, and Statistics

One of the goals I have for writing this blog is to introduce you all to some of the best web sites out there (particularly sites with a conservative bent). One of those is Power Line, which was originated by John Hinderaker and Scott Johnson, a couple of attorneys from the land of Hubert Humphrey. Today, Johnson writes about the latest Gallup poll which shows the approval rating of the Democratic Party down to 41% (the lowest it has ever been in the eighteen years they've been asking this question). The Republican Party, by the way, polls at 42%.

As Bill Otis says, "it has taken Obama less than 15 months to do for the Democrats what it took Bush eight years to do for the Republicans."

At Another Black Conservative Clifton B writes:

Democrats should take note of these numbers. Unlike Rasmussen, which only polls registered voters, Gallup polls all adults. The all adults method is always more favorable to Democrats. For Gallup to find such a significant drop in favorability for Democrats should set off all sorts of alarms for the left.

I don't think the that current Democratic leadership will be concerned with these findings. That is because they long ago agreed to trade the party's viability for lasting progressive change. For hardcore ideologues like Obama and Pelosi the Democrat Party is expendable if America is permanently stuck with the European socialist model.

(Hat tip: Morning Jolt)

More later...

1 comment:

  1. According to the latest CBS News Poll, President Obama’s health care bill has lost seven points in popularity since it passed last month. When the legislation passed, it won approval from 41% of Americans according to a CBS poll taken at the time. Now, the network reports that only 34% back the legislation. Since July, backing for the plan stood at 49% in CBS’ polling.

    (The network also found that Obama’s overall job approval is down to 44%, also five points lower than CBS found last month).

    The comforting assumption among Democrats that all they had to do was to pass the bill and their fortunes would turn around is being dashed by the data.

    Obamacare is a gift to the Republican Party that keeps on giving. The supposed benefits of the legislation start kicking in at the beginning of 2014 – far to distant to be of much political use today. But the defects start showing up right away. Insurance premiums are rising in the aftermath of the legislation’s passage. Doctors are retiring or closing their Medicare practices. Companies are taking write downs in their expected profits due to the higher health care costs imposed by the legislation. Soon, Medicare patients will begin to meet the word “no” when they seek care.

    And then will come the most deadly reality – that Obamacare is doing nothing to create jobs, lower unemployment or deal with the national economic crisis. The President will be seen to have spent his entire first year and a half in office pushing for legislation that means nothing to the central problem the nation faces – its economy – unless it is to make things worse.

    The deflation in expectations of improvement in health care, the manifestation of the harms of the legislation, and the continuation of our unemployment woes all will continue to drag Obama and the Democrats down, down, down.

    (Per Dick Morris at