Latest Obama Poll Numbers
The latest ABC News/Washington Post poll shows President Barack Obama killing Republicans in polling numbers. Obama has a 65 percent approval rating. The Democratic Party has a 53 percent approval rating. Republicans have a much lower 36 percent.
This question was given to respondents.
Which of these statements comes closer to your view: (Beneath it all, Obama is an old-style, tax-and-spend Democrat) or (Obama is a new-style Democrat who will be careful with the public's money).
58 percent felt Obama was a "new-style Democrat" that would be thrifty with tax dollars. 36 percent said Obama was a tax and spend Democrat. 52 percent approved of Obama's handling of the current Iranian crisis. Obama's major polling weakness is his bailout for automakers. 45 percent approved and 50 percent disapproved.
The polling numbers for health care reform are in Obama's favor. Obama needs to continue to speak to Americans and force Blue Dog and DLC Democrats to back the public option.
21a. (IF SUPPORT) What if having the government create a new health insurance plan made many private health insurers go out of business because they could not compete? In that case would you support or oppose creating a government-run health insurance plan?
56 percent would support health care reform that would kill insurance companies. Americans hate the insurance industry. I'm not anti-capitalist and understand businesses are to create profits. I don't want a health industry monopoly. I wrote the reason Republicans killed importing cheaper drugs from Canada is they are anti-free market. Health care industry lobbyists contribute to campaigns to discourage industry competion. Obama successfully pointed out the contradictions in Republicans anti-health care rhetoric.
OBAMA: Why would it drive private insurance out of business? If -- if private -- if private insurers say that the marketplace provides the best quality health care; if they tell us that they're offering a good deal, then why is it that the government, which they say can't run anything, suddenly is going to drive them out of business? That's not logical.
The Republicans lack of logic and Obama's political skills explain the current polling numbers.