January 26, 2010
One week before President Barack Obama’s first State of the Union address, an NPR poll took a snapshot of voter attitudes about his administration, Congress, and the challenges facing the United States. The national telephone survey of 800 likely voters was completed Jan. 20-21 and 23, 2010.
NPR- Wednesday night’s State of the Union speech is an opportunity for President Obama to reconnect to voters who are frustrated about the state of the economy and the progress he’s been making toward fulfilling his campaign promises.
The poll holds plenty of danger signs for the Democrats. In one indicator studied closely by both parties ahead of midterm elections, likely voters chose an unnamed Republican candidate by 5 percentage points over the Democrat on a hypothetical congressional ballot.
Health care is the most immediate political problem for the president. His new bill was just about to cross the finish line when Scott Brown’s victory in Massachusetts deprived the Democrats of their filibuster-proof majority in the Senate.
In the NPR poll, likely voters oppose the president’s plan by 55 percent to 39 percent, with the problem concentrated among independent voters.
The poll results were released today and some are just fascinating to ponder. Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments section.
Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as president?
And, do you approve or disapprove of the way the U.S. Congress is handling its job?
If the 2010 elections for United States Congress were being held today, for whom would you vote: the Republican candidate or the Democratic candidate in this district?
Republicans and Independents express significantly more dissatisfaction with Congress than do Democrats.
Which ONE of the following issues do you think the president and Congress should be paying most attention to? Is it …
Progress and Priorities
Is President Obama making progress addressing the problems facing the country, or is Obama not making progress addressing the problems facing the country?
And, do you think the changes President Obama is seeking are mainly the right changes or mainly the wrong changes for the country?
As you may have heard, President Obama has proposed a plan to change the health care system that recently passed in the House of Representatives and the Senate. From what you have heard about this plan, do you favor or oppose Obama’s health care proposal?
Now I am going to read you two statements, and please tell me which one comes closest to your opinion: People say that former President Bush is more responsible for the current state of the economy, while people say that President Obama is more responsible for the current state of the economy. Which statement comes closest to your own opinion?
Do you think the policies of the Obama administration have made the United States safer or less safe from terrorism?
Read the full NPR story: NPR Poll Shows Vulnerability Of Obama, Democrats
Percentages may not total 100 because of rounding.
Source: January 2010 NPR Poll conducted by Public Opinion Strategies/Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research