President Obama, The Excusinator


Do we believe the polls? If so, President Obama’s excusinating is working according to the Quinnipiac poll. I have my doubts. The responses in the poll are divided along party lines. They come closer together when blaming Republicans in Congress. The poll also indicates that the class warfare has worked. I went through the information on the poll, but could not find a breakdown on how many Republicans, Democrats, Independents and other were polled individually. Quinnipiac is usually the least accurate of the major polling institutes.

Quinnipiac: Voters don’t blame Barack Obama
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By ALEXANDER BURNS | 7/14/11 6:32 AM EDT

These numbers, from Quinnipiac University, are the kind you want to see if you’re going to run a campaign asking voters to stay the course in difficult times:

American voters disapprove 56 – 38 percent of the way President Barack Obama is handling the economy, but by 45 – 38 percent they trust the president more than congressional Republicans to handle the economy, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

The country is in a recession, 71 percent of American voters say, but by 54 – 27 percent they blame former President George W. Bush more than President Obama.

And then there are these results, showing a mixed picture on the debt ceiling debate (with the first point packing the biggest punch):

• Voters will blame Republicans over Obama 48 – 34 percent if the debt limit is not raised;
• Voters say 67 – 25 percent that an agreement to raise the debt ceiling should include tax hikes for the wealthy and corporations, not just spending cuts;
• Voters say 45 – 37 percent that Obama’s proposals to raise revenues are “closing loopholes,” rather than “tax hikes”;
• But voters say 57 – 30 percent that Obama’s proposals will impact the middle class, not just the wealthy. Read here: The polls blame Bush

However, a Rasmussen poll gives a different result. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 44% of Likely U.S. Voters would vote for their district’s Republican congressional candidate, while 38% would choose the Democrat instead. Republicans held a three-point lead – 43% to 40% – a week ago. Read here: Democrats lose in 2012

Gallup finds that Americans are opposed to an increase in the debt ceiling, which indicates the Republicans are on the right side of that issue though taxing the wealthy is a popular issue for the President. “…Despite agreement among leaders of both sides of the political aisle in Washington that raising the U.S. debt ceiling is necessary, more Americans want their member of Congress to vote against such a bill than for it, 42% vs. 22%, while one-third are unsure. This 20-percentage-point edge in opposition to raising the debt ceiling in Gallup’s July 7-10 poll is slightly less than the 28-point lead (47% vs. 19%) seen in May…” Read here: Gallup