As far as approval ratings go, President Obama spent much of 2010 in the doghouse. But following a productive
lame-duck session and his speech
in Tucson, things are looking up for the president. A new NBC/WSJ poll
finds his approval rating at 53% with 40% labeling him a "political
moderate." Furthermore, a national survey by the Democrat-affiliated
polling firm Public Policy Polling shows him scoring higher
approval numbers than the top Republican 2012 front-runners. Did 'Bama get his groove back?
- The Political Winds May Be Changing, writes MSNBC's First Read team:
might have been Obama’s best six weeks since Fall 2008. Indeed, the
bump in Obama’s approval was across the board -- independents moved from
35% approval to 46%; Democrats went from 76% to 86%, and Republicans
went from 11% to 15%. Perhaps the most surprising result in the poll?
Try 40% labeling the president as a political moderate, compared with
45% who see him as a liberal and 11% who view him as a conservative.
That moderate number is the highest for Obama in the NBC/WSJ poll, even
higher than it was before his inauguration.
- None of the Republicans Look That Good, notes Dan Hirschhorn
at Politico: "More voters view all four Republicans unfavorably than
see them favorably, according to the poll. But echoing other surveys,
Huckabee is the most liked, with 38 percent having an unfavorable
opinion of him at 37 percent having a favorable view."
- Don't Get Carried Away, People, advises Tom Jensen
at Public Policy Polling: "As hyper as people are getting about Obama's
improved approval numbers right now it's still worth noting that his
performance against each of these folks is worse than what he posted
against John McCain in 2008. He's in a stronger position than he was
throughout 2010 but he's still in a weaker position than where he
started his Presidency and that's something that should probably be kept
- I Don't Buy It, writes conservative blogger Robert Stacy McCain:
"Before you swallow that bottle of sleeping pills, slash your wrists
and stick your head in the oven, however, let me remind you that these
are nationwide numbers, that the poll’s methodology looks
screwy ... and that the results of the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire
primary will not be determined by such craptastic media trickery. Actual
people have to cast actual votes, and the Iowa caucuses are still a
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