Public Opinion

A Majority of Americans Are Upbeat About the Next Four Years

By Glynn Wilson – A majority of Americans are upbeat about the future and believe the country will be better off four years from now, according to the latest Gallup poll on the subject. Fifty-four percent express this optimistic view, especially Democrats, while 41 percent say we could be worse off in four years, mainly…

Americans Trust President Obama Over Romney to Conduct Foreign Policy

The theme of Monday night’s third and final presidential debate is Foreign affairs, one of President Barack Obama’s stronger issue areas in the campaign of 2012, according to the latest Gallup poll on the subject. Americans chose Mr. Obama over Republican Mitt Romney by 53 percent to 41 percent as the candidate better able to…

Astrophysicist Predicts President Obama Will Easily Win Re-Election

by Glynn Wilson An astrophysicist and an expert in statistics who accurately predicted the last two presidential elections — and the college football national champions — says President Barack Obama is a lock to win reelection in November. If the national polls were not enough, and the best electoral college projections, Romney must now somehow…

A Majority of Americans Predict President Obama Will Win the Debates

Despite both candidates’ efforts to downplay expectations, the majority of Americans, 57 percent, say they think Barack Obama will do a better job than Mitt Romney in the upcoming presidential debates. Only 33 percent say Romney will perform better, according to the latest Gallup poll on the subject. “Republicans are a little less positive that…

The American Public’s Trust of the News Media Hits Record Low

by Glynn Wilson The Americans public’s trust of the news media hit a new low this year. Sixty percent of the people say they have little or no trust in the mass media to report the news fully, accurately and fairly, according to the latest Gallup poll on the subject. The record distrust of the…

President Obama Gets a Three-Point Convention Bounce

He Now Leads Romney by Six Percentage Points, 50 to 44 Percent by Glynn Wilson President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign received a bump in support after last week’s Democratic National Convention, with 50 percent of registered voters now saying they would vote for Obama if the election were held today. That’s up from 47 percent…

President Obama Gets Public Opinion Bounce From Democratic Convention

Obama Now Leads Romney 50-45 Percent The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Monday shows President Obama with a significant bump in public support after the Democratic Convention. Obama now has the support of 50 percent of voters nationwide, while Romney earns the support of only 45 percent of voters. Only two percent of…

A Cooling Off Period: The Democrats Did It

But Down in Alabamaland, A Budget Collapse is in the Offing The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson Ahhh, finally a reprieve from the summer heat. The summer of 2012 has been the hottest and one of the dryest seasons on record in the U.S. But it was 60 degrees with low humidity when I woke…

Gallup Poll Shows Romney Received No Bump From Republican Convention

Romney Speech Evokes Lukewarm Reaction, the Lowest Ratings Since 1996 by Glynn Wilson The latest Gallup poll shows that Massachusetts Mormon Mitt Romney received no positive bump in public opinion from the Republican National Convention, an indication that his personality and message are not generating anywhere near enough enthusiasm to unseat incumbent President Barack Obama.…

Labor Union Approval in the U.S. Remains Steady at 52 Percent

Support Remains Strong Despite Tea Party Republican Attacks by Glynn Wilson A slim majority of Americans, 52 percent, approve of labor unions on the eve of Labor Day weekend, according to the latest Gallup poll on the subject. While Gallup’s public opinion survey data shows little change over the past three years, there has been…

Americans Rank Romney’s Choice of Ryan Low in Historical Terms

by Glynn Wilson Republican Mitt Romney’s choice of Paul Ryan as his vice presidential running mate is eliciting one of the most negative reactions of any Veep choice in history, according to the Gallup Poll. While 42 percent of Americans rate Romney’s choice as “only fair” or “poor,” 40 percent of Americans rate Ryan as…

Romney’s Veep Choice Makes November Election Choice Clear

The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson The temperature dipped down into the 60s last night in Birmingham, the first time since May, it seems, giving us a breath of hope that the global warming summer of 2012 might be starting to wind down. It was still 73 on the porch at mid-morning, allowing us a…

Electoral College Projections Show President Obama Winning in a Landslide

by Glynn Wilson Forget all the hype and mainstream media coverage that has the presidential race in a virtual dead heat with 100 days to go. Electoral college projections from an aggregation of polling show President Barack Obama winning re-election in a landslide. The incumbent president is now leading with 332 electoral votes to Romney’s…

A Majority of Americans Say Romney Should Release his Tax Returns

That Includes 53 Percent of Independents by Glynn Wilson A majority of Americans say Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney should release his tax returns, according to a USA Today/Gallup snapshot poll. Fifty-four percent of Americans say the Massachusetts Mormon who made millions working with capital firms outsourcing jobs overseas should release his tax returns so…

President Obama Holds Significant Lead Over Romney in Popular Vote

Lead Holds Despite Hoopla Over Supreme Court Health Care Decision by Glynn Wilson President Barack Obama still holds a significant lead in the popular vote nationally among registered voters in the U.S. over Republican challenger Mitt Romney, 48 percent to 43 percent, according to the latest Gallup poll published Monday, July 2, in spite of…

Even Karl Rove’s Math Shows President Obama in the Lead

Even Karl Rove, a Republican strategist and former political aide to George W. Bush, who is known as a poll numbers geek, says President Obama now holds a clear Electoral College advantage in the presidential race of 2012 — now less than eight months away in November. In what he called the “top line math,”…