With gun violence down, is America arming against an imagined threat? (+video)
Christian Science Monitor ^ | May 8, 2013 | Patrik Jonsson
Posted on Thursday, May 09, 2013 3:15:07 PM by neverdem
A Pew study released Tuesday finds that Americans think gun violence has escalated when in reality it’s way down from two decades ago. The violence has dropped, meanwhile, even as gun ownership has increased.
Mass shootings, frantic gun-buying, and more Americans legally carrying guns on the street all point to a country fighting a gun violence epidemic, right?
As part of a broader trend of declining crime, gun violence in America – while still high relative to other…
Memo to the President: In case just for a moment you really do wonder why businesses are not expanding, why their anxiety level is high, why the sense of uncertainty continues 43 months after the economic recovery supposedly began…just look in the mirror. Not just for another opportunity for self-adoration, but for the root cause of our economic stagnation.
According to results of a newly released Gallup poll, the top five concerns of small business owners are healthcare costs, taxes, energy prices, regulation, and the debt ceiling – all that have increased significantly under the Obama administration. Worse, if the President gets his way, all five of these business anxiety concerns are likely to go up even more during the second term.
Here’s what Gallup found:…..
A new Monmouth University poll carries more bad news for the Obama campaignadministration (that’s not a typo). Nationally, Mitt Romney now leads 48-45. That’s a flip from mid-September, when Obama led by the same margin. Five percent remain undecided.
The poll finds that about 12% of likely voters in the sample have already voted nationally, and Romney leads among them 44-41. The gender gap has also closed dramatically after the first debate, with Obama leading by just four points among women while Romney leads by 11 points among men.
It’s among independent voters, though, where Obama is weakest. According to the poll, the first presidential debate changed the race considerably. Romney leads by 19 points among independent voters, 52-33. He has a +22 point favorable rating among independents (compared to Obama’s -15 favorability).
Propelled by impressive debate performances, Mitt Romney has surged in the polls. Gallup had the GOP nominee leading by as many as seven points recently, and likely women voters, who once favored Barack Obama by double digits, now lean toward the president by only one percent in the swing states.
Even more significantly, Romney has finally taken the lead in the Real Clear Politics electoral-college estimate, 206 to 201. And it’s plain to me what all this means for November 6.
How Romney can KO Obama in Monday Debate… (“Meanwhile, the Internet was raging with threats to assassinate Mitt Romney, all posted by Barack Obama supporters”)
Immediately following this week’s debate, LIVE pollster Frank Luntz interviewed a group of “undecided” voters, most of whom voted for Obama in 2008.
A massive new survey published this morning reveals that only 3.4% of American adults publicly identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, with the highest percentagecoming among the younger, less-educated non-whites.
The new Gallup Poll of more than 121,000 adults, the largest of its kind on record, wass conducted during the past four months. It finds the percentage of self-reported LGBT Americans to be much smaller than a general impression derived from their presence in popular culture and their perceived influence in liberal American politics.
Whaaaaat? The American public is growing increasingly suspicious that they’re being fed a steady stream of waffle by a media establishment that does everything within its power to not only play up Romney’s “gaffes,” but to tell us in advance exactly how we should feel about them and to steamroll over President Obama’s failures, all while more or less glossing over the disastrous goings-on of the world at large?
What is the world coming to! From Gallup: Americans’ distrust in the media hit a new high this year, with 60% saying they have little or no trust in the mass media to report the news fully, accurately, and fairly. Distrust is up from the past few years, when Americans were already more negative about the media than they had been in years prior to 2004. … This year’s decline in media trust is driven by independents and Republicans.
Democratic enthusiasm has surged both in swing states and nationally, according to a new Gallup poll, topping Republican enthusiasm and, in the process, wiping out what was thought to be a major advantage for Republicans and presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
George W. Bush did it in 2000. So did John Quincy Adams, Rutherford B. Hayes and Benjamin Harrison.
Could President Obama be next?
What is Barack Obama preparing for? What does Barack Obama actually expect to happen in November?
Does he believe that the upcoming election could actually spark rampant civil unrest inside the United States? The conditions are certainly ripe for civil unrest in this country.
A multitude of recent polls and surveys have shown that Americans are angrier and more frustrated than ever. Sadly, we are taking a lot of that anger and frustration out on each other. America is more divided today than at any other time since the Civil War era. The left absolutely hates Mitt Romney the Republicans, and the right absolutely hates Barack Obama and the Democrats. If you doubt this, just surf political blogs for a few hours and read the comments that people leave. This country is a boiling cauldron of hatred and anger and all it is going to take is just the right “spark” to cause all of this hatred and anger to absolutely explode.
RUSH: Okay, Obama’s big speech is this hour. He’s in Cleveland. This is the big reset speech. This is the speech where there’s gonna be plenty of blame for Bush, because there’s a Gallup poll out that says 68% of the American people hold Bush more responsible for this than they hold Obama for it. I kid you not.
Fifty-two percent blame Obama. A combined, to one degree or another, blame Bush 68%. That will be a home run for Obama to run with, that and Europe. But I want to give you some things to keep in mind during this blamethrower speech that’s coming up.
PRINCETON, NJ — Americans remain nearly as positive toward Hillary Clinton today as they have ever been over the past 20 years. The secretary of state’s favorable rating remains at 66%, within one percentage point of her record-high rating in late 1998. Her unfavorable rating of 29% ties her record low since 1993.
Gallup’s latest update of Clinton’s favorable rating is from a USA Today/Gallup poll conducted May 10-13. Her 66% favorable rating, the same as she received in March 2011 and February 1999, is one point lower than the 67% high she reached in December 1998 just after her husband, President Bill Clinton, had been impeached by the House of Representatives.
Many Americans Dissatisfied With All Presidential Candidates: Nearly half say there is no…
Gallup ^ | December 21, 2011 | Frank Newport
Posted on Thursday, December 22, 2011 6:24:06 PM by neverdem
Nearly half say there is no candidate who would make a good president
Americans are divided when asked if there is any candidate running who they think would make a good president, with 48% saying yes and 46% saying no. This is a slightly more positive outlook than that of 1992, when an incumbent president was also seeking re-election, but more pessimistic than in the election years of 2008 and 2000.
Next we have some questions about the 2012 presidential campaign. Please try to answer each question based on what you may have heard or read so far about the campaign and the candidates from the Democratic and Republican parties. [RANDOM ORDER]\n\nB. Is there any candidate running who you think would make a good president, or not? Selected trend, 1992-2011
See all election 2012 data >
Gallup has asked this question in the presidential election years of 1992, 1996, 2000, and 2008, but at different points in the election cycle.
…..So lots of stuff going on underneath the surface and behind the scenes. But again, I mention these two stories today, because, frankly, a person said, “Rush, Rush, why didn’t you tell us about this?” And that person obviously can’t listen every day. I did tell you, and led on both of them. But it told me maybe some people don’t know because it’s not been anywhere but this show.
It’s amazing and this Edsall guy admits it. So just trying to keep your spirits up because I know what’s headed our way. Shortly after the turn of the year, I know what’s coming…..
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Americans’ fear of big government – partly fueled by a sharp spike among Democrats since President Barack Obama took office – almost reached a record high this year and is far greater than people’s concerns about big business and big labor, a new Gallup poll Monday shows.
An overwhelming 64 percent of people surveyed said big government was the biggest threat to the country, compared to just 26 percent who said big business is their gravest concern and 8 percent who picked big labor.
The all-time high for percentage of people who said big government was the biggest threat to the country was in 1999 and 2000, when 65 percent named it the country’s biggest menace.
Republicans are most wary of the threat of big government than are Democrats or independents – 82 percent of GOPers said big government was the biggest threat to the nation, compared to 64 percent of independents and 48 percent of Democrats who said the same.
Americans leaving US in record numbers
RT ^ | 12/8/2011
Posted on Friday, December 09, 2011 11:50:03 AM by Just4Him
Ever dream of leaving it all behind and heading out of America? You’re not the only one. A new study shows that more US citizens than ever before are living outside of the country. According to statistics from the US State Department, around 6.4 million Americans are either working or studying overseas, which Gallup says is the largest number ever for such statistic. The polling organization came across the number after conducting surveys in 135 outside nations and the information behind the numbers reveal that this isn’t exactly a longtime coming either — numbers have skyrocketed only in recent years. In the 24 months before polling began, the number of Americans between the ages of 25 and 34 living abroad managed to surge from barely 1 percent to over 5.1 percent. For those under the age span wishing to move overseas, the percentage has jumped in the same amount of time from 15 percent to 40. While the United States of America was at one point (and largely still is) a magnet for foreigners in search of work, the statistics makes it clear that an opposite trend is quickly picking up steam.
“There’s a feeling among more entrepreneurial Americans that if you really want to get anything done, you have to get out of country and away from the depressing atmosphere,” Bob Adams of America Wave tells Reuters. “There’s a sense of lost direction, so more people are looking for locations that offer more hope about the future.”
The Washington Times ^ | 9 November, 2011 | NA
Posted on Thursday, November 10, 2011 7:01:30 AM by marktwain
Gun ownership is on the rise in some surprising places. As much as President Obama would have us believe that only small-town yokels “cling to guns or religion,” a Gallup poll released Wednesday suggests many of the firearms that have been flying off the shelves in the past two years were purchased by Democrats and women. The Second Amendment has truly gone mainstream.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
The poll is part of Gallup’s annual Crime poll, conducted Oct. 6-9. This year’s poll finds support for a number of gun-control measures at historical lows, including the ban on handguns, which is Gallup’s longest continuing gun-control trend, according to their website.
Gallup notes that the acceptance of gun ownership is not related to crime.
“In 2008, Gallup found widespread agreement with the idea that the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees the right of Americans to own guns. Americans may also be moving toward more libertarian views in some areas, one example of which is greater support for legalizing marijuana use,” Gallup reports.,,,
This week Gallup is unveiling a series of in-depth analyses of “Americans’ views on the role and performance of government” based on its annual Governance Survey … According to Gallup, Americans are expressing historic levels of negativity towards the US government, with “a record high 81 percent of Americans dissatisfied with the way the country is being governed,”…
While not as low as the ratings for Congress, public satisfaction with the federal government has also plummeted. According to Gallup:
• 57% have little or no confidence in the federal government to solve domestic problems, exceeding the previous high of 53% recorded in 2010.
• Americans believe, on average, that the federal government wastes 51 cents of every tax dollar…
Most strikingly of all, Gallup finds that:
• 49% of Americans believe the federal government has become so large and powerful that it poses an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens. In 2003, less than a third (30%) believed this.
The United States is undergoing one of the biggest political revolutions in its post-war history, and perhaps the most important since Ronald Reagan…
This is why Barack Obama could well end up being the last big government president of the United States, a nation that simply cannot afford the lavish excesses of an imperious presidency that drains the pay-checks of hard-working Americans with impunity and reckless abandon. The historic loss of faith in the federal government under Obama has combined with growing support across America for a return to the limited government ideals of the Founding Fathers.
(Excerpt) Read more at blogs.telegraph.co.uk …
“He really didn’t mean it;” America’s Jews back Obama’s Marxism over Israel’s survival:
The great Groucho Marx line, “Who are you going to believe; me or your lyin’ eyes?” comes to mind.
Gallup certifies what we knew was coming
Now that several months have passed since Obama told Bibi Netanyahu that Israel’s suicide would be his best course of action, the few American Jews (overwhelmingly registered Democrats) who expressed some measurable disapproval of Obama have wiped the spittle from their eyes and returned to the Democrat plantation.
Gallup’s most recent poll tells us the “great escape” of Jews from Obama’s trance is over. The survey found the level of support versus disapproval of Obama among American Jews is statistically the same today as it was in March.
Just before Obama’s “suggestion”, American Jews supported Obama 61/34. After some sagging in Jews’ support for his re-election all is forgiven.
Posted by Gunny G at Tuesday, July 19, 2011
The 2010 elections, which changed the balance of power in the House, were driven by popular opposition to government spending, debt and the threat of tax increases. Yet even with the federal debt limit already breached and only days left to prevent a national default, the media continue to ignore the public’s wishes.
The theme of network reports on the debt ceiling battle is that some agreement MUST be reached so that the limit can be increased, but many Americans disagree with raising the debt limit and are more concerned about government spending. But that has barely been mentioned in stories.
Polls taken by Gallup, CBS and AP have all registered significant worry about federal debt and opposition to an increase in the debt ceiling. But ABC, CBS and NBC coverage of the debt limit battle being waged on Capitol Hill has not reflected that fact.
The network’s willingness to ignore public opinion on the issue is shocking given the poll numbers
(Excerpt) Read more at newsbusters.org …
Gallup:43% say their Fed Inc tax about right (Wouldn’t that be the same 45% that pay no tax???)
Gallup:43% say their Fed Inc tax about right (Wouldn’t that be the same 45% that pay no tax???)
Posted on Monday, April 18, 2011 6:00:19 PM by macquire
PRINCETON, NJ — Half of Americans believe the amount they pay in federal income taxes is too high, while 43% consider it about right and 4% too low. The 50% now calling their taxes “too high” is within the 46% to 53% range found each year since 2003. It is significantly lower than the 65% recorded in 2001, prior to implementation of former President George W. Bush’s first round of federal tax cuts.
(Excerpt) Read more at gallup.com …
The War Powers Act circumvented the Constitution’s clear language and since its adoption, presidents have been emboldened to go to war without getting a specific declaration from Congress. Now Barack Obama has taken this trend to the next logical step: he didn’t even bother to consult Congress, apparently believing that when a bunch of foreign dignitaries say it’s OK, he can send Americans off to die and kill.
That’s the lowest support of any military action over three decades…
(Excerpt) Read more at orangepunch.ocregister.com …
Obama “out-of-touch with 80% of the American people”…
It’s become common knowledge that the power-mad American Left is in deep, deep political trouble primarily due to the reckless expansion of government engineered by Team Obama.
But while many conservatives are nervously pondering what could go wrong in the next few days to blow this precious opportunity, others see a larger, deeper change in the political environment of our country that goes much farther than just a single election cycle… myself included.It increasingly does appear that we are experiencing a full-on renaissance of the American conservative movement… one based on personal liberty and fiscal discipline, and under perhaps a wider social-issues tent then in the past. It’s the opposition to outrageous spending and the Dems’ Big Government agenda that brought the TEA Party movement to the verge of power, and it’s those issues that unite the resurgent Right in America today.
Here in the run-up to perhaps the most vital mid-term elections in US history, Nile Gardiner at The Telegraph UK says it’s not just the tone of this mid-term election… but the sheer scale of the conservative wave sweeping America that really makes the impression on him. As for the now-ubiquitous Titanic analogies… better think Poseidon Adventure:________________________________________________________Gallup has another devastating poll which makes extremely grim reading for the White House today. Gallup’s polling shows that 48 percent of Americans now regard themselves as conservative, higher than each of the last three midterms, compared to just 20 percent who describe themselves as liberals. In addition, Gallup reveals that 55 percent of likely voters next week are Republican or lean Republican, in contrast to 40 percent who are Democrat or lean Democrat…The poll underscores not only the huge advantage the Republicans have going into next week’s election, but also the sheer scale of the conservative revolution in America. As Gallup shows, conservatives now outnumber liberals by an almost 2.5 to 1 ratio. Liberals make up just 20 percent of the American population.
Barack Obama is the most left-wing president in US history, and is clearly out of touch with at least 80 percent of the American people, who clearly do not share his ideology.Next Tuesday looks set to be an epic disaster for the Left in America, and the capsizing of the president’s Big Government dream…________________________________________________________More/comprehensive polling data/links at Reaganite Republican
The other fifty-four percent? Obviously they aren’t paying attention to what’s happening in their country.
At first glance, this statistic has barely budged from where it was four years ago – when Democrats seized control of the U.S. Congress. A look at the partisan breakdown of respondents tells a different story, however.
Just prior to the 2006 elections, fifty-seven percent of Democrats felt threatened by the government compared to just 21 percent of Republicans. Today those numbers have flip-flopped – with sixty-six percent of Republicans feeling threatened compared to only 21 percent of Democrats.
Meanwhile, the number of independents who feel threatened by the government has remained steady at roughly 50 percent – although that number is seven points higher than when Gallup first asked this question in 2003.
This data highlights several political truisms – most notably the ability of absolute power to corrupt absolutely no matter which party is in charge, as well as the misplaced faith that certain segments of the electorate still place in the two-party system.