Rasmussen Poll: Republicans ahead on ten top issues of the day. Reuters Poll: America and Obama on the wrong track.
Posted by iusbvision on March 9, 2011
Gas and food prices are undermining the economy and confidence, while Obama maintains his illegal offshore drilling ban for which he is in contempt of court for costing many thousands of jobs and a 13% drop in domestic oil and gas production. Obama is also yanking perfectly legit coal mining permits. Of course the failed stimulus, cap & trade looming, ObamaCare surprises, the failed mortgage rescue bill, and the financial reform bill that amounted to the government having power to pick winners and losers, seize more private property, and give Wall Street endless bailouts etc are all contributing to the problems.
There is no question that Obama is deliberately raising energy prices just as he said he would in the 2008 campaign when he told Mort Kondrake on CNBC that he would like to see gas hit $4.00 a gallon gradually – LINK.
GOV. HALEY BARBOUR (R-Miss.): “This administration’s policies have been designed to drive up the cost of energy in the name of reducing pollution, in the name of making very expensive alternative fuels more economically competitive.” – VIDEO.
House Republicans are plotting aggressive spending cuts and planning to defund the national health care law in efforts to stimulate the anemic economy, the issue that remains at the forefront of voters’ minds.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 83% see the economy as a Very Important issue in terms of how they vote. That’s down slightly from results found in December, but the economy has earned top billing over the past several years among 10 issues regular surveyed on by Rasmussen Reports. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
The number of voters who sees the economy as being Very Important in terms of how they vote has not dipped below 80% since September 2008.
Voters continue to trust the GOP more than Democrats on all 10 issues that Rasmussen Reports regularly asks about, including the economy, health care, taxes and immigration.
Health care comes in second to the economy in terms of importance among voters, with 72% who regard it as Very Important. The number of voters who saw health care as being Very Important hovered in the high 50s to low 60s in the year prior to President Obama’s inauguration, but interest began to rise as the debate over a national health care reform law heated up. Those who view health care as Very Important have ranged from 66% to 79% since the law’s passage last March.
The majority of all voters still support repeal of the national health care law and remain convinced that it will drive up the cost and hurt the quality of health care in the country.
(Reuters) – Americans, who are suffering from high gasoline prices, believe the United States is on the wrong track by a large margin, presenting a fresh challenge for President Barack Obama, a Reuters/Ipsos poll said on Wednesday.
The proportion of Americans who believe the country is on the right track dropped 7 points in the past month to 31 percent, and 64 percent think the country is on the wrong track.
It was the highest number of people in an Ipsos poll who believe the country is going in the wrong direction since Obama took office in January 2009.
Ipsos pollster Cliff Young said the rating was a direct result of gasoline prices that have risen sharply in recent weeks as a result of tumult in North Africa and the Middle East.
“We are moving into a scenario in the near-term that is much more uncertain given the issue of gas prices,” he said. “Gas prices specifically are things that affect people’s pocketbooks and have an immediate impact.”
U.S. retail gasoline prices spiked more than 10 percent over the past two weeks to an average of $3.52 a gallon, the second largest two-week rise on record. Crude oil prices have shot up due to the violence in Libya that has cut that country’s production by two-thirds while sanctions have all but halted its exports.
February survey had said Americans by 57 percent to 38 percent believed the country was on the right track.
Obama’s job approval rating dropped from last month to 49 percent from 51 percent, a statistically insignificant change.
But his approval among independent voters who he will need for his 2012 re-election drive took a sharp dive, to 37 percent from 47 percent, the poll found.