Thursday, June 4, 2015

America likes George W. more than Hillary or Obama?

That, according to a new "poll"...

But maybe polls are in the eye of the beholder. People's opinions are constantly changing. There are many different polls. The mythology differs from poll to poll. Results from different polls are interpreted differently by who reads the results. Questions posed on polls are sometimes skewed (sometimes deliberately) to get different results. The total number of people participating in a poll varies from poll to poll.

That said, here's the latest breaking news on the lastest new poll.

CNN: "President Barack Obama's job approval numbers are sinking as American attitudes about the nation's progress have taken a turn for the worse, according to a new CNN/ORC poll. A majority of the public once again say things in the U.S. are going pretty badly and disapproval of Obama's job performance has climbed back above 50% as well. In fact, former President George W. Bush is more popular than Obama."

CNN: "For the first time in a decade, more Americans say they like him [Geroge W.] than dislike him ... [BUT] ... Bush remains broadly unpopular among groups that made up his main opponents during his time in office: Democrats (70% unfavorable), liberals (68% unfavorable) non-whites (54% unfavorable), and those under age 35 (53% unfavorable)."

According to the poll, 52% of adults had a favorable impression of George W. Bush, 43% unfavorable. (* POLL results were based on telephone interviews with 1,025 adult Americans -- out of a U.S. population of 321,010,400)

Geroge W ranks better than Obama as a nice guy.

On the Democratic side of presidential candidates, Hillary Clinton continues to dominant...

62% of Democrats say they want her to be the nominee
14% want Bernie Sanders
5% are for Jim Webb
4% are for for Lincoln Chafee
4% are for Martin O'Malley
11% not sure

Clinton polls over 80% with African Americans, over 60% with liberals, moderates, women, seniors, and younger voters, and polls over 50% with men.

BUT ... Hillary Clinton is upside-down when compared to all (VOX, June 2, 2015): "Senior officials on Hillary Clinton's campaign insisted she hadn't been distracted or damaged by reports about the Clinton Foundation's operations or revelations that she kept her State Department email on a private server and then destroyed some of the records. Maybe she ought to be more distracted, because new polling out suggests she has, in fact, been damaged by those stories. Her favorable rating stands at 45 percent in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll (which is a seven-year low for Clinton in the ABC-Washington Post poll) and her unfavorable level is 49 percent. Her favorability was at 46 percent in the CNN/ORC survey — her lowest level in that poll since 2003 — and her unfavorable rating was 50 percent.

CNN (based on 1,025 telephone interviews) is reporting that Americans now favor George W. Bush over Hillary Clinton and President Obama.

(As an aside) Politico: "Hillary Clinton, who has aggravated reporters with her limited press avails, will not take questions after her speech at Texas Southern University on Thursday, the school informed reporters Wednesday. The University's guidance: 'There will be NO opportunities to interview Hillary Clinton; her speech will be her interview."'

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