The Polling Report [12.13.12]

Filed in National by on December 12, 2012

NATIONAL–PRESIDENTIAL APPROVAL RATINGBloomberg: President Obama’s job approval has strengthened to 53%. The last time he enjoyed that level of public backing in the Bloomberg poll was December 2009, when his job approval was 54%.

NORTH CAROLINA—SENATORPPP: Sen. Kay Hagan (D) 45, Rep. Sue Myrick (R) 44; Hagan 45, Rep. Renee Ellmers 39; Hagan 48, Rep. Patrick McHenry 40; Hagan 48, Rep.-elect George Holding 39; Hagan 49, Rep. Virginia Foxx 39; Hagan 48, NC House Speaker Thom Tillis 38.

I highlighted Hagan’s numbers against Foxx above because Foxx is batshit insane, and thus the base of the GOP will love her, and thus she will be the nominee of the Republican Party in 2 years, and to prove that point:

NORTH CAROLINA—SENATOR—REPUBLICAN PRIMARYPPP: Virginia Foxx 17, Sue Myrick 14, Patrick McHenry, 13, Renee Ellmers 11, George Holding 9, Richard Hudson 6, Mark Meadows 4, Thom Tillis 2, Other/undecided: 25

SOUTH CAROLINA–GOVERNORPPP: Gov. Nikki Haley (R) would lose a 2010 rematch against Vincent Sheheen (D) if the election were held today, 46% to 44%.

SOUTH CAROLINA—SENATOR (CLASS A)—REPUBLICAN PRIMARYPPP: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R) 54, Rep. Tim Scott 32; Graham 57, Rep. Trey Gowdy 29; Graham 64, ex-Gov. Mark Sanford 26; Graham 64, Rep. Mick Mulvaney 20; Graham 67, state Sen. Tom Davis 17

NATIONAL–IMMIGRATIONPolitico/George Washington University Battleground: 62% support an immigration reform proposal that would allow illegal or undocumented immigrants to earn citizenship over a period of several years. Thirty-five percent oppose it.

“The poll reveals significantly greater overall support, 77%, for an immigration law that allows the children of illegal or undocumented immigrants to earn the right to stay here permanently if they complete a college degree or serve in the military. Just 19% oppose this key element of the so-called DREAM Act.”

NEW YORK–GUBERNATORIAL APPROVAL RATINGQuinnipiac: Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) has a shocking 74% to 13% approval rating. This despite his hand in giving control of the State Senate to the Republicans.

KENTUCKY–SENATORPPP: Sen. Mitch McConnell (R) has a horrible 37% approval rating, and an equally horrible 55% disapproval rating. In fact, these are the worst favorable/unfavorable numbers of any senator the country. That is what you get when you are the face of obstruction. His race for reelection is close against Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson (D), Attorney General Jack Conway (D), and actress Ashley Judd, but he leads all three by four points, 47% to 43%.

NATIONAL–FISCAL SLOPE NEGOTIATIONSABC News/Washington Post President Obama holds a substantial advantage over House Speaker John Boehner in handling budget negotiations to avoid the fiscal cliff: Nearly twice as many Americans approve of the president’s work on the issue than do approve of Speaker Boehner.

NATIONAL–FISCAL SLOPE NEGOTIATIONSBloomberg: By a 65% to 33% margin, Americans believe that the President has a mandate to increase taxes on the wealthy and protect Social Security and Medicare. Hell, even half of all Republicans say he has a mandateof Republicans now say he has an mandate.

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  1. KilroysDelaware says:

    I agree on protecting Social Security and Medicare but am concern with any president having having sole authority in raising taxes. Same goes for no congressional approval for raising debt ceiling / borrowing.

  2. Jason330 says:

    Kilroy, You have it wrong. Only Congress can raise taxes. If you are talking about the debt ceiling, that is about ensuring that the debts incurred by the Congress are paid as mandated by the Constitution.

  3. puck says:

    Congress has already voted to raise taxes, and the President has already signed it into law. Talk of mandates to raise taxes is misleading.

  4. pandora says:

    The debt ceiling involves paying for what Congress has already committed to spend. Do people really not understand this? The Debt Ceiling isn’t about new spending – and the reason it’s raised (18 times during the Reagan administration) doesn’t have much to do with the President.

  5. KilroysDelaware says:

    “The debt ceiling involves paying for what Congress has already committed to spend. Do people really not understand this?”

    Me, I guess not! But thanks Pandora and Jason. I see and perhaps I looking for a balanced budget amendment. So will cutting spending lessen the need to extend the debt ceiling? I am sure everyone here must agree America’s out of control debt is not healthy.

  6. cassandra m says:

    Pandora’s point is that Congress approves these budgets with out of control spending. If they were serious about cutting spending or not hitting a debt ceiling, they would pass budgets that do that. Except they don’t. And now they are pissing and moaning about paying for (raising the debt ceiling) the stuff they voted for (the budgets).

  7. Kilroy-

    You guessed wrong.

    Thank you for explaining the debt ceiling “crisis” in terms that anyone w/ basic reading comprehension skills can understand. Perhaps Kilroy can take some adult ed. 1st or 2nd grade Reading classes & finally understand.

  8. pandora says:

    I actually think this is a common misunderstanding – deliberately executed by Republicans and their leaders in Congress. Our Press also sucks.