Surely the Ivy League elite would explain away the results of this survey by testily explaining to society’s losers that they don’t produce workers, they produce leaders.


John Kerry is living, breathing proof that degrees from Harvard and Yale do not make you superior

Rasmussen has the sad news for America’s elite:

Ronald Reagan was the last president we had who didn’t graduate from an Ivy League school like Harvard or Yale, and the highest levels of government for much of the nation’s history have been filled with Ivy League grads. But that doesn’t seem to influence the thinking of most American Adults.

In fact, only three percent (3%) say individuals who go to Ivy League schools are better workers than those who go to other schools. A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey finds that 79% do not think Ivy League students make better workers. Eighteen percent (18%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Adults across nearly every demographic agree that an Ivy League education does not necessarily make someone a better worker.

We don’t care what the Ivy League’s response to this survey might be, because this looks suspiciously like a consensus and as Al Gore has taught us, nothing’s surer than a consensus.

Source: Rasmussen

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What the hell is wrong with the American people? The first half of this survey makes complete sense, but the second half makes no sense in light of the first half.


Poll results show that President Obama is under water when it comes to offshore drilling

TheHill.com reports the results that boggle our minds:

Rising energy prices are prompting support among likely voters for expanding U.S. drilling and releasing oil from the country’s emergency stockpiles, a new poll conducted for The Hill shows.

By a 66-25 percent margin, likely voters say President Obama should encourage more oil and gas exploration offshore, and by a 50-35 percent margin they favor releasing oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to moderate gas price increases.

The same survey shows that stepped-up GOP allegations that White House energy policies are raising prices have failed to give Republicans a political edge on the issue.

Slightly more than half the respondents — 52 percent — said neither party should be blamed for high gas prices. Twenty-two percent of those polled blame Republicans, while 19 percent blame Democrats.

So you have a President and a political party who’ve slapped a moratorium on drilling in the Gulf and in Alaska and who have made drilling on most government land damn near impossible while you have another party that supports drilling in all of those locations.

Yet likely voters blame Republicans for high gas prices more than they blame Democrats?

We’re not doing our job well enough.

Source: TheHill.com

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“We’re on the wrong track.” Those are words politicians like to say before they’re elected, not words they like to hear after they’re elected. In the case of President Obama, though, those words are becoming a constant refrain.


Aren't you surprised that only 64% of the American people think we're on the wrong track?

Reuters has the details of the latest Fascist poll to lie about our Exalted Leader:

Americans’ confidence in the way the country is going has slumped to a two-year low in the last month, and one pollster blamed soaring gas prices.

A Reuters/Ipsos poll showed on Wednesday the proportion of people who believe the United States is on the wrong track rose seven points to 64 percent from February, in a fresh challenge to President Barack Obama.

It was the highest number of people in an Ipsos poll who think the country on the wrong track since Obama took office in January 2009. The survey comes as many indicators show an improving U.S. economy.

64% of the American people agree that we’re on the wrong track?

Praise be to President Obama. He said he would unify Americans and he has delivered on his promise.

Source: Reuters.com

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This is not going to sit well in the White House. Despite the best efforts of the Obama administration to destroy the special relationship the United States has always had with Israel, the American people show more support than ever for the Middle East’s only democracy.

Gallup explains it in one short paragraph and one simple chart:

gallup support for israel

Americans’ views toward the Israeli-Palestinian conflict held fairly steady over the past year, with a near record-high 63% continuing to say their sympathies lie more with the Israelis. Seventeen percent sympathize more with the Palestinians.

Call us crazy, but we’re pretty sure this isn’t the kind of change the Obama administration had hoped for.

Source: Gallup.com

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Ronaldus Magnus Day. The Great Man Day. Or maybe just keep it simple and call it Reagan Day. Call it what you want, the American people like the idea as much as Chris Matthews will hate it.


Ronald Reagan Day, celebrated every year by standing up to our enemies in the morning and by firing union scum in the afternoon

Rasmussen has details of Reagan Day:

George Washington is the only U.S. president who is officially honored with a federal holiday, but given a list of some of America’s most influential other past presidents, more than one-in-four Americans choose Ronald Reagan as the one if another were to be recognized with a holiday. John F. Kennedy comes in second.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 27% of American Adults believe Reagan should be chosen if there were another federal holiday celebrating a past president. Twenty percent (20%) pick Kennedy. Fourteen percent (14%) say Thomas Jefferson should be recognized with a holiday, while nine percent (9%) think Franklin D. Roosevelt deserves it most.

Just two percent (2%) prefer Theodore Roosevelt, and four percent (4%) opt for some other president. Twenty-three percent (23%) are undecided.

Of course, the poll is slightly unfair because Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama are already honored each year on April 1.

Source: Rasmussen

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Damn those American people. Damn them to hell and back. They’ve gone and disappointed MSNBC’s Chris Matthews again. Disappointed him horribly, in fact.
How? By telling Gallup that the greatest president in history is Ronald Reagan.

“The greatest president in history according to the American people with their limited memory is Ronald Reagan,” Chris sputtered. “Keep in mind these are not historian rankings, these are people’s. By the way you should insist, before anybody participates in one of these ridiculous polls – please list the presidents and then pick the best. Don’t just go with the ones you can remember. It’s like the greatest movie of all time was the one I just went to.”

Just one problem with that “the greatest movie of all time was the one I just went to” theory, Chris.

Reagan got 19% of the votes, but every subsequent president got fewer votes, including Clinton who got 13%, Barack Obama got mere 5% and Jimmy Carter who somehow got 1%.

You might want to start working up a different excuse, Chris.

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In honor of Presidents Day, USA Today/Gallup did a poll that asked the simple question, “Who is the greatest American President in history?”

The answer is exactly what most IHateTheMedia.com readers would expect. And exactly what most liberals dread.

Is there room on Mount Rushmore for one more of history’s giants?

greatest president poll

“Results for this USA Today/Gallup poll are based on telephone interviews conducted Feb. 2-5, 2011, with a random sample of 1,015 adults, aged 18 and older, living in the continental U.S., selected using random-digit-dial sampling.”

Source: Gallop

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This new Gallup poll shows both the opportunity and the problem. The opportunity: Obama can be beaten. The problem: All the Republican candidates seem pretty damn generic to us.

You know, generic. Vanilla. Ordinary. Plain. Unexciting. Would someone please find us a thesaurus and would someone else please find us a candidate?


We have too many damn generic Republicans

TheHill.com has the story of our 2012 conundrum:

A new Gallup poll found registered voters are split over whether they would vote for President Obama in 2012.

Asked if they would vote for Obama or a generic Republican next year, 45 percent said they would support Obama and 45 percent said they would vote for the GOP candidate in the survey released Wednesday.

The poll shows opportunity for the large field of potential Republican candidates looking to defeat Obama on the heels of the Democrats’ “shellacking” in the 2010 midterm elections, when they lost control of the House and six Senate seats.

Come on. Give us Marco Rubio. Give us Allen West. Give us Mike Pence. Give us Paul Ryan. Give us Chris Christie. Give us somebody who can get us fired up.

Because we’re bored to death with these generic Republicans.

Source: TheHill.com

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Awwww, another bad day for Obama at Rasmussen

by editor on February 19, 2011

Poor ol’ President Obama and his Democrat minions can’t get anyone to agree with them on anything anymore. Thursday, for example, was a particularly bad day in the Rasmussen polls.


Barack Obama practicing, but not succeeding at doing the patented Bill Clinton lower lip bite

Just One-in-Four Voters Have Favorable Opinion of Geithner, Holder

Obama -9: Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

31% Say U.S. Heading in Right Direction

Just 28% Say Federal Government Has Consent of Governed

55% Say Obama’s Budget Doesn’t Cut Enough

44% Less Likely To Buy GM Because of Bailout

Voters Think They’re Far More Eager To Cut Spending Than Politicians Are

57% Still Believe Bailouts Were Bad for US

Generic Congressional Ballot: Republicans 45%, Democrats 39%

41% Favor High-Speed Rail Plan, 46% Oppose

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Deluded Democrats wanted to believe that President Obama’s much vaunted Cairo speech could unify America and the Arab world. It has, but not in the way they expected.


President Obama poses with another enigmatic figure of unknown origin

A new Zogby International poll shows that “Egyptians are disappointed with President Barack Obama…”

On Barack Obama: 61% were hopeful when Obama took office, 61% said he had not met the expectations set in his 2009 speech in Cairo, 60% were discouraged by his Middle East policies and 54% had a negative view of him.

While its clear that the people of the two nations agree on their disappointment in Barack Obama, this poll does demonstrate one major difference between Americans and Egyptians:

Americans may think that Barack Obama is an empty suit, but Egyptians disagree. They think he’s an empty caftan.

Source: Zogby.com

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Nine percent want to raise taxes. Nice freakin’ percent. This is about as one-sided a poll as you’re ever going to see. More than nine percent believe in Sasquatch and UFOs, for god’s sake. Nine percent probably think Lindsay Lohan should be president.


Nine percent think we need to raise taxes. Our guess? Nine percent of the country is also insane.

CBS News has the bad news for big spenders:

A new CBS News poll finds that Americans strongly prefer cutting spending to raising taxes to reduce the federal deficit. While 77 percent prefer to cut spending, just nine percent call for raising taxes. Another nine percent want to do both.

Yet most Americans could not volunteer a program they’d be willing to see cut in order to reduce the deficit – only 38 percent could name a program they would support cutting. The top responses were military/defense (six percent), Social Security/Medicare (four percent) and welfare/food stamps (four percent).

How about starting with these simple steps: (1) Freeze spending. (2) Free hiring until the Federal workforce is 10% smaller via attrition. Maybe 20%. (3) Then require each department to cut its spending by 10% on top of that. (4) Then go in and start cutting specific programs. And (5) End baseline budgeting.

Crap. We’re pissed off now and don’t even have a punch line for this story.

Source: CBS News

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For some reason that the Democrats just can’t figure out, the American people aren’t buying the story that Republicans are extreme. (Hint: Think about the old adage, “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.”)


Why the facepalm, Mr. President? This survey is a direct result of your extremist policies.

Rasmussen has the disturbing details for Democrats:

Voters continue to feel the Republican agenda in Congress is less extreme than that of congressional Democrats.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 42% of Likely U.S. Voters now describe the agenda of Republicans in Congress as mainstream, while nearly as many (38%) view it as extreme. Twenty percent (20%) are not sure.

At the same time, 38% of voters think the agenda of Democrats in Congress is mainstream, while nearly half (49%) believe it is extreme. Thirteen percent (13%) remain undecided.

Our best guess? The divide between the two parties will become even greater after the Democrats’ nonsense about the Tucson massacre gets factored into the next survey.

Source: Rasmussen

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The headline may be overstating it a bit – ok, more than a bit – but that thought must cross the minds of Democrat strategists when they see the latest poll from Rasmussen.


No wonder donkeys are an endangered species

Rasmussen finds that more Americans now consider themselves to be members of the party of Lincoln and Reagan than of FDR and Obama. The poll finds that 37 percent of Americans now call themselves Republicans, compared with 34 percent who call themselves Democrats. Rasmussen adds, “Keep in mind that figures reported…are for all adults, not likely voters. Republicans are a bit more likely to participate in elections than Democrats.”

Two Januaries ago, in 2009, the same poll showed that Democrats outnumbered Republicans by a tally of 41 to 33 percent. That’s a swing of 11 percentage points in party allegiance, away from Democrats (who have lost 7 points) and toward Republicans (who have gained 4 points), since President Obama took office.

Thanks, President Obama. This is a lot more change than we ever could have hoped for.

Source: Rasmussen

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President Obama promised Democrats that ObamaCare was the magic elixir that would make them invulnerable in last November’s elections. He said the bill would become even more popular as people learned what was in it.


President Obama practices showing compassion with his version of the patented Bill Clinton Lip Bite™

A ABC/Washington Post poll has some very bad news for the President:

Coinciding with a federal judge’s ruling invalidating a key element of the health care reform law, an ABC News/Washington Post poll finds support for the landmark legislation at a new low – but division on what to do about it.

The law’s never been popular, with support peaking at just 48 percent in November 2009. Today it’s slipped to 43 percent, numerically its lowest in ABC/Post polling. (It was about the same, 44 percent, a year ago.) Fifty-two percent are opposed, and that 9-point gap in favor of opposition is its largest on record since the latest debate over health care reform began in earnest in summer 2009.

More also continue to “strongly” oppose the law than to strongly support it, 37 percent to 22 percent.

Nancy Pelosi said, “We had to pass the bill to find out what was in it.”

Unfortunately, what they found was that the American people don’t like it.

Source: ABCnews.com

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Last week a federal judge ruled ObamaCare unconstitutional. This week Rasmussen reports that a majority of U.S. voters now think the legislative abomination will be overturned.

obamacare-posterNancy Pelosi was right. We had to pass the bill in order to find out what was in it. And now that we’ve found out, we don’t like it.

Rasmussen reports on the turn of the American voter:

For the first time since Democrats in Congress passed the health care bill in March, a majority of U.S. voters believe the measure is likely to be repealed.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 52% of Likely U.S. Voters think it is at least somewhat likely that the health care plan will be repealed. Thirty-three percent (33%) view repeal as unlikely. Those figures include 16% who believe repeal is Very Likely and 5% who believe it is Not at All Likely.

The number who view repeal as Likely is up from 47% last month and from 38% in early April. Belief that the plan is likely to be repealed has been hovering in the 40% range in surveys since April but began to rise in late October.

It’s all good. Well, at least until you remember that this all depends on the gutless Republicans actually doing what they said they were going to do.

Aw, crap, now we’re depressed again.

Source: Rasmussen

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Either there’s something very wrong with this poll or there’s something very wrong with a large segment of the American people. Our money’s on the latter.


63% think Obama is a weak president. What ever gave them that idea?

Zogby has the decidedly disfunctional details:

President Barack Obama’s job approval rating has fallen again to 39%, equaling a low since he took office. Also, 63% of likely voters say Obama is a weak leader, compared to 19% who label him strong.

Much of the slippage in Obama’s approval rating from 42% on Dec. 1 was caused by a drop of nine percentage points among Democrats (82% to 73%). His approval also went down among independents, from 39% to 36%. Just 7% of Republicans approve. His approval was also 39% on Nov. 22.

These results are from a Zogby Interactive poll of 1,914 likely voters conducted from Dec. 8-10, 2010.

63% of likely voters think Obama is a weak leader, but 39% of likely voters approve of him. Factor in the undecideds and that means there’s a considerable percentage who approve of him despite thinking he’s a weak leader.

In the words of Richard Bey, “Where do they find these people?”

Source: Zogby.com

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Whenever he thought one team was far enough ahead that a victory was assured, legendary Los Angeles Lakers announcer Chick Hearn would say, “This ballgame’s in the refrigerator. The door is closed, the lights are out, the butter’s getting hard, the eggs are cooling and the Jello’s jiggling.”

Pollster John Zogby might be getting to say those same words about Barack Obama.

Zogby International reports:

President Barack Obama’s job approval rating has dropped to the lowest point of his Presidency at 39%, and in potential match-ups with Republicans in 2012, he trails Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush and Newt Gingrich and is just one point ahead of Sarah Palin.

The percentage of likely voters saying the U.S. is on the wrong track is now the highest since Obama took office at 69%.

The President continues to lose the job approval of Democrats, going from 78% on Nov. 15 to 72% in this Nov. 19-22, 2010 interactive poll. His approval among independents stayed at 39%, and is 6% among Republicans.

The biggest surprise is that you can still round up 6% of Republicans who support this guy.

They must have included Colin Powell and Olympia Snowe.

Source: Zogby.com

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We’re not religious, but we’re praying that Gallup is right.


The latest Gallup Poll is a real eye opener for Nancy Pelosi. Or maybe it's just her latest nip and tuck.

The results are from Gallup’s Oct. 28-31 survey of 1,539 likely voters. It finds 52% to 55% of likely voters preferring the Republican candidate and 40% to 42% for the Democratic candidate on the national generic ballot — depending on turnout assumptions. Gallup’s analysis of several indicators of voter turnout from the weekend poll suggests turnout will be slightly higher than in recent years, at 45%. This would give the Republicans a 55% to 40% lead on the generic ballot, with 5% undecided…

Fact is, Gallup has a long track record of calling congressional races closer than any other polling group. So let’s assume they’re correct this year, too.

If that’s the case, what’s your prediction? How many seats will Republicans pick up?

Source: Gallup

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Pity CBS and the New York Times. They can see the Republican tidal wave coming, but their liberal bias is so strong that they can’t bring themselves to admit the size of what they see.

Take the results of the latest CBS/New York Times poll, for example:


CBS and the New York Times love black people 77% more than the U.S. Census Bureau does

With the midterm elections less than a week away, a new CBS News/New York Times poll finds that Republicans continue to hold an advantage over Democrats in the generic House ballot. Forty-six percent of likely voters say they plan to vote Republican, while 40 percent say they will vote Democrat.

Americans are divided in their views of the job President Obama is doing: 45% approve, while 47% disapprove.

If you scroll all the way down to the bottom of the poll, however, you’ll find the following paragraph:

This poll was conducted among a random sample of 1,173 adults nationwide, interviewed by telephone October 22-26, 2010. An oversample of African Americans was interviewed, for a total of 273 interviews with African Americans.

What this means is that CBS and the New York Times have stacked the deck in this poll two different ways. And both of them lessen the impact of the aforementioned tidal wave.

First, they oversampled blacks, who are not just predominantly Democrat, but overwhelmingly Democrat. Blacks are approximately 13% of the population, yet in this poll they account for 23% of the respondents.

Obama’s not on the ballot and it is widely expected that black turn-out will decrease in this election, not increase. So what rationale could possibly justify oversampling by 77% (10/13) an ethnic group that voted 95% Democrat in the last election?

Based on this, we assume somewhere around 170% of blacks will vote Democrat in this election. Of course, this will necessarily require a major “get out the vote” effort in cemeteries across the country, but those are traditional Democrat strongholds.

Second, self-identified party breakdown (weighted) in this poll shows 28% Republicans, 38% Democrats and 45% Independents. Do CBS and the New York Times really think Democrats outnumber Republicans by 35% (10/28) in a year when Republicans are expected to dominate the balloting? For god’s sake, man, Obama only won by 7% in in 2008 in what was widely considered a runaway election.

To show just how distorted these figures are, on the same day this CBS/New York Times poll was released, Gallup released a poll on the composition of likely 2010 voters. It shows 55% Republican/Lean Republican, 40% Democrat/Lean Democrat and 4% Independent.

Of course, it’s always possible that Gallup oversampled racist, sexist, homophobic conservatives. But we doubt it.

Source: CBS News, Gallup

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Barack Obama’s popularity is like that old Limbo Rock song. How low can you go?

Gallup reports the new low for the O:

gallup obama new low

Barack Obama averaged 44.7% job approval during the seventh quarter of his presidency. His average approval rating has declined each quarter since he took office, falling by more than two percentage points in the most recent quarter to establish a new low.

Question: What do you think will happen to Obama’s popularity after November 2nd? Will this be the low water mark? Will it continue to go down? Or will he be able to use the new Republican majority in the House to whip up support for himself.

Tell us what you think.

Source: Gallup.com

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Former big man on campus now flunking out

by editor on October 18, 2010

Oh, how times have changed. Barack Obama, who used to fill stadiums with charged-up college students, is now about as popular on campus as a herpes outbreak.

obama hype poster

Even the college kids have figured it out

The New York Daily News has the details:

College students’ support for the President is waning — a worrying sign for Democrats who are trying to re-energize young voters before the midterm elections, which are just a couple weeks away.
 Just 44% approve of the job Obama is doing, while 27% said they are unhappy with his job performance, according to a new Associated Press-mtvU poll.

That’s a significant dip from the 60% who gave the president high marks in a May 2009 poll. Only 15% of college goers had a negative opinion of him back then.

The education of Barack Obama has seen his GPA go into a steady decline. His latest report card shows a surprisingly low C in Public Speaking 401. A C- in Introduction to Golf. A D+ in Geography (he blew the final by answering “57” to the question “How many states are there?”). And, of course, an F in Economics 101.

Source: New York Daily News

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A new poll conducted by The Hill and ANGA yielded some hilarious results.

They surveyed voters in 12 competitive congressional districts held by first-term Democrats who rode Obama’s coattails into office in 2008.


"I know I didn't vote for McCain, but I just can't recall the name of the guy I did vote for."

Of the voters surveyed, 69 percent said their feelings about Obama will be an important consideration when they vote in congressional elections, while 28 percent said the president would not be a factor…

One telling finding is that only 42 percent of respondents said they recalled voting for Obama in 2008 even though the president received, on average, 53 percent of the vote in those districts.

Pollsters said that finding could indicate voter remorse, which may reflect a major drop in enthusiasm for the president.

Gee. Ya think?

Source: The Hill

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Well, slap us naked (and make sure Christine O’Donnell is in the room when you do it). We don’t want to get carried away or overconfident or even crazy here, but we’re one of those three and we just don’t know which one.


Welcome to the Pelosi Lawn, where socialism is about to be interred

The Washington Examiner has the Michael Barone’s analysis:

Late yesterday, Gallup came out with new numbers on the generic ballot question—which party’s candidates would you vote for in the election for House of Representatives? Among registered voters Gallup shows Republicans ahead by 46%-42%, about as good a score as Republicans have ever had (and about as bad a score as Democrats have ever had) since Gallup started asking the question in 1942.

However, Gallup also shows the results for two different turnout models. Under its “high turnout model” Republicans lead 53%-40%. Under its “low turnout model” Republicans lead 56%-38%.

These two numbers, if translated into popular votes in the 435 congressional districts, suggest huge gains for Republicans and a Republican House majority the likes of which we have not seen since the election cycles of 1946 or even 1928. For months, people have been asking me if this year looks like ’94. My response is that the poll numbers suggest it looks like 1994, when Republicans gained 52 seats in a House of 435 seats. Or perhaps somewhat better for Republicans and worse for Democrats. The Gallup high turnout and low turnout numbers suggest it looks like 1894, when Republicans gained more than 100 seats in a House of approximately 350 seats.

You know, of course, what manly men we are here at IHateTheMedia.com, but we’re about to start squealing like little girls with puppies.

Source: Washington Examiner

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Barack Obama’s now under water more than the Little Mermaid. People are turning away from him like he cut one in the elevator. He’s about as popular as a venereal disease.

OK, enough is enough. Let’s get on with the details of Gallup’s latest poll:

barack obama

President Obama ponders America's virulent racism

With his public approval solidly below 50% in September, it follows that less than a majority in most key demographic subgroups approve of the job the president is doing. His staunchest supporters remain blacks (91%), self-identified Democrats (79%), and self-identified liberals (75%).

Several other groups, all tending to be Democratic in their political orientation, give Obama approval ratings just above the majority level. These include young adults, Hispanics, Eastern region residents, political moderates, those who are unmarried, those with a postgraduate education, and those in the lowest income bracket.

Check out the chart. Only 36% of whites are still buying this guy’s snake oil, compared to 91% of blacks.

[Click to see the data…]

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Now if we could just get 57% of Americans to say, “I hate the media dot com,” life would be good. We’d have more hits than Drudge and more prestige than…well…we’d still be conservative so we wouldn’t have any prestige at all.

But that’s beside the point. Gallup.com has the details of the media-hating American people:


If you really hate the media (and love IHTM), you'd click the image and buy a T-shirt.

For the fourth straight year, the majority of Americans say they have little or no trust in the mass media to report the news fully, accurately, and fairly. The 57% now saying this is a record high by one percentage point.The 43% of Americans who, in Gallup’s annual Governance poll, conducted Sept. 13-16, 2010, express a great deal or fair amount of trust ties the record low, and is far worse than three prior Gallup readings on this measure from the 1970s.

Trust in the media is now slightly higher than the record-low trust in the legislative branch but lower than trust in the executive and judicial branches of government, even though trust in all three branches is down sharply this year. These findings also further confirm a separate Gallup poll that found little confidence in newspapers and television specifically.

Nearly half of Americans (48%) say the media are too liberal, tying the high end of the narrow 44% to 48% range recorded over the past decade. One-third say the media are just about right while 15% say they are too conservative.

15% say the media is too conservative? Probably pretty close to the percentage of Americans who are clinically insane.

Source: Gallup.com

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