Pew Research Center & President Obama

The Pew Research Center is an American think tank organization based in Washington, D.C. that provides information on issues, attitudes and trends shaping the United States and the world. The Presidency of Barack Obama began at noon EST on January 20, 2009, when he became the 44th President of the United States. 5.0/5

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Public opposition to the exchange of five Taliban prisoners for captive Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has less to do with Bergdahl himself and more with how President Obama handled the transfer, according to a new USA TODAY/Pew Research Center poll.
The latest USA Today/Pew Research Center poll shows that Republicans have their best midterm edge at this point in the cycle in at least two decades. That’s big – it means we could make historic gains if we continue to get our message out. It’s not hard to see why voters are growing disillusioned with President Obama and the Democrats. With weak economic growth and Obamacare still highly unpopular, Americans are tired of the Democrats’ broken promises and failed policies. Voters are hungry for a conservative reform agenda that will break up the status quo and get our country back on the right track. Do you agree with these statements???
DON'T CONFUSE FOLKS WITH THE FACTS Most prefer to accept whatever their favorite "talking head" says This morning on WMAL Radio "Mornings on the Mall" show there was a discussion on the claim of President Obama that women get paid about 77% of what men make for the same work. An astute caller observed: "In view of that if I was the boss I would only hire women." The push now by the president and Congressional Democrats seems to be the beginning of the election cycle for them. With their successful campaign of 2012 where they branded the Republican Party with a "War on Women" they are not about to miss another opportunity to sew up the women's vote. But their position is not reality. The comment of the caller above shows just how ridiculous this claim is - why would anyone hire men if they can get women at roughly 75% of the cost for the same work? Well? In the WSJ today there is this column "The '77 Cents on the Dollar' Myth About Women's Pay". The by-line is "Once educational, marital status and occupati ...
Despite spending years attacking the character of President Obama and the Democrats, a new Pew Research Center survey found that the American people trust Democrats more than Republicans 41%-31%.
*The latest Pew Research Center survey found a lot of things that should cheer President Obama. Voter anger against government even among those that identify
Despite a push from President Obama for immigration reform, 2013 failed to yield any sweeping legislation. Judy Woodruff talks to Mark Hugo Lopez of the Pew Research Center, Tamar Jacoby of ImmigrationWorks USA, Angela Maria Kelley of the Center for American Progress and Jessica Vaughan of the Cente...
Following on the heels of other political groups, President Obama's liberal base is abandoning him, giving him an even lower level of support from his base than George W. Bush had from conservatives five years into his presidency, according to a new Pew Research Center poll. Just 54 percent of liber...
"July 6th – Slow news day. So we’ll go with this. It’s frustrating watching President Obama get away with what he does. Obviously his sycophantic media is a huge factor. But there’s another possible reason. According to its website, the Pew Research Center is “a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world.” In 2011 this organization asked 19 questions dealing with politics, current events and world geography. These questions were asked of Republicans, Democrats & Independents. Guess how many questions a higher % of Democrats answered correctly? Zero! Zilch! Nada! On all 19 questions Repubs were better informed. (below) Thought this might come in handy the next time that snotty lib college kid tells you how ignorant you are. George Carlin said it best: “Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that.” Thanks George, we knew there had to be some explanation of how Barack Obama c ...
A new survey by the Pew Research Center might explain why Washington is having such a tough time convincing Americans that they just can’t cut their spending without horrible pain. The survey found that only 26 percent of Americans trust the government to do the right thing all or most of the time. 73 percent say they trust the government only sometimes or never. That’s an exact reversal of the days of Eisenhower and JFK, when over 70 percent of Americans trusted the government. It started dropping under LBJ and the Vietnam War and has been sliding up and down, with minor fluctuations, ever since. One advantage that President Obama has: his core constituents – youth, blacks, Hispanics and Democrats in general- still have the most faith in government. Their trust levels range from about 38 to 44 percent. But there’s not a single demographic group, left or right, young or old, where the majority trust their own government. That’s in line with a Pew poll from January that found 53 percent ...
Listening to Janet Parshall last night on Moody Radio, I was shocked at what she had to say. According to studies conducted by The Pew Research Center and Harvard, the fastest growing religion in the United States is Islam. She went on further to say, that unless the current trend changes, that America will become a Muslim country by the year 2050. This in addition to President Obama and now President Clinton pressuring the Supreme Court of the United States to overturn The Defense of Marriage act, has set our country on a course of destruction. The only thing, and I mean ONLY THING that can turn the tide of all this, is a Heaven sent, Spirit born Revival of such magnitude that it sweeps across our nation like wildfire, changing the hearts and lives of all people. Thus bring their actions and behaviors in line with God and His plan for humanity. Which of course, is that all men would be saved from the penalty of their sins, by accepting the Lord Jesus Christ as their Saviour.
A Must Read!! Equal Opportunity, Our National Myth By JOSEPH STIGLITZ President Obama's second Inaugural Address used soaring language to reaffirm America's commitment to the dream of equality of opportunity: "We are true to our creed when a little girl born into the bleakest poverty knows that she has the same chance to succeed as anybody else, because she is an American; she is free, and she is equal, not just in the eyes of God but also in our own." The gap between aspiration and reality could hardly be wider. Today, the United States has less equality of opportunity than almost any other advanced industrial country. Study after study has exposed the myth that America is a land of opportunity. This is especially tragic: While Americans may differ on the desirability of equality of outcomes, there is near-universal consensus that inequality of opportunity is indefensible. The Pew Research Center has found that some 90 percent of Americans believe that the government should do everything it can to ensure ...
i Jacquelyn Martin/AP The big demographic story out of the 2012 presidential election may have been President Obama's domination of the Hispanic vote, and rightfully so. But as we close the book on the election, it bears noting that another less obvious bloc of key swing state voters helped the president win a second term. They're the "nones" — that's the Pew Research Center's shorthand for the growing number of American voters who don't have a specific religious affiliation. Some are agnostic, some atheist, but more than half define themselves as either "religious" or "spiritual but not religious," Pew found in a recent survey. They are typically younger, more socially liberal than their forebears, vote Democratic, and now make up nearly 20 percent of the country's population. Exit polls suggest that 12 percent of voters on Election Day were counted as "religiously unaffiliated." "This really is a striking development in American politics," says Gregory Smith of the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life. ...
GUN SALES AND BACKGROUND CHECKS: Obama’s Bogus 40 Percent Stat By John Fund January 17, 2013 10:01 A.M. Of all the gun-control measures touted by President Obama on Wednesday, the one that got top billing was a dramatic tightening of background checks on gun purchasers. Obama himself said the need was urgent because “40 percent of all gun purchases are conducted without a background check.” But before we make the most sweeping changes in federal firearms law since the 1960s, shouldn’t we at least examine the validity of that figure? It’s about as dubious as they come. The administration is focusing on background checks in an attempt to drive a wedge between staunch anti-gun-control absolutists such as the National Rifle Association and the average gun owner. Background checks are easily the most popular proposal out there. A new poll by the Pew Research Center shows the public closely divided on banning “assault weapons,” but 85 percent of those surveyed supported universal background checks ...
There is a little doubt about Alabama’s political position on gun control. Eight out of nine members of the Alabama congressional delegation accepted financial support from the National Rifle Association. This state led the nation in the recent gun run, as firearm background checks spiked 145 percent in Alabama after the re-election of President Obama and the shooting in Newtown. But, while it’s easy to find long lines at gun shops from Mobile to Huntsville, it’s necessary to look at opinions across the country gauge the reception of Obama’s policy proposals this morning. And a survey earlier this month by the Pew Research Center found deep divides along party lines, along levels of education and by gender. Nine findings on national opinions about gun control: 1. The majority of Americans, including members of both parties, favor background checks for private gun sales, as proposed by Obama this morning. Right now, only federally licensed sellers have to screen buyers. Pew found 85 percent of Repu ...
Examiner.com People often discuss the “liberal bias” they expect from the media, but rarely is it seen on such an astonishing scale as the Pew Research Center released Monday. The journalistic watchdog group examined 660 news stories from 49 “mainstream press outlets” from October 22, 2012 through November 5, 2012. When considering the week before the election, many major news networks aired coverage that was more “positive” about President Obama, much of it being Hurricane Sandy coverage, but some networks reached extreme levels. The polarization of Fox News and MSNBC increased just before the election, one news source showing bias in one direction and vice versa. Fox News maintained a bias as 42% of their coverage of Romney the week before the election was positive and 11% of the station’s Romney coverage was negative. Their coverage of Obama was the opposite; only 5% of their Obama coverage was positive while 56% was negative. Most other news sources during this period had coverage that w ...
A new study just released by the Pew Research Center found that in the final week of the just-ended presidential campaign, the "Lean Forward" network did absolutely no negative stories about President Obama or positive ones about Mitt Romney.
"The ratio of negative to positive stories in Fox’s coverage of President Obama was 46 to 6. On MSNBC, the ratio of negative to positive stories on GOP candidate Mitt Romney was 71 to 3." —Pew Research Center "It all comes down to a bunch of people who really make a good living by telling the politicos and the rest of us what really moves people is negative ads. … It’s tragic. It’s epically tragic. We just seem to be recycling tragedy at this point." —Lewis Black Try to keep a clear head tomorrow, everyone.
Ezra Klein posted a set of charts & graphs on Washington Post’s Wonkblog with data and context for evaluating the rhetoric of President Obama & candidate Romney in last night's debate. Fascinating! From Europe, where I have yet to meet a Romney supporter (it’s all-Obama here), I am most interested in point Romney speaking about American influence: “But unfortunately, in — nowhere in the world is America’s influence greater today than it was four years ago.” The chart is from a Pew Research Center survey of 16 countries about American influence in 2007 and 2012. Here’s how they saw attitudes change: +2 to +11 percentage gains in how the US is viewed around the world.
Why are liberals so thin skinned and hateful? exactly shocking news for those exposed to them for years, but the respected Pew Research Center has determined that political liberals are far less tolerant of Opposing Views than regular Americans. In a new study, the Pew Center for the Internet and American Life Project confirmed what most intelligent Americans had long sensed. That is, whenever they are challenged or confronted on the hollow falsity of their orthodoxy -- such as, say, uniting diverse Americans -- liberals tend to respond defensively with anger, even trying to shut off or silence critics. (i.e. photo above of President Obama reacting to Boston hecklers.) The new research found that instead of engaging in civil discourse or debate, fully 16% of liberals admitted to blocking, unfriending, threat of flagging or overtly hiding someone on a social networking site because that person expressed views they disagreed with. That's double the percentage of conservatives and more than twice the percent ...
It may be tempting for my Republican and conservative friends to look at polls like Gallup and be over-optimistic about a Romney win in November but I caution you: Gallup isn't known for it's accuracy. The two polling firms to watch are Rasmussen Reports (Romney leads by 1%) and the Pew Research Center poll (Romney leads by 3%). Pew and Rasmussen predicted the election results in 2008 precisely. Rasmussen does state-by-state polling and predicted every state accurately in 2008 (they missed one state in 2004). Rasmussen and Pew use the most sound methodology. Most other polls over-estimate Democrat support. But caution is warranted: Rasmussen has Romney up by 1% nationally but President Obama is up by 3% in Rasmussen swing state polling. What does that mean? It means Romney may very well win the popular vote but lose the election. Not many bright sides to this except that the Democrats will finally shut-up about the 2000 election where Bush lost the popular vote but won the presidency. Democrats roundly co ...
Mitt Romney wiped out President Obama's lead in the latest Pew Research Center poll:
A new poll, a different outlook. Mitt Romney now leads President Obama by four points among likely voters following a strong debate performance last week, according to the Pew Research Center The GOP
Katrina Trinko writes on NRO: In a new Pew Research Center poll, taken after the debate, Mitt Romney is at 49 percent, four points ahead of President Obama, among likely voters. The partisan breakdown is unusual in that Republicans have the advantage: the sample is 36 percent Republican, 31 percent ...
Thursday's campaign round-up By Steve Benen - Thu Sep 27, 2012 12:00 PM EDT.Today's installment of campaign-related news items that won't necessarily generate a post of their own, but may be of interest to political observers: * The Obama campaign released this morning its third ad featuring Mitt Romney's "47 percent" remarks, and to my ear, this one's the most devastating. I don't yet have a list of states where it's airing, but readers in Ohio and Virginia confirm having seen it this morning. [Update: it's running in seven states: Ohio, Virginia, Florida, Iowa, Colorado, Nevada, and New Hampshire.] * Romney said he's unconcerned about the polls because the race is still at an "early state." Early Voting begins in much of the country this week. * In Iowa, considered one of the eight or nine 2012 battlegrounds, Public Policy Polling shows President Obama leading Romney by seven, 51% to 44%. * A Pew Research Center report released yesterday shows Obama's support among Roman Catholic voters growing, and he ...
Supporters of Barack Obama hailed their candidate’s ascension to America’s highest political office as ushering in a “post-partisan presidency.” The reasoning behind this wasn’t without reason. After all, Obama had announced at his 2004 Democratic Convention keynote address, “There is not a liberal America and a conservative America—there is the United States of America,” and had promised upon his inauguration “an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn-out dogmas that for far too long have strangled our politics.” But almost four years into his presidency, Barack Obama presides over a more polarized America than any the Pew Research Center has polled in its quarter century of surveying political division on 48 separate issues. President Obama failed to convince a single Republican to vote for his signature achievement, the Affordable Care Act, and garnered just a handful of GOP supporters for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. As former Dem ...
Poll: Voters just aren't into Mitt Romney Politics | USA TODAY Voters apparently just aren't that into Mitt Romney. A new Pew Research Center poll shows more voters have a negative image of the Republican candidate, with 52% saying they have an unfavorable view of Romney compared with 37% who have a favorable view. "The poll, conducted prior to Romney's recent overseas trip, represents the sixth consecutive survey over the past nine months in which his image has been in negative territory," Pew says. By comparison, President Obama is viewed favorably by 50% of registered voters vs. 45% who see him in a negative light. Although Obama's image is better than Romney's, the poll shows both candidates are among the lowest-rated candidates in recent elections -- with the Republican facing the tougher challenge in winning over voters. The only presidential candidates to be viewed negatively by more than half of voters going into an election were George H.W. Bush in 1992 and Bob Dole in 1996, Pew says. Pew also fi ...
Obama’s School Vacations By Ian Tuttle July 13, 2012 4:00 A.M. Conservative activist Jason Mattera calls them “Obama zombies.” Vice President Joe Biden calls them “the most incredible group of Americans we have ever, ever, ever produced.” They call themselves “unemployed,” “disenchanted,” and “frustrated.” In 2008, President Obama captured 66 percent of voters under 30, compared with only 54 percent for Kerry in 2004. But in 2012, the administration is finding this cohort a tougher sell. The Associated Press reports that “about 1.5 million, or 53.6 percent, of bachelor’s degree-holders under the age of 25 last year were jobless or underemployed, the highest share in 11 years.” Meanwhile, a survey by Twentysomething, Inc., found that 85 percent of college seniors in 2012 planned to move back into their parents’ homes after graduation — a trend reflected in a December 2011 survey by the Pew Research Center that found that 53 percent of 18- to 24-year-olds are living, or have ...
President Obama delivers a speech “to the Muslim world” in Cairo on Thursday, June 4, 2009. (AP Photo)(CNSNews.com) – A strong majority of people in Egypt, 76 percent, do not want Barack Obama reelected president of the United States, according to a global survey by the Pew Research Center. The su...
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