Posts Tagged ‘Poll’

As the debate about Donald Trump’s immigration order continues to divide the nation, a new Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll has found that more Americans participating in the survey approve of the President’s action than disapprove.

On Friday, US President Donald Trump signed an executive order that suspended entry to the United States for citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for 90 days; bans all refugees from entry for 120 days; and bars all Syrian refugees from entering the United States indefinitely.

The poll, released on Tuesday, found that 49 percent of American adults either “somewhat” or “strongly” agree with the effort to enact stronger vetting. Meanwhile, 41 percent either “somewhat” or “strongly” disagree. The remaining 10 percent responded that they are unsure.

Predictably, the opinions were sharply divided along party lines, with 53 percent of Democrats strongly disagreeing, and 51 percent of Republicans strongly agreeing.

Additionally, the survey found that 31 percent of Americans feel “more safe” with the temporary restrictions, and just 26 percent feel “less safe.”

“Democrats were more than three times as likely as Republicans to say that the ‘US should continue to take in immigrants and refugees,’ and Republicans were more than three times as likely as Democrats to agree that ‘banning people from Muslim countries is necessary to prevent terrorism,” Reuters reports.

The poll was conducted from January 30-31, using responses from 453 Democrats and 478 Republicans.

 

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Many US troops hold an unfavorable view of President Barack Obama’s time as their Commander in Chief, perhaps explaining why they voted at a 2-1 ratio for Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton.

A new poll, conducted by the Military Times/Institute for Veterans and Military Families, found that 51.5 percent of members of the military hold either “very unfavorable” or “somewhat unfavorable” views of the outgoing President’s time in office. Just 36 percent of those polled found his time in office to be either “very favorable” or “somewhat favorable.”

“His moves to slim down the armed forces, move away from traditional military might and overhaul social policies prohibiting the service of minority groups have proven divisive in the ranks,” the Military Times reported. “His critics have accused him of trading a strong security posture for political points, and for allowing the rise of terrorists like the Islamic State group whom the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were supposed to silence.”
Obama’s move to decrease military personnel was one of the biggest complaints according to the survey, as 71 percent think the numbers should have instead been increased. Another issue is the withdrawal of combat troops from Iraq, which 59 percent of the military personnel polled said they believe made America less safe. Additionally 64 percent said that the President lacks focus on the biggest dangers facing the nation, with 64 percent believing that China is a significant threat.
 There were some issues where Obama polled well among service members, particularly in the use of drones and special forces teams for precision strikes, something which 60 percent of those polled approve of. They also agree with the President’s belief that building strong alliances with foreign powers helps to secure America.
“That’s a conflicted response to a president who entered the White House vowing to end US involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan but instead leaves as the first American president to oversee two full terms with combat troops deployed to hostile zones,” the Military Times noted.
When looking at results by branches, the Marine Corps held the least favorable view of Obama, with 60 percent viewing his time in office as unfavorable. The Navy had the most members who view his time favorably, but even there only 43.4 percent held a positive view of his presidency.

Donald Trump appears to have made a political comeback for the ages, but the media has gone silent about a major new poll that shows the Republican has catapulted back into the lead instead showing their viewers polls from three weeks ago.

Following a major shake-up in his campaign’s leadership with the hiring of seasoned political operative Kellyanne Conway to manage the effort and controversial Brietbart CEO Steve Bannon to consult on messaging, Donald Trump has seen a meteoric rise in daily tracking polls jumping eight points to somersault past Hillary Clinton calling the corporate media’s coronation of the former Secretary of State into question.

The poll, released by USC/LA Times asks a portion of 3,000 US citizens randomly across all households and demographic groups who they prefer for president. The poll is conducted each day to measure any volatile shifts in the candidates’ performance and to gauge the momentum of the race. The poll finds that Trump now holds a two point lead over Clinton, nationally.

The poll found Donald Trump seven points ahead of Hillary Clinton at the start of the Democratic National Convention marred by WikiLeaks revelations of a coordinated effort by Hillary Clinton’s campaign, the DNC, and the mainstream media to undermine the electoral chances of opponent Bernie Sanders. The press were actually told to report spoon fed lines from political operatives “without attribution” in order to create a false narrative. Esteemed journalists such as dean of the Nevada political press corps and MSNBC correspondent Jon Ralston happily did as they were told.

But then, we witnessed a near historic capsizing of the Donald Trump campaign fueled by an artfully constructed smear campaign that labelled, in newspapers across the United States, the Republican nominee as a secret agent of Russian President Vladimir Putin with the attacks extending to his staff and closest advisers – including Paul Manafort, who has since been forced to resign, and three-star US General Michael Flynn, the man who actually warned the Obama administration in vein about the threat of Daesh (known colloquially as ISIS).

Between the resurgence of McCarthyite attacks by association and missteps by Donald Trump himself, most notably of which was an egregious public spat with the Gold Star family of American war hero Humayun Khan who sacrificed his life to save hundreds of his fellow soldiers based primarily on the fact that the family was Muslim.

The damage, both wrought by the media and, to a large extent self-induced, caused Trump’s stock among voters to cascade down nearly seven points while Hillary Clinton’s fortunes with the American electorate jumped an additional seven points – a 14 point swing in less than three weeks.

Yet, it appears that a new on-message Trump has begun to soar after apologizing to the public for “hurting others” by “sometimes using the wrong words,” in stark contradiction to his previous stance that he has “the best words.”

Trump has also attempted to appeal to new demographics, including the African-American community and younger voters, but it remains to be seen whether he’ll see advances with these voter groups.

Trump now finds himself securing 45% of the electorate versus 43% for Hillary Clinton in what may go down as the greatest political comeback in American history – or just as likely another blip in a long campaign cycle.

Nonetheless, despite the gravity of the new poll results MSNBC’s Morning Joy on Saturday, spoke about a poll in which Donald Trump only secured 1% of the African-American vote – in a poll with a margin of error of three percentage points meaning, if those results were to be believed, Trump could have less than zero support among the black community.

While demographics are certainly a relevant issue in the political cycle, so is the timing of polling. The poll which was cited by the corporate media was conducted from July 31 to Aug 3 – at the heart of Trump’s collapse in polling nationally.

CNN’s State of the Union showed the same three weeks outdated poll on Sunday afternoon while not referring at all to more recent and relevant polling results that are contrary to the narrative that Hillary has already won the race. This followed a segment on how Donald Trump is no longer really a candidate for office, but instead is only going through the motions in order to start his own news channel.

By contrast, the major US news agencies covering the election, including CNN, MSNBC, Washington Post, and the New York Times, have failed to mention at all the major poll, conducted by a nationally recognized newspaper in conjunction with a prominent research university which shows Trump winning as of yesterday

Americans are viewed more negatively today than during the darkest days of the ill-fated Bush era.

A recent Pew Research report suggests that the sun may be setting on America’s international hegemony. People polled around the world favor Russian President Vladimir Putin over a leading US presidential candidate for the first time, and a growing number of the world’s inhabitants now have a negative view of Washington’s economic and political influence.

Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump appears to be not only one of the lowest-rated politicians among Americans since public opinion polling began in the 1960s, but he also seems to be affecting the country’s reputation abroad.

Trump received a negative rating by every single political party around the world, often by a measure of 10 to 1. Even voters from the anti-immigrant, populist UKIP and Forza Italia parties oppose the Republican by a 2 to 1 count. Overall, only 9% of respondents believe that Donald Trump would “do the right thing” in international affairs, compared with 85% who say they have no such confidence.

This turn away from “American exceptionalism” stretches beyond Donald Trump, however. Nearly 42% of European respondents said they do not believe the current US government respects the personal freedoms of its people, ignoring values Washington claims to espouse.

America’s international image is likely to suffer no matter the outcome of the election in November, as presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has a favorability rating 20 points below President Obama.

Even more concerning, 65% of European respondents viewed Americans as intolerant, with over half declaring the American people to be a most arrogant, greedy, and violent among global citizens. This stands in stark contrast with prior public opinion polls that showed a generally positive international view of the country’s people, with most complaints reserved for the US leadership.

The poll shows that under the Obama administration, America’s image has suffered dramatically, with nearly twice as many respondents saying the United States plays a less powerful role in the international arena than it did ten years ago.

By contrast, Russia’s international image appears to be on the rise.

A majority of respondents in China, India, and Greece agree that Russian President Vladimir Putin will do the right thing when it comes to matters of international importance. In fact, Putin outpaces both Obama and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in both China and Greece.

China’s influence also appears to be growing, with respondents in France, Canada, and Australia saying they believe that Beijing has surpassed the United States in terms of economic importance.

A new poll published Tuesday shows that 71% of participants feel the American economy is manipulated to their disadvantage.

The poll, conducted by Marketplace-Edison Research, reported consistent feelings across lines of class, gender, race, and ethnicity, with 80% of respondents aged 18-24 and 83% of African Americans holding similar opinions.

The poll has been tracking the increasing anxiety around the economy and showed that many Americans feel their parent’s generation fared better economically and believe things will become even worse for the next generation. The feeling appears to be rooted in Americans feeling less and less financially secure.

Almost one quarter of the poll’s respondents said they had not taken a vacation in over five years and nearly half reported being fearful of losing their jobs within the next year. Roughly 60% of renters who responded were afraid of not being able to make rental payments, 53% were worried about their mortgage, and 71% expressed concerns of being unable to pay off an emergency medical bill.

One third said they’ve actually lost sleep over money troubles.

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Approximately 54% believe that trade deals like the TPP were to blame for disappearing manufacturing jobs in the US, as opposed to “natural changes in the economy.” Nearly 60% think Wall Street is a hurtful institution for most Americans, while 56% believe the US should break up banks that are “too big to fail.”

“The truth is, we have a rigged economy. It is unsustainable. It is not moral. And it’s not the economy we need to be a great nation,” Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders tweeted last month. “The fact of the matter is trade agreements pushed by corporate America are very good for CEOs, but disastrous for American workers.”

Capitalizing on the popularity of the Sanders campaign, presumptive nominees Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have become more progressive in their economic rhetoric, despite their own histories of collusion with corporations.

The US Federal Reserve is going to launch QE4 for the same reason they launched QE3, 2 and 1. They're going to try to stimulate the economy. Now that they stopped QE, the air is coming out of this bubble, says financial analyst Peter Schiff.

“I got into this race because I wanted to even the odds for people who have the odds stacked against them. To build an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top, we have got to go big and we have got to go bold,” Clinton said during a rally in Ohio, where she appeared with Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren. Clinton has a documented history with corporations like Wal-Mart.

Trump, a billionaire who paid undocumented Polish immigrants $5 an hour to clear land for the construction of Trump Tower, said in a speech last week, “It’s not just the political system that’s rigged, it’s the whole economy.”

Potential voters don’t seem convinced, as they report being “not satisfied at all” with the presumptive nominees.

The public has lost hope in the bedrock institutions of America, suggesting that the country may be teetering on the edge of collapse.

In a Gallup poll released Tuesday, 9% of Americans answering the survey expressed confidence in the Republican-controlled Congress to address the country’s challenges, down ten percentage points from one decade ago and ranking last among the 14 institutions measured.0

Although rated worse than any other institution in the country, federal lawmakers are not alone in facing mass disdain by a US electorate who increasingly thinks that the system has stopped working. Only the military and police services saw over 50% of respondents express “a great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in the job they do every day.

Wall Street faced the largest drop in public approval ratings compared to a decade ago, as the country has failed to rebound from the economic calamity precipitated by speculative excess by the finance industry – banks fell from a 49% confidence rating down to a 22% rating. Recent polling data shows that 8% of Americans have confidence in the broader US financial system.

Similarly, the polling participants have lost confidence in corporate-owned media outlets for their failure to hold public officials accountable or give readers an unbiased truth. Both television news and newspapers fell ten percentage points, to all-time low confidence ratings of 21% and 20%, respectively.

WikiLeaks is planning to publish more emails of ex-US secretary of state and Democratic party frontrunner Hillary Clinton

This breakdown in institutional confidence has sparked the emergence this election cycle of Republican nominee Donald Trump, despite a number of controversial statements including, but not limited to, blasting the Pope for being sacrilegious, referring to Mexicans as “murderers and rapists,” calling for an ban on Muslims in the country, suggesting the country enter a technical default to negotiate down its global debt, bringing back mass torture, advocating for women who get abortions to be punished, questioning whether Republican rival Ted Cruz’s father was behind the JFK assassination, and, most recently, hinting that sitting US President Obama may share sympathies and, infact, by tacitly responsible for the violent actions of radical jihadists.

Collective popular aggravation also paved the way for Democratic insurgent Bernie Sanders’ historic run, garnering the support of 46% of the primary election vote against Hillary Clinton. The fierce headwinds from the political and media establishment, looking to cast him as racist, sexist, and even a leading force behind the horrors of the Sandy Hook shooting massacre, the characterizations of Sanders have likely contributed to the public losing trust in the corporate media.

The breakdown in public trust in the bedrock institutions of American society will present a major challenge for the country’s next president and leave the governing structure on a vulnerable foundation at a time when the wealthy are celebrating an economic resurgence that has yet to be felt by main street.

According to a recent poll by ORB international, the Brexit “Leave” movement has gained powerful support, just two weeks before the referendum.

According to a survey of some 2,000 people, 55 percent favor the UK leaving the European Union, a 10-point lead over the 45 percent who favor remaining. Compared with April results, this is a 4-point gain for the Leave movement.

These numbers depend on the likelihood of people to vote, which differs between camps. While 78 percent of those supporting the Leave vote are strongly determined to vote for the referendum on June 23, only 66 percent of those supporting the Remain vote intend to cast their ballot.

If this factor is omitted, the Leave supporters still remain on top, with a raw 53 percent lead over the 47 percent who wish to remain.

While a sweeping 62 percent of Tories are expected to vote for Brexit, support for the Leave vote among Labour endorsers has also grown, with 44 percent of those who were originally perceived to be for remaining within the political and economic union now favoring separating from the EU.

Some 80 percent of those polled understand that Brexit could cause major economic problems. However, while the remaining 19-20 percent claim Brexit won’t affect the country’s economy, both groups appear prepared to take the risk.

Poll experts suggest that it’s too early to predict the results of the referendum, as it is not unusual for one side to make a last-minute swing, as happened with the 2014 Scottish independence referendum.