Monday, July 20, 2009

More Polls- Smoke em if you got em

WaPo/ABC released a new poll showing declining support for Obama on key issues particularly health care where his numbers dipped below 50% for the first time. The Washington Post reports that support has slipped most noticeably among Independents and among conservative Democrats.

Though this poll is somewhat consistent with Rasmussen and Zogby on healthcare, it is notable as WaPO/ABC polls Dems and Independents in much higher numbers than Republicans. There are glaring inconsistencies between the polls, however. Zogby shows Americans opposing the House bill by a 50-42 margin. WaPo/ABC shows 54% approving of the House measures. Rasmussen shows likely voters opposing a public option 50 to 35%.

It's going to be a long week as Obama declares he will go all out to get his message to the public this week including a recently scheduled news conference on Wednesday,
continuing interviews beginning on Monday to begin driving his message. He will utilize Twitter and other online media venues in order to urge the public to ramp up pressure on Congress to pass legislation before the August break. The Washington Post staff writers Michael D. Shear and Shailagh Murray describe this phase of the legislative strategy as all Obama, all the time. I am grateful they explained that, otherwise I think we might not be able to distinguish this weeks all Obama from the rest of the previous 6 months. It's going to be another long week.

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