Q's polling has been horrific lately and it's time to cast them aside.
Pres. Obama's approval has been on the upswing over the last week (compared to weeks prior) confirmed by various polls (53% from CBS, 55% from CNN and 56% from ABC).
Until I see other pollsters show the same low standing -- not Q who has reduced their RV sample since July (which has resulted in 50-ish percent approval ratings for President Obama and other odd polling results) -- I'll start to get concerned.
It's irresponsible to judge the opinion of the public with one poll. Especially from an organization who conveniently stopped polling the national race in September of 2008.
I didn't read that article yet, but if what you say is correct, I don't understand why you're surprised.
Liberals never seem to go about enacting policy correctly anymore.
They complain about getting things done, but when it comes to actually getting things done, they fall apart (choosing to focus on extremely insignificant things allowing for the other side to take advantage -- Republicans: "We liked President Obama's bill, but what the House passed isn't his bill.").
This current situation is all the evidence you need for that.
Many liberal politicians (actually, more like liberal commentators, there are certainly a good few successful liberal politicians out there) come from the Lou "faux-Independent" Dobbs school of thinking:
All talk, no solutions.
And by the way, I consider myself a liberal progressive even though that label likely doesn't mean what it should any more.
You can't have it both ways. You can't complain, complain, complain about the bill last week, and then be surprised when the media and the Republicans and even some Democrats are pushing for changes, thereby threatening the passage of a good bill.
The complaints by Democrats and the vocal minority have allowed the Republicans to gain the upper hand.
"But my gut instinct says that this is the second time since Monday that Obama's people didn't communicate their decisions to Congressional allies quite as well as they could have."
would be awesome.
Our Democratic congress, although not entirely their fault, has been incredibly inept over the last two years. Hopefully they're getting the message loud and clear: We've got 59 votes, shape up and get shit done.
On the eve of the 2008 presidential election, the CBS News Poll finds the Democratic ticket, Barack Obama and Joe Biden, still with a comfortable lead over the Republicans, John McCain and Sarah Palin. The Democrats hold a nine point advantage among likely voters, including those who lean toward a candidate.
Once again, their final poll was 51% for Obama and 42% for McCain (+9 Obama).
The current election returns are getting close to 53/45 which would be 8 percent when rounded. At the very least, it'll be 53/46 and they would have missed by just two points.