Thursday, April 26, 2007

Short Stack: Poll Positions

Dropping Faster than Alec Baldwin’s Chances at Father of the Year

According to a new Harris survey, “President” Bush’s approval rating has now bottomed-out at 28%… the lowest of his presidency.

Sometimes, the snark just writes itself…

Reid vs. Cheney

Ever since Mr. Reid spoke the truth, Cheney has been attacking him, and rather than cower in the corner, Reid is fighting back and, according to the New York Times, has been quoted as saying, "I’m not going to get into a name-calling match with somebody who has a 9% approval rating."


Why we all dream of both Cheney AND Bush hitting that low-low mark, his numbers aren’t that bad… but they are bad.

According to Mystery Pollster, they are in the 29-34% range.

Again, like I said above, sometimes the snark just writes itself…

To add more humiliation to Cheney, all of this is being talked about while he prepares to deliver the commencement address at Brigham Young University amid protests by students and faculty alike.

2008 Presidential Race – The Democrats

The first of what I am sure will be many, many debates for the 2008 Democratic Presidential nomination occurs tonight in South Carolina, and, on the verve of that debate, MSNBC has a poll up that expresses voters’ perception of a candidate; whether it’s negative, positive, or neutral.

Some of the results are surprising, but don’t take my word for it, see for yourself:

Obama: (-) 29% (neutral) 27% (+) 44%

Edwards: (-) 31% (neutral) 32% (+) 37%

Clinton: (-) 50% (neutral) 24% (+) 26%

Richardson: (-) 36% (neutral) 40% (+) 24%

Biden: (-) 45% (neutral) 39% (+) 16%

Kucinich: (-) 53% (neutral) 37% (+) 10%

Dodd: (-) 49% (neutral) 45% (+) 6%

Gravel: (-) 53% (neutral) 44% (+) 3%

Senator Clinton leads the first tier candidates in the negative area with 50%… 50! Meaning half of the people polled have a negative view of Mrs. Clinton while a little more than a quarter have a positive perception of the former first lady and current NY Senator. No matter how you spin it, that’s not good news for her campaign.

On the flip side, 44% view Senator Obama in a positive light. Granted, while he leads in this poll, it’s still dramatically less than half of those polled.

Sen. Edwards and Gov. Richardson each came in with some respectable numbers that are well within range of Obama and Clinton… but the third tier candidates (Biden, Kucinich, Dodd & Gravel) had unsurprising results that seem to support my theory that people either don’t know them outside of their respective home-areas or view them negatively due to their performances in the past.

Looking at the numbers you get the sense that Clinton may be more of a long-shot for the nomination than some may think… but one can also get the idea that Gravel, Dodd and Kucinich should just pack up their campaigns now rather than waste more money and time.

Democrats Know Best?

Remember how all those conservative pundits and politicians called Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-NV) remarks about Iraqun-American.”

Apparently, the rest of America is also “un-American” in those conseravtive’s eyes as 55% of respondents in a NBC/Wall Street Jounal poll don’t think that victory in Iraq is possible. What’s more, the poll shows that 56% say that they agree more with the Democrats in Congress who want to set a deadline for troop withdrawal as opposed to those that agree with “President” Bush, which stands at 37%.

So, even though the majority of Americans don’t support the President and think that we are fighting a war we have no chance in winning, the Bush(whacked) Administration continues to hum along like everything is hunky-dory.

As we’ve said many times here at TBWA, January 20, 2009 can NOT come soon enough…

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