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Americans opposing more gun control: New Gallup Poll shows exact same breakdown as CNN poll about those who favor or oppose stricter gun control
The latest Gallup and CNN polls both show the exact same favor and opposition to more gun control (50% oppose / 49% favor). The CNN polls shows a record level of opposition to more gun control. The Gallup poll numbers aren’t a record high, but they do show a general trend towards opposition and that all the poll values of 50 percent or more opposing more gun control occurring since 2009.
The question is if Americans are evenly divided on having new gun control, how accurate can it be when gun control proponents claim that people want more gun control?
The Gallup numbers are as follows.
President Barack Obama and his entourage on Friday visited with pro-illegal-alien activists who are holding a hunger strike in Washington, D.C., as part of a protest against the lack of enthusiasm for immigration reform in the Congress. Obama praised their dedication and encouraged them to fight on.
Obama and the First Lady Michelle offered their support for the “Fast for Families” demonstration that is being held in the National Mall. The illegal-alien advocates are calling for the promised amnesty and the end of enforcement of U.S. immigration laws against Latinos.
According to the White House, Obama gave the hunger-strike participants his gratitude for their sacrifice and dedication, telling them the country is behind them on immigration reform, a claim not found to be true according to numerous polls from reputable pollsters.
“Instead of telling the strikers to eat something and allow the political process move forward in solving the enormous immigration crisis, he chose to encourage them and blame the GOP for the enforcement of immigration laws,” said former police detective Iris Aquino.
The immigration activists comprising Fast for Families have refused all food and drink except for water since Nov. 12, 2013. They are demanding the leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives pass immigration reform.
The Republican-controlled House has refused to take up an immigration reform bill passed by the Senate in the summer, choosing to push for more successful border security measures on the nation’s southwest border.
Many Obama administration officials have also visited the hunger-strikers including Vice President Joe Biden, Labor Secretary Tom Perez, Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, White House Director of the Domestic Policy Council Cecilia Munoz, and Obama’s confidante Valerie Jarrett.
During Obama’s speech before the hunger-striking activists on Friday, he told them the American people supported them in their quest. However, according to political pollster, Scott Rasmussen, the facts do not support Obama’s claims.
An October 2013 Rasmussen poll of likely voters indicated:
Only 25% think it is even somewhat likely that the federal government will secure the border and prevent illegal immigration with new immigration legislation; 65% consider it unlikely.
Only 18% think illegal aliens should be given immediate amnesty; 62% believe legalization should occur only after the border is secured, and 19% are unsure.
40% favor the immigration bill passed by the Senate (S.744); 40% oppose it, and 20% are undecided. Support was down from 53% just one month earlier.
29% think the House should pass Senate bill. 44% think that the House should review the Senate bill piece by piece. 27% are undecided.
Only 28% believe “comprehensive” immigration reform will pass Congress and be signed by the President this year.
59% of likely voters say that securing the U.S. border is more important than amnesty. 34% say that amnesty is more important than border security (Rasmussen, July 2013).
Only 28% of likely voters believe that the federal government is likely to secure the U.S. border if comprehensive immigration reform plan passes Congress.
Only 38% of likely voters believe that DHS should be able declare that the U.S. borders are secure.
The debate that is constantly swirling around the Internet’s many websites and blogs is whether Barack Obama is brilliant or stupid? Like most of the nation, opinions are fairly divided between those who think he is an evil genius and others who think he is an imbecile.
When people start to defend themselves by saying out loud that they are not stupid, there’s a better than average chance they are stupid and, like most stupid people, are denying it. At his Friday press conference in which he declared another illegal change to the Affordable Care Act (one made without going to Congress and requesting that the Obamacare “law of the land” be changed), the President said, “I don’t think I’m stupid enough to say this is going to be as easy as shopping around on Amazon or Travelocity.”
Northwestern University’s Prof. Eugene Kontorovitch, a legal affairs policy advisor to The Heartland Institute, responded to Obama’s press conference saying, “President Obama did not specify what statutory authority, if any, he thinks authorizes him to make such dictats and, given the gargantuan length of the Obamacare statute, he might still be looking.”
After the President’s press conference, the president of America’s Health Insurance Plans, Karen Ignagni released a statement saying that Obama’s administrative fix to the health plan cancellation problem “could destabilize the market and result in higher premiums for consumers,” pointing out that “Premiums have already been set for next year based on the assumption of when consumers will be transitioning to the new marketplace.” There is a solution to this; repeal Obamacare entirely.
The facts reveal that he was stupid enough to believe Obamacare would work. He let the law go into effect knowing that Healthcare.gov was not ready to sign up people and that millions were going to lose the insurance plans they had. Some argue that that was brilliant; evil but brilliant.
Wayne Allyn Root, the author of “The Ultimate Obama Survival Guide” and commentator, wrote that, as far as Obamacare is concerned, “This is a serious, purposeful attempt to hijack American and destroy capitalism. This is a brilliant, cynical, and purposeful attempt to damage the U.S. economy, kill jobs, and bring down capitalism.’
Playing devil’s advocate, I would argue that Obamacare is the ultimate example of how utterly stupid liberal programs to alter the nation’s economy are. Why would anyone think that the government could possibly take charge of one sixth of the nation’s economy and arguably the finest healthcare system in the world, and not completely ruin it?
The government took over the nation’s educational system and it has been failing students for decades, producing graduates who have to take remedial programs in college just to keep up with the expectations of higher education. The government took over the environment and, instead of being responsible for removing pollution from the air and waters, now have an agency that is undermining all aspects of the economy, from access to energy reserves to increased costs of manufacturing.
Obama’s handling of the nation’s foreign affairs has been a dismal failure. Either he is stupid or his advisers are dumber than he is. His first Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, utterly failed to respond to the U.S.
Virtually identical approval ratings in similar points in their presidencies don’t make for equal reporting, as NPR demonstrates.
Here’s NPR in October of 2005 with Bush at a 38 percent approval rating. Headline: “Poll: Bush’s Ratings Drop on Nearly All Fronts”:
President Bush’s approval ratings are in a steep decline, according to a new poll by the Pew Research Center. The survey found that only 38 percent of Americans think the president is doing a good job, down from 50 percent in January. For the first time in his presidency, the numbers show most people think Bush will be judged as an unsuccessful president.
Fast forward the tape to this week. Gallup has President Obama at a 39 percent approval (NPR reports the number is “around 40 percent,” a rounding-up that they almost certainly wouldn’t have seen fit to give Bush). Here’s NPR’s headline: “Why Obama Shouldn’t Worry About His Lousy Poll Numbers”:
President Obama’s poll numbers have hit just about the lowest point of his presidency.
They started sinking after the Obamacare website’s miserable debut last month. Now, only around 40 percent of Americans think Obama is doing a good job. More than half disapprove of his performance. (A year ago, the numbers were the opposite.)
It seems obvious to say that a high approval rating helps a president, while a low approval rating hurts him. But here are five reasons Obama’s numbers might not be as troublesome as they sound.
Optimism: It’s what’s for dinner at NPR (when a Democrat is in office).
President Barack Obama’s legacy of creating a national healthcare system is still unpopular with most Americans and the Affordable Care Act’s web site malfunction is creating more distrust of a government-run medical insurance system with the law remaining one of the most polarizing issues ever measured, according to a Gallup poll released on Wednesday.
According to Wednesday’s Gallup poll, Americans disapprove of the Affordable Care Act, a/k/a Obamacare, with 50 percent of respondents giving the law a thumbs down, while 45 percent approve. The silver-lining for the Obama White House is that the approval of the law has inched up in recent weeks among Democrats, according to Gallup pollsters’ analysis.
While 83 percent of Democrats approve of Obamacare, only 11 percent of Republicans and 39% of Independents approve.
The poll was taken well after the Oct. 1, 2013, unveiling of www.healthcare.gov, the web site that is supposed to be Obamacare’s launching pad . But from the beginning the site was — and continues to be –plagued with major technical problems.
Many visitors, unable to enroll appear to become frustrated which is leading to not only criticism from some members of the news media, bloggers and the Republican Party, but also from Democrats in the U.S. Congress.
According to Gallup:
“Americans’ attitudes about the Affordable Care Act remain more negative than positive, although slightly less so than in August, prior to the government shutdown. Gallup measured these most recent views as the technical problems with the health insurance exchange web site garnered increased media attention. This suggests that the poor performance of the health exchange sites may not at this point be negatively affecting Americans’ views of the ACA overall. The law remains one of the most polarizing issues Gallup has measured, with more than eight in 10 Democrats approving, while more than eight in 10 Republicans disapprove.”
“If the news media would stop being Obama sycophants and defenders, I believe the poll would show a higher percentage of respondents disapproving of the Affordable Care Act if they were aware of the overall snafu of big government,” said political strategist Michael Baker.
According to an Examiner news story, U.S. House of Representatives Oversight and Government Reform Committee leaders in a letter demanded information from Obamacare’s top technology officials regarding the creation federal insurance exchange web site.
According to the letter sent to White House officials on Tuesday, the lawmakers are alleging that the Obama administration ordered the web site designers and creators to hide price comparisons from Americans until after they registered and provided all personal information.
The Democrats and their allies in the media are celebrating a successfully ended partial government shutdown, one where few to no concessions were required of President Obama. Meanwhile, Obamacare remains intact, despite the fact that private-sector estimates show that less than 1%—a total of 36,000 people so far—of those entering the registration area of Healthcare.gov actually enrolled. But should Democrats really be celebrating? After all, they fought for the right to own Obamacare, with all its flaws, and more national debt with no new spending restraints.
The bill to end the shutdown, signed by President Obama, contains considerable pork barrel spending. It includes funds to fix roads in flooded Colorado, increased authorization for spending on construction on the lower Ohio River in Illinois and Kentucky, and “a one-time payment to the widow of Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), who died over the summer,” according to The Hill. It also includes “extra money to help the Veterans Affairs Department whittle down a backlog of disabilities claims,” according to an Associated Press article, which cited a list of other examples of pork that were included. With the administration’s record on handling veterans’ disability claims, it’s hard to argue with that particular item.
“A draft of the bill began circulating in the early evening, and a final version was released by Senate Democratic staff just before 6 p.m.” on Wednesday, reported The Hill. The final vote in the Senate that night was 81-18, and in the House, 285-144, thus ending the drama—at least for the time being.
Indeed, if NBC News is to be believed, a beleaguered Speaker of the House John Boehner will have his leadership questioned after this saga. In their piece, “GOP takes biggest hits from Washington standoff,” they argue that their flawed NBC/Wall Street Journal poll shows “The standoff has nicked every Washington politician to some extent but it’s Republican leaders and the Tea Party who took the biggest hits.” NBC’s Savannah Guthrie called the results of the NBC-Wall Street Journal poll “absolutely devastating to Republicans.”
There’s just one or two catches. First, as Bryan Preston of PJ Media pointed out, the poll grossly oversampled those with a connection to government, with 20% of respondents connected to government instead of the 8% nationwide average. In the question, “Do you or an immediate family member living with you work for the federal government or a state or local government?” 20% of those polled answered “Yes.”
After all, in a government shutdown poll, that doubling is going to make quite difference. Imagine if your wife or husband were furloughed, not to mention yourself. Wouldn’t that affect your opinion?
In addition, in weighting the poll even more than usual, 43% of the respondents self-identified as Democrats, and only 32% as Republicans, with 19% claiming to be “strictly Independent.”
And according to the liberal Huffington Post writers Mark Blumenthal and Emily Swanson, the question of “who is to blame” for the shutdown may “be the least reliable gauge of public opinion about the ongoing crisis.” The recent HuffPost/YouGov poll, allowed respondents to “‘check all that apply’ from a list of three choices: President Barack Obama, Republicans in Congress, and Democrats in Congress.”
“Initially, slightly more checked only Republicans (38 percent) than checked only Obama, only Democrats or both (34 percent),” they wrote.
Although the government shutdown is bringing major PR problems to the GOP, the American people appear to be recovering nicely from the idiotic notion that Barack Obama is the source of all light and hope in the universe.
After five years of blatant lies by the least transparent administration in history, declining US prestige throughout the world, economic malpractice at home, decimation of the best health care in the world in favor of forced Marxist medicine, and general contempt for American citizens by the ego-maniacal Obama, we the people seem to be FINALLY wising up to the fact that our government is in the hands of a petulant mobster who does not understand, or give a hoot, about American rule of law, tradition, capitalism, or religion.
Obama’s fall in the opinion polls has dragged The One below 40 percent approval as reported:
Most Americans disapprove of the way Obama is handling his job, the poll suggests, with 53 percent unhappy with his performance and 37 percent approving of it. Congress is scraping rock bottom, with a ghastly approval rating of 5 percent.
Indeed, anyone making headlines in the dispute has earned poor marks for his or her trouble, whether it’s Democrat Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader, or Republican John Boehner, the House speaker, both with a favorability rating of 18 percent.
Among the survey’s findings:
- Sixty-eight percent said the shutdown is a major problem for the country, including majorities of Republicans (58 percent), Democrats (82 percent) and independents (57 percent).
- Fifty-two percent said Obama is not doing enough to cooperate with Republicans to end the shutdown; 63 percent say Republicans aren’t doing enough to cooperate with him.
- Republicans are split on just how much cooperation they want. Among those who do not back the tea party, fully 48 percent say their party should be doing more with Obama to find a solution. But only 15 percent of tea-party Republicans want that outreach. The vast majority of them say GOP leaders are doing what they should with the president, or should do even less with him.
- People seem conflicted or confused about the showdown over the debt limit. Six in 10 predict an economic crisis if the government’s ability to borrow isn’t renewed later this month with an increase in the debt limit — an expectation widely shared by economists. Yet only 30 percent say they support raising the limit; 46 percent were neutral on the question.
- More than 4 in 5 respondents felt no personal impact from the shutdown. For those who did, thwarted vacations to national parks, difficulty getting work done without federal contacts at their desks and hitches in government benefits were among the complaints.”
The BIG question: Can America survive three more years of a lame-duck community organizer without disintegrating into oblivion?
There is a positive side for Obama in these numbers. He had an even worse approval rating for the economy during the summer of 2011.
While Obama’s job rating on the economy is down from June, and on the low end of the range Gallup has recorded since 2012, it is still better than the 26% it fell to in the summer of 2011. That period represents a recent low point for Americans’ views of both Washington leaders and the economy, owing to the clash between Obama and the Republicans in Congress over raising the federal debt ceiling in July 2011. . . .
Forty-six percent (46%) of U.S. Adults believe the United States needs stricter gun control laws, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. But just as many (46%) say the country does not need stricter gun laws. (To see survey question wording, click here.) . . .