Told Us: Reviewing Last Week’s Key Polls
February 11, 2012
Here we go
again. Another Republican surges up out of the pack to challenge Mitt
grip on the party’s presidential nomination. Meanwhile, President Obama
to have helped his rivals with a bad political call forcing Catholic
institutions to go against their basic beliefs and pay for
In a survey
taken Monday evening, Romney reclaimed the lead in the national race
Republican presidential nomination, jumping ahead of former House
Gingrich 34% to 27%. Former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum earned 18% of
and Texas Congressman Ron Paul ran last with 11%
following day Santorum won the trifecta, sweeping caucuses in Minnesota
Colorado and a non-binding primary in Missouri. His numbers nationally
other states began to move, reinforcing that Romney has yet to seal the
with many Republican voters. Still, 75% of those voters predicted early
week that Romney will be the ultimate nominee, but it will be
see if Romney holds on to the leads he has in the next primary states
Arizona and Michigan.
Tuesday, after all, there’s been an interesting development in our
matchups with the president. Santorum runs slightly stronger against
late in the week, the former Pennsylvania senator performed better
against the president than Romney did in surveys in the key electoral
Ohio and Florida. A sign of things to come? We’ll see.
president, meanwhile, posted a 50% to 40% lead over Romney at one point
past week. It was his best showing against the former Massachusetts
over a year of surveys. Obama’s job approval numbers continue to
other economic and social indicators suggest that Americans are feeling
little better about the president and things in general these days.
confidence in Obama’s handling of the economy is at its highest level
year’s time. Twenty-nine percent (29%) say the country is heading in
direction, unchanged from last week and the highest level of optimism
in weekly tracking since May of last year. But 63%, of course, still
country is headed down the wrong track.
Rasmussen Consumer/Investor Indexes also continue to show a higher
confidence among these groups than has been experienced in some time.
president dinged his improving political fortunes with a new policy
from his unpopular national health care bill. That policy forces
institutions to pay for birth control measures that run contrary to the
church’s moral teachings and has prompted an angry backlash from the
hierarchy and others.
of voters do not agree with the administration’s action forcing
institutions to pay for birth control measures they morally oppose.
percent (39%) approve of the policy. By week’s end, the president
accommodation” that would ease the offending requirement.
Rasmussen explores the political downside for the president in his
column. “The issue puts the president’s unpopular health care law back
news,” he writes. “Voters already believe that law will increase the
health care, and most also believe the decision on contraceptive
add even more costs.”
most voters still favor repeal of the health care law, the president’s
signature legislative achievement.
responded much more favorably to the president’s announcement this week
the U.S. combat mission in Afghanistan will be ended by the middle of
year. Most strongly favor that decision and think there’s a good chance
half (51%) of Americans nationwide also like the president’s proposal
government funding to increase the number and quality of math and
teachers, but they agree that teaching now is not a desirable
profession to go
Reports stepped up its state polling this week and finds that most
Michigan like the job the president is doing. They give mixed marks to
new governor, Republican Rick Snyder, despite his announcement this
as a result of his budget-cutting measures the state now has a $457
Democrats have high hopes for the Southwest in Election 2012, but the
has an uphill fight in Arizona where most voters disapprove of the way
done his job.
president still has some troubling economic concerns to deal with.
Federal Reserve’s insistence that inflation is under control, for
Americans continue to say overwhelmingly that they are paying more for
groceries than they were a year ago and they expect to be paying even
year from now. Most
remain unsure about the stability of banks in this country.
will soon be battling over budget issues again which will put the
pro-government approach in stark contrast to the Republican agenda of
government and less spending.
Rasmussen’s new book, The People’s Money: How the American People Will
the Budget and Eliminate the Federal Debt , highlights solutions to the
nation’s fiscal crisis that can be supported by voters. He argues that
nation’s politicians created the budget crisis by pursuing their own
disturbing to note that fewer than half of voters nationwide now
elections are generally fair. Most think the system is rigged to
incumbents in Congress.
Congress, Republicans have regained the lead over Democrats on the
Congressional Ballot for the week ending Sunday, Feb. 5. Democrats led
for the first time in roughly two-and-a-half years the previous week.
that, Republicans led on the ballot every week but one since June 2009.
ratings for the top four congressional leaders have improved slightly
month’s all-time lows but are still far from positive.
Congress’ job approval ratings still in the cellar, it may come as no
that a plurality (43%) of voters nationwide believes a group of people
selected from a telephone book would do a better job than the current
Thirty-eight percent (38%) disagree, while another 19% are not sure.
rest of this article at Rasmussen