“Political Winners” Circle Filled by Figures Close to Obama
Lydia Saad (Gallup)
This offers some useful insight. It shows two things that I suspected. The liberals are doing fairly well. And the conservatives aren’t doing so well.
Here are the highlights:
- “In Americans’ estimation, the top three political winners of 2009 are all women closely linked with the Obama administration: Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Sonia Sotomayor.”
- “President Barack Obama, himself, also falls in the political winners circle, although the percentage calling him a political loser is somewhat higher than is seen for the three women.”
- “More than half [of all Americans identify as a political loser] the Republicans in Congress generally.”
- “Nearly half of Americans (46%) call Sarah Palin a winner, but slightly more (49%) call her a loser.”
- “About equal numbers of Americans call… radio talk host Glenn Beck winners and losers, while a large segment has no opinion…”
- “Democrats are much more unified in considering Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama winners (each called a winner by at least 90% of Democrats) than Republicans are in calling Sarah Palin a winner (at 76% among Republicans).”
- “Now that the presidential election in which the McCain-Palin ticket was defeated is more than a year past, Sarah Palin is nearly as likely to be viewed as a political winner as a loser. Hillary Clinton lost a bitterly fought primary for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination, but has been visibly filling her role as Secretary of State and has risen above the political fray…”
Even Obama is maintaining a positive rating despite the economy and terrorism, but maybe the American public is smart enough to realize that you can’t blame a president in his first year for what he inherited from the previous administration. Furthermore, considering the top three political winners, the Obama administration as a whole seems to be going above and beyond merely maintaining a positive rating.
I’m happy that the American public has been critical of Republicans in Congress. They’ve been playing a game of deception and obstruction with the Obama administration. They’ve been able to cause problems in the political arena, but it turns out the American public would at the moment prefer their politicians to be part of the solution rather than part of the problem.
Most interesting to me were the results about Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck. I had my suspicions that these two weren’t as popular as the media sometimes portrayed them. Yes, they have some very devoted followers who have been quite vocal with the Tea Party and all. There, however, is no majority of favorable opinion about either. Actually, more people view Palin unfavorably than favorably and a large segment couldn’t care less about Beck.
I’ve always been of the opinion that the Tea Party has been overly hyped. Beck may consider himself a populist (“We surround them.”) as the leader of the Tea Party, but the fact that the Tea Party was heavily promoted by Fox News proves it never was primarily a grassroots movement (rather, what is called Astroturf). The anti-war movement during the Bush administration was way larger and more organized than the Tea Party could ever hope to be. The anti-war movement accomplished that without support and promotion by a major political propaganda machine. In fact, the anti-war movement accomplished that even while mostly being ignored by mainstream media in the US.
I should give the Tea Party some credit. Surveys do seem to show that it is a popular movement, but that seems mainly because the Republican party at the moment is so unpopular. The ex-Republicans have to go somewhere. However, it’s important to point out that not all people in the Tea Party are ex-Republicans or necessarily even conservative. Many are independents and libertarians who may or may not hold any allegiance to the conservative movement, and I’m sure many of these don’t consider Beck and Palin to be their leaders.
Even though I’m obviously critical of Beck, I should thank him. It was his e-mail newsletter that notified me of the Gallup poll.