NBC/WSJ poll shows Obama bounce of eight points to 53%

posted at 9:30 am on January 20, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

The White House has to like the top-line results from the latest NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, which shows Barack Obama getting an eight-point bounce over last month to 53% and 41% disapproving.   It’s the first time in eight months that Obama has had a positive approval gap, since May’s 48/45.  However, as the WSJ reports, the survey took place in the immediate aftermath of the Tucson shooting and memorial, which may make this rise transitory:

Surges in presidential popularity are common after a galvanizing national tragedy, said Bill McInturff, a Republican pollster who co-directs the Journal/NBC News poll with Democrat Peter Hart. Bill Clinton saw a four-point jump after the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. George W. Bush saw a surge after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

But those bounces can be fleeting. Mr. Clinton’s faded in a month amid partisan arguments over the budget. Mr. Bush’s lasted as the nation shifted onto a war footing.

The poll’s methodology is rather interesting as well.  NBC/WSJ’s pollster, Hart/McInturff, polled 1000 adults without restricting respondents to registered or likely voters.  In fact, 19% of those responding claimed not to have voted in the 2008 elections, which is almost 1 in 5 and tends to make the predictive value of the poll rather weak. The D/R/I sample split is 31/21/39, a ten-point Democratic advantage when Gallup and Rasmussen both show the electorate evenly split or with Republicans taking a slight edge in affiliation.  A 21% sample composition for Republicans is a gross underrepresentation.  The previous poll has a 33/23/36 split.

On top of that, 42% of respondents say they voted for Obama, and 29% for John McCain, while 10% split evenly say they voted for someone else or can’t recall for which candidate they voted.  Since Obama beat McCain by seven points in the popular vote, this appears to oversample Obama voters badly.  Compare this sample to their previous poll, in which the split was 41/32 and 17% said they didn’t vote for anyone at all, and one can see where at least some of the bounce originates.

Otherwise, like the WaPo/ABC poll earlier this week, the bounce appears confined to personal considerations and not the issues.  On the economy, Obama went from 42/54 to 45/50, which almost exactly fits the change in sample between the two polls.  Oddly, the poll only asked about one other issue — Afghanistan.  Obama’s numbers were virtually unchanged on the war.

Nothing in this poll points to long-term strengthening in Obama’s polling.  Now that Congress has returned to work, Obama’s low polling on the issues will once again drive his overall job approval.


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Gov of Hawaii Miraculously Finds a Handwritten Birth Certificate of Obama

From out of nowhere, the Gov. of Hawaii claims he found an archived handwritten birth certificate of Obama.

Nearly Nobody on January 20, 2011 at 9:32 AM

NBC/WSJ’s pollster, Hart/McInturff, polled 1000 adults without restricting respondents to registered or likely voters. In fact, 19% of those responding claimed not to have voted in the 2008 elections…

That’s all I need to know. It’s a load of crap.

Dopenstrange on January 20, 2011 at 9:34 AM

I think it’s a given: The less ANY POTUS does, the more popular he’s likely to be.

apostic on January 20, 2011 at 9:34 AM

At best the independent swing voters are hoping that getting Obama away from Nancy Pelosi will create an Obama like Clinton, capitulating to the Congressional GOP in 1996 on welfare reform, which would make the moderates believe they weren’t snookered in 2008 and didn’t throw their vote for president away. Odds are they’ll live to know better, when Obama balks at doing any sort of meaningful triangulation, other than just yapping about “common ground” at the State of the Union speech.

jon1979 on January 20, 2011 at 9:34 AM

Thanks for breakdown Ed…..

Tingles and the gang are on cloud 9

cmsinaz on January 20, 2011 at 9:36 AM

Oh please . . . no more creative statistics from the MSNBC shills.

rplat on January 20, 2011 at 9:36 AM

But this gives them the headline they needed for the clown prince of bill ayres..

lukespapa on January 20, 2011 at 9:36 AM

…in the aftermath of the Tucson shooting and memorial service. Are all those people totally brain dead? Did they not see a memorial service morph into a campaign rally for the Won? How do you have any respect for a president who kicks off his reelection on the backs of 6 people who were gunned down in cold blood.

Kissmygrits on January 20, 2011 at 9:37 AM

This is the beginning of the 2012 campaign for the SRM as well. They already propped barry up by allowing him to use six deaths as an opportunity to swoon while giving Giggles a tongue bath. Now they have to rig a few polls to show the ignorant rubes that resistance is futile – that people are embracing Ogabe, that Palin is unelectable, etc,etc..

They have to do something for Barry. His signature ‘achievement’ has just been repealed

DeweyWins on January 20, 2011 at 9:37 AM

Whatever. I’m sure he got a bump up, but can’t anyone do a decent poll anymore?

forest on January 20, 2011 at 9:38 AM

That’s coattails, baby. People feel better about Obama because the GOP won big in November. Without Pelosi in charge to help Obama overthrow the country, some of the milquetoast populace feels free to like Obama again.

DaydreamBeliever on January 20, 2011 at 9:40 AM

The poll numbers are a result of creative
Liberal Kool-Aid FreeBasing!:)

canopfor on January 20, 2011 at 9:41 AM

Even if the poll had better methodology, the media has gone non-stop with the Obama is Awesomer because of the “shellacking” meme.

The Republicans are facing headlines every day that claim that they have broken all of their campaign promises and are complicit in a mass murder.

This kind of stuff influences people who willingly admit that they cannot remember what kind of vote they cast just two years ago.

myrenovations on January 20, 2011 at 9:41 AM

Whatever. I’m sure he got a bump up, but can’t anyone do a decent poll anymore?

forest on January 20, 2011 at 9:38 AM

Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a … random sample.

apostic on January 20, 2011 at 9:41 AM

Whatever. I’m sure he got a bump up, but can’t anyone do a decent poll anymore?

forest on January 20, 2011 at 9:38 AM

Sure, determine the desired result, and fudge the variables until getting the desired result

lukespapa on January 20, 2011 at 9:42 AM

im beginning to think that maybe america deserves to fail.

moonbatkiller on January 20, 2011 at 9:43 AM

OT: I have a question. I saw on Fox the other night the White House was flying two American flags with the chinese flag in between them. Is this common? Do the president’s fly other country flags when dignitaries (or in this case dictators) visit?

sicoit on January 20, 2011 at 9:44 AM

So what I said in the headlines thread was correct. This is a poll based on a BS sample. Not only does it only survey adults instead of registered or likely voters, but it severely undersamples Republicans.

Anyone else notice the media going into overdrive with all these suspicious poll results recently in order to frame the narrative going forward towards 2012? I think they know the sh-t is about to his the fan with the economy thanks to gas prices and the budget crises at the state and local levels and they’re trying to shield Obama(while also damaging conservatives like Palin).

Doughboy on January 20, 2011 at 9:44 AM

Nothing in this poll points to long-term strengthening in Obama’s polling.

Meaning…he hasn’t screwed up huge again the past week. There’s always tomorrow.

I’m wondering as well…if independents are responsible for these bounces and dips in polls, is there any correlation between Palin’s ups and downs and The One’s?

JetBoy on January 20, 2011 at 9:45 AM

The financial pain and suffering in America is widespread and has lasted beyond what most people could afford. People in my area are relocating to other states; many of the relocated are either the husband or the wife only. Families are being split up in order to survive. Bounce that Mr. potus!

Keemo on January 20, 2011 at 9:46 AM

I’ve said it before unless the economy is in the tank, and or a major scandal erupts Obama wins in 2012.

NEXT UP?

Nanny Obama……….tells us what to eat (through “subtle” pressure from the Czarina of Food Michelle I.

http://www.foxbusiness.com/personal-finance/2011/01/20/wal-mart-unveil-healthier-food-options/#

PappyD61 on January 20, 2011 at 9:47 AM

Do the president’s fly other country flags when dignitaries (or in this case dictators) visit?

sicoit on January 20, 2011 at 9:44 AM

Yes. Standard protocol to fly both flags when a foreign leader visits. Not something to get paranoid about, unlike just about everything else about Dear Liar.

rbj on January 20, 2011 at 9:50 AM

Sicot, that was probably a shot of a lam, but I could be wrongppost with those 3 flags

cmsinaz on January 20, 2011 at 9:51 AM

I took a poll of people that I know (Precinct Committee Officers in the Republican Party) and Obama received a 0% approval rating.

There is nothing wrong with my methodology!

The Rock on January 20, 2011 at 9:51 AM

Did they poll the panda’s?

Knucklehead on January 20, 2011 at 9:52 AM

:(

cmsinaz on January 20, 2011 at 9:52 AM

Nothing in this poll points to long-term strengthening in Obama’s polling.

that may be true and the truth did nothing to stop F. Chuck Todd from singing Hosannas at 7:02 am today on the Today show.

ted c on January 20, 2011 at 9:52 AM

rbj on January 20, 2011 at 9:50 AM

Thanks for the response. I kinda thought that but it was just a “freaky moment” when I saw that.

sicoit on January 20, 2011 at 9:52 AM

What does Liu Xiaobo think? oh wait.

ted c on January 20, 2011 at 9:53 AM

This kind of stuff influences people who willingly admit that they cannot remember what kind of vote they cast just two years ago.

myrenovations on January 20, 2011 at 9:41 AM

I don’t believe that.

ladyingray on January 20, 2011 at 9:53 AM

PappyD61 on January 20, 2011 at 9:47 AM

Obama won in 08 on the back of being the first black potus. That will do squat for him in 12. We now have had our first black president, and those folks who needed to get that off their chests have had their fix. This guy is Carter on steroids; the only way he gets reelected is if we allow the state run media to select our candidate for us.

Keemo on January 20, 2011 at 9:54 AM

Does this mean we’re not racists any more?

greggriffith on January 20, 2011 at 9:54 AM

Does this mean we’re not racists any more?

greggriffith on January 20, 2011 at 9:54 AM

and is the first lady proud of her country for a second time?

ted c on January 20, 2011 at 9:56 AM

I find these post that seek to discredit the polls funny, enough of them say the same thing…it’s likley there is a real shift.

The truth is Rasmussen is showing the same trend and they screen for likley voters. And if you subscribe to their “index” as reliable, there is a 10 point swing from just a month ago.

NextGen on January 20, 2011 at 9:56 AM

More importantly, what would Liu Xiaobo’s panda think?

apostic on January 20, 2011 at 9:57 AM

Obama’s Reelection is almost certain.

America II: The Reckoning.

portlandon on January 20, 2011 at 9:57 AM

This is one of those “DOA” polls.

(Democrats-Only Assessment)

…and all Obama can get with a Democrats-Only poll is 53%???!!!???

landlines on January 20, 2011 at 9:58 AM

No matter how bad things get this Bozo will probably get re-elected.

Does everybody have to be jobless before the numbers change?

PatriotRider on January 20, 2011 at 10:00 AM

This means we need to find our scapegoat Bob Dole type Republican to run against Obama in ’12.

Suddenly Romney is looking supportable.

portlandon on January 20, 2011 at 10:01 AM

The financial pain and suffering in America is widespread and has lasted beyond what most people could afford. People in my area are relocating to other states; many of the relocated are either the husband or the wife only. Families are being split up in order to survive. Bounce that Mr. potus!

Keemo on January 20, 2011 at 9:46 AM

It’s about to get really bad even down here in Texas. I work for a school district and the massive cuts to education could result in a 15-20% reduction in their budget. Think about that. A fifth of the entire budget of one of the biggest districts in the nation wiped out. Now imagine that happening all across the country.

Doughboy on January 20, 2011 at 10:03 AM

Even a broken clock can Use a Serious crisis to be right twice a day.

Chip on January 20, 2011 at 10:04 AM

This means we need to find our scapegoat Bob Dole type Republican to run against Obama in ’12.

Suddenly Romney is looking supportable.

portlandon on January 20, 2011 at 10:01 AM

I could get on board with that.

myrenovations on January 20, 2011 at 10:06 AM

OT: I have a question. I saw on Fox the other night the White House was flying two American flags with the chinese flag in between them. Is this common? Do the president’s fly other country flags when dignitaries (or in this case dictators) visit?

sicoit on January 20, 2011 at 9:44 AM

It’s protocol for visiting head of state. Nothing really surprising about him doing this for a Communist Dictator, what shocked me was that he’d previously done it for Great Britain.

TugboatPhil on January 20, 2011 at 10:07 AM

On top of that, 42% of respondents say they voted for Obama, and 29% for John McCain,
Since Obama beat McCain by seven points in the popular vote, this appears to oversample Obama voters badly.

All part of the Plan LIE.

Chip on January 20, 2011 at 10:08 AM

Nothing really surprising about him doing this for a Communist Dictator

TugboatPhil on January 20, 2011 at 10:07 AM

Are you referring to Obama or Hu?

Chip on January 20, 2011 at 10:10 AM

This means we need to find our scapegoat Bob Dole type Republican to run against Obama in ’12.

Suddenly Romney is looking supportable.

portlandon on January 20, 2011 at 10:01 AM

Yes! Keep Palin on ice until 2016, and concentrate on keeping the House and gaining the Senate in 2012.

OldEnglish on January 20, 2011 at 10:17 AM

Yup! Liberal bias reeks in the polls.

capejasmine on January 20, 2011 at 10:20 AM

I guess we are being herded or nudged again… I hate the feel of cattle prods in the morning.

petunia on January 20, 2011 at 10:21 AM

Gas prices over $4.00 a gallon will put paid to ObaMao’s hopes for reelection.

Slowburn on January 20, 2011 at 10:23 AM

Gas prices over $4.00 a gallon will put paid to ObaMao’s hopes for reelection.

Slowburn on January 20, 2011 at 10:23 AM

Not post GOM. People have mellowed towards rising gas prices.

OldEnglish on January 20, 2011 at 10:25 AM

No wonder Morning Joe was so happy today!

And Ole Tom from the NYT was intoning about how a one party autocracy was preferable to a two party autocracy. He wasn’t ready for these poll results, I guess. Just had to stay on the tiresome White House theme of right wing obstructionism.

Otherwise he would have dusted off his cards describing the wonderful nature of the American people. You know, the index cards that were everywhere as the polls and POTUS results poured in in 2008.

IlikedAUH2O on January 20, 2011 at 10:26 AM

About the Romney thing.

We need to be more careful in detecting when we are being manipulated… and we need Ed and Allah or whoever checks the IP addresses of commenter’s to warn us when the trolls change names and try to turn us against each other.

I truly believe that we were manipulated big time last election. Also, it would help if we didn’t cement our choices in blood. Be willing to see the strengths of other canidates who aren’t our first choice.

Face it Fred isn’t going to win… no matter how much you like him… neither is Ron Paul… stop bad mouthing the ones who could win. You don’t have to say everything you think… neither do I. It gives the left ways to manipulate us.

I think we can prevent some of the left’s manipulation, and our own tendency to get emotionally attached, if we are diligent.

We need self-discipline.

petunia on January 20, 2011 at 10:30 AM

I find these post that seek to discredit the polls funny, enough of them say the same thing…it’s likley there is a real shift.

The truth is Rasmussen is showing the same trend and they screen for likley voters. And if you subscribe to their “index” as reliable, there is a 10 point swing from just a month ago.

NextGen on January 20, 2011 at 9:56 AM

I don’t think anyone is saying Obama did not get a bounce, but I do think that the media polsters play with the numbers to make the bounces bigger and the declines less steep.

Too bad people had to die to help the guy out.

Terrye on January 20, 2011 at 10:34 AM

It’s a good thing that all those conservative commentators other than Byron York took the time to critically analyze Obama’s Tucson pep rally PR piece.

s/

BuckeyeSam on January 20, 2011 at 10:39 AM

Wow a fake poll! I’m shocked. What a load of crap. What surprises me is that WSJ put it’s name on BS propaganda.

dogsoldier on January 20, 2011 at 10:44 AM

If it were money, we’d call this cooking the books.

Tennman on January 20, 2011 at 10:45 AM

It’s a good thing that all those conservative commentators other than Byron York took the time to critically analyze Obama’s Tucson pep rally PR piece.

s/

BuckeyeSam on January 20, 2011 at 10:39 AM

I think that Obama gave a speech that conservatives liked. I really do. I think most of them felt that a Republican could have given a speech like that. Obama just threw the liberal media and the leftie base under the bus {again} so that he could impress centrists and conservatives. The man is not stupid.

However, I did hear a lot of conservatives criticize the venue with the t-shirts and cheering and all that nonsense.

I wonder though how long this will last? It seems that everything goes down the memory hole anymore, good and bad.

Terrye on January 20, 2011 at 10:48 AM

Did they poll the panda’s?

Knucklehead on January 20, 2011 at 9:52 AM

LOL!!!

capejasmine on January 20, 2011 at 10:50 AM

PappyD61 on January 20, 2011 at 9:47 AM

I heard about this, this morning. Eric Bolling said, he believes the reason Walmart is doing this, is for protection FROM unions. Getting into bed with the Obama’s, so they’ll keep unions off of Walmarts back.

Only problem with that is…getting into bed with the Obama’s is like getting into bed with a rattle snake. It might be ok at first, but watch out for the fangs, and then the venom.

capejasmine on January 20, 2011 at 10:53 AM

while 10% split evenly say they voted for someone else or can’t recall for which candidate they voted.

??

Can’t recall who they voted for?

Good Lt on January 20, 2011 at 10:54 AM

Even a dead cat bounces once.

MayorDaley on January 20, 2011 at 11:16 AM

Obama just threw the liberal media and the leftie base under the bus {again}

I don’t think that’s what happened. What we saw, I believe, was the formation of a new paradigm of triangulation, in which all parties happily cooperated.

The media’s “wilding” of Palin and otherwise over-wrought coverage served both ideological and sensationalizing ends for them. It’s what they do, and would do again without hesitation. (If they took hits in credibility, they don’t care. Really — they don’t care. The sweetness of doing what they do, savoring the power of it and the payoff are too great.) Obama, in turn, was able to exploit this by simply counter-poising himself to his own advantage as a “voice of reason.” No one was thrown under the bus. The media is delighted to have played a role in Obama’s resuscitation and Palin’s destruction, as they see it. The poll numbers confirm the wisdom of their choices, in their minds. If another Tucson were to happen next week, this model would play out again in precisely the same manner.

rrpjr on January 20, 2011 at 11:17 AM

Rasmussen does have him at -7 the best he’s been in a year. That being said it will be temporary. He’s got to open his mouth and do something stupid, and the bounce will be gone.

sandee on January 20, 2011 at 11:19 AM

This means nothing. In a poll like this, you can engineer your set of poll respondents to give you any result you want. This is NBC propaganda, and shame on WSJ for participating.

slickwillie2001 on January 20, 2011 at 11:33 AM

OT: I have a question. I saw on Fox the other night the White House was flying two American flags with the chinese flag in between them. Is this common? Do the president’s fly other country flags when dignitaries (or in this case dictators) visit?

sicoit on January 20, 2011 at 9:44 AM

I am pretty sure that the fact that we had two flags and they only had one flag was meant to be a subtle message to the Chinese that we are twice as good as they are.

Smart diplomacy you know.

Lily on January 20, 2011 at 11:36 AM

There go my goosebumps. I was all excited to see BHO bounce, but alas, twern’t so.

Seriously, he’s still a moron.

madmonkphotog on January 20, 2011 at 11:39 AM

These polls are getting really brazen in their “fixing” ways.

The poll the other day on CNN had “N/A” in every block for 18-34 year olds. They either didn’t interview 18-34 people at all or so few that they couldn’t even get a statistical sample. How can you have a poll that leaves out everyone under 35? Crazy!

Greyledge Gal on January 20, 2011 at 11:40 AM

NBC… Bleh.

Key West Reader on January 20, 2011 at 11:41 AM

I don’t understand. If they’re going to use “cooked” numbers why don’t they lie about the methodology??!?

PaCadle on January 20, 2011 at 11:42 AM

I may not be a great mathematician but when you add the percentages 31 21 + 39 you get 90 percent total sample instead of 100 percent. Are the other people polled from the 8 or 9 other states that Obama talked about during the campaign? Nutty polls. Even using the 21 percent figure is ridiculous given the last election and the numerous polls showing repubs and democraps neck and neck at 29 and 31 percent of the electorate. I can’t believe that the WSJ would join with NBC on any political analysis or polling, based upon on word:
“MSLSD”. Or maybe this is a wicked plan by the WSJ to lure Obama into thinking he is more popular than he is, so that when voters retire him in 2012, it will have more stunning effect on him?

eaglewingz08 on January 20, 2011 at 12:10 PM

NBC/WSJ’s pollster, Hart/McInturff, polled 1000 adults wearing ‘Together We Thrive’ t-shirts….

mrt721 on January 20, 2011 at 12:12 PM

“You Will Never Go Broke Underestimating the Intelligence of the American Public” – PT Barnum Or (HL Mencken)
Be afraid. 2012 is not a cakewalk. MSM will do whatever it can to boost Barry and sweep under the carpet any evidence of his incompetence.

bayview on January 20, 2011 at 1:16 PM

So, they spot the guy 10 points and he can only make it to 53%? Tough stuff.

El_Terrible on January 20, 2011 at 1:21 PM

Nothing in this poll points to long-term strengthening in Obama’s polling. Now that Congress has returned to work, Obama’s low polling on the issues will once again drive his overall job approval.

2012 will tell definitively what the U.S. American voters are made of. After that there s/b no doubt of what they deserve.

From out of nowhere, the Gov. of Hawaii claims he found an archived handwritten birth certificate of Obama.

Nearly Nobody on January 20, 2011 at 9:32 AM

Heh, but he can’t show it. He’s not doing O a favor, the goof. However, don’t focus on this – always ask for Obama’s papers from both colleges (full of communist beliefs) and transcripts (not that smart). These s/b on the minds of those who vote for the charlatan. There are good reasons why he and the media are hiding them. This is just a distraction.

I’d love to see his grades in parallel with GWB’s.

Schadenfreude on January 20, 2011 at 1:33 PM

And all the righty pundits who were duped by his strategy to let the media be his attack dogs and he comes in after they’ve done his dirty work looking “Presidential” played a part in giving him the boost.

Expert conservative pundits. Yeah, right. The majority of HA’ers commenting on here clearly saw through the 3 card monte that mesmerized the all too willing ‘experts’ on our side. The left handed us the perfect weapon to knock em down a few rungs with their blantant fabrications and lying and did the GOP use it? Nope. They handed it back to the Left and asked them to hit us on the head with it. I’m still in a bit of a haze as I think back to how miserably they failed in the situation. Again, accept for one leader who was left to fight alone for our cause…

miConsevative on January 20, 2011 at 2:06 PM

I don’t understand. If they’re going to use “cooked” numbers why don’t they lie about the methodology??!?

PaCadle on January 20, 2011 at 11:42 AM

That might be the difference between illegal fraud and difficult-to-prove corruption.

slickwillie2001 on January 20, 2011 at 2:23 PM

or can’t recall for which candidate they voted.

Dude that was like 2 years ago. I can’t remember what I did yesterday night, let alone what I did way back in 2008.

angryed on January 20, 2011 at 2:39 PM

So I guess the 20 million unemployed out there don’t mind being unemployed anymore and give him the thumbs up? Then again with 99 weeks of ueemployment benefits (soon to be extended another year thanks to the tax-cut “compromise), maybe they are happy. Stay unemployed for 3 years with a regular check coming in every week….not a bad life.

angryed on January 20, 2011 at 2:41 PM

Wow…. 53%!

Obama and the dems are winning the argument.

They have successfully silenced the conservatives’ most effective communicator, and the Republican wannabes generally agree.

SO… CONGRATULATIONS! (Song by MGMT)

Obama until 2016 … or forever!

Congratulations, saintly Democrats and messianic/very civil Obama!

Poor Republicans … your stupidities have no bound!

/s

TheAlamos on January 20, 2011 at 2:43 PM

Why would the WSJ participate in such a poll?

d1carter on January 20, 2011 at 3:06 PM

This poll is BS!

MCGIRV on January 20, 2011 at 3:21 PM

eh, but he can’t show it. He’s not doing O a favor, the goof. However, don’t focus on this – always ask for Obama’s papers from both colleges (full of communist beliefs) and transcripts (not that smart). These s/b on the minds of those who vote for the charlatan. There are good reasons why he and the media are hiding them. This is just a distraction.

I’d love to see his grades in parallel with GWB’s.

Schadenfreude on January 20, 2011 at 1:33 PM

I would like to see his college APPLICATIONS, so see what passport (US or his step daddy’s country?) he claimed, what citizenship he claimed, what race he claimed, etc. There is probably a treasure trove of information there that he would find hard to explain.

ANGRYRED: Once again, the 99 weeks of unemployment was not extended beyond 99 total weeks. They just extended the time period where it is in effect. So if a person has collected their 99 weeks, they are DONE, no more. So we do not have THREE years of unemployment compensation. It is bad enough they extended it beyond the 39 weeks total they used to have as an extension back in the 70′s and 80′s when unemployment was much higher as we got out of the Carter mess.

karenhasfreedom on January 20, 2011 at 3:49 PM

Dead cat-bounce

Dasher on January 20, 2011 at 4:05 PM

Dead cat-bounce

Dasher on January 20, 2011 at 4:05 PM

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dead_cat_bounce

patch on January 20, 2011 at 5:27 PM

I may not be a great mathematician but when you add the percentages 31 21 + 39 you get 90 percent total sample instead of 100 percent. Are the other people polled from the 8 or 9 other states that Obama talked about during the campaign? Nutty polls. Even using the 21 percent figure is ridiculous given the last election and the numerous polls showing repubs and democraps neck and neck at 29 and 31 percent of the electorate.
..
eaglewingz08 on January 20, 2011 at 12:10 PM

..anything that puts the left under a Svengali trance; if they think their Glorious Pantload has pulled of the second coming of his second coming and we get more pi**ed off, then let them sleepwalk to the polls in 2012.

If the new math does then so be it.

The War Planner on January 20, 2011 at 5:36 PM

Chinese President Hu Jintao denied his country is a military threat despite its arms buildup and pressed the U.S. on Thursday for closer cooperation between the global powers. He urged the United States to treat China “with respect and as equals” after encountering a fresh barrage of criticism from lawmakers over human rights.

What an a*s Obama is for giving this tiny man an equal stage. Yesterday marked a significant date for the U.S. – when Obama made a twerp his equal.

Schadenfreude on January 20, 2011 at 7:15 PM