Do 71% of Obama voters regret voting for Obama?

posted at 4:01 pm on February 18, 2014 by Allahpundit

Just a quickie PSA about this YouGov poll, which is popping up in our inbox after it landed on Drudge. His headline: “SHOCK POLL: 71% of Obama supporters ‘regret’ voting for his reelection.” That is shocking — and YouGov did a terrible job of labeling its data, so it’s easy to draw that conclusion from the numbers. But that’s not what the poll says. YouGov polled 999 people, a reasonable sample size, on who they voted for in 2012. 803 people responded. Result: Obama, 51/43. (The actual result in 2012 was 51/47.) Then they asked the people who admitted to voting for O whether they’d vote for him again now. 396 people responded to that one. Result: Yes, 79/10, with another 11 percent saying “not sure.”

Here’s where things get confusing. YouGov then asked whether Obama voters regret voting for him. Result: Yes, 71/26. But wait — which Obama voters were asked this question? The entire group or some subsample? YouGov’s header leaves it unclear but there’s a big clue in the numbers themselves.

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The sample size (“unweighted n”) is just 35 people, a number so small that the result is almost meaningless. The group they polled for this question, although it’s not indicated anywhere on the page itself, isn’t everyone who voted for Obama in 2012; I think it’s the 10 percent from the second question who admitted to voting for him in 2012 but who said they wouldn’t vote for him again now. Of course those people regret their votes. (If anything, I’m surprised the total’s not higher than 71 percent. Why would you say you wouldn’t vote for him again if you didn’t regret your vote now?) Long story short, if I’m right about the identity of the subsample, the actual number of Obama voters who regret supporting him is more like seven percent based on the data here, not 71 percent.

As for the rest of the poll, two other interesting tidbits. One: Chris Christie, who was supposed to be the one Republican who could get independents and Democrats to cross the aisle in 2016, now has a favorable rating of 33/46, lower than Mike Huckabee’s (39/38). And two: Mitt Romney’s net favorable rating is the same now as before the election (-6) even though nine percent of the sample claims to have seen the “Mitt” documentary on Netflix. Really? That valentine to Romney’s warmth and decency didn’t move the needle at all in his favor? Good lord. You’re a tough crowd, America.

Update: YouGov has now tweaked their headers to reflect the truth. As suspected, the “71 percent” figures comes from Obama voters who said they wouldn’t vote for him again, not from all Obama voters.

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Mostly because he ain’t giving them enough free stuff fast enough.

hawkeye54 on February 18, 2014 at 4:03 PM

Racists!

Axeman on February 18, 2014 at 4:05 PM

40% of respondents are too stupid for words.

NotCoach on February 18, 2014 at 4:06 PM

“SHOCK POLL: 71% of Obama supporters ‘regret’ voting for his reelection.” That is shocking —
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Lets see, thats 71% of the 52%,…er wait,…or is it the 99%!!!!

canopfor on February 18, 2014 at 4:08 PM

YouGov poll LOL

GOP poll…

liberalrules on February 18, 2014 at 4:09 PM

No matter what the whining is about Obama if an election was held today, Obama would still win over any Republican candidate.

albill on February 18, 2014 at 4:09 PM

Make one dream of a simple test requirement before allowing voting–in English and based upon the constitution and the bill of rights which is the least a voter needs to know in order to make a sound judgment.

Don L on February 18, 2014 at 4:09 PM

71% of the working voters…13% of the non-working voters, probably more like it.

right2bright on February 18, 2014 at 4:10 PM

I have no sympathy for Obama voting morons.

ConstantineXI on February 18, 2014 at 4:10 PM

Chances are if you were stupid in November 2012, you’re still stupid today.

SoRight on February 18, 2014 at 4:10 PM

Fat lot of good it does us now. My policy remains:

If you voted for Obama in 2008 I forgive you.

If you voted for Obama in 2012 burn in hell.

Kataklysmic on February 18, 2014 at 4:12 PM

When dos the perfesser actually teach if he’s here all day with his sock-puppets?

hawkdriver on February 18, 2014 at 4:12 PM

does?

hawkdriver on February 18, 2014 at 4:12 PM

Lostmother will come out of hiding to refute this
gerrymandered Poll!

ToddPA on February 18, 2014 at 4:13 PM

Morons, all of them…

OmahaConservative on February 18, 2014 at 4:14 PM

So in other words most Obama voters are still every bit as stupid and deluded as we thought they were.

We’re gonna need all that barbed wire and all those cattle prods after all.

JEM on February 18, 2014 at 4:15 PM

If it makes anyone feel better, I didn’t vote “stupidly” in the last two elections – yet Obama still won.

Makes me wonder about the ones who DID vote “stupidly.”

Turtle317 on February 18, 2014 at 4:15 PM

I have no sympathy for any low information idiot who voted for Obama in 2012 and now regrets it. 2008? Ok, I can forgive that one(and it’s not like McCain was a great alternative). But after 4 years in office, don’t tell me you didn’t know what you’d be getting if you reelected him. Hell, there’s a reason they chant “4 MORE YEARS!” at rallies and conventions. And lo and behold, the 2nd verse is the same as the 1st.

Doughboy on February 18, 2014 at 4:15 PM

They regret not voting for Hillary.

Wigglesworth on February 18, 2014 at 4:16 PM

I’m just thankful that AP & the HotAir Fire Brigade were able to race in and put out the fire that is possibly bad news for Obama. Whew! That was a close one.

reddevil on February 18, 2014 at 4:17 PM

YouGov poll LOL

GOP poll…

liberalrules on February 18, 2014 at 4:09 PM

Oh yes, the party of science and reason. Such a witty and intelligent take down of this poll. Who wants to bet stupid here didn’t even bother reading AP’s post?

“GOP, LAWL!”

NotCoach on February 18, 2014 at 4:22 PM

Long story short, if I’m right about the identity of the subsample, the actual number of Obama voters who regret supporting him is more like seven percent based on the data here, not 71 percent.

It doesn’t matter. everyone who voted for Barky in 2008 is a despicable, America-hating sackOS. those who voted for the retarded Indonesian Dog-Eater in 2012 are even worse scum. Whether any of them “regrets” their America-hating, anti-civilization vote is totally irrelevant. They are sh!t. Turds. Morons. Traitors.

They should all go to hell.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 18, 2014 at 4:24 PM

“GOP, LAWL!”

NotCoach on February 18, 2014 at 4:22 PM

That’s all you needed to say. Anything above a childish response is wasted on a child.

Lanceman on February 18, 2014 at 4:24 PM

I certainly regret that they voted for the Fascist Obama…

workingclass artist on February 18, 2014 at 4:27 PM

The majority of the populace is under a media spell.

The media could get Obama elected again if he ran. (What Constitution?)

Since he’s a goof-off and will be incredibly rich, he will pass it on to Hillary, and the media will get her elected too.

Meremortal on February 18, 2014 at 4:27 PM

Hmmm:

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — New Jersey should soon receive a critical supply of rock salt that’s been held up by the Department of Homeland Security because it is being carried on a foreign ship.

http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2014/02/18/jersey-city-tackles-snow-removal-as-nj-deals-with-salt-shortage/

davidk on February 18, 2014 at 4:28 PM

Mostly because he ain’t giving them enough free stuff fast enough.
hawkeye54 on February 18, 2014 at 4:03 PM

Winner right out of the chute.

CW20 on February 18, 2014 at 4:28 PM

Fat lot of good it does us now. My policy remains:

If you voted for Obama in 2008 I forgive you.

If you voted for Obama in 2012 burn in hell.

Kataklysmic on February 18, 2014 at 4:12 PM

:)

Before you burn, though, know that you are dumber than a gnat.

Schadenfreude on February 18, 2014 at 4:30 PM

Do 71% of Obama voters regret voting for Obama?

I know some. They’d never admit it.

Dr. ZhivBlago on February 18, 2014 at 4:31 PM

I regret that they voted for Obama too.

307wolverine on February 18, 2014 at 4:32 PM

100% of me regrets every Obama vote.

birdwatcher on February 18, 2014 at 4:34 PM

“Lowest in five years”:

Last week Mother Nature shut down Washington’s government offices for a day, but the extreme weather was no match for federal regulators.

Over that time period, 1,516 new pages and 56 additional final regulations were published in the Federal Register, according to the free-market Competitive Enterprise Institute.

Broken down, that is the equivalent of a new regulation added about every three hours.

http://dailycaller.com/2014/02/17/government-adds-1516-pages-to-the-federal-register/

davidk on February 18, 2014 at 4:35 PM

What hawkeye54 said!

D-fusit on February 18, 2014 at 4:35 PM

What the obamabot voters regret is that he hasn’t come across with the results to promises the obamabots imagined he made, like free rent, free gas, free money, free drugs, whatever.

He hasn’t taken a machete to every rich or upper middle class person’s head and sent them the proceeds. Obama has not peeled up the concrete roads and replaced them with marshmallows and candy canes (or coke and heroin as the case may be).

He hasn’t ordered every non socialist entitlement sucking conservative into internment camps and fired up the ovens.

So yeah, they regret voting for Stalin Jr.

Diluculo on February 18, 2014 at 4:37 PM

71% of obama voters want more handouts. Some are from the right.

All, pop on the ice, in Hades.

Schadenfreude on February 18, 2014 at 4:37 PM

Polls are for idiots who need to validate their frail ego by using the groupthink ideals.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V74AxCqOTvg

kregg on February 18, 2014 at 4:38 PM

Oh yes, the party of science and reason.

NotCoach on February 18, 2014 at 4:22 PM

Schadenfreude on February 18, 2014 at 4:39 PM

Rachel Jeantel and the obama-phone-lady, my favorite womens!

Schadenfreude on February 18, 2014 at 4:40 PM

The stupid things you do, you regret… if you have any sense, and if you don’t regret them, maybe you’re stupid. ~ Katharine Hepburn

Flora Duh on February 18, 2014 at 4:41 PM

After 2012, I lost all faith in the perspicacity of the American electorate. That’s why all the hand-wringing, gladiatorial combat between RINOs and True Conservatives is meaningless. Any candidate with an ‘R’ after his name is going to have a hard time in 2016.

Lamont Cranston on February 18, 2014 at 5:03 PM

When does the perfesser actually teach if he’s here all day with his sock-puppets?

hawkdriver on February 18, 2014 at 4:12 PM

I can’t see a whole lot of prep or followup required for teaching ‘History of Hip-Hop Music 101′.

slickwillie2001 on February 18, 2014 at 5:04 PM

YouGov poll LOL

GOP poll…

liberalrules on February 18, 2014 at 4:09 PM

Really? YouGov is based in Britain.

F-

And one of their clients is Huffington Post.

F-

Another is The Guardian.

F-

If you’re going to criticize this, at least do so on the merits or lack thereof. Such as the fact that this is probably an online poll. They don’t tell us in the internals.

And while you’re at it, please tell us what Hillary is going to run on.

(Starts Snowdial)

Del Dolemonte on February 18, 2014 at 5:05 PM

You’re a tough crowd, America.

Wrong. They’re an indoctrinated crowd. And as I’ve said before, Obama could eat a living baby on stage and it wouldn’t make a bit of difference to 40% of the country…they’d still vote for him – and any Democrat – in a hearbeat.

That is the very definition of identity politics…it has always been the bread-n-butter of the statists. And it is this fact that should scare everyone who visits this site the most about what the future holds for this nation.

“We must teach our children to hate” – Vladimir Lenin

rvastar on February 18, 2014 at 5:09 PM

All I get from this is that at least SOME of the libtard voters are starting to get a glimmer of a clue that they’ve been had.

dentarthurdent on February 18, 2014 at 5:10 PM

When does the perfesser actually teach if he’s here all day with his sock-puppets?

hawkdriver on February 18, 2014 at 4:12 PM
I can’t see a whole lot of prep or followup required for teaching ‘History of Hip-Hop Music 101′.

slickwillie2001 on February 18, 2014 at 5:04 PM

Specially if you’re just the teacher’s assistant….

dentarthurdent on February 18, 2014 at 5:12 PM

(Starts Snowdial)

Del Dolemonte on February 18, 2014 at 5:05 PM

Wait. We have snowdials now??

Lanceman on February 18, 2014 at 5:19 PM

If you voted for Obama in 2008 I forgive youit’s because you didn’t want to be labelled a racist.

If you voted for Obama in 2012 burn in hell you are not only stupid, but you are dumber than a rock.

Kataklysmic on February 18, 2014 at 4:12 PM

Not that I didn’t agree with your thought as originally stated, but this is more to the insight of those who voted for Obysmal sold out our country.

NOMOBO on February 18, 2014 at 5:26 PM

(Starts Snowdial)

Del Dolemonte on February 18, 2014 at 5:05 PM

Wait. We have snowdials now??

Lanceman on February 18, 2014 at 5:19 PM

The snow pack in my back yard is now 5 feet deep. Waiting for Algore to show up and shovel me out.

Del Dolemonte on February 18, 2014 at 5:27 PM

Wrong. They’re an indoctrinated crowd. And as I’ve said before, Obama could eat a living baby on stage and it wouldn’t make a bit of difference to 40% of the country…they’d still vote for him – and any Democrat – in a hearbeat.

rvastar on February 18, 2014 at 5:09 PM

Yep, and they should vote for him. I’ve often said, for better or for worse, American politics is binary. The two Republican principles that should unite all wings of the party are lower taxes and less government services. If you believe in higher taxes and more government services, you have no business voting Republican.

If all liberals and left-leaners voted Democrat and all conservatives and right-leaners voted Republican, then we would never have to be concerned about the fate of the nation.

Lamont Cranston on February 18, 2014 at 5:29 PM

leftism a cult of feel good gestures and never results. spend trillons to increase the number of uninsured? Stay the course! The promised land is only one more progressive wealth transfer away.

crrr6 on February 18, 2014 at 5:30 PM

I guess most people have no problems with universal warrantless surveillance so llong as the people doing it have a D after their names.

xuyee on February 18, 2014 at 5:47 PM

I regret that the man is even in our universe. The part they cut out of The Bible was truly meant for him. It is him, or what inhabits him. May he and his cronies rot “in their true home”.

HomeoftheBrave on February 18, 2014 at 5:51 PM

Prediction. 100% of them will Drown on the way to Starving.

Bmore on February 18, 2014 at 6:00 PM

(Starts Snowdial)

Del Dolemonte on February 18, 2014 at 5:05 PM

Nice. ; )

Bmore on February 18, 2014 at 6:01 PM

Del Dolemonte on February 18, 2014 at 5:05 PM

As always…You Rock..

A+

BigWyo on February 18, 2014 at 6:30 PM

I regret that they voted for Obama too.
307wolverine on February 18, 2014 at 4:32 PM

Too bad. If he was allowed to run a third time, I would vote for him again over any tea partier. The man has his issues but he is way more acceptable than any of the candidates the tea partiers are proposing.

loveofcountry on February 18, 2014 at 6:48 PM

Too bad. If he was allowed to run a third time, I would vote for him again over any tea partier. The man has his issues but he is way more acceptable than any of the candidates the tea partiers are proposing.

loveofcountry on February 18, 2014 at 6:48 PM

What initiatives do you like in particular?

Murphy9 on February 18, 2014 at 6:50 PM

Embracing the suck and thanks to the left and the stupid who have given the country that large sucking sound.

crosshugger on February 18, 2014 at 7:30 PM

Too bad. If he was allowed to run a third time, I would vote for him again over any tea partier. The man has his issues but he is way more acceptable than any of the candidates the tea partiers are proposing.

loveofcountry on February 18, 2014 at 6:48 PM

So tell me, did that frontal lobotomy hurt much?

307wolverine on February 18, 2014 at 7:46 PM

Why are YouGov polls cited at all? Respondents are entirely self selected users who earn eligibility for rewards.

http://today.yougov.com/faq/

jimdh on February 18, 2014 at 10:34 PM

Leftists have successfully promoted a blind hate for republicans with many of the American people. No matter how bad democrats are they will still never vote for any republican ever regardless of their policies, positions, promises, or anything else, it is truly a blind hatred. Want proof? I present:

Too bad. If he was allowed to run a third time, I would vote for him again over any tea partier. The man has his issues but he is way more acceptable than any of the candidates the tea partiers are proposing.

loveofcountry on February 18, 2014 at 6:48 PM

Dollayo on February 19, 2014 at 6:41 AM

Too bad. If he was allowed to run a third time, I would vote for him illegal wars, high unemployment, the destruction of our health care system and astronomical debt again over any tea partier. The man has his issues is insane but he is way more acceptable than any of the candidates the tea partiers are proposing common sense.

loatheofcountry on February 18, 2014 at 6:48 PM

HotAirian on February 19, 2014 at 6:47 AM

Too bad. If he was allowed to run a third time, I would vote for him again over any tea partier. The man has his issues but he is way more acceptable than any of the candidates the tea partiers are proposing.

loveofcountry on February 18, 2014 at 6:48 PM

Of course you would..you’re an imbecile.

HumpBot Salvation on February 19, 2014 at 9:27 AM