The Gallup organization shares some survey data to give us perspective on the meaning and impact of the Obama presidency as it departs on a second term. Although public opinion can be fickle and surveys have traditionally been somewhat suspect as they tend to over sample middle class folks with telephones, stable addresses, speaking “the king’s English,” literacy levels, and a host of other things that make phone, written or even face to face surveys a bit skewed, the Gallup polls do shape public opinion and, if for no other reason than that they are interesting and are a part of the equation that shapes public discourse, they should be looked at and discussed. Check out what Gallup has to show us and give The Policy ThinkShop your opinion …. Leave us your comments below…
“During his fourth year in office, an average of 86% of Democrats and 10% of Republicans approved of the job Barack Obama did as president. That 76-percentage-point gap ties George W. Bush’s fourth year as the most polarized years in Gallup records.”
via Obama’s Fourth Year in Office Ties as Most Polarized Ever.
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