Not known for its sense of humor, the Chinese Communist Party’s official mouthpiece apparently fell for a parody by The Onion, the satirical newspaper and Web site, when it reported Tuesday in some online editions of People’s Daily that Kim Jong-un, the young, chubby North Korean ruler, had been named the “Sexiest Man Alive for 2012.”
Or did it?
More swing-state voters trust President Barack Obama to handle Medicare than Mitt Romney, according to a poll Monday.
Fifty percent of registered voters in 12 swing states trust Obama to handle Medicare, compared to 44 percent who trust Romney more, according to a Gallup Poll. Nationally, Obama has a 51 percent to 43 percent edge over the Republican nominee.
Only 44 percent said Romney and running mate Paul Ryan have put forth a specific plan to overhaul Medicare. Ryan, as chairman of the House Budget Committee, has proposed giving seniors money to purchase either a government plan or a private plan, which Democrats have criticized as “ending Medicare as we know it” because the voucher might not be enough to cover medical costs comparable to traditional Medicare.
Fifty percent believe Romney and Ryan don’t have a plan. Thirty-six percent of swing-state voters believe the GOP ticket would weaken Medicare.
- Kevin Robillard
Americans were more impressed by the Democratic National Convention than by the GOP gathering in Tampa, with former president Bill Clinton’s speech at the Democratic National Convention winning over even GOP and independent voters, a new poll Monday showed.
Forty three percent of those surveyed said the Democratic convention made them more likely to vote for President Barack Obama, according to a Gallup poll while 40 percent said the Republican National Convention made them more likely to vote for GOP nominee Mitt Romney.
A majority of Americans — 56 percent — said Clinton’s speech was either “excellent” or “good.” Fifty two percent of independents said the same. Three-tenths of Republicans said the same, and another 28 percent conceded Clinton’s speech was “OK.”
Forty three percent of Americans said President Barack Obama’s speech at the Democratic National Convention was “excellent” or “good.” Only 38 percent said the same of Romney’s speech in Tampa. Those are the lowest totals since Gallup began tracking the speeches in 1996.
Americans continue to place more blame for the country’s ongoing economic problems on former President George W. Bush than on President Barack Obama, a new survey shows.
Though Bush has been out of office for nearly 3½ years, 68 percent blame him a “great deal” or “moderate amount” for the nation’s economic woes, according to a Gallup Poll released Thursday. Meanwhile, 52 percent of Americans believe the same about Obama.
There exists a partisan divide on who blames who for the current economic distress but Republicans are more willing to blame Bush than Democrats are willing to blame Obama.
In fact, 49 percent of Republicans said Bush was greatly or moderately responsible for America’s economic woes, compared with 51 percent who said he wasn’t. On the other hand, 19 percent of Democrats blame Obama for the current distress, while 81 percent say he is “not much” or “not at all” responsible.
The White House’s proposed “Buffett Rule” looks like a political winner, at least for now.
A new Gallup poll finds that six in 10 Americans support the idea of a law that would require households that earn $1 million or more a year to pay a minimum 30% tax rate, as President Obama has called for. Thirty-seven percent are opposed.
Three out of four Democrats favor the plan, while Republicans are split 43% for and 54% against. Among independent voters, 63% back the idea, while 33% oppose it.
Last September, Obama called for tax reform that would, in part, ensure that the middle class did not have a higher tax burden than “millionaires and billionaires.” It was dubbed the “Buffett Rule” because, as Obama put it at the time using the multibillionaire as an example, “Warren Buffett’s secretary shouldn’t pay a higher tax rate than Warren Buffett.”
The president renewed his push for what he considers “tax fairness” this week, an effort timed to coincide with an expected vote on a legislative version of the proposal in the Senate next week, itself tied to the April 17 income tax filing deadline.
Obama’s reelection campaign is also pushing the proposal, seeking to highlight presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney’s wealth and the fact that he paid 15% in taxes on millions in income.
Good ol’ Chuck Norris, however, is as American as born-again evangelicals and Walker Texas Ranger. In fact, Norris is both. In addition, Norris is an infomercial actor, a columnist for WorldNetDaily (and Creators Syndicate), an author of several incoherent religious books (“The Justice Riders”), and a political activist who has campaigned extensively for Mike Huckabee (and he has even endorsed Roy Moore). In 2009 he also announced on Glenn Beck that he might run for president of Texas. His WND screeds are remarkably incoherent and insane (and dishonest), even for Norris. At best, they bring quote-mining to a new level. It is therefore rather remarkable that he has been invited to provide a weekly column for Politico, but so it goes.
As an infomercial actor he has promoted fitness equipment, Bible study and prayer in public school. Norris (with his wife Gina) is on the board of directors of the National Council on Bible Curriculum in Public School, a branch of the Taliban that - you guessed it - campaigns to put the Bible on the curriculum of public schools. For Norris’s own take on “kicking and punching the Bible back into public schools”, see this. He works tirelessly to unmask the vast atheist conspiracy that exists and whose goal is to outlaw Christianity in the United States (and evil Obama’s primary goal is to take our guns away). The atheists have a lot of power: “Though the majority of Americans continue to claim to be Christians, a Gallup poll discovered 45 percent of us would support an atheist for president. Such a survey is a clear indication that the secularization of society is alive and well.” Clearly a result of atheist brainwashing. Norris has promised that if he were elected President he would “tattoo an American flag on the forehead of every atheist”, so that their secret powers are destroyed and it would be hard for them to work undercover in government etc.
The large majority of Americans (69%) say they are better off financially than their parents were when they were the same age. However, this is down slightly from 74% in 1998, the last time Gallup asked the question.
The same Nov. 28-Dec. 1 Gallup poll also finds Americans only somewhat less likely now than in the more economically robust 1998 to be satisfied with their future prospects, income, net worth, and housing situation. Taken together, these results reveal that the majority of Americans do feel good about their personal financial situations, despite the struggling national economy.
PRINCETON, NJ — Americans say they would need to earn a median of $150,000 a year to consider themselves rich. However, 30% say less than $100,000 would be enough, including 18% who would consider themselves rich if they made less than $60,000 a year. On the other hand, 15% say they would need to earn at least $1 million per year before thinking of themselves as rich.
Just thinking about your own situation, how much money per year would you need to make in order to consider yourself rich? [OPEN-ENDED] November-December 2011
The results are based on a Nov. 28-Dec. 1 Gallup poll. The question of who is “rich” in the United States has been frequently discussed during the past few years as the nation’s policymakers debate income-tax and deficit-reduction policies. Additionally, the Occupy Wall Street protests have focused their attention on the wealthiest 1% of Americans. The poll results suggest Americans would need quite a bit less than what the wealthiest 1% of Americans earn to consider themselves rich.
Americans’ perceptions of the annual income they need to be rich are a bit higher than in 2003, when Gallup last asked the question. Then, $120,000 a year was the median amount Americans said they would need to make in order to think of themselves as rich.
This year’s update, from a Nov. 28-Dec. 1 Gallup poll, finds Americans rating the honesty and ethical standards of 3 medical professions — nurses, pharmacists, and doctors — the highest of the 21 professions tested. At the other end of the spectrum, Americans give the least positive honesty and ethics ratings to members of Congress, lobbyists, car salespeople, and telemarketers.
Americans widely support President Obama’s recent decision to withdraw nearly all U.S. troops from Iraq by the end of the year, with 75% approving. That includes the vast majority of Democrats and independents. Republicans, however, are slightly more likely to disapprove than approve.
These results are based on an Oct. 29-30 Gallup poll. On Oct. 21, Obama announced that U.S. troops would be out of Iraq by the end of the year. Only a small U.S. force would remain to guard the U.S. embassy, among other responsibilities.The U.S. ended combat operations in Iraq in August 2010.
These findings are consistent with Americans’ long-standing desire to leave Iraq. Last August, as the drawdown in U.S. forces was underway, 6 in 10 Americans were opposed to renewing combat operations in Iraq even if Iraqi forces were unable to maintain security in that country.
Republicans at that time also expressed some willingness to remain in Iraq, depending on the stability of the situation there, while Democrats and independents were largely opposed to a change in the policy.
Prior to the end of combat operations, Republicans generally opposed, while Democrats largely favored, setting a timetable for U.S. withdrawal from Iraq.
Thus, Republicans’ disapproval of Obama’s withdrawal policy may partly be influenced by their more general opposition to setting hard deadlines for withdrawing troops, rather than an actual desire to keep U.S. troops in Iraq. Their opposition to his policy may also be related to their broader disapproval of Obama — 9% of Republicans have approved of the job Obama is doing in each of the last three months.
President Obama’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq by the end of the year generally fits with Americans’ wishes, if not those of many Republicans. Americans have been opposed to the Iraq war for many years. Since 2005, on average, a majority have said the U.S. made a mistake in sending troops to Iraq.
The Iraq war had been one of the top issues in the 2004 and 2008 presidential elections, and Americans named it as the most important problem facing the country each month for nearly four years, from April 2004 to January 2008. Now, 1% of Americans name it as the most important problem. U.S. withdrawal from Iraq will thus end the debate on what has been one of the dominant policy issues in U.S. politics for the past eight years.