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Americans are high alright...

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For the first time in years, more Americans than not say the country is headed in the right direction, a sign that Barack Obama has used the first 100 days of his presidency to lift the public's mood and inspire hopes for a brighter future.

Intensely worried about their personal finances and medical expenses, Americans nonetheless appear realistic about the time Obama might need to turn things around, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll. It shows most Americans consider their new president to be a strong, ethical and empathetic leader who is working to change Washington.

Nobody knows how long the honeymoon will last, but Obama has clearly transformed the yes-we-can spirit of his candidacy into a tool of governance. His ability to inspire confidence — Obama's second book is titled "The Audacity of Hope" — has thus far buffered the president against the harsh political realities of two wars, a global economic meltdown and countless domestic challenges.

"He presents a very positive outlook," said Cheryl Wetherington, 35, an independent voter who runs a chocolate shop in Gardner, Kansas. "He's very well-spoken and very vocal about what direction should be taken."

But other AP-GfK findings could signal trouble for Obama as he approaches his 100th day in office, April 29:

While there is evidence that people feel more optimistic about the economy, 65 percent said it's difficult for them and their families to get ahead. More than one-third know of a family member who recently lost a job.
More than 90 percent of Americans consider the economy an important issue, the highest ever in AP polling.
Nearly 80 percent believe that the rising federal debt will hurt future generations, and Obama is getting mixed reviews at best for his handling of the issue.
And yet, the percentage of Americans saying the country is headed in the right direction rose to 48 percent, up from 40 percent in February. Forty-four percent say the nation is on the wrong track.

Rare burst of optimism
Not since January 2004, shortly after the capture of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, has an AP survey found more "right direction" than "wrong direction" respondents.

So far, Obama has defied the odds by producing a sustained trend toward optimism. It began with his election.

But he is aware that his political prospects are directly linked to such numbers. If at the end of his term the public is no more assured that Washington is competent and accountable and that the nation is at least on the right track, his re-election prospects will be doubtful.

"I will be held accountable," Obama said a few weeks into his presidency. "You know, I've got four years. ... If I don't have this done in three years, then there's going to be a one-term proposition."

The AP-GfK poll suggests that 64 percent of the public approves of Obama's job performance, down just slightly from 67 percent in February. President George W. Bush's approval ratings hovered in the high 50s after his first 100 days in office.


But Obama also has become a somewhat polarizing figure, with just 24 percent of Republicans approving of his performance — down from 33 percent in February. Obama campaigned on a promise — just as Bush had — to end the party-first mind-set that breeds gridlock in Washington.

Obama is not the first president who sought to tap the deep well of American optimism — the never-say-die spirit that Americans like to see in themselves.

Even as he briefly closed the nation's banks, Franklin Delano Roosevelt spoke in the first days of his presidency of the "confidence and courage" needed to fix the U.S. economy. "Together we cannot fail," he declared.

"When Obama came in," said D.T. Brown, 39, a Mount Vernon, Illinois, radio show host who voted against Obama, "it was just a breath of fresh air."

Others said their newfound optimism had nothing to do with Obama, but rather with an era of personal responsibility they believe has come with the economic meltdown.


"I think people are beginning to turn in that direction and realize that there's not always going to be somebody to catch them when things fall down," said Dwight Hageman, 66, a retired welder from Newberg, Ore., who voted against Obama.

The AP-GfK Poll was conducted April 16-20 by GfK Roper Public Affairs and Media. It involved telephone interviews on landline and cell phones with 1,000 adults nationwide. The margin of sampling error is plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.
LMAO. I wonder where they dug up those 1000 people. Cause i could have sworn the "grade the fuckup in charge" on their same website shows more people give him an F than an A. interesting.

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They called in the middle of the day while the working folk are busting their ass to pay for his spending.

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I LOL @ the "yes-we-can" bullshit. I saw some dumbfuck with a "YES WE DID!" bumper sticker the other day. A little too early to celebrate his great accomplishments imo.


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I LOL @ the "yes-we-can" bullshit. I saw some dumbfuck with a "YES WE DID!" bumper sticker the other day. A little too early to celebrate his great accomplishments imo.
He is probably simply referring to getting a black man in the white house... he probably cared about nothing else...
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He is probably simply referring to getting a black man in the white house... he probably cared about nothing else...
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I LOL @ the "yes-we-can" bullshit. I saw some dumbfuck with a "YES WE DID!" bumper sticker the other day. A little too early to celebrate his great accomplishments imo.
My girlfriend's mother has one of those magnets on her fridge that says that.

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My girlfriend's mother has one of those magnets on her fridge that says that.
lol if shes anything like her mother,dump her...and post pics when you do

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So did Hitler lol.
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That's just dandy. They managed to find 1,000 stay at home,malt liquor drinking,chicken and waffle eating adults nationwide, out of how many people? Yeah, that's a majority finding. Most likely used the contact list from one of his books, or maybe even voter registration.


Yet another skewed statistic used in herding the masses in a direction of "hope and change".
damn,robert...tell us how you really feel! lol

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LMAO. I wonder where they dug up those 1000 people. Cause i could have sworn the "grade the fuckup in charge" on their same website shows more people give him an F than an A. interesting.
Its MSNBC what do you expect... They probably got the list from Olbermann himself...
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Well I guess they don't look at their own polls then!!

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Its MSNBC what do you expect...the list is probably of Olbermann himself, 1000 times...
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LMAO... Right!!

Hell, they could've called me at work and had a chance to catch me in the middle of some chicken and beer, but I highly doubt they would've gotten the response they were looking for.

they prolly would have hung you on the spot for not being an oh-blah-ma supporter!

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Here's another poll last year from the same group:

http://www.pbs.org/aboutpbs/news/200...roperpoll.html


Summary - PBS is the most trusted source for news 41% to Cnn 28% to Foxnews 25%.

Funny how PBS paid for the poll and the results cast them in a positive light. Another opinion poll constructed of garbage. I wish they would show people the questions they asked.


• PBS remains #1 in public trust, with 49% trusting PBS a great deal. Second in trust are “courts of law,” which are trusted a great deal by 27%.

• For the first time, PBS ties with military defense as #1 in tax value among 20 federally funded services and institutions, with 20% stating it as an excellent value for tax dollars.

• Americans are more satisfied with programs on PBS compared to cable and commercial broadcast. Thirty-nine percent stated they were “very satisfied” with PBS programs, while Cable programming received 25% and commercial broadcasting programming, 20%.

• The majority of Americans think it's very important to have public television (59%). Only two out of five Americans think the same about commercial broadcast television (41%) while even less think it's very important that we have cable television (38%).

• PBS remains the network with the most trusted news and public affairs programming, with 41% trusting its programs a great deal. CNN and Fox News trailed as second and third with 28% and 25%, respectively.

• Forty-three percent of Americans rated the news coverage, investigations and discussions of major issues on PBS programs as mostly fair. NBC came in second at 37%.

• Half of Americans believe the federal funding PBS receives is “too little.” When informed that public broadcasting receives 15% of its funding from the government, and that this amount translates to about one dollar per person per year of government support, 49% believe this amount is “too little.”

Commissioned by PBS, Roper Public Affairs & Media independently administered the annual telephone survey to 1,002 adults between the ages of 25 to 75 during February 1-25, 2007. To maintain objectivity throughout the survey, the questionnaire did not identify PBS as the sponsor, and wherever PBS and other media, organizations or services were evaluated together, a questioning randomization process was employed to ensure that both PBS and its competitors in a given category were treated equally in terms of positioning for any particular question. Moreover, any questions asked about PBS only were asked at the end of the survey, after the comparison questions were completed.
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