The Week in Polls

The Week in Polls

Here is what the American public was thinking this week.

Published July 1, 2011

When it comes to politics, Americans can be very contrary. One day you’re up and the next you’re way down. Here’s how voters were feeling on a variety of subjects in polls released this week.


The Economy

A Gallup survey released on June 28 found that confidence in the economy has reached a new low to 33 percent in June, down from 37 percent in most of May and 36 percent last June. In addition, 45 percent of Americans gave the economy a “poor” rating, compared to 42 percent in May and this time last year.


President Obama’s Job Approval

According to Real Clear Politics, which averaged polls taken from June 15-29, President Obama has an average approval rating of 47.2 percent. A Gallup, Rasmussen and Fox News polls taken from June 27-29, found his approval rating was 46 percent, 47 percent and 46 percent, respectively.


Republican Presidential Field

GOP voters still aren’t feeling the love. In a New York Times/CBS News poll released on June 29, two-thirds of Republican voters said they don’t feel enthusiastic about any of their party’s presidential candidates. Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney and Rep. Michelle Bachmann fared best, winning the enthusiasm of a respective nine percent and seven percent of conservative voters and ten and eight percent of Tea Party supporters.


Afghanistan Pullout

Seventy-two percent of Americans support President Obama’s plans to withdraw troops from Afghanistan, which includes 87 percent of Democrats, 74 percent of independents and 50 percent of Republicans, according to a Gallup poll.


The Cost of College

A majority of respondents in a Pew Research Center poll don’t think college is worth the cost. Forty-two percent said that college students receive a fair return for the money they invest in their education, while 15 percent said the return is poor.


Health Care Reform

A new Rasmussen Reports survey found that 55 percent of likely voters “somewhat favor” repealing the health care reform law and 38 percent “somewhat oppose” it; 40 percent strongly favor repealing the bill.




(Photo: TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)

Written by Joyce Jones


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