Poll: 51% Say America Less Respected Now Than It Was Two Years Ago

March 8, 2010

Hope and Change indeed.

From the Washington Times:

Poll Shows Obama, Dems Losing Ground

A majority of Americans say the United States is less respected in the world than it was two years ago and think President Obama and other Democrats fall short of Republicans on the issue of national security, a new poll finds.

The Democracy Corps-Third Way survey released Monday finds that by a 10-point margin — 51 percent to 41 percent — Americans think the standing of the U.S. dropped during the first 13 months of Mr. Obama’s presidency.

“This is surprising, given the global acclaim and Nobel peace prize that flowed to the new president after he took office,” said pollsters for the liberal-leaning organizations.


Obama on the campaign trail, June 4, 2008:

“… I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal; this was the moment when we ended a war and secured our nation and restored our image as the last, best hope on earth. This was the moment – this was the time – when we came together to remake this great nation so that it may always reflect our very best selves and our highest ideals.”


Romney leads 2012 GOP field in new Gallup Poll

July 16, 2009

UPDATE at 2:48pm: Allahpundit chimes in:

Question: If both Romney and Palin announce that they’re running, does Huck drop out and play kingmaker instead? He’d have an outside shot to win a head-to-head race with Romney on the strength of the “anyone but Mitt” vote from evangelicals and “true conservatives.”

Hey! I’m an Evangelical (well, a Christian who goes to a non-denominational church at least) and a “true Conservative,” and I’m for Romney! Many of my friends are as well, and none of them have ever said that they wouldn’t vote for Romney based off of his being a Mormon.


Rasmussen also had Romney ahead in a poll they took on July 6th, which had him with 25% of the vote. Palin came in second with 24%, Huckabee had 22%, and Gingrich had 14%. Both Pawlenty and Barbour polled 1%.

Here are the results from the new Gallup poll, conducted from July 10-12:

  1. Mitt Romney: 26%
  2. Sarah Palin: 21%
  3. Mike Huckabee: 19%
  4. Newt Gingrich: 14%
  5. Tim Pawlenty: 3%
  6. Haley Barbour: 2%

Comparing it with the Rasmussen poll, Romney gains a point, Palin and Huckabee lose three, Gingrich stays the same, and Pawlenty and Barbour remain irrelevant.

But here’s where the data gets really important:

Favorable 1

No real surprises here. Among Republicans, Sarah Palin remains the most popular and unpopular candidate. And as you can see, virtually everyone on the Right has an opinion about her.

That’s not the case for Romney and Huckabee, who are both liked and disliked about equally, with many on the Right not having an opinion either way. Whether that’s a positive or negative for them remains to be seen.

Moving on to what all Americans think about the leading three candidates:

Favorable 2

Palin’s numbers are about what’d you expect, and while having 43% approval isn’t shabby, you don’t want that to be accompanied with 45% disapproval. That’s why Huckabee has to be feeling pretty good about these numbers. He rivals Palin in popularity among all voters, but his unfavorables are 22 points lower. Granted, there are many who have  “no opinion,” so it’s somewhat unfair to compare, but looking at the numbers we’re given, he polls well.

It’s hard to get a proper context on Romney’s numbers (which by themselves are pretty good) until you look at this next graphic:

Favorable 3

In five months, Romney has improved his image dramatically. While his favorables are up just three points, his unfavorables have dropped 17 points. That’s HUGE. He still needs to get his favorables up, but as long as he keeps giving foreign policy speeches at the Heritage Foundation or appearing on Meet The Press to knock the Stimulus package, he will. Especially if the economy keeps dragging.

Dennis Prager on the potential ban on smoking in the military

July 13, 2009

Prager is dead-on here, and very funny to boot.

From his show on July 10th:

Story about the potential ban is here.

Marco Rubio tells it like it is, says not having support of GOP leadership “sucks”

July 10, 2009

How can you not root for this guy? I keep holding onto hope because of the fact that among those who have heard of both him and Crist, the race is a statistical dead heat.

From The Jacksonville Observer:

Crist outraised Rubio considerably during the quarter that ended June 30 – and has brought in more than $4 million to Rubio’s less than $400,000. Rubio said he’s not naïve and knows he needs to do better raising money to get his message heard, but said he hopes the primary will be about ideas, not just money.

Implicit in a message that he will be the candidate who has principles – many of which he outlined in some level of detail – was a hint that Crist doesn’t have strong stands on issues, though Rubio didn’t say that directly.

“If we live in a country where all you’ve got to do is raise a lot of money … we’ve got bigger problems than me not winning,” Rubio said. “I hope to live in a country where ideas still matter.”

In addition to having very low name recognition against Crist – who has wide recognition and is popular to boot – and the fundraising disadvantage, Rubio was reminded by a questioner at the forum that he also faces the opposition of his party leadership, which has backed Crist.

“Yeah. It sucks doesn’t it?” Rubio responded.

It does indeed, Marco.

Rubio for President, 2020?

Marco Rubio, rising star.

The best video you’ll watch all day

July 9, 2009

Thanks to Ed at HotAir for bringing this to the blogosphere’s attention. It’s from 2007, but as the saying goes, better late than never. While the MSM was busy covering Michael Jackson’s death, they were also busy not airing stories like these.

There’s no way to embed the video, so here’s the link, and here are some screen caps to preview what it’s about.

The protagonist (and hero):


The antagonist:


That's a RPG

The heroes:

John Oh


Fox News tries to make amends for wall-to-wall Jackson coverage…

July 8, 2009

…with a four-minute interview of Martha Gillis, the aunt of 1st. Lt. Brian N. Bradshaw, who was killed on June 25 in Iraq when an IED exploded near his vehicle.

Fox, along with the rest of the media, should be embarrassed by their nonstop coverage of Jackson over the last two weeks. However, kudos are in order for Fox, who made a step in the right direction with this interview.

Media fawns over Jackson, forgets our soldiers

July 7, 2009

UPDATE at 12:36pm: Here’s a video from Fox News earlier today, in which they share a letter that was penned by the aunt of 1st Lt. Brian N. Bradshaw (third soldier down), castigating the media for focusing so much on Michael Jackson, and so little on our fallen soldiers.

Btw, notice how long it takes Fox to get rid of the little “Michael Jackson Tribute” video box? How pathetic. This is DURING A STORY about how irresponsible the media has been, and they still choose to keep it up there for nearly a minute.


While the media continues to fawn over Michael Jackson, these are the true heroes they should be devoting wall-to-wall coverage to:


Name: Pvt. Steven T. Drees

Hometown: Peshtigo, Wisconsin, U.S.

Age: 19 years old

Died: June 28, 2009 in Operation Enduring Freedom.

Unit: Army, 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.

Incident: Died at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, in Landstuhl, Germany, of injuries sustained in Konar Province, Afghanistan, when insurgents attacked his unit using small arms fire and a rocket-propelled-grenade launcher.


Peter Cross

Name: Pfc. Peter K. Cross

Hometown: Saginaw, Texas, U.S.

Age: 20 years old

Died: June 26, 2009 in Operation Enduring Freedom.

Unit: Army, 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y.

Incident: Died of injuries sustained during a vehicle roll-over.



Name: 1st Lt. Brian N. Bradshaw

Hometown: Steilacoom, Washington, U.S.

Age: 24 years old

Died: June 25, 2009 in Operation Enduring Freedom.

Unit: Army, 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska.

Incident: Killed when a makeshift bomb detonated near his vehicle.



Name: Spec. Joshua L. Hazlewood

Hometown: Manvel, Texas, U.S.

Age: 22 years old

Died: June 25, 2009 in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Unit: Army, 614th Automated Cargo Documentation Detachment

Incident: Died of injuries sustained from a non-combat related incident.



Name: Spec. Casey L. Hills

Hometown: Salem, Illinois, U.S.

Age: 23 years old

Died: June 24, 2009 in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Unit: Army, 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry Regiment, Pago Pago, American Samoa

Incident: Killed during a vehicle roll-over.