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The Republican side is getting much more attention in New Hampshire right now, but it’s also a swing state in the general election. And President Obama isn’t doing particularly well there at the moment: Obama hit 53 percent disapproval in a new poll for the University of New Hampshire, against 41 approval.

The high disapproval rating seems to be a result of other numbers being low: only 35 percent approve of his handling of the economy, 52 percent oppose his signature health care reform legislation, and Granite State residents also think the country is off on the wrong track, which is a the case across nearly every poll.

One note of slightly better news — Obama maintains a higher personal favorability rating than his other metrics. From UNH: “Obama’s personal favorability ratings have remained stable for the past year. Obama is currently viewed favorably by 44% of New Hampshire adults, 47% have an unfavorable opinion of him, and 9% are neutral or don’t know enough about him to say.”

Writing in The Wall Street Journal, Fox analyst and pollster Douglas Schoen makes the argument that Democrats are making a costly mistake by embracing the Occupy Wall Street movement.

“Our research shows clearly that the movement doesn’t represent unemployed America and is not ideologically diverse,” Schoen writes. “Rather, it comprises an unrepresentative segment of the electorate that believes in radical redistribution of wealth, civil disobedience and, in some instances, violence.”

After polling 200 protestors based in Zuccotti Park, Schoen concludes that it is “a deep commitment to left-wing policies: opposition to free-market capitalism and support for radical redistribution of wealth, intense regulation of the private sector, and protectionist policies to keep American jobs from going overseas” that binds the movement together.

If New Yorkers had to join a contemporary political movement, it would be more likely to be Occupy Wall Street than the Tea Party, according to a new poll from Siena College. 49 percent of New York residents say they’d join the protesters on Wall Street against and only 28 percent say they’d become part of the Tea Party.

Still, Occupy Wall Street’s general favorability rating is a bit more split, with 49 percent liking it and 38 having an unfavorable view. Siena broke it out like this:

“Nearly half of voters – including a majority of Democrats, women, those from New York City, African Americans and Latinos, those 55 years of age and older, and those earning more than $50,000 per year – have a favorable view of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Only Republicans and conservatives have majorities with an unfavorable view, along with a plurality of suburbanites. Independents are evenly divided,” Siena pollster Steven Greenberg said in a release.

“Conversely, only majorities of Republicans and conservatives view the Tea Party favorably. A majority of every other demographic group has an unfavorable view of the Tea Party,” Greenberg said. “And when it comes to Wall Street, a strong majority of every demographic group has an unfavorable view."

The New York Times lashed out at the GOP primary field in an editorial Tuesday morning, highlighting weaknesses in the Republican presidential contenders' foreign policy platforms.

“For a while, we were concerned that the candidates for the Republican presidential nomination were not saying much about national security and foreign affairs,” the Times wrote. “Now that a few have started, maybe they were better off before.”

The Times accused Republican presidential candidates for displaying “bad analysis and worse solutions, nothing that suggests real understanding or new ideas.”

Primary candidates will debate one another on foreign policy in mid-November, during a televised event hosted by the American Enterprise Institute, the Heritage Foundation and CNN.

After 2008, the GOP realized they had a problem with their presidential primaries: they weren't long enough.

While John McCain wrapped up the nomination in February, Democrats kept duking it out for months, sucking up voters' undivided attention while the presumptive Republican nominee struggled to get noticed.

The result was in no small part thanks to the two parties' systems for awarding delegates: while Democrats awarded them proportionally, Republicans relied on a more winner-takes-all approach, meaning that McCain was able to turn narrow wins into a crushing delegate count even while winning with relatively modest margins. But the RNC is looking to change that now, instituting new rules requiring states holding primaries before April 1 to award at least some of their delegates proportionally.

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Sen. Dianne Feinstein lost $4.7 million. Rep. Linda Sanchez lost $322,000, while her sister Rep. Loretta Sanchez lost $125,000 and their fellow California congresswoman Rep. Susan Davis, reported losing $160,000. What nobody seems to be able to figure out is where all that money went.

California campaign treasurer Kinde Durkee was arrested in early September. As the investigation continues to unfold, observers are trying to figure out what Durkee -- a "frumpy" woman who didn't show any signs of an extravagant lifestyle -- did with all the cash.

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The surge of businessman Herman Cain has now shown up in more than just horse race polling: a new CNN poll shows that 33 percent of GOP voters in their survey said that Cain was the best Republican candidate to get the economy going, with former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney in second with 26 percent. A month ago, Cain was only at 4 percent, as the then-frontrunner Texas Gov. Rick Perry pulled 35 percent of Republicans on the issue. Now only 16 percent think the same about Perry.

A new survey from polling firm Latino Decisions shows that many Latino voters don't know the Republican field of candidates very well. And maybe that's a good thing, considering some of the news they've made over the last week.

The poll of six hundred Latino registered voters shows high support for President Obama: he enjoys 63 percent approval versus 29 percent disapproval, and a near majority say that they have already made up their mind to vote for him in the fall of 2012. So any gains that Republicans would have to make with Latino voters is within a smaller group of those who are ready to vote for Obama but could change their minds (12 percent), are leaning towards Obama (3 percent) and fully undecided voters (10 percent). About 23 percent are either ready to vote Republican right now or are leaning towards it.

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