Here are some interesting data points. At this point in time, the U.S. economy shrunk the last quarter, while President Obama’s popularity and likeability has surged.
The way that Congressional representatives should read this is that voters want them to follow his lead and don’t do anything to make matters worse. Can I prove that conclusion? No, it is an analyst’s judgment and a sense that has proven to be very accurate throughout this past political cycle.
We still don’t have a clean path to economic stability. That will require the Senate and House to agree on a budget and to avoid a collapse in March.
Longer term, the President needs to inject some energy and focus into producing a sustainable economy. I only hear nibbles around that target. Yet, you know what I see are young people spurring things along with self-determination and focus around green opportunities. I am going to investigate that subject.
“U.S. economy contracted at annual rate of 0.1 percent in fourth quarter
The U.S. economy shrank from October through December for the first time since the recession ended, hurt by cuts in government spending, fewer exports and sluggish growth in company stockpiles.”
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“President Obama’s popularity surges to three-year high
President Obama is riding a wave of personal popularity into his second term, with his highest favorability ratings since his first year in office, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
Fully 60 percent of Americans have a favorable impression of Obama in the new poll, up slightly from October but a clear shift in opinion from an election year in which his ratings hovered in the mid-to-low 50s. And by 39 percent to 26 percent, the president now has more “strongly” positive ratings than strongly negative reviews, breaking a two-year stretch in which intense opposition was on par with (or higher than) intense support.
Obama’s inaugural address earned fewer positive marks and appears to have served mainly as a pep rally, with raving reviews from supporters and plenty of yawns from his opponents. While the speech drew twice as many cheers as jeers — 51 percent approved while 24 percent disapproved — a quarter of Americans had no opinion on the speech. More than eight in 10 Democrats approved of Obama’s second inaugural, but at least three in 10 Republicans and independents have no reaction at all.
Whatever the reactions to the speech, Obama’s general likability has improved across a variety of constituencies, including a wavering base and the political middle. Obama’s favorable ratings have climbed by double digits since last year among liberals, racial minorities and people under age 40. Among each group, at least two-thirds now see Obama positively.”