Today’s CNN poll is a useful reminder that survey respondents can be… strange sometimes. Say, how do you think Republicans feel about the way Obama is handing gas prices? You figure you have to look far and wide to find a Republican who’s happy with our current $4 per gallon and up, right?
In CNN’s poll, 15% of Republicans approve of how Obama is handing gas prices. Among self-described conservatives, 12 percent approve of how Obama is handling the issue, and 7 percent of self-described “Tea Party supporters” approve of how Obama is handling that issue.
Moving along to the deficit, we see similar small, but distinct portions of groups usually strongly opposing to Obama expressing approval of him to CNN. The survey finds 14 percent of Republicans approving of the way Obama is handling the deficit, 13 percent of conservatives approving, and 8 percent of self-described “Tea Party supporters” supporting him.
Overall, 27 percent of Republicans approve of how Obama is handling his job as president; 27 percent of conservatives approve, and 17 percent of self-described “Tea Party supporters” approve of how Obama is handling his duties.
Mischief-makers? Folks who don’t really know what their political identity is? A lingering OBL-kill effect? Or are there Republicans, conservatives, and Tea Party supporters who really, really want to give Obama the benefit of the doubt?