The Campaign Spot

Election-driven news and views . . . by Jim Geraghty.

For a Day When Domestic Politics Feels More Relevant . . .


With horrific events unfolding in Norway, the usual back-and-forth and who’s up and who’s down in American politics seems petty and small today. File this away for early next week, when we can return to our usual domestic passions:

CNN’s latest poll, of adults, puts Obama’s approval at 45 percent and his disapproval at 54 percent. Among independents, the split is 39 percent approval, 59 percent disapproval . . .

John Boehner, interestingly, has a 43 percent favorable, 32 percent unfavorable split.

A surprisingly high 46 percent of respondents say they “never heard of” House majority leader Eric Cantor.

Majorities think everybody should compromise more.

When Democrats were asked, “Do you think the Democratic party should renominate Barack Obama as the party’s candidate for president in 2012, or do you think the Democratic party should nominate a different candidate for president in 2012,” the survey found 77 percent thought Obama should be renominated; 22 percent wanted someone different. That’s a bit lower than I expected, but the number has bounced between 76 and 83 in the past year or so.

Fascinatingly, only 78 percent of Republicans think “the policies being proposed by the Republican leaders in the U.S. House and Senate will move the country in the right direction.” Another 19 percent think they’ll move the country in the wrong direction.

Of course, in the minds of the respondents, the “policies” could be the McConnell plan, could be the Gang of Six or Seven, could be Cut, Cap and Balance . . .

Tags: Barack Obama , John Boehner , Polling


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