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9 Out of 10 Viewers Approve of Obama’s Proposals

Posted on Jan 26, 2011
White House / Pete Souza

If these CBS News poll numbers are to be believed, the president had a very big night. According to the network, “91 percent of those who watched the speech approved of the proposals Mr. Obama put forth during his remarks. Only nine percent disapproved.”

The poll found that Obama did better than last year, when a mere 83 percent were on board.

Of course the numbers could be skewed by any number of factors. For instance, people who can’t stand the president were less likely to watch and, therefore, be counted.  —PZS

CBS News:

An overwhelming majority of Americans approved of the overall message in President Obama’s State of the Union speech on Tuesday night, according to a CBS News poll of speech watchers.

According to the poll, which was conducted online by Knowledge Networks immediately after the president’s address, 91 percent of those who watched the speech approved of the proposals Mr. Obama put forth during his remarks. Only nine percent disapproved.

Last year, 83 percent of viewers approved of Mr. Obama’s State of the Union remarks.

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By Inherit The Wind, January 27, 2011 at 11:07 am Link to this comment


People are always amazed at polling science and what can be gleaned from surprisingly small numbers of well-selected sample.

I don’t know the size of this sample, but the mechanics of establishing statistical significance is fairly straight-forward.

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By starfish, January 26, 2011 at 9:43 pm Link to this comment

Does anyone have a link to this poll?

I have heard that they polled only 30 people; can this possibly be true?


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By RayLan, January 26, 2011 at 6:02 pm Link to this comment

Rally round the Kool-Aid bowl.

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By AT, January 26, 2011 at 4:28 pm Link to this comment
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THIS MORNING , I went to my bank, using my caRD TO
withdraw cash , unable to access, so I went inside to
take my money. That’s a sign that you government is
messing with your money, bewre, I had on good authority
that your government will mess you up, tAKE YOUR MONEY.
To be continued

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By Steve E, January 26, 2011 at 3:56 pm Link to this comment

Now, how long will the lemmings hang in their supporting this sorcerer’s
apprentice before the next Presidential election? Clear thinking and informed
people know right out of the gate this guy is proven BS, much like a used car
salesman. Trouble is, it is apparent there are not enough enlightened people to
matter and many are just in denial, according to polls.

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By Maani, January 26, 2011 at 3:31 pm Link to this comment

“9 Out of 10 Viewers Approve of Obama’s Proposals”...

...until the right-wing propaganda machine ramps up and convinces many of them otherwise, and the next poll shows that only 50% approve…

“9 Out of 10 Viewers Approve of Obama’s Proposal”...

...though 7 out of 10 also said they did not expect him to follow through, or felt that he would compromise them away…

“9 Out of 10 Viewers Approve of Obama’s Proposals”...

...and then went to get another glass of Kool-Aid…

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By Peter Knopfler, January 26, 2011 at 3:28 pm Link to this comment

More poop from polls no one liked that speech who
wrote this crap.The Americans who support the Obomba
Man, are the same that will Radiate and rape you at
the airports, they are bring body scanners to trains,
buses,shopping malls. but Obama lie, speed train no
pat down bullshit.BiG waste of TIME, Big Business
Bull, Kissing Communist Butt, great Role model for
all. They support the dictator in Egypt, and all
other people killing Dictators. I knew the Govenor of
Hawaii when He was driving Taxi 1971, Abe is now
looking for Obamas birth certificate AND has Announce
HE CANNOT FIND IT. Also another friend Punahou High
school, played basketball with a young boy 14 named
BARRY, He says He has to get used to calling him
Pres. Obama! What the F_ck are we going to do, Queens
medical center, and Kapiolani Hospital which is now
Kapiolani Womens hospital, I worked in Both
facilities Pediatrics, saw many birth certificates.
In Hawaii especially outer islands birth papers were
not always available and for school they make a
certificate but not a birth paper. I was there!

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By Palindromedary, January 26, 2011 at 3:07 pm Link to this comment
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99.9% of those polled believe that of those “believers” who listened to any of the sermons their preachers gave believe and approve of what they said. Of course, if they bothered to poll those who do not subscribe to the same belief system then they would get dramatically different results. Obama is just another “preacher” largely preaching to the choir and trying to convert the non-believers (many of which may have been believers before the hypocrites shafted most of the working classes). Obama has proven himself to be just another tool of the wealthy to get the rest of us to believe in the non-sense of the rewards in an afterlife (whatever that is) while the rich continue to reap their rewards right now. Just like many preachers, Obama tries to convince us that the problem is US (not educated enough, not ambitious enough, not believers in the system enough…whatever…it is OUR fault…we are all sinners). And since the media is largely owned and controlled by those propagandists that benefit from the lies they tell we can expect to hear more of such garbage of poll results that favor the rich.

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By berniem, January 26, 2011 at 2:58 pm Link to this comment

If true, 91% of Amerikans are A—HOLES! FRE BRADLEY MANNING!!!!

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By Inherit The Wind, January 26, 2011 at 2:57 pm Link to this comment

Yup…and the other 9% are probably 8.5% right-wing fascists and the .5% “Progressives”, who think they are smarter than every other American and therefore can “negate” what the 91% want.

Or claim there’s a problem with the poll, but not actually identify what that problem is, other than that they don’t like the results.

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By Miko, January 26, 2011 at 2:49 pm Link to this comment
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It would be hard not to support the proposals that he
made during the SOTU, seeing as he didn’t actually make
any proposals.  Just a bunch of meaningless sweet-
sounding rhetoric.  Ask a dumb question and of course
you’ll get a dumb answer.

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By starfish, January 26, 2011 at 2:47 pm Link to this comment
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I think one had to have watched to be “allowed” to express an opinion one way or the other. If that is the case, then the millions of us who are too disgusted with Obama to watch his puff-pieces were not included in that poll.

I don’t watch because it makes no sense to watch or listen to anything Obama says, as it is all meaningless hype.

Obama’s speeches are a lot of noise signifying nothing.

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By happygolucky, January 26, 2011 at 10:51 am Link to this comment
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Count me as one of the previous diehard Obama fans who can’t stand to watch him now.

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By Ray Duray, January 26, 2011 at 9:07 am Link to this comment

This 91% approval canard is just as ludicrous as the Quinnipiac poll two days after the gun assault in Tuscon which said that only 9% of Americans believed more rational gun control was called for.

Neither poll result passes the smell test.

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By rollzone, January 26, 2011 at 8:46 am Link to this comment

hello. as the paid infiltrators will need to rebut
all derogatory remarks about the administration,
allow me to side with the one drunken person in the
office of 11 people whom were polled, whom does not
approve of these proposals. the teacher’s union is a
failure, since children are not graduating from high
school with skills necessary to work in today’s
workforce, while teenage abortions are increasing.
promises to rebuild America’s infrastructure without
spending more money is impossible, and happens to be
the same promises made before by this administration,
and the previous governor elected in Calyfourneia:
and we know the condition of their state. beginning
to draw down forces in Afghanistan so we can apply
them in other regions of the world is ludicrous,
especially since we are still not out of Iraq. being
misrepresented at the global summit in Europe, while
Spain is facing a meltdown, and the IMF will require
dollars to bolster the faltering Euro, at a time when
emerging markets could better pick up the tab, so as
to strengthen the dollar- is a complete neglect of
foreign economic policy by this administration; and
mandates an audit of the Federal Reserve, and full
disclosure of the Federal Budget. bags of tax payer
monies spent outside these United States must show a
receipt, and be accountable. closing a loophole for
the preposterously profiting oil barons is short of
windfall profits tax. lieyering by engineering a
vehicle to operate at 200 MPG, only to degrade its
performance before mass production, while
simultaneously delaying the release of electric
vehicles in our nation: is not a sign of promoting
green technologies. it states you prefer to help pay
for Dubai with petrodollars, than develop alternative
energies here. can every company in America volunteer
their services on a government building, and get the
help they need to reinvent themselves? the biggest
blunder of this administration has by far been the
spending, driving this country into a bankrupt
canyon. freezing spending means matching the current
spending threshold, which required tremendous loans,
and piled huge debt. the intent is to fabricate
dollars until the dollar collapses. please explain to
the American people how this is good proposed policy.

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By par4, January 26, 2011 at 8:20 am Link to this comment
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I quit listening to anything this liar says after 6 months. I don’t trust anything reported by corporate news/propaganda outlets. I try to verify anything printed by American ‘newspapers’ with other sources. Don’t expect me to believe 9 out of 10 Americans agree on anything political in this country. As Bob Scheer says “Hogwash”.

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By ardee, January 26, 2011 at 7:23 am Link to this comment

Polls are what they are, depend on the households sampled, and this one apparently shows ,yet again, the naivete of the voting public, or at least the portion thereof sampled.

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