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NBC News/WSJ poll: Obama must 'change' direction

By Jonathan Capehart

The brand new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released today has bad news for the Democrats. It's further evidence that tomorrow's vote could be devastating. But there was a question (Q19) on leadership that the White House must -- MUST -- pay attention to.

How much change would you like to see in the direction in which President Obama has been leading the country -- a great deal, quite a bit, just some, or not that much?

Those who said they wanted "A great deal of change" were 41 percent of respondents. "Quite a bit of change," 22 percent. And "Just some change," 23 percent. That's an astounding 86 percent of the country that wants Obama to do things differently. These results should shake the West Wing because they are almost identical to what the American people said when they were asked this question in 1994. The day after the GOP took over the House for the first time in 40 years, 87 percent of respondents said they wanted then-President Clinton to change direction. He did and was rewarded with a second term.

By Jonathan Capehart  | November 1, 2010; 11:04 AM ET
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Comments bout this poll?

<<How much change would WaPo readers like to see in the LIBERAL slant of its columnists - Mr. Capehart, Mr. Dionne, Mr. Robinson and others. 1) be more objective - a great deal, 2)quite a bit, 3)just some, or 3)stay in the same MSNBC parstisan echo chamber?

Remember MLK?...." Judge one on the content of their character....or?"

MSM enablers battling within the 5 stages of death. Currently torn between 1)Denial and 2)Anger...yet to come...3)Bargaining4)Depression and 5) Acceptance


Posted by: whypromote | November 1, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

With all due respect, that question is not meaningful. Half of the respondents probably want Obama to change towards being more liberal. The other half want him to be more conservative. All it really measures is how well Obama has threaded a middle course. As they say about a compromise - a good compromise is one in which all parties are equally unhappy. By that measure, Obama seems to be threading the middle ground quite well.

Posted by: truthwillout | November 1, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Whypromote's silly diatribe about a poll on liberal columnist changing their ways goes both ways. Why not have a poll on WaPo's conservative columnists (Krauthammer, Will, Parker, Gerson) and ask the same questions?

The problem with conservatives like whypromote is that they can only see one point of view (their own), and they refuse to acknowledge that there are others who don't subscribe to conservative wingnut loopiness.

The WaPo has done a good job of balancing coverage on its op-ed pages with conservative, moderate, and liberal pieces. If why promote doesn't like what he reads on WaPO's op-ed pages, may I suggest the Washington Times, which runs from conservative to teabagger to Nazi in its op-ed rantings.

Posted by: c_attucks | November 1, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

I read something funny in today`s WaPo:
A Pundit speaking about "the RENEWED Republican Party" (Caps added) The GOP has gone backwards 100 years. It is controlled by a small bunch of billionaires, and the big business lobby just as it was then.

Because of the way it has been taken over by these people, today`s Republicans can cause more damage than Al Qaeda ever could. Voting for Republicans is an un-American act.
Semper Fi

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