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The Fix Archive: Parsing the Polls

The Most Important Number in Politics Today

72 percent. That's the number of people in the new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll who say that President Barack Obama inherited the "current economic conditions" gripping the country as compared to just 14 percent who said the situation was the result mostly of his policies.

By Chris Cillizza  | June 18, 2009; 2:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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Gallup Poll: Republican Shrinkage Widespread

A new Gallup analysis shows that the precipitous decline in the number of people who identify themselves as Republican is widespread across nearly every demographic group -- a development that suggests that there is no simple solution to solving the party's current problems.

By Chris Cillizza  | May 18, 2009; 5:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (387)
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The Republican Shrinkage Problem

The new Washington Post/ABC news poll has all sorts of intriguing numbers in it but when you are looking for clues as to where the two parties stand politically there is only one number to remember: 21. That's the percent of people in the Post/ABC survey who identified themselves as Republicans, down from 25 percent in a late March poll and at the lowest ebb in this poll since the fall of 1983 (!).

By Chris Cillizza  | April 27, 2009; 3:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (89)
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Parsing the Polls: Obama on the Right Track

A new Associated Press poll that shows more Americans believe the country is headed in the right direction than is off on the wrong track for the first time in seven years lands in the political arena at just the right time for President Barack Obama.

By Chris Cillizza  | April 23, 2009; 2:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
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Parsing the Polls: Big (Bad) Government?

There will -- no doubt -- be any number of national issues in play in the 2010 midterm elections but the largest, we believe, will believe the battle between growing and shrinking government.

By Chris Cillizza  | April 20, 2009; 4:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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Obama's First 90 Days In (Polling) Perspective

New data out of the indispensable Gallup polling organization shows that President Barack Obama's average job approval during his first 90 days in office is 63 percent, the highest rating in its surveys during that critical time period in more than three decades.

By Chris Cillizza  | April 17, 2009; 11:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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Older Entries in This Category »

Parsing the (Tracking) Poll: October Surprise, Chris Cillizza , October 30, 2008
Parsing the (Tracking) Poll: Feeling Voters' Pain, Chris Cillizza , October 25, 2008
Parsing the (Tracking) Poll: McCain=Bush?, Chris Cillizza , October 23, 2008
Parsing the (Tracking) Poll: The Youth Vote, Chris Cillizza , October 21, 2008
Race, Polling and the 'Bradley Effect', Chris Cillizza , June 10, 2008
Polling the Wright Stuff, Chris Cillizza , March 27, 2008
Parsing the Polls: Inside the Post/ABC Iowa Survey, Chris Cillizza , November 20, 2007
Parsing the Polls: Why It's So Hard to Poll Iowa, Chris Cillizza , November 9, 2007
Parsing the Polls: Clinton's Female Foundation, Chris Cillizza , November 1, 2007
Parsing the Polls: Inside the Clinton Surge, Chris Cillizza , October 3, 2007
Parsing the Polls: Clinton and the Electability Factor, Chris Cillizza , September 19, 2007
Parsing the Polls: First and Lasting Impressions, Chris Cillizza , August 1, 2007
Parsing the Polls: Understanding Independents, Chris Cillizza , July 11, 2007
Parsing the Polls: Bloomberg's Impact?, Chris Cillizza , June 27, 2007
Parsing the Polls: Do National Surveys Matter?, Chris Cillizza , June 20, 2007
Parsing the Polls: Who's a Fred Voter?, Chris Cillizza , June 13, 2007
Parsing the Polls: The Health Care Dilemma, Chris Cillizza , May 30, 2007
Parsing the Polls: Religion in Public Life, Chris Cillizza , May 10, 2007
Parsing the Polls on Gun Control, Chris Cillizza , April 18, 2007
Parsing the Polls: The Democrats' (Generic) Edge, Chris Cillizza , April 11, 2007
Parsing the Polls: California Dreaming, Chris Cillizza , April 4, 2007
Putting the Horse Race Numbers in Perspective, Chris Cillizza , March 14, 2007
Parsing the Polls: Seeing a President, Chris Cillizza , March 7, 2007
Parsing the Polls: How Strong Is Gore?, Chris Cillizza , February 28, 2007
Parsing the Polls: Iraq and the GOP Frontrunners, Chris Cillizza , February 21, 2007
Parsing the Polls: Answering the Mormon Question, Chris Cillizza , February 14, 2007
Parsing the Polls: Likeability vs Electability, Chris Cillizza , February 8, 2007
Parsing the Polls: Inside the '08 numbers, Chris Cillizza , January 24, 2007
Parsing the Polls: Is Bush's "Surge" Idea DOA?, Chris Cillizza , January 10, 2007
Parsing the Polls: The First Four '08 States, Chris Cillizza , January 3, 2007
Voters Are Hot on Giuliani, Cold on Kerry, Chris Cillizza , November 29, 2006
Parsing the Polls: The Democrats' Anger Advantage, Chris Cillizza , October 18, 2006
Parsing the Polls: The Voters' Party Impressions, Chris Cillizza , October 11, 2006
Parsing the Polls: How Low Can Congress Go?, Chris Cillizza , October 4, 2006
Parsing the Polls: Voters Mad as Hell, Chris Cillizza , September 6, 2006
Parsing the Polls: Hurricane Katrina, Chris Cillizza , August 30, 2006
Parsing the Polls: Terrorism and the Midterms, Chris Cillizza , August 23, 2006
Parsing the Polls: Is a Democratic Wave Building?, Chris Cillizza , August 16, 2006
Parsing the Polls on Bill and Hillary Clinton, Chris Cillizza , July 26, 2006
The Pros and Cons of Auto-Dialed Surveys, Chris Cillizza , July 12, 2006
Parsing The Polls: Condoleezza Rice, Chris Cillizza , July 5, 2006
Parsing the Polls: Time for an Iraq Timeline?, Chris Cillizza , June 28, 2006
Parsing the Polls: Presidential Erosion, Chris Cillizza , June 21, 2006
Parsing the Polls: A Zarqawi Bounce for Bush?, Chris Cillizza , June 14, 2006
Parsing the Polls: 2006 -- A Bush Referendum?, Chris Cillizza , May 24, 2006
Parsing the Polls on Congress and Corruption, Chris Cillizza , May 10, 2006
Parsing the Polls on the Ohio Senate Race, Chris Cillizza , May 3, 2006
Parsing the Polls: The Politics of Gas Prices, Chris Cillizza , April 26, 2006
Parsing the Polls on Censure and Impeachment, Chris Cillizza , April 12, 2006
Immigration: Readers Help Parse the Polls, Chris Cillizza , March 29, 2006
Parsing the Polls: The Immigration Conundrum, Chris Cillizza , March 29, 2006
Parsing the Polls: Too Early to See the Wave?, Chris Cillizza , March 15, 2006
Parsing the Polls: The Bush Burden?, Chris Cillizza , March 8, 2006
Parsing the Polls: Unmasking the "Push Poll", Chris Cillizza , February 22, 2006
Parsing the Polls: Hizzoner's National Appeal, Chris Cillizza , February 8, 2006
Parsing the Polls: A State of the Union Bounce?, Chris Cillizza , February 1, 2006
Parsing the Polls: Can Hillary Win the White House?, Chris Cillizza , January 25, 2006
Parsing the Polls: Can Tom DeLay Win Again?, Chris Cillizza , January 18, 2006
New NPR Poll: Two Takes, Chris Cillizza , December 29, 2005
Parsing the Polls on Bush, Chris Cillizza , December 21, 2005
Parsing the Polls: Iraqis on Iraq, Chris Cillizza , December 14, 2005
Parsing the Polls: A Look at the Iraq Question, Chris Cillizza , November 23, 2005
Parsing the Polls: A New Fix Feature, Chris Cillizza , November 16, 2005
 
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