Poll: Most Georgians disapprove of Obama

AP
Thursday, March 7, 2013 7:02 AM
Last updated 7:12 PM
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ATLANTA -- Two-thirds of Georgians disapprove of the job President Barack Obama is doing, and more than half feel their personal financial situation is worsening, according to a survey released Thursday by InsiderAdvantage for Morris News and WAGA-TV in Atlanta.

When it comes to the sequester of federal funds, 37 percent are supportive while 38 percent oppose it. Another 26 percent are undecided.

InsiderAdvantage used automated telephone surveys of 741 voters Monday for a 3.8 percent error margin. It also asked the same questions of 346 voters on the social-media website Facebook Sunday and Monday with twice the error margin but essentially the same results.

A similar national poll conducted by Economist YouGov conducted last week and also released Thursday showed 61 percent of Americans surveyed believe the country is on the wrong track and just 24 percent on the right one.

The Georgia telephone poll shows that 61 percent of young voters 18-29 years old, 60.5 percent of blacks and 64 percent of Democrats agree with Obama while a majority of all other demographic and political groups disapprove. Among white Georgians, 71 percent disapprove of the job he’s doing.

On the economy, a plurality of every group except blacks and Democrats see things getting worse.

As the Dow Jones Industrial Average enjoys record gains, the survey results suggest that most people are still not feeling optimistic. The fact that they are evenly divided about the sequestration, with one-fourth undecided, suggests that it may be causing considerable unease and uncertainty, two conditions that generally cause economic slowing.

Political incumbents may also see warning signs in the survey results because unhappy voters tend to punish those in office.

One group that may see good news in the results is the polling industry. The decline in landline telephones has worried many observers that getting representative respondents is more difficult since cellphone owners are less accessible.

With the social-media results matching the telephone findings, InsiderAdvantage may have found an effective, new survey technique.

“While we continue to believe the automated phone system of collecting responses to surveys will remain a highly utilized and very reliable source of polling data, it is clear that large social-media organizations, such as Facebook, as well as privately collected online data, will ultimately become the primary source of accurate political and public opinion research both nationally and in Georgia,” said InsiderAdvantage CEO Matt Towery. “The firm will continue to use both methods of polling.”

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seenitB4
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seenitB4 03/07/13 - 08:19 am
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welll nooo

While we continue to believe the automated phone system of collecting responses to surveys will remain a highly utilized and very reliable source of polling data

Do yall have any idea what a pain that is ....especially at 9pm at night....it is really hard to be decent with a caller when you are getting ready for bedtime....geez stop with the late calls..

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nocnoc 03/07/13 - 08:38 am
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I wonder how this breaks down

"61 percent of Americans surveyed believe the country is on the wrong track and just 24 percent on the right one."

Are the 61% taxpaying/workers and the 24% the Yo-Momma Socialist / Liberal crowd?

jack234
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jack234 03/07/13 - 09:12 am
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Our president's approval

Our president's approval rating jumps to an amazing 85% when you factor in the fact that Georgia is still located in the South. The South has always been a "Johnny come lately" .

allhans
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allhans 03/07/13 - 09:44 am
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Oh gracious. A Pew poll

Oh gracious. A Pew poll show that his rating has dropped 10 points in the last few days. Sensible folks are waking up...finally!

grinder48
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grinder48 03/07/13 - 09:49 am
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What a SHOCK!

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Poll: Most Georgians disapprove of Obama... WHAT A SHOCK!

noway
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noway 03/07/13 - 09:49 am
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no kidding

Is this news? Georgia is a vastly Republican state. surprise surprise.

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soapy_725 03/07/13 - 10:00 am
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Intelligent life located in the Peach State? LOL

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The Hope Scholarship may be working? Have you every heard anyone say they retired and "moved north"?

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 03/07/13 - 10:10 am
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"Our president's approval

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"Our president's approval rating jumps to an amazing 85% when you factor in the fact that Georgia is still located in the South. The South has always been a "Johnny come lately" ."

Can you back that statement up with nothing but facts, and without using generalizations?

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concercitizen 03/07/13 - 11:04 am
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Yesterday, I became a victim

Yesterday, I became a victim of Obamacare. I have been classified as a part time worker for the last two years, but because of an increased work load had been allowed to work 36-39 hours a week. The only difference was that I was not getting the benefits of a full time employee; paid vacation, paid holidays, sick leave, and so forth. Because Obamacare is steadily being implemented, my supervisor informed me yesterday that starting immediately, I would only be allowed to work 30 hours or less. Under Obamacare, any employee who works more than 30 hours a week will be considered a full time employee, and therefore must be offered benefits. The company I work for estimated it would cost an additional $12 million a year to offer full time status to part time employees who wanted to be considered full time. So, rather than spend $12 million on current employees who have demonstrated aptitude for good performance in their job,(I just received an award for Most Valuable Professional for cycle 1 of 2013), they will now be hiring additional part time people to do the extra work.Tell me this promotes economic initiative in America.

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Humble Angela 03/07/13 - 11:32 am
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concerned.......Isn't it a

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concerned.......Isn't it a good thing Pelosi passed that bill so that we can now see what's in it?

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 03/07/13 - 12:00 pm
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The president's approval

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{sarcasm}The president's approval rating jumps to 85% when you leave out all the people with whom I disagree and with whom I don't like. {/sarcasm}

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 03/07/13 - 12:01 pm
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Sorry

Thanks for telling us your story, Concerned. I am sorry you are getting your hours cut. Hard work will pay off one day, but that day will be at least four years in coming.

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john 03/07/13 - 01:22 pm
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the south?

Georgia is still in the south? Go figure....

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 03/07/13 - 01:28 pm
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John....weren't they planning

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John....weren't they planning on moving it?

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owensjef3 03/07/13 - 02:52 pm
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These people don't like ice

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These people don't like ice cream either.

burninater
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burninater 03/07/13 - 02:59 pm
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Thanks for telling us your

Thanks for telling us your story, Concerned. I am sorry you are getting your hours cut. Hard work will pay off one day, but that day will be at least four years in coming.
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concercitizen, hard work is not enough, as there are plenty of employers out there who are more than willing to pay as little as possible for people to work as hard as they can. It sounds like you are a valuable professional, why not work hard for a company that values its employees? I don't know the exact circumstances of your part time/full time status, but I would be skeptical of a firm that has called you part time but "let you" work full time -- with a part time pay package. That's a red flag right there.

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Young Fred 03/07/13 - 03:39 pm
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Most Americans dissaprove of

Most Americans dissaprove of Obama's policies.

But golly-gee, he's such a swell guy!

Literally tens of millions of voting citizens (and others) have no problem reconciling fact and emotion.

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rmwhitley 03/07/13 - 03:46 pm
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obama

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is nuttier than a squirrel's turd.

burninater
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burninater 03/07/13 - 04:13 pm
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YF, you're missing the

YF, you're missing the greater point here. As much as people disapprove of the policies of Obama and the Democrats, they disapprove of the policies of Romney and the Republicans even MORE.

This was not an election of a demogogue, but an election of the lesser of two unfavorables. Until Republicans realize this, they will continue to make two crucial mistakes: 1) hew to an unelectable platform, and 2) further alienate voters by implying that if you weren't enthusiastic about the Republican ticket, you are ignorant.

These two attitudes will not move Republicans forward.

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allhans 03/07/13 - 04:28 pm
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A close friend has worked

A close friend has worked with the same company for a number of years. She recently turned 62 and the owner of the company told her to be sure and sign up for SS because he was cutting her hours in half.

This is just a bit of the sorrow we have wrought onto ourselves...

When the government checks, other than SS, stops...then what?
Will we say, "Who's Sorry Now".

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 03/07/13 - 04:32 pm
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It doesn't matter if a

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It doesn't matter if a company values employees or not if the regulations of Obamacare cause them to have to make cuts, then cuts have to be made. Those who supported Obamacare (and didn't bother to actually read it) seem to think that all of this coverage would just magically appear and that somehow it would get paid for. Well....reality has kicked in, and good workers are paying the price. That you very much, Obama supporters for messing up a healthcare system with a set of regulations that the great majority of Americans didn't want.

burninater
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burninater 03/07/13 - 04:55 pm
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It doesn't matter if a

It doesn't matter if a company values employees or not ...
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It absolutely matters.

There is no one way to design a business model. Businesses can choose cost-cutting as their single moral imperative, or they can choose to balance costs with employee well-being.

Starbucks and Costco are two remarkably successful businesses that have gone above and beyond gov't-mandated pay and healthcare requirements for years, becoming sector leaders in the process.

I have zero sympathy for a company that will be driven out of business because it is forced to provide their employees with a living pay package. Good riddance. If you are not competent enough to design a business model that supports actual humans with actual health and cost-of-living needs, then move out of the way for the next Starbucks or Costco, who WILL treat their employees like the humans they are.

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Conservative Man 03/07/13 - 05:08 pm
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Business is not in the business to create jobs....

...it is in the business to make money. When it becomes cost prohibitive to do so it changes it's business model...period.
Let's get real here folks...Obamacare is not, and never was about providing health insurance to people...It's about destroying the private health care industry, thereby forcing everyone into the "single-payer" system, i.e. socialized medicine. Or better put DMV medicine...
In a state like GA which is generally conservative it's no surprise that "Our Dear Rulers" regime should be on the unpopular side of polling...
And with the implementation of Obamacare set to be complete in the next year I'm willing to bet he'll be even more unpopular as middle class working people really start to feel the pain of his policies..

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Lorraine 03/07/13 - 05:11 pm
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The poll numbers in Georgia

The poll numbers in Georgia or any other Red state actually do not matter. I surmise these poll numbers involved the same persons who did not vote for President Obama in 2012. Thus, no surprise here!

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burninater 03/07/13 - 05:44 pm
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"Business is not in the

"Business is not in the business to create jobs ... it is in the business to make money".
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Conservative Man, you understand that is an ethical position, not a law of nature, right? For-profit businesses exist that provide livable pay packages AND make money.

You are defining, quite clearly, a major ideologic divide both in our country, and globally. Does human enterprise exist to further the human condition, or to further profit?

More simply, are humans on earth to further humanity, or to further Mammon?

The way an individual answers that question determines their attitude towards for-profit enterprise structure, and whether or not profit-maximization is our single moral imperative.

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rmwhitley 03/07/13 - 07:56 pm
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democrats,

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hollyweirdos and lefties (pardon the redundancy) are nuttier than a squirrel turd.

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TrukinRanger 03/07/13 - 08:05 pm
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What a disgusting and

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What a disgusting and misleading article. This president has had the average American's best interest in mind. These attitudes in this stream are the same reason democrats and independents will make a come back. The republican party keeps saying they have to do better to get THEIR message across to young voters... the problem is- THEIR message. The majority of this country is tired of the back woods thinking from the red states. They don't want the republican message because most of it is just WRONG

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KSL 03/07/13 - 08:46 pm
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burn

Are you an employer or an employee?

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Willow Bailey 03/07/13 - 11:54 pm
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Go Georgia!

I don't think people so much disagreed with Romney's policies. I think they were just so jealous of him and believed the lies Obama told about his policies.

Obama should go down in history as the most evil, lying, charismatic president in the history of America.

Young Fred
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Young Fred 03/08/13 - 12:14 am
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“they disapprove of the

“they disapprove of the policies of Romney and the Republicans even MORE”

That's too funny. If asked, you'd be hard pressed to find an Obama supporter that could even name a “Romney and Republican policy” they actually disagreed with.

Oh they could name things the media “told” them was a policy to disagree with, for sure, but that's about it.

It's amazing how much the peeps can be led. Got a ring in their nose and don't even know it!

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