MEMO FROM DAVID AXLEROD
TO: Sunday Show Producers
FR: David Axelrod, Senior Strategist
September 16, 2011
Public polling released this week makes clear that Americans strongly agree with the President’s plan to create jobs and provide economic security for the middle class and believe that leaders in both parties should move quickly to pass the American Jobs Act.
Members of the media have focused on the President’s approval ratings as if they existed in a black box. Following the intransigence of the Republicans during the debt debate, the approval rating of the GOP brand dropped to a historic low. The approval rating of Congress dropped to a near historic low. Americans are still dealing with the impact of the financial crisis and recession and the long-term economic trends that have seen wages stagnate for many, and that is manifested in their anger towards Washington. There’s no doubt that Americans are calling on leaders in Washington to take immediate action to address their economic challenges — exactly what the President is advocating for.
According to a CNN poll released on Wednesday, a plurality of Americans approve of the President’s jobs plan. Two thirds believe we should cut taxes for the middle class and rebuild America’s roads and bridges. Three quarters believe we need to put our teachers and first responders back to work. More Americans trust the President to handle the economy than Congressional Republicans by a margin of 9 points.
Despite what you hear in elite commentary, the President’s support among base voters and in key demographic groups has stayed strong. According to the latest NBC-WSJ poll, Democrats approve of his performance by an 81%-14% margin. That’s stronger than President Clinton’s support among Democrats at this point in his term and, according to Gallup, stronger than any Democratic President dating back to Harry Truman through this point in their presidency. 92 percent of African Americans approve. And a PPP poll out this week showed the President winning 67 percent of Hispanics against Romney and 70 percent against Perry, a higher percentage than he captured against Senator McCain in 2008.
The base is mobilized behind the President. 12,000 individuals applied to join the campaign as volunteer summer fellows, more than in 2008. 1,100 students across the country are organizing their campuses in support of the campaign as fellows this fall. We had 552,462 individuals give to the campaign in the second quarter — more than we had in all of 2007. Of our 552,462 total donors to the 2012 campaign so far, more than 260,000 of them are completely new to the Obama organization and have never given before.
The Republicans have yet to choose a nominee, and therefore, most Americans have yet to learn much about their records or visions for the country. Their candidates are busy courting the Tea Party, signing off on any economic pledge it might demand – no revenue increases under any circumstances, ending Medicare as we know it, draconian cuts that will hamper job creation. And Americans are increasingly rejecting the Tea Party’s agenda and its ideological rigidity – following the debt negotiations, an AP poll found the Tea Party’s approval rating sinking to 28-46. When Americans learn the details of the Republican candidates’ plans, the choice about America’s future will come into clear view.
Despite the Republican candidates just beginning to undergo the media scrutiny that occurs during a presidential campaign, from North Carolina to Nevada, the President remains ahead or in a dead heat with the Republican candidates in the battleground states that will decide the election in 2012. And ultimately it is in those battleground states where voters will choose, 14 months from now, between two candidates, their records, and their visions for the country.
You’ve got old Clintonites storming the airwaves crying “Panic” **looks squarely @ you Carville** And stop sending me e-mails asking for $$$. Fuck you; you and 3 Chics are not on the same team. Can’t TRUST IT.
3 Chics think this is the sign of the times for Team Obama. We expect more of these kinds of memos to come from David Axelrod.
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So the question is how do we get the word out to the people. Conservatives act like their fair and balanced you really are getting is 5% of the truth with a lot of BS on top. If you have the right state of mind all you have do is think the opposite of what Republicans are saying and their you have the truth.
I think this is entirely a matter of methodology and bias. Pollsters have a very hard time incorporating cell phones into their polls. Some refuse to even try. The percentage of cell phone only adults in the U.S. is now over 25%. An even larger percentage of under thirty adults have no land line. When you consider the political demographics of the population being under-represented, it’s no wonder the real views of Americans as a whole are not being reflected. Pew states that it could be as much as a 7% bias in any given poll. When you add to that the common 3% margin of error disclaimer footnoted in most polls, that’s a 10% possible deviation. And yet how often is this point expressed by pundits. They usually just throw the numbers out like gospel, hardly even questioning the methodology. Sorry Ametia, I don’t have a current link for this info. The best I could do was Oct. of 2010 (It appears Rupert has his minions hard at work scrubbing the web of these articles.) But all the articles I did find showed the trend growing, not diminishing. P.S. I hope you ladies aren’t anywhere near those horrible fires I keep seeing on tv.
You’re rocking the hell out of these threads! Go baby, Go!
Tell the truth and shame the devil. 3 Chics is on to the made up bullsh*t polls. Carvelle can kick pointed rocks with his space alien looking ass. He will get NO money from 3 Chics!
Woma, you know we’re not having IT. 3 Chics is never going to buy into the fake polls. What universe are they conducting these polls? CaCLAND/
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Right On. Tell it like it is.
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QUESTION FOR REPUBLICANS: WHERE ARE THE JOBS?
SUNDAY MORNING GABFEST
NBC has as well Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
ABC also has Google CEO Eric Schmidt and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, now a Middle East envoy, who’ll address Palestine’s bid to be recognized as a formal state by the United Nations.
And CBS also has former Vice President Dick Cheney, who’s still touting his new memoir, “In My Time.”
CNN’s “State of the Union” has more on the continuing Israeli-Palestinian saga with the Israeli ambassador to the U.S., Michael Oren, and the Palestinian Liberation Organization’s chief representative to the U.S., Maen Areikat.
Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) also stop by to discuss domestic politics.
Meanwhile, “Fox News Sunday” has Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), chairman of the House Budget Committee, and former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain, who’s seeking the Republican presidential nomination.
Bloomberg TV’s “Political Capital” has another GOP presidential contender, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman.
Finally, on C-SPAN’s “Newsmakers,” California Rep. Henry Waxman, the ranking Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, is interviewed by Heidi Pryzbyla of Bloomberg News and Lauren Gardner of Congressional Quarterly.
Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0911/63721.html#ixzz1YE5nPDdc
This is exactly what Axe was talking about. All the media cares about are headlines and negative spin. Looks like our fabulous msm, gag, is doing the same ole thing this Sunday. Featuring repugnuts.