Income and Insight

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    Less than half of middle class Americans now believe that President Barack Obama is doing a good job, according to a new Gallup Poll.

    Among those earning from $24,000 to $59,988 a year, just 46 percent say they approve of the job Obama is doing, down from 51 percent in May and 66 percent in the week of his inauguration.

    Among Americans earning $60,000 to $89,988 a year, 44 percent approve of his job performance, down from 51 percent in May and 69 percent during inauguration week.

    The only income bracket in which a majority still approves of Obama’s job performance is those earning less than $24,000 a year — and only 52 percent of them approve.

    Overall, 46 percent of Americans told Gallup they approve of Obama’s job performance during the week of June 7-13, tying for the worst week of his presidency.

    CNSNews.com - Middle Class Is Abandoning Obama: He Gets Majority Approval Rating Only From Americans Making Less Than $24,000 Per Year
     
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    But polls don't matter, right?

    It is odd that people in the lowest income group still have the highest approval rating of him. He has done nothing for them. The cash for clunkers and cash for houses benefitted chiefly middle class people. It is no wonder he has enlisted Al Sharpton to shore up his support in the black community.
     
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    Obama's demonizing of The Rich and calls for increasing taxes on them plays well with those at the lowest income levels.
     
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    Polls don't matter until they start comparing "Do you prefer Candadate A or Candadate B?"

    Once we start getting actual names to compete with the President, polls are irrelevant
     
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    So? What president hasn't seen a decline once he got in power? Reality bites.

    Frankly, with all the negativity I see everywhere I look, I'm surprised the ODS hasn't become pandemic and his approval ratings even lower.

    Obama: Job Ratings
    Obama: Favorability
     
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    Maggie, you have made a point, but have sidestepped what is clearly the most interesting aspect of the OP.

    Why is it only the lowest income group that still supports the President?

    Is there a relationship between income and insight?

    Who are the members of this group?

    Do you think there is a relationship between income and education, and, if so, how is education related to the polls?


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    Obama's rhetoric concerning the rich and corporations plays right into the lower income brackets thinking process....let's face it...the lower income bracketted individuals are basically high school drop out uneducated types who don't have shit...and have to rely on government assisstance. They rely on the internet, Olberman, Maddow and the DailyKOS for their news and political content. Welfare, foodstamps and the thought of free healthcare on the backs of the rich keeps them in control. Sorry if that's a little blunt to anyone.
     
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    While it may be blunt, the picture is a bit more nuanced in that the same folks who support the President now, the lowest income group...they become the middle class shortly.
    So, contrary to the prevalent 'victim cult' here, on the board, there must be some sort of learning curve that makes folks more realistic as they become more wealthy.


    "More than three-quarters of those working Americans whose incomes were in the bottom 20 percent in 1975 were also in the top 40 percent of income earners at some point by 1991, says Sowell."
    Source: Thomas Sowell, "How Media Misuse Income Data To Match Their Preconceptions," Investor's Business Daily, January 12, 2010.
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    How Media Misuse Income Data To Match Their Preconceptions - IBD - Investors.com


    So, does that mean that folks get smarter as they become more wealthy, or that they become more wealthy because they become smarter?

    Lefties, take note.
     
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    Polls didn't matter to the OP yesterday when she tried to make a case that Obama is doing poorly with foreign policy whilst categorically dismissing the fact that the American people give Obama his highest approval marks in the area of foreign policy.

    I guess polls matter on odd days, not even days.
     
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    You realize that's not a contradiction, right?
    The president has screwed up every area of his responsibility six ways from Sunday. He has screwed up foreign affairs the least. That is also the area that the fewest people pay attention to (how many can find the Czech Republic on a map?).
     

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