Poll Finds Broad Support for Obama on Energy Front - washingtonpost.com
Most Americans approve of the way President Obama is handling energy issues and support efforts by him and Democrats in Congress to overhaul energy policy -- including the controversial cap-and-trade approach to limiting greenhouse gas emissions, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll.[The article above calls 55% "broad" support. Why does it fail to mention that the same poll found 64% support for increased oil and gas drilling?]
This Washington Post-ABC News poll was conducted by telephone Aug. 13-17, 2009, among a random national sample of 1,001 adults [not necessarily voters; where, exactly do these people live?] including users of both conventional and cellular phones. The results from the full survey have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus three points. Sampling, data collection and tabulation by TNS of Horsham, PA.[Also, why is the Democrat/Republican split at 35/25 in the above sample, when Rasmussen has a split at 38/43?]
24. To address the country's energy needs, would you support or oppose action by the federal government to (ITEM)? Do you support/oppose that strongly, or not strongly?*
c. Increase oil and gas drilling
--------- Support --------- --------- Oppose ---------- No
NET Strongly Not strongly NET Strongly Not strongly opinion
8/17/09 64 48 16 33 21 12 3
901. Generally speaking, do you usually think of yourself as (a Democrat), (a Republican), an independent or what?....
Lean Lean No
Democrat Republican Independent Other No op. Dem. Rep. Lean
8/17/09 35 25 34 6 1 15 14 11
This summer brought a significant shift in voter preferences in the Generic Congressional Ballot. As Republican Congressional candidates once again lead Democrats by a 43% to 38% margin this week, this is now the ninth straight ballot the GOP has held a modest advantage.