Republican pollster Bill McInturff, who conducted this survey with Democratic pollster Peter D. Hart, says these numbers suggest “someone who is wearing well” with the public at this stage of his presidency. McInturff, in fact, even compares Obama’s early likeability to Ronald Reagan’s in the 1980s.
Peter Roff quotes Kinney’s post in a US News blog post about Specter and Republican chances.
McInturff is also quoted in a NBC story about the WSJ/NBC poll:
In the NBC/Journal poll, 43 percent say the country is on the right track, compared with an equal 43 percent who say it’s on the wrong track.
Yet that’s a 17-point jump since January, when just 26 percent believed the nation was on the right track. And it’s a 31-point increase since October 2008, when only 12 percent thought that.
“That’s an extraordinary movement,” McInturff says. “It means after 100 days that he has latitude to really govern with some potency.”
And more than six in 10 oppose any kind of criminal investigation into whether the Bush administration committed torture.
McInturff says these findings suggest that Americans don’t want to litigate the past. “This is a country that wants to move on,” he said. “What people are saying is, ‘Bad things may have happened… But whatever happened, it is in the past.’”
Glen Bolger’s post regarding the effects of Republicans presenting themselves as a check and balance against the Democrats in power has generated some discussion in the past couple of days.
A good discussion on the subject is posted by Matt Dabrowski at The Next Right who refers to Glen’s post as a “must-read.”
Battle Born PAC presents some other data along with the post on checks and balances to make the claim that the American people want Republicans in control of Congress.
A discussion of Specter’s switch at Outside the Beltway also mentions the POS statement on the move.