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CNN/Time Poll: Majority approve of Obama and Biden in advance of gun control announcement

January 16th, 2013

Washington (CNN) - As President Barack Obama announces a package of proposals to limit gun violence, a new national survey indicates that his approval rating may be edging up.

The CNN/Time Magazine/ORC International poll (PDF) also indicates that a majority of Americans support stricter gun control laws in the wake of the shooting rampage at an elementary school in Connecticut.

And according to the survey, nearly six in ten approve of the job Vice President Joe Biden is doing, slightly higher than the number who approve of his boss. The vice president led a task force in the wake of the shootings that came up with specific proposals for the president on how to reduce gun violence in the country.

The president's approval rating stands at 55% in the poll, which was released Wednesday, with 43% saying they disapprove of the job Obama is doing in the White House. The president's approval rating is up three points from mid December CNN/ORC poll that was conducted just days after a suicidal gunman killed 26 people, including 20 children, at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

Of those who disapprove, 34% say they disapprove because Obama is too liberal, with 7% saying they give the president a thumbs down because he's not liberal enough.

More than nine in ten Democrats approve of the job Obama's doing. That number drops to 51% for independent voters, with just 13% of Republicans approving of the president's performance in office. The poll also indicates a gender gap, with women approving of the job Obama's doing by a 59%-39% margin, and men divided (51%-48%).

The Vice President's approval rating stands at 59%, with 38% saying they disapprove of the job he is doing. Biden's approval rating is up five points from last month. Besides leading the task force on curbing gun violence, Biden also had a high profile role, along with Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, in striking a deal that temporarily averted the country going over the fiscal cliff.

According to the poll, 55% favor stricter gun control laws, with 37% saying that they strongly support such laws. Forty-four percent oppose such measures, including 27% who say they strongly oppose stricter gun control laws.

"Those numbers suggest that the change in public opinion in the wake of Newtown may come mostly in the intensity of feelings for and against gun control," said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "Gun control opponents in the past have developed a reputation for holding stronger views on the issue than supporters of gun control. But in the current poll, about two-thirds of those who favor stricter gun control laws feel strongly about that. That's a bit higher than the six in ten gun control opponents who strongly oppose stricter gun control. How strongly Americans feel about gun control may matter more to the success or failure of legislation tan the overall numbers."

The CNN/Time Magazine poll was conducted by ORC International Monday and Tuesday (Jan. 14-15), with 814 adults nationwide questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

by 2013 Poll Trollreply 2401/18/2013

Poll Troll, you can stop now. Play like everyone else. Drop the name. We don't need polls everyday like election season.

by 2013 Poll Trollreply 101/16/2013

These gun manufacturers need to lose their stranglehold on the people of the USA, they are out for profit, and it's a sick and perverted profit at that.

by 2013 Poll Trollreply 201/16/2013

I'm sick of polls.

I'm also tired of poll-driven presidencies.

by 2013 Poll Trollreply 301/16/2013

This means nothing. The GOP has LONG ago abandon any concern about majority opinion.

by 2013 Poll Trollreply 401/16/2013

I really thought poll troll was going away after the elections.

by 2013 Poll Trollreply 501/16/2013

I'll just be popping in to post polls every now and then, R5. I was asked on the post-election threads to keep people updated from time to time.

by 2013 Poll Trollreply 601/16/2013

Thanks, Poll Troll!

by 2013 Poll Trollreply 701/16/2013

Thanks, Poll Troll.

by 2013 Poll Trollreply 801/16/2013

Poll Troll, please do not fall for the NRA freaks who try (and tried, during the 2012 election AND the 2008 election) to disparage and tear you down on Datalounge. Surely you must know they are Republican stool pigeons roosting here? YOU KEEP RIGHT ON POSTING.

Now, on to your post itself: great news.

by 2013 Poll Trollreply 901/16/2013

[quote] I'm also tired of poll-driven presidencies.

I bet. A little disappointed by the results, freeperina?

by 2013 Poll Trollreply 1001/16/2013

Still love the Poll Troll!

by 2013 Poll Trollreply 1101/16/2013

No, R10--I AM tired of poll-driven presidencies. We need a leader, and this is not an important issue at this time. This legislation will accomplish very little. And, admit it, if it had been Dubya out there surrounded by precious little children, you would have vomited in your mouth a little, too.

by 2013 Poll Trollreply 1201/17/2013

Poll Troll, I think you're awesome. Don't let the mean girls who can simply SKIP THE THREAD that you've clearly labeled a "Poll" tell you you're not appreciated. You worked hard for us during the election and I for one like knowing what you're finding.

by 2013 Poll Trollreply 1301/17/2013

Poll Troll...pay no nevermind to the little rude bastard R1.

Keep on posting.

by 2013 Poll Trollreply 1401/17/2013

These laws are useless. First, while tragic these events are few and far between. It would be nice if they would be non-existent, but these laws will do nothing to help stop future events. None of these people applied for guns themselves. They were stolen or bought illegally. People will have guns, mentally unbalance people will unfortunately gain access and horrific acts will happen in the future.

by 2013 Poll Trollreply 1601/17/2013

Thanks Poll Troll

R1 -STFU.

by 2013 Poll Trollreply 1701/17/2013

The cunts complaining about poll troll can go shove a rusty poll up their asses.

I like poll troll. GTFO of the thread if you don't like it.

by 2013 Poll Trollreply 1801/17/2013

[italic]From the article:[/italic] "The president's approval rating stands at 55% in the poll, which was released Wednesday, with 43% saying they disapprove of the job Obama is doing in the White House."

I wish that 55% would have been approving during the 2012 U.S. presidential election. It would have been an landslide victory nationally by 12 percentage points (up five from 2008).

by 2013 Poll Trollreply 1901/17/2013

Thanks Poll Troll!!

by 2013 Poll Trollreply 2001/17/2013

Poll Troll, surely you remember most of us begged you to continue posting polls in the last election thread? Ignore the freeper haters, they'll never leave.

by 2013 Poll Trollreply 2101/17/2013

[quote]I'm also tired of poll-driven presidencies.

Yes, the very idea that a president would do what the people who hired him and pay his salary wish for him to do is so wrong. What we need is a president who says, "fuck you America. I'm going to do what I damn well please and you cant stop me!"

by 2013 Poll Trollreply 2201/17/2013

R9, the NRA trolls are more likly other gay people on this site. Do you really think the NRA gets on gay sites..except if their gay themselves. Most straights have never heard of Datalounge.

by 2013 Poll Trollreply 2301/17/2013

Disagree, R23. You'd be surprised.

by 2013 Poll Trollreply 2401/18/2013
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