From All Star Charts:
I always find it interesting when markets hit new highs and bullish sentiment simultaneously drops. I realize there’s a lot of noise in these weekly AAII Sentiment polls, but it’s fascinating nonetheless.
I think it’s really just the same old story of a hated market. The AAII Investor Sentiment Survey measures the percentage of individual investors who are bullish, bearish, or neutral on the stock market over the [...]
Most voters believe the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of Tea Party and other conservative groups was politically motivated and think most of those involved should be severely punished.
Just 16% of Likely U.S. Voters believe the IRS investigations of these groups were a coincidence, according to the latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Fifty-seven percent (57%) think the investigations were politically motivated. Twenty-seven percent (27%) are not sure. (To see survey [...]
The jobless rate in the Toledo region of Castilla-La Mancha is 31pc. The rate for youth has jumped to 64pc.
A new Metroscopia poll shows that 87pc of voters have lost confidence in premier Mariano Rajoy.
The Spanish government froze evictions for the most vulnerable families in November. A thousand people are still losing their homes each week, though this is less than often claimed . “They are just thrown onto the [...]
Despite making enormous strides professionally and financially, almost half of American women fear becoming bag ladies, even many of those earning six-figure salaries, according to a new survey.
Six in 10 women describe themselves as the primary breadwinners in their households, and 54% manage the family finances, according to the poll by Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America.
Forty-four percent of Republicans agree that armed revolution may be necessary to protect American liberties, according to a gun control poll conducted by Farleigh Dickinson University (pdf).
Eighteen percent of Democrats and 27 percent of independents agree that Americans may need to take up arms against their government, the study’s authors found.
The study also found a stark contrast between Democrats and Republicans’ views on gun control legislation. While 73 percent of [...]
Twenty-nine percent of registered voters think that an armed revolution might be necessary in the next few years in order to protect liberties, according to a Public Mind poll by Fairleigh Dickinson University.
The poll, which surveyed 863 registered voters and had a margin of error of +/-3.4, focused on both gun control and the possibility of a need for an armed revolution in the United States to protect.
U.S. companies hired at the slowest pace in five months in March as recent strong demand for construction jobs evaporated, but separate data on Wednesday showed the pace of growth in the vast U.S. services sector slowed last month.
The ADP National Employment Report said private employers added 158,000 jobs last month, falling short of economists’ expectations for an additional 200,000. The report came in below the lowest estimates in a [...]
As President Obama prepares to head to Colorado on Wednesday to push gun control legislation, some are calling into question the validity of a key statistic he’s using to tout his message on near-universal background checks.
During several speeches, Obama has said 40 percent of all gun purchases were made without a background check.
But that number is nearly two decades old and comes from a poll with a relatively tiny sample [...]
Two months ago, independents tilted clearly in his direction, with 54 percent approving and 41 percent disapproving. Now, half of independents express a negative opinion of the president’s performance; just 44 percent approve.
The president has also seen an erosion in confidence among groups that he has counted as core supporters. Compared with a Post-ABC poll in December, the share of liberals who place their faith in Obama over Republicans when [...]
Bye bye Walter Cronkite, Brian Williams and Scott Pelley. Hello Google, Yahoo and Drudge.
A new Rasmussen Reports poll finds that traditional network news continues to fall as the nation’s source for news. The internet now is a bigger source of news for Americans than network TV, by a point, 25 percent to 24 percent.
Cable TV is still king, with 32 percent of the 1,000 likely voters Rasmussen polled getting their news from [...]
…A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that another 25% use the Internet as their main source of news, while only 10% still rely on print newspapers. Seven percent (7%) get most of their news from radio. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
If Democrats are serious about trying to turn Texas blue, they should get a gander at a just-released poll of Lone Star State voters that found 67 percent of Republican respondents support the impeachment of President Obama.
Of greater concern for liberals: the poll was conducted by the left-leaning Public Policy Polling.
As a whole, Texans opposed impeachment 50 percent to 39 percent.
But in the crosstabs, PPP broke this down by party affiliation with [...]
Ever wary of market risks, David Rosenberg of Gluskin Sheff highlights four signs of investor complacency as the equity market soars to new highs on a near daily basis:
• The Investors Intelligence Survey is flashing 52%, doubling in six months and at a two year high.
• Even the usually more dour AAII poll of individual investors shows a higher share of bulls than at any point in the last two years….
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As President Obama begins his second term, do you feel more or less optimistic about the next four years?
95.45% LESS OPTIMISTIC
4.54% THE SAME
HONOLULU (AP) — President Barack Obama is hailing a last-minute deal that avoids the so-called fiscal cliff but says it’s just one step in a broader effort to boost the economy and shrink federal deficits.
Obama said in his radio and Internet address Saturday that the new law — approved by Congress on New Year’s Day and signed Thursday — raises taxes on the wealthiest Americans while preventing a middle-class tax hike that [...]
Could First Lady Michelle Obama go the route of Hillary Clinton?
It’s only hypothetical this point, but a survey done by Public Policy Polling gives Mrs. Obama the lead over Sen. Mark Kirk 51 to 40 percent, should she choose to challenge Kirk in 2016 for an Illinois senate seat. From PPP.
A mayor in France’s northern Oise region is leading the charge to improve politeness by introducing a law forcing people to remember their Ps and Qs.
A poll earlier this year revealed “lack of manners” was the number one cause of stress for 60 percent of French people and Gerard Plée, the mayor of the small town of Lhéraule, to the north of Paris, has taken action to ease that anxiety for [...]
Gallup tracks daily the percentage of Americans who approve or disapprove of the job Barack Obama is doing as president. Daily results are based on telephone interviews with approximately 1,500 national adults; Margin of error is ±3 percentage points.
David Horowitz’s tells of a recent conversation with his brother-in-law, Henry, who has lived most of his life in a home for the mentally disabled, and though now in his forties has the intelligence level of a six-year-old.
“Obama saved me,” he said to me out of the blue.
“What do you mean?”
“I voted for him for president and now he’s saving me.”
I was taken aback by these words, since Henry had no [...]
Despite a whittling away of consumer debt that has been underway since therecession, many Americans are still entering the holiday season unprepared to cope with the expenses that crop up around this time of year.
Think Finance, a provider of payday loans and other financial services for consumers with limited or no access to banking services, recently surveyed 1,000 Americans across all income levels who use various forms of alternative financial services — [...]
“Greece’s neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party has set up an Italian branch in the north-eastern city of Trieste, according to local reports.”
Golden Dawn in Greece picking up steam
“Golden Dawn is currently polling in third place with the support of 11.5 percent of voters according to a poll released yesterday and 14 percent according to a poll conducted two weeks ago.
In the June 2012 elections, Golden Dawn only got 6.9 percent of [...]
from Wealth Cycles:
Even though the Presidential election is over and all of the accompanying hyperbole has ceased, the future of the U.S. economy is still on the minds of many. A poll taken by Fox News prior to the election reported that the #1 concern among voters was not jobs but rather price inflation. In the face of that citizen concern, the Federal Reserve is pursuing the worst possible course of [...]
Court-appointed Republican poll inspectors are being forcibly removed from voting stations in some Philadelphia wards and replaced in some cases by Democratic inspectors and even members of the Black Panthers, according to GOP officials.
Secrets just received this memo from GOP officials…
This has happened at the following locations:
Ward 32, Div 13
Ward 43, Div 14
Ward 56, Div 1
Ward 56, Div 22
Ward 32, Div 28
Ward 32, Div 28
Ward 12, Div 17
Ward 39, Div [...]
While every single poll on the planet predicts Democrats will enjoy a turnout advantage of three to eleven points, the latest Rasmussen survey of party affiliation taken throughout October shows that Republicans enjoy a huge 5.8% Party ID advantage going into the 2012 election.
According to Twitter’s invaluable NumbersMuncher, Rasmussen correctly predicted 2008 would be a D+7 election and incorrectly predicted 2010 would be D+3. (2010 was D+0, or even, so Rasmussen [...]
The bruising Massachusetts Senate battle between Republican Scott Brown and Democrat Elizabeth Warren is deadlocked just hours before Election Day, with both the candidates and the voters suffering from a barrage of attack ads, a new UMass Lowell/Boston Herald poll reveals.
The poll shows Brown holding a 49-48 percent advantage over Warren among likely voters, dispelling earlier polls and Democratic claims of a small Warren lead. The one-point lead is well [...]
8:16PM EST November 4. 2012 - WASHINGTON — Voters in the nation’s key battlegrounds have become as enthusiastic and engaged in the 2012 presidential election as they were in the historic contest four years ago, and they finally have made up their minds about President Obama and Mitt Romney.
It’s a tie: 48%-48%.
President Obama and Republican Mitt Romney entered the final days of the presidential race tied in a state that the campaigns only recently began contesting, a Tribune-Review poll shows.
The poll showed the race for Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes locked up at 47 percent in its final week. Romney was scheduled to campaign in the Philadelphia area on Sunday, and former President Bill Clinton planned to stump for Obama on Monday. [...]
Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are separated by just 1 point in Minnesota, effectively making the race there a toss-up, according to polling taken for the conservative American Future Fund.
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Romney takes 46 percent of the vote to Obama’s 45 percent in the poll, which was conducted by the GOP firm NMB Research and shared with POLITICO. The Republican presidential nominee is up 13 points among [...]