Friday, 13 April 2012

Obama Second Term in Hands of 30 Million Unemployed

With around 20 per cent real unemployment, it's US joblessness that could prove the stumbling block for Obama's second term -- not foreign policy issues, says Jim Clifton, CEO of Gallup, America's leading company conducting opinion polls worldwide.

An excellent interview about polls and how what questions you ask influences the outcome. One thing we don't really know is how influenced the Gallup pollsters are to big corporations - something that tends to skew the sort of questions that are asked. Mr Clifton implies they are relatively unbiased.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, April 13th, 2012.]

1 comment:

steven andresen said...


The last question was whether the American people blame the President for unemployment. The Gallup guy said , in his opinion, they shouldn't, but they do.

If the crooks are in charge, and because of their stealing and general destructiveness there's a lot of people out of work, do we blame the crooks for the unemployment? I think we should, although we don't.

What could he have been thinking about when he said the President was not to blame? Was he thinking the unemployment was a long time coming and Obama is only the last guy on a long list of people to blame? O.K., but he is just as responsible because he has not explained how the situation has arisen and what he is doing to correct it. At best, as far as I know, he says he's staying the course by keeping on the Bush team. Maybe giving the money to the banks is a way of priming the pump...but he hasn't explained, enough..., how that is the problem that needs to be fixed.

The people blame Obama because he's the one that's now in charge and theat person should be blamed. There's no one else.