09 February 2012



Guess under which two presidents were among the highest increases in the food stamp program in the last 30 years? One of the them had the highest percentual increase.

You would be surprised to hear the answer.

Larry Sabato: Video analysis of the Santorum sweep from Tuesday

I will admit that I like Larry Sabato alot: he gives very incisive analyses, he is pretty fair and balanced and has a pretty good track record for predicting things.

Watch and listen to his words about how the conservative base of the GOP is still saying a resounding NO to Romney.  It's worth about a quarter of an hour of your time:

WND poll (yes, WND): 20% of Republicans leaning toward Obama

Just to be very sure of whom we are speaking here, WND is the extreme-right-wing rag that gives lots of credence to birthers like Joseph Farah. It is a virulently anti-Obama site that claims to be a new site.

But even their pollster Wenzel Strategies (Columbus, OH) is showing Obama considerably up on the GOP candidates, outside Ron Paul.

Here the headline of the WND article:


2012 election looks like replay of 2008

"Editor's note: This is another in a series of “WND/WENZEL POLLS” conducted exclusively for WND by the public-opinion research and media consulting company Wenzel Strategies.
WASHINGTON – For critics of Barack Obama, 2012 has been portrayed as a do-or-die year for the country – an election that will determine whether America stays on the road to European-style socialism or veers right to reclaim its positions as the most vibrant economy in the world and the home of individual liberty.

The latest WND/Wenzel Poll shows none of the current crop of Republican presidential candidates has solidified the base of the party, with one in five GOP voters leaning toward support of Obama in November.
The results are from the public-opinion research and media consulting company Wenzel Strategies. The poll was conducted Feb. 1-3, 2012, and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.44 percentage points.

“The improvement in Obama’s prospects compared to the four remaining Republican challengers stems largely from two factors,” suggests pollster Fritz Wenzel. “First, Obama has largely avoided the political limelight while the GOP candidates savage each other with increasing intensity. Second, a smattering of evidence indicates that the economy is getting a little better, which helps the White House in the eyes of the voters. Secondly, the bloody fight for the Republican presidential nomination – by most estimations the nastiest GOP fight in memory – has really hurt the images of the challengers in the eyes of both Republicans and, especially, independent voters. For Republicans, each candidate carries with them now some taint that cannot be ignored.”

In every case except the match-up against Ron Paul, more than 20 percent of Republican voters said they are more likely to support Obama than the Republican challenger. And Ron Paul is close, as 19 percent of Republicans said they are more likely to support Obama than Paul.

Making the situation more bleak for opponents of Obama, independent voters are apparently quite put off with the Republican nomination fight. While polls last fall showed them leaning Republican by roughly a two-to-one margin, they are now either split evenly or favoring Obama...."


Here are the latest Prez match-up numbers, with links:



2Wenzel Strategies (WND)08.02.12800 RV+/-3.444841750361444404493415MR,NG,RP,RS
8YouGov08.02.121000 A+/-4.0513912543618513912523715
7Ipsos/Reuters08.02.12900 RV+/-3.348426503812

6Rasmussen06.02.12500 LV+/-3.049427


5ABC / WaPo06.02.12879 RV+/-4.051456544311

4Rasmussen04.02.12500 LV+/-3.04743449418454234445-1
3Rasmussen03.02.12500 LV+/-3.045450494184542346442
2YouGov03.02.121000 A+/-3.54940952371548408504010
1Rasmussen01.02.121500 LV+/-3.046451494184542346442

Just to remind, this is a poll for an extreme-right wing website... and is only one poll, but is for the most part in line with the rest. All of the polls are hyperlinked, but for the Wenzel match-ups, there are four separate links, they are listed at the far right, with the initials of the GOP candidates.

Of course, the Freepers are already starting to call WND "liberal" (chuckle, chuckle)