SOURCE: Judicial Watch

Judicial Watch

December 16, 2009 16:23 ET

New Judicial Watch-SurveyUSA Poll Shows Deep Divide Between Obama Administration and Likely Voters on Wide Range of Issues

Majority of Likely Voters (58%) Believe Obama Administration Decisions Have Been "Bad for America"

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - December 16, 2009) - Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, today released the results of a new nationwide survey conducted in partnership with SurveyUSA concerning the American people's attitudes on a variety of subjects, including President Obama's job performance, political corruption, healthcare, transparency, ACORN, illegal immigration, and climate change. The poll was conducted by SurveyUSA December 11-14, 2009. Highlights include:

--  A majority of likely voters (58%) believe decisions by the Obama
    administration are "bad for America."  (37% say these decisions have been
    "good for America.")
    
--  A majority of likely voters believe that government is too big (64%)
    and that bigger government leads to more corruption (62%).  The vast
    majority of likely voters (72%) believe political corruption played a
    "major role" in the financial crisis. (President Obama recently suggested
    "fat cat bankers" were the chief cause of the crisis.)
    
--  A majority of likely voters (56%) say the government is operating in a
    manner "out of line" with the U.S. Constitution.  And a majority think
    shrinking the size of government by 25% would be good for America.
    
--  A majority of likely voters (59%) disapprove of the way the Obama
    administration is handling illegal immigration.  An even greater majority
    (69%) disapprove of the way Congress is handling illegal immigration.
    
--  The vast majority (77%) of likely voters are opposed to local
    governments providing sanctuary to illegal aliens, and a majority (61%)
    want local law enforcement to be more involved in enforcing immigration
    laws.  And a majority (59%) oppose local governments using tax dollars to
    support sites for day laborers who are seeking work.
    
--  Among likely voters, 56% have a negative view of ACORN, only 8% have a
    favorable opinion, giving ACORN a net favorability rating of minus 48.
    
--  More likely voters believe global warming scientific data is "mostly
    falsified" (49%) than believe this data to be "mostly genuine" (41%).
    

"On virtually every single issue polled the Obama administration appears to be completely out of step with the prevailing views of the American people. It ought to be an especially troubling sign for President Obama that the majority of likely voters believe his decisions have been bad for the country. Frankly, these poll results suggest that President Obama and many other politicians ought to rethink their approach to government," stated Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.

Overall, SurveyUSA interviewed 1,450 adults nationwide. 1,264 respondents identified themselves as being registered voters. Of the registered voters, 1,020 identified themselves as likely to vote in the 2010 elections for United States Congress. The margin of error for the Judicial Watch-SurveyUSA poll ranged from 2.6% to 3.1%, depending upon the question asked.

Visit www.judicialwatch.org for all poll results, including demographic breakdown (or "crosstabs") information.

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