Gallup’s 30 day moving average poll finds unemployment has dropped to 7.3%. While not an official jobs number in the sense that the BLS numbers are, it obviously correlates to the recent BLS numbers that had the right wing in a frenzy of conspiracy talk. Also correlating to the improving BLS numbers are the facts that recent jobless claims numbers are dropping dramatically and today’s consumer confidence number hit a 5 year pre recession high.
Can’t wait to hear Romney’s response to all of this.
- Gallup Poll Shows Unemployment Down To 7.3% (politicususa.com)
- Gallup has unemployment at 7.3 percent, and Thursday saw a big drop in jobless claims (thesunnews.typepad.com)
- You: Jobless Claims Hit Four-Year Low (thedailybeast.com)
That brings into question what the results of his speech will be. Since he outlined no real plans or potential policies but spent most of the speech just introducing himself and attacking Obama, Romney had a performance few will remember. As to memories, I’ll remember Clint Eastwood.
- Romney convention speech gets lowest positive rating since Gallup started tracking in 1996 (dailykos.com)
- Poll: Did GOP convention change minds? (politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com)
- Gallup Poll Editors: Mitt Romney’s Strengths and Weaknessses (themoderatevoice.com)
- Polls So Far: No Convention Bounce for Mitt Romney (themoderatevoice.com)
- No Jump In Polls For Mitt Romney Following Convention (dekerivers.wordpress.com)
- Gallup: GOP convention had ‘minimal impact’ on voter attitudes (thenewstribune.com)
- Poll: Romney speech has low impact (politico.com)
Gallup has released the results of a national poll on science, and unfortunately, modern biology didn’t fare well:
In fact, only 15% believed in evolution with God playing no part in everything (ie: the major premise of modern science.)
Here in America we used to have a competitive edge in science… now we are falling way behind competing countries. We need to start taking science seriously again — ignorance costs far too much. Results such as those of the Gallup poll should serve as a wake-up call.
Neil deGrasse Tyson gave a lecture a few years ago on the “philosophy of ignorance,” in which he said a lack of appreciation for basic scientific principles will hurt America’s scientific output, which has traditionally been the nation’s largest economic engine.
“If nonscience works its way into the science classroom, it marks … the beginning of the end of the economic strength this country has known,” Tyson said.
If you care about American economic competitiveness you have to care about science.
- Gallup Poll: 46% of Americans Are Creationists (patheos.com)
- Gallup: Most Americans Did Not Evolve (towleroad.com)
- Evolution acceptance still flatlined in America (whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com)
- Creationism harms America: Religion breeds ignorance (examiner.com)
- Almost Half Of Americans Still Believe In Creationism (businessinsider.com)
- The Neil DeGrasse Tyson Book You Should Give To All Your Friends [Book Review] (io9.com)
- Neil deGrasse Tyson defending science (redglitterx.wordpress.com)
- The Tide Comes in… (duh) (anolistollis.wordpress.com)
- Must watch: Neil deGrasse Tyson Discusses the Link Between Space and Culture [Video] (io9.com)
- Neil deGrasse Tyson: Atheist or Agnostic? (bigthink.com)
- Neil deGrasse Tyson Explains Why Astrophysics Makes the Most Sense (this8bitlife.com)
Here’s a couple of clips… go in and read the whole thing.
- How a president loses his party’s base (salon.com)
- Not a good end – Friday fall: Obama’s approval at 41% (politico.com)
- Obama’s On Base (slog.thestranger.com)
- 41% Approve: New Gallup Poll Has Barack Obama Return To His Previous Low (mediaite.com)
- Ascend (of Asheville) is Pissed (ascendofasheville.com)
Latest weekly update shows more competitive contest
Are things looking up for the Dems? It’s been so dismal in the polls lately. But this new Gallup that they put out lately shows a small, but interesting change. While there is still a factor of Republicans being more excited about getting out and voting than Democrats, this could be enough of a change to cut down on the takeover of Congress by the Right.
- Gallup Poll: Republicans Democrats Now tied 46% in Generic Congress Ballot (themoderatevoice.com)
- Dems close gap to tie GOP in Gallup’s generic ballot poll (thehill.com)
- Parties Tied in Generic Ballot (politicalwire.com)
“The Republican leads of 6, 7, and 10 points this month are all higher than any previous midterm Republican advantage in Gallup’s history of tracking the generic ballot, which dates to 1942. Prior to this year, the highest such gap was five points, measured in June 2002 and July 1994. Elections in both of these years resulted in significant Republican gains in House seats.”
“Democrats have argued that there’s still a lot of time before voters head to the polls in November, and they say that further public discussion of what they’ve accomplished since President Obama was inaugurated will close the gap for the Democrats by Election Day. But Republicans say that it’s what the Democrats haven’t accomplished — namely, putting a big dent in the nation’s unemployment numbers — that will tilt things heavily in the GOP’s favor when all is said and done this year.”