Monday, February 1, 2010

Obama Support Shoots Up On War Prep in Middle East

I could be wrong, but that's what I think.

Rasmussen Presidential Tracking Poll for today (February 1, 2010) shows quite an anomaly. The gap between "strongly approve" and "strongly disapprove", which was in negative high teens, narrowed over the weekend to a mere -4.

"Strongly disapprove" percentage hasn't changed much, around 40%. It is "strongly approve", which jumped from Friday's 25% to 35%. That's a 40% jump in "strongly approve" category.

Also, there is hardly a change in "total approve" and "total disapprove". The sudden surge in "strongly approve", therefore, must have come from the Obama supporters who already approve of the president's handling of his job - i.e. switching from "approve" to "strongly approve" over the weekend. There had to be a trigger for such an abnormal move.

What changed from Friday to Monday? Have you read any cheerful news that makes you want to enthusiastically support the president?

It cannot be the $3.83 trillion budget of his that was unveiled this morning, with gaping $1.6 trillion deficit for yet another year.

The only significant news that I can think of over the weekend is this:

US raises stakes on Iran by sending in ships and missiles (1/31/2010 Guardian UK), and
China, Iran Spur U.S. to Develop Air-Sea Battle Plan (2/1/2010 Bloomberg)

If this news was a trigger for the sudden surge of strong support for Obama, it could only come from people who highly approve of more aggressive stance and action by the U.S. military around the world, particularly in the Middle East, whether they are Democrats or Republicans or Independents.

It seems neoconservatives (here's one) are alive and well, after all.

To protect "our allies". Which one? Pick your country and cheer.


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