Posted by Brad @ 8:07 pm on March 31st 2009

Data Point of the Day

The number of Americans who believe that the nation is headed in the right direction has roughly tripled since Barack Obama’s election, and the public overwhelmingly blames the excesses of the financial industry, rather than the new president, for turmoil in the economy, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

That latter bit is obvious enough, but the former surprises me a little. And for the record, Obama’s approval/favorability ratings have softened every so gradually but perceptibly (though it’s still over 60).


  1. Stand by.

    Comment by James — 4/1/2009 @ 12:12 am

  2. Sullivan has taken to referring to these survey results under the heading “reality check”. I’m not certain I understand why ephemeral expressions of public opinion are to be conflated with empirical fact. Maybe it’s a reference to the ineffectiveness of Republican political tactics.

    Comment by Rojas — 4/1/2009 @ 10:06 am

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