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NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist National Poll: Bounce for Biden Following State of the Union

By Curt_Anderson
March 4, 2022 6:58 pm
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Following a State of the Union address which underscored President Joe Biden’s commitment to promoting democracy across the world, the president enjoys a bounce in his handling of the crisis in Ukraine. His standing among the American people has also improved on the issues of the economy and the coronavirus pandemic. While Biden’s bounce is predominantly among his Democratic base, he also enjoys moderate gains among independents. Of note, rare, bipartisan consensus exists on the issue of sanctions levied against Russia. Most Americans, regardless of party, support these sanctions, and nearly seven in ten favor them even if it means higher energy prices domestically.

A majority of Americans (52%) approve of how President Biden is handling the situation in Ukraine, up from 34% last week. 44% disapprove, down from 50% last time. Only 4% are unsure, down from 16%. A plurality of Americans (46%) says Biden’s approach to the conflict in Ukraine is on the mark. 43% say he is being too cautious, and only 6% think he is being too aggressive.



“This is an unusual bounce,” Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion, said in a statement. “It gets him back to where he was pre-Afghanistan.”

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  1. maristpoll.marist.edu
  2. thehill.com

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Comments on "NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist National Poll: Bounce for Biden Following State of the Union":

  1. by Donna on March 4, 2022 11:37 pm
    That might be short lived, though, when the sanctions against Russia raise energy prices even further. The release of US oil reserves will probably counteract some of that increase, though.


  2. by HatetheSwamp on March 5, 2022 4:09 am

    This is an unusual bounce,” Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion, said in a statement. “It gets him back to where he was pre-Afghanistan.”

    The article is lying. The Flatulent Fool's approval in the poll is -3. He most certainly was not -3 "pre-Afghanistan." He still had a positive approval.

    I've been tell you people for years. If you want to understand the truth about a poll, check the internals. You don't even have to do that here. Sheeeeeeesh.

    It's normal thing for a President to get a healthy bounce from the SOTU address. I think Bubba Clinton often jumped 10 points.


  3. by Curt_Anderson on March 5, 2022 9:15 am
    Hateful one,
    You breathlessly posted and praised Scott Jennings' prediction that the State of the Union address would not help Biden's "abysmal poll numbers".

    Well?
    selectsmart.com


  4. by HatetheSwamp on March 5, 2022 10:22 am

    Yeah, Curt, as the song says, "I remember it well."

    I suggested that we touch base on April Fool's Day and I told you that I'm certain that the Roaring Bear from Delaware will be at least -10 on 538.

    So, let's be in touch.


  5. by Curt_Anderson on March 5, 2022 10:57 am
    HtS,
    So you are predicting Biden will improve his poll standing by a point or more . He was down 11.5 when he delivered the SOTU. You now disagree with Scott Jennings' prediction.

    So we both agree that Biden's poll numbers won't suffer. Welcome to the club.


  6. by HatetheSwamp on March 5, 2022 11:04 am

    I said, AT LEAST -10.

    On 538 the Flatulent Fool had been floating around -10 to -12.

    If Zelensky dies between now and then due to the Roaring Bear's sluggish and weak response to Putin's thuggery, "that feckless dementia-ridden piece of crap" may well be -15.


  7. by Donna on March 5, 2022 11:28 am
    Do you think Biden should risk WW3 to stop Mad Dictator?


  8. by HatetheSwamp on March 5, 2022 12:57 pm

    Donna,

    Here's how I look at this. Putin's a psycho. It's for that reason that there's a risk of WW3.

    If we continue to let him have his way, he'll continue to have his way. Sooner or later we'll have to resist him. The alternative, of course, is to unconditionally surrender right now.

    Recently, I think, the best way to handle this would have been, at the moment Putin began to move troops, send $billions in arms to Ukraine, guaranteed the safety of Ukrainian air space and declared that an attack on a US aircraft by Russia would be regarded as an act of war.

    We had the intelligence. We knew what Putin had in mind and, if we'd been proactive, those actions would not have threatened WW3. Now, those actions do threaten expanded war.

    Joe was passive and reactionary. And, he's put the world in peril.


  9. by Donna on March 5, 2022 3:46 pm
    Do you know of anyone in Washington who advocated for your plan of action?


  10. by Donna on March 5, 2022 4:01 pm
    U.S. Arms Sent to Ukraine Would Blunt but Not Stop a Russian Invasion (Feb 15, 2022)

    WASHINGTON — President Biden has ruled out sending U.S. troops to fight in Ukraine, but American-made weapons are already there in force and more will be on the way. How effective they would be in turning back a Russian invasion is another question.

    Since 2014, the United States has committed more than $2.7 billion in security assistance to Ukraine, according to the Pentagon, including a $200 million package in December comprising equipment like Javelin and other anti-armor systems, grenade launchers, large quantities of artillery, mortars and small-arms ammunition.

    But military experts say that with 150,000 troops on three sides of Ukraine, the Russian Army could quickly overwhelm the Ukrainian military, even one that is backed by the United States and its European allies. Ukrainian forces stretched thin by defending multiple borders would have to prioritize which units received advanced weaponry and extra ammunition.


    nytimes.com


  11. by HatetheSwamp on March 5, 2022 4:12 pm

    Do you know of anyone in Washington who advocated for your plan of action?

    Not precisely. But all the various elements of it are mentioned regularly on Fox, Newsmax and talk radio...and, by people in DC.

    It's not rocket science.


  12. by Donna on March 5, 2022 4:14 pm
    I only found one article supporting your suggestion of establishing a No Fly Zone entitled "Why We Should Establish a No Fly Zone in (Only) Western Ukraine", dated Feb 26th which was 3 days after Russia invaded Ukraine, but only in the eastern provinces.
    bearingdrift.com


  13. by HatetheSwamp on March 5, 2022 4:22 pm

    But military experts say that with 150,000 troops on three sides of Ukraine, the Russian Army could quickly overwhelm the Ukrainian military, even one that is backed by the United States and its European allies. Ukrainian forces stretched thin by defending multiple borders would have to prioritize which units received advanced weaponry and extra ammunition.

    Bingo.

    That's the problem with Biden's hesitant, reactive approach. Once 3/5 of a quarter million Russian troops were in place, Putin won.

    Many thousands will die. Probably missions will be displaced and the suffering will be immeasurable. All because Joe hesitated, he lost.


  14. by Donna on March 5, 2022 4:24 pm
    "Not precisely. But all the various elements of it are mentioned regularly on Fox, Newsmax and talk radio...and, by people in DC."

    That's pretty nebulous. In what context? Now or before Russia invaded?


  15. by Donna on March 5, 2022 4:33 pm
    "That's the problem with Biden's hesitant, reactive approach. Once 3/5 of a quarter million Russian troops were in place, Putin won."

    Putin started amassing the Russian military at Ukraine's border in March and April of 2021. Show me someone in Washington - Senator, House member, Pentagon official - who advocated for establishing a No Fly Zone in Ukraine as far bvack as March or April 2021 and I'll pay attention. Not being a war expert myself, I can't comment from a place of expertise, but if none of the experts advocated for it back then, there must be a good reason.




  16. by HatetheSwamp on March 5, 2022 4:39 pm

    While Joe was sitting on his hands, doing nuthin, GOPs and conservatives were going bonkers, screaming, DO SOMETHING!

    Now, they're saying two things.

    One is do more, in various ways.
    The other is that Joe lost it before it started.


  17. by islander on March 5, 2022 5:22 pm


    "Putin is fighting a retrograde war in Ukraine with a faith in the determinative political power of violence that is as misplaced as it is widespread. His mantra seems to be “make Russia great again,” and his heavy assault techniques sometimes worked in the second world war – and even then sometimes didn’t. What imperial powers should have learned from their wars in Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq is that the will of the people cannot be flattened by bombardment, that hearts and minds are never won that way, and that the damage to your own standing may be what’s most lasting.

    Despair is a delusion of confidence that asserts it knows what’s coming
    And in a hyperconnected world, a new equivalent to war has emerged, not as invasion but as exit, blockade, withdrawal and isolation. Russia has been swiftly cut off from everything from sport to technology to material trade to international banking, and the impact is crushing already and will rapidly grow worse. No one in Russia is being bombed but would-be economic refugees are streaming out. Experts widely suspect this policy blunder will be, one way or another, the end of Putin’s grip on Russia, though no one knows how his reign will end."*

    *Rebecca Solnit
    theguardian.com


  18. by HatetheSwamp on March 6, 2022 4:42 am

    Interestingly, this is becoming a "people's war."

    Former soldiers from the US and many other countries are joining the battle. A NASCAR owner is sending an effin million rounds of ammo to fighters in Ukraine.

    Private businesses are withdrawing from doing business with Russia...most recently, as of this moment, Mastercard and Visa.

    And, "that feckless dementia-ridden piece of crap?"...he dawdles on behind, following the people and other nations. Which of his several vacation homes is he "resting" at this weekend, while the world goes to h-e-double hockey sticks?


  19. by HatetheSwamp on March 6, 2022 5:00 am

    Re: “make Russia great again,”

    Interestingly, one day last week I watched Megyn Kelly's podcast. One of her guests was a retired CIA analyst who splained the Russian view of history...

    ...i.e., that the Russian empire is the legitimate successor to the Roman Empire...

    ...and that the Russian Orthodox Church is the successor to the medieval Roman Catholic Church.

    Putin embraces that understanding of history with more passion than a Christian fundamentalist believes in the inerrancy of the Scriptures.

    There is a distinct intellectual foundation to what Putin is doing. And, the point is that he'll be willing to make incredible sacrifices to, "make Russia great again" and, while he's not typical of all of the Russian people, the Russian people have absorbed the view of Western civilization and of institutional Christianity that Putin embraces

    Place that up against the US's hedonistic, secularized, woke, Green New Deal-ism.

    We are at an intellectual disadvantage as far as the level of our commitment is concerned.


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