Obama bounce may signal partisan shift – Quinnipiac University released a new poll Wednesday showing President Obama’s job approval up six points to 47 percent since early October. A deeper look at the poll reveals that there may be more than a simple shift in job ratings. Among registered voters, Quinnipiac finds an identical six-point drop in the percentage identifying as Republican, from 28 earlier in October to 22 percent in the new poll, a change that explains much of the rise in Obama’s approval rating.
Gallup sees a similar trend, albeit less pronounced: their daily tracking polls show a slight drop of two to four points in Republican Party identification among all adults since early October, according to Gallup’s Jeff Jones. Gallup’s latest tracking poll shows Obama earning a 45 percent job approval rating, his highest mark since July.
Three in four back Obama’s Iraq withdrawal – While his overall approval rating remains stuck under 50 percent, 75 percent of Americans approve of Obama’s decision to withdraw nearly all U.S. troops from Iraq by the end of the year, according to a Gallup poll released Wednesday. Fully 96 percent of Democrats support the withdrawal, as do 77 percent of political independents, while a 52 percent majority of Republicans disapprove of Obama’s decision. Since late 2005, majorities of the public have said the Iraq war was not worth fighting, with 62 percent saying this in a Post-ABC poll last year.
Cell phone “app” usage on the rise – Almost four in 10 cell phone owners (38 percent) have downloaded an app to their phone, up from 22 percent two years ago and 31 percent this spring, according to a survey by the Pew Internet & American Life project released Wednesday. App downloading peaks – and is growing the fastest – among cell phone owners under age 30, college graduates and those with higher incomes, while fewer cell owners over age 50 report downloading apps.