Poll: 60% of Americans Believe a Third Party is Needed After Government Shutdown

A recent Gallup Poll shows that 60% of Americans believe we need a third party in light of the government shutdown. Only 26%  of Americans think the Republican and Democratic parties are enough. After the Tea Party-engineered debacle by House Republicans, it’s safe to say, that group of right wing extremists isn’t the answer for what ails America.

The numbers reflect the highest dissatisfaction with the nation’s two political parties since Gallup first asked the question 10 years ago. Just 26% of respondents believe the Democratic and Republican parties adequately represent Americans.

Those polled that identified as Republicans and Democrats were equal in their view that a third party is needed, 52 percent and 49 percent respectively.

Here’s the chart from Gallup:

Poll: 60% of Americans Believe a Third Party Needed

Poll: 60% of Americans Believe a Third Party Needed (Gallup Poll)

Obama Continues to Get Poor Marks from Americans on Economy, Ratings Trails Prior Two-Term Presidents

Trouble for Obama as Americans give him poor marks on immigration and handling the economy, which Mitt Romney should take advantage of, by showing us how he will fix the problems, not giving vague responses.

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GALLUP — Three months before the election, President Barack Obama gets good marks from Americans for his handling of terrorism, fair marks for education and foreign affairs, but poor marks on immigration and three big economic issues: the federal budget deficit, creating jobs, and the economy generally.

President Barack Obama Approval on Issues

It’s a sad commentary that he trails prior two-term presidents, including George W. Bush, under whose watch the bottom fell out of the bucket. I have taken a long and hard look at the Obama administration and have come to the conclusion that Hillary Clinton must be saying, told you so. I would have much preferred her to be that person who takes the 3 a.m. phone call. I have nothing against President Obama as a person and I see him as the lesser of two evils with Mitt Romney, who can’t give concrete answers on the solutions he is proposing, rather than throwing a Hail Mary pass in the end zone.

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Poll: Romney Veep Pick Paul Ryan Among the Least Positive Historically, a Little Better Than Sarah Palin

The Obama campaign “Dream Team” — Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan — least positive historically, according to Gallup.


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Poll:  Romney Veep Pick Paul Ryan Among the Least Positive Historically, a Little Better Than Sarah Palin(Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)

Gallup:  Four in 10 Americans rate Mitt Romney’s selection of Rep. Paul Ryan to be his running mate as either “excellent” or “pretty good,” while 42% call the choice “only fair” or “poor.” This even division is among the least positive reactions to a vice presidential choice Gallup has recorded in recent elections. Only George H.W. Bush’s selection of Dan Quayle in 1988 generated a higher negative response, although it also generated higher positives.

Americans' Immediate Reaction to Vice-Presidential Picks

I guess Paul Ryan shouldn’t feel so bad, since 34% of Republicans called Sarah Palin an excellent choice. Um, but looked where the “pitbull in lipstick” got John McCain? Nowhere. Wasn’t such a bold pick after all, was it?

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Gallup Poll Shows President Obama Widening Lead on Mitt Romney 48% to 43%

The latest Gallup tracking poll finds President Obama has opened up a five point lead over Mitt Romney, 48% to 43%. This marks President Obama’s largest lead since April.

I guess the attacks on Bain Capital, Romney’s evasiveness  on immigration after advocating self-deportation, the Supreme Court’s ruling the mandate in universal healthcare being constitutional, as well as the fact that Mitt Romney isn’t in a position to argue without people laughing about repealing Obamacare, since Romneycare is quite similar. Today they are not calling the mandate a tax, like Sen. Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Rep. John Boehner. Um, just like Romneycare. Rick Santorum said it best, “Mitt Romney is the worst Republican in American to run against Obama.”

Obama Widens Lead Over Romney

Gallup Poll Shows President Obama Widening Lead on Mitt Romney 48% to 43% (Gallup)

Um, that’s bigger news to me than Anderson Cooper coming out of the closet in an email to Andrew Sullivan. That was the worst kept secret. If it ever was a secret. Congrats to Anderson Cooper though. Like Patti LaBelle says, “you’ve got to be yourself, be yourself.”

Record High 40% of Americans Identify as Independents in 2011 as Disgust with Political Parties Rise

A record high number of Americans now identify as Independents instead of Democrat or Republican, according to a new Gallup poll. I will be the first to say I now longer consider myself a Reagan Democrat but an Independent. The poll states “the percentage of Americans identifying as political independents increased in 2011, as is common in a non-election year, although the 40% who did so is the highest Gallup has measured, by one perc

Record High 40% of Americans Identify as Independents in 2011 as Disgust with Political Parties Rise (Gallup)

entage point.” Still, more Americans identify as Democrats than as Republicans, 31% to 27%. Of course, that is lost on the Republican Party as they continue to alienate black and Hispanic voters with their racially-tinged rhetoric. More blacks should consider themselves Independents as neither party really gives a heck about what happens in the black community.

Newt Gingrich Fading Fast, Loses Nationwide Lead Among Republican Voters

Newt Gingrich in Trouble: The Gallup daily tracking poll shows GOP presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich’s once formidable lead among Republican voters nationwide has vanished, thanks to backlash from all his credibility issues being revisited. Newt Gingrich is now tied with Mitt Romney at 25% each. Ron Paul is in a distant third place with 11%. There is a God!

More People Scaling Back for Christmas, Saying No to Rampant Consumerism Holiday Season Brings

More people are scaling back for Christmas and saying no to the rampant consumerism the holiday season brings. We didn’t go all out and purchase a lot of gifts for our two kids. They both got three video games and a handheld game console each (which were all on sale). That’s a far cry from the amount of money we spent four years ago. We started scaling back three years ago because the consumerism was taking the real meaning out of Christmas. We see it has hit a fever pitch last Friday with brawls at malls nationwide over the limited edition Air Jordan sneakers, which retail for $180. This isn’t what Christmas is all about. It’s about celebrating one’s Christian faith and being with family. It’s not about the material things. We also give to charity each year. It’s the right thing to do. I learned at an early age that being a servant-leader is what really counts. My parents instilled that in me and we are instilling that in our kids. We have to help the less fortunate among us. We are each other’s keepers. That’s the essence of Christmas. Sadly, that has been lost in America.

We have also decided not to have an expensive dinner as well. One of my cousins is visiting and we are just going to kick back, relax, have pizza and jerk chicken. We just want to have a low-key Christmas day and recapture the true essence of the holiday season. I am pleased to see that there are many people who share our views as well. While retailers may have broken records after Thanksgiving. According to research company ComScore, retail and online sales are up 15% from 2010. A Gallup poll also found Americans expect to spend an average of $756 on Christmas gifts, $70 more than a year ago.  Forecasters expect spending on Christmas to rise 3.1% to $3.4 billion this holiday season. Well, we didn’t spend anywhere near $764 and our kids are just happy and content.

Most people are either watching their spending on their own free will, or have been forced to do so through job losses and being in a financial pinch. I would like to echo the words of Patti LaBelle’s song, “The Reason for the Season,” is all about the way you are living and sharing should be a part of your life. “Don’t let the advertisements rule you, the reason for the season is His [Jesus] love.” That sums it up in a nutshell. Listen carefully to the lyrics of this wonderful song: