The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


January 29, 2014

Poll respondents pan the president

SUNBURY — We asked online viewers of the Daily Item’s website and Facebook pages to react to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech and their reaction was overwhelmingly negative.

When asked “If under Obama’s leadership do you think the nation is headed in the right direction, the wrong direction, 87 percent of respondees said wrong direction.”

Although this was certainly an unscientific poll, 79 percent of respondees did not like the idea of the president’s use of executive orders to achieve objectives that have not yet been adopted by Congress.

Sixty-nine percent of those polled were against Obama’s call for action in addressing income inequality.

Most of the support for the president came when we asked, “Do you support the president’s call for an increase in the minimum wage from $7.25 per hour to $10.10 per hour; here, 45 percent of respondees said yes.

After the speech concluded, viewers also posted comments, many seemed to express frustration and doubt about this president — and politics in general. Asked what the president should focus on over the next year, Wayne E. Sholly Jr., of Selinsgrove, said he should try to “undo the damage to America.”

But Mike Weaver, a quality manager at Pfizer, said, “The reason that most of the posts are ‘anti-Obama’ is because those who voted for him don’t feel the need to keep whining. ...”

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