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“The recent health care reform law, which 55 percent of likely voters would like to see repealed, wasn’t labeled ‘controversial’ once,” says researcher Alana Goodman. “Neither was the auto bailout package, which 53 percent of Americans believe was a bad idea.”
The only two “liberal laws” described as controversial were Oregon’s assisted suicide policy and a California law requiring serial numbers on bullets, in single reports, both on ABC News.
STICKS AND STONES
Uh-oh. The word police have trained their software upon the White House. The Global Language Monitor reveals that five main narrative “arcs” about President Obama have emerged on the public’s radar, based on an extensive analysis of press coverage, social media outlets, blogs and electronic databases. The Texas-based researchers use analytic software to track the frequency of key words and phrases.
The BP oil spill is taking its toll.
“These trends will likely prove less favorable than Mr. Obama’s original narrative as the Washington outsider, who will stare down both Beltway denizens and politics as usual,” says the group’s president Paul JJ Payack.
“The narratives emerging from this inexorably slowly unfolding ecological disaster are running roughshod over those earlier, far-more positive narratives the president is attempting to revive,” he adds.
POLL DU JOUR
c 72 percent say the spill will have an impact on White House policy and congressional legislation to decrease use of oil and increase use of alternative fuels.
c 60 percent say BP will “make good” on its pledge to pay for damages.
c 55 percent say offshore drilling is “safe, reliable and cost-effective.”
c 50 percent say Mr. Obama’s response to the spill was “too passive.”
c 22 percent gave a positive review of the federal government’s response.
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