The Washington Times - December 31, 2010, 11:55AM has gathered together some of their various polling results from 2010. Polling topics include:political, economic, well being, and world news. Here are a few highlights mentioned from each month.



President Barack Obama begins his second year as president with 50% of Americans approving of his job performance, having finished his first year with most polarized ratings in Gallup history.



Gallup’s party identification data by state shows that despite GOP gains, most states remain blue.

Gallup’s new daily measure of U.S. employment reveals the underemployed spending 36% less than the employed.



President Obama’s job approval rating falls to its lowest yet amid healthcare debate, but recovers to 51% after the legislation passes.

A new high of 48% of Americans say they view the seriousness of global warming as generally exaggerated.



Republicans move ahead of Democrats in voters’ 2010 election preferences for the first time.

Twenty-eight percent of Americans call themselves supporters of the Tea Party movement.

More Americans favor than oppose Arizona’s new immigration law.

Americans place a higher priority on energy production over environmental protection for the first time.



Gallup tracking finds the Federal Government Outpaces Private Sector in Job Creation.



U.S. voters say a candidate’s stance on national issues matter more to their vote for Congress.

Gallup finds roughly 6.2 million Mexicans would move permanently to the U.S. if they had the chance.


Congress ranks last in Gallup’s annual confidence in institutions poll, with a record-low 11% saying they have a great deal or quite a lot of confidence.

President Obama’s job approval rating falls to 38% among independents.



Republicans take an unprecedented 10-point lead on Gallup’s generic ballot for Congress.

Elena Kagan is confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court, with 46% of Americans in favor, the lowest level of support for a recent successful nominee.



Americans give Republicans the edge on most election issues as the midterm congressional elections approach.

Americans’ distrust in the media to report the news fully, accurately, and fairly edges up to a record high.



Unemployment, as measured by Gallup, jumped sharply to 10.1% in September.

The 2010 electorate heading into the midterm elections looks more Republican than in the past.

“Too big,” “confused,” and “corrupt” are the words Americans most often use to describe the federal government.



Americans express record-high levels of enthusiasm about voting in the midterm congressional elections in which Republicans are poised to win big.

No clear front-runner emerges for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012.



As Congress debates a compromise deal to extend the Bush tax cuts to all Americans and to extend unemployment benefits, 66% of Americans express support for each idea.

Congress’ job approval rating declines to 13%, the worst in Gallup history.