Flashback: Gallup Had Carter Up 4 Points Over Ronald Reagan in September 1980

Gallup polling today put Obama ahead of Mitt Romney by 4 points after the godless DNC Convention.

Back in 1980 Gallup had Jimmy Carter up over Ronald Reagan by 4 points in mid to late September… And, Carter was up 8 points in October. In fact there was a published Gallup poll showing Carter up six among likely voters in a poll conducted Oct. 24 to 27.

Ronald Reagan ended up winning by 9 points and taking 44 states.

More… (Via Drudge) Flashback: Dukakis Led Bush By 17 Points After 1988 DNC

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  • http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2012/09/flashback-gallup-had-carter-up-4-points-over-ronald-reagan-in-september-1980/#comments Elizabeth Erwin

    Gallup’s poll results would have more credibility if it hadn’t been reported that David Axelrod called them after they showed Romney ahead by two points. From reports, he told them he didn’t like their polling methodology and suggested they change it. When they didn’t, the DOJ has subsequently brought a lawsuit against them for charges having something to do with a disgruntled employee. I thought it was peculiar that their rolling seven day poll stayed static for so many days (Obama 47%, Romney 46%). Now it has changed, and I cannot help but think it is entirely due to the Obama campaign’s intimidation.

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  • http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2012/09/flashback-gallup-had-carter-up-4-points-over-ronald-reagan-in-september-1980/#comments Elizabeth Erwin

    (Didn’t realize when I wrote my last comment that you had a link to the story right next to it. Am I oblivious or what!)

  • Sarah

    Not to be a bummer, but, Andy Mccarthy has an extraordinarily thoughtful piece related to this topic. In sum: It ain’t 1980 in America, times have changed, and these changes will have a profound impact on the outcome of this election. I would encourage everyone to read this:


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    Elizabeth Erwin #3 September 8, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    well i can’t seem to find it, so here i go.. 😉

    Obama sues Gallup


  • Sean

    McCarthy is such a staunch conservative he backed Rudy Giuliani in 2008.

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  • Highlander

    Sarah, McCarthy has some valid points, and we may not win in a landslide, but we will win. The bottom line is that Obama only won in 2008 because he convinced so many people in the middle to come to the left, and over the last three years, he has lost those people. They weren’t expecting Obama to be a full-blown Marxist (why I don’t know) and now that they realize what his true ideology is, they’re running scared. Meanwhile, he has also lost many of the people in his base, who expected a huge push to the left and got “liberal lite”. They’re disappointed and unenthusiastic about this election, and while they aren’t going to come out and vote for Romney, they probably aren’t going to come out in huge numbers and vote for Obama either.

    Conservatives however, are firmly united . They know evil when they see it, and are champing at the bit to vote Obama and anyone associated with him out of office. Every able-bodied conservative I know is going to vote come hell or high water. Meanwhile, the bulk of the people in the middle are either coming out for Romney, or staying home. That adds up to a Romney victory in my book …

  • Hey_Ange

    As an IBEW member in the Peoples Republic of Ill-Annoy i can reassure you that MOST of the members of my local along with many other trade union members I have talked to HATE what BHO has done to this country. They finally get it.

  • Cblesz

    I agree, this isn’t 1980. I mean, we have the same crappy economy, but Reagan attacked Carter for being an incompetent idiot. Romney is afraid to do that…instead he sits back and lets Obama and the Dems lie through their teeth and never challenges them…plus, the media won’t do it either. Romney needs to say, “you are lying” in the debates. Case in point: headlines Friday:”Unemployment drops to 8.1%”. The average idiot sees that and thinks Obama is doing a good job. They don’t realize that number is terrible and 368,000 people dropped out of the workforce. People today want something for nothing. It’s pathetic.

  • SM-WI

    #9—As a former Illinoisssss resident of over 25 years—-Wow—never thought I would see the day. But, my husband lost his Chicago-land construction management job end of 2010—-and we know many union members in the same boat. According to my husband’s former work contacts, things are still pathetic in Illinoisssss. But, nice to know that people are finally waking up.

  • Patty

    This election has Carter and Reagan written All over It.

    There are so many similarities it would curl your hair.

    Polls will swing back and forth and that is just the way they are, but when push comes to shove, Obama is done.

  • bill mitchell

    Don’t worry about Gallup right now. They are still polling registered voters and not likely voters. As soon as they switch over Romney will immediately gain 4 points. Their approval poll just polls adults soon that is really pathetic.

    All the other pollsters are using huge dem oversamples.

    Just watch Rasmussen. Romney has this in the bag, trust me.

  • Hey_Ange

    So how much have things changed from 2010 when we in IL booted Hare, Bean, Foster, Halverson, and put Kirk in “Obama’s” senate seat? Remember Bobby Rush called that a “black” seat. Once you vote black you never go back, just like the buttons said at the DNC. Maybe IL won’t go GOP but look what happened in WI. How many of the Walker supporters will vote for BHO? Really? A 4 point Bubba bounce and the RINOs are soiling their diapers. Like Clinton said about Obama in 2008, give me a break!!!

  • xkaydet65

    What’s different from 32 years ago? Carter had approval numbers in the low 30s. Obama hasn’t gone below 42. Carter was not only a Washington outsider, he had to fight the Left and teddy for renomination. Reagan had been pilloried as looking to start WW3 and was only then successfully introducing himself as a reasonable and affable candidate. Reagan produced a meaningful vision,not only of what he would do, but a vision of America that Americans longed for. Romney has not as yet produced any coherent vision except that he’s not Obama and he is a businessman. Looking for a positive spin by going back 32 years isn’t going to work. What’s needed is a candidate with a vision and I don’t know if Romney has that. Very often it’s those who want to be POTUS who can’t explain why you should vote FOR them. Remember Teddy and Roger Mudd in ’80.

  • Sean

    The Democrats in Illinois thought they would clean up thanks to redistricting. They totally redrew Joe Walsh’s district(which was Phil Crane’s) for Tammy Duckworth. They made Mark Kirk’s old north shore district even more liberal.
    Still,I have seen real signs of Obama weakness. He will lose DuPage and McHenry counties. He will lose NW Cook co too.

  • Patty

    #16 September 8, 2012 at 10:52 pm
    Sean commented:

    In three words: Obama will lose!

  • Patty

    The ads are coming from Romney Camp. watch for them and many are coming. This will change everything.

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  • Patty


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