Call it the "Obama effect."
Business Insider reports
on a new poll showing the effect that mention of the President's name has on support for X and Y. A joint effort by the Washington Post
and ABC twice asked respondents if they'd support a range of policy proposals: once without "Obama has proposed...," once with it. And on everything from immigration reform to an assault weapons ban, Democratic poll-takers became more
supportive of the plan when the President's name was attached while Republicans became less
The biggest dip in support was seen among Republicans on the proposal to create a "path to citizenship" for currently undocumented workers and their families. A whopping 21% drop was seen among conservative respondents when Obama's name was coupled with the idea.
's Brett LoGiurato puts the findings in context:
The results revealed two things: First, what topics and proposals Obama should avoid in tonight's State of the Union address and in subsequent speeches later this week. And second, the poll showed that Republicans will likely never support a measure with Obama's name attached to it - even if they support the proposal overall.
Via Business Insider