Saturday, May 2, 2009
Enough data points have been gathered... it is safe to conclude, we have strong statistical evidence of a process shift. Americans have been steadily increasing their positive sense of the direction that the country is headed or "on the right track". Looking at the run chart data above, Right Track/Wrong Track, a sustained positively increasing trend is clearly in evidence.
Expect to see a tipping point or cross-over point soon, where more Americans feel we are on the Right Track vs. those that don't.
Also notable, is the sustained process stability of President Obama's favorable rating. His favorable rating appears to been holding steady at about 70%, with significantly low variability.
Americans like what they see so far, 100 days into this new Administration.
Run Chart "Trend" Rule: a sequence of 6 or 7 points continually increasing or decreasing.
Data from a Pew Research Center survey conducted April 14-21, 2009, among 742 American adults. Other religious groups are not reported due to small sample sizes.
Question wording: Do you think the use of torture against suspected terrorists in order to gain important information can often be justified, sometimes be justified, rarely be justified, or never be justified?