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Poll: Grouchy Public Sticks With Obama

From an always nuanced Associated Press:

AP-GfK Poll: A grouchy public sticking with Obama

By LIZ SIDOTI (AP)

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama still has the approval of a majority of Americans, but it’s an increasingly pessimistic nation.

The public grew slightly more dispirited on a range of matters over the past month, including war and the economy, continuing the slippage that has occurred since Obama took office, the latest Associated Press-GfK poll shows…

People were gloomier about the direction of the country than in October. They disapproved of Obama’s handling of the economy a bit more than before. And, perhaps most striking for the commander in chief, more people have lost confidence in Obama on Iraq and Afghanistan over the last month. Overall, there’s a malaise about the state of the nation

The findings underscore just how quickly the political environment can change, a lesson for out-of-power Republicans who are buzzing with energy after booting Democrats from rule in Virginia and New Jersey governors’ races last week.

It was just over a year ago that Obama won the White House in an electoral landslide and Democrats padded their congressional majorities. The country was riding high with optimism by just about all measures when Obama took office in January…

Now, Obama’s approval rating stands at 54 percent, roughly the same as in October but very different from the enthusiastic 74 percent in January just before he took office. And some 56 percent of people say the country is heading in the wrong direction, an uptick from 51 percent last month and 49 percent in Obama’s first month as president

Those jobless figures help explain why as many people said the economy got worse in the past month as said it got better — and it’s not many people who thought it got better, just 22 percent. Most say the economy stayed the same, and just 46 percent approve of how Obama is handling the economy, compared with 50 percent last month

Compared with October, 45 percent of people now disapprove of Obama’s handling of Iraq, up from 37 percent; while 48 percent now disapprove of his handling of Afghanistan, up from 41 percent. A majority of Americans oppose both wars. And more than half — 54 percent — now oppose sending more troops to Afghanistan, an increase from 50 percent last month

On health care, about half of the country approves of how Obama is doing on his signature domestic issue — virtually unchanged from October…

Only a third of the country approves of how Congress is doing

The ‘malaise’ is back!

But of course none of this disapproval is directed at Mr. Obama. Just at things in general.

Still, remember all those headlines from the Associated Press about how a grouchy public was sticking with George Bush?

We don’t either.

No, what we would have heard under President Bush after such a poll would be: More Americans Say Country Is Headed In Wrong Direction.

In fact, we heard headlines like that ad nausea even when the economy was booming.

And note how the AP characterizes Mr. Obama’s 6% victory last year as “an electoral landslide.”

Oh, and also notice where they put the bad news about the Democrat-controlled Congress.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, November 11th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

10 Responses to “Poll: Grouchy Public Sticks With Obama”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Once again, the AP contradicts itself:

    AP-GfK Poll: A grouchy public sticking with Obama

    Now, take note of that headline, if you will. So it says that the “public is grouchy but is gonna hang with ol’ blood and guts Obama”. Okay…..so you would expect the write-up to support that thesis, no?

    Let’s take a look:

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20091111/ap_on_go_pr_wh/us_obama_ap_poll

    By LIZ SIDOTI, AP National Political Writer Liz Sidoti, Ap National Political Writer – 1 hr 48 mins ago

    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama still has the approval of a majority of Americans, but it’s an increasingly pessimistic nation.

    The public grew slightly more dispirited on a range of matters over the past month, including war and the economy, continuing the slippage that has occurred since Obama took office, the latest Associated Press-GfK poll shows.

    This comes at a time when he is trying to revive the struggling economy, considering sending more troops to the 8-year-old Afghanistan war, muscling a health care reform overhaul through Congress and hoping to push through other ambitious measures like legislation focused on climate change.

    People were gloomier about the direction of the country than in October. They disapproved of Obama’s handling of the economy a bit more than before. And, perhaps most striking for the commander in chief, more people have lost confidence in Obama on Iraq and Afghanistan over the last month. Overall, there’s a malaise about the state of the nation.

    So, in spite of a “general malaise about the nation, the general public is aiming its resentment directly at the president. This is in direct disagreement with the headline. It doesn’t sound like he has many fans at all, really.

    “It’s in pretty bad shape,” said truck driver Floyd Hacker of Granby, Mo., a Democrat who voted for Obama. “He sounded like somebody who could make things happen. I still think he can.”

    Still, Hacker said, he questions the president’s approach to the economy, what the U.S. is trying to accomplish in Afghanistan and Obama’s focus on health care, adding, “He can’t handle everything at one time.”

    So what he’s saying is he’s losing confidence in this president’s abilities. The statement “I still think he can” is contradictory to the rest of his remarks and is actually just a hopeful interlude, not the result of critical thinking, as is the rest of his statement.

    Public attitudes like that are troubling for a president trying to accomplish an ambitious agenda at home while fighting wars abroad, as well as for a Democratic Party heading into a critical election year. It will have to stave off losses that a new president typically experiences in his first midterm elections. A third of the Senate, all of the House and most governors’ offices will be on the ballot.

    The findings underscore just how quickly the political environment can change, a lesson for out-of-power Republicans who are buzzing with energy after booting Democrats from rule in Virginia and New Jersey governors’ races last week.

    It was just over a year ago that Obama won the White House in an electoral landslide and Democrats padded their congressional majorities. The country was riding high with optimism by just about all measures when Obama took office in January.

    Well, a couple of things here in this highlighted statement. Once again, he did not win by a landslide. He actually won by a very narrow majority. That point cannot be said enough. But, the liberal media, adhering to its lexicon of relativistic variables, considers Bush’s win a “narrow margin” and Obama’s a “landslide”.

    As for the “country riding high on optimism”, that’s a very telling remark by the hopey-changey, wishy-washy writer. A HUGE majority of the US citizenry were incredibly depressed sparking a surge in new conservative blogs as well as increased membership in existing ones. The dislike for this president was immediately apparent, yet ignored by the MSM for obvious reasons that we conservatives are all too aware of.

    Hope and change were in vogue back then. But change didn’t happen overnight, as the rhetoric of campaigning crashed headlong into the realities of governing. And hope slipped in a country that always has clung to it.

    OK, here we go again. “wah, he has sooo much to do…..waahhhh.” And the rhetoric of campaigning has never stopped. He’s still campaigning, in case you haven’t noticed. As for the slippage of hope…well. Only those foolish enough to hitch their wagon to the hopenchange star would be disappointed. And yes, there are a lot of those.

    Now, Obama’s approval rating stands at 54 percent,

    No it doesn’t.

    roughly the same as in October but very different from the enthusiastic 74 percent in January just before he took office. And some 56 percent of people say the country is heading in the wrong direction, an uptick from 51 percent last month and 49 percent in Obama’s first month as president.

    And later on, way down at the bottom:

    Only a third of the country approves of how Congress is doing.

    The rest of the article is a small collection of how the economy is(n’t) doing and some weak justification for same. In all a very badly written piece by a hack who adores the magic negro. To whom I just want to say, “Hey, how’s that hope and change working out for ya?”

  2. Liberals Demise says:

    “AP: ANGRY PUBLIC STICKS IT TO OBAMA”

    Take the PC B.S. away from AP and this is the real headline!

    I am soooo tired of the media weasels weaving the fascist dream in the news of today and revising yesterdays to fit their sycophant, boot licking obama worship agenda.

  3. proreason says:

    Well, we get to say the truth here. Thanks to Steve.

    The ONLY REASON that the Moron seems to have about 50% approval from the public, is that the public is totally intimidated about being labeled racist.

    The public hates his policies. The public hates the direction the country is going in. The public hates the Health Scare Cramdown. The public hates Congress.

    But they looooove Obamy.

    Right. Sure they do.

    If this guy was white, his approval rating would be in the teens.

  4. And note how the AP characterizes Mr. Obama’s 6% victory last year as “an electoral landslide.”

    Funny you should mention that, because my husband was recently engaged in a debate with someone who said that the 59-41% vote in favor of traditional marriage in Wisconsin (back in 2006) was a “narrow victory”…

    So the meme is clear: a Democrat (or liberal position) wins by a margin of even 1%, and it’s a landslide, a mandate for the liberal. A Republican (or conservative position) wins by 18% and it’s a “narrow victory”.

    For what it’s worth, Rasmussen has Obama’s overall approval rating at 46%. I wasn’t a math major, but last time I checked 46% was not a majority. Or is this Democrat math at work again?

    • proreason says:

      Consider,

      – the MSM shamelessly shilled for the Moron. No lie, distortion or cover-up was too much.
      – the Moron himself shamelessly lied about every aspect of his political “philosoply” and background.
      – the economy was tanked in September by his supporters (Soros and Goldman Sachs). Nothing like it had EVER happened before. If it was a coincidence, it ranks with the burning of the Reichstag.
      – McCain was a terrible candidate whose support was as thin as it is possible to get.
      – Palin was muzzled by McCain.
      – McCain was afraid to describe the Moron’s radical past because he would have been called a racist.
      – McCain probably WANTED TO LOSE after the September meltdown
      – the Moron got 99% support from African Americans who voted in larger numbers by far than ever before

      and he still only won by 6%.

      Some landslide.

    • MinnesotaRush says:

      Hell .. ACORN drummed up 14% of the vote for o-blah-blah just between the dead and transients!

  5. Confucius says:

    AP-GfK Poll: A grouchy public sticking with Obama

    Interesting. Also from Rasmussen is this graph titled Presidential Approval Index: http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/obama_administration/daily_presidential_tracking_poll.

    The two graphs look very similar–including the inflection points around July 2009, which is approximately when the citizenry rose to challenge Obama and Congress on healthcare.

    So, grouchy? Yes. But sticking with Obama? Doesn’t look like it.

    • Right of the People says:

      We’re not sticking with Obamy, we’re stuck with him (at least for the time being). There is a huge difference.


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