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AP: Ignore MA, Everyone Loves Obama

Some ersatz ‘exit polling’ from the relentless propagandists at the Associated Press:

AP-GfK Poll: Obama’s 1st year gets mixed verdict

By Calvin Woodward And Ann Sanner, Associated Press Writers

January 20, 2010

WASHINGTON – You’re likable enough, Barack.

But while nearly nine in 10 people like President Barack Obama personally, he earns decidedly mixed reviews in a new Associated Press-GfK poll judging his first year in office, a verdict darkened Tuesday by a stunning repudiation of his party in the Massachusetts Senate race.


His approval ratings have been becalmed for months, 56 percent in the survey out Wednesday. By a modest margin, people still think the country is moving in the wrong direction, as they have since summer. And the Republican upset in Massachusetts demonstrated just how perilous the political landscape has become.

“Becalmed” suggests that Mr. Obama’s approval rating has stopped moving. It has not. It has gone down at an historic rate – the fastest in history.

And the Massachusetts results show how "perilous  the political landscape has become"? We thought it showed how unpopular Mr. Obama’s agenda is.

But two years after Obama famously told his Democratic primary opponent Hillary Rodham Clinton, "You’re likable enough, Hillary," that appraisal seems to have settled firmly on him.

Even three-quarters of Republicans say they personally like Obama.

Which, if true, must prove how unimportant "likeability" is in the final analysis. After all, Stalin was ‘likeable.’ Even FDR liked him. (And, as the article notes, Obama claimed that even Hillary was ‘likeable.’)

But such personal good will came to little in Massachusetts, where Republican Scott Brown defeated Democrat Martha Coakley in a race seen as a referendum on Obama’s first year in office as well as on his health care initiative.

A president’s likability can be a precious political commodity, but it proved to be one without coattails in the Senate contest.

To be sure, the excitement of Obama’s inauguration and the inflated expectations of that time are gone. His approval ratings have been in the 50s since July, sliding from 74 percent a year ago.

Hopes that he would become an extraordinary president have been tempered during a year of economic calamity, an escalating war in Afghanistan and sharp elbows in the health care debate, the poll suggests.

Fading, too, though, are worries that Obama is in over his head.

Fewer Americans register a concern that the former one-term Illinois senator is doing too much too fast in the White House or lacks the gravitas to take on big problems. Even some people who don’t like his policies credit him with a capable approach.

Does anyone believe this? We just had a poll of more than 40% of the registered voters in Massachusetts. (Who, it is safe to say, are ‘likely voters.’) 52% of them seemed to believe that Mr. Obama is over his head and doing too much too fast.

(But this is surely why none of our watchdog media did any exit polling in Massachusetts.)

"I think he’s on top of things," said Ken Jensen, 66, a retired economist in Woods Cross, Utah, and a Republican. "I admire him for his ability to put on a different necktie and approach a different problem in a competent way."

An opponent of Obama’s plans for health care and much else, Jensen said the president is doing right by Haiti and, in responding to the attempted bombing of a Detroit-bound airliner, "got it right" after a bumbling start on the first major domestic terrorism challenge of his presidency.

What a laugh. This is the best that the AP can do?

With Obama’s out-of-the-gate plans to reinvent the health insurance system, restore economic stability and take big steps in energy, the environment and more, Americans appeared nervous about an upended status quo even as they were drawn to the promises of change.

In the summer, nearly half of Americans thought Obama was trying to do too many things too quickly. That’s starting to turn around, according to the poll. An increasing number of people — especially Democrats — want him to pick up the pace even if not all are exactly sure what he should do.

We simply do not believe this.

Two-thirds in the poll agreed with the phrases "he understands the problems of ordinary Americans," "he will keep America safe," "he cares about people like you" and "he is a strong leader," a modest decline from three-quarters or more before his inauguration…

Where do these pollsters find such oblivious people? Bus stations? Jerry Springer audiences?

With Democratic majorities at stake again, the new AP-GfK poll found that 49 percent would like to see the party keep control of Congress in November while 37 percent want Republicans to take over

Again, compare this with the ‘poll’ in Massachusetts – the bluest of blue states.

Also in the poll:

42 percent rated Obama as an above average or outstanding president. A year ago, 65 percent expected him to be.

– The economy continues to be the dominant concern, and Obama’s 47 percent approval rating on handling the economy has hardly budged for months.

Another claim we simply do not believe.

48 percent trust Democrats more to handle health care; 38 percent trust Republicans. But respondents were split 42-42 percent on the package being considered by Congress. That was a slight increase in support for the plans.

Ask Martha Coakley if she believes this poll.

– 59 percent expect their taxes to increase under Obama, up from 35 percent a year ago.

49 percent trust Democrats more on the economy; 40 percent trust Republicans.

46 percent say the Obama administration has shown higher ethical standards than the Bush administration, while 30 percent say they are about the same.

54 percent approve of his handling of terrorism, one of his strongest ratings on issues.

Again, where do they find these people?

That this poll shows people approving of Obama’s handling of terrorists should be enough to discredit the entire poll.

Just ask Scott Brown.

The biggest applause line from his victory speech last night was: “I believe that our Constitution and laws exist to protect this nation – they do not grant rights and privileges to enemies in wartime. In dealing with terrorists, our tax dollars should pay for weapons to stop them, not lawyers to defend them.”

But all in all, like so many articles from our media masters, this poll begs the question.

Who are we to believe? The media or our lying eyes?

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, January 20th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

10 Responses to “AP: Ignore MA, Everyone Loves Obama”

  1. Helena says:

    The NYT also wants it crystal clear this “upset” has NOTHING to do with healthcare:

    “Although the race has riveted the nation largely because it was seen as contributing to the success or defeat of the health care bill, the potency of the issue for voters here was difficult to gauge. That is because Massachusetts already has near-universal health coverage, thanks to a law passed when Mitt Romney, a Republican, was governor.

    Thus Massachusetts is one of the few states where the benefits promised by the national bill were expected to have little effect on how many of its residents got coverage, making it an unlikely place for a referendum on the health care bill.”

    G.O.P. Senate Victory Stuns Democrats – NYTimes.com

  2. jobeth says:

    “Thus Massachusetts is one of the few states where the benefits promised by the national bill were expected to have little effect on how many of its residents got coverage, making it an unlikely place for a referendum on the health care bill.”

    They are kidding…Right? More like it’s the one state who has the best view on the effects of universal health care. They don’t like it either. My son is a cop and lives in Springfield. He says it’s just another costly lib boondogle.

    But of course we all know that.

  3. Reality Bytes says:

    Yeah! They’d love him to go back to Chicago!

  4. tranquil.night says:

    It’s funny to watch the media circling the wagons while a good portion of Dems are publicly fleeing the reservation. They’re going to try hard to reign this in, but they have huge problems in the House right now. Several Dems are saying the bill is dead, Bahney Fwankths has flip-flopped all over the place on this (now warning against reconciliation), Sen. Webb wanting votes suspended. Marvelous.

    • Tater Salad says:

      When Barney Franks looses his re-election bid (and it will happen), he could get a job at Barum & Bailey’s Three Ring Circus. The two rings are owned by Reid and Pelosi. What a great circus to have come to any town across America.

  5. Tater Salad says:

    The American public has seen “through the smoke screen” and the “Bait & Switch” tactics Obama uses to push his socialist/Marxist agenda. The video below shows just how arrogant the Progressive movement can be to get their socialist agenda passed in the United States. This will end and the vote in Massachusetts is just the start of this reform. Republicans and Democrats alike, who do not want to reform to what our founding fathers gave us will now become unemployed in 2010 and for sure in 2012. That is a promise!


  6. Tater Salad says:

    Socialist Agenda Continues Under Obama
    Tuesday, 19 Jan 2010 04:13 PM Article Font Size
    By: Dick Morris

    After Obama succeeds in jamming healthcare changes down the collective throats of his embattled constituents, his next move will be to bring overt socialism to the United States in the guise of regulatory reform.

    The legislation he seeks to pilot through the Senate (it already passed the House) literally gives the Secretary of the Treasury the power to seize any company in any sector which, in his judgment, is in danger of insolvency and whose failure would cause systemic damage to the national economy (aka too big to fail).

    Once the government has seized a private business under this horrific law, the Secretary of the Treasury is empowered to fire its management, replace its board of directors, wipe out the equity of its shareholders, and close any divisions or parts of it he wishes. Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez would envy such power.

    Exploiting concerns that another global meltdown might be around the corner, the Obama legislation effectively brings socialism to the United States.

    There’s no other term for it.

    Even the existence of such enormous power will have a chilling effect on economic decisions and political freedom.

    CEOs of large companies will be constantly looking over their shoulders, worried about government seizure. Since there is no objective standard built into the bill — such as bankruptcy — they will never know when the feds will swoop down and lock the doors.

    This policy of economic terrorism will influence investment decisions, lead to companies scaling down their size just to avoid seizure, and refusing to take risks which, while good for job creation, might mark them as potentially insolvent.

    Politically, corporate executives will have to think long and hard before they donate funds to Obama’s political opponents or antagonize the administration. The standards for government seizure are so flexible and judgmental that a political conflict can easily escalate into a corporate seizure.

    This bill is Obama’s plan to bring socialism to America. He will use the power this legislation confers widely and ruthlessly to force corporations to do his bidding, follow his policies, or face the prospect of seizure.

    Corporate executives, in particular, will come to feel — rightly — that their jobs are on the line if they don’t keep their relations with the Administration calm and smooth. Imagine if JFK had had this power when he balked at steel price increases in 1962. Or if LBJ had used this power to coerce support for the War in Vietnam. Of if Nixon was able to use this kind of power in pursuit of those on his list of enemies.

    This legislation, while cloaked in obscure language and replete with bureaucratic gobbledygook, is a dire threat to our freedom.

    It is part of the socialist trio that animates Obama’s program: regulatory “reform”, cap and trade, and healthcare. Among them, these bills will give him power over all major businesses, all utilities, all manufacturing industries, and all healthcare providers. There’s not much left.

    If Massachusetts delivers for democracy and elects Scott Brown to the Senate, we have a good chance of stopping the two legs of this triad that are still pending — regulatory reform and cap and trade.

    Parts of the regulatory reform bill are OK. The consumer agency it contemplates could do good things. But one suspects that these provisions are just window dressing to disguise the massive power grab behind the bill.

    Never before has our government had the power to seize corporations at will. And it certainly has never before been based on such subjective criteria.

    But these issues may not excite the massive public opposition that healthcare reform did. The average American may not realize how dangerous these bills are. But we must mobilize and stop them from passing.

    To preserve our freedom.

  7. proreason says:

    Utterly shameless propaganda. The Moron should tip them.

    Brown’s victory is going to embolden many people who were too frightened to speak up to anybody but themselves and their spouse.

    The cat’s out of the bag.

    It isn’t a question of a policy here or there. It’s a question of a Con Man building a house of mirrors out of the country’s best intentions, and once having won, taking a sledge hammer not just to the house, but to the people who helped build the house.

  8. Right of the People says:

    Q: “Where do these pollsters find such oblivious people? Bus stations? Jerry Springer audiences?”

    A: Out of their twisted little minds.

    This piece is bordering on bad fiction. What polls are they looking at? Where did the AP pull that figure of 56% from? Last I saw it was 45% and dropping like a rock. I didn’t realize the AP is employing novelists now.

  9. MinnesotaRush says:

    I’m betting Soros is good and pissed. Fuming!

    Probably told his mindnumbed minions in the media to spin little boy o-blah-blah back into the thrown and he doesn’t give a damn how they do it!

    Emmanuel is likely back in his tootoo dancin’ for George just about now, too.

    The wind is blowin’, Georgie and there’s a house of cards about to tumble.


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