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AP: Most Say Obama Not Honest, Not Reasonable

From a seemingly shaken Associated Press:

Poll: Americans find little to like in Washington

By NEDRA PICKLER and JENNIFER AGIESTA | October 11, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans are finding little they like about President Barack Obama or either political party, according to a new poll that suggests the possibility of a "throw the bums out" mentality in next year’s midterm elections.

The AP-GfK poll finds few people approve of the way the president is handling most major issues and most people say he’s not decisive, strong, honest, reasonable or inspiring.

What is going on? Why isn’t this bad news about Obama buried in the ninth paragraph, if not omitted altogether?

In the midst of the government shutdown and Washington gridlock, the president is faring much better than his party, with large majorities of those surveyed finding little positive to say about Democrats. The negatives are even higher for the Republicans across the board, with 4 out of 5 people describing the GOP as unlikeable and dishonest and not compassionate, refreshing, inspiring or innovative.

Whew. We were worried for a minute that someone had hacked the AP’s server again.

Negativity historically hurts the party in power — particularly when it occurs in the second term of a presidency — but this round seems to be hitting everyone. More people now say they see bigger differences between the two parties than before Obama was elected, yet few like what either side is offering…

The numbers offer warning signs for every incumbent lawmaker, and if these angry sentiments stretch into next year, the 2014 elections could feel much like the 2006 and 2010 midterms when being affiliated with Washington was considered toxic by many voters. In 2006, voters booted Republicans from power in the House and Senate, and in 2010, they fired Democrats who had been controlling the House…

The AP seems to be trying to warn their Democrat allies, who know that their win in 2006 was nothing compared to their defeat in the tsunami of 2010.

A bad sign for Democrats is that Obama has bled support among independents — 60 percent disapprove of the way Obama is handling his job, while only 16 percent approve. As he began his second term in January, independents tilted positive, 48 percent approved and 39 percent disapproved.

Neither party can win without the support of independents, with only about a third of the poll’s respondents identifying themselves as Democrats and about a quarter as Republicans…

Er, Obama won in 2012 without the support of Independents. But we guess the AP can’t remember that far back.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, October 11th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “AP: Most Say Obama Not Honest, Not Reasonable”

  1. .. Most Say Obama Not Honest, Not Reasonable .. they rest were stoned to the gills ..

  2. Maybe this poll is right. Maybe the word “republican” refers to the GOP leadership. I don’t see any questions about conservatives. Personally, if I had to make a choice between republicans and democrats I’d have a hard time choosing because I have a hard time telling them apart. Except for Cruz and a few others, the congress is a one party system divided only by what they’re called. Some of the progressives are called democrats, and others are called republicans. None of them are conservatives. At least none of the people in charge are conservatives. Boehner and McConnell spend their time figuring out the best ways to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. They cave in almost at the simple request of Obama or even the media. John McCain, the man who lost Pennsylvania to a man who promised to bankrupt the coal industry… which seems to be going along according to plan, complains that Cruz’s entire effort was a waste of time. Between Cruz and McCain, I’d rather waste time with Cruz’s efforts to save America from Obamacare than give in to my overlords at the behest of the spineless John McCain. Frankly, listening to anything John McCain has to say these days is the real waste of time. You might as well take everything Carney says as gospel.

    Maybe republicans are taking the hit on all of this because they continue to act against the wishes of their conservative base, and not because they are “too extreme” or “too far right”. Maybe the “vote the bums out” mentality is a cry for more conservatives in Washington, where their influence is sorely needed these days.

  3. canary

    McAfee just announced the Health Care Government site insecure and easy to hack.

    Smart business move to show the Federal government how they can hack onto their site and fix it.




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