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NYT: Majority Want Obama’s New Stimulus

From a talking out of both sides of its poll New York Times:

Support for Obama Slips; Unease on 2012 Candidates

September 16, 2011

President Obama’s support is eroding among elements of his base, and a yearlong effort to recapture the political center has failed to attract independent voters, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll, leaving him vulnerable at a moment when pessimism over the country’s direction is greater than at any other time since he took office.

Apparently, the Democrat Party has told its media minions to repeat the propaganda lie of "a yearlong effort to recapture the political center has failed to attract independent voters" until some people actually begin to believe it. Needless to say, it is a complete fantasy.

The president’s effort to seize the initiative on the economy was well received by the public, and clear majorities support crucial pieces of his new job-creation program.

Speaking of propaganda lies.

But despite Mr. Obama’s campaign to sell the plan to Congress and voters, more than half of those questioned said they feared the economy was already in or was headed for a double-dip recession, and nearly three-quarters of Americans think the country is on the wrong track

How can three quarters of the respondents think we are "on the wrong track" – and yet support Obama’s second (or fourth) stimulus? It is exactly the same track we have been on since January 2009.

The poll, which was conducted after Mr. Obama’s [historic] economic address to [a joint session of] Congress last week, contains considerable warning signs for the president. The poll found a 12-point jump since late June, to 43 percent, in the number of Americans who say the economy is getting worse. And for the first time since taking office, his disapproval rating has reached 50 percent in the Times and CBS News polls

And yet we are told that everyone supports his economic plan.

The president’s support has fallen to its lowest levels across parts of the diverse coalition of voters who elected him, from women to suburbanites to college graduates. And a persistent effort over the past year to reclaim his appeal to independent voters has shown few signs of bearing fruit, with 59 percent of this critical electoral group voicing their disapproval

Again, what "persistent effort" to appeal to independents?

The poll found that most Americans are familiar with the American Jobs Act, the president’s $447 billion proposal to create jobs. Almost half of the public is confident the plan would create jobs and improve the economy. A substantial majority of Americans support the main proposals aimed at creating jobs, including tax cuts for small businesses, improvements in the nation’s infrastructure and payroll tax cuts for working Americans.

Why would anyone believe this? The first Obama stimulus spent twice as much money on exactly the same things – and what do we have to show for it?

Yet despite their support, two-thirds of Americans from broad majorities across party lines are doubtful that Congressional Democrats and Republicans will be able to reach an agreement on a job-creation package despite near universal bipartisan support for compromise

In the news media. And by "compromise" the news media mean the Republicans should do whatever Obama says.

The poll had a few promising signs for Mr. Obama. Americans strongly support his position that creating jobs should be a higher priority than cutting spending.

Because the more money that is taken out of the private sector, the easier it will be to create jobs. The Times believes America is full of 300 million Paul Krugmans.

Democrats and independents agree on that view, while Republicans do not. And across party lines, Americans support his position that a deficit-reduction plan should include a mix of tax increases and spending cuts.

And we saw the proof of all of this support for taxes just a few months ago, back in November 2010.

But the poll also found a dark mood on Mr. Obama’s handling of the economy, with 34 percent approving and 57 percent disapproving. His numbers on job creation are similarly bleak, with 40 percent approving of his performance and 53 percent disapproving.

Again, according to the New York Times, most people hate what Obama has done to the economy. And they can’t wait for him to do more of the same.

Two-thirds of the public say Mr. Obama has not made progress in fixing the economy, even though a majority of people concede the condition of the national economy is not something a president can do a lot about.

Isn’t that funny? We don’t remember people being asked if the economy was something a President could do something about under President Bush.

“I have incredible empathy for the spot he’s in. He walked into the huge mess left behind by George Bush,” said Barbara Cornell, 56, a Democrat and hospital chaplain from Shoreline, Wash

You see, even though a President can’t do much about an economy, it is still Bush’s fault.

Apparently, The Times has such a low opinion of its readers, they don’t think anyone will notice this minor inconsistency.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, September 19th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “NYT: Majority Want Obama’s New Stimulus”

  1. JohnMG says:

    …..” for the first time since taking office, his disapproval rating has reached 50 percent in the Times and CBS News polls…”

    Which means, in reality, that the number is more likely 88% disapprove. It’s almost as if Obama views Bush’s low approval numbers as a record to be surpassed.

    If this trend persists, we’ll have to get used to seeing Jimmy Carter’s diseased gums again whenever he’s photographed. Just the thought of Obama must bring unbounded glee to Carter.

  2. GetBackJack says:

    “Thank you, sir. May I have another” comes to mind …

  3. Liberals Demise says:

    “Meet the new boss……..same as the old boss”

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