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Obama Liked, Despite What He’s Done

From the ever polishing Associated Press:

AP-GfK Poll: Obama popular but doubts on progress

By Liz Sidoti, AP National Political Writer Fri Jan 21, 2011

WASHINGTON – Thumbs up for President Barack Obama’s personality. Thumbs down for his progress.

An overwhelming majority of Americans like Obama, but most say he hasn’t accomplished much on two top goals — fixing the sluggish economy and changing how Washington works, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll midway through the first term of his presidency.

The problem is there is absolutely no evidence that these are Mr. Obama’s two top goals. In fact, the evidence is all to the contrary.

Ask yourself, would Mr. Obama have done any of the things he has done over the last two years if he really wanted to fix the economy and change the way Washington works?

No. Everything he has done – and said – up until the midterm elections has been clearly calculated to have exactly the opposite effect. Nobody is that incompetent. Not even a Harvard Law School graduate. None of this was accidental.

Half of those surveyed say he deserves a second term, and independents, whose support will be critical in 2012, are evenly divided on that question. Obama is getting the benefit of the doubt despite concerns about his policies, a reflection based in large part on his likability

Mr. Obama’s likeability ratings on these poll is probably largely driven by the fear most people have of being called a racist. After all, who was more likeable than Ronald Reagan?

And yet we don’t remember there being poll after poll in the 1980s where the respondents carefully delineated between their dislike of Mr. Reagan’s policies and their approval of him as a person.

The AP-GfK poll is a snapshot in time, and plenty could happen between now and November 2012, including an economic upturn that could cut the 9.4 percent unemployment rate. But, in a polarized nation, the findings portend a competitive presidential race no matter who the GOP candidate is.

So the media had better to get busy and start stressing how important it is that we get over our partisan divisions and learn to work together. After all, we can’t have any partisanship if that means the Democrat Party will suffer.

Although beating an incumbent is tough, Republicans sense an opening, given the sluggish economic recovery and Obama’s acknowledged failure to fulfill his promise of doing business differently in a partisan Washington

When has Mr. Obama ever acknowledged this or any other failure? We must have missed that. Or maybe the AP dreamt it.

Overall, 53 percent of Americans approve of how Obama is governing, putting him roughly in the middle when compared with his modern-day successors halfway through their first terms.

Almost as many people rate Obama’s presidency below average (34 percent) as call it above average (38 percent). Forty-one percent overall — and 30 percent among independents — say he understands the important issues the nation will face the next two years. Only 26 percent say he’s kept most of his campaign promises

That’s because the media did their level best to keep us in the dark about exactly what Mr. Obama was promising to do. But, just as he proudly claims, Mr. Obama really has accomplished 70% of what he promised.

And that is the problem.

Despite his lukewarm policy marks, Obama has an enormous advantage because of how people see him personally; a whopping 83 percent call him likable, and 59 percent view him favorably. Majorities also consider him empathetic (63 percent), a strong leader (62 percent), and in-touch with ordinary Americans (61 percent)

Which is a wonderful testament to the power of the media. The triumph of ‘optics’ over reality.

After all, we are now finally and literally living in the worst economic times since Herbert Hoover. So Mr. Obama should be just about as popular as Hoover was.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, January 21st, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

29 Responses to “Obama Liked, Despite What He’s Done”

  1. David says:

    Why is there even a distinction in these poles between Obama as a person and his policies?
    What does his personality have to do with anything?

  2. tranquil.night says:

    Couldn’t this mean that a majority of Americans have a civil disagreement with the way in which The Won is governing?

    Didn’t think so.

  3. proreason says:

    Here is the problem, and it is a very serious problem.

    The vast majority of Republicans and conservative media refuse to say what they all know…that Obamy is a dangerous man who intends to and is well on the way to changing this country in ways that will destroy it.

    O’Reilly is the classic example in the media, but he is joined by many others, even the most respected conservative voices, CK and George Will. If even these people, with their huge audiences, refuse to say what is really happening, how can the American people ever get beyond the propaganda shoved down their throats 24x7x365.

    Again, this is a VERY SERIOUS problem. Look at what happened with Tucson. That whole thing was an evil scheme planned and executed by Alinskey leftists (except for the murders themselves, which were random; but had they not occured, some other incident would have served in their place).

    Anybody who thinks Obamy was quiet as a churchmouse for 5 days while the liberals’ media accused conservatives of murder because he was “analyzing” the situation is a bloody fool. It was planned out for months, including that part of the scheme.

    But of course, the oh-so-rational O’Reilly and CK then had to jump in and make the PROFOUNDLY STUPID assertions that his college pep talk was “just what the country needed”. WHAT? How immensely insufferable fools can they be?

    It’s just one glaring example of what the entire conservative literati has been guilty of from the moment the contemptable manchurian appeared on the scene. The public has to be educate about their nefarious schemes. It’s what they do for a living, for god’s sake. We can’t allow a single one of their lies to go unchallenged, not a single one.

    And the Republicans are, if anything, worse. This meme that the American public wants civility is the biggest con job of all. What the hell good is civility going to do when we become a full-blown dictatorship. How on earth is civility going to geed your descendents when the commissars are grinding the entire population into the dirt?

    These people better grow some balls, or they are going to have their own cut off real quick.

    • River0 says:

      Exactly right. I find people who think Obama is “charming” and “likeable” to be shockingly shallow. He’s transparently phony, a shuck-and-jive operator, a slick car salesman-type who plays lazy-thinking people for the suckers they are. He knows they want to believe he’s some sort of Messiah, and like Chauncey Gardener, he pretends he is.

      It starts with his bad imitation of Dr. M.L. King. Phony gravitas and pregnant pauses that make listeners believe he’s given profound thought and consideration to what he says. Then, when they’re hooked, he begins his sinister ‘straw man’ arguments that draw false premises and produce bogus conclusions; and even brazenly attacks the Supreme Court of the United States with scurrilous and scandalously false accusations.

      He is evil personified. The angel of the pit of hell never appears as he really is, but comes dressed as an angel of light. The whole world adores him. That’s the best evidence we have for proof of his true nature.

      This was prophesied.

    • Enthalpy says:

      It’s pathological. The liberal’s media saw to it that most of our citizens didn’t know Barack Obama. We must continually insist that his “gang” be properly vetted. We must know who they are, where they’ve been, and what they believe. We must be unwilling to believe that Bill Ayeres “is just a guy from the neighborhood.” We are all known in part by the people we run with. Obama can be known by the people he runs with as well.

  4. heykev says:

    “Obama Liked, Despite What He’s Done”

    Is the same argument used by wives who are beat by their husbands. I like him, just not what he’s done.

    Simply take any other Socialist nation’s papers would be printing a similar article….except they’d leave out the “Despite What He’s Done” part.
    Stalin liked
    Pol Pot liked
    Brezhnev liked
    Castro liked
    Idi Amin liked and now “Obama Liked, Despite What He’s Done”

  5. Rusty Shackleford says:

    “overwhelming majority”

    Codespeak. It means blacks, hispanics, gays, lesbians and other uber-lefties, which collectively make up 20% of the population. Hardley an “overwhelming majority”.

  6. TerryAnne says:

    I don’t find this surprising in the least. Look at what shapes our values, etc. today.

    Hollywood. Pop culture magazines. Media.

    I read an article at American Thinker earlier this week that talked about how college kids are no more prepared or capable of critical thinking after graduation than they are when they enter those hallowed (hollowed?) halls. Everything today is all about appearance and surface treatments. Movies, television shows, magazines, the constant internet, etc. have built up our entire culture on the idea that it is what you look like/dress/attend school at/prefer sexually/etc. is all that is important; that what really makes you you – what you think, how you think, what you feel comfortable in… – is “so yesterday”. While I do think a lot of this started innocently back in the 1960s (Paul McCartney likes Jelly Babies!) so fans could feel closer to their idols, it has now been taken over and abused by the left as a means of distraction. The left has now intentionally made it is people are more concerned if they weight 99 versus 100 pounds, how many new electronic gadgets they have, that what color you are is important, etc. so that they can distract from what is really going on – that they are forcing people to become reliant upon trivialities so that they don’t know who they are or become incapable of thinking for themselves.

    I’ve always felt this way, but I am finally starting to see the whole picture. I just recently read Brave New World for the first time and really, really “connected” with what Huxley said about people being manufactured according to specific standards and ratios…but then they still had to spend 20 years on each person completely brainwashing them (that whole: if the government is making people according to how they feel they should be…why do they then still force brainwashing…?). And then they were given ridiculous amounts of drugs – or other external stimulii – when thinking for themselves became too difficult. I started looking at what our media says and then how it is used or why it is used. I could write a dissertation on how pop culture has become politics (perfect example: this war on “obesity”), but I’ll refrain. :)

    Bottom line: it’s all about appearances and the younger generations (post-Gen X) have intentionally been fed that all of their lives by the older generations (pre-Gen X…the hippies…those in power now) so that they (the older) can stay secure in their positions of authority. Hope this made sense; it’s difficult to put this into words. LOL!

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      The ongoing problem is that many believe that perception is reality. If it looks like X, it is X and dare me to believe it’s not.

      So when the press says, “Obama is a faithful Christian”..the drooling masses believe it.

      When they say, “The economy is improving”…they go out and spend money.

      When they tell us anything, we’re supposed to believe it and adhere to the mark.

      I don’t. I never have. And it’s a real pain in the ass to put up with so many drooling idiots every day.

    • River0 says:

      Very well said, TerryAnne. The ‘progressive’/crypto-Marxists have deliberately sought to dumb down the culture for over a hundred years.

    • tranquil.night says:

      That new pedophilic MTV show has over a million viewers in the teenage demographic. People are rightfully outraged, but is it all that shocking? It’s a little late to be outraged at these devils for peddling sex, drugs, and rock ‘n roll collectivism to kids. Honestly their real fear should be that the behavior you see on those shows is actually what’s in the mainstream after decades of peddling this crap to kids. Oh and pathetically failing schools, erhm, “screwels.”

    • TerryAnne says:

      tn – exactly what I’m talking about. They rant and rave about how shows like Teen Mom (or whatever it’s called) is corrupting children…yet, take a look at magazine covers next time you’re in 7-11 or the like. Bet you that at least 2 magazines will have them on the cover. That’s all they care about; Andy Warhol’s predicition.

      I was all into the whole MTV thing back in the 90s when I was a teen/early 20s. I can honestly say that it – and all of the girly magazines I read (Cosmo, Marie Claire…) – caused a huge rift in understanding with my parents. That I thought them dumb because they weren’t with the times and all that. It wasn’t until I decided to leave college for a bit and join the Air Force that things started to dawn on me. Since then, I’ve become anti-Hollywood, since I know that the message that they are spewing is nothing more than subversive liberal brainwashing to disrupt society.

      Rusty – yep! That whole “it’s true because I feel it to be true” or “I think it to be true”.

      River – thanks! :)

    • wardmama4 says:

      I agree in a sense except for the ‘look at what shapes our values, etc. today’ – Obviously even with people on this website (and American Thinker that you visit) to name just two – that don’t buy the company line – hook, line, and sinker.

      After this past Year+ (think Rick Santelli going off on the state of the economy) – The new media, the ease of connection (i.e. mobile connections & social networking) have increased the ability of people like me – stuck at home to keep up with everything – and with like minded people. The comments/discussions are not ‘preaching to the choir’ (take a look at Huff Po or Daily Kos – for people who repeat the same words in a talking point ad nauseum) but open up not only our ability to present our ideas and values – but to discuss them and see how people come at those same values from different directions and also present us with different takes on the same issue. This leads to a broader, more open mind and a greater depth of knowledge and belief.

      In the past decade that has expanded – and in the past year – the Conservative movement has finally put the two parts necessary to WIN together – the ideas (message to the liberals here) and the connections to help We The People realize we are not alone.

      The sex, drugs & rock ‘n roll porn life of hollyweird, tv and of course the Cult of Personality groupies & corresponding mantra of the msm – are simply so that the masses will truly believe that ‘everyone’ does it and once you start debasing yourself – the guilt makes you prey to the predators whose only intention is to control everyone and end up being the dictator of the day.

      I just continue to cling to the view that the majority of Americans do not buy into the lies any more – as since Jan 2009 – the takeover, the duplicity and the outright corruption shows up – and is brushed aside – there is a tipping point. And I believe that the 2010 election was just the first ‘shot’ (oops, my bad) in the War to take back America – from the crapweasels in DC, from the entitlement crowd, from the vapid left who are so deeply mired in their own filth they truly do believe that everyone is as disgusting as they are.

      What will bring the new generation around – is when they can’t get a job, can’t move out on their own, see all their dreams become simply tax increases to support others – it gets to be too much and then they will start to wake up – as to who is at fault.

      I think that Obama/Biden Administration & the Dem majority in Congress is that best thing that ever happened America and the worst thing to happen to progressives/liberals – they let down their guard and their masks – and the majority of Americans were shocked and dismayed at what they saw.

      That is the first step toward real change – and the basis of real hope.

    • canary says:

      On Fox I heard MTV contacted NY Times and told them we may be doing something illegal with children.
      I suppose hoping for more publicity, but a bad move legally. No doubt they are passing around the salvia.
      I think “water” is a nickname, so you can drink it too. I worry about the next generation.
      When I was in school we had graphic documentaries, jar shaking speakers and such, to scare the heck out of you. Now the schools are too busy doing stupid things. High School wear pajamas days. Always trying to keep things fun aside the ongoing required (for grades) fund raising and community service.

  7. Reality Bytes says:

    Yeah! I’d like him to go back to Chicago, Hawaii, uh, Indonesia, Kenya? Where’s he from again?

  8. canary says:

    Well, I’ve noticed on line to do a poll, you have to give personal information to even get to click yes or no. So, only those that side with Obama are going to do that.

    Pro Reason, you present the true serious problems I see.

    I realize that often the media edits what a politician may have to say. Look at those with plans to re-run, who were to politically correct, that haven’t changed.
    I problem I see within the tea party is the elect someone with no political experience and non-lawyers.
    All their speeches are “I have no prior political experience, and I’m not a lawyer.” And it’s a big deal to talk about your family and children. A wife saying, “”blank” told me on our 1st date he’d marry me, and he He’s a man of his word.” Well, he’s also an incompetent in business, politics, world affairs, foreign affairs. Hicks are running. Like that Green in IL running again for something.
    We have incompetent running for offices.
    We need someone with great knowledge & competence who is willing in a non-dramatic, solemn manner who is willing to point out Obama’s faults. They will have to be clean as Obama has henchmen and the media in his pocket. The ball was dropped during the first election. And we need someone who can gracefully, but firmly, expose Obama. Someone, who exposes Obama like Glenn Beck, but without the endearing cheezyness. No picking up a french fry and passing them to the guests while speaking.
    Well? Maybe that kind of cheezyness would reach to the youth. But, we are running out of time, and the media is worse than ever.

  9. untrainable says:

    Yeah, and “Everybody Loves Raymond”.

  10. beautyofreason says:

    All this poll proves is that speaking well and using the right body language gives people the impression of warmth and competence. Obama’s best feature is that he can pander to just about every opinion in the aftermath of a controversy and still look sincere. People take him at face value, even when his policies are turncoat. In reality Obama is as politically inexperienced and as shady a politician as they come. His even voice, careful poses, and feigned confidence all mask the far left nature of his policies. He talks about protecting the border and reducing spending but he doesn’t mean any of it.

    Unfortunately people are slow to notice his faults. How else could it be that 60% or more Americans supported Arizona’s law against illegal immigration, yet they hardly flinch when the federal government goes after the state, and not for racial profiling (the liberal allegation), but for the dubious claim of pre-empting federal law? The most surprising part of this study is that even some of his detractors seem to find good qualities about him, even though the mainstream media has all but branded conservatives to be racist, greedy, rural, backwards, and “clinging to guns” (and don’t forget the tea*@&*^#g comments).

    Remember when Obama had his Congressional opponent’s divorce records unsealed in a tight race? That doesn’t seem empathetic to me. Neither does forcing 12 million average Americans in an economy with 10% unemployment to purchase health insurance, or else. His strongly keyed statements after the mosque near ground zero became a political hot topic, his whine about Rush Limbaugh, his wife’s Antoinette-fashioned lifestyle and general thin-skinned nature all point to a person whose public image is disingenuous. Unfortunately people watch the guy and absorb his lovely sounding platitudes and take him at face value. It’s kind of like today’s obsessive celebrity culture. Any mindless person from the gutter can get a gig on reality television if they are reasonably pretty and willing to act deranged on camera.

    “Majorities also consider him empathetic (63 percent), a strong leader (62 percent), and in-touch with ordinary Americans (61 percent)…”

    Strong? This protégé of Jimmy Carter? Mr. “I refuse to wear a flag pin?” The globalist whose early speeches promoted the so-called religion of Islam, with virtually no ire from those who faulted Bush’s Christian asides?
    The man whose Justice Department dropped a case against a black panther who blocked a voting booth? The man whose church blamed the U.S. for 9/11? I could go on but . I’m sorry for the rant; it has been a long two years.

  11. Rusty Shackleford says:

    And we have this little bit of news from FOX


    Fox News Poll: Most Think Obama Policies Have Failed to Help Economy

    Almost all American voters think the country’s economy is in bad shape, and few see benefits from the Obama administration’s economic policies. In fact, slightly more voters think the policies have hurt rather than helped the economy — and many others think they have made no difference either way.

    A Fox News poll released Friday found that more than 9 in 10 voters give the economy negative ratings: 40 percent rate economic conditions as “only fair” and another 51 percent say it is in “poor” shape.

    Current views are almost identical to those held a year ago, when 39 percent said “only fair” and 52 percent said “poor” (January 2010).

    The bright spot for the Obama administration is the large drop in the number rating the economy as “poor.” The week before he took office in January 2009, some 74 percent said it was in “poor” shape and now that’s down to 51 percent.

    Gee, that isgood news. I was worried there for a minute that obama might end up looking bad.

    It’s been my opinion all along that when you put an angry pre-teen adult in the the position of responsibility, this is what you inevitably end up with. they quickly get bored or they are just too angry to really do what’s right and instead, serve themselves to all the goodies they can get their hands on while paying lip service to what really needs to be done. He’s like a first-edition speech program that can understand basic concepts but cannot employ same. He can talk as if he understands but as I see it, he only keys in on certain concepts that everyone is emotional about. When it comes down to the mechanics and construction of it, he’s clueless. Unless, it is all by design which I’m thinking more and more is the exact goal he’s shooting for. (metaphor intentional)

    • River says:

      Spot on, Rusty. Our nation is sadly illiterate, economically speaking, and people don’t realize that our chances have been squandered. Almost two trillion in debt has been added the the debt WITH NO EFFECT! And worse, regulatory time bombs are set to go off well into the future, and each one will kill off jobs. ObamaScare is only the biggest one; there are many more.

      We’re very far from a real turnaround, and things will get much worse when states and municipalities begin declaring bankruptcy – as they must – to get out from under extortionate union contracts. The ripple effect of cutbacks will be a tremendous hit on the economy. We’re like the minimally employed and technically bankrupt family that still has all its credit cards. Well, the cards are about to be taken away.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      Perhaps the minuscule good news is that bankruptcies will (possibly) serve to neuter public sector unions. It would be a grand thing indeed to see $120,000/year sanitation engineers return to 30 or even 20k a year, which is in more in line with an appropriate work/pay society. The same with paper pushers and bureaucrats who work three days a week, have 6 weeks of vacation, all federal and state holidays off (paid) and drive a state vehicle, free healthcare, maternity leave (father or mother) 30 sick days a year, etc etc.

      The whole notion that public sector jobs are to be havens for ridiculously high pay and bennies has gone haywire. Used to be a public sector job simply meant that it was pretty much a permanent job with stable pay and some bennies that helped make it worthwhile. But they are bankrupting states and municipalities. Why does the chief of police for Charlotte, NC make $185,000 a year? On what rational basis does a chief of police in a city of 709,000 people warrant such pay?

      Los Angeles, $280,000/year. Yup, a millionaire every 3 and a half years. Yet private sector salaries for even the highest paying jobs have been taking hit after hit after hit. There is something categorically wrong there.

      States going into bankruptcies will mean that they can do away with union contracts and set salaries for employees back into something normal. Which might mean that many will quit, which is also quite acceptable. That will provide an opportunity to someone who wants that job. Or, just lessen the number of jobs altogether, which is also a good thing. Then the former public sector worker will find that life in the private sector with people NOT in the ruling class is a little harder and you have to be more responsible.

      I dearly hope many states declare bankruptcy. The world will not collapse. Work will still get done and the trains will still run on time. If they don’t, fire the people who are unhappy and find ones who will. That’s how the system is supposed to work.

  12. BigOil says:

    Barry is personally likeable? All that people see is the phony perfected-in-front-of-a-mirror smile and the polished teleprompter reading. If you actually pay attention to the man; he is an immature, angry, ego-maniac. Who would want to spend their time hanging out with a guy like that?

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      Once again, we run into the criteria of what makes a person “likeable”. That being he can crack wise, come up with an overused anecdote or quaint saying. We have a guy like that at work. He uses trite anachronisms like they’re air. You can pretty much tell he hasn’t a creative bone in his body, yet likes to believe he does by saying it loudly and often. To him, this equates to “clever”. Barry is the same. And because he spouts his hateful rhetoric with a smile, people think he means them no harm. My ex-wife was like this. One who “liked the salesman” even though he just told her she was going to be paying more than sticker price and she didn’t want to offend him by saying no to the deal. I fear that America is largely this way; Not wanting to “offend” someone when they stick their hand in my pocket. This is categorically wrong and must be pointed out at every opportunity. If a conservative vehemently disagrees with this idiot’s policies, the left accuses them of racism, for example, when, in reality, the policy is the subject matter, not the man’s race. But that’s just one example. It’s an old ploy, really. Nothing new here and yet it gets revitalized over the generations and finds new suckers. Even my own generation, wanting to “see the good” in people, finds itself with less cash thanks to a guilt-trip-laying shyster.

  13. Liberals Demise says:

    “The AP-GfK poll is a snapshot in time, and plenty could happen between now and November 2012, including an economic upturn that could cut the 9.4 percent unemployment rate. But, in a polarized nation, the findings portend a competitive presidential race no matter who the GOP candidate is.”

    Exsqueeze me ……. where does AP get the nerve to run a 9.4% unemployment number when they’ve been touting a number between 9.6 to 9.8%? Another fine example of boot licking and outright lying for dingleBarry.
    Btw……Donald Trump said the real unemployment figure is at about 19%.
    As someone who has first hand knowledge of unemployment (on and off) for the past 3 years, I tend to side with “The Donalds” estimated percentages.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Why doesn’t Chairman Obamao ask the advice on making
      jobs from someone who has really made jobs?

      Just a beer thought …….. oops!

  14. canary says:

    Cute Kittens for Sale

    A pretty little girl named Suzy was standing on the sidewalk in front of her home. Next to her was a basket containing a number of tiny creatures; in her hand was a sign announcing FREE KITTENS.

    Suddenly a line of big black cars pulled up beside her. Out of the lead car stepped a tall, grinning man.

    “Hi there little girl, I’m President Obama. What do you have in the basket?” he asked

    “Kittens,” little Suzy said.

    “How old are they?” asked Obama.

    Suzy replied, “They’re so young, their eyes aren’t even open yet.”

    “And what kind of kittens are they?”

    “Democrats,” answered Suzy with a smile.

    Obama was delighted. As soon as he returned to his car, he called his PR chief and told him about the little girl and the kittens.

    Recognizing the perfect photo op, the two men agreed that the president should return the next day; and in front of the assembled media, have the girl talk about her discerning kittens.

    So the next day, Suzy was again standing on the sidewalk with her basket of “FREE KITTENS,” when another motorcade pulled up, this time followed by vans from ABC, NBC, CBS and CNN.

    Cameras and audio equipment were quickly set up, then Obama got out of his limo and walked over to little Suzy.

    “Hello, again,” he said, “I’d love it if you would tell all my friends out there what kind of kittens you’re giving away.”

    “Yes sir,” Suzy said “They’re Republicans”

    Taken by surprise, the president stammered, “But… but… yesterday, you told me they were DEMOCRATS.”

    Little Suzy smiled and said, “I know. But today, they have their eyes open.”

  15. merkelerk says:

    Canary… Thanks for the laugh, that was great.

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