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AP: Obama Is Less Hated Than Congress

From the relentlessly silver lining finding Associated Press:

AP-GfK Poll: Obama more popular than Congress

By Liz Sidoti, AP National Political Writer

March 10, 2010

WASHINGTON – Americans have come to detest Congress ever more deeply as it nears the end of a nasty fight over health care. But more than half still back President Barack Obama, a bright spot for a Democratic Party counting on its leader to help stave off expected losses in elections this fall.

As well they should, given the amazing string of successes that Mr. Obama’s campaigning has accomplished in the last several elections.

The latest Associated Press-GfK poll found that fewer people approve of Congress than at any point in Obama’s presidency. Support has dropped significantly since January to a dismal 22 percent as the health care debate has roiled Capitol Hill.

Is it the “healthcare debate” that is so unpopular? Or the fact that Congress is trying to ram a hugely unpopular down our throats?

Neither Republicans nor Democrats are safe; half of all people say they want to fire their congressman.

Even if this were true, and we suspect it isn’t, there are a lot more Democrats in Congress than Republicans.

And Democrats control both houses with huge majorities. So it is safe to say that the Democrat-controlled Congress is detested.

Conversely, Obama’s job-performance standing is holding fairly steady at 53 percent. And over the past two months, the Democrat has gained ground on national security issues, specifically the subsiding Iraq war and the escalating Afghanistan war, as he has spent most of his time — at least publicly — on domestic matters like the economy and health care. On those issues, he still has the support of about half the people.

In other words, Obama’s rating on things go up when he stops dealing with them.

"I agree with what Obama is trying to do, but nobody is listening to him," said Grace Pope of Waterville, Maine. But this 75-year-old Democrat added, "I don’t think that the Congress is doing anything."

Amazingly, the AP managed to quote an Obama supporter. How truly unexpected of them.

Such sentiments and the survey’s results make clear that Obama remains far more popular than House and Senate members

So are used car salesman and tax collectors.

[A]s he leads a Democratic Party facing a volatile election-year environment that, so far, seems to be trending in Republicans’ favor. Judging by his standing at this point, Obama seems to be an asset for his rank and file.

Just ask Martha Coakley, Creigh Deeds and Jon Corzine.

But, given the fickleness of this electorate, the uncertainty of the health care debate and the stubbornly high unemployment rate, the president could just as quickly turn into a liability. His own clout will be on the line in the first midterm elections of his presidency. And the outcome is certain to shape the remainder of his first term, if not his likely re-election bid in 2012.

You see, Obama’s "clout" wasn’t on the line in Massachusetts, Virginia and New Jersey. Those elections had nothing to do with him whatsoever.

In recent weeks, Obama has increasingly blamed the ways of Washington for a lack of progress on his agenda — even though he’s in the White House and his party is leading Congress. The disparity between his popularity and Congress’ shows his pitch may just be working.

The AP is applauding Mr. Obama for lying to the populace.

Obama’s overall standing hasn’t really moved since January. Neither have his ratings on health care and the economy.

But his marks have jumped on Iraq and Afghanistan. More than half of people approve of how he’s handling the wars, with 55 percent backing him on Iraq and 57 percent supporting him on Afghanistan. That’s compared with 49 percent for each two months ago. The new poll was taken during weekend elections in Iraq, where a U.S. troop drawdown is under way, and in the midst of a buildup in Afghanistan, as the U.S. notches victories in rooting out suspected terrorists.

There are more than 100,000 troops in Iraq. The troop ‘drawdown,’ such as it is, is happening according to a timetable drawn up by President Bush.

By comparison, Congress’ approval rating has dropped 10 percentage points since January, perhaps an indication that people are blaming lawmakers more than the president for gridlock that has paralyzed Washington on a host of fronts.

Again, the AP is pretending that Congress’s low approval ratings are due to their not passing the Democrats’ agenda, instead their efforts to pass such an unpopular agenda. (Cf. the 1994 mid-terms.)

"I don’t think anybody up there is doing a good job. … We need to get rid of them all and institute term limits," said Republican John Campbell, 52, of Del Rio, Texas, a warden at a federal detention center. He castigated Washington as full of "cronies" and Congress as a "bunch of entitled prima donnas."

"Washington," he said, "is broke."

Equally unexpectedly, the AP also managed to find a Republican to criticize the Republicans — and someone who even agrees with Mr. Obama that "Washington is broke."

As poor as the ratings are for Congress in general, people seem slightly more unhappy with Republicans than Democrats — another bit of potentially good news for Obama’s party.

Just 30 percent approve of how Republicans in Congress are doing their jobs compared with 36 percent for Democrats.

Republicans still trail Democrats on the question of who should win control of Congress come November; 44 percent say Democrats, 38 percent say Republicans.

And the GOP has a slight disadvantage on two issues that voters deem among the most important — the economy and health care.

It probably should go without saying that the AP ‘oversampled’ Democrats 45% to the Republicans 34% with 5% self-identifying as ‘Independent’ – meaning Democrat.

From the AP-GfK poll (a pdf file):

So how ‘unexpected’ it is that Democrats poll higher.

The more things change, the more AP’s poll-skewing remains the same.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, March 10th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

9 Responses to “AP: Obama Is Less Hated Than Congress”

  1. proreason says:

    “Obama Is Less Hated Than Congress”

    In related news:

    “Ghengis Khan is Less Hated than Attila the Hun”
    “Marie Antoinette is Less Hated than Louis the XIV”
    “Jack the Ripper is Less Hated than Charles Manson”

    • Mithrandir says:

      Right. The AP is so desperate to prop-up Obama, they had to throw their fellow Democrats under the bus (referred to neutrally as ‘Congress’) to make Obama look good.

      YOU KNOW if Obama was really still more popular than Bush, that would have been the headline, but it isn’t.

  2. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Reid: So, who do you think we should have for our presidential candidate?

    Pelosi: Hillary–She has the best chance of winning.

    Reid: Really? You think so? I thought everybody hated her. I certainly do.

    Pelosi: You’re right, Let’s go with the black guy, they’ll hate him less.

  3. MinnesotaRush says:


    Quite a departure from the idea that .. “Nothing is more essential to the establishment of manners in a State than that all persons employed in places of power and trust must be men of unexceptionable characters.” –Samuel Adams”

    Which could forewarn us of .. “One hundred and seventy-three despots would surely be as oppressive as one.” –James Madison, Federalist No. 48

  4. canary says:

    A survey that asks for first & last names? That leads to people wanting to be overly political correct. When they have your number they have your name. So, some want a comfort level with Obama’s first presidential IT team, SEIU working 24/7, Van Jones, Axlerod , etc.

  5. GetBackJack says:

    “Obama less hated than Congress”

    (Holds fire in each palm) …. “Hmmm, that’s fully lit charcoal in my left hand, and a lit magnesium flare in my right hand …. I’m trying to think … which one is hotter?”

  6. Liberals Demise says:

    Didn’t ask this house……….neck and neck!!
    Lots O’ hate here for these traitors!!

    • JohnMG says:

      “Obama less hated than Congress”

      OK, here’s one. Which would you rather do. Slide down a 40 foot razor blade into a pool of acid, or suck the snot out of Charlie Rangel’s nose until his head caves in?

  7. Mithrandir says:

    This is the Democrats’ FAMOUS, ‘POOP IS BETTER THAN VOMIT’, theorem,
    when they try to make something look good, by comparing it to something much worse.

    Pro-Gay Marriage + Adoption (Poop): “Well, at least the child is better off than with a heterosexual couple that are abusive drug-snorting Nazis! (Vomit)”

    Pro-Abortion (Poop): “It’s better for a child, or mass of tissue, to be aborted than having an unwanted child roaming the streets snorting drugs, and living with uncaring Nazi parents! (Vomit)”

    Obama Care (Poop): “Well, it’s better than people dying in the streets and committing heinous felonies just to go to prison to get affordable health care! (Vomit)”

    Pay attention……you get the idea…

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