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Obama Only 6% More Popular Than Bush

From Public Policy Polling:

Obama’s December Standing

For the second month in a row we find Barack Obama’s national approval rating at 49%, with 47% of voters disapproving of him. He has the support of 83% of Democrats, 46% of independents, and 11% of Republicans. None of those numbers have really changed from our November poll.

Support for Obama on health care has hit another new low with just 39% of voters now expressing approval of his health care plans and 52% opposed. 90% of respondents who said they were opposed to Obama’s plan said it was because it involved the government too much in health care with just 6% saying their opposition was because it didn’t create enough government involvement. This would seem to refute other recent polling that suggested a large amount of opposition to Obama on health care was coming from the left.

Obama gets better marks on Afghanistan with 47% of voters saying they support his approach there to 37% who are opposed. Not surprisingly he gets more support from Republicans on this issue than health care (30% compared to 5%) and less from Democrats (63% compared to 69%). His Afghanistan stance isn’t doing anything to help his overall standing with GOP voters though- even among those who say they agree with him on this issue his approval rating is only 13%.

Perhaps the greatest measure of Obama’s declining support is that just 50% of voters now say they prefer having him as President to George W. Bush, with 44% saying they’d rather have his predecessor. Given the horrendous approval ratings Bush showed during his final term that’s somewhat of a surprise and an indication that voters are increasingly placing the blame on Obama for the country’s difficulties instead of giving him space because of the tough situation he inherited. The closeness in the Obama/Bush numbers also has implications for the 2010 elections. Using the Bush card may not be particularly effective for Democrats anymore, which is good news generally for Republicans and especially ones like Rob Portman who are running for office and have close ties to the former President.

Finally 20% of voters, including 35% of Republicans, support impeaching Obama for his actions so far. I’m not clear exactly what ‘high crimes and misdemeanors’ they are using to justify that position but there may be a certain segment of voters on both the right and the left these days that simply think the President doing things they don’t agree with is grounds for removal from office. I don’t think Obama has a lot to worry about on that front.

Say, maybe Mr. Obama always blaming Mr. Bush for everything is driving Mr. Bush’s numbers up.

In any case, it seems to be bad salesmanship.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, December 10th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “Obama Only 6% More Popular Than Bush”

  1. Tater Salad says:

    Kid Mao now has a new description of his wonderful, moronic, socialist/marxist administration, bent on destroying America as it is today. This recession is now his and his alone. He has had one year to even get it turned around just a “little” and he hasn’t. The word that matches his administration the most: “Pathetic”……..

  2. Tater Salad says:

    How can Kid Mao get around this video? Americans better wake up or their country will be called The United Socialist States of America before to long.


  3. catie says:

    I really, really, really miss W & I’m happy that the nation is starting to wake up to the fact that he wasn’t so bad compared to this freaking moron who is nothing but the boy king.

  4. proreason says:

    At this rate we’ll be revoking the 22nd Amendment so Dubya can run again.

    The only successful thing the Dimdems and the marxists have been able to do was to discredit one of the better Presidents we have ever had…..Dubya. It was a full-time campaign for 7 years, 24×7. No lie too outrageous. And Dubya stood up to it all and left with his head held high. Contrast that to our current prickly demi god who loses his temper if anyone dares point out what an utter failure he is.

    He was dealt a far worse hand that the Lying Idiot Marxist.

    It’s tragic that he chose not to deal with the economic meltdown before he left office (although some are now beginning to say TARP was kept us from falling into the abyss).

    I also used to critize Bush for communicating poorly, but after seeing the non-stop Lying Machine we have now, I would go back to the days of humility in a nano-second.

  5. MinnesotaRush says:

    … and to think 97% of those polled were from Harlem!?!?

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