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Reuters Poll: GOP *And* Obama Blamed For Cuts

From Reuters:

Election bump over, Obama approval drops to 43 percent: Reuters/IPSOS poll

March 6, 2013

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Less than two months into his second term, President Barack Obama’s approval rating has dropped and Americans blame him and his fellow Democrats almost as much as his Republican opponents for a fiscal mess.

Uh oh.

A Reuters/Ipsos online poll released on Wednesday showed 43 percent of people approve of Obama’s handling of his job, down 7 percentage points from February 19.

Most of that steep drop came in the week to February 26 when it was becoming clear that Washington was going to be unable to put aside partisan differences and agree to halt automatic budget cuts which started last Friday.

Confounding the White House’s efforts to blame Republicans for the cuts, most respondents in the online survey hold both Democrats and Republicans responsible.

Uh oh, again.

(By the way, there are no ‘cuts.’)

Obama shot out of the gate in January at the start of his second four years in the White House, promising gun control and immigration legislation as well as efforts to tackle climate change and expand gay rights.

All of which are wildly unpopular with the majority of American voters. And yet Reuters doesn’t seem to think that Obama’s announcement of his agenda has anything to do with his downturn. It’s all because of the sequester:

But Ipsos pollster Julia Clark said the survey shows Obama’s honeymoon is now over, partly due to the "sequestration" cuts which will likely curtail public services like air traffic control and national parks as well as funding for the Pentagon.

"People are seeing things are back to business as usual in Washington," she said. "They are reading about the immense fallout this is going to have in terms of how it’s going to affect the military and individuals."

So Obama’s fear mongering is actually backfiring. Isn’t irony ironic?

Thirty-eight percent of Americans believe all the political actors involved – Republican and Democratic members of Congress along with Obama – deserve most of the blame for the cuts.

Twenty-seven percent think Republicans in Congress are responsible, 17 percent blamed Obama and 6 percent thought Democrats were to blame. Nearly half of independent voters, 49 percent, said both sides deserve the blame.

Again, this just means Obama and his media minions will have to ratchet up the demonization of the Republicans.

Obama is now facing questions over whether he and fellow Democrats miscalculated the budget showdown and especially their messaging strategy of making frequent graphic warnings that public services were about to be decimated by cuts…

As usual, it’s always the ‘messaging’ that must be at fault. Never the message or the messenger.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Wednesday, March 6th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Reuters Poll: GOP *And* Obama Blamed For Cuts”

  1. P. Aaron

    Hope the republic survives this reckless madman.




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