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WP/ABC Poll: Most Disapprove Of Obama

From a shaken Washington Post:

Confidence in Obama reaches new low, Washington Post-ABC News poll finds

By Dan Balz and Jon Cohen
Tuesday, July 13, 2010; A01

Public confidence in President Obama has hit a new low, according to the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll. Four months before midterm elections that will define the second half of his term, nearly six in 10 voters say they lack faith in the president to make the right decisions for the country, and a clear majority once again disapproves of how he is dealing with the economy.

Regard for Obama is still higher than it is for members of Congress, but the gap has narrowed. About seven in 10 registered voters say they lack confidence in Democratic lawmakers and a similar proportion say so of Republican lawmakers.

Overall, more than a third of voters polled — 36 percent — say they have no confidence or only some confidence in the president, congressional Democrats and congressional Republicans. Among independents, this disillusionment is higher still. About two-thirds of all voters say they are dissatisfied with or angry about the way the federal government is working.

Such broad negative sentiments have spurred a potent anti-incumbent mood. Just 26 percent of registered voters say they are inclined to support their representative in the House this fall; 62 percent are inclined to look for someone new.

Democrats nationally remain on the defensive as they seek to retain both houses of Congress this fall. Registered voters are closely divided on the question of whether they will back Republicans or Democrats in House races. Among those who say they are sure to cast ballots in November, 49 percent side with the GOP and 45 percent with Democrats.

If the Washington Post and ABC are saying this, with all their oversampling of Democrats, then the numbers are surely much higher in the GOP’s favor.

Overall, a slim majority of all voters say they would prefer Republican control of Congress so that the legislative branch would act as a check on the president’s policies. Those most likely to vote in the midterms prefer the GOP over continued Democratic rule by a sizable margin of 56 percent to 41 percent.

Economic worries continue to frame the congressional campaigns. Almost all Americans rate the economy negatively, although compared with the depths of the recession in early 2009, far fewer now describe economic conditions as "poor." Only about a quarter of all Americans think the economy is improving

Just 43 percent of all Americans now say they approve of the job Obama is doing on the economy, while 54 percent disapprove. Both are the worst, marginally, of his presidency. Even a third of Democrats give him negative marks here. And overall, intensity runs clearly against the president on the issue, with twice as many people rating him strongly negative as strongly positive

Public opinion is split down the middle on the question of whether the government should spend more money to stimulate the economy in a way that leads to job creation. Among those who support such new spending, 18 percent change their minds when asked what they think if such outlays could sharply increase the budget deficit. In that scenario, 57 percent opposed another round of spending

Then, it is safe to say, that 57 percent oppose spending more money to stimulate the economy – since there is no way to do that without increasing the deficit.

On the question of Obama’s leadership, 42 percent of registered voters now say they have confidence that he will make the right decisions for the country, with 58 saying they do not. At the start of his presidency, about six in 10 expressed confidence in his decision-making.

And, as always with such polls, we need to remember that somewhere around 43 percent of the populace receive some kind of benefit or public assistance from the federal government.

Obama’s overall job-approval rating stands at 50 percent, equaling his low point in Post-ABC polling; 47 percent disapprove of the job he is doing. For the first time in his presidency, those who strongly disapprove now significantly outnumber those who strongly approve.

Among those who say they definitely will vote in November, 53 percent disapprove of the way he is handling his responsibilities

On the issues tested in the poll, Obama’s worst ratings come on his handling of the federal budget deficit, where 56 percent disapprove and 40 percent approve. He scores somewhat better on health-care reform (45 percent approve) and regulation of the financial industry (44 percent). His best marks come on his duties as commander in chief, with 55 percent approving.

Just imagine what Mr. Obama’s ratings would be without the unfailing support he continues to enjoy from his acolytes in our one party media.

Obama’s overall standing puts him at about the same place President Bill Clinton was in the summer of 1994, a few months before Republicans captured the House and Senate in an electoral landslide…

And more importantly, it puts the Congressional Democrats at about the same place they were in 1994. Which is just where we predicted they would be if they rammed through ‘healthcare reform’ against the will of the people.

And it couldn’t happen to a more deserving bunch.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, July 13th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “WP/ABC Poll: Most Disapprove Of Obama”

  1. proreason says:

    If this tools real approval is as high as 35%, I’d be shocked.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      While some were making comments about “Lipstick on a pig” I was pondering the googly-eyed fools who voted for this two-legged disaster as a “pig in a poke”; That tried and true expression that seems to have its origins in the no-nonsense Appalachian Mountains, where “hillbillies” come from.

      But this is what happens when you lay your money down on something without really knowing what it is, and your imagination as to what you THINK it is gets the better of you. But that’s no excuse. Voters are supposedly—adults. And adults are supposed to make better decisions.

      But over the years, it seems that thanks to the newspapers, the TV, and other “entities” doing our thinking for us (but not for everyone) it’s easy to “go with the flow” and get caught up in a spirit of “hope and change”.

      But it’s still no excuse, easy or not.

      You buy a pig-in-a-poke…..that’s what you get.

  2. BannedbytheTaliban says:

    Obama’s approval rating will never go below 40%. There is about a 20% block that always supports democrats or republicans regardless of how they are actually doing. Obama gets an extra 20% bump from the black community. They will never turn against him in significant numbers no matter what he does. He could re-instate slavery and they would still approve of him simply because of the color of his skin, not the content of his character.

    • proreason says:

      I don’t think the threshhold is 40%. In Rasmussen, his approval now is in the low 40’s and that has to be higher than what it really is, by at least 5%, because there has been no brainwashing in this country as thorough as racial brainwashing. Just look at what they are getting away with now. What can explain it other than brainwashing. So there are a significant number of people who simply won’t say out loud or to a pollster that they recognize that this criminal is a criminal.

      You are correct that there are 2 blocks that would stick with him if he beheaded people on national TV. But blacks are not 20% of the country, and the support of the other bed-wetting 20% isn’t as solid as you imagine. Some are, but as we sink into the depression next year, that other 20% is going to peel off.

      By the end of 2011, I expect official approval to be in the mid-30’s and the real approval will be below 30.

      And that is also why I expect something really really major in 2011 or 2012: a war, a flood or storm that they will blow way out of proportion to justify martial law, a “discovery” of armed militia requiring military action, a ‘political crisis’, a financial crisis, a Teabagger riot or somesuch.

      There is nothing they won’t do. Law, tradition, precedent, the safety of the country….they couldn’t care frigging less about it, as they have already clearly demonstrated.

  3. Reality Bytes says:

    What took them so long?

  4. artboyusa says:

    We’ve all been there…even President Miracle needs a little “Down Time”. From the Artboy Archives…

    “Barack Hussein Obama!” roared a furious First Lady. “You’re DRUNK!”

    From the Oval Office carpet, upon which he lay sprawled like a broken winged butterfly, the 44th president gazed up at his towering, glowering life partner.

    “Oh hi honey” he slurred in that slow, deep, stately voice of his. “Drunk? Me? You shay that like it’s a bad thing”.

    “It is!” Michelle’s sculpted arms rippled menacingly. “Look at the state of you!”

    “The shtate of me?” wondered her sozzled spouse. “Shtate of what? Pershonally, I think I my state looks darn good from where I’m shitting, I mean sitting”.

    “Ha! Just look at you” reiterated Michelle. “What happened to ‘Mr Cool’ and ‘No Drama Obama’? You’re a mess! How much have you had anyway?” she demanded, her large and expensively shod foot tapping furiously.

    “I dunno…a couple of beers…”

    “A couple of barrels, more likely – you reek of cigarettes and malt liquor! Your tie is all askew! And what happened to your teleprompters?”

    “Dunno. Musta left ‘em in the car or shomething…”

    “Uh huh. And where IS the car, exactly?”

    “Gee…you know; that’sh an excellent question, Michelle….really, really excellent. I’ll have shomeone get right back to you on that”.

    “Well, you’re not getting into bed with me in that condition. No sir. You can sleep down here for all I care”.

    “Fine, fine – whatever” mumbled the blotto Barack. “Go ahead and waterboard me if you wanna. Jeezush. I jusht went out for a few beers with the guys. So what? You don’t hafta make a Federal case out of it”.

    “With the guys? What guys?”

    “You know –the guys from the Shecret Shervice. What; now I can’t have friendsh or shomething?”

    “You never mentioned any friends”.

    “Maybe that’s because you never asked! I got a life too, you know” muttered the tipsy progressive. “Ballbreakin’ bish”.

    “WHAT did you say?”

    “Nuthin’. Forget it. I didn’t say nuthin’…”

    “You just called me a ‘bish’! Why, you lousy…”

    “C’mon, baby; so me and shome of the guys went out for a few drinks to celebrate – what’sh the big deal?”

    “Celebrate? Celebrate what?”

    “Celebrate how good the economy’s goin’, for one thing. Don’t you read the papersh?”

    “Don’t you? The economy’s in the toilet”.

    “And that oil’s shtill pumping into the Gulf”.

    “But that’s BAD!”

    “And my approval ratingsh have tanked”.

    “That’s even WORSE!”

    “Exshactly! ‘The worse the better’ –that’sh what Lenin shaid –and he was one shmart Russkie. The worse it all gets, the better it ish for my poshitive agenda of hope and change, shee? We’ll turn this country into Sweden by Labor Day at this rate. It’s alimentary, baby!”

    “You mean ‘elementary’, you half-educated goof. ‘Alimentary’ refers to the digestive system of the higher mammals, from the mouth to the intestines to the anus”.

    “Are you callin’ me an anush? Huh? Who are you to go callin’ me an anush, huh?”

    Michelle sighed heavily. “Just sober up Barack”, okay?”

    “Sober shmober – I’m fine, baby. Now lemme get a little shuteye, huh? Gotta shave the world tomorrow”.

    “Shave the world?”

    “Save” hiccuped the wasted statesman. “I shaid SAVE goddammit! Now lemme rest…I’m real tired all of a shudden”. Obama closed his eyes and curled into a tight little ball and, legs twitching, began to snore…perchance to dream.


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