Thursday, October 22, 2009

Historic Fail: Barack Obama’s Approval Rating Slides To New Low

With massively failed economic policies, high unemployment, attempts to destroy the best health care in the world, and an absolute inability to perform as Commander-in-Chief to the nation’s armed forces, Barack Obama is seeing a historic slide in his approval ratings.

Both Rasmussen and Gallup have polls out this week showing that Barack Obama has lost favor with the American people.

Gallup sums it up like this:

PRINCETON, NJ -- In Gallup Daily tracking that spans Barack Obama's third quarter in office (July 20 through Oct. 19), the president averaged a 53% job approval rating. That is down sharply from his prior quarterly averages, which were both above 60%.

In fact, the 9-point drop in the most recent quarter is the largest Gallup has ever measured for an elected president between the second and third quarters of his term, dating back to 1953. One president who was not elected to his first term -- Harry Truman -- had a 13-point drop between his second and third quarters in office in 1945 and 1946.

The dominant political focus for Obama in the third quarter was the push for healthcare reform, including his nationally televised address to Congress in early September. Obama hoped that Congress would vote on healthcare legislation before its August recess, but that goal was missed, and some members of Congress faced angry constituents at town hall meetings to discuss healthcare reform. Meanwhile, unemployment continued to climb near 10%. The high point of Obama's third quarter may have been his winning of the Nobel Peace Prize during the quarter, which led to a noticeable but very brief bump in support.

More generally, Obama's 9-point slide between quarters ranks as one of the steepest for a president at any point in his first year in office. The highest is Truman's 19-point drop between his third and fourth quarters, followed by a 15-point drop for Gerald Ford between his first and second quarters. The largest for an elected president in his first year is Bill Clinton's 11-point slide between his first and second quarters.

In Obama's first quarter and second quarter, his job approval average compared favorably with those of prior presidents. But after the drop in his support during the last quarter, his average now ranks near the bottom for presidents at similar points in their presidencies. Only Clinton had a lower third-quarter average among elected presidents. (Gerald Ford averaged 39% during his third quarter in office, in 1975.)

Obama's 53% third-quarter average is substandard from a broader historical perspective that encompasses all 255 presidential quarters for which Gallup has data going back to 1945. On this basis, Obama's most recent average ranks 144th, or in the 44th percentile, clearly below average not just for presidents' third quarters but for all presidents.

These are not the numbers of a President who is looking at the realistic chance of a second term. It is of some note that Bill Clinton had even poorer numbers in his first term, and went on to not only become re-elected, but end up as a rather popular President, even respected in many circles.

President Clinton had two things that saved his presidency. One, he tried so hard to appease his left wing base that Americans voted in the first Republican majority in Congress in over 40 years. As conservatives, a sweeping agenda of conservative plans were enacted, such as balancing the budget, welfare reform, and a host of other programs popular with Americans. Clinton, of course, got credit for these conservative Republican programs.

More importantly though, Bill Clinton had Dick Morris, his adviser, telling him to move to the center, smile a lot, and sign whatever the conservative Republican Congress sent him! In other words, go with the flow, and enjoy the ride! This was great advice, and of course, it worked!

Barack Obama does not have that luxury. Oh, there is no doubt that the democrat/communist party will most likely lose control of Congress in 2010. If the tell tail signs are correct, it could be a serious thrashing for the democrat/communists.

Unlike Clinton though, who is not a die hard ideologue, Obama is a hard left Marxist. Obama was marinated in communism from birth. He is a true believer. Even worse, all of those who surround Obama are true believers. They are of the opinion that the only reason communism fails every time it’s tried, is just because the "right people" haven’t tried it!

There is no Dick Morris in the Obama camp. The Chicago thugacracy that advises Obama will only continue to attack Fox News, the "evil" corporations, Dick Cheney, Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, and well, the American people. Rahm Emanuel, David Axelrod, and others will advise Obama to ride these tactics into the ground.

It is a recipe for complete and total failure. Unfortunately, as Obama fails as a President, he fails America, so ultimately America starts to fail as well.

In the most recent Rasmussen polling, Obama looks even worse, at -13

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Thursday shows that 26% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. That’s the lowest level of Strong Approval yet measured for this President. Thirty-nine percent (39%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -13 (see trends).

For the first time during Obama’s time in office, the Approval Index has been in negative double digits for seven straight days. Fifty percent (50%) of Democrats Strongly Approve while 66% of Republicans Strongly Disapprove of his performance. Among those not affiliated with either major political party, 18% Strongly Approve and 42% Strongly Disapprove.

Currently, just 42% support the health care plan proposed by the President and Congressional Democrats. Fifty-four percent (54%) are opposed. Just 31% of voters believe that Congress has a good understanding of the health care proposal.

The Presidential Approval Index is calculated by subtracting the number who Strongly Disapprove from the number who Strongly Approve.

Overall, 47% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the President's performance. Fifty-two percent (52%) disapprove.

While there is no surprise that most democrats approve or strongly approve of Obama’s job so far, or that most Republicans strongly disapprove of it, the big news is independents. With only 18% of independents strongly approving of Obama and 42% strongly disapproving, a -24, Obama is losing a key group of supporters he must have.

Much has been made of a poll showing the lowest number of folks ever self identifying as Republicans, but the dirty little secret is, people self identifying as democrats are also at historic lows. This dissatisfaction with both parties has most people self identifying as "independent." For Obama to lose this group of voters, in such a big way, does not bode well at all.

Can Obama turn all of this around? Well yeah, of course he can. If Obama was advised by anyone but hard core leftists, they’d tell him to drop his unconstitutional and disastrous ObamaCare boondoggle, cancel the porulus package, get out of the banking and automobile business, then slash taxes, and get out of business’ way.

They’d tell him to stop his idiotic war against Fox News, Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, and everyone else who disagrees with him, as that list is only growing exponentially!

They’d also tell him to quit screwing around and playing politics with the lives of our brave men and women in the military, and make a decision on Afghanistan, and let the Generals do their jobs.

There is, of course, no chance of any of this happening, so look for the most corrupt President in our nation’s history to see his approval numbers slide further into the abyss.

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