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Obama's popularity plummets
« on: July 02, 2013, 12:07:05 PM »

Even folks with myopic vision will see this stark decline.

Obama's Approval Dives To Record Low



President Obama's approval rating tumbled to a record low as Americans reacted to the government's sweeping surveillance programs and other scandals, according to the latest IBD/TIPP Presidential Leadership Index.

The Presidential Leadership Index fell to 43.2 from 48.9 a month earlier. The 11.7% slide was the worst since Obama took office. For the fourth straight month, the reading stood below 50, signaling disapproval.
Revelations about the National Security Agency's surveillance of Americans' phone records and Internet activity dominated recent headlines. Meanwhile, more news came out about the IRS' targeting of Tea Party and other conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status.

"Each day that passes there's a new mention of these things," TechnoMetrica Market Intelligence President Raghavan Mayur said of the NSA, IRS and other scandals. "They seem to kind of fester. They don't seem to go away."

TechnoMetrica conducted the June 24-29 survey of 857 adults.

Invasion Of Privacy

A clear majority, 59%, said government surveillance invades innocent Americans' privacy, vs. 34% who disagreed. Among independents, the split was 72%-25%. Even 42% of Democrats agreed the surveillance invades privacy.
Obama has taken heat from his liberal base over the NSA program and the seizure of phone records of AP reporters and Fox News' James Rosen. Normally friendly editorial pages have been scathing and have noted Obama's broken 2008 promise to promote civil liberties.

The president's support among Democrats fell to 79.8, the lowest index reading since February 2012. His support among single women — a key part of his base — has tumbled 29% from 74.6 around Election Day to 52.9 now. Meanwhile, he fell to all-time lows among Republicans, independents, men and married women.

Overall, 41% approve of Obama's performance as president vs. 52% who disapprove. The net -11% is his lowest yet.

The IRS targeting scandal has remained in the news. The administration initially blamed a few rogue agents in Cincinnati. But it appears dozens of employees were involved, including some in Washington, D.C. Also, Tea Party targeting continued all the way into 2013.

Obama and the White House haven't been tied directly to the targeting. But Americans believe, 48%-38%, that senior White House officials requested it.

Meanwhile, Obama is pushing hard for immigration reform. The Senate voted 68-32 Thursday for the Gang of Eight bill.

Different Priorities

The president also announced last week that he will enact sweeping regulations on power plants to fight climate change. Critics — and even some supporters — say it's a "war on coal."

Americans are divided on both issues. But opponents generally seem more animated.
That may be because Obama is focusing on what Americans deem to be low-priority issues — immigration, global warming and gun control — over jobs and the economy.

Many Americans are still struggling: 25% of respondents said someone in their household is looking for full-time work.

And the recovery is fragile. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's plan to curb quantitative easing has sent stocks lower and bond yields flying. Notably, investors' approval of Obama fell sharply to a record low. Self-described non-investors showed a more-modest decline.


Read More At Investor's Business Daily: http://news.investors.com/070113-661974-president-barack-obama-ratings-hit-new-low-ibd-poll.htm
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Re: Obama's popularity plummets
« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2013, 07:47:56 PM »

Amazing thing is he had the popular ratings he had in the first term. Even more amazing is he got re-elected. Record wasn't there. There was no optimism on the steps he was taking (or wasn't taking) to improve the economy.

Now we are blessed with a second term. What steps is he  now taking to improve the economy? Please name even one?

In polls, improving the economy and creating jobs are at the top of the list. Immigration, gun control and climate change are at the bottom of list. So what is Obama focusing on?  If all you do for news is read the Monroe Evening News you know the answer to that one.

Henry Ford said something to the effect: The hardest work there is thinking. That is probably why so few people indulge in it. But we have a bigger problem. Majority of people still supporting Obama don't have a clue about much of anything, and the ones that do, don't spend time actually "thinking" about the unintended consequences.   


 
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Re: Obama's popularity plummets
« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2013, 07:55:33 PM »

There's good news, John; He cannot run again, unless someone changes the rules. Not ruling that out!
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« Reply #3 on: July 03, 2013, 08:41:33 PM »

Well Sammy I'm not worried about Obama doing anything devious to run for a third term, for two reasons. Obama now understands that being a successful President means you have to work. Making speeches, just words, without any effort to achieve the lofty goals is just smoke meant to influence low information supporters. Maybe it helps his popularity with these folks, but it does nothing to further the interests of the country.

Second. The wife would leave him. She wants the good life outside the spotlight. Barak, you can rail on, give the speeches you so much like to give before adoring crowds and make $ 100-200K per. And Barak, you no longer have to worry about whether you ideas work or not, because you will no longer be President. Back where you belong. 

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Re: Obama's popularity plummets
« Reply #4 on: July 04, 2013, 08:21:52 AM »

I'm not too surprised that it is plummeting at all.  Even staunch party line supporters have to be growing tired of the scandals (real or unreal), stagnate job growth (for jobs paying living wage and above), sequestration at home while giving billions of dollars away in the Arab world and beyond, and the overall failure to deliver on his one main campaign promise that suckered people in of "Change" in the way DC operates.

I've been disappointed in past administrations from both parties, but this guy takes the prize of my biggest disappointment.  What a spoof! 
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« Reply #5 on: July 09, 2013, 09:11:18 AM »

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« Reply #6 on: July 09, 2013, 12:55:36 PM »

LOL.....good one!
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« Reply #7 on: July 31, 2013, 01:17:13 PM »

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Re: Obama's popularity plummets
« Reply #8 on: September 09, 2013, 10:45:50 PM »

Average approval rating is below 43 percent and trending down.

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/other/president_obama_job_approval-1044.html
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« Reply #9 on: November 09, 2013, 10:28:40 PM »

Here is the latest Pew Poll. 

I found the three charts interesting.   The last chart shows a breakdown by policy.   


Obama’s Second-Term Slide Continues

http://www.people-press.org/2013/11/08/obamas-second-term-slide-continues/

Barack Obama has had a difficult year since his reelection victory. His overall job rating stands at 41%, down 14 points since last December. A majority (53%) now disapproves of the way he is handling his job as president.

The latest national poll by the Pew Research Center, conducted Oct. 30-Nov. 6 among 2,003 adults, finds that Obama’s second-term job ratings have followed a similar downward trajectory as those of his predecessor, George W. Bush. A year after his reelection, 36% approved of Bush’s job performance, down from 48% in December 2004.





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« Reply #10 on: November 10, 2013, 12:38:08 PM »

The newly released poll shows that 41 percent view Obama in a positive light -- down from 55 percent after his reelection win, in December. Meanwhile, a majority -- 53 percent -- now disapprove of him.

Obama's image is also underwater on a number of issues -- most notably the economy (65 percent disapprove), health care (59 percent) and even immigration policy (60 percent). All three are new highs for Obama's presidency.

The immigration number is particularly interesting, given Obama's push for comprehensive reform seems to fall in line with what the broader electorate supports. As recently as February, just 43 percent disapproved of Obama on immigration policy.

A clear majority (56 percent) also disapproves of Obama's work on foreign policy, but 51 percent say he has done a good job fighting terrorism -- a number that is also the lowest mark of his presidency.

The latest decline in Obama's poll numbers comes as the White House faces continued questions about its claims and stewardship of the newly implemented Obamacare exchanges.

Obama's approval rating continues to be on a similar trajectory as George W. Bush's, though Obama has generally been in slightly better shape, according to Pew's polling.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/11/08/poll-obamas-approval-hits-new-low/

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Voters not affiliated with either major political party are even more critical of Congress than Democratic and Republican voters are, with 80% who give the legislators a poor rating. 
http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/mood_of_america/congressional_performance
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« Reply #11 on: November 10, 2013, 12:39:44 PM »

Why Obama Shouldn't Worry About His Lousy Poll Numbers

President Obama's poll numbers have hit just about the lowest point of his presidency.

They started sinking after the Obamacare website's miserable debut last month. Now, only around 40 percent of Americans think Obama is doing a good job. More than half disapprove of his performance. (A year ago, the numbers were the opposite.)

It seems obvious to say that a high approval rating helps a president, while a low approval rating hurts him. But here are five reasons Obama's numbers might not be as troublesome as they sound.

1. He Was Never Popular With Congress Anyway


A high approval rating can give a president's initiatives a boost in Congress. "The willingness of members of Congress to take risks," explains Republican strategist Kevin Madden, "is usually proportional to the president's popularity."

Key word: Usually.

Even when Obama's popularity neared its high point, the president had a hard time getting bills through Congress. Just after his re-election, with approval ratings above 50 percent, Obama pushed immigration and gun control policies that seemingly had a lot of public support. Neither one became law.

Obama expressed his fury at the gun bill's failure during an emotional event at the White House Rose Garden, saying, "There were no coherent arguments as to why we wouldn't do this. It came down to politics."

In other words, Obama has governed like an unpopular president even when he was popular.

At least the guy is consistent, says Ann Selzer, president of the nonpartisan Selzer & Co. polling firm in Iowa. "He has problems when his poll numbers are high in terms of getting legislation passed, and problems when his poll numbers are low."

2. Bad Poll Numbers Are Relative

Sure, only around 40 percent of Americans think Obama is doing a good job. But Congress would love to have that kind of approval rating. They're looking at single digits — and Republicans in Congress are doing even worse.

That makes some Democrats optimistic about their party's chances in 2014, even though the party of the president typically loses seats in a midterm.

"Independent voters more than anybody are really fed up with the Republicans," says Democratic strategist Mary Anne Marsh. "For the first time in I think modern history, you have polls out there showing that almost 65 percent of voters want to get rid of their member of Congress. That has never been the case," she says.

She's referring to an from last month showing widespread damage to the GOP from the government shutdown.

Rutgers University political scientist Ross Baker says disapproval of Congress casts Obama's position in a different light.

"Usually you have a situation in which the president is up and Congress is down, or the president is down and Congress is up," says Baker. "People liken it to a seesaw. But, in a sense, what we have now is a kind of rubber seesaw in which both sides are down."

Says pollster Selzer: "In a relative world where people are feeling that Washington's not moving, getting things done, or passing legislation, there's a sense that Obama is actually really surviving with the rosiest scenario."

3. There's Not Much Purple On The Congressional Map

In the midterm elections, Obama's approval rating can only really tilt the outcome in purple, or highly competitive, congressional districts. And there are fewer of those than ever before. Redistricting has wiped out swing districts in favor of safe zones for Republicans and Democrats.

"Majorities are built in Congress based on a much smaller universe of swing districts," says Republican Madden. "But in those swing districts, it's the president's popularity that usually makes the difference between whether a Democrat can win or a Democrat will lose."

Political scientist Baker says winning the 17 seats necessary to regain control of the House from Republicans "has always been an uphill prospect for the Democrats," no matter what the president's approval rating might be.

Still, this week's gubernatorial election in Virginia showed that Obama could be a drag on Democratic candidates in purple areas. Terry McAuliffe was forecast to carry the state by double digits. Instead, he won by a much smaller margin.

4. It's A Pretty Narrow Swing

Although Obama is at a low point now, his approval rating hasn't really varied all that much. After his initial election spike in 2008, his favorability numbers have settled into a band between the low 50s to around 40 percent. Not great, but not really terrible either — especially compared with his predecessor.

President George W. Bush had a high of 90 percent approval just after the 9/11 attacks, and a low of 25 percent late in his second term.

5. Obama's Done Running For Office

Perhaps the biggest reason presidents chase high approval ratings is to win re-election. As Obama often tells audiences with evident relief, that's not something he ever has to worry about again.
http://www.npr.org/2013/11/07/243583805/why-obama-shouldnt-worry-about-his-lousy-poll-numbers
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« Reply #12 on: November 12, 2013, 05:29:30 PM »

President Obama has reached his lowest approval rating in any Quinnipiac University national poll since being elected president, with 39 percent of registered voters now approving of his job performance and 54 percent disapproving.

One thing interesting in this poll was the distribution of those polled. 

Thirty-two percent of respondents identified themselves as Democrats, 26 percent said they were Republicans, and 35 percent said they were independents.

While the President will not face another election those who have been aligned with him will and they will need to rehabilitate these falling numbers.  But they have a full year to do that so it should not be seen as unmanageable. 

Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/blog/inside-politics/2013/nov/12/obama-hits-lowest-approval-rating-presidency-poll/#ixzz2kTO6Nl2r
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« Reply #13 on: November 12, 2013, 05:41:16 PM »

Can't wait for the Obama Lied bumper stickers to come out.
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« Reply #14 on: November 13, 2013, 08:37:38 AM »

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