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More polling which points to electoral trouble for the President

As I pointed out yesterday, taken singly, polls indicate a snapshot in time.  Taken collectively and analyzed, they provide trends.  And those trends combined with the trends in other polls can mean good news or big trouble for incumbent politicians.

In the case of Barack Obama, they’ve repeatedly promised trouble.   The latest?  Public opinion on the state of the economy.

Not good:

Three years after a financial crisis pushed the country deep into recession, an overwhelming number of Americans – 90% – say that economic conditions remain poor.

The number, reported Friday in a new CNN/ORC International Poll, is the highest of Barack Obama’s presidency and a significant increase from the 81% who said conditions were poor in June.

Of course when politicians see polls like this they look for whatever good news they can find:

For a White House now fully engaged in re-election efforts, there is one shred of good news: More than two and half years after inauguration day, Americans are still more likely to blame former President George W. Bush for current economic conditions.

The public has a bit of a incorrect view of the matter but such is life:

Asked which administration is to blame, 52% of Americans blame the previous Republican regime, while only 32% point a finger at Obama and Democrats.

There wasn’t a “Republican regime”.  There was a Democratic Congress for the final two years of the Bush presidency.  And, of course, while 52% may still blame Bush, didn’t they hire Obama to fix the economy? 

Meanwhile, enter Joe Biden, the Vice President of the United States, with his usual wonderful timing, blurts out the political truth:

“There’s a lot of people in Florida that have good reason to be upset because they’ve lost jobs. Even though 50 some percent of the American people think the economy tanked because of the last administration, that’s not relevant,” Biden told WLRN’s Phil Latzman.

“What’s relevant is, we’re in charge. And right now, we are the ones in charge, and it’s gotten better but it hasn’t gotten good enough. And in states like Florida it’s even been more stagnant because of the real estate market. I don’t blame them for being mad. We’re in charge, and they’re angry.”

That’s right – three years in, for better or worse, it’s their economy.  Biden finally has one right.  Now it’s up to the GOP to push that point home.  And 3 years of pitiful performance is going to see the “Bush’s fault” excuse wear thin. 

Of course the final poll comes in November of 2012.  That’s the time this administration has to change the direction of the economy and the growing perception of poor leadership and a lack of viable solutions.  The economy is indeed theirs, and political opponents will make sure that everyone knows they’ve been in charge (2 years with a Democratic Congress at the most critical juncture) while the economy has performed so dismally.

It’s all there in the record.


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5 Responses to More polling which points to electoral trouble for the President

  • Facts might be stubborn things but things “everyone knows” are pretty powerful. And “everyone knows” that George W. Bush and the Republican Congress destroyed the economy. I don’t agree with that conventional wisdom, just saying that’s how some people think.
    Second marriages are often described as “the triumph of hope over experience”. I think that’s an accurate description of voter motivation come Nov 2012.

  • Oh, Erp…!?!?!?!
    Where ARRRRRRE you…!!!???
    Gloriowski, just witness the success of the Mushroom Media.  It’s as though Booooooosh and others didn’t TRY to stop the Deemocrat Fiscal Ruination Perfect Storm(tm) REPEATEDLY.
    And Bwany Frank-lover still has his pink butt planted in Congress, and nobody with him or Maxine Waters has been indicted.
    But that is SOOOOOO passe.  Now we have Solyndra to NOT get reported by the Mushroom Media.

    • Or “Fast and exceedingly Corrupt”
      Hey, Scott is buy being spiritual now – if this were the early 70’s, his hair would be long, he’d have a great stach and beard, and he’d be wearing a Nehru jacket with a lot of beads and quoting the Bhaghavad Gita (not to be confused with singing Hava Nagila)

  • I saw the Swami Obama plan yesterday on someone’s car.   My first glimpse of a 2012 re-elect sticker (we’re back to the Obama O symbol).  Above the re-elect sticker on an 8 & 1/2 by 11 piece of paper taped to the back window was a caricature of a smiling tuxedo attired Obama pulling a white rabbit out of a magicians hat.
    There’s your plan.
    Brought to mind joke data flow diagrams hung on cube walls, where the flow path passed into a box labeled “Miracle Occurs Here” before flowing on to processing completed.

  • It doesn’t matter that more blame Bush. He is currently unemployed, so he can’t be fired. Obama on the other is still golfing and he is exposed to the electorate. Frankly, I don’t really care about the executive branch. I want 99 R senators and at least 400 R Casa members.