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Poll: Voters not particularly high on Obama’s performance in 3 key areas

As I’ve noted any number of times, there are polls which mean nothing (such as polls this far out comparing an incumbent president and GOP nominees) and there are those what present indicators or trends that give one insight into the prevailing mood of voters or the like.

The Hill produced one of the latter this past week.  Obviously a snapshot of the prevailing mood right now, it is not a poll with which the Obama campaign should be happy.

On Obamacare:

The poll indicated that 49 percent of likely voters said they expect a court ruling that is unfavorable to the Affordable Care Act, while just 29 percent think it will be upheld and 22 percent aren’t sure.


On economic issues, 62 percent of voters say Obama’s policies will increase the debt, while 25 percent think they will cut it, and by a 48-percent-to-38-percent margin, voters believe those policies will increase joblessness rather than put people back to work.


On energy, 58 percent say Obama’s policies will result in gasoline prices increasing, while just 20 percent expect them to cut prices — and by a 46-percent-to-36-percent margin, voters believe they will cause the United States to become even more dependent on foreign oil.

Now as far as I’m concerned, those are the three issues that are likely to (or should) dominate the election once a GOP nominee is decided on.  If they’re not, and the GOP allows the Democrats to frame the campaign on issues other than those, they stand a good chance of losing. 

Regardless of the outcome in the Supreme Court, ObamaCare remains very unpopular with a majority of the population.  The economy is one of those issues that is personal.  Despite media hype, voters judge the state of the economy on a personal level.  The “official unemployment number” can be made to look rosy, but in fact real people who are still unemployed or underemployed know who they are.  They are the real number and they’re not going to be happy with the state of the economy.

Finally, the energy tap-dance that the administration is doing is obviously failing.   Obama is failing miserably passing off the blame about gas prices if 58% are saying his “policies” are the problem.  True or not, perception is the rule.  Oh, and, frankly, it’s true.  See for yourself.

When you have consistent polls that say a vast majority of voters are unhappy with a president’s signature piece of legislation, that’s a place you focus your campaign.  When you have two important issues – the economy and energy – where significant majorities are down on the incumbent for his policies, you hammer that unmercifully.

This poll is an indicator of the issues the GOP should build its campaign around.  These points should be pushed relentlessly. 

Porn, contraception and other wedge issues should be avoided.   Sorry, but they’re net losers and true distractions.  They let the left frame the discussion and trust me, that’s where they’re going to take it every time.

Oh, as an aside, if you’re interested in what a useless poll looks like, check this one out.  Justices appointed to lifetime positions are hardly worried about “popularity”.  In fact, that’s the primary reason for such appointments.   While the poll may indicate public dissatisfaction with some rulings, it may also simply indicate a partisan divide.  But for the most part, it is irrelevant.


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6 Responses to Poll: Voters not particularly high on Obama’s performance in 3 key areas

  • I’m constantly amazed at the things President Pond-Scum actually DOES that other presidents have only done in the fevered imaginations of their worst haters. Nixon was an ACLU paragon compared to this guy. Bushilter DID NOT do…very carefully…what Obama does as a matter of course. It all supports that whole “Progressives w/o standards” truism.

  • Energy and the Economy go hand-in-hand. It’s no secret that for all the reasons for the Panic of 2008, the system finally came down when gas prices where just too high and mortgage holder were put in the position of having to decide. Adjusted for most factors, the current situation is only a tiny bit better than it was in 2008. The only difference is that the Fed has spread around trillions of dollars.

  • New Low: 28% Give Supreme Court Positive Ratings … yeah, it’s useless. I wonder if they asked those in the sample if they could name a single justice.

  • And what do you expect from a man (Obama) who has never had an executive position above deciding what toilet paper to wipe his ass with, has spent his entire life mesmerized by a herd of radicals, maoists, communists and marxists (his own books reveal this), and surrounds himself with people who adhere to the same line of reasoning (I won’t even start this list, it is too long). Combined with a compliant media and academia (Erb, anyone?) who can’t wait to crown him King, and an electorate filled with folks who can’t wait for the next handout (Occupy What?) and what you get is a President who, regardless of his missteps, miopic foreign policy decisions and total ignorance of the economy is still able to command favorable polls numbers above 40% – and that’s only if the poll overcompensates with better than 50% democrats and polls adults rather than likely voters.