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Obama polls sinking along with Democrat chances in mid-terms

Congressional “mid-term” elections have, for years, been seen as a referrendum on the President.  When the nation is pleased with a President, his party gains seats in Congress and when not pleased, that party suffers by losing seats in Congress.  Well, Democrats, gird thy loins, because here it comes:

President Obama’s job approval rating hits a record low this week, as a majority of Americans say his administration has mostly failed at growing the economy, creating jobs, improving health care and the country’s image.

That’s according to a Fox News poll released Wednesday.

For the first time in a Fox News poll, fewer than four voters in ten — 38 percent — approve of President Obama’s job performance. Fifty-four percent disapprove. Before now Obama’s worst job rating was 40-55 percent in November 2013. Last month 42 percent approved and 53 percent disapproved (February 2014).

Approval of Obama among Democrats stands at 71 percent, near its 69 percent record low (September 2013). For independents, 28 percent approve, which is also near the 25 percent all-time low among this group (July 2013). And approval of Obama among Republicans hits a new low of five percent.

Overall, a 59-percent majority thinks the White House has mostly failed at creating jobs, up from 52 percent who said the same in October 2012. Likewise, 56 percent feel it has failed on growing the economy. That’s also up from 52 percent.

Etc. Etc. Etc.  Even the Senate majority now is seen to be at risk and no one believes the Dems have a chance in the House.

And the only consistent thing in Obama poll numbers is the drop.  He’s near historic lows in approval among many groups to include Democrats. They’re not likely to get better anytime soon.

The empty suit is finally beginning to wear on the electorate.

But I have to ask, how can a country stay so willingly blind that it took until now to see this inept imposter for what he really is?

~McQ

19 Responses to Obama polls sinking along with Democrat chances in mid-terms

  • how can a country stay so willingly blind that it took until now to see this inept imposter for what he really is?

    The problem with the electorate can be summed up with … Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me !
    They voted for this schmuck twice .. they have nobody to blame except themselves, then there are the racists .. those folks who can’t see beyond the colour of Obama skin.
    I personally think that Obama is as White as his Mama (so race requires me to like him ROFL) .. it’s just that he is so full of ..it that it makes him look darker.  He is also so thin-skinned that if he were pricked all the ..it would spill out.

    • I tend to think it’s more because a solid majority of people don’t really understand anything about what’s going on in government until it affects them personally.
       
      The ineffective stimulus and the resulting unemployment affected some people personally, and that was the round that brought Obama down from the stratospheric support he had at first. He leveled out in the mid-forties because of that, with a temporary push from media adulation to get him through the election (along with the de rigeur demonization of Romney, of course).
       
      The official start of Obamacare, when it actually began being personally relevant to millions of people, started another grinding downturn. Until then, conservatives didn’t like it on principle, but everyone else wants to believe in magic free stuff, and the press covered up every problem and pooh-poohed everyone who warned that it was going to be a disaster. But you can’t keep believing in something when you take a body-blow to your pocketbook. Well, unless you’re a committed leftist, and I am always amused by the ones who lost insurance or are having to pay through the nose for premium increases but yak about how they supported Obama and Obamacare and just didn’t expect it to turn out like this, and surely Obama is going to fix this soon. And pay their rent, if they’re really gullible.
       
      If that is the case, then the foreign stuff just causes blips up and down in approval ratings, as do the NSA and IRS revelations. They don’t affect people personally, so people might factor them into their Obama approval/disapproval while it’s in the news, but like goldfish, they quickly forget it in a few weeks. They don’t forget the stuff that happened to them personally, and I think that is where  a lot of his long term sliding comes from.

      • I should mention that a relentless barrage of media coverage that is negative does take a toll in approval ratings. Bush endured that. People were not directly affected by Iraq, for the most part, but they got fatigued over it from the relentless coverage of the negative parts and the studious avoidance of the positive parts. Bush didn’t help by his strategic blunders, of course – that gave the media harpies something to harp on.
         
        Obama, of course, will never endure that sort of long-term media harping. They don’t even want to talk about Obamacare any more and that debacle is just getting started in many respects. They’ve already put Benghazi, the IRS, and the NSA scandals behind them, except to give vicious jerks like Cummings a convenient soapbox to bash Republicans.

        • They can only stand on the Lido deck for so long assuring everyone that all is well before the water in the pool starts mingling with the sea water.
          I think we’re pretty close to that point.

      • until it affects them personally
        The thing is, they don’t grasp the causality. So Bush gets blamed for the crash which resulted from the pop of the housing bubble created primarly by the Clinton administration.

        Obamacare is such a mess it is crashing at startup. If it started “ok” and crashed 5 years in they would blame someone else. Hence Obummer’s attempts to shift key portions to the right . . .

    • Rush coins them as ‘low information voters’.  I think they are best described as mentally lazy.  You have a large section of the population who doesn’t want to waste CPU cycles on thinking about current events, so they run with the opinions of what they need to believe is an objective media.  And the media makes sure to demonize anyone with a different message.
       
      But people don’t elect policies, they elect people.  So even if they don’t like what’s happened and the policies that caused them, the media will demonize the alternative politicians.  So the Democrat won’t do ad poorly as anyone thinks.  This will be 2012 presidential election all over again.  They lost a little in congress because the presidential race was the focus.  But with just congress up for election they will get the full focus.  Pretty soon we will start getting republican politicians outed for various perversions and corruptions that could have come out long before campaign season but somehow didn’t.  They’ll get piled on for any case of foot in mouth disease while the democrat faux pas get ignored or laughed off.
      People may complain about how things are all day long but at the end of the day they wouldn’t want to have a beer with republican politicians but in comparison they would with democrat politicians, thanks to the media, and that’s what is going to matter when it comes time to pull the lever.

  • Let’s not forget something very important. Republicans have a habit of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

    • Not so sure. The media is at work here. Look at how Christie’s bridgegate scandal was handled vs the IRS scandal or Fast and Furious.

      • Well, come on, which is more important?   A dead ambassador, burned compound, dead American defenders, illegal guns run into Mexico and used to kill American border agents, the IRS telling you to turn your head and cough and wanting to know if you say “Now I lay me down to sleep” or “Our Father” when you kneel at your bedside each night
        …..or deliberately induced traffic snarls on a bridge?
         
        I mean, clearly, Christie needs the full scope of examination and reporting only an objective and unbiased media can bring to bear!

  • Yeah, color me a cynical bastard, but I seem to remember similar poll numbers in 2012. Congressional politics is local: “Congress” might be a bunch of asshats that need to be voted out ex post facto, but MY congresscritter is just fine, tyvm. The Tea Party and its candidates need to figure out a way to circumvent IRS targeting lest they wind up fighting an uphill battle. I’d like to see them unionize and make a few heads explode.

  • After the defeat of the thug d’jour for the DO(racial)J the other day, I think we may be seeing a RED tide coming in 2014.
    Erp…???  Wanna step up…???

    • He’s busy explaining why Crimea really ought to be part of Russia anyway, and Booooosh didn’t start a war over Ossetia, so that makes Obama’s unrealistic childish detached foreign policies okay no matter what happens and besides, again…..BOOOOOOOOSSSSSSHHHHHH!
       
      Weakness is good, America shouldn’t think they can lead the world, everyone is really nice if we all just learn to communicate.
      All for the best, watch and learn, time will tell, good and necessary, pragmatic, etc etc etc

      • Amazing, isn’t it, that stuff like that is always an after-the-fact explanation? You would think that a brilliant political scientist would figure this stuff out before the SHTF.

        • He does seem in sync with the administration however in believing that geopolitical pros like Bismarck, Stalin or even Churchill would fail in today’s world because their ideas are ‘out of date’.
          It seems like Y2K was far more magic than having to deal with 4 digit years when there was only space for 2 digits.  Who knew!
           
           

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  • No wonder Obama’s poll numbers are down. All the lies that have told about Obama-care have got to hurt. I know this is true because Harry Reid said so on the floor of The United States Senate!