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CNN: 65% disapprove of Obama’s handling of economic issues

The President gets low marks for his handling of the economy, sure to be the primary issue during the 2012 presidential election. The latest CNN Poll delivers the bad news:

But only 34 percent approve of how the president is handling economic issues, with 65 percent saying they disapprove of how he’s handling the economy. Thirty-three percent give him a thumbs up on the budget deficit and 37 percent approving of how he’s dealing with unemployment.

"Two-thirds of Democrats continue to approve of Obama’s economic record, but seven out of ten independents disapprove. Not surprisingly, more than nine out of ten Republicans also disapprove of how Obama is handling the economy,” adds Holland.

The important part of those numbers is found in the second paragraph where “seven out of ten independents disapprove”. As we all know, independents are where elections are won or lost. When you’re down 70% with that group on an issue as important and personal as the economy, you’re in trouble. Also note that only 66% of Democrats are happy with his record on the economy.

While Obama gets higher marks in other areas such as foreign affairs, few think such areas are going to be major factors in how people vote in the upcoming election. When it comes to his record for handling economic issues, the vast majority of the country finds his performance to be subpar.

So the week before a “major jobs speech”, the numbers are in and they’re not good. As I’ve mentioned any number of times, Obama has a problem for the first time in his elected life – he has to run on his record. And to this point his record has a number of "records" in it – record deficits, record debt, record unemployment and now, record discontent.

Turning this around will be no easy feat. Especially before November of next year. So as he pivots yet again to focus on jobs (something he’s supposedly been focused on since the beginning of his presidency), he has some implacable opponents he can’t spin, namely numbers, facts and statistics. And those numbers, facts and statistics translate into the poll numbers like those above.

Finally, despite all his efforts to do so, it appears that his days of being able to blame shift his “inherited” problems to Bush are over. These poll numbers say that the majority of Americans have rejected that and are not pleased with his performance, not Bush’s.

Must be tough to actually finally have to take responsibility for something when you’ve spent your entire life attempting to slip responsibility for anything that was negative.

~McQ

Twitter: @McQandO

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16 Responses to CNN: 65% disapprove of Obama’s handling of economic issues

  • They have no shame.  They’ll do their best to make the 10th anniversary of 9/11 a bump moment for Obama. 

  • Tony Blankly wrote a piece the other day that laid out a complete road-map for an Obamic turn-around.
    He also knows it’s a lead-pipe cinch that Obama will never do the things that a non-ideologue would do.
    He is too much the Collectivist Thug in an expensive suit ™ to ever be able to pivot.  He’s cemented in place by hubris, and by his Collectivist dogma.

  • Bruce, you just don’t understand the leech/parasite perspective.

  • Two-thirds of Democrats continue to approve of Obama’s economic record…

    Good heavens, WHY???  How can ANYBODY approve of 9% unemployment, $14T debt, and a credit rating downgrade???

    McQAs I’ve mentioned any number of times, Obama has a problem for the first time in his elected life – he has to run on his record.


    Not as far as he’s concerned.  He’s still trying to run as some kind of “outsider” who, like the rest of us, is “tired of Washington”.  He’s trying with might and main to separate himself from DC and not just by going on vacation: his speeches all assert that CONGRESS is the problem, that CONGRESS has laid down on the job, that CONGRESS is responsible for all the bad things.  Bad Luck Barry had nothing to do with anything, you see.  He’s trying hard to pretend that he doesn’t have a record… because he knows how much it sucks.

  • “Two-thirds of Democrats continue to approve of Obama’s economic record”
    Exactly what do they like about it, anyway ?

  • I have been partaking in a “predictions market” sort of experiment and they asked about Obama’s re-election chances…plenty of people are saying 95% yes he will be re-elected. Oh, unless Huntsman is nominated, because Perry is too scary for the country.
    Now, I don’t get that feeling, but I have my biases. Anyone want to tell me I am wrong?
    I suspect that these people are employed and lefty – thus, they don’t get all the fuss about the economy.
    But maybe I am wrong and hanging out in echo chambers.

  • Something exciting is coming to WhiteHouse.gov. It’s called We the People and it will significantly change how the public — you! — engage with the White House online.
    Our Constitution guarantees your right to petition our government. Now, with We the People, we’re offering a new way to submit an online petition on a range of issues — and get an official response.
    We’re announcing We the People before it’s live to give folks time to think about what petitions they want to create, and how they are going to build the support to get a response.

    How about a petition to have Obama stay in Bali permanently.

  • “Obama has a problem for the first time in his elected life – he has to run on his record. And to this point his record has a number of “records” in it – record deficits, record debt, record unemployment and now, record discontent.”
    This is a great line. Is this original or have you borrowed it from another, such as a Republican presidential candidate. Actually, it sounds like something Romney would say.