Monday, July 27, 2009

The Polls Are Getting Brutal

Not good news for Obama:

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Sunday shows that 29% of the nation's voters now Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Forty percent (40%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -11. That’s the first time his ratings have reached double digits in negative territory.
But that's not the only one:

A new Zogby Interactive survey shows a slight decline in President Barack Obama’s job approval, with 48% of likely voters now approving of the job he is doing as president, down from 51% who said the same in an interactive/telephone hybrid poll conducted in mid-June. Forty-nine percent now say they disapprove of the job the president has done so far in office and 4% are not sure.

The survey found similar results when likely voters were asked specifically to rate President Obama’s performance—47% give him a positive rating, with 22% rating his job performance as “excellent” and 25% rating it as “good.” But slightly more than half (53%) give the president a negative job performance rating, with 10% who say he is doing a “fair” job as president and 43% who say he is doing a “poor” job—up from 36% who said he was doing a poor job in mid-June.

But this doesn't include the Obamacare press conference last week, which already shows signs of backfiring. Hot Air's analysis of the poll numbers:
Tax-and-spend programs will do that. Ever since Barack Obama arrived in Washington, he’s gone on a Blame America tour abroad and spent money (or at least tried to spend money) at an astonishing rate not seen in decades. America has awoken to the fact that they elected a radical, not a moderate, which they might have known had the media done its job on Barack Obama’s political track record in and out of office, as David Freddoso did in his book The Case Against Barack Obama.
But there's still more:

Maybe this is the hill a lot of congressional careers are going to die on?

...only 25% of U.S. voters now say the stimulus plan has helped the economy. That’s a six-point drop from a month ago.

Thirty-one percent (31%) say the stimulus actually hurt the economy, little changed from a month ago. However, this is the first poll showing that more voters believe the plan hurt rather than helped.

A plurality (36%) says the plan has had no impact...

31+36 = 67% of the public believes the Crapulus either did nothing or was damaging.
This is reality meeting hope-n-change, and reality is winning. Of course, 54% still blame George W. Bush for the current economic situation, so we still have a lot of work to do...but the kind of dissatisfaction that is increasing with Obama right now is a perfect starting point. But now is the time to go for the jugular, not play it cautious.

There's my two cents.

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