Those who 'strongly disapprove' of Obama performance equals Bush numbers

Rick Moran
Rich Richman at Commnetary:

In today's Rasmussen presidential poll , only 26 percent of the nation's voters strongly approve of Barack Obama's performance as president, while 43 percent strongly disapprove - giving him a Presidential Approval Index rating, a sum calculated by subtracting the number of strong disapprovals from the number of strong approvals, of negative 17. His overall disapproval rating is 53 percent (it has been 50 percent or more for over a month). But it is the extraordinarily high proportion of those who strongly disapprove that bears noting.In January, George W. Bush left office with a "Strongly Disapprove" rating of ... 43 percent. It took Bush eight years to achieve that level of strong disapproval, despite how the mainstream media pummeled him for years. Obama has reached that level in 11 months, despite a media that for months could not use his name in a sentence without also adding "Lincoln" and "FDR."

To appreciate the magnitude of Obama's ratings fall, consider that after his first full day in office, his presidential index was positive 30. Today's index of negative 17 reflects a swing of 47 points in less than a year.

A commenter at the Huffington Post today observes that Obama has "accomplished the remarkable feat of both demoralizing the base and completely turning off voters in the center." The president has also unified the Republican party and created a tea-party movement that in some polls is more popular than both the Democratic and Republican parties.

It really hasn't hit home yet for the White House - at least they give the appearance that it hasn't. Their man's presidency is in deep trouble, and despite an incredible job of covering up some of the president's most egregious errors in judgment by the press, the public senses something is very wrong and is very uneasy.

Of course, it's still nearly a year till mid terms and almost 3 years until the 2012 race. Perhaps they are unconcerned because they think they have plenty of time to turn it around. Their reasoning is flawed when you consider that there isn't the volatility of opinion that we've seen in recent election cycles. It will take something like a complete overhaul of his presidency for Obama to turn things around.

Many, including AT's Political Correspondent Rich Baehr, believe that Obama will morph into a deficit superhawk next year, laying the groundwork with his State of the Union speech in February. We'll see if that passes the laugh test with the voters.

 

Hat Tip: Ed Lasky



Rich Richman at Commnetary:

In today's Rasmussen presidential poll , only 26 percent of the nation's voters strongly approve of Barack Obama's performance as president, while 43 percent strongly disapprove - giving him a Presidential Approval Index rating, a sum calculated by subtracting the number of strong disapprovals from the number of strong approvals, of negative 17. His overall disapproval rating is 53 percent (it has been 50 percent or more for over a month). But it is the extraordinarily high proportion of those who strongly disapprove that bears noting.

In January, George W. Bush left office with a "Strongly Disapprove" rating of ... 43 percent. It took Bush eight years to achieve that level of strong disapproval, despite how the mainstream media pummeled him for years. Obama has reached that level in 11 months, despite a media that for months could not use his name in a sentence without also adding "Lincoln" and "FDR."

To appreciate the magnitude of Obama's ratings fall, consider that after his first full day in office, his presidential index was positive 30. Today's index of negative 17 reflects a swing of 47 points in less than a year.

A commenter at the Huffington Post today observes that Obama has "accomplished the remarkable feat of both demoralizing the base and completely turning off voters in the center." The president has also unified the Republican party and created a tea-party movement that in some polls is more popular than both the Democratic and Republican parties.

It really hasn't hit home yet for the White House - at least they give the appearance that it hasn't. Their man's presidency is in deep trouble, and despite an incredible job of covering up some of the president's most egregious errors in judgment by the press, the public senses something is very wrong and is very uneasy.

Of course, it's still nearly a year till mid terms and almost 3 years until the 2012 race. Perhaps they are unconcerned because they think they have plenty of time to turn it around. Their reasoning is flawed when you consider that there isn't the volatility of opinion that we've seen in recent election cycles. It will take something like a complete overhaul of his presidency for Obama to turn things around.

Many, including AT's Political Correspondent Rich Baehr, believe that Obama will morph into a deficit superhawk next year, laying the groundwork with his State of the Union speech in February. We'll see if that passes the laugh test with the voters.

 

Hat Tip: Ed Lasky