Poll finds majority believe Obama has changed country for the worse
It smacks of 20-20 hindsight, but I have absolutely no sympathy for these people. If you voted for Obama believing he was going to "transform" America and then are surprised at the outcome, you deserve what you get.
Two-thirds of likely voters say President Obama has kept his 2008 campaign promise to change America - but it's changed for the worse, according to a sizable majority.
A new poll for The Hill found 56 percent of likely voters believe Obama's first term has transformed the nation in a negative way, compared to 35 percent who believe the country has changed for the better under his leadership.
The results signal broad voter unease with the direction the nation has taken under Obama's leadership and present a major challenge for the incumbent Democrat as he seeks reelection this fall.
Conducted for The Hill by Pulse Opinion Research, the poll comes in the wake of last month's Supreme Court decision that upheld the primary elements of Obama's signature healthcare legislation.
It found 68 percent of likely voters - regardless of whether they approve or disapprove of Obama - believe the president has substantially transformed the country since his 2009 inauguration.
The feeling that Obama has changed the country for the worse is strongest among Republicans, at 91 percent, compared to 71 percent of Democrats who support Obama's brand of change.
Strikingly, 1-in-5 Democrats say they feel Obama has changed the United States for the worse.
Compared to the sentiment about Obama's impact, fewer people see presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney as a candidate who will change the country dramatically if elected.
Still, 50 percent of people think Romney will bring a "significant" level of change - a finding that may reflect the desire among anti-Obama voters for a reversal of the president's policies.
I am at a loss to figure out how so many voters could have believed that the president would bring about change based on anything but a radical liberal agenda. There were plenty of pundits and politicians who were telling them that prior to the vote. They refused to listen.
Now we have to figure out how to get ourselves out from under this mess while hoping that the fools are smart enough to pull the lever and send Obama packing.