September 3, 2009
Something for Obama, RNC to Chew On
It is more of the same today for President Obama, his health care agenda and the Democrat congress in today's Rasmussen Daily Presidential Tracking Poll. From the report on the President:
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Thursday shows that 28% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Thirty-nine percent (39%) strongly disapprove giving the President an Index rating of -11.Overall, 47% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the President's performance. Fifty-three percent (53%) now disapprove.
This continues the trend of something in the neighborhood of 4 in ten Americans registering strong disapproval while nearly 70 per cent of the country feels strongly one way or the other. With today's tally included, just a shade under 60% of Obama's support is strong while 74% of his opposition is strong. All of these figures are fractionally down from the past several days but it is too early to call this a trend.
This must be somewhat disturbing to a White House that has seen hundreds of millions of dollars spent on behalf of its health care plan. Moreover, more bad news from the report on that front:
Sixty-eight percent (68%) believe that the passage of the Congressional health care reform plan will increase the deficit. A Rasmussen video report shows that 47% now expect their own taxes to go up during the Obama years. That's the highest total yet.
And in keeping with our theme of the past few days that the Republicans should take heed of this below:
Fifty-one percent (51%) say that Congress is too liberal while 22% say it's too conservative.
Memo to the RNC and Republican Candidates:
The elections of 2006 and 2008, the recent polls showing nearly twice the number of Americans consider themselves conservative versus liberal, the tanking numbers for Obama and the figures above from Rasmussen about congress are telling you something:
Americans do not want socialism and they do not want reaching across the aisle new tone government. They may say they want bi-partisanship in theory, but they voted for the most partisan ideologues on the ballot almost everywhere and now that they see the big government results in action, they do not like it.
Reagan understood this. Gingrich did at least through 1994. I believe it is still true today and that it is one of the messages gleaned from Rasmussen's outstanding polling techniques.