Free-Falling Obama Approval Rating
A week ago, we saw Rasmussen’s Presidential Approval Index (PAI) reach new lows, and it appeared to us that President Obama’s radical change was becoming difficult to digest for the American electorate. Polling was suspended for 3 days over the Indpendence Day holiday, but barbecues, fireworks, and family vacations appear to have done little to make the President’s policies more palatable.
Since polling resumed following the holiday break, Obama’s numbers have been on a steep and steady decline. Today’s poll shows a mere 30% now Strongly Approve and 38% Strongly Disapprove of Obama’s performance. That sets a new low for Obama’s PAI at -8%. It’s also the 7th consecutive day the Index has dwelt in negative territory. Until Obama found himself in this rut, the longest period the PAI remained negative had been 2 days. The declining overall Approve/Disapprove numbers in the Rasmussen poll are also deteriorating rapidly. Though the President still enjoys a slight majority of voters generally approving of his job performance, today marks Obama’s lowest point reached since he took office with only 51% of likely voters who approve and 48% disapproving of his handling of the country’s affairs.
Other polls are showing similar trends that indicate the Rasmussen numbers are no anomaly. Yesterday, a Quinipiac University poll showed Obama’s approval rating plummeting in the key battleground state of Ohio. Two months ago, 62% of voters in Ohio approved of the President’s job performance and only 31% disapproved. The latest poll has only 49% approving and 44% disapproving–a drastic 13% swing in two month’s time. On the economy, more Ohioans now disagree with Obama’s radical policy changes than agree, by a score of 48% to 46%. In Quinipiac’s May 6th poll these numbers stood at 57% and 36% respectively.
Last month when the President’s PAI began to slip, his Cairo speech to the Muslim world provided a bounce that pushed the Index back into positive territory for a few days. However, the bad news of results of Obama’s radical policy changes kept coming. We saw the CBO estimates that Obama’s plan would be far more expensive than we’d been told and would actually cover far fewer of the uninsured, leading to speculate that full coverage of all uninsured Americans would cost more than $3 trillion over the next 10 years. The President’s foreign policy blunders bore fruit also as North Korea continued its belligerent actions in the face of the unenforceable UN resolution the President proudly held up as evidence that his apologetic, tail-tucking foreign policy put the US in a stronger position with the international community.
Unbelievable, I know, but it gets worse.
As the Iranian regime became emboldened by the new Obama-weakened US, it violently stamped out the flames of a pro-democracy insurrection while Obama went about without a care–eating ice cream and proclaiming he didn’t want to “meddle” in Iranian affairs. The hypocrisy of our President then quickly became clear when the government of Honduras constitutionally evicted its sitting President for attempting to usurp the Honduran Constitution. Obama was quick to stand with his newest anti-American pals, Hugo Chavez and the Castro brothers, to “meddle” in Honduran affairs by proclaiming the constitutional actions of the Legislative and Judicial branches a coup de etat–a term generally reserved for unilateral military action to depose a government and install itself or its representative as the de facto government. In Honduras, the governmental system was left in place, only the would-be leftist dictator was replaced for violating the country’s Constitution.
Then there’s the economy. The day before the official beginning of the 4th of July holiday for most Americans, the latest unemployment figures were released. Oh how the administration likely wished many were already away on vacation. The unemployment rate, already higher than Obama predicted it would have been without passage of his vaunted “stimulus” plan, continued to climb. As the economy keeps shedding jobs, the President’s credibility with the American electorate continues to crash. In addition, more and more details of the “stimulus” plan continue to come to light and even the untrained eye is able to see many programs will have no stimulative effect on the economy.
To put it concisely, everyday more Americans are awakening to the fact that we were conned into enacting the largest spending binge in American history for nothing more than ideological purposes. Promised jobs are not materializing, they’re evaporating. Our deficit continues to climb with nothing positive to show for our expenditures. And in light of the obvious failures of his policies thus far, Obama and his cronies continue their fear-mongering cries to garner support of more of his sure-to-fail “reforms.”
Most Americans were willing to give him the benefit of the doubt, most wanted to believe in him and his policies. But you can’t feed the American electorate excrement and call it chocolate forever. They just won’t buy it.
July 9, 2009: PAI = -8
And dropping like a rock.
John Allison III
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