The number of likely voters who “Strongly Approve” of President Obama’s job performance to date has dipped to a new low. The Rasmussen Presidential Approval Index has remained in the negative double digits for the past three weeks and today stands at -14%, only one point off its all-time low of -15%.
But, significantly, the percentage of respondents who “Strongly Approve” of the job Obama is doing has dipped to only 25% of likely voters. This is the lowest number of likely voters who remain staunch supporters of the President since his inauguration!
by Star Parker at Townhall.com
Americans of all political persuasions agree that the nation has problems. Big problems.
And here’s where we all part company. The political left, who now control our government, thinks we need more government — a lot more. Those on the right see our problems as the result of excess government and want to move things in the opposite direction.
The fact that Democrats, with their man in the White House, and control of both houses of Congress, are having difficulty getting their big government programs passed says something about the strength of the grass roots push back now taking place.
Stirring is even occurring among blacks.
According to the Pew Research Center, the president’s approval rating nationwide is now 10 points lower than last April. Included in this is a three-point drop in his approval among blacks.
You might say, Star, a drop in approval ratings among blacks from 95 percent to 92 percent is trivial. But I say not so.
If we assume this reflects the 16 million blacks who voted for Obama last November, a three point shift means there are about a half million blacks who now have buyer’s remorse.
Late last month, we indicated President Obama might help himself by backing off the health care debate. That was back when he was at the forefront, staging town hall meetings with planted questions from children of supporters. It was a little over a month after his ABC infomercial from the White House. It was around the time Democratic leaders in Congress were calling those of us who opposed the bill un-American and just before the White House asked supporters to turn in Obamacare opponents.
Obama’s poll numbers showed a slight uptick when his administration floated a trial balloon for health care reform without a public option, but a threatened mutiny from his far left base quickly shot that down. He then went back to a full court press, insisting there would be a public option and introducing the idea of using the “nuclear option” (a procedural technique for getting around the need for 60 votes in the US Senate) for the first time. Basically he went from trying to sell his plan to telling Americans if they didn’t buy it, he’d cram it down their throats.
No, the President didn’t drop back and punt. In fact, he didn’t drop back at all until last week when he took his family on a millionaire’s retreat on posh Martha’s Vineyard. With Obama in search of a “news free week,” health care almost dropped from the headlines. But it may have been too late.
Yesterday, Rasmussen’s Daily Presidential Tracking Poll showed Obama with his lowest overall approval rating among likely voters since taking office. With only 46% supporting the President and 53% disapproving of the job he’s done thus far, one might infer the quiet period came too late. Americans have now recognized this man will lie without conscience to get what he wants.
A majority of likely voters have finally realized Obama’s change wasn’t what they had in mind last November.
After two more health care town hall meetings yesterday in North Carolina and Virginia, the President’s poll numbers continue to crash. He’s doing more good for the conservative cause than anything else!
Keep talking Mr. President!
|Overall, 49% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the President’s performance. Fifty percent (50%) disapprove. It is important to remember that the Rasmussen Reports job approval ratings are based upon a sample of likely voters. Some other firms base their approval ratings on samples of all adults. President Obama’s numbers are always several points higher in a poll of adults rather than likely voters. That’s because some of the President’s most enthusiastic supporters, such as young adults, are less likely to turn out to vote.|