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Barack Obama sees worst poll rating drop in 50 years

from by Toby Harnden at telegraph.co.uk

The decline in Barack Obama’s popularity since July has been the steepest of any president at the same stage of his first term for more than 50 years.

Gallup recorded an average daily approval rating of 53 per cent for Mr Obama for the third quarter of the year, a sharp drop from the 62 per cent he recorded from April.

His current approval rating – hovering just above the level that would make re-election an uphill struggle – is close to the bottom for newly-elected president. Mr Obama entered the White House with a soaring 78 per cent approval rating.

The bad polling news came as Mr Obama returned to the campaign trail to prevent his Democratic party losing two governorships next month in states in which he defeated Senator John McCain in last November’s election.

Jeffrey Jones of Gallup explained: “The dominant political focus for Obama in the third quarter was the push for health care reform, including his nationally televised address to Congress in early September.

“Obama hoped that Congress would vote on health care legislation before its August recess, but that goal was missed, and some members of Congress faced angry constituents at town hall meetings to discuss health care reform. Meanwhile, unemployment continued to climb near 10 per cent.”

Governor Jon Corzine of New Jersey is in severe danger of defeat while Democrats are fast losing hope that Creigh Deeds can beat his Republican opponent in Virginia. Twin Democratic losses would be a major blow to Mr Obama’s prestige.

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October 23, 2009 Posted by | Obama | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Death of Obamacare

As President Obama’s dream of a government run health care system slips away, he’s becoming ever more desperate.

This month we’ve seen poll numbers indicating the American public is becoming more and more uncomfortable with his vision of “change” for America.

Rasmusssen’s Presidential Approval Index turned negative on June 30 and hasn’t seen positive territory since. In the same surveys, the number of Americans who approve of the President’s job performance fell to its lowest point of his presidency.  Even more surprising results appeared yesterday in a Rasmussen poll where respondents were asked who they would vote for if a presidential election were held today between Mitt Romney and President Obama, and again if such election were held between Sarah Palin and Obama.  The hypothetical Romney-Obama race would be a dead heat with 45% of likely voters preferring Romney and an equal number supporting Obama.  Most surprising of all were the results if such an election were held between Obama and Sarah Palin, the now resigned Alaskan governor who was so maligned by the left-wing media.  After months of vicious personal attacks by left-wing (and even RINO) attack dogs, the embattled governor trails the MSM’s messiah by only 6%, with Obama favored by 48% of voters and Palin by 42%.

Today, on the President’s signature issue of health care reform, Gallup released a poll showing 50% disapprove of Obama’s approach while only 44% approve.  Though 74% of Democrats continue to support the President’s plan, only 40% of independents and 11% of Republicans are convinced he knows what he’s doing.  In each of the  four domestic issues rated by respondents, more disapproved of the President’s performance than approved.  Healthcare: 50% disapprove, 44% approve; taxes: 48% disapprove, 45% approve; economy: 49% disapprove, 47% approve; and budget deficit: 55% disapprove, 41% approve.

For a president who, until recently, has been able to get his every wish through Congress, whose own party holds super majorities in both Houses, and was elected in what most considered a landslide, the President’s waning public support is telling.  Especially considering we’re only 6 months into his term.

Obama managed to quadruple the deficit, dramatically increase wasteful spending, and seize control of large segments of the American economy with a strategy of blaming his predecessor.  That may have worked for the first five months, but now the public is beginning to identify the President as culpable for the failings of his policies.  After all, it was the President who pointed out we’d see peak unemployment of 9% if we didn’t ram his “stimulus” through Congress before members even had a chance to read the bill.  Now we see his so-called “stimulus” was nothing more than a liberal’s dream spending bill that actually had a de-stimulating effect.  What else can we infer since unemployment is now worse than it would have been without the “stimulus.”

Recall the President repeatedly claimed there would be no earmarks, no waste in his “stimulus” bill, it would fund shovel ready jobs and provide an immediate jolt to the economy.  Perhaps if Congress would have had time to read the bill, it would have been so.  Three million dollar turtle tunnels and projects that won’t begin until next year may have been caught and culled from the bill.  But it wasn’t to be.  Now the President has tried to convince us that earmarks are good things, Vice-President Biden tells us they knew waste was inevitable, and the waste and abuse is coming to light.

It’s no wonder Americans are losing faith in our President as he tries the same worn out promises to sell his government health care system.  He’s already proved he either doesn’t have a clue what he’s doing or he’s incredibly dishonest.  Either way, Americans are no longer buying his health care plan.

Thank God.

July 22, 2009 Posted by | Health Care, Obama | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Conservatives take the lead! Can GOP capitalize?

Gallup poll released yesterday gives more good news to those of us who want to pull back hard on the reins to stop President Obama from racing our country into the throes of Socialism at a gallop.  The results, based on a compilation of 10 different surveys conducted from January to May of this year, show more Americans identify themselves as Conservatives than either moderates or liberals, with nearly twice as many who side with the Right than those on the left side of the political fence.  Conservatives comprise 40% of Americans in 2009, moderates 35%, and liberals a paltry 21%.

In 2008, the Conservative-moderate-liberal mix was 37-37-22%.  So this represents an 8% gain in the numbers of self-identified Conservatives in the country, a 5.4% drop in Americans who call themselves moderates, and a 4.5% decline of the left-wing herd which wears the liberal brand.  Remember, these surveys include data from the early days of the Obama administration; before the $787 billion dollar “stimulus” package was passed, before his $3.4 billion budget, before the administration terrified New York City residents with the Scare Force 1 photo-op, before he showed anti-American Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez some brotherly love, before he bought a bankrupt General Motors with our money, etc.  In those early days, you can assume more Americans clamored to identify themselves with the brand of Obama, so this poll is likely skewed in the President’s favor. 

The question is, can the GOP capitalize on this shift in political identity?  Many life-long conservatives have speculated before that the ’06 and ’08 election results were not due to the American people shifting to the left, but rather the Republican party abandoning its Conservative principles.  Specifically, the abandonment of fiscal and economic conservatism.  Though the MSM loves to paint the GOP as dangling over the Right side of the political spectrum, that’s not the case at all.  I and many like me were absolutely disgusted with Bush’s inability to control spending–with a majority in both houses of Congress.  Truth be told, many of us don’t feel like we’ve had a real Conservative in the White House since Reagan.

The GOP, in its quest for power and control, sacrificed its conservative principles in the hopes of gaining a few left-leaning voters.  I often wonder if this is a strategy to gain favor with the MSM to undo the left’s obvious advantage in that arena, possibly with the mindset that once the press was neutralized the Conservative message would have a better platform to sway the American people.  But that may be giving the party too much credit.  More than likely, the shift to the left was nothing more than an effort to gain that most corruptible of corruptibles, power.  But how long does it take to convince the fat-cats at the GOP?  How many elections must we lose before they admit their tactics have failed to displace our adversaries?

Message to GOP:  We’re never going to convince the left-wing MSM that we’re right and the Obamanots are wrong!  Conservative America wants Conservative candidates.

Right now, Americans trust Republicans more than Democrats.  That, coupled with Americans shifting toward Conservative ideology should tell the GOP 2010 had better be the year we returned to running real Conservatives.  It’s time to return to principle if we want to regain power.

June 16, 2009 Posted by | Conservatism, Obama | , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Gallup poll: Pro-life majority in America

Updated–5/16/09

Fox News reported yesterday that a majority of Americans now identify themselves as pro-life on the abortion issue.

Fifty-one percent of Americans consider themselves “pro-life” and just 42 percent say they are “pro-choice,” the first time a majority of the country has stated a personal objection to abortion since Gallup polls began tracking the data 15 years ago.

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This is the first time since Gallup began tracking this issue that pro-lifers have overtaken pro-choicers!  In fact, just last year the numbers were 50% pro-choice, 44% pro-life.

If you’re thinking this is simply a statistical anomaly, think again.  Gallup’s own article indicates it considered this possibility when it explains these results were corroborated by two other polls yielding almost identical numbers–one was another Gallup poll, but confirmation also came from a Pew Research Center which showed an 8-point drop in those who believe abortion should be legal in all or most cases.

Republicans and right-leaning Independents are responsible for the dramatic position shift as Democrats’  and left-leaning Independents’ views remained virtually stagnant from last year.  The following graph shows a 10% shift from pro-choice to pro-life among the former group in the study.

The poll also found a corresponding shift on the extent to which Americans believe abortion should be legal.  Fifty-three percent of Americans now believe abortion should be legal under certain conditions, down slightly from last year.  But it’s now a dead-heat between those who believe there should be no legal restrictions on abortion and those who believe the procedure should never be performed under any circumstances.   With 22% holding the former position and 23% the latter.  Until now, the left extreme heavily outnumbered the right on the legality question.

Gallup probed further with those who believe abortion should be legal in some cases, but not all.  When asked whether they thought abortion should be legal in most cases or in only a few cases, the latter view won handily.  The chart below shows those 37% of respondents favor legalization only in rare cases while those who prefer few legal restrictions make up only 15% of Americans.

Views on Legalized Abortion

Views on Legalized Abortion

Another interesting take on the graphic above is seen by combining the left extreme with those who believe abortion should be restricted, but only in few cases vs. the right extreme and those who believe the procedure should only be illegal in most situations.  While only 37% of Americans stand on the left half of the spectrum, fully 60% place themselves on the right half . 

Gallup also found both men and women who identify themselves as pro-life jumped 8% and 6%, respectively.  This year, 49% of women and 54% of men identify themselves as pro-life vs. 43% of women and 46% of men in last year’s survey.

All three categories of religious preference used by Gallup showed gains in the percentage of pro-life Americans as well.  Protestants identifying themselves as pro-life shot up 8%, Roman Catholics 7%, and those who categorized themselves not in either of these two groups (other/none) but consider themselves pro-life rose 4%. 

This is great news for the pro-life movement in the US.  But what will it mean on the political front?

Gallup says “With the first pro-choice president in eight years…Americans — and, in particular, Republicans — seem to be taking a step back from the pro-choice position. However, the retreat is evident among political moderates as well as conservatives.”

Personally, I believe this dramatic shift is a direct result of the radical changes President Obama and the Democrats in Congress are cramming down our throats.  We saw the beginnings a conservative uprising immediately following the November election with groups like Rebuild the Party and Top Conservatives on Twitter springing up on the internet, and more recently the Tea Party, the 9/12 Project, and numerous other conservative activist organizations.

Sounds like great news for the Republican Party, right?

Not if it listens to the numerous calls that insist a move to the center is the GOP’s only hope for survival, like seen here, here, and here.  There’s evidence the party may already have charted this course.  Continuing to take this path will only make matters worse as the party continues to alienate true conservatives, and offers no alternative to the Democrats and their left-wing, Socialist agenda.

Rush Limbaugh‘s been saying it, Dick Cheney‘s been saying it, I and countless others have been saying it, the GOP needs to move back to its conservative roots if it hopes to recover from the thrashing it’s taken in the last two election cycles.

This Gallup poll should tell the GOP a move to the center will be committing suicide.

May 16, 2009 Posted by | Obama | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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