Posted by: Puma1 | March 17, 2009

Polls: Obama Support Erodes, Public Questions His Competence

As Obama moves inoexerably to the far left — finally dropping the pretense that he is a pragmatic centrist — his poll numbers are swiftly dropping:

A new poll by the independent Pew Research Center for the People…has found that President Barack Obama’s popular support is eroding, with his approval rating dropping below 60 percent.

“President Barack Obama’s approval rating has slipped, as a growing number of Americans see him listening more to his party’s liberals than to its moderates, and many voice opposition to some of his key economic proposals,” the Pew Center concluded.

Its new survey finds Obama’s approval rating falling to 59 percent from 64 percent in February. It also finds the ranks of Americans who disapprove of the president’s job performance rising, to 26 percent from 17 percent.

Among those who registered a jump in disapproval were Republicans, up 15 percentage points, and independents, up 13 points, Pew found…

One reason for the erosion of support could be that a plurality sees Obama aligned more with the liberal wing of his party as he pushes an agenda that calls for broad increases in government spending and taxes.

Pew found that Americans think by 44 percent to 30 percent that the president listens more to liberals than to moderates in his party…

Since then, Obama has signed a $787 billion economic stimulus package and proposed a $600 billion-plus down payment for a health care overhaul and raising taxes…to pay for it. He also…projected that the federal budget deficit for the current fiscal year would hit a record $1.75 trillion…

The Pew poll is the latest finding that the president has lost…support as he’s started to flesh out his governing agenda.

via Pew poll: Obama’s public support is eroding | Politics AP – MiamiHerald.com

Questions about Obama’s lack of moderation are not the only problems driving his unpopularity — across the land many are also questioning the competence of the Obama administration all-the-way-round. A growing consensus suggests that Obama and those around him are in way over their heads:

Not long ago, after a string of especially bad days for the Obama administration, a veteran Democratic pol approached me with a pained look on his face and asked, “Do you think they know what they’re doing?”

The question caught me off guard because the man is a well-known Obama supporter…

Yes, it’s early, but an eerily familiar feeling is spreading across party lines and seeping into the national conversation. It’s a nagging doubt about the competency of the White House…

The tag of incompetence is powerful precisely because it is a nondenominational rebuke, even when it yields a partisan result…

Polls show that most people like Obama, but they increasingly don’t like his policies. The vast spending hikes and plans for more are provoking the most concern, with 82% telling a Gallup survey they are worried about the deficit and 69% worried about the rapid growth of government under Obama…

via More than a bad day: Worries grow that Barack Obama & Co. have a competence problem

My goodness, how quickly the rats begin to jump off a sinking ship! You should think about whether the person you are voting for is qualified and has the requisite experience BEFORE you vote for them, folks. But of course, being qualified and having experience was not important to the media last year — only some falderol about hope and change.

It was only a matter of time before the public soured on Obama’s inexperience and shallow posturing. America willfully ignored the many signs that he was not the right man — or right woman for that matter — for the job and shunted reservations about his resume.

We will reap the incompetence we have sewn.

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Responses

  1. “President Barack Obama has recently completed the most successful foreign policy tour since Napoleon’s retreat from Moscow. You name it, he blew it.”
    by Gerald Warner Telegraph UK 4/10/09

    http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/gerald_warner/blog/2009/04/10/barack_obama_president_pantywaist__new_surrender_monkey_on_the_block

  2. For all of his hopes about bipartisanship, Barack Obama has the most polarized early job approval ratings of any president in the past four decades. The 61-point partisan gap in opinions about Obama’s job performance is the result of a combination of high Democratic ratings for the president — 88% job approval among Democrats — and relatively low approval ratings among Republicans (27%).

    By comparison, there was a somewhat smaller 51-point partisan gap in views of George W. Bush’s job performance in April 2001, a few months into his first term

    http://pewresearch.org/pubs/1178/polarized-partisan-gap-in-obama-approval-historic


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