According to Scott Rasmussen’s polling, President Obama’s approval rating is tanking:

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows that 23% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Forty-five percent (45%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -22. That’s the lowest Approval Index rating yet measured for this president.

Enthusiasm for the president among Democrats, which bounced following passage of the health care law, has faded again. Just 48% of those in the president’s party now Strongly Approve of Obama’s performance. That’s down from 65% earlier.

It doesn’t get much worse than when party loyalists stop enthusiastically supporting a president. That’s a splash of cold water to the face. The news that the strongly approve number dropped 17 points amongst Democrats is the ultimate slap in the face.

Here’s another tidbit of information that’s likely causing heartburn at the White House:

The number who give the president good or excellent marks for handling the economy has fallen to 35%.

That isn’t good news when the economy, the $1,000,000,000,000+ annual deficits and jobs are the most important issues to voters.

Combine that with the fact that people are increasingly uneasy because of the stock market’s wild fluctuations and Europe’s debt crisis and you’ve got alot of people worried about their current lot in life and about their children’s future.

That’s before we factor in that the first stimulus bill has been a total failure to this point. Now they’re having to craft new stimulus bills. This new stimulus bill, which won’t be called a stimulus bill for obvious reasons, won’t do much to trigger a widespread, sustained economic recovery.

Factor in things like the Democrats’ lack of support for Arizona’s immigration/law enforcement law and the crisis in the Gulf and you’ve got the fixings of a difficult year for Democrats.

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Cross-posted at California Conservative

One Response to “Obama Tanking”

  • eric z says:

    People thought Obama would make changes. Because he promised that. This is more of the same. GOP-lite.

    Who needs that?

    He has de-energized a large part of the people who hoped expectations would be met.

    By that I mean progressive people who were not drinking all the campaign rock star staging Koolaid, but simply hoping his low key analytical approach would work as he indicated he’d want it to.

    To a large measure he deserves people cutting some slack because the Blue Dogs and the host of other Dem appeasers who knew where their lobbyist friends stood over the past congressional session did undercut his chances at showing leadership and effectiveness.

    Still, in comparison to the Cheney-Bush imperial presidency; disdainful of the rest of us in favor of big corporate and other wealthy interests – such as the stock market plungers who relied on the GOP -&- Uncle Sam partnership for their bailout when their junk went rotten.

    When looking at all that, at the big picture, Obama has been disappointing, but not all that bad when you consider how disastrous a McCain-Palin thing would have been, especially with the old guy having one foot in the grave and the young Alaskan into a range of things way, way, way, way, way over her cheerfully ignorant head (and with her offensive cloying pride over her inabilities and limitations, as if her being a turkey is a badge of honor).

    Give me Obama-Biden in a heartbeat over what you guys put on your ticket. Still. Even with the Dems in both houses undermining him.

    Until a competent GOP alternative is presented – and Pawlenty is anything but that – what do you expect but four more years, after the first four run their course.

    You can see dissatisfaction at both ends of the political spectrum, but I have seen no viable offering at either end – mine or yours.

    And all the anti-RINO bleating from the uber-right part of the GOP is leaving you to the chances of a Tom Emmer candidacy; one who can give a speech; but who has yet to prove he has any traction beyond the zealot crowd.

    I know, Emmer got the GOP endorsement – but in Minnesota the GOP machinery, except at the Sutton-Brodkorb level, has been taken over by the zealots. Not that Sutton-Brodkorb represent middle ground; just a bit less intense and self-agrandizing and more practical than others.

    Are Sutton and Brodkorb RINOs?

    You tell me, Gary.

    Or is my view more correct, just political wannabe kingmaker-bosses, turning out to be captains without an obedient crew?

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