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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Barack Obama wikimediaPresident Barack Obama’s approval rating continues to slide, according to three new polls released this week.

A Marist-McClatchy poll released Monday finds Obama’s approval at 41 percent, with 48 percent disapproving. That represents a net 11 percent drop from the previous poll in April, and the president’s worst numbers since September 2011.

A Washington-Post-ABC News poll released Sunday has similarly bad news for the president; it finds his approval at 49 percent, while 44 percent disapprove. This represents a net 2 percent drop since May, and Obama’s lowest approval since September 9th, 2012.

Additionally, Public Policy Polling has asserted that its next poll will show “our lowest national Obama approval numbers since right after the first debate,” in which Mitt Romney was widely considered to have trounced the president.

The president’s handling of the economy has driven his decline in the polls. The Washington Post-ABC News poll finds that 45 percent approve of Obama’s handling of the economy, while 49 percent disapprove. The Marist-McClatchy poll shows a far worse result, with 37 percent approving, and 56 percent disapproving.

On Wednesday, President Obama will deliver a major address on the economy at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, in an attempt to reconnect with Americans on the issue that matters the most to them.

“When (Obama) gets away from talking about the economy, numbers have a tendency to slide,” Marist Institute for Public Opinion director Lee Miringoff said in a release accompanying the poll.

There is a silver lining in the new numbers for Democrats: Although President Obama’s numbers are sliding, he remains significantly more popular than Republicans in the House of Representatives. In the Marist-McClatchy poll, the House GOP’s approval rating sits at a dismal 22 percent, while the Washington Post-ABC News poll finds that 52 percent of Republicans believe that GOP leaders are taking the party in the wrong direction (compared to just 37 percent who say that headed in the right direction). And, unlike President Obama, House Republicans still have to face the voters next November.

  • Dominick Vila

    Quite frankly, this doesn’t surprise me. Republicans are second to none when it comes to campaigning, and since they are in a continuous campaign mode, results like these are to be expected, Let’s not forget that while Republicans are as engaged in politics as ever, many Democrats are satisfied with our wins in 2012 and are more interested in supporting our families than participating in polls. .
    The most important reason for the recent slide that appear in some of our discredited polls is the fact that President Obama has tackled more controversial issues than any previous president during his first 4.5 years in office. From healthcare reform, to gender and marriage equality, to immigration reform, he has demonstrated uncharacteristic courage, considering that he is very much aware of how many Americans feel about these issues.

    • itsfun

      A majority of Americans don’t want Obamacare. Americans believe immigration must start with border security, not more give away programs. His so-called courage is just his way of saying f___ you America, I am in charge and couldn’t care less about what you think. He refuses to compromise on anything. He just believes its “my way or the highway”. How much more un-american can one get?

      • mvres

        This is simply untrue. I read this over and over again — and it doesn’t get any more accurate.

        • BillP

          I can’t remember which Republican said it but the statement was that “polls don’t mean anything when they were showing positive ratings for President Obama”.

      • Jim Myers

        All that EXCELLENT content from FAUX SNOOZE.

        Keep up all the good work. I still appreciate the laughs!

      • LaRae Bailey

        you are so very correct, this man and holder are pure evil

      • highpckts

        The majority of Americans don’t know anything about ACA! They just don’t don’t want it because they think, mistakenly, it will cost them another dime from their paycheck! Even uninformed people vote and that is a problem! Do yourself a favor and do your research!!

        • itsfun

          According to polls taken yesterday, CBS news says 34% want healthcare and 47% DON’T. Check what the CBO is saying about the cost of this healthcare program. You will be very surprised.

          • angelsinca

            They lied about the scheme to hide the painful truths of its negative effects. The supreme court had to rule the non-compliance fine as a tax because the democrats didn’t have the balls to be honest about it. So now we have Obama delaying implementation and he can’t even be honest about the purely poliltical reasons for it. Everyone with status is exempt from the POS. The flawed ACA is a liar’s gimmick to get votes, nothing more.

        • angelsinca

          The ppACA has ALREADY cost my family more. Our copays per vist have gone up from $35 for pre-ACA specialist visits to $60 now Our deductibles have gone from $250 pre-ACA to $400 now. The lifetime cap has lowered from no limit to $1 million now. Our monthly premiums have gone from $256 pre-ACA to $376 now. PLEASE don’t tell us the ppACA is ‘mistaken’ as costing people more money. It IS COSTING MORE, despite the propaganda from your peeps.

    • sigrid28

      Sliding polls are a sign that President Obama is at work on the difficult problems, unlike many elected officials taking up space in Congress. My fear is that too many Democrats, Independents, and moderate Republicans will find one or two of these issues with which they disagree and stay home during the midterm elections, as they did in 2010–with the disastrous results we live with today. I want the president to keep up the good work–and look forward to the speech at 1:00 p.m. ET today. Others have to light a fire under the voters who can defeat do-nothing Republicans in the midterms, and grassroots groups have to be at work right away quick to register voters Republicans are trying to block and get them to the polls. Just because the Republican party is OK with everyone knowing it “can only win by cheating” doesn’t mean it won’t win that way, thanks to the help it has received from the Supreme Court.

      • Dominick Vila

        I agree. I believe part of the “problems” that President Obama is that he is trying to do too much, in a short period of time, and that he has tackled problems that most politicians would not touch with a ten-foot pole. I also agree with you regarding the need to re-energize fellow Democrats. Many have become complacent are it would not surprise me if they decide to focus on work and ignore the midterm election.

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          • angelsinca

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      • angelsinca

        “Just because the Republican party is OK with everyone knowing it “can only win by cheating”…..”

        Where do you get this crap, from a liberal blog? ‘Everyone’ does NOT know republicans must cheat to win. Newsflash-they didn’t win last time as rubbed into their faces continually.

        We do know that people are going to jail for voting mulitple times for Obama.

        EVERYONE knows republicans don’t register dead voters or buy votes with entitlements or bus people to the polls and buy lunches so they vote Democrat. Everyone except the cheats.

        Unless you can demonstrate widspread malfeasance in gerrymandering by the GOP, you ought to find a less dishonest claim to hang onto.

        • sigrid28

          I think the greatest component in Republican “cheating” is the willingness to lie to voters. Listen to Republican Steve King and his take on immigrants: what Latino voter will vote Republican after he triples down on his lies about what he SAYS he sees when he visits the border. Here’s another big lie: the idea that the 2% who benefit from Republican policies are “job creators.” Talk about dishonesty! Don’t get me started on the failure to find any WMD in Iraq . . . Finally, Republicans subscribe to the Fox News of empty talking points devoid of truthful content, like the whole of your post.

          • angelsinca

            And the award for the grandest cheat of all belongs to the harbingers of the ppACA, followed by a close second place for the US DOJ. Third is a tie between the State dept. and the IRS.

          • sigrid28

            Like I said before, “empty talking points devoid of truthful content” prove nothing.

          • angelsinca

            Congratulations sigrid28. You just managed to lay out 2 out of 3 liberal talking points; intellectual superiority and the liar claim. Blame awaits your next use.

    • angelsinca

      “Democrats are … more interested in supporting our families than participating in polls. .”

      A poll interview takes less than sixty seconds. The demographic of the article’s poll is ‘registered voters’, not Republican voters. Republicans have to support their families too. I work 12 hours a day away from home three nights a week to feed my family.

      • Dominick Vila

        I worked 10 to 12 hours a day to support my family before I retired, and my two sons do the same. My point was that (1) contrary to what people like Mitt Romney say, Democrats work as hard as everyone else, and (2) that Republicans are more politically engaged than Democrats. Most of the Democrats I talk to have become ambivalent or complacent since the last election, and only remember politics when it is time to vote in presidential elections. Our record in midterm elections is dismal. If that perception reflects reality, and considering the large number of Democrats running for re-election or seats vacated by fellow Dems, some in red states or districts, our ability to keep control of the Senate in 2014 is uncertain, to put it mildly.

        • angelsinca

          I don’t want to see Republicans gain control of the Senate in the mid terms. It would only give the White House another set of excuses for lame ducking the final two years.

          • Dominick Vila

            Saying the obvious, that the House has been ignoring, filibustering, and obstructing almost every policy designed to help the middle class and the USA as a whole, from infrastructure to the Veterans Jobs Act, is not an excuse. It is a fact.
            Unfortunately, we has transpired during the last 4.5 years will be child’s play compared to what will happen if the GOP has control of both chambers of Congress. The term do-nothing Congress would be an understatement if that happens although, in all fairness, they do something, they make sure the elite benefits at the expense of the middle class and the poor, even if doing so contributes to the country being flushed down the drain.

          • angelsinca

            You need to look at the REASONS that the treasury-robbing, constitutionally-challenged Democrat legislation is being blocked by the GOP in the House. They seem to also understand that you don’t make the middle class accessible to everyone (which it already is) by moving it closer to the poverty class.

          • Dominick Vila

            Do you consider legislation designed to help our returning Veterans a treasury-robbing law? Do you consider repairing and modernizing our infrastructure to help us compete with other industrialized nations and create jobs in American a treasury robbing proposal?
            The only reason for the obstructionism – eloquently acknowledged by Mitch McConnell – was to make sure President Obama was a one-term president. Now that they failed to achieve their original goal they are determined to destroy his legacy, and make it as difficult as possible for Democrats to gain seats in future elections and win the presidency in 2016. Those are the real and only reason for the obstructionism that delayed our economic recovery and caused so much pain to the middle class and the poor, while the elite continued to accumulate wealth and buy dancing horses.
            I don’t understand the last few sentences in your post. What do you mean by making the middle class accessible to everyone? Are you referring to preventive medical care? If yes, may I remind you that there are 20 million uninsured Americans who don’t have access to it and who rely on socialized ER freebies to get EMERGENCY medical care when it is often too late to save them?

          • angelsinca

            “Do you consider legislation designed to help our returning Veterans a treasury-robbing law?”

            No. I should’ve been more specific about the emtpying of the Treasury. After 4 yours into the economic ‘recovery’, the gov’t is still operating on a $650B annual deficit, as the Treasury continues to borrow money to fund the quantitative easing by the fed reserve. Plus, the intentional supression of short term interest rates by the Reserve will guarantee we don’t see a flourishing economy with jobs anytime soon.

            As far as Republicans playing politics to gain seats, this seems to be common practise by politicians since, I don’t know, before the turn of the 1st Millennia?

  • itsfun

    There are no silver linings here. This poll shows how fed up Americans are with lies, broken promises, incompetence, scandals, by both parties and the President.

    • highpckts

      Oh grow up! How many times were you told as a kid, ” we’ll maybe we will or we just couldn’t afford what you really wanted”! The President is not a omniscient dictator! He has to rely on Congress which, so far, has proven to be futile!

  • FT66

    Who expect republicans to give him a thumb up? They are few of them. Just take polls only of those who put him in power not once BUT twice. You will get a different result. If you hate someone (as some republicans do to him), you will always see negative outcome even if what he is doing is quite positive.

    • angelsinca

      You seem to assume that only republicans were polled. The demograhpic of the poll is from New York, and they STILL continue to show Obama’s favorability rating decline. Must be the republican’s fault.

    • itsfun

      I doubt if everyone is against healthcare. This plan should be completely delayed and a bi-partisan committee consisting of DOCTORS, Hospital Administrators, Senators, and Representatives should be appointed to come with ideas to fix this upcoming train wreck. Everyone already pays into Medicare, why couldn’t the government change the rules and allow the uninsured and those with existing conditions to have Medicare available to them? Employers and employees of companies of less than 50 full time employees would be eligible. Pre-existing conditions would be eligible. This would allow small companies to keep full time employees. The system is already in place. No need to design complete computer systems for a new plan. Medicare would need to hire more employees, but that must be cheaper than a whole new department, new computer costs, new building costs, etc. This is not a complete solution by any means, just a couple of ideas to start with. Also, I think one large problem is the way the new healthcare law was passed. After Obama campaigning on the being the most transparent administration ever, this was passed behind closed doors, using bribes and special rules. A newly elected administration broke its promises of transparency right out of gate. This really pissed a lot of people off and caused even more distrust of our elected government officials. We are still seeing this distrust of this administration and with the scandals, the problems are growing and growing. My two cents.

  • Allan Richardson

    The disapproval numbers in the polls mean nothing as long as a majority of House Republicans have made sure the district lines are drawn to give them a majority of voters who would even vote for Satan if he were running as a Republican, and would vote against Jesus if he were running as a Democrat. And as long as they can make sure Democratic voters in their states have more obstacles to voting than Republican voters.

    I call upon the majority of moderate Republican voters not to vote for extremists just because of the party label, and to rethink whether, by TODAY’S definitions, they still feel like BEING Republicans.

    • angelsinca

      I vote republican because of the extremism from the left that accuses the right of doing what the left has done for years, such as redistricting. Besides, I don’t like being told that ‘fair’ is only what the left wants it to be. We appreciate honesty and integrity a lot more than a political win.

  • Ed

    Ha, Ha, Ha, haaa !! Henry Decker, you yellow “journalist” and unconditional Obama adorer, that was funny !!
    Neither you, or the other “posters” here that MINDLESSLY repeat the same refrain to the effect that “sliding polls are a sign that President Obama is at work on the difficult problems”, realize that what you are really saying is that, when Obama was doing “great” in the polls that had to mean that he was NOT at work on the difficult problems …
    LOL !!!