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19% strongly approve of Barack Obama's performance

And so it begs the question... what in hell are these people smoking?

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Monday shows that 19% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Thirty-nine percent (39%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -20 (see trends).

Today's numbers reflect the lowest level of Strong Approval yet recorded for this president. There has been a sharp decline in enthusiasm among liberal voters.

Currently, just 37% of liberals Strongly Approve of the president's performance. That's down from 63% a year ago, 57% at the beginning of 2011, and 52% a week ago. Some liberal commentators have expressed disappointment with the president over the extension of the Bush tax cuts, the military action in Libya, and, most recently, the budget deal to avert a partial shutdown of the federal government. While liberal enthusiasm may be declining, 57% of voters believe the president is more liberal than they are.

Some might see this as bad news for Obama... and perhaps that's the case... but when 1 out of 5 people are still strongly approving of the man's performance, then in reality, it's bad news for the country and an indication of how wide and how deep the ignorance and folly truly is.

We are in deep kimchee people.


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but when 1 out of 5 peop... (Below threshold)
wolfwalker:

but when 1 out of 5 people are still strongly approving of the man's performance, then in reality, it's bad news for the country and an indication of how wide and how deep the ignorance and folly truly is.

Not really. Keep in mind that 15-20% is the approximate number you can find to support almost any idea, no matter how wacko. I think just under 20% still believe 9/11 was an inside job. More people than that believe Barry Lackwit isn't a US citizen. Far more people than that believe that the government captured an alien spacecraft in 1947, and even more believe in psi powers.

When it gets back up to 20%... (Below threshold)
davidt:

When it gets back up to 20% he'll be declared, "The Comeback Kid."

those 19% would "Strongly S... (Below threshold)
Justrand:

those 19% would "Strongly Support" Obama if he slit the throat of a Girl Scout on national TV just to steal her Thin-Mint cookies!

I pray the OTHER 81% are wide awake enough to see this creep for what he TRULY is...and to limit his ability to deeper damage this country to 4 years.

"19% strongly approve of Ba... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

"19% strongly approve of Barack Obama's performance"

So the Obamabots are down to 19%?

I'd be curious as to how many of that 19% get a free ride on the taxpayer dime each month.

Once again proving that the... (Below threshold)
f1guyus:

Once again proving that the shrinks are right when they say 20% of us are nuts. Ya know,Wacko, Goofy. Only explaination for this number. Sad part is he's gonna get re-elected, unless all those other end-of-the-world wackos are right about May 21st.

Uber liberal,black voters a... (Below threshold)
Gladius:

Uber liberal,black voters and the free riders and 20% sounds right but I have to admit when I saw 20% I thought WTF.

12.5% of the population is ... (Below threshold)
retired military:

12.5% of the population is african american.

Obama got 95% of the african american vote.

so about 10% of that 19% is probably african american

90% of the african american population consistently vote democrat no matter what. Since Obama is democrat and african american the 10% out of the 19% probalby holds true.

Statistics and not racism are the basis of this supposition.

19% is right. AA's make up... (Below threshold)
sam:

19% is right. AA's make up about 12-13% of the 19.

Not surprising that only 6-7% of the remaining 85% of the country strongly approves of the Bumbler-in-Chief.

Poll numbers don't tell the... (Below threshold)

Poll numbers don't tell the whole story. Look at how bad Bush's numbers were and yet he won re-election without having to have a recount (oy).

Don't underestimate the machine backing Obama.

Don't think he'll be gettin... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

Don't think he'll be getting 95% of the AA vote this time through, RM - he's down to 85%, and as things continue to not improve they're going to be hard-pressed to continue the unquestioning, unwavering support that characterized the 2008 election.

I think a lot of them are going to sit it out, and hope that the next President will have a clue when it comes to the economy.

Once you subtract the AA vo... (Below threshold)
epador:

Once you subtract the AA vote, you are only getting a fraction of those who either are or should be on Abilify or Thorazine. So its pretty bad when he can't get even the fully delusional folks to vote for him. I noticed the trend in my patients about 4 months ago. They started finding out what Obamacare would mean to them, and let me tell you there are a bunch of pissed off Bipolar and SA patients out there.

Not surprising. Blacks + ... (Below threshold)
Caesar Augustus:

Not surprising. Blacks + empty-headed students + senile Democrats + America-hating leftists + wealthy liberals in big coastal cities = ~20% of the public.

The larger issue is that there's a larger percentage of the public that doesn't support Obama, but yet nevertheless will vote for him in 2012, either because they get duped into it or shamed into it or cajoled into it or because the GOP nominates an unelectable candidate.

nick"Poll numbers ... (Below threshold)
retired military:

nick

"Poll numbers don't tell the whole story. Look at how bad Bush's numbers were and yet he won re-election without having to have a recount (oy).

Don't underestimate the machine backing Obama.
"

Yes Bush won. Becuase look at who he was running against. John "I served in Vietnam" Kerry.

If republicans put up a candidate like McCain or McCain lite (romney or Huckabee) than Obama very well could win reelection.

I saw somewhere about a Huckabee / Trump ticket. That may have more chance than Huckabee / whoever. I seriously doubt Trump will run but if he does I think he will act as the bombthrower this election. Boldly going where angels fear to tread.


I think you are all selling... (Below threshold)
jim m:

I think you are all selling the left short.

There are plenty of lefties who don't think he's doing a good job. You are forgetting the Tom Freidman/Sean Penn wing that are upset that obama hasn't declared himself President for life, rewritten the constitution like Hugo Chavez did in Venezuela and declared war on Israel.

But while hey might score his performance poorly they will never vote for anyone other than the dem candidate until the CPUSA runs someone with a chance of winning.

I blame affirmative action... (Below threshold)
914:

I blame affirmative action for the 19%.

Yes, a proverbial dog might... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

Yes, a proverbial dog might get a higher vote than Obama now, but once independents sees conservatives debate one another, and try to out wing nut each other, by pandering to their crazy base, it should be a relatively easy presidential race that Obama won't deserve against the GOP nominee, if as expected, he or she won´t be any stronger than a McCain.

jim m is without doubt corr... (Below threshold)
Jim Addison:

jim m is without doubt correct @ #14 - a good portion of the left would not give Obama "strong approval" right now, especially the anti-war groups, but they will be there for him for reelection.

However, neither they, nor blacks, nor Hispanics, nor union members will be very enthused about him after gas continues up and the food prices spike in late spring. Labor force participation is down nearly 10% since 2007 - not unemployment, just people available and looking for work.

The young people were energized by the "cool" factor of America electing a black President and, most of them afflicted with government educations, fell for the empty suit with the sweet-sounding "Hope and Change" and the self-aggrandizing "We are the people we've been waiting for!" Given the number of college grads who will be moving back home, that will be dampened.

Of course, the diehard America-haters will turn out for Obama anyway, since he is their last, best chance to destroy capitalism and end the American Era.

ObamaStrongly approv... (Below threshold)
john:

Obama
Strongly approve: 19%
Strongly disapprove: 39%
Total approve: 44%
Total disapprove: 55%
Presidential Approval Index rating: -20

Bush (12/2008)
Strongly approve: 13%
Strongly disapprove: 43%
Total approve: 35%
Total disapprove: 62%
Presidential Approval Index rating: -30

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/political_updates/president_bush_job_approval

So let's see... Obama beats Bush on every measure. But "15-20% is the approximate number you can find to support almost any idea, no matter how wacko", "the shrinks are right when they say 20% of us are nuts", and "its pretty bad when he can't get even the fully delusional folks". But even Bush couldn't muster ratings as high.

I love right-wing arguments.

But, we live in the real wo... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

But, we live in the real world and GOP´s leading candidate, in the polls, is Romneycare and the Donald is tied for second with Huckabee. That is a scary lot, and remember Obama is the narcissist.

"Obama beats Bush on every ... (Below threshold)
Sky Captain:

"Obama beats Bush on every measure."

Except in actually being President. That appears to be above Homer J. Obama's capabilities.

John, glad you picked out t... (Below threshold)
engineer:

John, glad you picked out the lowest Bush numbers you could find. And the discussion was low poll numbers leading into re-election re. post #9). I don't think Bush was worried about re-election in December 2008.

Of course, the diehard A... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

Of course, the diehard America-haters will turn out for Obama anyway, since he is their last, best chance to destroy capitalism and end the American Era.

And like the cartoon character who sits out on a branch that he's cutting off a tree, when the branch breaks and he plummets he's NOT going to understand why he's falling, or why the impact will be so hard.

John ref 18.FROM Y... (Below threshold)
retired military:

John ref 18.

FROM YOUR SOURCE

"Advertisement

President Bush Job Approval
Presidential Approval Index: Bush -30
Monday, January 05, 2009 Email to a Friend ShareThis.In the final full month of his Presidency, just 13% of American adults said they Strongly Approved of the way that George W. Bush performed his job as president. Forty-three percent (43%) Strongly Disapproved
"

You picked a poll when

a. Bush was not up for reelection for anything.
b. THe recession was in full swing
c. Bush was at the end of 8 years (most of which we were at war).
d. Obama was at the height of his popularity and the dems were blaming Bush for everything up to and including if the earth were invaded by aliens it would be Bush's fault.

THanks for playing asshole.

Try again

BTW JohnSince you ... (Below threshold)
retired military:

BTW John

Since you like poll results so much

http://online.wsj.com/public/resources/documents/info-presapp0605-31.html

If you compare where Bush was when he had job approval numbers like Obama currently does it was in the middle of the Hurricane Katrina and Rita period.

I think that that is kind of appropriate for Obama now dont you.

One other thing on Bush's c... (Below threshold)
retired military:

One other thing on Bush's chart on that page John.

THe next 2 events were

a. The opposition party to the president win control of both houses of Congress.

b. The country slides into recession.

Again. Seems that history keeps repeating itslef.

Lets see how Obama's numbers stack up against Bush in Nov 2012 shall we.

I forgot the 3rd thing (fro... (Below threshold)
retired military:

I forgot the 3rd thing (from post 25).

The opposition party won the presidency.

Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it.

Do you think that 2 years after Obama is out of office there will be billboards popping up with a picture of him asking "Do you miss me yet?"

Thanks john I wondered whic... (Below threshold)
John:

Thanks john I wondered which liberal would play the Obama is as good as Bush card. Wow how low can he sink?

Obamalama has been in offic... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Obamalama has been in office two years and he is almost tied with GW Bush at 8 years. I know John was trying to gig us but he looks foolish now.

And Obamalama is going to make a major economical speech Wednesday that will first and foremost start the class warfare envy, the union workers are the middle class and we MUST raise taxes. Any bettors? ww

At the END of Bush's third ... (Below threshold)
Ryan M.:

At the END of Bush's third year in office, going into the year before his attempt to be reelected - the similar scenario to what Obama has. . bush was over 60% approval.

http://www.usatoday.com/news/politicselections/nation/2003-12-26-approval-ratings_x.htm

Heck. He was still over 50% after a brief dip under when he beat Kerry. This is not comparable to Obama.

Please try again later after your massive crash and burn.

19% That must be the federa... (Below threshold)
Hank:

19% That must be the federal workers making over 100k a year and of course the small percentage of moonbats living here in Ma.

And Obamalama is going t... (Below threshold)
Jay Guevara:

And Obamalama is going to make a major economical speech Wednesday

Economical with the truth, no doubt.

OOh! An OMbama SPEECH! TH... (Below threshold)
Ryan Aaron:

OOh! An OMbama SPEECH! THAT is new and exciting!!!! I can hardly CONTAIN myself!!! So we get to hear another tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying. . nothing. . .right?

"And Obamalama is going to ... (Below threshold)
retired military:

"And Obamalama is going to make a major economical speech Wednesday "

Yes. He is going to say that the economy is the first thing he thinks of when he wakes up and the last thing he thinks of when he goes to bed. Of course the rest of the day he is thinking about his golf game.


John, glad you picked ou... (Below threshold)
john:

John, glad you picked out the lowest Bush numbers you could find.

No, I picked the most recent of his presidency. It just so happens they're the lowest.

Since you like poll results so much

Thanks for the link. So far Obama's line looks a lot like Reagan's.

If you compare where Bush was when he had job approval numbers like Obama currently does

In that case, it would be when Bush's approval numbers were higher than what I cited.

As usual, the blindly myopic here missed the point. I wasn't saying that Obama is better than Bush (although it's been amusing seeing retired military go positively apoplectic trying to show how Bush's ratings weren't his fault). It's that when Bush had lower approval than what Obama currently has, you still loved him and said nothing. But when Obama has higher ratings than that, it's because the people support him are "delusional".

So in summary, you hate Obama no matter what. Point taken.

So in summary, you hate ... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

So in summary, you hate Obama no matter what. Point taken.

Sigh.

I wonder sometimes why the left focuses on hate so much. And on racism, though that's tangental to this.

Isn't it enough to think Obama's not got what it takes to be President? To think that when it comes to leadership he'd have problems leading a Cub Scout den to a box of doughnuts? To think when it comes to energy that it makes no sense at all to give BRAZIL $2 billion so THEY can drill for oil so WE can buy it, instead of drilling for oil here at home? To think that when it comes to economics, he somehow thinks that reducing the rate of increase on a program is a significant cut, and that we can sustain trillion-dollar deficits for the next decade? And that by 'taxing the rich', he can somehow make up that shortfall while expanding the size and cost of government?

Nah, it couldn't be that, could it?

As long as Obama thinks onl... (Below threshold)
Ryan:

As long as Obama thinks only in soc98alist redistributionist terms for everything he does? Yes, I greatly dislike the man who is threating to crash and burn our economy. GO figure.

According to Internal Reven... (Below threshold)
Ryan:

According to Internal Revenue Service data, the entire taxable income of everyone earning over $100,000 in 2008 was about $1.582 trillion. Even if all these Americans—most of whom are far from wealthy—were taxed at 100%, it wouldn't cover Mr. Obama's deficit for this year.




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