More Bad News For The President

For an administration that has reportedly made poll testing a center piece of administration policy one hopes key individuals in the administration are asking themselves; “what went wrong?” For the rest of us the question is; “does the President even care?” So far, there is no indication that he does, in the face of a variety of crisis the response seems, most often to be, fundraising and golf. Golf may be a good way to clear the mind but the optics are disturbing and may be more than optics. It may be the inherent arrogance and narcissism the President has often been accused of with that chorus finding more Democrats joining by the day.

The latest WSJ/NBC poll is bad news for the President; even NBC seems to have been forced into that position. The right track/wrong track numbers are holding steady at two to one, wrong track. On job performance and the economy the numbers hover in the 41% approval zone. On foreign policy the President is at 37% approval, his lowest rating in nearly two years in this poll. We have traveled far from the point of his re-election where his ratings on foreign policy were his only number over 50%.

A further indication of widespread erosion was the question that asked respondents to react to names of public figures and groups. In January of 2009 43% has a very “positive response” to Obama, today that number is 20%. In that same time frame Obama went from a 6% “very negative” response to 31%, that is a change of over 400% to the negative.

On the “government should do more or is doing too much” question the “do more” numbers have hovered around 50%, now 50% say “too much” turning against a fundamental underpinning of Administration philosophy.

Of concern is that there is very little movement related to how interested the respondents are in the upcoming November elections. Polls are often schizophrenic. Despite consistent rejection of Obama policies, the respondents preferred a Democratically controlled Congress over Republican control by 2 points with 12 undecided. The poll also shows that the traditional re-election of Congressional incumbents may be facing a sea change. A year ago the poll indicated that 57% would like to see “someone else given a chance” that number receded, peaked at a high of 63% in October of 2013 returning to 57%.

41% say that over the past year the performance of the Obama administration has “gotten worse”, 15% say “gotten better”. Obama is losing the electorate over both policy and competence. On an issue by issue compilation, when respondents among the 15% were asked to rate areas of improvement the highest issue specific number was 5%. On the other side of the coin 12% was the high water mark amongst the 41%. Even supporters who feel that administration performance has improved are tepid in their enthusiasm or hard pressed to put a finger on the actuality of the improvement.

A factor in the apparent lack of enthusiasm relates to the economy where only 27% feel the economy will get better in the upcoming year, 48% say it will stay about the same, 24% saying it will worsen.

There is, in the interest, of fairness polling that also supports the President’s position on issues related to immigration, EPA regulations and climate change. The hard core on climate change is however only 30% with a nearly equal number saying “some” action should be taken. One wonders what the response would be if there were a dollar figure or an economic impact number included in the question or that it were phrased in the context that neither India or China, the worst polluters, would change their policies and would benefit from further restrictions on American business?

The departure from Afghanistan shows major support for the President’s position, with 65% saying the war was “not worth it”, however 59% oppose the closing of Gitmo.

The original question demands reprise; “does the President care”?

  • Bob

    With more and more articles describing the ineptness of the current administration in foreign affairs something needed to be done to slow the international and domestic hemorrhage of trust.

    As with the supposed killing of Osama bin Laden our Special Forces come through with the capture of one of the attackers on our Benghazi embassy. The capture of Ahmed Abu Khattald took 21 MONTHS WHILE THE CAPTURE AND IMPRISONMENT OF THE FILM MAKER TOOK 16 DAYS. It wasn’t American resolve that captured him as the President suggest. No!..Ahmed Abu Khattald was living out in the open the whole time in Libya and was even giving interviews to the New York Times and Reuthers in Benghazi on the 18th of October 2012.Like everything else our government does it does it when it is convenient to their agenda…..and trumpets their results. Think back of how the administration has a habit of side tracking the conversation when a scandal has been hot.

    Oh! and it isn’t just the current administration. The Bush administration had the commander of the Benhazi attack Abu Safian Bin Qumu in custody but released him from Gitmo in 2007.

    http://hotair.com/archives/2014/06/17/breaking-us-captures-first-suspect-in-benghazi-attack/

  • Bill Hedges

    _ Pre·pos·ter·ous _ Laying blame upon Bush for release of Abu Safian Bin Qumu…

    bob talks BAD about buma then ends up writing:

    “Oh! and it isn’t just the current administration. The Bush administration had the commander of the Benhazi attack Abu Safian Bin Qumu in custody but released him from Gitmo in 2007.”

    WHAT EXACTLY were the legal charges against Abu Safian Bin Qumu under Bush that he was held for in Gilmo ???

    What EXACTLY did Bush DO WRONG ??? NO legal charges DOES LEADS to release IN OUR LEGAL SYSTEM.

    Do people released from prisons COMMIT NEW CRIME ??? Can’t blame Bush for recidivism:

    http://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=tp&tid=17

    IN MOST CAUSES, prisoners get released… When found guilty OF A CRIME with TIME SERVED…

  • Bob

    “It is assessed the detainee poses a MEDIUM TO HIGH risk as he is likely to pose a threat to the United States,it’s interest and allies…..Detainee has a long term association with Islamic extremist Jihad and members of Al Qaida and other extremist groups…….The Libyan government considers detainee a dangerous man with no qualms about committing terrorist acts.He is known as one of extremist commanders of the Afghan Arabs.”

    From the JTF GTMO Detainee Assessment of Abu Safian Bin Qumu dated 22 April 2005 (see page 3 of assessment)written 2 years before his release.

    http://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=File:ISN_00557,_Abu_Sufyan_Ben_Qumu%27s_Guantanamo_detainee_assessment.pdf&page=1

    This should (but probably won’t) put an end to any cockamamie talk about releasing or trading terrorist.

  • Bill Hedges

    STAYING FOCUSED.

    Blame placed on Bush by bob was unwarranted. Have NO CONCERN on other issues bob presents on THIS ISSUE:

    _ Pre·pos·ter·ous _ Laying blame upon Bush for release of Abu Safian Bin Qumu…

    bob talks BAD about buma then ends up writing:

    “Oh! and it isn’t just the current administration. The Bush administration had the commander of the Benhazi attack Abu Safian Bin Qumu in custody but released him from Gitmo in 2007.”

    WHAT EXACTLY were the legal charges against Abu Safian Bin Qumu under Bush that he was held for in Gilmo ???

    What EXACTLY did Bush DO WRONG ??? NO legal charges DOES LEADS to release IN OUR LEGAL SYSTEM.

    Do people released from prisons COMMIT NEW CRIME ??? Can’t blame Bush for recidivism:

    http://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=tp&tid=17

    IN MOST CAUSES, prisoners get released… When found guilty OF A CRIME with TIME SERVED…

  • Bill Hedges

    fyi

    “It is assessed the detainee poses a MEDIUM TO HIGH risk…”

    WISH they would throw me in jail FOR THAT. TED TURNER I’d be richer THAN YOU.

    MORE _ ger·mane _, Bush DID NOTHING wrong releasing Abu Safian Bin Qumu to ANOTHER Country. His subsequent recidivism, happens more OFTEN than NOT. OUR legal system recognizes is price WE PAY TO HONOR our Constitution…

  • Bill Hedges

    THE big fat KICK to bob’s CASE:

    bob SAYS:

    “The Libyan government considers detainee a dangerous man with no qualms about committing terrorist acts.”

    SAY this “isn’t so Joe” (bob):

    “Abu Sufian Ibrahim Ahmed Hamuda Bin Qumu (born 26 June 1959) is a citizen of Libya”

    ((( Libyian citizen))) bob. What better place to dump this guy.

    “Qumu was transferred to Libya on 28 September 2007”

    Libya released this guy Libya called a “dangerous man”.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abu_Sufian_bin_Qumu

    Time to take a tactical retreat bob…

    • Bob

      “Time to take a tactical retreat”???? HARDLY!

      If you re-read your own link it says in the 2nd paragraph “Qumu was transferred to Libya on 28 September 2007” Then go to the box on the right hand side where it says “Detained:GUANTANAMO”

      WHO WAS PRESIDENT THAT RELEASED HIM IN 2007? IF HE IS DEEMED A THREAT TO THE UNITED STATES AND IT’S ALLIES YOU DON’T RELEASE HIM AT ALL !

  • Bill Hedges

    AND of course I complained of J.D. using liberal link. Still waiting for THAT PROOF. When the Devil must wear a heavy winter coat in his abode.

    bob wrote:

    “IF HE IS DEEMED A THREAT TO THE UNITED STATES AND IT’S ALLIES YOU DON’T RELEASE HIM AT ALL !”

    Got Constitutional confirmation on THAT bob ???

    Let’s review comments I MADE that you weren’t able to read with comprehension TO MAKE SUCH A _ Pre·pos·ter·ous _ ………….. conclusion.:

    THE big fat KICK to bob’s CASE:

    bob SAYS:

    “The Libyan government considers detainee a dangerous man with no qualms about committing terrorist acts.”

    SAY this “isn’t so Joe” (bob):

    “Abu Sufian Ibrahim Ahmed Hamuda Bin Qumu (born 26 June 1959) is a citizen of Libya”

    ((( Libyian citizen))) bob. What better place to dump this guy.

    “Qumu was transferred to Libya on 28 September 2007?

    Libya released this guy Libya called a “dangerous man”.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abu_Sufian_bin_Qumu

    Time to take a tactical retreat bob. DEPORTATION of criminals to their home Country IS COMMONPLACE. In this case, wipes our laws off their case.
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    MORE Let’s review comments I MADE that you weren’t able to read with comprehension:

    fyi

    “It is assessed the detainee poses a MEDIUM TO HIGH risk…”

    WISH they would throw me in jail FOR THAT. TED TURNER I’d be richer THAN YOU.

    MORE _ ger·mane _, Bush DID NOTHING wrong releasing Abu Safian Bin Qumu to ANOTHER Country. His subsequent recidivism, happens more OFTEN than NOT. OUR legal system recognizes is price WE PAY TO HONOR our Constitution…
    __

    your last comment:

    “IF HE IS DEEMED A THREAT TO THE UNITED STATES AND IT’S ALLIES YOU DON’T RELEASE HIM AT ALL !”

    Lybia DOES NOT have the Constitution WE HAVE. Recidivism rate in OUR JAILS are SUPER HIGH. “THREAT TO THE UNITED STATES”. Let’s NOT RELEASE when their time IS UP.

    MORE Let’s review comments I MADE that you weren’t able to read with comprehension:

    “Abu Sufian Ibrahim Ahmed Hamuda Bin Qumu (born 26 June 1959) is a citizen of Libya”

    ((( Libyian citizen))) bob. What better place to dump this guy.

    “Qumu was transferred to Libya on 28 September 2007?

    Libya released this guy Libya called a “dangerous man”.
    ___

    Concluding. bob says:

    “IF HE IS DEEMED A THREAT TO THE UNITED STATES AND IT’S ALLIES YOU DON’T RELEASE HIM AT ALL !”

    Provide the Constitutional backing of that statement. Releasing a Libyan citizen to Libya relies a headache.

    Didn’t both Bush & buma learn WAS BEST to keep THESE THREATS off American land, unless due process was followed. Expected judicial action be it military or civilian courts.

    OK bob. I repeated, repeated, repeated THE SAME THING. Did it penetrate ???
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    It started with your:

    “Oh! and it isn’t just the current administration. The Bush administration had the commander of the Benhazi attack Abu Safian Bin Qumu in custody but released him from Gitmo in 2007.”

    Bush didn’t release to open range feed. He was released to his home Country that found him to be a THREAT. RELEASED when felt he was _ re·ha·bil·i·tated _.

    Maybe in your Nazi Germany America__ NO RELEASE. BURN Constitution. Night of DEALTH for BROWN SHIRTS…

  • Bill Hedges

    PAST time to take YOUR tactical retreat bob…

    WHY DESIRE to abandon Gitmo ? Ship elsewhere. Even WORSE court decisions COULD rear its ugly head.:

    “After Bush political appointees at the U.S. Office of Legal Counsel, Department of Justice advised the Bush administration that the Guantanamo Bay detention camp could be considered outside U.S. legal jurisdiction, military guards took the first twenty detainees to Guantanamo on 11 January 2002. The Bush administration asserted that detainees were not entitled to any of the protections of the Geneva Conventions. Ensuing U.S. Supreme Court decisions since 2004 have determined otherwise and that the courts have jurisdiction: it ruled in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld on 29 June 2006, that detainees were entitled to the minimal protections listed under Common Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions.[5] Following this, on 7 July 2006, the Department of Defense issued an internal memo stating that prisoners would, in the future, be entitled to protection under Common Article 3.”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guantanamo_Bay_detention_camp

    Yeah bob. Constitution DOES RULE ON LEASED LAND BY AMERICA at Guantanamo .

    Abu Sufian Ibrahim Ahmed Hamuda Bin Qumu is being questioned on a SHIP. THEY SAY. Which NATION ???

  • Joann

    There is no media bias here, its all a repetitive fantasy despite the fact that NBC did not report on their own poll last night!!!

  • Bob

    Defending the release of TERRORIST that have been deemed a DANGER TO THE UNITED STATES simply because HE WAS RELEASED TO A ROGUE NATION AND “W” DID IT?

    “YOU HAVE GONE OVER TO THE DARK SIDE LUKE”

  • Bill Hedges

    bob writes:

    “Defending the release of TERRORIST that have been deemed a DANGER TO THE UNITED STATES simply because HE WAS RELEASED TO A ROGUE NATION AND “W” DID IT?”

    Will be a long time before I will repeat, repeat, repeat, this matter with you.

    Libya said this guy was BAD. THE GUY was a Libyan citizen. Nations were not OPENING THEIR BOARDERS to receive this guy.

    Because of folks like YOU, WHO STAY HOME ELECTION DAY, liberal Presidents appoint liberal Supreme Court Judges.

    GOOD GUESS insignificant proof to haul him into military OR civilian COURTS.

    SO WHAT he is deemed a “treat” !!! IS not a 99 year sentence in jail. Isn’t AGAINST THE LAW. Takes illegal action with plenty of PROOF. “Deemed” DOEN’T HOLD water.

    Cons are released daily KNOWING full well, more likely than not, THEY WILL COMMIT more crimes. MURDER. There is NO WALL where they are lined up AND SHOT.

    ((( I notice you give NO SOLUTION TO PERDEICTIMENT “W” was in. Considering all the variables at his disposal ))). Except YOUR excrement__ illegal behind bars.

    YES. I DEFEND. AS you defend YOUR RIGHT not to vote considering all the consequences. YOUR WRITE saying I condemned J.D. for use of liberal links WITHOUT proof. With no PROOF.

    Why DID YOU WRITE “IF HE IS DEEMED A THREAT TO THE UNITED STATES AND IT’S ALLIES YOU DON’T RELEASE HIM AT ALL !” ??? DECIDED not Constitutional.

    Your a believer in Constitution. Yet you wrote “IF HE IS DEEMED A THREAT TO THE UNITED STATES AND IT’S ALLIES YOU DON’T RELEASE HIM AT ALL !”

    REALLY !!!???!!!

    SUSPECTED CONS will be released when term of imprisonment is done TO RETURN. Knowing FULL WELL most will reenter jail.

    Non- ROGUE NATION weren’t jumping UP & DOWN to take this guy. Release on American streets NO OPTION. NOT RELEASING NOT A OPTION. Courts not option. PRESIDENT pay-grade incurs difficult decisions.

    If you could point to a choice “W” could MAKE you would. What you presented, “IF HE IS DEEMED A THREAT TO THE UNITED STATES AND IT’S ALLIES YOU DON’T RELEASE HIM AT ALL !”
    was RULED… Not a option.

    bob writes:

    “YOU HAVE GONE OVER TO THE DARK SIDE LUKE”

    You wrote Libya felt this guy WAS A “treat”. YOU LISTEN to “ROGUE NATION” QUOTING Libya.. When convenient. So did “W”.

    I STAYED IN THE LIGHT. Accepting the challenges Supreme Court Rulings manifested upon the situation. Your, WE, keep imprisoned UNTIL DEALTH represents:

    “YOU HAVE GONE OVER TO THE DARK SIDE LUKE”

    I focus on reality…

    We released those we felt was _ re·ha·bil·i·tated _. Libya did same for THEIR CITIZEN.

    If you want to change process in America, continue to STAY HOME election day.

  • Bill Hedges

    Say NONE are rehabilitated. NAACP will bring upon the situation THEIR VERSION of Wrath of God.

    Even “W” JUMPS to THAT TUNE… always A consideration in Presidential decision methodology. Their__ pay grade…