In the latest poll data from Rasmussen Reports, it would seem President Obama has a problem he’s never had before – his approval ratings have now fallen below the level George W. Bush was in an analogous period in 2001. That can’t be good for his ego, but it’s a good sign that the country is waking up and paying attention to our problems.
In an article published yesterday in the Wall Street Journal, some interesting facts emerged.
Rasmussen Reports data shows that Mr. Obama’s net presidential approval rating — which is calculated by subtracting the number who strongly disapprove from the number who strongly approve — is just six, his lowest rating to date.
Overall, Rasmussen Reports shows a 56%-43% approval, with a third strongly disapproving of the president’s performance. This is a substantial degree of polarization so early in the administration. Mr. Obama has lost virtually all of his Republican support and a good part of his Independent support, and the trend is decidedly negative.
A detailed examination of presidential popularity after 50 days on the job similarly demonstrates a substantial drop in presidential approval relative to other elected presidents in the 20th and 21st centuries. The reason for this decline most likely has to do with doubts about the administration’s policies and their impact on peoples’ lives.
There is also a clear sense in the polling that taxes will increase for all Americans because of the stimulus, notwithstanding what the president has said about taxes going down for 95% of Americans. Close to three-quarters expect that government spending will grow under this administration.
Recent Gallup data echo these concerns. That polling shows that there are deep-seeded, underlying economic concerns. Eighty-three percent say they are worried that the steps Mr. Obama is taking to fix the economy may not work and the economy will get worse. Eighty-two percent say they are worried about the amount of money being added to the deficit. Seventy-eight percent are worried about inflation growing, and 69% say they are worried about the increasing role of the government in the U.S. economy.
There’s some startling numbers here. EIGHTY-THREE PERCENT are worried Obama may make the economy worse. Eighty-three percent. That’s a lot of folks – a lot of folks who voted this man into office.
The article in WSJ goes on to list a few more interesting pieces of data from both Gallup and Rasmussen.
- Rasmussen data shows that people now actually oppose Mr. Obama’s budget, 46% to 41%. Three-quarters take this position because it will lead to too much spending.
- Fifty-six percent of Americans oppose giving bankers any additional government money or any guarantees backed by the government.
- While voters blame Republicans for the lack of bipartisanship in Washington, the fact is that they do not believe Mr. Obama has made any progress in improving the impulse towards cooperation between the two parties. Further, nearly half of voters say that politics in Washington will be more partisan over the next year.
- Just 19% of voters believe that Congress has passed any significant legislation to improve their lives. Even after all the stimulus bills and the Omnibus Bill, only 19% of all voters believe Congress has passed anything that will help them as individuals improve their lives. So what did they spend it all on?
And saving the best for last – pay attention here –
“Less than a quarter of Americans believe that the federal government truly reflects the will of the people.”
Less than a quarter. Less than 25% of all Americans. Think about that. More than 75% of all Americans believe that the federal government does NOT reflect the will of the people.
Maybe it’s time for those 75% to say it loud enough they can hear it in the White House.