More and more Americans are “paying attention to the man behind the curtain,” and discovering that their president is a disaster for the United States.
The latest USA today/Gallup poll reports that Americans are moving toward blaming the lousy economy on the man who has controlled it for the past 14 months, Barack Obama.
But even more important is that opinions on the President’s personal traits are declining.
Last week’s jubilant signing of the health care overhaul, Obama’s signature domestic initiative, seems to have given the president little boost. Instead, his standing on four personal qualities has sagged, and 50% of those surveyed say he doesn’t deserve re-election.
“People are still hurting; a lot of people are still struggling, and I think a lot of what we’re seeing in the polls reflects people’s views on the economy,” says Rep. Chris Van Hollen, head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
“At the same time, things have been improving. Clearly the economy is growing again,” Van Hollen said. “I believe that if we begin to see positive job growth, people’s confidence will return and that will change the dynamic.”
As things stand today that growth is not happening the economy is still bleeding jobs, but at a slower rate.
What the poll reflects is significant change. Prior to this even if the President’s programs received bad grades, his personal ratings were stable. This poll shows that his personal ratings are beginning to slip:
- Obama’s standing on four key personal qualities, including being a strong and decisive leader and understanding the problems Americans face in their lives, has dipped. For the first time since the 2008 campaign, he fails to win a majority of people saying he shares their values and can manage the government effectively.
- Twenty-six percent say he deserves “a great deal” of the blame for the nation’s economic problems, nearly double the number who felt that way last summer. In all, half say he deserves at least a moderate amount of blame.
- By 50%-46%, those surveyed say Obama doesn’t deserve re-election.Obama’s approval rating on handling the economy, foreign affairs and the federal budget deficit hasn’t significantly changed from February. It has risen a bit on health care, though he doesn’t get majority approval on any of the categories.
The latest Gallup poll show another way the president’s policies are effecting the
political landscape with the passage of Obamacare there was a five point swing toward the Republicans in the generic congressional ballot poll.
The 2010 election is still a long time away, and the 2012 election is even further away.But despite the length of time the Progressives have to change their policies before an elections, they first have to want to change…and Its hard to see a scenario where that happens.