Repeat After Me: Barack Obama Is Not A Popular President

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on July 27, 2009

To wit:

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Monday shows that 30% of the nation’s voters now Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Forty percent (40%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -10. Yesterday and today are the only time that Obama’s Approval Index ratings have fallen to double digits in negative territory (see trends).

Fifty-six percent (56%) of Democrats Strongly Approve of his performance while 72% of Republicans Strongly Disapprove. See other recent demographic highlights.

The Presidential Approval Index is calculated by subtracting the number who Strongly Disapprove from the number who Strongly Approve. It is updated daily at 9:30 a.m. Eastern (sign up for free daily e-mail update). Updates also available on Twitter.

Obama is now seen as politically liberal by 76%. That’s up six points from a month ago, 11 points since he was elected, and the highest total to date. Forty-eight percent (48%) now see him as Very Liberal, up 20 points since he was elected (Premium Members can see trends and crosstabs).

The President received generally poor grades for his response to a question about a Cambridge police incident involving a black Harvard professor. However, the results show a huge divide between black Americans and white Americans on all questions.

Overall, 49% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the President’s performance. Fifty percent (50%) disapprove. It is important to remember that the Rasmussen Reports job approval ratings are based upon a sample of likely voters. Some other firms base their approval ratings on samples of all adults. President Obama’s numbers are always several points higher in a poll of adults rather than likely voters. That’s because some of the President’s most enthusiastic supporters, such as young adults, are less likely to turn out to vote.

That last paragraph will hardly qualify as comforting for the Administration. More here:

A Gallup poll released on Friday said only 41 percent of those surveyed wanted [healthcare] legislation approved this year, and the poll was done on Thursday night, one day after Obama’s healthcare-dominated news conference.

Other poll results paint a picture of an apparent rough patch for the president, as he tries to steer the country out of a lingering recession while pushing an ambitious agenda of making healthcare more affordable and accessible and addressing global warming.

He still has a job approval rating well over 50 percent in most polls, clear evidence the president remains personally well-liked, although his numbers are lower than they were in the national euphoria immediately after he took power.

But Americans are beginning to sour on his economic policies. A USA Today/Gallup poll last week said that by 49 percent to 47 percent, those surveyed disapprove of how he is handling the economy, a turnaround from his 55 percent to 42 percent approval in May.

The poll said the biggest drop came from conservative and moderate Democrats.

Fifty-nine percent said his proposals called for too much government spending, the poll found.

Usually, when the poll ratings of a particular politician suffer, the media piles on, adding to the troubles of the politician in question. By all rights, Obama should receive the same treatment. In any event, the myth that the President is this overwhelmingly popular political titan should surely be dispelled now, which of course makes it easier to take the President and his Administration on concerning the issues of the day.

As I have argued before, there is no reason whatsoever to fear the Administration or its political power anymore. People should be willing to fight Barack Obama on the issues, especially given the increasing likelihood that if one is closely associated with the Administration, one’s political prospects may suffer in the process.

  • btok

    He certainly is not what America needs! America will not accept a dictator who is sympathetic to Off-Shore Foreign Bankers! He is going to drop right through to the lowest negative numbers where he belongs! In the pit!

  • btok

    He certainly is not what America needs! America will not accept a dictator who is sympathetic to Off-Shore Foreign Bankers! He is going to drop right through to the lowest negative numbers where he belongs! In the pit!

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