July 29, 2011

"Obama Approval Drops to New Low of 40%..."

Gallup.
Obama's job approval rating among Democrats is 72%, compared with 34% among independents and 13% among Republicans. In the prior three weeks, his average approval rating was 79% among Democrats, 41% among independents, and 12% among Republicans.
Well, at least the Republicans are liking him a tad more.

49 comments:

KenK said...

That ain't so bad. Didn't Bush get down into the rock bottom 30's?

pbAndj said...

So how does he compare to Congressional leadership?

I know, that's a low bar, but still.

Fred4Pres said...

But he is doing such a good job. That is what all these Democrats keep telling me.

Dust Bunny Queen said...

So how does he compare to Congressional leadership?

Kind of like asking which do you like better...snakes or spiders?

garage mahal said...

So how does he compare to Congressional leadership?

No Pell grants for middle class kids, or the economy gets it!

Phil 3:14 said...

But, but, but

Osama Bin Ladin...WE KILLED HIM!!!

(silence)

CRAZY REPUBLICANS, CRAZY TEA PARTY..LOOK OVER THERE!!!!!

(silence)


uhh...hope + change?

(silence, begins to turn and walk away, head bowed then looks over shoulder sheepishly)

Bush?

Phil 3:14 said...

So how does he compare to Congressional leadership?

pbandj;
I learned along time ago as a doc that to use the line:

But the nurses on this floor are awful!

Only made them look bad too but didn't improve my image with the patient.

(Shorter answer: Throw all da bums out!)

bagoh20 said...

Maybe he should pander to Repubs.

The Crack Emcee said...

Would it be safe to say reality's catching up with him?

I've always been about that, you know,...

Phil 3:14 said...

That ain't so bad. Didn't Bush get down into the rock bottom 30's?

Yes, but the key number is Bush Aug 2003. See here

As President Bush’s approval rating has inched downward – from 58% last month to 53% in the current survey

Matt said...

Yeah and Congress's approval is around 20% so no one is smelling good now.

dbp said...

Congress always has lower approval ratings than the president--even Bush at his nadir had better approval ratings than congress.

The appropriate metric is one president to another, ideally at similar points in their term.

Revenant said...

So how does he compare to Congressional leadership?

If we're very, very lucky, Obama AND Boehner will lose their jobs soon.

Tim said...

He's lucky. He's earned worse.

mesquito said...

Congress always has lower approval ratings than the president--even Bush at his nadir had better approval ratings than congress.

Congress is a faceless institution. The President is a (tediously) ever-present person. Apples and oranges.

Bruce Hayden said...

If we're very, very lucky, Obama AND Boehner will lose their jobs soon.

Boehner isn't going any where. His constituents like him, and I heard Pelosi last night. She still almost has her job, and she managed to lose 80 or so seats and her private jet, yet kept the leadership of her party in the House.

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traditionalguy said...

He has never been a leader.

He only communicates in Harvard entitlement to be believed smart memes.

While the real world has collapses around us he replays fluff sentiments from the days the USA had all the power and the money it needed.

There is no leadership coming from the man who has taken our Presidency hostage.

He tells us vague threats unless he is given ALL of the power...the same messages he sent to Libya's Gadafy:
"Surrender now or something bad will happen later." as he lead from behind and created The Perfect Stalemate.

And he keeps the pressure on.

I predict that Obama will keep this act up until the USA's world reputation has evaporated.

blake said...

Well, at least the Republicans are liking him a tad more.

So, he's got that goin' for him.

Which is nice.

Revenant said...

Boehner isn't going any where. His constituents like him, and I heard Pelosi last night.

I meant his job as Speaker.

Christy said...

I'd be curious to see those numbers broken down by those who pay federal taxes (53% isn't it?) and those who don't. Shouldn't those 47% who do not pay for his policies be squarely in Obama's corner?

Bob Ellison said...

The differentials are quite interesting. Obama started to come out of the ivory tower over the last three weeks, framing himself as a fiscal conservative and spewing contempt for the Tea Party and the GOP.

Results: (1) independents and Democrats like him much less. (2) Republicans like him just slightly more.

Result 1 is probably because Obama has (a) alarmed his base by appearing to cave, and (2) alarmed independents by appearing to be incompetent. Result 2 is probably because Obama at least came out of his ivory tower. You can get from 12% to 13% with just a few dog biscuits like that.

Bob Ellison said...

Uh, (b).

Bushman of the Kohlrabi said...

Congressional approval may be low, but then again, congress isn't running for president next year.

Next stop 30's!

TWM said...

Yeah garage, losing Pell Grants is the biggest problem facing our youth today. You know, right after THE CRUSHING DEBT they are inheriting!!!

Paulio said...

Yes it's true Obama isn't running against Congress next year--who will be running against--Romney? Pawlenty? Bachmann? Perry? All of them make Congress look like a tough candidate.

Regarding the comparison to another president at the same time--yes, he's behind Bush. But he's tied with Reagan. If the right nominates any of those folks we'll end up with a Reagan-style victory.

At some point you've got to stop complaining about Obama and start talking about how much better your candidate will be. Who is it gonna be?

mesquito said...

Wanna bet that on Day Three of the 3-day average President Golfsalot was in the 30s?

Phil 3:14 said...

No Pell grants for middle class kids, or the economy gets it!

Highlights from Wikipedia:

A Pell Grant is money the federal government provides for students who need it to pay for college. Federal Pell Grants are limited to students with financial need

In 1965, Congress passed the Higher Education Act of 1965(HEA). President Lyndon B. Johnson implemented the HEA as a part of his administration’s agenda to assist and improve higher education in the United States. This was the initial legislation to benefit students of lower and middle-income.

In 1972, Title IX Higher Education Amendments were a response to the distribution of aid in the current grant. Senator Claiborne Pell set forth the initial movements to reform the HEA. Opportunity Grant Program (Basic Grant) were intended to serve as the "floor" or "foundation" of an undergraduate student's financial aid package. Other financial aid, to the extent that it was available, would be added to the Basic Grant up to the limit of a student's financial need.

In 1978 the Middle Income Student Assistance Act of 1978 (MISAA) was signed into act by President Jimmy Carter. This bill provides more generous Basic Educational Opportunity Grant—Pell grants-to low-income students, and makes eligible students from families with income up to about $25,000. An additional 1.5 million students from middle-income families will be eligible for the Basic Grants program.

As with all grants, there is a maximum amount that the government funds for each applicant. [21] For the 2010-2011 award year, the maximum amount is $5,550.

Boy in little wikipedia entry is an object lesson in how government programs start with good intentions end up....

My conclusion: The base college tuition is $5,550.

mesquito said...

But he's tied with Reagan.

And we'll have 6 percent growth on election day?

Phil 3:14 said...

Bob;
Uh, (b).

Don't worry Bob that mistake was not going to generate a Spanish Inquisition.

garage mahal said...

Yeah garage, losing Pell Grants is the biggest problem facing our youth today.

If you're the GOP it was very important they cut out Pell grants. That was one of their sticking points. For the millionth time, if you are working class and vote Republican, you need to have your head examined.

SPImmortal said...

If you're the GOP it was very important they cut out Pell grants. That was one of their sticking points. For the millionth time, if you are working class and vote Republican, you need to have your head examined.

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It's smart. Government backed financial aide is the primary reason why the cost of going to college is now completely ludicrous.

As institutions, colleges have no incentive to lower prices as long as they get their money back regardless of whether the student can pay back his loan or not.

edutcher said...

This is why Little Zero has been relatively silent this week.

If you follow Rasmussen, you see that any time his face is in the news, his numbers go down.

pbAndj said...

So how does he compare to Congressional leadership?

Which is like saying the Arizona is less sunk than the Titanic.

SPImmortal said...

For the millionth time, if you are working class and vote Republican, you need to have your head examined.

Because we all know the Demos and their union buds have done so much for anyone wanting to get ahead.

Paul said...

What? You mean Obama could not keep the poll secret? He kept his plan secret!

And I hear now Reid dropped the 'malaise' word.... yea, Jimmy Carter must be happy now as there is a worse failure than him, far worse.

ricpic said...

The roar of the falls is deafening and the entire leadership in Washington, Democrats and Republicans, is adamantly deaf to it. We're going over the falls, folks. And it ain't gonna be pretty.

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Paddy O said...

"For the millionth time, if you are working class and vote Republican, you need to have your head examined."

Better than Pell Grants for the working class is, um, well, working.

Which is something Democrats don't seem to eager to help people out with.

Grants are nice. Jobs are better. Lest those working class folks go into the poverty class. Which seems to be the happy place for Democrat policies.

Jay said...

Matt said...

Yeah and Congress's approval is around 20% so no one is smelling good now.


I think you should keep saying that.

Really, it makes Obama more popular *GUFFAW*

Clyde said...

RINOs = 13%.

Revenant said...

If you're the GOP it was very important they cut out Pell grant

The GOP is wrong, wrong, wrong.

It is vitally important that we borrow money so that we can give it to middle-class people so that THEY don't have to borrow money to go to college.

Shame on the Republican Party.

SHAME.

E.M. Davis said...

For the millionth time, if you are working class and vote Republican, you need to have your head examined.

Therefore, Garage votes Republican because he clearly isn't working class. He has the W2s to prove it!!!

VanderDouchen said...

The secret?

Obama approval rating in the "African-American" community:

Holding at 96%.

Holder and his people standing strong.

WV: efflogn:

I'm danged tired of having to log in to post here. efflogn.

John from Pomeroy on the Palouse said...

KenK said...
That ain't so bad. Didn't Bush get down into the rock bottom 30's?


Yeah, Ken, and maybe that's why Bush lost in '08.

FloridaSteve said...

Who he hell are the 13% or Republicans and how on gods earth do they justify their approval?

james conrad said...

Well, Peggy Noonan flat out called Obama what he really is, a loser


http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2011/07/29/peggy_noonan_obama_is_a_loser.html

Robert Cook said...

"But he is doing such a good job. That is what all these Democrats keep telling me."

If any Democrats are really telling you this--rather than this being a rhetorical device--they're in deep denial.

Robert Cook said...

"Maybe he should pander to Repubs."

Obama's rhetoric notwithstanding, what do you think he's been doing the whole of his presidency?

Democrats are becoming ever more unhappy with Obama because he's essentially a small-town Rotarian Republican.

The writing was on the wall before the election; those who wanted to see, could have seen, as I did. Whereas I chose not to vote for Obama, others might have, seeing the truth, held their noses and pulled the lever for him anyway as the "lesser of two evils." If this had been the case, at least maybe they wouldn't be so dismayed and disappointed now.

Well, I don't think it's so obvious given subsequent events that Obama was really a lesser evil than McCain, although I can understand why one could have thought so at the time.

Although I didn't vote for him, I'm still dismayed at how bad he's been.

Robert Cook said...

"For the millionth time, if you are working class and vote Republican, you need to have your head examined."

It would be a post-mortem; working class folks who vote Republican are meat-heads--"dead from the neck up", to quote a once-popular representative of the breed (who unknowingly described himself).