Gallup: Obama losing edge on spending, deficit

posted at 12:15 pm on June 8, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Gallup’s latest polling shows that the American electorate has begun to lose patience with Obamanomics.  While Barack Obama continues to maintain high personal approval ratings, his budgetary policies have lost the majority.  For the first time, Obama has more people disapproving of his spending and deficit plans than approving:

While 67% of Americans view President Barack Obama favorably, his overall job approval rating and his ratings on specific areas are less positive. At the low end of the spectrum, only 45% of Americans approve of Obama’s handling of federal spending, and 46% of his handling of the federal budget deficit. …

Obama’s job approval rating for his handling of the economy has dropped from 59% in February to 55% today, while his disapproval rating has risen by 12 points, from 30% to 42%. The fact that Obama’s approval on the economy has become more negative over this time period is of interest, given that Gallup’s measure of consumer mood has become more positive between March and the current time. …

Gallup has measured Obama’s handling of the federal budget deficit only twice — once in March and again in the current survey — and his ratings have become slightly more negative over that time. The percentage of Americans approving has dropped by three points, while the percentage disapproving has increased by four points.

Thus far, Americans still give Obama majority approval in other areas of his presidency, but all of those approval ratings have begun to erode.  That appears to be the normal end of the honeymoon period, as Americans stop patting themselves on the back for having elected Obama, and as they see more of how Obama puts his policies into action.  No one expected Obama to maintain his high approval ratings across the board, and crises take their toll on popularity in any case, as all of Obama’s predecessors could tell him.

However, the spending and deficit numbers matter a great deal.  Obama has put most of his focus on these two areas, and the future of his presidency and his grand plans to reorganize the American economy depend on steady support in these precise areas.  He’s not getting it.  A plurality opposes him on his handling of the deficit, which might explain the Goolsbee spin this weekend, attempting to blame Bush for a budget created by Congressional Democrats when they bypassed Bush at the end of his term.

Even worse, a majority now opposes his spending practices, 51%-45%.  The latter number comes closer and closer to the base level of his own party, which means Obama is now losing independents on spending.  This shows the big opportunity for the GOP in next year’s midterms, when the lack of economic progress from Porkulus will become even more obvious.  If they can focus on nothing else other than runaway spending and massive deficits, and the dangers of allowing both to run unchecked in a Democratic-run DC, the GOP can beat a personally popular President and challenge for control of the House, if not the Senate, where the numbers are more difficult.


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I read somewhere on the internet last night that the wind power the Danish tried to do has failed.

karenhasfreedom on June 8, 2009 at 1:30 PM

If Green Power was economically viable and created jobs it wouldn’t need the government to underwrite it and promote it. The private sector would’ve done that.

PackerBronco on June 8, 2009 at 2:21 PM

Aside from polls and popularity… is it too much for me to expect my President to actually spend his time HERE in the United States, presiding over OUR issues and problems, rather than bloviating around the globe to feed his own ego?????
Hey Barack….. How much should I cut back this year to help pay for your globe trotting???

KMC1 on June 8, 2009 at 2:23 PM

We’ll know he’s done for when Olby, Chris Matthews and Brian Williams start sounding like objective journalists.

Star20 on June 8, 2009 at 2:28 PM

Olby will never, ever sound like an objective journalist. As for Chrissy, his man crush on Bambi over rules all objectivity if he ever had any. I’ve never watched the other guy but he’s part of NBC so I expect that’s out too.

Sandbar on June 8, 2009 at 3:06 PM

Obama: Frank Burns or Henry Blake? You be the judge!

Mr_Magoo on June 8, 2009 at 2:20 PM

The M*A*S*H character BHO most resembles? … North Korea.

mankai on June 8, 2009 at 3:09 PM

the GOP can beat …

And so what if they do? Why shouldn’t we expect
more of the same as we got with Bush and are
now getting quadruple with The One? Until they
present a conservative plan that *will* be
enacted if they get power and that *will*
reverse The One’s lunacies, no conservative
should care if they win or lose.

edshepp on June 8, 2009 at 3:21 PM

Windpower is not subsidized to the extent that the other sources of electricity are.

darktood on June 8, 2009 at 4:09 PM

This shows the big opportunity for the GOP…

The GOP has had nothing but opportunities. If only they don’t screw this one up as well.

JellyToast on June 8, 2009 at 4:17 PM

Imagine how low his numbers would go if the media weren’t carrying pom-poms & chanting “Yes we can!”

jgapinoy on June 8, 2009 at 12:18 PM

^^^ This, sooooo much this.

RedNewEnglander on June 8, 2009 at 4:47 PM

At the low end of the spectrum, only 45% of Americans approve of Obama’s handling of federal spending, and 46% of his handling of the federal budget deficit.

Well, it’s good that it’s a minority, but is scary that 46% of people think quadrupling the national debt is a good thing. (Or even worse that they would vote in favor of Obama no matter what he does.)

I saw Obama in that sentence… skip to the end check “strongly approve”.

Ugh.

Scrappy on June 8, 2009 at 6:01 PM

The media is an arm of the Dem party government. They will never go after Obama.

faraway on June 8, 2009 at 12:30 PM

FIFY

Del Dolemonte on June 8, 2009 at 6:34 PM

I have noticed a lot of our Trols are MIA. Some, like radiofreevillage on Saturday, get the Ban Hammer. Others know there is no way they can defend Mr. President anymore.

kingsjester on June 8, 2009 at 12:54 PM

Really?
What was the offense?

Count to 10 on June 8, 2009 at 1:15 PM

The offense was hijacking the D-Day memorial thread.

Del Dolemonte on June 8, 2009 at 6:35 PM

The offense was hijacking the D-Day memorial thread.

Del Dolemonte on June 8, 2009 at 6:35 PM

Got a link to the post? can’t seem to find it.

Scrappy on June 8, 2009 at 6:44 PM

It’s only going to get worse for Barry.

GarandFan on June 8, 2009 at 6:58 PM

Lessee … two trillion dollar yearly deficits, Fed printing hundreds of billions of dollars (to date! bound to be lots more), universal health care to be paid for with as yet unspecified taxes, Bush tax cuts goin’ bye bye automatically, capntrade to raise utility bills by hundred of billions, no coal, no nuclear, no oil and gas drilling, no shale oil, no LNG,no SUV’s, (hell, no midsized sedans!) unemployment going above 10% by 2010, interest rates on treasuries rising …

And they’re starting to lose patience. YA THINK????

chris999 on June 8, 2009 at 7:48 PM

But, but…what about “funemployment”?

Dr. ZhivBlago on June 8, 2009 at 11:04 PM

Until they
present a conservative plan that *will* be
enacted if they get power and that *will*
reverse The One’s lunacies, no conservative
should care if they win or lose.

edshepp on June 8, 2009 at 3:21 PM

Yep, brilliant thinking like this helped get the Zero elected — “The R’s are almost as bad as the D’s, so we will punish the R’s!!!”

Why punish the lesser offender?

mockmook on June 8, 2009 at 11:43 PM

Any day now he’ll appoint a “Spending Czar” and a “Deficit Czar”.

Cybergeezer on June 9, 2009 at 9:45 AM

the GOP can beat …
And so what if they do? Why shouldn’t we expect
more of the same as we got with Bush and are
now getting quadruple with The One? Until they
present a conservative plan that *will* be
enacted if they get power and that *will*
reverse The One’s lunacies, no conservative
should care if they win or lose.

edshepp on June 8, 2009 at 3:21 PM

Who do you suggest is going to change things? While Bush was not the best thing for us or a decent example of a republican, we could do worse. I would love nothing more than to see Palin or Coulter take charge and make a change of this mess. Even with that, the money is already spent and we have to do damage control before we can produce any type of quality.

Conservican on June 9, 2009 at 10:59 AM

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