Confidence in Obama, economy still dropping

posted at 4:41 pm on July 8, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Yesterday, I noted that the Rasmussen poll with a Barack Obama “passion index” of -3 still had yet to fully poll after last week’s unemployment figures were published.  Today’s rolling approval index is the first to have all of its data taken after the announcement that joblessness continues to increase, and the passion index has hit its lowest level yet.  Obama’s approval has come close to statistical parity, too:

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows that 32% of the nation’s voters now Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Thirty-seven percent (37%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of –5.

The number who strongly disapprove inched up another point to the highest level measured to date and the overall Approval Index is at the lowest level yet for Obama (see trends).

In the wake of last week’s disappointing report on job loss, consumer confidence has fallen to the lowest level in two months. The Rasmussen Investor Index shows investor confidence falling to the lowest level in three months. The number of investors who say the economy is getting worse jumped from 43% before the jobs report to 51% today.

Barack Obama still has a 52% approval rating, but his overall disapproval rating has hit 48%.  There are no more undecideds at the moment.  That four-point range is just outside of the three-point margin of error, although to be accurate, that MOE applies to both numbers individually, which would make the overall MOE six points.  That would already put Obama in a dead heat on approval, but even with the more modest application, he’s heading there quickly.

Rasmussen is not the only pollster noticing that consumers have lost confidence in this administration’s ability to deal with the economy.  ABC says that consumer confidence has hit a new low for the past 24 years and looks as though it will continue dropping, corroborating Rasmussen (via Yid with Lid):

Consumer confidence is within striking distance of its worst in weekly polls since late 1985 for the third straight week.

The ABC News Consumer Comfort Index stands at -52 on its scale of +100 to -100, 2 points from the lowest on Jan. 25. The index has spent the last three weeks below -50, territory it’s seen only 14 times in over 1,220 weeks of polls, with eight of those coming this year alone.

Positive ratings of the buying climate dropped this week, down 4 points to 22 percent, matching the largest one-week drop ever. In 23 years of weekly polls it’s fallen this far this fast only eight other times. The other two components of the index – ratings of the economy and personal finances – held near their historic lows.

Continued weakness in the job market isn’t helping confidence. The unemployment rate increased in June to 9.5 percent, the highest in 26 years. In a separate measure, the government reported that 467,000 jobs were lost last month, surpassing analysts’ expectations. In the first half of the year, 3.4 million jobs have been cut from the nation’s payrolls.

ABC has this handy chart in its PDF analysis of consumer confidence levels:

If the Obama administration plans to argue for a bigger stimulus, they will find a highly skeptical audience for the plan.  Their $800 billion master plan has already failed, and unlike Obama, most Americans know better than to throw good money after bad.  As unemployment rises and Obama attempts to expand government, expect to see these linked numbers crater in the weeks ahead.

Update: Gallup has Obama at 56%, down sharply since the beginning of the month. (h/t Desmond L)

Update II: Fred Bauer looks at some state polls and sees Obama losing independents rapidly.


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I was against Obama before being against Obama was cool . . .

NoDonkey on July 8, 2009 at 4:44 PM

shortsellers will be punished soon no doubt (after profiting handsomely)

gatorboy on July 8, 2009 at 4:45 PM

So it’s not longer racist to disapprove of our dear leader?

lorien1973 on July 8, 2009 at 4:45 PM

People need to wake the hell up faster than this.

PBoilermaker on July 8, 2009 at 4:45 PM

The sleeping giant is about to wake up and the Leftocrats are knee deep in it.

The own this mess and the American people now know this. My only question is what black swan do the globalists have planned to ignite the global powderkeg and make us forget just how bad our economic situation really is.

TheAdmiral on July 8, 2009 at 4:46 PM

graph confirms that pessimists prevail… on average, we’re -10% gloomy. yay!

gatorboy on July 8, 2009 at 4:46 PM

I hope he fails.

BPD on July 8, 2009 at 4:47 PM

Obama has been successful in dividing the country. Soon it will be 50-50….
Let’s say all the Obama supporters go to blue states and they can do whatever the hell they want. The rest of us will keep the Constitution and go on.

izoneguy on July 8, 2009 at 4:47 PM

So it’s not longer racist to disapprove of our dear leader?

lorien1973 on July 8, 2009 at 4:45 PM

Oh no, it is CERTAINLY still racist.

It’s just that there are more of us now than there were in November.

CDeb on July 8, 2009 at 4:47 PM

So it’s not longer racist to disapprove of our dear leader?

lorien1973 on July 8, 2009 at 4:45 PM

No, no, it’s still very much racist. What else do they have?

Kensington on July 8, 2009 at 4:48 PM

People who still sport their Obama bumper stickers might as well have “I can’t do basic math!” stamped across their foreheads.

beatcanvas on July 8, 2009 at 4:49 PM

People need to wake the hell up faster than this.

PBoilermaker on July 8, 2009 at 4:45 PM

When they finally do wake up they’ll have one whopper of a hangover. The liberals will have blacked out (or claim to have) and won’t remember anything except “it’s Bush’s fault”.

Spiritk9 on July 8, 2009 at 4:49 PM

Confidence in obama dropping? I never had any confidence in him to start with.

dinkyjackson on July 8, 2009 at 4:49 PM

I’m looking forward to the final approval rating poll on Barak Obama.

The numbers will give me a clue as to the percentage of bat-sh*t-insane people in this country.

Thunderstorm129 on July 8, 2009 at 4:50 PM

What we need is some way to stop the rising unemployment. Too many jobs are lost to cheap imported products, when those same products could be produced here, by American workers. Lets see, what might be helpful in that regard? Maybe something like the Smoot-Hawley Tariffs, circa 1929?

iurockhead on July 8, 2009 at 4:50 PM

B… but… I thought he was the most popular, most awesomest, most wicked coolest President EVAH and that we were gonna declare him President for life. WHAT HAPPENED???

crazy_legs on July 8, 2009 at 4:50 PM

These numbers will result in a change of complexion of our government in 2010. /sarc

WashJeff on July 8, 2009 at 4:50 PM

graph confirms that pessimists prevail… on average, we’re -10% gloomy. yay!

gatorboy on July 8, 2009 at 4:46 PM

Glad someone else noticed that. Best country in the world, yet we always think it could be better.

LastRick on July 8, 2009 at 4:51 PM

Confidence in obama dropping? I never had any confidence in him to start with.

dinkyjackson on July 8, 2009 at 4:49 PM

Which is why he’s screwed. He lost Republicans(the ones he’d fooled at least) the moment porkulus passed. He’s in the process of losing the independents with unemployment approaching double figures. Without those two groups, he can’t win reelection. If he loses even a medium-sized minority of Dem voters, his party will get run out of town.

Doughboy on July 8, 2009 at 4:52 PM

Al Sharpton just issued a statement:

We do not deny that there have been some missteps in the early days of the Obama presidency but we have isolated the problem and are moving to fix it:

It’s the white half that’s screwing up.

[Maybe he didn't say it but no doubt he'll get around to it eventually.]

IndieDogg on July 8, 2009 at 4:52 PM

Wait, so it’s not enough for all the hipster douchebags to think yer the super kewlest preznit evah?

Kensington on July 8, 2009 at 4:52 PM

Is it possible to impose a moratoriam on the Legislative branch until this economic crisis passes?

It could work.

BobMbx on July 8, 2009 at 4:52 PM

I hope he fails.

BPD on July 8, 2009 at 4:47 PM

Hope has nothing to do with it…it has to happen, what he is doing can’t work.
Hope, prayer, wish, desire, does not enter into it.
Stupid, naive, foolish, arrogant, ignorant, has everything to do with it.

right2bright on July 8, 2009 at 4:53 PM

Gee, what happened to 53% ????

/sarc

Insert witty screen name here on July 8, 2009 at 4:53 PM

the sad fact is, though, that a fair number of people who voted for Mr. Knucklehead only did so for the promised handout.

search4truth on July 8, 2009 at 4:53 PM

B-b-b-but HE QUOTES NIEBUHR!!!

CDeb on July 8, 2009 at 4:54 PM

the sad fact is, though, that a fair number of people who voted for Mr. Knucklehead only did so for the promised handout.

search4truth on July 8, 2009 at 4:53 PM

Has anyone in the media attempted to follow up with Peggy Joseph to find out how she’s enjoying Obamanomics?

Doughboy on July 8, 2009 at 4:54 PM

We knew the policies weren’t going to work but it is still stunning to see them fail in such spectacular fashion.

myrenovations on July 8, 2009 at 4:55 PM

BBBbbbut…have you seen Michelle’s arms?

dinkyjackson on July 8, 2009 at 4:55 PM

If I hear a BeeGees song on the radio on the way home from work, I’ll know we have time-warped back to 1977. Everything else fits.

Vashta.Nerada on July 8, 2009 at 4:56 PM

Look, His wife has arms.

RushBaby on July 8, 2009 at 4:57 PM

“That four-point range is just outside of the three-point margin of error, although to be accurate, that MOE applies to both numbers individually, which would make the overall MOE six points.”

Ed, the margin of error for a difference of dependent proportions like this wouldn’t be the sum of the individual MOEs.

jazz_piano on July 8, 2009 at 4:57 PM

I was against Obama before being against Obama was cool . . .

NoDonkey on July 8, 2009 at 4:44 PM
I can’t wait until it is so cool no one will admit voting for him.

fourdeucer on July 8, 2009 at 4:57 PM

dinkyjackson on July 8, 2009 at 4:55 PM

crap you beat me to it

RushBaby on July 8, 2009 at 4:58 PM

BBBbbbut. . . look at this puppy!

LastRick on July 8, 2009 at 4:58 PM

beatcanvas on July 8, 2009 at 4:49 PM

Agreed. I saw a couple Obumper stickers today (though seeing fewer and fewer) and thought about following those people home just to see the caves they live in.

NebCon on July 8, 2009 at 4:59 PM

We’re screwed because of stupid people.

txag92 on July 8, 2009 at 4:59 PM

Heeeeee heeeeee heeeee haaaaa haaaaaa haaaa

White House spells Obama’s name wrong

Someone might want to look into whether an impostor took President Obama’s place during his trip to Russia

In a release touting an agreement between Obama and President Dmitry Medvedev over how to craft a follow-up to the START arms reduction treaty, the White House claimed the document had been signed by one “Barak Obama.”

Brat on July 8, 2009 at 4:59 PM

What’s disturbing is that the President’s approval ratings are still so high. Obviously much of the nation has no idea what’s happening. But then we already knew that from the outcome in November.

jazz_piano on July 8, 2009 at 4:59 PM

BBbbbut…SARAH PALIN!

dinkyjackson on July 8, 2009 at 5:00 PM

If I hear a BeeGees song on the radio on the way home from work, I’ll know we have time-warped back to 1977. Everything else fits.

Vashta.Nerada on July 8, 2009 at 4:56 PM

Since I’m anonymous on HA, I will admit that I love the Bee Gees. :)

txag92 on July 8, 2009 at 5:00 PM

Is it possible to impose a moratoriam on the Legislative branch until this economic crisis passes?

It could work.

BobMbx on July 8, 2009 at 4:52 PM

No, it wouldn’t. He’d just have one of his Czars bypass the Congress anyway.

Daggett on July 8, 2009 at 5:00 PM

What happened to the Bradley Effect?

faraway on July 8, 2009 at 5:01 PM

Since I’m anonymous on HA, I will admit that I love the Bee Gees. :)

txag92 on July 8, 2009 at 5:00 PM

Hey, you’re that one person in Texas who loves the Bee Gees, aren’t you?

Daggett on July 8, 2009 at 5:01 PM

What’s disturbing is that the President’s approval ratings are still so high. Obviously much of the nation has no idea what’s happening. But then we already knew that from the outcome in November.

jazz_piano on July 8, 2009 at 4:59 PM

52% approval and 48% disapproval 5 1/2 months into his Presidency are not high. When you consider that the economy will continue to get worse, taxes will go up for everyone, and people will become less afraid to criticize The One, his numbers will go much lower in the months to come.

Doughboy on July 8, 2009 at 5:01 PM

Agreed. I saw a couple Obumper stickers today (though seeing fewer and fewer) and thought about following those people home just to see the caves they live in.

NebCon on July 8, 2009 at 4:59 PM

Funny thing is, they were all on SUV’s too, weren’t they?

CDeb on July 8, 2009 at 5:01 PM

Since I’m anonymous on HA, I will admit that I love the Bee Gees. :)

txag92 on July 8, 2009 at 5:00 PM

So you’re the one who sat all the way through Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band……

BobMbx on July 8, 2009 at 5:02 PM

Since I’m anonymous on HA, I will admit that I love the Bee Gees. :)

txag92 on July 8, 2009 at 5:00 PM

Ah…the “singing dolphins”…

ladyingray on July 8, 2009 at 5:03 PM

We knew the policies weren’t going to work but it is still stunning to see them fail in such spectacular fashion.
myrenovations on July 8, 2009 at 4:55 PM

Yeah, it’s like watching a spectacular train wreck – except we’re all on the tracks

Chainsaw56 on July 8, 2009 at 5:03 PM

BBbbbut……HE’S BLACK! WE HAVE A BLACK PRESIDENT!!!!!AHHHHHHHHHHH!!!! WE HAVE A BLACK PRESIDENT!!!!! OH MY GOD, HE’S BLACK!!!!! AFTER ALL THESE YEARS OF DEALING WITH WHITEY IN THE WHITE HOUSE, HE’S BLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ghoul aid on July 8, 2009 at 5:03 PM

So it’s not longer racist to disapprove of our dear leader?

lorien1973 on July 8, 2009 at 4:45 PM

At some point, the color of money overcomes the color of skin. We may be getting to that point with the Kool-Aid sippers. The Kool-Aid drinkers and guzzlers will insist on going down with this ship.

BuckeyeSam on July 8, 2009 at 5:03 PM

People who still sport their Obama bumper stickers might as well have “I can’t do basic math!” stamped across their foreheads.

beatcanvas on July 8, 2009 at 4:49 PM

Good one! I saw a car today that really took the cake. This moron had Obama stickers all over the back bumper and spare tire cover (it was a small SUV). As I rode next to the vehicle to see what kind of idiot would be putting their stupidity on display in such a manner, I noticed that he had Obama stickers on all of the side doors, too.

So, not only can’t he do basic math, but he ruined the paint on his late model car too.

UltimateBob on July 8, 2009 at 5:04 PM

Ghoul aid on July 8, 2009 at 5:03 PM

This is why we can’t have nice things.

Abby Adams on July 8, 2009 at 5:04 PM

52% approval and 48% disapproval 5 1/2 months into his Presidency are not high. When you consider that the economy will continue to get worse, taxes will go up for everyone, and people will become less afraid to criticize The One, his numbers will go much lower in the months to come.

Doughboy on July 8, 2009 at 5:01 PM

Yet another historical first for The One: First President to run a Presidential Approval Rating Deficit

BobMbx on July 8, 2009 at 5:05 PM

He’s through come Autumn.

One-term lame duck.

John the Libertarian on July 8, 2009 at 5:05 PM

Agreed. I saw a couple Obumper stickers today (though seeing fewer and fewer) and thought about following those people home just to see the caves they live in.
NebCon on July 8, 2009 at 4:59 PM

Saw one today in Hebrew (I think), what’s up with that?

Chainsaw56 on July 8, 2009 at 5:05 PM

What’s disturbing is that the President’s approval ratings are still so high.
jazz_piano on July 8, 2009 at 4:59 PM

I wouldn’t call those high. 52% from Rasmussen, 56% from Gallup, 57% from Quinn. Obviously the real number is in the low to mid-50%. For a guy who was highly popular (mid 60% in early March), he’s tumbled quite a bit quite quickly and is probably already below Clinton’s average approval rating (55.1%). In just a couple months, he’s less liked than the previous Democrat in office.

LastRick on July 8, 2009 at 5:05 PM

What’s disturbing is that the President’s approval ratings are still so high

No, that’s actually the easiest thing to explain…

Q: Do you approve of the job that President Obama is doing?
A: Poll taker mulls it over. Then has a vision of pollster’s next question being something along the lines of “What are you RAAAAAAAACIST??” So he decides on his answer. Yes.

So you can subtract about 5 to 10% for fear of perceived racism. I really think that unless things get really, really bad (like 20+% unemployment and a crater where New York used to be) that you’ll still get an artificially high approval rating simply from white guilt.

crazy_legs on July 8, 2009 at 5:05 PM

B-b-b-but HE QUOTES NIEBUHR!!!

CDeb on July 8, 2009 at 4:54 PM

And, and..his wife has such buff arms!

guntotinglibertarian on July 8, 2009 at 5:06 PM

This is why we can’t have nice things.

Abby Adams on July 8, 2009 at 5:04 PM

+8 (I’m a Conservative…what can I say…)

BobMbx on July 8, 2009 at 5:07 PM

BBBbbut… if you don’t like Obama, you hate America!

LastRick on July 8, 2009 at 5:07 PM

Abby Adams on July 8, 2009 at 5:04 PM

HE’S BLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACK!!!!!

Ghoul aid on July 8, 2009 at 5:08 PM

Hey, you’re that one person in Texas who loves the Bee Gees, aren’t you?

Daggett on July 8, 2009 at 5:01 PM

I’ve Gotta Get a Message to You. How Can You Mend a Broken Heart? I’m in to Stayin Alive. So don’t give me any Jive Talkin. Tell me How Deep is Your Love? I am More Than a Woman and I love Nights on Broadway. Love Me. Give me Night Fever. I want to Love You Inside Out. Words, just Words.

txag92 on July 8, 2009 at 5:08 PM

I was against Obama before being against Obama was cool . . .
NoDonkey on July 8, 2009 at 4:44 PM

All it took for me was to hear his beloved pastor and that he was good buds with a known domestic terrorist couple from his hood.
When his wife made her comments about only recently being proud of her Country the deal was sealed.

So I guess I have was “cool” on him since late 2007.

FireBlogger on July 8, 2009 at 5:08 PM

Saw one today in Hebrew (I think), what’s up with that?

Chainsaw56 on July 8, 2009 at 5:05 PM

We had loads of those right around the election in my neighborhood. But they dwindled quite quickly. Still seeing loads of regular Obama sitckers, lots of new ones on yuppie cars. The ones with pictures of Obama are the most disturbing.

myrenovations on July 8, 2009 at 5:09 PM

He’s below 50% in Virginia. You flirted with him, VA! I hope you get everything you deserve!

A new Public Policy Polling survey looking at how likely voters for this
fall’s election view Barack Obama finds his approval rating at just 48%, with 46%
disapproving.

We certainly are getting it in the teeth in NC…where Barry sits at 50%…and falling.

50% of North Carolina voters approve of the job Barack Obama is doing
with 43% dissenting, Public Policy Polling’s newest survey finds.
This is the lowest Obama’s approval rating has been in the state since he took office,
although it has registered consistently in a range between 50 and 54%.

SouthernGent on July 8, 2009 at 5:09 PM

Polls are always funky even when the result is pleasant. I get the feeling that at least half the country still worships the ground this stooge walks on. Pessimism is hard to shake.

Grayson on July 8, 2009 at 5:09 PM

Glad someone else noticed that. Best country in the world, yet we always think it could be better.

LastRick on July 8, 2009 at 4:51 PM
—-
But LastRick, it always could…

Pursuit of happiness.

Mew

acat on July 8, 2009 at 5:09 PM

52% approval and 48% disapproval 5 1/2 months into his Presidency are not high

I wonder how many of that 52% are dumb independents who voted for the guy, now regret it, but can’t admit it, even to a faceless pollster – or even to themselves.

guntotinglibertarian on July 8, 2009 at 5:09 PM

Where’s Maxwell and that damn hammer……

BobMbx on July 8, 2009 at 5:09 PM

Well, one thing is guaranteed. They are scrambling in the White House to figure something out to stem the bleeding. ONly problem is, the poll is representative of job loss, economy and deficits.

He can’t fix two those. Government can only fix deficit and they aren’t about to quit spending.

Exit question: Will this latest tumble in the polls hamstring his administration grandiose plans or do they not worry about it until early 2010?

Thunderstorm129 on July 8, 2009 at 5:09 PM

52% approval and 48% disapproval 5 1/2 months into his Presidency are not high. When you consider that the economy will continue to get worse, taxes will go up for everyone, and people will become less afraid to criticize The One, his numbers will go much lower in the months to come.

Doughboy on July 8, 2009 at 5:01 PM

I hope so, but this assumes that people approve/disapprove based on some objective grasp of reality. The election taught me that many people are more interested in history-making and tingly feelings of messianic hope than in facts or common sense.

jazz_piano on July 8, 2009 at 5:09 PM

I don’t see too many Obama Biden bumper stickers on cars anymore. I am starting to see more O-sh*t stickers though

MCW on July 8, 2009 at 5:10 PM

If the Democrats get kneecapped next year as they deserve, and if Obama is rightfully thrown out of office in ’12, my faith in America will be somewhat restored.

Kensington on July 8, 2009 at 5:10 PM

HE’S BLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACK!!!!!

Ghoul aid on July 8, 2009 at 5:08 PM
—-
And in other news, Michael Jackson is still dead.

Mew

acat on July 8, 2009 at 5:10 PM

So you’re the one who sat all the way through Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band……

BobMbx on July 8, 2009 at 5:02 PM

Nah, I wasn’t born yet.

txag92 on July 8, 2009 at 5:10 PM

He’s below 50% in Virginia.
SouthernGent on July 8, 2009 at 5:09 PM

Nice link, hadn’t seen it yet. I thought the takeaway quote (and running theme) was:

His overall numbers are weak due to poor numbers
among independents- 52% of them say they disapprove of Obama’s performance with
only 38% giving him favorable ones.

Independents turned quick.

LastRick on July 8, 2009 at 5:11 PM

Polls are always funky even when the result is pleasant. I get the feeling that at least half the country still worships the ground this stooge walks on. Pessimism is hard to shake.

Grayson on July 8, 2009 at 5:09 PM
——
That’s in part because they’re driven by feelings. The “do you approve of the person” question is especially emotional.

That’s why it’s important to not look at the approval polling in isolation – also look at the polling on the policies the President is pushing.

This is just as true for Bush and TARP, by the way.

Mew

acat on July 8, 2009 at 5:13 PM

B-b-b-but HE QUOTES NIEBUHR!!!

CDeb on July 8, 2009 at 4:54 PM

LOL. I love seeing this and was looking for it!

Missy on July 8, 2009 at 5:13 PM

What we need is some way to stop the rising unemployment. Too many jobs are lost to cheap imported products, when those same products could be produced here, by American workers. Lets see, what might be helpful in that regard? Maybe something like the Smoot-Hawley Tariffs, circa 1929?

iurockhead on July 8, 2009 at 4:50 PM

No, you need to cut corporate income tax rates. You need to cut or eliminate capital gains taxes. ‘Right to work’ should be instituted nationwide. Excessive regulation of businesses should be cut out.

Those should do it.

trigon on July 8, 2009 at 5:13 PM

bbbbut he has great pecs…

jbh45 on July 8, 2009 at 5:13 PM

President JugEars, VP Barney Fife and 1st Lady Lt. Worf are making the Carter Administration look like a well oiled political machine.

If President JugEars had a freaky brother with his own brand of bear, it would be a statistical tie at this point.

I’m guessing that JugEars ups the anty and beats to death with a boat oar not a bunny, but rather a health care insurance provider.

DrW on July 8, 2009 at 5:13 PM

Null comment to help get the comment number past 100, so Ghoul aid’s wharrgbl gets off the page.

Abby Adams on July 8, 2009 at 5:13 PM

Where’s Maxwell and that damn hammer……

BobMbx on July 8, 2009 at 5:09 PM

in the Octopus’s garden
in the shade

John the Libertarian on July 8, 2009 at 5:14 PM

….and a dog named Bo. that he walks on the south lawn…

jbh45 on July 8, 2009 at 5:14 PM

So the “ONE” is now “1/2″ ?

d1carter on July 8, 2009 at 5:14 PM

Slowly peeling the onion.

KentAllard on July 8, 2009 at 5:14 PM

…and, and he gets a burger at his favorite fast food place just like a regular guy……

jbh45 on July 8, 2009 at 5:14 PM

….and he and his wife (MO) have date night just like a regular (employed) couple would do….

jbh45 on July 8, 2009 at 5:15 PM

Exit question: Will this latest tumble in the polls hamstring his administration grandiose plans or do they not worry about it until early 2010?

Thunderstorm129 on July 8, 2009 at 5:09 PM

2010. It’s why they’ve staggered the stimulus to kick in next year. Let the people fume now, get it out of their system. Then next year, pump money into the economy, it turns around, people go to the polls and pull D because they forgot the previous 15 months of hell.

LastRick on July 8, 2009 at 5:15 PM

Independents turned quick.
LastRick on July 8, 2009 at 5:11 PM

I don’t get some of these independents. Their job seems to be swinging like a pendulum from right to left, left to right.

How could anyone with sense enough to see that Obama’s policies are disastrous now have lacked the sense not to vote for him in November?

jazz_piano on July 8, 2009 at 5:15 PM

He’s also losing on the Wrong/Right Track question…from Rasmussen…

Wednesday, July 08, 2009
Thirty-four percent (34%) of likely voters believe the United States is moving in the right direction, down four points from a week ago and the lowest result found since early March.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 61% now say the nation is heading down the wrong track, up four points over the past week and the highest level on that question in nearly five months.

Oooopsie!

SouthernGent on July 8, 2009 at 5:16 PM

…sigh. deep sigh… he’s so great.

jbh45 on July 8, 2009 at 5:16 PM

Ed, the margin of error for a difference of dependent proportions like this wouldn’t be the sum of the individual MOEs.

jazz_piano on July 8, 2009 at 4:57 PM

I think what Ed meant to say is that

Right. Obviously it’s impossible for the approval to be as high as 55% and the disapproval to be at 51%, for example.

I think what Ed was trying to get at was that the approval may be as high as 55% (implying disapproval at 45%) and as low as 49% (with disapproval at 51%). So the 4 point difference and 3 point MOE does not mean that they can’t cross over.

tneloms on July 8, 2009 at 5:16 PM

Abby Adams on July 8, 2009 at 5:13 PM

i was imitating AA’S thought process as to why they will never go against him. also the white liberals riddles with guilt.

Ghoul aid on July 8, 2009 at 5:17 PM

Idiots do idiotic things. This isn’t just idiotic though, it’s destructive, and though Obooba is a childish fascist, he’s not an idiot. Ergo, it’s being done on purpose.

Akzed on July 8, 2009 at 5:17 PM

Bbbut… he’s so nuanced!

LastRick on July 8, 2009 at 5:17 PM

What we need is some way to stop the rising unemployment. Too many jobs are lost to cheap imported products, when those same products could be produced here, by American workers. Lets see, what might be helpful in that regard? Maybe something like the Smoot-Hawley Tariffs, circa 1929?

iurockhead on July 8, 2009 at 4:50 PM

What Trigon said, and something else that would go a long way in returning American jobs to Americans in America would be when you want to build a new factory somewhere and the tree-huggers find 6 fish that haven’t been seen before, evah, in the pond….kill the fish.

Problem solved. Factory built….Americans working….

BobMbx on July 8, 2009 at 5:17 PM

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