Rasmussen: Obama strong disapproval at peak

posted at 11:40 am on August 30, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

If Barack Obama hoped to gain some breathing room with his vacation, or perhaps even pick up some sympathetic vibe for eulogizing Ted Kennedy on Friday, Rasmussen’s latest poll shows that nothing has changed in the direction of his approval ratings.  With one of the three days in Rasmussen’s presidential tracking poll after the wake, Obama has hit his highest level of strong disapproval yet, at 42%.  The “passion index” has now hit -10 — not the worst of his term thus far, but certainly not good:

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Sunday shows that 32% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Forty-two percent (42%) Strongly Disapprove. That’s the highest level of Strong Disapproval yet recorded for this President and it gives Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -10 …

Overall, 47% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the President’s performance. That matches the lowest total approval yet measured for Obama. Fifty-two percent (52%) now disapprove.

Support for the health care reform package proposed by the President and Congressional Democrats has stopped falling, but most voters are still opposed.

The polling on ObamaCare has frozen at 53%-43% disapproval.  That’s unchanged from two weeks ago, which indicates that the big push from unions, AARP, and other advocates in the wake of the town-hall meetings has had little effect.  They may have arrested the free-fall, but they’re not changing any minds.

Congress has a mighty challenge in front of them when they return, and not just on health-care reform.  They also have to convince a strong majority that they belong on Capitol Hill:

If Americans could vote to keep or replace the entire Congress, 57% would throw out all the legislators and start over again. Just 25% would vote to keep the Congress.

Before anyone gets too giddy about that result, it’s just about the same as it was in October, when Democrats gained a large majority in both chambers:

Overall, these numbers are little changed since last October. When Congress was passing the unpopular $700-billion bailout plan in the heat of a presidential campaign and a seeming financial industry meltdown, 59% wanted to throw them all out. At that time, just 17% wanted to keep them.

Unsurprisingly, a plurality of Democrats (43%) want to keep the Congress they have.  Unfortunately, few Democrats in the House and none in the Senate can get re-elected just on the basis of party-line votes.  Independents, who broke hard for Democrats in the last two Congressional elections, are much less sanguine about their leadership.  Seventy percent would vote to throw out Congress, as opposed to just 15% that would keep them, another indicator of big trouble ahead for Democrats in 2010.

No one has been terribly impressed with the performance of Congress lately, which drives those numbers.  A solid majority, 54%, believe Congress doesn’t understand bills before voting on them.  That wins pluralities or majorities across almost all demographics, but especially independents, who go 65%-20% for lack of comprehension.  Only 38% of Democrats think Congress understands the bills, as opposed to 32% who think Congress hasn’t a clue — hardly a vote of confidence in their own leadership.

The consensus seems to be that we have a collection of Fools on the Hill. Unfortunately, it’s not in an ironic sense, as the Beatles song had it (a tribute to their guru, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi), either. Here’s my favorite version of the song, by Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66, shown here performing it live:


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I have a friend that is so brainwashed as to the “greatness” that is Obama – I’m frightened as to what she would do for him if push came to shove.

She thinks he’s perfect and won’t listen to a word I say to the contrary.

gophergirl on August 30, 2009 at 1:13 PM

The “Jim Jones” syndrome is prevalent among the Obama cult but a significant majority of the rest of the country has seen him for the Marxist/Fascist he is and times will soon be changing.

rplat on August 30, 2009 at 1:47 PM

He couldn’t find the time to attend his own grandmother’s funeral…But, he vaulted out of Martha’s Vinyard to eulogize the Lion of Liberalism who went un-convicted for reckless homicide…

Nozzle on August 30, 2009 at 12:38 PM

+100 She raised him and he couldn’t be bothered to fly out there til it was convenient for him. Not to mention he didn’t take his girls to see her when she was ill to say goodbye. Their own great grandma. No problem taking them all over the world to vacation, but to say a last farewell to great grandma. No Class.

txmomof6 on August 30, 2009 at 1:53 PM

oops – should be “but Not to say a last farewell” -typing too fast

txmomof6 on August 30, 2009 at 1:56 PM

Independents are finally seeing through the rock star image that Obama’s Madison Avenue created aura projects. The more he talks, the more they discover that he’s simply continuing the worn out campaign rhetoric from a year ago; not actually answering anything…and he’s good at it! All the while he’s alienating the far left on a daily basis, and their approval numbers are slinking downward as well.

The more he speaks off the teleprompter, the more everyone is learning about this fake, using 60′s sloganeering to advance his socialist agenda.

One’s things for certain, if none of the MSM asks him anything directly, or insists on an answer to specific concerns, the rock star persona will stay afloat a while longer. Like the Kennedy’s before him, he’ll always have the teenagers in his corner, and the entitlement crowd (unions, etc.) will never leave his side. They aren’t about to kill the goose that lays the golden eggs!

GoldenEagle4444 on August 30, 2009 at 2:00 PM

No news here, BHO still sucks.

la.rt.wngr on August 30, 2009 at 2:04 PM

If all the push back by the dems and their entitlement orientated supporters has only stopped the fall Obama is in more trouble than would have seemed possible this quickly. As soon as this gets a little worse a lot of the dem up for reelection next year will start abandoning ship. The strange thing is that more of his voters couldn’t have seen this coming before the election.

duff65 on August 30, 2009 at 2:13 PM

These Communist must be rooted out of every position of power that they hold before they completely destroy this great country. They drop charges against the Black Panthers while wanting to prosecute our CIA Officers! This sums up the intent of this Muslim Kenyan Communist Jihadist Black Liberation Racist President! They must be fought politically, in the courts,and at the ballot box! I would hope that the CIA might come to the aid of this country with a little blow back of their own. I’m sure they could be helpful in shedding more light on this U.S. hating president. If Obama is not stopped I believe he will start another Civil War!

Marco on August 30, 2009 at 2:27 PM

Worst political class ever.

Terrye on August 30, 2009 at 2:27 PM

I knew the libs would do themselves in, I just didn’t know they would drown in their own inequity so quickly or in such a wonderfully spectacular fashion.

I love the smell of self immolating progressives in the morning, smells like..victory.

Speakup on August 30, 2009 at 2:34 PM

If they start reporting truthfully again folks will respect the lying media polls more.

bluegrass on August 30, 2009 at 2:46 PM

Was Hitler voted in by the people?

holymoly on August 30, 2009 at 2:56 PM

I dream of a a time of citizen legislators who left their trade to serve for 2-8 years to fight for the cause they believed in, only to return to private life to continue to contribute to the American economy.

Instead, we have these leaches who get elected and do everthing in their power to get re-elected, including selling their souls to the highest bidder in order to maintain control.

I now believe stronger than ever, that we should have term limits for Congress for 8 years for Reps, 12 years for Senators to force a citizen government that looks out for the best interests of all people.

tatersalad on August 30, 2009 at 2:59 PM

MAKE IT HAPPEN AMERICA

YOU CAN DO IT

bluegrass on August 30, 2009 at 2:59 PM

Well, the memory of Americans has always been very,very short. We will have to wait and see if the short memories remain the same.

mobydutch on August 30, 2009 at 3:00 PM

As long as folks can afford to text message at will, the numbers won’t go down much further. If they no longer can…look out!

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 30, 2009 at 3:05 PM

tatersalad,
I’m torn on term limits. The last thing I want is a permanent corps of Congressional staffers running things.
What I would do, though, is say that no lawmaker may serve as chairman or ranking minority member of a committee — any committee — for more than four years in the House and six years in the Senate. And no person may serve as Speaker for more than six years. After that, they’re in the rank-and-file.

either orr on August 30, 2009 at 3:12 PM

Was Hitler voted in by the people?

In the 1932 parliamentary elections, the Nazi party, though losing some seats, retained a plurality, with 33.1% of the vote. In January, 1933, when neither Papen nor Schleichter could form a majority coalition, president Hindenburg appointed Hitler chancellor of a coaltion government in which the other participating political parties were supposed to control him and prevent his excesses. They couldn’t.

bgoldman on August 30, 2009 at 3:25 PM

The polling on ObamaCare has frozen at 53%-43% disapproval. That’s unchanged from two weeks ago, which indicates that the big push from unions, AARP, and other advocates in the wake of the town-hall meetings has had little effect. They may have arrested the free-fall, but they’re not changing any minds.

I kind of wonder about that when I look at this poll:

70% Prefer Government That Provides Fewer Services With Lower Taxes

Most Republicans (88%) and voters not affiliated with either major party (78%) like a government with lower taxes and fewer services, and 48% of Democrats agree. However, one-in-three Democrats (34%) prefer more government services and higher taxes.

http://tinyurl.com/24f5wf

BDU-33 on August 30, 2009 at 3:25 PM

Obama does not care. Congress does not care. They have no fear of elections. WHY????? Because they are confident in their evil plans for our country. Go ahead–scream another conspiracy nut!!!!! Just WAIT.

mobydutch on August 30, 2009 at 3:58 PM

753rd look at term limits for congress!!

6 terms for Representatives
2 terms for Senators

A return to the citizen-politician our founding fathers envisioned and good bye to career politicians.

Mallard T. Drake on August 30, 2009 at 4:00 PM

tatersalad,
I’m torn on term limits. The last thing I want is a permanent corps of Congressional staffers running things.
What I would do, though, is say that no lawmaker may serve as chairman or ranking minority member of a committee — any committee — for more than four years in the House and six years in the Senate. And no person may serve as Speaker for more than six years. After that, they’re in the rank-and-file.

either orr on August 30, 2009 at 3:12 PM

What they really ought to do is get rid of staffers altogether. Congress/government should be small enough to leave us all alone, and if what they are doing takes too much time then they shouldn’t be doing it. Make the reps/senators do the actual work of legislating instead of fundraising/campaigning. Make the bills shorter and write and read them themselves.

txmomof6 on August 30, 2009 at 4:15 PM

YOu would also eliminate a boatload of government spending on salaries/benefits. Double bonus!

txmomof6 on August 30, 2009 at 4:17 PM

Marco on August 30, 2009 at 2:27 PM

I was frankly shocked a request wasn’t made at Mission church to cover all crucifixes, statues, stain glassed windows, or anything remotely connected to images of Christ, or saints, or the Virgin Mary. Obama doesn’t seem to comfy speaking whilst religous articles are in view.

capejasmine on August 30, 2009 at 4:19 PM

Good. As citizens continue to come awake, both O’s and Congress’ disapproval numbers will climb.

MainelyRight on August 30, 2009 at 4:39 PM

And more interestingly, what if his handlers and puppeteers decide he is becoming a liability to their agenda? What do they do? What can they do? They have, after all, made him the most powerful man on that planet…

Lex on August 30, 2009 at 12:31 PM

Other “liabilities”…

JFK??

MLK??

(I’m just sayin…)

Scarey, isn’t it? How so many anti-American handlers and puppeteers are now congregated in one place (the White House) all at the same time.

GrannyDee on August 30, 2009 at 4:43 PM

The consensus seems to be that we have a collection of Fools on the Hill.

Well, if the GOP thinks it’s a good idea to let John McCain and Orin Hatch represent the Republican POV on Sunday talk shows, then the fools on the hill are fooling themselves.

Mealy-mouth, fuzzy bipartisanship is not going to do them one bit of good. If the Republicans can’t demonstrate that they are different, principled, smart and possess a definite alternative, they’ll be ousted by the same ratios that Dems will be, come 2010. It will be a “throw the bums out” year to remember.

Nichevo on August 30, 2009 at 4:55 PM

Obama and Congress are banking on their invulnerability to allow them to:
- Radically change our Country to a socialist or fascist state
- Take your money and give it to freeloaders
- Fill their administration with corruptocrats and communists
- Shut down all dissent including talk radio and the internet.
- Funnel your tax money to their union supporters and “community (voter fraud) organizers
- Insult the American people to their face while apologizing for America overseas.
- Lie to the American people shamelessly and repeatedly.
- Intimidate and smear (even with race-baiting) anyone who might try to stand in their way (including private citizens).
- Use thuggery to extort or shut down opposition.
- Ruin the economy while blaming it on Bush (which is at face value ridiculous even had the economy not gotten worse under Obama).
- Creating crises that “are too good to waste” at the expense of the American people.
- Taking away our inalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

If we don’t stand together against this garbage, we will surely fall.

Christian Conservative on August 30, 2009 at 6:42 PM

If Unemployment is over 8.5% by this time in November 2010, there could be big changes. Unfortunately, the republicans in office now suck just as bad as their democratic brethren.

paulsur on August 30, 2009 at 7:24 PM

What a wonderful plan the democrats/communists have … organize ACORN and union thugs to push back against citizen protestors, continue to lie about the bill and call everyone who disagrees a Nazi, unAmerican, terrorist, paid flaks and liars.

Good plan.

darwin on August 30, 2009 at 11:56 AM

What about us racists?

JoeDel on August 30, 2009 at 7:25 PM

Was Hitler voted in by the people?

holymoly on August 30, 2009 at 2:56 PM

Yep. Here is his election poster.

http://www.thepeoplescube.com/images/Obama_Poster_Hitler_Yesweca.gif

angryed on August 30, 2009 at 7:42 PM

His disapproval hasn’t peaked or bottomed out. That is what we in the military used to call “incoming”.

dogsoldier on August 30, 2009 at 7:42 PM

Was Hitler voted in by the people?

holymoly on August 30, 2009 at 2:56 PM

No, he didn’t win the election, but he was named Chancellor by President Hindenburg as a coalition building measure/containment measure.

Needless to say, containment didn’t work.

john1schn on August 30, 2009 at 8:55 PM

angryed on August 30, 2009 at 7:42 PM

priceless.

Hey I heard the recent election in Japan ran on the “Change” meme.

Geochelone on August 30, 2009 at 9:03 PM

Thanks Ed. Keep hammerin away. Its working. We have yet to hit Barack bottom. The nutroot base is %24 so we need to slice off more meat.

Geochelone on August 30, 2009 at 9:05 PM

Gallup today at 46% for the racist

Waterloo

bluegrass on August 31, 2009 at 8:34 AM

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