CNN, Rasmussen, Harris polls: Public disagrees with Obama on pretty much everything

posted at 5:22 pm on October 20, 2009 by Allahpundit

Via Ace. Honestly, as encouraging as this is, some of the data here seems simply too grim to be true. Start with the most credible, CNN:

For the first time since he took over in the White House, Americans don’t see eye to eye with President Barack Obama on the important issues, according to a new national poll. But the CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey does indicate that a majority approve of how Obama’s handling his duties as president.

According to the poll, which was released Tuesday, 48 percent of people questioned say that they agree with Obama on the issues that matter most to them, with 51 percent saying no. That’s a switch from April, when 57 percent said they agreed with the president on important issues, with 41 percent disagreeing.

I can buy 48/51, especially when they don’t specify the issues. But can you buy this? Moe Lane of Red State crunched the numbers to gauge the trends and put together this handy harbinger of Democratic catastrophe. Remember, Rasmussen measures likely voters:

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Ten for ten, and on only a few issues is it even close. Says Moe, “[P]articularly note the Health Care, Social Security, Economy, and Taxes numbers. Does the Democratic Party feel like demonizing their opponents on health care rationing some more?” Actually, I’m more interested in the numbers on Iraq. Why would the GOP lead by 19 points? And why would that lead have almost doubled in just the past month? Iraq’s been completely off the media radar screen. Either the respondents are so disillusioned with Hopenchange that they’re now reflexively answering each question with the equivalent of a middle finger to The One or there’s something fishy going on here.

But not as fishy as this. From the Harris Interactive poll, among a sample of 2,293 adults. You’ve got to be kidding:

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On 12 separate issues, the number willing to say he’s doing “pretty good” tops out at 41 percent? CNN has his job approval at 55 percent; even assuming that’s a bit skewed, it can’t be much worse than 50. In which case, how you do get from a high of 41 on individual issues to overall approval of 50? My inner pessimist says things can’t be this rosy for the GOP. Can they? Exit question: A lot of what’s driving this, no doubt, is lefty disaffection with The One on Afghanistan, gays in the military, the public option, etc. What sort of red meat can he throw them (besides bashing Fox News) to perk these numbers up? The obvious choice would seem to be repealing “don’t ask, don’t tell,” but if he does that then his problems with seniors are compounded. Not sure what his next move is here except passing whatever health-care bill he can and hoping it makes the left happy.


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So when is Obama going to be pronounced “out of step” with the American people, like Bush continually was when he popularity ratings went down?

Never. Those approving of Obama could be confined to single digits, he could be clapping like Steve Martin in the opening scenes of the jerk and he’ll never be “out of step” with the American people according to the worthless liars in the MSM.

NoDonkey on October 20, 2009 at 6:31 PM

On CNN, Picklehead said this means that Obama is just like Reagan. Everyone didn’t like his policies, but they loved the man.

faraway on October 20, 2009 at 6:34 PM

AP, His real numbers aren’t eve that good. Everyone I talk to around here blames him for the mess we are in and the hate the communist health care BS Bozo id pushing.

The word is out.

BTW this poll is skewed left, just not as badly as the earlier one we saw today.

dogsoldier on October 20, 2009 at 6:35 PM

What’s tanking Obama? Beck, Hannity, healthcare, no plan for Afghanistan, jerrett, the Emmanuels, Axelrod, Van Jones, Anita Dunne, Cass Sunstein, Sebelius, Spector, Mark Lloyd, Cash 4 Clunkers, funding foreign abortions, Porkulus, 9.8 unemployment, Fox News Channel, Olympic bid, undeservedNobel, Orsazg, Tax Cheat Geitner, Pelosi, Reid, ACORN, SEIU, Farrakhan, Cicago Thug Politics, New Democratic Socialist Party, DADT, Nouveau Riche attitude re WH parties and flying all over the world on American taxpayer’s dime… Obviously I could go on for pages!

CCRWM on October 20, 2009 at 6:36 PM

I hope the Bush’s don’t have any relatives as Head of State in other countries; Their likely to see Obama the same as the Saddam Hussein of the western hemisphere!

Cybergeezer on October 20, 2009 at 6:36 PM

Rasmussen had him at 47 today. I think it is about 50/50 on Obama, and worse than that on Congress, way worse.

But that is not that great. I think over time that 50/50 might go down quite a bit.

Is it good or bad for Republicans? I would say at this point is more good than bad.

Remember the Fox poll question that aksed if people would vote for him again? 43% said yes…but 49% gave him an overall approval rating.

Terrye on October 20, 2009 at 6:40 PM

For the first (?) time since he took over in the White House, Americans don’t see eye to eye with President Barack Obama on the important issues, according to a new national Fox News poll.

It’s impossible that anyone except the VRWC opposes Obama.

/sarc

Everyone at FNC needs to report for interrogation.

Liam on October 20, 2009 at 6:47 PM

AP, His real numbers aren’t eve that good. Everyone I talk to around here blames him for the mess we are in and the hate the communist health care BS Bozo id pushing.

The word is out.

BTW this poll is skewed left, just not as badly as the earlier one we saw today.

dogsoldier on October 20, 2009 at 6:35 PM

I agree. I think the word is out. If anything, these numbers are likely inflated. And I don’t find this Marxist SOB personally likeable in the least — he’s cold.

flyfisher on October 20, 2009 at 6:47 PM

Likable, great to have a beer with, shoot a few hoops..and that about does it.

right2bright on October 20, 2009 at 6:50 PM

What’s tanking Obama is that he sucks at being president, point blank.

Who would have figured that a do-nothing, unqualified jackass would be a crappy president?

Besides 95% of the posters here at Hot Air, that is.

Anyone who voted for this clown should hang their head in shame and disgust today.

What the American people need from the Obama “administration” is mass resignations. Form letters will due.

Don’t go away mad, Barry. Just go away.

NoDonkey on October 20, 2009 at 6:51 PM

I guess this is the portion of the public that Bill Maher says has to be dragged over the line.

hoosiermama on October 20, 2009 at 6:59 PM

But we can’t make the mistake of personally criticizing him…keep it on his policies, on his lack of leadership, lack of knowledge on military issues, his poor selection of cabinets…but still prop him for being a “nice” guy, genuine who just isn’t up to the task. A “nice” guy with bad ideas, a “nice” guy who wants to expand government because that is all he has known. We don’t need a “nice” guy, we need an effective guy to get us jobs.
His popularity it too strong, and people will be forced to defend him personally.

right2bright on October 20, 2009 at 6:59 PM

If conservatives can wrest Congress out of the lefties clammy hands, the House especially, something can be done. Otherwise, poll numbers will become largely irrelevant.

spmat on October 20, 2009 at 7:11 PM

The Anointed One is a cold and malevolent narcissist and there is nothing likable about him.

I keep hearing that he is a nice guy, it’s just his policies which are wrong.

He is as wrong as his policies.

People in Russia used to like Uncle Joe until they were carted off to a gulag.

Dhuka on October 20, 2009 at 7:11 PM

Notice the poll doesn’t ask how he’s faring in the War on Fox News.

JammieWearingFool on October 20, 2009 at 5:26 PM

There’s no need.

mizflame98 on October 20, 2009 at 7:16 PM

Here’s a thought. If the population of people over the age of retirement (who vote in large numbers) suddenly decreases (due to rationing and “death panels”) then the other voting bases suddenly become more important and influental.

Just saying….

mechkiller_k on October 20, 2009 at 7:20 PM

I have a question for all these people who are suddenly seeing the light: What the hell were you thinking when you voted for him?!

PattyJ on October 20, 2009 at 7:29 PM

I have a question for all these people who are suddenly seeing the light: What the hell were you thinking when you voted for him?!

PattyJ on October 20, 2009 at 7:29 PM

I have a question for all these people who are still supporting this filthy rat bastard traitor and lying coward. What the &*%$ is wrong with you?

highhopes on October 20, 2009 at 7:33 PM

His popularity it too strong, and people will be forced to defend him personally.

right2bright on October 20, 2009 at 6:59 PM

Why would we attack him personally even though his fat-a**ed wife is a rabid racist, he uses his kids as props, he has no credentials to speak of, isn’t all that bright, and finds common ground with Allahpundit way too often for comfort?

We don’t have to go personal. Way too much in his policies and the criminals in his administration to worry about his ugly personal side.

highhopes on October 20, 2009 at 7:36 PM

Looks like he’s gonna need to “drag us to it”.

Puddleglum on October 20, 2009 at 8:09 PM

Polls like this make my blood boil. No kidding! People were warned. People knew the things he would (and wouldn’t) do.

I know 75% of the country never bothered to look into The One, but some people did, and this is all so predictable.

reaganaut on October 20, 2009 at 8:17 PM

Start with the most credible, CNN:

Is that a joke, lol?

But the CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey does indicate that a majority approve of how Obama’s handling his duties as president.

According to the poll, which was released Tuesday, 48 percent of people questioned say that they agree with Obama on the issues that matter most to them, with 51 percent saying no.

When did 48% become the majority versus 51%? Credible indeed.

xblade on October 20, 2009 at 8:36 PM

there is a reason Rahm and Axelrasputin are suddenly launching into full attack mode on FOX, the polls are the reason, the little people are watching and not liking what they see at all

ginaswo on October 20, 2009 at 8:53 PM

“Welcome to the party, pal.”
poor but heartfelt impersonation of Bruce Willis

mad scientist on October 20, 2009 at 9:25 PM

Proof positive that the public doesn’t care about issues. They care about having royalty in the White House. This time, it’s like Camelot, but better! I mean, he’s just so eloquent!

cackcon on October 20, 2009 at 9:32 PM

Really? So I guess making the most liberal Senator in Congress POTUS wasn’t a good idea after all?

One word: DUH.

Rent “Idocracy” and get back to me, wouldja?

HAnthonyWayne on October 20, 2009 at 10:46 PM

I don’t think Obama is likable. He is annoying. That head tilt thing he does just gets on my nerves. Arrogant twit.

Terrye on October 20, 2009 at 10:47 PM

On CNN, Picklehead said this means that Obama is just like Reagan. Everyone didn’t like his policies, but they loved the man.

faraway on October 20, 2009 at 6:34 PM

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Every time they compare this clown to one of the really solid ex-presidents… they should be slapped with a rotten fish.
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Maybe Carter, but Reagan? Please. Lincoln? Well, no… not hardly.
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RalphyBoy on October 20, 2009 at 11:04 PM

…and here’s one of them there unscientific polls from the Chicago Sun-Times

Do you approve of the job President Obama has done so far?

Yes 5% 2143 votes
No 94% 36342 votes

Total Votes: 38485
http://www.suntimes.com/news/huntley/1834209,CST-EDT-HUNT20.article

ornery_independent on October 20, 2009 at 11:31 PM

The Anointed One is a cold and malevolent narcissist and there is nothing likable about him.
I keep hearing that he is a nice guy, it’s just his policies which are wrong.
He is as wrong as his policies.
People in Russia used to like Uncle Joe until they were carted off to a gulag.
Dhuka on October 20, 2009 at 7:11 PM

AMEN!!!!! No other words necessary.

hillbilly on October 21, 2009 at 4:27 PM

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