CNN poll: 54% disapprove of Obama economic performance

posted at 10:12 am on November 3, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

In an otherwise unremarkable poll of adults, as opposed to voters or likely voters, this result stands out, especially after the Obama administration’s attempts to both spin the numbers and blame George Bush for the economy.  Fifty-four percent of respondents to the latest CNN poll disapprove of Barack Obama’s performance on the economy, a 17-point swing in six weeks.  That isn’t the worst of the poll, either;  57% now disapprove of Obama’s performance on health care, a 19-point swing in that same time.

CNN, of course, doesn’t mention the details on either in its own reporting on the poll:

One year after he won a historical presidential election, a slight majority of Americans approve of the job Barack Obama’s doing in the White House.

Fifty-four percent of people questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Tuesday approve of how Obama is handling his duties as president, with 45 percent saying they disapprove.

“Obama’s approval rating of 54 percent is nearly identical to the 53 percent of the vote he won a year ago,” notes CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. “And in nearly every demographic category, the percent that approve of Obama today is within two to three points of the percent who voted for him in 2008. It’s a different story when we turn to ideology. His approval rating among liberals is 7 points higher than the number of liberals who voted for him. But among conservatives, the number who like Obama today is down 10 points compared to his share of the vote among that group in 2008.”

The survey suggests that the president’s approval rating remains over 50 percent even though most Americans disapprove of how Obama is handling the economy, health care, Afghanistan, Iraq, unemployment, illegal immigration and the federal budget deficit.

Another item missing from the poll and its report: the party split in the sample.  The CNN/Opinion Research poll does not include any data on its survey respondents on party identification, a rather unusual omission for a political poll.  Of course, that does allow CNN to skirt the issue of skewed samples, but it also makes the final report a lot less reliable, since we cannot test for sampling bias.

Even apart from that, in most newsrooms, a 17-point reversal on the economy and a 19-point reversal on health care would be, well, news. One has to wonder why neither get mentioned in a report on the popularity of a president whose central issues are health care and the economy.  The rapid disintegration of his popularity on these positions will have enormous implications for Obama’s ability to push his agenda through Congress in both arenas, and also on the midterm elections a year from now if this becomes a trend.

In fact, it’s hard to find an issue where Obama has not lost ground:

  • Economy – 46%/54%, was 54%/45%
  • Foreign affairs – 51%/47%, was 58%/38%
  • Health care – 42%/57%, was 51%/47%
  • Afghanistan – 42%/56%, was 49%/46%
  • Taxes – 49%/50%, was 52%/42%
  • Helping the middle class – 50%/49%, was 67%/32% (six months ago, last time question asked)

His numbers stayed roughly the same on Medicare, with just a rounding difference.  Otherwise, Obama has lost serious ground on every issue, mainly over the last six weeks.  On health care, Obama is close to entering Bush territory in terms of job approval, but one would never know that from CNN’s reporting on its own poll.


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I am surprised that CNN reported it.

bluegrass on November 3, 2009 at 10:13 AM

Probably more than 54% disagree.

Mr. Joe on November 3, 2009 at 10:13 AM

Hmmmm. I’ve been wondering where all the glowing “Obama’s glorious one-year anniversary as president” stories were. Now I know. It’s an anniversary, but glorious? Not so much.

Rational Thought on November 3, 2009 at 10:14 AM

He’s had almost a year to come up with something and all he can do is dither. Unless of course it’s throwing parties at the White House or having his friends come and play golf.

I hope his numbers continue to drop.
I hope he fails.

Brat4life on November 3, 2009 at 10:15 AM

When CNN can’t even slant a poll they’re in really deep doo-doo…..

It’s pretty bad when a grafted media outlet won’t stay bought…… ;-)

rabidamerican on November 3, 2009 at 10:15 AM

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

CDeb on November 3, 2009 at 10:15 AM

I am surprised that CNN reported it.

Agree. You would have thought that their propaganda committee would have lost this right quick. But at some the news agencies have to retain some shred of legitimacy or risk (further) loss.

JoeinTX on November 3, 2009 at 10:16 AM

okay..

WHAT IS THE DEAL WITH THAT PICTURE?

where’s it from? is he running or tripping?

i see it here often but dont recognize it

battleoflepanto1571 on November 3, 2009 at 10:16 AM

Obama is in trouble so deep that even the left wing media can no longer cover it up. The man is totally lost.

rplat on November 3, 2009 at 10:16 AM

CNN headline: “Latest polls indicates return of racism”

PackerBronco on November 3, 2009 at 10:16 AM

Bradley effect is at work in the approval numbers. No one wants to be called a racist by disaprroving of Obama the man . however they feel free to disapprove of his agenda….

unseen on November 3, 2009 at 10:17 AM

The real numbers must be much worse…

d1carter on November 3, 2009 at 10:17 AM

HE QUOTES NIEBUHR!!!!!!

CDeb on November 3, 2009 at 10:15 AM

You misspelled ‘neighbor’. ;-)

thomasaur on November 3, 2009 at 10:18 AM

… but … but … what about his creased pants!!!
- David Brooks

PackerBronco on November 3, 2009 at 10:18 AM

Ford turned a profit? Bush’s fault!

Christien on November 3, 2009 at 10:18 AM

Bradley effect is at work in the approval numbers. No one wants to be called a racist by disaprroving of Obama the man . however they feel free to disapprove of his agenda….

unseen on November 3, 2009 at 10:17 AM

Exactly. How in the world can he be below 50% on just about every single question they ask regarding his policies, yet still be at 54% overall? It doesn’t make sense.

MobileVideoEngineer on November 3, 2009 at 10:19 AM

Exactly. How in the world can he be below 50% on just about every single question they ask regarding his policies, yet still be at 54% overall? It doesn’t make sense.

MobileVideoEngineer on November 3, 2009 at 10:19 AM

CNN poll.

it’s weighted toward dems.

remember the last big monthly poll they had, it was made of 25% African Americans??? (when they make up 12% in reality, and about 10% of voters)

This. Is CNN.

battleoflepanto1571 on November 3, 2009 at 10:20 AM

Who in the media will be the first to say that Obama is “out of step” with the American people?

It was a mantra during the Bush Administration.

But I guess now, it’s we who are “out of step” with the funky fresh Obama “administration”.

NoDonkey on November 3, 2009 at 10:21 AM

ACORN’s internals have BHO at 117% approval.

mankai on November 3, 2009 at 10:22 AM

This stood out to me, a 26 point swing:

Will unite the country and not divide it:

Oct. 30 – Nov. 1, 2009 51% 48% 1%
December 19-21, 2008* 77% 21% 2%

karlant on November 3, 2009 at 10:22 AM

Goodbye, Democrats!

You had your shot at running the show, and you failed.

Now step aside and let some conservatives show you how it’s done.

UltimateBob on November 3, 2009 at 10:23 AM

Those are bad numbers, especially on health care. If unemployment cracks 10% this Friday, his economic ratings will nosedive.

Doughboy on November 3, 2009 at 10:24 AM

Those are bad numbers, especially on health care. If unemployment cracks 10% this Friday, his economic ratings will nosedive.

Doughboy on November 3, 2009 at 10:24 AM

health care will LIVE or DIE based on watertown, ny, and somerset county, nj

battleoflepanto1571 on November 3, 2009 at 10:25 AM

Who in their right mind would think that an “administration” that is this blatantly anti-business, anti-profit and socialistic, can grow the economy?

Sure, I’ll go out and hire when I see PelosiCare, Cap and Trade and Card Check coming down the pike.

Because I’m in business to lose money by the bushel.

What the hell are these Democrats thinking?

NoDonkey on November 3, 2009 at 10:26 AM

NoDonkey, they think that we are all morons who love the dole.
Or, that we are evil producers who must be stolen from.

bbz123 on November 3, 2009 at 10:28 AM

These alleged ‘disapproval’ numbers were surely reported on Fox first, and CNN was only doing its job as a legitimate news source by quoting Fox lies. There’s no way CNN could possibly get these poll results, for they only question people who know the truth. Fox went to racists, and CNN never would.

/sarc

Liam on November 3, 2009 at 10:28 AM

When a conservative wins the 2012 Presidential election, I HOPE he/she has the AUDACITY to claim on day one they will take the blame for everything from that point on, good or bad – and make the statement on MSNBC.

That’s how adults roll.

FreakyBoy on November 3, 2009 at 10:30 AM

Figure 24% will never ever change their mind about Obama, and that 24% would support him in almost any circumstance (at least 14% under any circumstance)…these numbers are devastating.
He will always be “approved of” because to not would make you a racist.
The only thing accurately portrayed is his ratings on his actual performance.
Basically they are saying he is a nice guy to have a beer with…and not so nice as a leader.

right2bright on November 3, 2009 at 10:32 AM

CNN poll: 54% disapprove of Obama economic performance

NoJobs = NObama

ya2daup on November 3, 2009 at 10:33 AM

Who in their right mind would think that an “administration” that is this blatantly anti-business, anti-profit and socialistic, can grow the economy?

Libs, of course. To them the economy is not a facts-and-figures concern…….it’s an emotional one. When the economy is doing good….evil corporations and executives are screwing the “little-guy” and making lots of money. When the economy is bad…..evil corporations and executives are getting their due for screwing that same “little guy.” The economy should be better just because they want it to be, that’s all. If it doesn’t get better when they want it to then evil corporations and executives are being stingy and refusing to spend money and make the economy work.

I know, it’s hard, but their idea of how the economy works and how the economy actually operates is vast, littered with gross ignorance, and full of misguided intentions…

JoeinTX on November 3, 2009 at 10:33 AM

Surprised they were able to massage it down to ONLY 54%. Unfortunately for Obama, most people WANT to have a job and work for themselves, not suck from the government teat. The longer we have 10% unemployment, the worse it’s going to get for Hussein.

People voted for Obama because they thought it would be cool to have a black President, or they bought his “I am a moderate” facade. They didn’t vote for a Marxist. Obama’s personal popularity was destined to meet his policy unpopularity, and the onrushing train of high unemployment.

wildcat84 on November 3, 2009 at 10:34 AM

I just love the smell of rotten poll numbers for BHO first thing in the morning….

PatriotRider on November 3, 2009 at 10:35 AM

What a shock- unfettered socialism in a voting, democratic republic fails miserably- in less than 10 months.
Damn your freedom, you ingrates!

jjshaka on November 3, 2009 at 10:36 AM

I find it interesting what is not being reported. Kind of like the dog that didn’t bark….during the bush admin you had a poll every week on the direction of the country. right track/wrong track I have not seen or heard a poll result on that question in months….i wonder way…

unseen on November 3, 2009 at 10:36 AM

HE QUOTES NIEBUHR!!!!!!
CDeb on November 3, 2009 at 10:15 AM

You misspelled ‘neighbor’. ;-)
thomasaur on November 3, 2009 at 10:18 AM

I think he meant to say ‘Jim Nabors’. ;-) x2

ya2daup on November 3, 2009 at 10:38 AM

right track/wrong track I have not seen or heard a poll result on that question in months….i wonder way…

Oh, yes they’re still being conducted and the results are bad…..http://www.pollingreport.com/right.htm

But you are right, they sure aren’t getting the pub that they did just a short while ago from the corrupt media.

JoeinTX on November 3, 2009 at 10:39 AM

Another point…remember these polls at election time. People will vote on personality, not performance.
No matter what, we have to put a charismatic leader in position to win…then support him with strong policies.
The race will be….Obama is a great guy, a wonderful role model, but he is a poor leader. Great ideas, and a great heart, but his ideas do not transfer to the real world. He would be a great friend, and was to ACORN, unions, trial lawyers, but not a friend to the working man, or business leaders. He let his friendship get in the way of leading, and sometimes a leader has to disappoint his friends, and make the right decision…

right2bright on November 3, 2009 at 10:39 AM

Maybe the administration needs to consider the following: U.S. to Factor “Obama’s Sweetness” Into GDP Calculations http://optoons.blogspot.com/2009/09/us-to-factor-obamas-sweetness-into-gdp.html

Mervis Winter on November 3, 2009 at 10:39 AM

CNN poll: 54% disapprove of Obama economic performance

Are we supposed to believe that 46% of this country actually approves of Obama’s economic performance? Could there really be that many complete morons in this country, or should they have had an “I don’t know” option for those people?

orlandocajun on November 3, 2009 at 10:40 AM

The only fair and honest poll would be to go to Democrats 70% of the time. The concept of random sampling is inherently racist for blacks make up only 15% of the population. If CNN really did this poll, and I’m convinced Fox really did it, they would know their results are skewed and need to do a new survey. They’re poll-takers messed up and need to be fired immediately, for they surely must work for the racists at FNC.

Details of such surveys don’t matter. Only the results do, and this can’t be a valid result. I demand a recount!

/sarc

Liam on November 3, 2009 at 10:41 AM

or should they have had an “I don’t know” option for those people?

Afraid to answer for fear of being thought “racists”……

JoeinTX on November 3, 2009 at 10:42 AM

54% of America is racist?

RBMN on November 3, 2009 at 10:42 AM

What they’re not telling you is that Obama personally called everyone in the survey himself and threatened to scweam and scweam until he was sick if they didn’t give him the right answer.

Sharke on November 3, 2009 at 10:43 AM

Ok, CNN and Poll in the same sentence. You know they had their finger on the scale, right? Bozo’s true numbers are not this good.

dogsoldier on November 3, 2009 at 10:43 AM

Ed, at least Barry is consistent. ALL the numbers point DOWN. Not bad for a guy who was an empty suit to begin with.

GarandFan on November 3, 2009 at 10:43 AM

No No No! All this means is that conservatism is dead or something.

Blake on November 3, 2009 at 10:43 AM

In fact, it’s hard to find an issue where Obama has not lost ground:

It’s called “Smart Power”.

He has a gift you know.

Baxter Greene on November 3, 2009 at 10:44 AM

Sorta like the REAL UNEMPLOYMENT NUMBERS.

dogsoldier on November 3, 2009 at 10:45 AM

But given that Americans are dumb hicks who cling to their bibles and guns and don’t know what’s best for them, surely this survey confirms that everything’s just swell.

Sharke on November 3, 2009 at 10:47 AM

If CNN reports this bad number you have to know it,s far worse than this also Rasmussen daily tracking poll that came out a few hrs ago has him -13 a new low.

thmcbb on November 3, 2009 at 10:48 AM

You know, Obama said he was a uniter, not a divider.

What has he done to persuade me to come to his view?
What has he done to listen to my concerns?

Of course the trolls are hiding today, but…
Tell me how President Obama has worked to Unite us? Or was he just lying to get elected.

barnone on November 3, 2009 at 10:49 AM

It’s called “Smart Power”.

He has a gift you know.

Baxter Greene on November 3, 2009 at 10:44 AM

Smart power!

You keep using that word.

I don’t think it means what you think it means.

With apologies to Princess Bride, one of my all time favorite movies.

wildcat84 on November 3, 2009 at 10:50 AM

but it also makes the final report a lot less reliable, since we cannot test for sampling bias

I believe that this bias would put the “validity” of the results into question and thus invalidate the generalizability to the sampled population.

Great analysis.

ted c on November 3, 2009 at 10:51 AM

Maybe they should just poll people joining the unemployment roles over the past 10 months.

kirkill on November 3, 2009 at 10:51 AM

long time lurker first time poster!

CNN is just shameful!…but did anyone here expect anything else?

Dirk

dirksilver on November 3, 2009 at 10:52 AM

You know, Obama said he w

as a uniter, not a divider.

What has he done to persuade me to come to his view?
What has he done to listen to my concerns?

barnone on November 3, 2009 at 10:49 AM

He tells us to shut up and take it, because “he won”. Which is hardly going to convince anyone. Libs aren’t used to defending or even trying to sell their ideas, because they are never challenged in the media (except talk radio, the blogs, and FNC, which irks Teh One to no end) and they aren’t used to defending them like we are. To the libs, lib policies “just are” and are “normalcy”.

wildcat84 on November 3, 2009 at 10:52 AM

If you lost majorities in a poll in Pravda…
Tsunami cometh.

nyx on November 3, 2009 at 10:53 AM

http://www.socialresearchmethods.net/kb/relandval.php

I believe these results can be obtained reliably, but they may not be valid. The target analogy depicted at this link helps describe the relation between reliability and validity. These results may be consistent(reliably) but they may miss the mark on the overall population because of the sample bias skew toward the Dems (validity).

NBD, small taters.

ted c on November 3, 2009 at 10:54 AM

On health care, Obama is close to entering Bush territory in terms of job approval, but one would never know that from CNN’s reporting on its own poll.

It’s hard to get the gratuitous head pats from Gibbsy when they report the bad news….

ted c on November 3, 2009 at 10:56 AM

Can’t wait for the State of The Union address. Should be good of a lot of laughs.

Itchee Dryback on November 3, 2009 at 10:57 AM

Without doubt, the MSM polls among those they trust, rather than from a random sample. I imagine the real negative number is higher but I’m unable to take a stab at a valid figure.

It’s know that news services tend to poll internally first, if not exclusively, then report their final numbers as news. Honestly, how many of us have received a cold call asking our opinions on public matters by any poll takers from anywhere? I got only one in my entire life, and that was years ago. The poll taker didn’t much like my answers, it seemed to me, so I imagine my talk with her was deleted as if I never answered the phone.

Liam on November 3, 2009 at 10:58 AM

Obama Report card

Hope: F.

Change: For the better = F; For the worse = A.

International: D- to D+, depending on which country is being discussed.

Bringing people together: F.

Leadership: F.

Decision making abilities: D-

Blaming others; not taking responsibility: A.

Promoting America and the American Way: F.

Promoting Democracy and Freedom in the World: D- to F.

Doing things different in Washington D. C.:
Chicago Way: A.
Same old Same Old: A.
Non-Partisan: F.

Speeches and speech reading: Sliding backwards towards a C.

Building a stronger economy in the US: F+.

Making U.S. weaker: A.

Ability to govern: D-.

Spend more time in the excercise room, playing basketball and golfing than in anytime previously in his life: A+.

Ability to keep wife out of politics and on the cover of fashion magazines: B+

albill on November 3, 2009 at 10:58 AM

Where are all our trolls to tell us that polls no longer matter.

MarkTheGreat on November 3, 2009 at 11:00 AM

The race will be….Obama is a great guy, a wonderful role model, but he is a poor leader. Great ideas, and a great heart, but his ideas do not transfer to the real world. He would be a great friend, and was to ACORN, unions, trial lawyers, but not a friend to the working man, or business leaders. He let his friendship get in the way of leading, and sometimes a leader has to disappoint his friends, and make the right decision…

right2bright on November 3, 2009 at 10:39 AM

Jimmuh Carter times 10.

A nice guy to help build houses for the poor, but not an ounce of common sense or human nature, that people (NOT government) need to take responsibility for themselves, FOR PROFIT, and that evil exists and must be defeated with strength, not talk.

Steve Z on November 3, 2009 at 11:00 AM

The rebound of Wall St. makes those with investments or retirement funds happier, but the job situation is still extremely dire.

Plus, I don’t think people see where we CAN rebound. We can’t compete globally. Our lifestyle is simply too expensive. Every manufacturer seems to be moving to Mexico or other 3rd world countries. We know protectionism isn’t the answer.

But what is?

I think people know that this is not going to rebound.

AnninCA on November 3, 2009 at 11:00 AM

oh just wait until he implements the BOLD NEW programs he was yakking about yesterday with his Council of Business advisers, led by Volcker, who he will not listen to

these ideas included boosting exports (weaker dollar) increasing manufacturing (hello unions! welcome back to 1889! esp after cap n trade!) and GREENING buildings, retrofit, to ‘give jobs to people who dont have skills and arent working in our work force today’

so who who will he give those jobs to? people like those on the NJ GOTV with Felons thread thats who.

ginaswo on November 3, 2009 at 11:04 AM

the ‘rebound’ os a bump off thw weak dollar, nothing more

we have been trading in tandem with the US Dollar strength/weakness and it is scary as hell

dollar up, dow goes down, dollar down, dow goes up

it is unsustainable and will lead to hyperinflation

ginaswo on November 3, 2009 at 11:05 AM

okay..

WHAT IS THE DEAL WITH THAT PICTURE?

where’s it from? is he running or tripping?

i see it here often but dont recognize it

battleoflepanto1571 on November 3, 2009 at 10:16 AM

He’s tripping. The pic’s from one of his Blame America tours.

But don’t worry, all the people responsible for causing him to trip were called out and dealt with swiftly and permanently.

IrishEi on November 3, 2009 at 11:06 AM

AnninCA on November 3, 2009 at 11:00 AM

The answers lie in cutting taxes, breaking the backs of the unions, and downsizing government. It’s insane Washington has a $2.2 trillion budget with a system designed only to grow year after year.

But you know all this already; you’re not stupid.

Liam on November 3, 2009 at 11:08 AM

That 54% number is a CYA. It’s worse than that.

marklmail on November 3, 2009 at 11:10 AM

He’s tripping. The pic’s from one of his Blame America tours.

IrishEi on November 3, 2009 at 11:06 AM

Yeah, he’s definitely tripping.

But in the pic I always saw it as some goofball leaping up the steps with goofy enthusiasm like a total child idiot.

John the Libertarian on November 3, 2009 at 11:12 AM

Plus, I don’t think people see where we CAN rebound. We can’t compete globally. Our lifestyle is simply too expensive. Every manufacturer seems to be moving to Mexico or other 3rd world countries. We know protectionism isn’t the answer.
But what is?

Lower taxes, get the government the H@ll out of the way.

You can’t take this amount of money out of the economy and flush down the toilet of government without having a really bad effect on the economy.

I think people know that this is not going to rebound.
AnninCA on November 3, 2009 at 11:00 AM

Time to stock up on canned goods and Ammo -if you can find it.

Juno77 on November 3, 2009 at 11:13 AM

I thought it was a bit humourous that the CNN reporting of this mentioned the actual results from election.
Results that their pre-election poll missed quite drastically and in Obama’s direction. Astrology predicts election results better than CNN’s method.
We could safely take 6 percent away from the 54 that CNN now claims are still in approval of Obama.

LeeSeneca on November 3, 2009 at 11:14 AM

albill on November 3, 2009 at 10:58 AM

you forgot a golf grade and a special category for waxing three pirates (maybe extra credit er sumthin.)

ted c on November 3, 2009 at 11:16 AM

Waterloo

mmmm mmmm mmmm

bluegrass on November 3, 2009 at 11:18 AM

Every manufacturer seems to be moving to Mexico or other 3rd world countries. We know protectionism isn’t the answer.

Gee.

What could possibly be driving manufacturing and industry out of the country to places where they can be more competitive with the rest of the world.

Could be higher taxes, unionization, over-regulation and threats from Washington.

No. That has NOTHING to do with companies trying to remain profitable under an Administration that sees the profit motive as an “EVIL.”

Atlas is shrugging. Wake up.

Good Lt on November 3, 2009 at 11:18 AM

Another item missing from the poll and its report: the party split in the sample. The CNN/Opinion Research poll does not include any data on its survey respondents on party identification, a rather unusual omission for a political poll.

I’ve never seen CNN disclose this info in their “polls”.

FYI their polling is now run by Vinod Gupta, a longtime Clinton suckup. They used to partner with Gallup but threw them under the bus a couple of years ago.

Del Dolemonte on November 3, 2009 at 11:25 AM

But in the pic I always saw it as some goofball leaping up the steps with goofy enthusiasm like a total child idiot.

John the Libertarian on November 3, 2009 at 11:12 AM

LOL. You paint a familiar picture there. I still cringe when I remember one of my kids acting like a moron in front of some girl he liked and falling backward down a step right on his butt. Beets don’t even come close to describing his face.

Obama: I wuz just boppin’ along and all of a sudden some jerk throws this step in front of me…

IrishEi on November 3, 2009 at 11:30 AM

AnninCa,
This is the answer:
1. Slash corporate tax rate to 15% (currently the 2nd highest on earth @ 35%).
2. Drill for oil everywhere possible in the US.
3. Start Nuke plant cons’t in US (min 25 new plants).
4. Write every taxpayer in the US economy a $1 million dollar check.
5. Send all members of Congress and the President on an extended vacation (minimum 3 years).
#1 attracts overseas investment and provides a favorable economic environment for GROWTH.
#2 & #3 puts to work hundreds of thousands of people, creating JOBS.
#4 creates instant and real economic stimulus, people would pay down/off mortgages (helps lenders/banks), pay down/off credit card debt, people buy homes, cars, durable goods, etc. This expenditure is approx $150 million and is a miniscule number in comparison to the orgy of spending incurred in the last year.
#5 is self-explanatory.
Any questions?

mountainmanbob on November 3, 2009 at 12:02 PM

CNN is a right wing machine. Ignore this poll.
– Bleeds343Blue

angryed on November 3, 2009 at 12:10 PM

Every manufacturer seems to be moving to Mexico or other 3rd world countries.

That’s not actually true.

We don’t make t-shirts, plastic toys and other cheap, disposable crap that can be made in third world hell holes like China, true.

We’re never going to compete on that basis. Americans don’t raise their kids to sew t-shirts in sweatshops.

We lead the world in high tech manufacturing. Those are the jobs we have now and the ones we need to keep.

One way to do that is to improve our schools. They currently suck, because they’re run by Democrats and educrats.

They need to be privatized, to develop the intellectual capital we need to compete.

That’s yet another area where the Democrats fail miserably. They are chasing textile jobs and the cheap toy manufacturing jobs, that will NEVER come back.

Not to mention public sector jobs, that don’t pay the bills, they ARE the bills.

Democrats are wrong about everything, but espeically about the economy.

NoDonkey on November 3, 2009 at 12:12 PM

Bush and the Republican congress gave us 4.5% unemployment and a $250B deficit.

Obama and the Democrat’s congress in 2006 gave us something like 8% unemployment and a $750B.

Obama and that congress now have given us 17% unemployment and a $2T deficit.

Are there any questions the man has failed in any measurable sense on the economy?

18-1 on November 3, 2009 at 1:03 PM

Steve Z on November 3, 2009 at 11:00 AM

Yes, but the real problem is Obama is untouchable to about 24% of the people.
Jimmy didn’t have that, he had maybe the 12% liberal nuts that vote dem no matter what, but he didn’t have the race card to play…Obama is tough because he has that built in 24% that is unshakable, that leaves the balance of 76%, where it has to shake out 51% R, and 25% d…
That is how we lost, the independents did not see, or understand what Obama was going to do, policy wise. They voted on personality and “hope and change”.
We need to attack his policies, and only that, since the swing vote will be the independents…and they will look at policies.
Try to attack Obama personally, and people will defend him to prove we are not bigots…

right2bright on November 3, 2009 at 1:13 PM

HAHAHAHAHA. ROFL
I wonder if it was the typical 60% dem voters

the rats should be jumping off the good ship obama soon

but I don’t know if that’s good

they are going to toss Obama over the side with the anvil around his neck

the blacks will again be the dupes for the dem party

they used Obama as a figurehead that they could jettison in case of implosion

I’ve said that Obama reminded me of dinnerjacket since he is merely the parrot for the true pirates

the pirates didn’t lose since they managed to fund their public sector for some time with the only real cure being repealing the grotesque expenditures that they used obamas temporary popularity to push through

I’m afraid that things might just go back to normal which wasn’t that great to begin with

yes sir, another great moment for dems regarding their black constituency

we must not let this moment go without absolutely attempting to wring ourselves of these career pikes on both sides

Sonosam on November 3, 2009 at 2:04 PM

Honestly, I am almost beginning to feel bad for this babe in the woods politician and I don’t think it will end well for him or the blacks who believed

statists are truly evil and that’s exactly why they try so hard to diminish that concept at every turn

Sonosam on November 3, 2009 at 2:10 PM

Odumbo will be reelected in 2012 because the GOP will not field a decent candidate. Maybe they should advertise in Monster.com….. they will certainly find better candidates than what they could come up with by their little selves…..

ultracon on November 3, 2009 at 4:01 PM