PPP: Obama 50, Bush 44

posted at 5:27 pm on December 9, 2009 by Allahpundit

The sample’s skewed — just 47 percent claim to have voted for Obama last year versus 45 percent for McCain — but even so. Only a svelte six-point lead for mankind’s savior over the Bushitler, scourge of the Enlightened? His final approval rating was 22 percent.

Dude, is this Cheney 2012 thing happening?

Perhaps the greatest measure of Obama’s declining support is that just 50% of voters now say they prefer having him as President to George W. Bush, with 44% saying they’d rather have his predecessor. Given the horrendous approval ratings Bush showed during his final term that’s somewhat of a surprise and an indication that voters are increasingly placing the blame on Obama for the country’s difficulties instead of giving him space because of the tough situation he inherited. The closeness in the Obama/Bush numbers also has implications for the 2010 elections. Using the Bush card may not be particularly effective for Democrats anymore, which is good news generally for Republicans and especially ones like Rob Portman who are running for office and have close ties to the former President.

Effective or not, they’ll be playing that card up to and during The One’s very last hour in office. Click the image to below to watch the latest example, captured just this afternoon. And do skim the crosstabs at PPP, which are fascinating. Head to head with The One, Bush pulls 25 percent of moderates, 39 percent of independents, 48 percent of men — two points better than Obama — and 53 percent of whites. Gee, I wonder if the 39/52 split on ObamaCare has anything to do with all that. Exit question per the Gibbs clip: Didn’t Obama whine just yesterday in his speech about the economy that people need to stop playing the blame game?

Update: A fair point raised in the comments: The numbers on Obama vs. McCain don’t necessarily mean the sample’s skewed. It could mean that people have so soured on The One that they don’t even want to admit having voted for him anymore.


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It could mean that people have so soured on The One that they don’t even want to admit having voted for him anymore.

Poor babies….too ashamed to admit they foisted this ill-prepared, misguided rookie on the rest of us. Hey, I will take the blame for helping Bill Clinton get his first term in office, and I expect the Obamabots who have woken up to OWN their mistake. Personally, I’m looking forward to asking a few of my left-leaning friends just how happy they are now with that HopenChange thing. It would also be interesting if the sample included people who decided to stay home and skip voting because Sen. McCain wasn’t conservative enough. That particular mentality on the part of some GOP teammates also cost us votes we badly needed to avoid the current disaster.

Jill1066 on December 9, 2009 at 8:04 PM

None of the Austrians seemed to have voted for Anschluss either.

Hening on December 9, 2009 at 8:16 PM

Obama did significantly better when in a hypothetical match-up with OJ Simpson, besting him by 52 to 42.

MB4 on December 9, 2009 at 8:17 PM

“The president recognizes that the era of free lunches is over”

Surely Gibbs doesn’t really mean that…with tax relief for people who don’t pay taxes…for TARP funds…for adding 30 million people to the health roles…I can’t believe the whole group of reporters didn’t bust out in laughter…

right2bright on December 9, 2009 at 8:21 PM

This simply tells me that Americans voted against Bush more than they voted for Obama. I hope they’re freaking happy.

Oink on December 9, 2009 at 8:21 PM

Those numbers will change soon enough, just like all of the others.

BottomLine5 on December 9, 2009 at 8:22 PM

Actually, lumbricus terrestris and the rest are wonderful creatures and we should salute them and the farmers and scientists who work with them. And remember your Shakespere…

IlikedAUH2O on December 9, 2009 at 8:24 PM

It could mean that people have so soured on The One that they don’t even want to admit having voted for him anymore.

You see a lot of
Bumpers with little ovals
Of unweathered paint…

Haiku Guy on December 9, 2009 at 8:37 PM

Every day something dark emerges from this administration. From the outright lies, to the accusations and finger pointing, the corrupt favoring of Unions and cronies, to the funding/bailout of Hillary Cliniton, to the dithering in Afghanistan, to attacking legitimate news outlets and declaring war on them, to dividing this nation into colors and classes.

Ignoring the plight of the people of America, the administration throws grand parties and our leaders spit in our faces, call us names, deride and demean We the people who allow them the seats of power.

I am angry and I am weary. And for the first time in my life, I am afraid of my government.

Step down, Obama. You are unqualified, divisive, clueless, classless, a bully of sorts. We do not care for Chicago politics, strong armed tactics, attacks on our prior elected Administrations, pointing fingers of blame when you ran so hard and so long to earn the position that we entrusted you to take.

You, Obama, are a failure. We desire peace, prosperity, equality, and a future. You are clearly unable to deliver anything but pain, misfortune, generational theft, mistrust, malfeasance, dereliction of duty and you are the most devisive figure that our generation will ever know.

Step down. Deliver Americans from your fateful vision; your vision is not our vision.

Key West Reader on December 9, 2009 at 6:32 M

Wow!! Worth repeating here in full.
That’s nailing it, Key West. Well and rightly said.
Your comments should go viral.
I applaud you.

GrannyDee on December 9, 2009 at 8:37 PM

Baghdad Bob ought to sue for copyright infringement. These people are so stupid they are ignorant of the disgust that is swelling in the country for this administration and it’s legions of toads. Their arrogance will be their undoing in 2010 and 2012.

ultracon on December 9, 2009 at 9:15 PM


Middle America is finally awakening from its stupor and recognizing that the Promised One ain’t all he was promised to be, eh?

The Dubya <3 just makes it all the sweeter. I would have voted for him again were he eligible to run. But McLiar never had a shot.

SimplyKimberly on December 9, 2009 at 9:55 PM

The left have been telling us for years that Bush was the worst POTUS ever. What does it say about Obama that he polls only six percentage points ahead of Bush and 44% of Americans prefer Bush to him….lol.

Hera on December 9, 2009 at 10:37 PM

PPP is lying about their sample. They make things up because they are Democrats.

Sporty1946 on December 9, 2009 at 10:50 PM

I miss W. And that little dot was a “period.”

thebookkeeper on December 9, 2009 at 10:50 PM

Cheney doesn’t need to be on Mt. Rushmore. He is Mt Rushmore.

Indian Outlaw on December 9, 2009 at 11:00 PM

Preisdent Bush has an unfair advantage over Obama in all these polls of Americans. He likes Americans.

Fred 2 on December 10, 2009 at 1:37 AM

As a Romney supporter, I had to hold my nose when I pulled the lever for McCain. I’ll bet McCain’s proud of his “Cap and Trade” position now.

olesparkie on December 10, 2009 at 7:30 AM

Hilarious! Who’d have thunk Obama would single-handedly rehabilitate Bushitler?

WannabeAnglican on December 10, 2009 at 9:58 AM