Obama hits new low in Rasmussen poll

posted at 10:12 am on May 25, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Barack Obama hasn’t hit George W. Bush lows yet, but then again, neither did Bush until well into his second term — after Katrina.  In the latest Rasmussen tracking poll of likely voters, Obama has begun to sink again, this time falling to a new low in approval at 42%:

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows that 24% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Forty-four percent (44%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -20 …

Overall, 42% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the president’s performance. That is the lowest level of approval yet measured for this president. Fifty-six percent (56%) now disapprove of his performance.

Forty-four percent (44%) say the president is doing a good or excellent job on national security issues while 39% give him such positive marks on the economy.

At least at the moment, the downward pressure on his numbers doesn’t appear to be coming from his handling of the Gulf spill.  Rasmussen shows an almost even split on approval for that issue, 34/33, although that could change abruptly if the media catches up to the story.  Politico sees the tide beginning to turn against Obama on the issue.  In fact, it’s become so bad that Obama plans on breaking a 309-day streak:

Until this week, the Obama administration had largely managed to deflect responsibility for the Deepwater Horizon disaster onto others — vowing to keep a “boot on the throat” of BP, while slamming lax oversight on the part of federal regulators during the Bush administration.

But now, with crude lapping into the bayou, even Obama’s defenders have turned critical. A White House that prides itself on operational competence and message discipline has been frustrated by an environmental catastrophe it can’t predict, can’t control and can’t out-message — and the strain is showing.

A majority of Americans, by 51 percent to 46 percent, now disapprove of Obama’s handling of the crisis, according to a new CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll. An Associated Press-GfK survey taken less than two weeks ago showed that only one-third of those polled gave Obama low marks for his response.

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs surprised reporters at the daily briefing Monday by announcing the president would answer questions about the spill in person Thursday — the first presidential news conference Obama has given in months.

That sounds as though the Obama White House has become a little desperate to contain the damage.  They have avoided press conferences ever since Obama went off-message in the last one, 307 days ago, and declared that Cambridge, MA police “acted stupidly” without knowing the details of the arrest of Henry “Skip” Gates.  The resulting embarrassment taught Obama’s handlers to keep him on the Teleprompter or in interviews with friendly media, where Obama has remained almost without exception ever since.

The internals for perceptions of Obama are looking very shaky indeed.  Only 39% approve of his performance on the economy; only 44% approve of his overall leadership.  Just 37% approve of his energy policies.  A microscopic 26% trust Obama in an economic crisis, and only 35% believe his ethics to be good or excellent.

Keep an eye on the numbers after Obama’s presser on Thursday.  He may get a bump just for showing up; if he does, expect him to start hitting the campaign trail ASAP.  If he doesn’t, don’t expect to see Obama much at all.

Update: Yid with Lid has some helpful and interesting charts.


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Minus the black vote that never abandons him, what’s that make it now?

Daggett on May 25, 2010 at 11:20 AM

I have a feeling that folks like us….”would get done” if you know what I mean.

ted c on May 25, 2010 at 11:10 AM

All too well, I don’t know if you noticed but I was offline for about a month (April) in a remote area making worst case scenario arrangements, we’re on the same page.

I’ll pull the trigger so to speak on that option around 11/4/12.

Archimedes on May 25, 2010 at 11:21 AM

Rasmussen lies!

KS Rex on May 25, 2010 at 11:21 AM

Haven’t figured it out yet? His public appearances DON’T HELP HIM. He’s DULL and a DOWNER. He DOESN’T WEAR WELL.

However, to a despairing White House, there is now the possibility of WAR WITH KOREA! Nothing like a good war to goose those popularity numbers!

rrpjr on May 25, 2010 at 11:22 AM

Archimedes on May 25, 2010 at 11:21 AM

heh,

your grid coordinates, please…

ted c on May 25, 2010 at 11:23 AM

However, to a despairing White House, there is now the possibility of WAR WITH KOREA! Nothing like a good war to goose those popularity numbers!

rrpjr on May 25, 2010 at 11:22 AM

yeah, surely the WH is tired of killing Muslims….and surely the public appetite for killing Koreans is higher than that of Muslims, so, what the hell!

ted c on May 25, 2010 at 11:24 AM

Let his approval/disapproval ratings sink so low that they keep a “boot on the throat” of this Manchurian President.

petefrt on May 25, 2010 at 11:26 AM

And of course the answer to this will be that’s what happens when you do what’s right, not what’s popular. By that logic, George W. Bush always did what’s right in his second term.

Jim-Rose on May 25, 2010 at 11:28 AM

Minus the black vote that never abandons him, what’s that make it now?

Daggett on May 25, 2010 at 11:20 AM

That should represent about 30% of his support. That leaves about 12% WASP support if you don’t count Hispanics which probably leaves WASP support under 10%.

saiga on May 25, 2010 at 11:30 AM

heh,

your grid coordinates, please…

ted c on May 25, 2010 at 11:23 AM

My current GC is in the belly of the beast, appx two blocks from the Hancock in Chicago, my undisclosed locationI’m keeping close to the chest. Suffice it to say it is a warmer, more politically/cultrurally conducive environ.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRyIMqXA_o8

Archimedes on May 25, 2010 at 11:33 AM

Obama would probably need a war in Korea to get him re-elected because Americans hate changing leaders in a war. However, Ronald Reagan was elected partly because Americans knew he was tougher than carter.

If Obama gets drug into a Korean war, he will likely blow.

saiga on May 25, 2010 at 11:34 AM

The media hasn’t been slamming the airwaves with photos of oil-covered animals, smothered wetlands or pretty beaches turned to sludge yet. That is why he hasn’t been slammed by the general population for Deepwater Horizon.

If the media every starts broadcasting those images 24/7 like they would another disaster (such as a hurricane) his numbers would plummet.

In fact, I bet the people who are locally affected and have seen the firsthand damage from the oil spill would give him extremely low marks on the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

The question now is if the media continues to cover for Obama or they decide to make money by playing up the next news cycle.

ButterflyDragon on May 25, 2010 at 11:34 AM

But that’s why this oil spill crisis is so toxic(no pun intended).

None taken :)

mikeyboss on May 25, 2010 at 11:35 AM

I wonder if some of Obama’s drop in approval is due to his “New World Order” speech at West Point, the day before the Norks sink a South Korean ship.

Obama’s 2008 campaign was full of naive magic-wand shouts of “Yes We Can” without many specifics on WHAT “we can” do. Now those 52% who thought “Yes We Can” are wondering “why doesn’t he”?

Steve Z on May 25, 2010 at 11:39 AM

“I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal.”
–Barack Obama, 2008

The failure of this promise will turn the left.

The only unicorns in the offing are covered in black, slimy oil. And The President is golfing. He seems to believe it is an honorary title he holds, with no real responsibility.

petunia on May 25, 2010 at 11:56 AM

A microscopic 26% trust Obama in an economic crisis

I wonder how that demographic compares to the 50% of Democrats who view socialism favorably…

ReformedAndDangerous on May 25, 2010 at 12:01 PM

So far, he saved or created 42 percentage points of favorability.

Dan Pet on May 25, 2010 at 12:08 PM

I expect that Obama will import Keith Overbite, Maddow, Ed Schultz, Jon Alter and his other media sycophants to the next presser and only call on them for softball questions. And the odds are the question period will probably be for ten or fifteen minutes, just enough time for Obama to answer (or dissemble) on two questions. Obama couldn’t handle a tenth of the invective the WH press corp gave to every repub President over the past forty years.

eaglewingz08 on May 25, 2010 at 12:12 PM

Cant find it, but IBD’s Ramirez has a great cartoon of Obama at a chalkboard as a kid that makes that point bueatifully. Wish I could locate it.

Archimedes on May 25, 2010 at 10:40 AM

I think this is the one, and Ed put it up on HA last year.

http://hotair.com/archives/2009/06/25/ramirez-and-the-answer-is/

IBD has a great Op-Ed page BTW.

ontherocks on May 25, 2010 at 12:14 PM

I’m surprised they aren’t lower. Only explanation I can think of is the title of Living Colour’s #1 song.

shick on May 25, 2010 at 12:21 PM

Why the heck give him a bump for showing up??He should sink even lower:):)

ohiobabe on May 25, 2010 at 12:36 PM

“Suffice it to say it is a warmer, more politically/cultrurally conducive environ.”

You must be in south Alabama?

I am not a racist on May 25, 2010 at 12:42 PM

I would assume this is reaction to the oil spill. People have this silly idea that government really protects them.

I’ve never quite understood that idea.

AnninCA on May 25, 2010 at 12:53 PM

I would assume this is reaction to the oil spill.
AnninCA on May 25, 2010 at 12:53 PM

At least at the moment, the downward pressure on his numbers doesn’t appear to be coming from his handling of the Gulf spill. Rasmussen shows an almost even split on approval for that issue, 34/33, although that could change abruptly if the media catches up to the story.

Reading is good.

Y-not on May 25, 2010 at 1:15 PM

“White House press secretary Robert Gibbs surprised reporters at the daily briefing Monday by announcing the president would answer questions about the spill in person Thursday — the first presidential news conference Obama has given in months.”

Obama’s cutting it mighty close.
That gives him only 2 days to get the approved questions out to his favored “journalists” for this pre-announced impromtu presser.

mrt721 on May 25, 2010 at 1:36 PM

I would assume this is reaction to the oil spill. People have this silly idea that government really protects them.

I’ve never quite understood that idea.

AnninCA on May 25, 2010 at 12:53 PM

Dear lord. This troll comes in here constantly pushing for more gov’t control of everything (while dissembling and lying about what she is for, what she has said in the past, etc), and then reverses course about what she believes in gov’t in order to defend the bad poll #s her new god O! is getting. Why isn’t this thing banned yet? She isn’t honest, doesn’t engage in the exchange of ideas, never has any idea what she is talking about, rarely actually reads the post before commenting. At what point is it enough?

Monkeytoe on May 25, 2010 at 1:36 PM

I think people are beginning to wonder just what these guys are up to.

Terrye on May 25, 2010 at 2:01 PM

Dear lord. This troll comes in here constantly pushing for more gov’t control of everything (while dissembling and lying about what she is for, what she has said in the past, etc), and then reverses course about what she believes in gov’t in order to defend the bad poll #s her new god O! is getting. Why isn’t this thing banned yet?
Monkeytoe on May 25, 2010 at 1:36 PM

While I personally don’t see any possible need to have more than ONE libtroll, I don’t see how this one is any different than any other.

Collectivists, pretty much by definition, always have the same mindset. And this person represents that exactly as well as every other moonbat in the world does.

There are millions of people who share the exact same warped view of reality: That the government is far too incompetent and corrupt to REGULATE any industry; ergo, the goverment can be implicitly trusted to handle the infinitely more difficult task of CONTROLLING every industry lock, stock and barrel.

That is precisely the rationalization that Barack Hussien Obama used to justify nationalizing the finance industry and the automobile industry. And it is the same argument he is now making about the oil industry.

Crazy? Yes. Idiotic? Of course. But in the world of politics, all of that is utterly irrelevant. All that matters is that a critical mass of technically qualified voters AGREE with the wilful antithesis of reason in order to bolster their sense of self-worth. And it is important that we keep that in mind at all times.

logis on May 25, 2010 at 2:03 PM

But, the Kos poll has Obama at 54%.

They wouldn’t lie or anything would they?

Moesart on May 25, 2010 at 2:26 PM

When Obama said “Plug the damn hole”, he wasn’t talking to his staff about his oil spill; he was about the hole his approval numbers are sliding into.

olesparkie on May 25, 2010 at 2:47 PM

Awesome to know that Americans get it.

Jaibones on May 25, 2010 at 3:13 PM

People have this silly idea that government really protects them.

I’ve never quite understood that idea.

AnninCA on May 25, 2010 at 12:53 PM

Bush’s Government kept us safe from terrorist attacks from September 12, 2001 until January 20, 2009.

And after Hurricane Katrina, Bush’s Government rescuded over 10,000 people from New Orleans rooftops-in the first 3 days before FEMA got there,

And Bush’s Government had cleaned up 95% of the millions of gallons of oil that Katrina spilled in less than 3 months.

A mind is a terrible thing to waste.

Del Dolemonte on May 25, 2010 at 4:27 PM

Awesome to know that Americans get it.

Jaibones on May 25, 2010 at 3:13 PM

No they don’t.

People have this silly idea that government really protects them.

I’ve never quite understood that idea.

AnninCA on May 25, 2010 at 12:53 PM

Del Dolemonte on May 25, 2010 at 4:28 PM

The ones that say he’s doin’ a great job are just Obamabots. But who the hell thinks he’s doin’ a halfway decent job?
Are these the people that think that Dihydrogen Monoxide is a dangerous chemical that should be banned?

Army Brat on May 25, 2010 at 4:37 PM

Logis

The problem is not that Ann-in-a-can is a liberal troll. The problem is she is a thread hijacker.

Dhuka on May 25, 2010 at 5:39 PM

Voter from WA State on May 25, 2010 at 11:29 AM

I would rather Obama not lay the wreath. He has absolutely no respect, regard, or compassion for anyone in the military, unless they’re kissing his boney arse. It would add insult to injury to watch him pretend. Let him go to Chicago. It’s where he belongs. With any luck, he’ll just hunker down, and stay there!

capejasmine on May 25, 2010 at 5:57 PM

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dnlchisholm on May 25, 2010 at 7:41 PM

You must be in south Alabama?

I am not a racist on May 25, 2010 at 12:42 PM

Nope, I was in in a culurually similiar state next door, as my comment I thought made clear, I was making contingency plans.

Archimedes on May 25, 2010 at 9:50 PM

If his approval rating keeps falling, he may eventually get to the level he has earned. It will be the first thing he has ever earned in his life.

Oleta on May 25, 2010 at 9:53 PM

Needless to say, it’s Bush’s fault. This “president” (BO, of course) is such a joke. The problem is no one’s laughing.

miron on May 26, 2010 at 1:32 AM

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