Quinnipiac poll shows Americans skeptical of second Obama term

posted at 2:15 pm on November 22, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Wasn’t that the message of the midterms, especially after Barack Obama went out of his way to defend Democrats by warning voters that his agenda was at risk?  In this case, it was the same as waving a red cape in front of a bull — or a whole Pamplona village of them.  Quinnipiac’s latest survey shows that only 43% of voters say Obama deserves a second term, but that number changes a bit when specific alternatives are mentioned:

President Barack Obama does not deserve a second term, American voters say 49 – 43 percent, and he is in a statistical dead heat with possible Republican challengers Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. President Obama leads Sarah Palin 48 – 40 percent.

Romney, Huckabee, Palin and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich are bunched together when Republican voters are asked who they prefer for the GOP’s 2012 presidential nomination, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University survey finds. …

In trial heats for 2012, former Massachusetts Gov. Romney receives 45 percent to 44 percent for Obama, while the president gets 46 percent to 44 percent for Mr. Huckabee. Matched against Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, a virtual unknown to most voters, the president leads 45 – 36 percent.

“At this point, former Alaska Gov. Palin runs the worst against President Obama. Daniels is essentially a generic Republican because of his anonymity to most voters. Obama only gets 45 percent against him while he gets 48 percent against Ms. Palin,” said Brown. “She is very unpopular among independents and although she recently said she thought she could defeat Obama, the data does not now necessarily support that assertion.”

In another potential blow to Obama’s re-election chances, his favorability rating has descended to a 48/48 split — and a 43/52 among independents.  That deals a blow to what had been Obama’s best asset on the trail.  Even when his performance approval slid badly this year, his personal favorables remained relatively strong.  That no longer appears to be the case, and without that, it will take a big economic rebound to get voters to reassess Obama in 2012.

Interestingly, Obama only gets lukewarm support from his own party.  Democrats surveyed in this poll said they didn’t want to see Obama challenged in a primary, but by a relatively unenthusiastic 64/27 split.  That sounds overwhelming on most questions, but in this case it shows that more than a quarter of Democrats want their sitting President to potentially lose the party nomination for a second term.  Less than two-thirds of them want to avoid that outcome.  That’s not exactly a ringing endorsement of Obama’s incumbency by Democratic voters, and it points to another cycle of a wide enthusiasm gap in 2012 even in a presidential campaign.

However, it’s still far too early to count Obama out.  Americans tend to re-elect Presidents, even those who have popularity issues within their own party, and two years is a long time.  If the economy catches fire and jobless declines sharply over the next year, Obama could easily rebound to win a second term.  Unfortunately for Obama, it will take the kind of economic policies he opposes to enable that kind of explosive growth in the next year, when it counts — lower taxes, reduced regulation, and deep cuts in federal spending to stabilize the nation’s monetary policy.  Republicans in the House could actually deliver these policies, and if the Senate and Obama don’t get in the way of them, Democrats and Obama could realize their benefit.  Don’t entirely dismiss Obama’s instinct for political survival.

In the same vein, the head-to-head matchups in this poll don’t mean much at all.  Voters haven’t had an opportunity to see any of these candidates in campaign mode for the current environment.  Their eventual head-to-head potential won’t be known until the end of 2011, after a year of explicit campaigning and some defining moments in debates.  We still don’t really know the full roster of candidates yet, for that matter.  The only real indicative value in these poll questions is the weak support Obama gets against any of them, and his inability to muster a 50% rating from a pool of registered voters in any GOP matchup.  The likely voter results, if a likely-voter model for 2012 could be derived at the moment, would probably show Obama doing significantly worse.


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Hell, I was skeptical of this term and it happened.

Eren on November 22, 2010 at 2:17 PM

Quinnipiac is an Algonquin word which means “Vote Democratic.”

Emperor Norton on November 22, 2010 at 2:19 PM

Given the economic numbers that are supposed to come out tomorrow, Barry’s numbers may shrink even more.

HINT: They’ve been revised DOWNWARDS.

GarandFan on November 22, 2010 at 2:20 PM

Obama won’t seek a second term.

That will throw a big wrench into the ’12 dynamics.

Here is a ticket that might make some heads explode:

Sarah Palin/Evan Bayh ’12.

portlandon on November 22, 2010 at 2:20 PM

Republicans in the House could actually deliver these policies, and if the Senate and Obama don’t get in the way of them, Democrats and Obama could realize their benefit.

dear leader and his crew tend to double down on stupid….

cmsinaz on November 22, 2010 at 2:23 PM

Obama won’t seek a second term.

That will throw a big wrench into the ’12 dynamics.

Here is a ticket that might make some heads explode:

Sarah Palin/Evan Bayh ’12.

portlandon on November 22, 2010 at 2:20 PM

Heh, while that would never happen, that would be a pretty tough ticket to beat. What’s frustrating is that I saw a few minutes of Bayh on Hannity’s TV show the other night and dude seemed like a sensible moderate Democrat who understands that the Obama/Pelosi/Reid agenda is a disaster for his party. So why in the hell did he vote for Porkulus and Obamacare?

Doughboy on November 22, 2010 at 2:24 PM

HINT: They’ve been revised DOWNWARDS.
GarandFan on November 22, 2010 at 2:20 PM

How do you revise down from 0.0% growth?

Bishop on November 22, 2010 at 2:27 PM

Being from Michigan, a place that re-elected Gov. Granholm 4 years ago and Matt Millen once got a contract extension, I will believe it when I see it.

Michigan: the place where abysmal failure is rewarded! (I hope other states are paying attention…)

jjjdad on November 22, 2010 at 2:28 PM

Quinnipiac’s latest survey shows that only 43% of voters say Obama deserves a second term,

Deserve’s got nothing to do with it.

rukiddingme on November 22, 2010 at 2:31 PM

I don’t recall ever seeing so many polls and pundits trying all to convince Americans of one thing, especially years ahead of the question becoming relevant: Sarah Palin must not be nominated for, or can not be elected, President.

Maybe they don’t realize how contrarian we rubes can be. When our self-appointed betters tell us to do something, we so often just tell them to take their vaunted wisdom and shove it.

drunyan8315 on November 22, 2010 at 2:31 PM

Buyer’s remorse!

Tony737 on November 22, 2010 at 2:32 PM

Interestingly, Obama only gets lukewarm support from his own party.

These are the kooks who are attacking him from the left, but will come around and vote for him again.

forest on November 22, 2010 at 2:32 PM

So 43% still don’t get it, or they hope the freebies will keep coming.

tarpon on November 22, 2010 at 2:37 PM

Ed, who funded this “survey”?

TheAlamos on November 22, 2010 at 2:43 PM

Don’t entirely dismiss Obama’s instinct for political survival.

The only thing he really seems to have an “instinct” for is playing the race card.

If that is maxed-out then I think he is toast. Maybe even a whole loaf of toast.

Lily on November 22, 2010 at 2:43 PM

If 0bama embraces his one term status during the lame duck session – Katy bar the door.

Rebar on November 22, 2010 at 2:44 PM

Deserve’s got nothing to do with it.

rukiddingme on November 22, 2010 at 2:31 PM

Nice! (Wm. Muny quote)

darwin-t on November 22, 2010 at 2:45 PM

In the same vein, the head-to-head matchups in this poll don’t mean much at all. Voters haven’t had an opportunity to see any of these candidates in campaign mode for the current environment.

BUT ROMNEY IS SERIOUSLY GIVING WEIGHT TO THIS POLL! HE LIKES HIS CURRENT POSITION … WITHIN TOP 3.

TheAlamos on November 22, 2010 at 2:49 PM

The only thing he really seems to have an “instinct” for is playing the race card.

Lily on November 22, 2010 at 2:43 PM

My lefty brother warned me that if 0bama doesn’t get re-elected we will be perceived as a racist nation…

OmahaConservative on November 22, 2010 at 2:52 PM

Obama won’t seek a second term.

portlandon on November 22, 2010 at 2:20 PM

Impossible. Not even if his wife were murdered in their bedroom would he give up the run for 2012. Not even if there were another 9/11 and he did nothing about it. Not even if Israel were obliterated. He won’t let a second term go. His ego won’t allow it.

MadisonConservative on November 22, 2010 at 2:54 PM

My lefty brother warned me that if 0bama doesn’t get re-elected we will be perceived as a racist nation…

OmahaConservative on November 22, 2010 at 2:52 PM

Did you tell your brother that you perceive him to be an idiot?

darwin-t on November 22, 2010 at 2:54 PM

Quinnipiac is an Algonquin word which means “Vote Democrat.”

Emperor Norton on November 22, 2010 at 2:19 PM

Heh. I knew those numbers looked suspiciously high for Ogabe.

Jaibones on November 22, 2010 at 2:55 PM

the most optimistic thing i’ve seen is the new governors talking at the RGA.

if they can hold tough against the entrenched interests we will have a good future. O will just be a bad memory

r keller on November 22, 2010 at 2:58 PM

So 43% still don’t get it, or they hope the freebies will keep coming.

tarpon on November 22, 2010 at 2:37 PM

At least 9% of Obama voters have caught on. We can only hope a few million more get the message by 2012. But they’re not very bright people, as they keep demonstrating.

AZCoyote on November 22, 2010 at 2:58 PM

So 43% still don’t get it, or they hope the freebies will keep coming.

tarpon on November 22, 2010 at 2:37 PM

Exactly what I was thinking. I still can’t believe, after all that’s happened, or not happened. After all that’s going on currently….there are still 43% who think this guy should do a 2nd term? Wow!

Some commies out there really, really hate this country, don’t they?!

capejasmine on November 22, 2010 at 2:59 PM

At least 9% of Obama voters have caught on. We can only hope a few million more get the message by 2012. But they’re not very bright people, as they keep demonstrating.

AZCoyote on November 22, 2010 at 2:58 PM

It was funny. Earlier on Rush, he was noting that 20% of the population has some form of mental illness, and also noted that 20% of the population is liberal. Coincidence? ROFL!!!

capejasmine on November 22, 2010 at 3:00 PM

OmahaConservative on November 22, 2010 at 2:52 PM

Put Rubio or Susana Martinez at the bottom of the ticket and there goes that insanity.

MadisonConservative on November 22, 2010 at 2:54 PM

I’ll go one step farther: even if he loses, he’ll run again in the future to feed his needs. The Revenge of Barry.

TimTebowSavesAmerica on November 22, 2010 at 3:01 PM

Alternate headline: 43% of Americans suffer from CRI. Otherwise known as a Cranial Rectal Inversion.

jjjdad on November 22, 2010 at 3:03 PM

I don’t recall ever seeing so many polls and pundits trying all to convince Americans of one thing, especially years ahead of the question becoming relevant: Sarah Palin must not be nominated for, or can not be elected, President.

I’m a Palin supporter (and paid the big bucks to meet her) but I think the trend that she would lose to Obama is accurate, as of this moment.

I have many friends who don’t like Obama’s policies, who to my surprise, would vote against Palin more and are very passionate about it. Most of these are women, who somehow feel betrayed by Palin, and that she somehow reflects on all women. I don’t get it personally. I would think the policies that Obama and Palin hold would be more important. But as of right now, this is what I’m seeing.

redeye on November 22, 2010 at 3:05 PM

Did you tell your brother that you perceive him to be an idiot?

darwin-t on November 22, 2010 at 2:54 PM

He knows what I think of him and his politics, but he is a university professor with that smug, superior attitude that he is enlightened and the rest of us are not. Six of us are very conservative, as were our parents.

OmahaConservative on November 22, 2010 at 3:06 PM

SINCE OBAMA IS BACKTRACKING IN EARLY 1980s.

LET’S BACK TRACK IN EXACTLY 1980 ON WHAT “TIME MAGAZINE” SAID ABOUT REAGAN’S CHANCES:

But last week, after Ford gave up his own ambitions and Reagan’s nomination took on a look of inevitability, a reassessment was under way across the country. The consensus was that although many hazards lie ahead, Ronald Reagan indeed has a chance to be elected as the 40th President of the U.S.

National opinion polls continue to show Carter leading Reagan by an apparently comfortable margin of about 25%. They also show that more moderate Republicans like Ford would run better against the President. This suggests that Reagan is not the strongest G.O.P. choice for the November election and that he clearly faces an uphill battle. Nonetheless, few political observers now write off Reagan’s chances, and certainly not Jimmy Carter’s chief election strategists.

Read more: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,921912,00.html#ixzz162n2a45t

TheAlamos on November 22, 2010 at 3:12 PM

OmahaConservative on November 22, 2010 at 3:06 PM

So he couldn’t function in the real world having been hiding in academia all of his life? I have one of those too.

darwin-t on November 22, 2010 at 3:12 PM

I’m a Palin supporter (and paid the big bucks to meet her) but I think the trend that she would lose to Obama is accurate, as of this moment.

I have many friends who don’t like Obama’s policies, who to my surprise, would vote against Palin more and are very passionate about it. Most of these are women, who somehow feel betrayed by Palin, and that she somehow reflects on all women. I don’t get it personally. I would think the policies that Obama and Palin hold would be more important. But as of right now, this is what I’m seeing.

redeye on November 22, 2010 at 3:05 PM

Well, in my case, lots of real “indies” (not fake indies = closet democrats), meaning fiscal conservatives but against corruptions especially in “Corporate World of Republicans and Dems alike” are big supporters of SARAH PALIN AND DEMINT.

TheAlamos on November 22, 2010 at 3:18 PM

My lefty brother warned me that if 0bama doesn’t get re-elected we will be perceived as a racist nation…

OmahaConservative on November 22, 2010 at 2:52 PM

The only way to expunge our racist guilt is to only vote for the candidate of color in every election we have forever. The minute we vote for a white person. RACIST!!!!

Be sure to use words like expunge when dealing with lefty professors. Especially lefty professor relatives. They love pretentious verbiage. It is the native language of the lofty astral planes upon which they imagine they dwell.

Lily on November 22, 2010 at 3:24 PM

Obama is no polling under 50% against Palin. think about that for a minute. what that means is tha tPalin is now within striking distance afte r2 years of nonstop attacks agains ther. All other candidate shave not even begun getting vetted. Palin has had everything Obama and his minions plus everything the establishment Gop can throw at her and she only needs a 5 pt swing to get the POTUS.

unseen on November 22, 2010 at 3:31 PM

But as of right now, this is what I’m seeing.

redeye on November 22, 2010 at 3:05 PM

Well all that tells you is to move out of NYC…

unseen on November 22, 2010 at 3:34 PM

I’m not sure the poll resusults are right.

Did they survey all 57 states?

wildweasel on November 22, 2010 at 3:34 PM

I know it would blow heads of purity folks, but if Sarah Palin was really politically savvy, she should announce a moderate Dem as her potential VP. That would screw with their narrative so badly, she would have the upper hand over everyone.

di butler on November 22, 2010 at 3:35 PM

All other candidate shave not even begun getting vetted. Palin has had everything Obama and his minions plus everything the establishment Gop can throw at her and she only needs a 5 pt swing to get the POTUS.

unseen on November 22, 2010 at 3:31 PM

Indeed. I even imagined Sarah Palin should be last in the list. That’s an amazing feat. But I really don’t believe in any Q-poll data. It’s rigged.

I am suspecting that Romney guys are behind this poll to support their MEME OF THE DAY:

LOOK SMOOTH ROMNEY IS IN TOP 3. HE’S WINNING!”

My final take:

The credibility problem with Q-poll is this: its time of issuance is highly synchronized with all the Pro-Romney articles in the media and in the blogosphere (including NRO!) plus it’s also on the same date when Romney made an interview that he would be happy at the moment to be at the TOP 3.

TheAlamos on November 22, 2010 at 3:39 PM

Obama won’t seek a second term.

portlandon on November 22, 2010 at 2:20 PM

Right.

And neither will Chavez or Castro..

Bruno Strozek on November 22, 2010 at 3:41 PM

The problem in Palin potentially being the candidate (I personally would vote for her in a second) is the people who voted for Obama get their information from newspapers, the alphabet MSM, Jon Stewart, The View, Oprah, etc…Which means they all think Palin is a “crazy wolf killing b*tch”

I know, I work with many of them. I heard a bunch of them lamenting about Obama’s policies but in the same sentence they bashed Palin, and of course mentioned “how dumb to think you can see Russia from her house” I guess they get their political views from SNL.

Very sad, since I personally think Palin is 10x more a Patriot than any person now residing in Washington.

Ditkaca on November 22, 2010 at 3:41 PM

The biggest shame, and detriment to the world,the U.S. in specific, is that this empty incompetent destructive narcissist is a first term president. May those who put him there suffer, forever. The damage will be insurmountable.

Schadenfreude on November 22, 2010 at 3:48 PM

TheAlamos on November 22, 2010 at 3:39 PM

agreed but the fact that even a pro Mitt poll shows Palin within striking distance and Obama under 50% against her should fill the progressives in the dem and gop party with massive concern. It would explain why they decided to bring out their biggest weapon agains tPalin today.

their “unfit to serve” meme. They see it all slipping away and are desperate to hold on. They wanted to play this attack at the last minute to not give her time to refute it. the fact they ar eusing it now means they ar eout of bullets.

unseen on November 22, 2010 at 4:04 PM

I know, I work with many of them. I heard a bunch of them lamenting about Obama’s policies but in the same sentence they bashed Palin, and of course mentioned “how dumb to think you can see Russia from her house” I guess they get their political views from SNL.

Very sad, since I personally think Palin is 10x more a Patriot than any person now residing in Washington.

Ditkaca on November 22, 2010 at 3:41 PM

But we need to fight! We can’t just stay “silent”. Some people need to be “intellectually challenged” to think.

For me, it’s a grave mistake to take gambit with another squeazy RINO. Look what happened to McCain.

Some Rs think that if the nominee would a moderate like Romney, he would be treated fairly.

Last time with McCain, HuffPo re-issued his old past: The first wife, the ethics case, war-mongering, etc.

Thus, I don’t want to make such analysis this early. We still need to know what the Dems will actually throw into each of the aspiring R candidates.

MY SUSPICION: THE NOMINEE (PALIN OR NOT) WILL ALSO BE TREATED LIKE PALIN.

TheAlamos on November 22, 2010 at 4:05 PM

Obama won’t seek a second term.

portlandon on November 22, 2010 at 2:20 PM

Impossible. Not even if his wife were murdered in their bedroom would he give up the run for 2012. Not even if there were another 9/11 and he did nothing about it. Not even if Israel were obliterated. He won’t let a second term go. His ego won’t allow it.

MadisonConservative on November 22, 2010 at 2:54 PM

I understand that he has a narcissism problem, but wouldn’t a narcissist take the easy way out? If the numbers look bad enough, wouldn’t he drop out rather than suffer the complete refudiation of his planet-sized ego? Sour grapes, I’m too good for you kind of spin?

slickwillie2001 on November 22, 2010 at 4:13 PM

I think you will see more and more polls like this…..and eventually we will be able to determine which candidate the donkeys want as the GOP runner.

So far it appears as though they absolutely do not want Palin as the GOP candidate. Possibly Romney….they can prop him up as a business and family man….the once he wins the primaries they can fire up the anti-Morman machine and take him down

Ditkaca on November 22, 2010 at 4:15 PM

We can only hope that these numbers continue to sink so that even this arrogant ‘jack wagon’ gets the hint that its time to retire to the dog track.

kens on November 22, 2010 at 4:17 PM

I personally think Sarah is doing a great job bypassing the lame stream media that is trying desperately to define her and slay her. Once she openly declares her candidacy, she will reach the middle americans who are seriously pissed off at this growth of government.

Even if the Rs in congress can get some stuff slowed down (I doubt they can reverse anything with the Ds running the senate), this economy won’t begin to create enough jobs where people perceive that there is a recovery in the works in time for the next election. 10,000,000 jobs in 22 months? Almost 500,000 jobs a month? Won’t happen. (I used 22 months here because I think people will be making up their minds on who to vote for by September in 2012).

karenhasfreedom on November 22, 2010 at 4:27 PM

he is a university professor with that smug, superior attitude that he is enlightened and the rest of us are not. Six of us are very conservative, as were our parents.

OmahaConservative on November 22, 2010 at 3:06 PM

Oh, so he has been endoctrinated, not educated.

Mirimichi on November 22, 2010 at 4:43 PM

Overall, O’Reilly got 46 percent of the vote and his fellow Fox News Channel host Beck received 45 percent.

Those percentages are remarkable considering that a prominent political figure, Sarah Palin, got 48 percent of the vote in the Newsmax poll.

O’Reilly even outpolled Obama among men with 52 percent of the vote, among Republicans (79 percent), and conservatives (82 percent).Beck tied Obama among men at 50 percent, and won among Republicans (78 percent) and conservatives (80 percent).

Both Beck and O’Reilly received 49 percent of the vote among white respondents.

Radio talk show host and former CNN anchor Lou Dobbs got 44 percent of the vote in the hypothetical head-to-head race against Obama, and top-ranked radio host Rush Limbaugh got 42 percent.

Other media personalities in the poll were “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno, who got 40 percent of the vote, Comedy Central host Jon Stewart (39 percent), and Oprah Winfrey (37 percent).

But all of the media figures in the poll, including Winfrey, defeated Obama among Republicans and conservatives.

SurveyUSA is an independent research company that conducts public opinion polls for media and academic institutions, and conducts private market research for commercial clients and nonprofit organizations.

unseen on November 22, 2010 at 4:44 PM

He’ll be out by July….

adamsmith on November 22, 2010 at 4:44 PM

Lily on November 22, 2010 at 3:24 PM

Yep, he is a very pretentious blowhard who ruined the last Christmas Eve open house at my sisters home that he attended. The rest of us come after Divine Service in the early evening, so I suppose he sees us a bitter clingers.

OmahaConservative on November 22, 2010 at 4:57 PM

If Romney wins the nomination, we will see a massive assault on the Mormon religion from the new and old liberal media. Think -four-hour series on PBS, grand exposes on 60 Minutes, hour long specials from SLC.

By the time they are done, Mormonism will be seen as devil worship crossed with al qaedan islam.

slickwillie2001 on November 22, 2010 at 5:00 PM

Actually, this Q-poll is erroneous! CNN just showed last October that Palin’s favorability was only around 25-35%.

How she suddenly got a +40 level is beyond statistical explanation./s

TheAlamos on November 22, 2010 at 5:07 PM

I understand that he has a narcissism problem, but wouldn’t a narcissist take the easy way out? If the numbers look bad enough, wouldn’t he drop out rather than suffer the complete refudiation of his planet-sized ego? Sour grapes, I’m too good for you kind of spin?

No, I think because the narcissim isn’t deliberate or intentional. Narcissists can’t help their behavior. He would never believe he is wrong or he won’t win. So he will run, with the belief that the American people will wake up in time to appreciate his brilliance.

redeye on November 22, 2010 at 5:10 PM

If Romney wins the nomination, we will see a massive assault on the Mormon religion from the new and old liberal media. Think -four-hour series on PBS, grand exposes on 60 Minutes, hour long specials from SLC.

By the time they are done, Mormonism will be seen as devil worship crossed with al qaedan islam.

slickwillie2001 on November 22, 2010 at 5:00 PM

Maybe. But his biggest “minus” factor is this: HE’S RICH. Indies who went to R last Nov 2010 are actually anti-Corporate/Rich Elites! Dems could easily make a case against him before the eyes of compassionate libertarians (aka indies) as a servant of the Rich and Corporate World! Although it’s not true of course.

TheAlamos on November 22, 2010 at 5:13 PM

I know, I work with many of them. I heard a bunch of them lamenting about Obama’s policies but in the same sentence they bashed Palin, and of course mentioned “how dumb to think you can see Russia from her house” I guess they get their political views from SNL. Very sad, since I personally think Palin is 10x more a Patriot than any person now residing in Washington.

Ditkaca on November 22, 2010 at 3:41 PM

Yes that’s like my story higher up on the thread. The vast majority of the voters are not as up to date on the news as the average hotair (or other newsblog reader). Most of us agree to the magnitude of Obama’s failure, but if you are not seeing the daily stream of news coming in, then people decide to vote on very little information and often just emotions. I fear that in many ways, we are in a kind of echo chamber like the journolist liberals we mock. Not that our info is bad, but that we may be just as insulated as what the average uninformed voter really thinks. One of my close friends before 2008 voted for Obama because she wanted “a good speaker” as a President, despite all of the stuff I told her and she acknowledged as correct.

My wish is that Palin destroys the competition and gets a widespread crossover credibility in the debates. But after the tea party losses, where the stakes seemed so obvious to me and I think a lot of hotair readers, I don’t think we can hold out all hope for a Palin victory against Obama. ObamaCare must be repealed this cycle or else the private insurance industry and the way back will be destroyed.

redeye on November 22, 2010 at 5:17 PM

A second term? He doesn’t even deserve syrup on his waffle.

ardenenoch on November 22, 2010 at 6:20 PM

Less than two-thirds of them want to avoid that outcome. That’s not exactly a ringing endorsement of Obama’s incumbency by Democratic voters

Ahhh, but things are about to “change”. Republicans are about to take control of the house, and going forward, Obama will not be judged on his record (and yes, the far left is judging him on his record, complaining he wasn’t far left ENOUGH), he will be judged on how partisan he will be. The first time he vetoes something Republicans get through congress, his popularity on the left will skyrocket.

The entire left — politicians and media alike, are about to shift gears from defending the president, and playing up everything good, while trying to hide everything bad, to taking credit for everything good and playing UP everything bad as the direct fault of the Republican house.

Democrats THRIVE when Republicans hold at least some power. As long as Republicans control something, then EVERYTHING can be blamed on them. It is only when Democrats control everything, and the media cant blame anyone else that Democrats suffer.

American Elephant on November 22, 2010 at 8:09 PM

Nice! (Wm. Muny quote)

darwin-t on November 22, 2010 at 2:45 PM

One of his best movies.

rukiddingme on November 22, 2010 at 9:25 PM