Q-poll puts Obama approval at 42%, 48% disapproval

posted at 9:30 am on March 30, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

We can officially call the post-New Year bump in Barack Obama’s job approval ratings finished.  A new poll out this morning from Quinnipiac of over 2000 registered voters nationwide puts Obama’s approval level at 42%, the lowest in any Q-poll for Obama, with 48% disapproving.  His re-elect number is actually even lower:

American voters disapprove 48 – 42 percent of the job President Barack Obama is doing and say 50 – 41 percent he does not deserve to be re-elected in 2012, both all-time lows, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

This compares to a 46 – 46 percent job approval rating and a 45 – 47 percent split on the President’s re-election in a March 3 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University. In a hypothetical 2012 matchup, President Obama gets 36 percent of the vote to 37 percent for an unnamed Republican challenger.

Democrats approve 80 – 13 percent of the job Obama is doing, but disapproval is 81 – 9 percent among Republicans and 50 – 39 percent among independent voters. Men disapprove 52 – 41 percent while women split 44 – 44 percent.

Quinnipiac’s Peter Brown notes that the post-election bump has entirely dissipated, and puts the blame on Obama’s handling of “the budget deficit, the economy, foreign policy, health care, and energy policy.”  That leaves out the Lily Ledbetter Act, of course, as the White House will surely point out in a press release, but otherwise comprises just about every priority issue voters have. It shows in the crosstabs, where Obama only gets a 39/50 job approval among independents.

Libya certainly didn’t help.  The survey was conducted entirely before Obama’s speech, so he may have a bump coming this week.  Clearly, though, his administration failed to make the case for American action; voters oppose involvement in Libya, 47/41.  By a significant majority of 58/29, respondents say that Obama has not clearly stated American goals for Odyssey Dawn.  Almost three-quarters of voters (74%) are concerned that the action will lead to a long-term engagement, not “days and not weeks” as Obama promised. Most worrisome for Obama is the nature of the support he is getting on Libya; 50% of Republicans support the action, but only 38% of Democrats and independents follow suit.

This isn’t the only poll showing a slide for Obama, either.  A new Gallup poll shows his marks on leadership are still barely in the majority but at a new low:

Americans have grown increasingly less likely to view President Obama as a strong and decisive leader since he took office. Roughly half now believe this aptly describes, him compared with 60% a year ago and 73% in April 2009. …

Altogether, Obama’s ratings on being a strong and decisive leader are down a total of 21 percentage points since taking office, compared with a 15-point decline on understanding Americans’ daily problems and a 9-point decline in sharing their values. Obama’s overall job approval rating declined 16 points over the same time period.

Normally, a military action allows a President an opportunity to demonstrate those leadership qualities.  Obama squandered that opportunity by leaving the country without addressing the nation as he sent the American military into a fresh conflict.  His speech ten days later might undo some of that damage, but if it doesn’t, Obama is in serious political trouble.  Few Presidents win a second term on a 41/50 re-elect number, especially when seem as a weak leader on top of it.


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Alternate headline: 42% of those polled are dumber than a sack of hammers.

darwin-t on March 30, 2011 at 9:33 AM

Normally, a military action allows a President an opportunity to demonstrate those leadership qualities.

His backing away from a leadership role is going to further undermine him.

rbj on March 30, 2011 at 9:34 AM

Can we at least wait until the basketball tourney is over before writing PBHO off? One of his picks can still win it all and then you’ll see, his numbers will run back into the positive.

You’ll see…you’ll ALL see. Oh yes.

Bishop on March 30, 2011 at 9:36 AM

Kinetic poll numbers…

mjbrooks3 on March 30, 2011 at 9:36 AM

LASER BEAM on J-O-B-S.

You know, in between everything else. Hey, Easter egg roll coming up! Get Jay-Z and Beyonce on the phone-

Marcus on March 30, 2011 at 9:38 AM

Kinetic ACTIONpoll numbers…

mjbrooks3 on March 30, 2011 at 9:36 AM

Actively declining.

Key West Reader on March 30, 2011 at 9:38 AM

…and yet, republicans are at a loss as to how to capitalize on it.

cjtony97 on March 30, 2011 at 9:38 AM

Those 42% must have gotten a free kool-aid refill

cmsinaz on March 30, 2011 at 9:40 AM

Sarah Palin has to look at these numbers and think “yeah, I’m in”.

Amadeus on March 30, 2011 at 9:41 AM

Those 42% must have gotten a free kool-aid refill

cmsinaz on March 30, 2011 at 9:40 AM

22% AA’s
20% Libtards

Obama’s base. Yeah, baby.

Key West Reader on March 30, 2011 at 9:42 AM

Quinnipiac’s Peter Brown notes that the post-election bump has entirely dissipated, and puts the blame on Obama’s handling of “the budget deficit, the economy, foreign policy, health care, and energy policy.”

Uh, so basically voters are saying he sucks at everything?

Doughboy on March 30, 2011 at 9:43 AM

The Answer to Life, The Universe and Everything is 42. When Obama’s positives go under that, we will then have the question of ‘how did he keep them there so long?’

ajacksonian on March 30, 2011 at 9:43 AM

If he were white, he’d be in the 20′s. At least the Republican’s who were unhappy with George Bush’s presidency had the balls to state that they were unhappy. America’s got to get over this racial guilt business.

anniekc on March 30, 2011 at 9:44 AM

Obama’s never going under the 38-42 percent level no matter how much he screws up, because the “Obama is Awsome!” crowd will never give up the idea that they were part of history in 2008, and want to be again in 2012. So he’s got a little advantage over Jimmy Carter there.

But the closer he gets to 40 precent and the longer he stays there between now and next November, the lower the threshold is for whomever the GOP nominee is to be acceptable to the swing voters who put Obama in office, and now are seeing that even with the check of a Republican House, he’s not getting any better.

jon1979 on March 30, 2011 at 9:45 AM

Obama’s base. Yeah, baby.

Key West Reader on March 30, 2011 at 9:42 AM

:)

salute!

cmsinaz on March 30, 2011 at 9:45 AM

The President is the picture of flippancy. He inspires no confidence. I have no faith in him. He is most concerned with displays and window dressings.

He tip toes around issues.

blatantblue on March 30, 2011 at 9:45 AM

“Obama is doing and say 50 – 41 percent he does not deserve to be re-elected in 2012, (both) all-time lows,”

Ugh, that’s an all-time high, not a low. An all-time low would be “41-50 percent he deserves to be re-elected …”

Math is hard.

Dusty on March 30, 2011 at 9:46 AM

Bunch of extremists.

BTW, what was the sample breakdown? His numbers may be even worse. Just imagine if his pom-pom media wasn’t propping him up.

JammieWearingFool on March 30, 2011 at 9:49 AM

A sitting president in the 40′s on election day will not be re-elected. It’s never happened.

Trouble is, both sides usually move toward 50% as election approaches. Unless on candidate or the other has totally collapsed.

Bat Chain Puller on March 30, 2011 at 9:51 AM

That leaves out the Lily Ledbetter Act, of course, as the White House will surely point out in a press release

Hahahaha. Like they would ever forget to point that out. :-)

Abby Adams on March 30, 2011 at 9:51 AM

on = one

Bat Chain Puller on March 30, 2011 at 9:51 AM

Obamageddon 2011

All the signs for the Obama Depression are there. I think he has inflicted harm on the Nation as a whole. Oh well, at least the gummint chets will still be comin’ in da mail. Because if they don’t? You’d better own a gun or build a fortress!

Key West Reader on March 30, 2011 at 9:52 AM

He’s got the Obamomentum!

steebo77 on March 30, 2011 at 9:54 AM

Still very high. When he gets to the mid-30s then there is hope for change in the White House.

albill on March 30, 2011 at 9:58 AM

The question is:

Can any Republican capitalize on his weak approval numbers?

Unless the candidate is more than a placebo like T-Paw or a flip flopper like Mitt “Charlie Crist” Romney, and is less than a lightening rod for controversy like Palin, Michelle B, or Newt, I just dont see it.

I am personally hoping either Christie changes his mind, or I would even settle for Huck, despite knowing he is the epitome of a “big government” Bush Republican, which I despise.

Indy82 on March 30, 2011 at 9:58 AM

Rasmussen’s latest tracking numbers

Overall, 43% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the president’s performance. Fifty-six percent (56%) disapprove.

SouthernGent on March 30, 2011 at 9:59 AM

2 points to this poll

1. It is a Q-poll, which is usually more weighted toward Dems

2. It is regestered voters. Likely voter polls will be tilted against the low, b/c the favorite group will be more emotionally involved in the event.

This is way worse for Obama than the raw numbers indicate.

gonnjos on March 30, 2011 at 10:00 AM

The Answer to Life, The Universe and Everything is 42. When Obama’s positives go under that, we will then have the question of ‘how did he keep them there so long?’

ajacksonian on March 30, 2011 at 9:43 AM

Yes, but he always knows where his towel is.

Laura in Maryland on March 30, 2011 at 10:00 AM

Interesting and heartening results. Yet more evidence that those in elective office are the worst of us. If you are completely mediocre intellectually- if not lower-, venal, morally corrupt and ignorant beyond imagining, you can always find work as a politician: Especially in D.C.

JimP on March 30, 2011 at 10:01 AM

Indy82

Your question is depressing. And I was all charged up there for a second, with a big, “Hey, pal ~ you SUCK!” headed for the White House.

Thanks.

tree hugging sister on March 30, 2011 at 10:01 AM

When you see a 42% approval rate , you know the ignorance level of the most illiterate of the brainwashed lemmings has been established. When you take the 90+ percentage of the skin vote and the illiteracy rate then we know the obstacle that must be overcomed to return our governemnt to sanity.

volsense on March 30, 2011 at 10:03 AM

By now, his approval rating should be 22% – tops!

OldEnglish on March 30, 2011 at 10:04 AM

Jay Cost after the midterm election projected that Obama would not go below 45% in his overall vote total but neither would the GOP nominee either.

In other words even with this good news the Obama and the GOP nominee will be fighting over 6-8% of the “swing voters” which will determine the election.

Having said that with Obama only getting 34% among WHITES who feel he deserves re-election, if those numbers stay that way there is no way in hell he can get above 45% of the overall vote in 2012. The numbers just don’t add up because the WHITE vote will comprise at least 75% of the electorate in 2012 (it was 77% in the midterms).

technopeasant on March 30, 2011 at 10:04 AM

Obama’s going backwards faster than a Libyan rebel in a pick-up truck. Maybe the UN can impose a no-voting zone in parts of the US in 2012 to stop people voting against him.

EnglishMike on March 30, 2011 at 10:05 AM

tree hugging sister

I’m sorry. :( Maybe the “placebo effect” will win out the day. That’s about all we can hope for.

Indy82 on March 30, 2011 at 10:06 AM

If he were white, he’d be in the 20′s. At least the Republican’s who were unhappy with George Bush’s presidency had the balls to state that they were unhappy. America’s got to get over this racial guilt business.

anniekc on March 30, 2011 at 9:44 AM

Bingo. Poll responses are not going to be accurate when respondents are terrified of being called racists. When a pollster calls you don’t know who is on the other end of the line.

slickwillie2001 on March 30, 2011 at 10:07 AM

Obama’s re-election campaign is going to be scorched earth, I guarantee it. It will be relentlessly and unceasingly negative about whoever the Repub candidate it.

georgealbert on March 30, 2011 at 10:07 AM

Wag the dog NO; black cat syndrome YES

technopeasant on March 30, 2011 at 10:08 AM

LASER BEAM on J-O-B-S.

Marcus on March 30, 2011 at 9:38 AM

The unemployment rate in Brazil has already started to decline thanks to BO’s energy policies…which would be fine if The One were President of Brazil. Hey…wait a minute…maybe I’ve hit on something here.

sdd on March 30, 2011 at 10:09 AM

Of course, he could do us all a favour, and not run. ::clicking heels::

OldEnglish on March 30, 2011 at 10:09 AM

while women split 44 – 44 percent.

“That’s your womens’ vote.”

quikstrike98 on March 30, 2011 at 10:11 AM

while women split 44 – 44 percent.

I’m ashamed to be a part of the female race right now. C’mon ladies. Seriously???

I’m also kind of shocked his disapproval numbers aren’t higher. I’ll take what I can get here, but yeeesh. That’s still quite a few people lapping up the kool aid.

capejasmine on March 30, 2011 at 10:12 AM

For those of you skeptical about Obama’s fall in approval with INDEPENDENT VOTERS (39% approval)here are the results of three different pollsters over the last few days on Obama’s approval rating among INDEPENDENT voters:

Gallup Weekly summary (avg of last weeks’ daily tracking poll): (use ADULTS as polling model)41%

Daily Kos poll (conducted by Public Policy Polling)–uses REGISTERED VOTER MODEL: 42%

Rasmussen daily tracking poll March 20/2011–uses LIKELY VOTER MODEL: 39%

When 3 different pollsters using three different models is then confirmed by a 4th pollster you can take those results to the bank. Obama is really sucking big time now among INDEPENDENTS.

technopeasant on March 30, 2011 at 10:19 AM

I’m ashamed to be a part of the female race right now. C’mon ladies. Seriously???

I’m also kind of shocked his disapproval numbers aren’t higher. I’ll take what I can get here, but yeeesh. That’s still quite a few people lapping up the kool aid.

capejasmine on March 30, 2011 at 10:12 AM

Women tend to vote Democrat(especially single women). The big government model appeals to them. Which is why it’s gonna be crucial to make that bloc of voters understand that current levels of spending are unsustainable. If the GOP can make their case to single women and seniors, they’ll win 2012 in a rout.

Doughboy on March 30, 2011 at 10:23 AM

Obama squandered that opportunity by leaving the country without addressing the nation as he sent the American military into a fresh conflict. His speech ten days later might undo some of that damage, but if it doesn’t, Obama is in serious political trouble.

Probably not. Obama gained traction with the antiwar Left and jumped on the media bandwagon by criticizing George W. Bush’s mishandling of the war in Iraq in 2005-06, which won him some Independent voters in 2008. He now has half of Republicans supporting the intervention in Libya (who probably remember Reagan’s actions against Gaddafi), but has lost the anti-war base, and his speech shows that he is mishandling Libya even worse than Bush did Iraq.

He said he wants Gaddafi to go, but won’t send American troops after him, and is unclear about arming the rebels. He said he wanted to use the no-fly zone to protect Libyan civilians, but air-power alone can’t dislodge Gaddafi’s tanks from Libyan cities without killing lots of civilians.

Then we hear that the Libyan rebels tried to attack Sirte, Gaddafi’s home-town in central Libya, and were driven back, and civilians in Sirte LIKE Gaddafi. So is our mission to protect Libyan civilians in anti-Gaddafi Benghazi, or to protect Libyan civilians in pro-Gaddafi Sirte? Are we out to oust Gaddafi or not? Or are we “peace-keepers” in a split country, where Gaddafi is popular in the west and hated in the east?

After all of Obama’s “Judgment to Lead” speeches in 2008 criticizing Bush’s intervention in Iraq, we see Obama jumping into the conflict in Libya too late to make a serious difference, without knowing for whom he is fighting, whom we’re trying to protect, and what mission we’re trying to accomplish.

If the war in Libya drags on without any clear winner (as it will likely do, because the Libyan rebels are outgunned by Gaddafi’s tanks and artillery), Obama’s numbers will probably plummet, as American “doves” feel betrayed by his imitation of George W. Bush, and American “hawks” criticize his inability to oust Gaddafi.

Obama could have won in Libya three weeks ago, but the phone rang at 3 AM, Obama was playing hoops and futbol in Rio, and Hillary answered the phone two weeks late. The American people are wondering about his Judgment to Lead.

Steve Z on March 30, 2011 at 10:28 AM

So can we conclude that 48% are RACIST!?

GarandFan on March 30, 2011 at 10:30 AM

For two straight days with the Rasmussen daily tracking poll in terms of his approval/disapproval numbers, Obama has been at 43/56 which basically confirms this poll result.

technopeasant on March 30, 2011 at 10:34 AM

Doughboy, couldn’t agree more. Single women must realize (as should African-Americans) that their financial independence is being, and has been for decades, undermined by the Dems. Plus you can probably shave another 10% off of Zero’s approval by factoring in people who are terrified of being labeled racist by disapproval of our first Black President. Actual approval probably closer to 32%. The major issue in 2012 will be poll place shenanigans by the Dems. They have no honor, or respect for the electoral system. My opinion.

teacherman on March 30, 2011 at 10:35 AM

Indy82 on March 30, 2011 at 9:58 AM

No, please, no Huck. He will do to Christianity what ‘W’ did to conservatives.

JimP on March 30, 2011 at 10:38 AM

If he were white, he’d be in the 20′s. At least the Republican’s who were unhappy with George Bush’s presidency had the balls to state that they were unhappy. America’s got to get over this racial guilt business.

anniekc on March 30, 2011 at 9:44 AM

I agree. The emperor has no clothes, and it’s time to declare that to be so–even if he is black.

BuckeyeSam on March 30, 2011 at 10:38 AM

Still very high. When he gets to the mid-30s then there is hope for change in the White House.

albill on March 30, 2011 at 9:58 AM

..”still very high” considering what a failure the Obama administration has been on all fronts.

If the press actually provided objective analysis instead of being democratic activists….his numbers would be much lower.The bias support from the MSM adds at least 15% to his poll numbers.

Baxter Greene on March 30, 2011 at 10:40 AM

I’d like to know how independents feel about the issues being played out in Wisconsin. That has the potential to energize the lefties.

a capella on March 30, 2011 at 10:46 AM

With these kinds of polls number there is NO WAY that Obama is leading any of the GOP presidential contenders head to head, including Sarah Palin, by 15-20 points. Not possible when only 34% of WHITES feel he deserves to be re-elected and 57% don’t.

technopeasant on March 30, 2011 at 10:47 AM

Still very high. When he gets to the mid-30s then there is hope for change in the White House the country.

albill on March 30, 2011 at 9:58 AM

FIFY

iurockhead on March 30, 2011 at 10:51 AM

Since the one gets 95% approval from Black Americans and they make up
approximately 15% of the population, his real approval ratings should be in the 30′s. Black Americans are, for the most part, looking at race only.
I’m not sure what that is called.

rich8450 on March 30, 2011 at 10:56 AM

If he were white, he’d be in the 20′s. At least the Republican’s who were unhappy with George Bush’s presidency had the balls to state that they were unhappy. America’s got to get over this racial guilt business.

anniekc on March 30, 2011 at 9:44 AM

I think they are. The majority of white-guilt voters received redemption in 2008 and proved they aren’t racist. They are now free to focus on real matters. Granted, he still has a firm hold on those bitter leftists, clinging to their latte’s and little red books. He also has what I call “the OJ jury”; black racists who cannot see past their hatred of anything white and believe that somehow, some way, when a priviledged half-black president who has nothing in common with them gets over on whitey, their lives are improved. Screw them. Forget about them. There aren’t enough of them to elect a school board. It’s the economy, friend. The price of gas, the general inflationary spiral, the lack of jobs, the fear and angst bubbling up that cannot be put down with words, just words.
All the fluffing the media can do for Duh Won cannot erase the ugly truth that life in America today is not that great. There is one person at the top and he owns it. Trying to disown it like he’s trying to disown Libya won’t work. It’s still up to us and we have to work hard to change things, but I’m pretty damned motivated. How about you?

SKYFOX on March 30, 2011 at 10:58 AM

Having said that with Obama only getting 34% among WHITES who feel he deserves re-election, if those numbers stay that way there is no way in hell he can get above 45% of the overall vote in 2012. The numbers just don’t add up because the WHITE vote will comprise at least 75% of the electorate in 2012 (it was 77% in the midterms).

technopeasant on March 30, 2011 at 10:04 AM

If “whites” are 75% of the electorate and Obama loses 66% of them, that’s 0.75 * 0.66 = 49.5% of the total electorate, meaning that Obama could squeak by if he gets a huge turnout among blacks and Hispanics, which is how he won states like NC, VA, and IN in 2008.

For the Republican candidate, the challenge will be to turn out lots of people opposed to Obama’s wild spending and health-care takeover, and now his bungling of the “war” in Libya (let’s call it what it is), without getting involved in “race” issues. It’s not clear from the poll results whether “whites” include Hispanics. Although a majority of Hispanics vote for Democrats, about 35 to 40% of them are either social-conservatives or pro-business conservatives who can be convinced to vote Republican. If the GOP nominee can get a huge share of the white vote by focusing on economic and foreign-policy issues, and not alienate too many Hispanics with debates over immigration, Obama could be defeated.

Steve Z on March 30, 2011 at 10:58 AM

For two straight days with the Rasmussen daily tracking poll in terms of his approval/disapproval numbers, Obama has been at 43/56 which basically confirms this poll result.

technopeasant on March 30, 2011 at 10:34 AM

..not really. Not to be disputatious, but the RAZ DT is all over the map and so are almost all polls. But the trend is definitely downward (says Captain Obvious) and I firmly believe that it will be bombs away once he goes below 40% approval. People will start connecting the dots on the interminable string of gaffes — Japan, Libya, the chair samba and street football.

As many have said or alluded to in this thread, the Bradley Effect could be masking some real ugly poll numbers for The Pantload.

The War Planner on March 30, 2011 at 11:00 AM

rich8450 on March 30, 2011 at 10:56 AM

What Quinnpiac does not report on is the Hispanic vote. Based on the Gallup Weekly Summary and the Daily Kos poll released this week Obama is only commanding approval in the low 50′s among Hispanics/Latinos which is 15 points off his 67% vote total in 2008.

And he is actually down with A/A as well in the 80′s.

By the way in the 2010 midterm election the Dems only got 89% of the A/A vote and 60% of the Hispanic vote. Obama himself is actually just matching the Black vote in 2010 but again way down among Hispanics.

This also could pose a huge problem for the Messiah going forward.

technopeasant on March 30, 2011 at 11:04 AM

Obama is going to lose his squirmish with America….

idesign on March 30, 2011 at 11:04 AM

Betcha Hillary’s leadership ratings would be up. Heh.

ginaswo on March 30, 2011 at 11:07 AM

This is an Extremist poll./

kingsjester on March 30, 2011 at 11:11 AM

Steve Z on March 30, 2011 at 10:58 AM

WHITES mean non-Hispanic WHITES.

In addition in your calculations you neglect to factor in the amount of votes the GOP nominee will be getting.

In 2012 it would not be inconceivable for the GOP nominee to get in the neighborhood of 38% of the Hispanic vote as the GOP did in 2010 or to get a higher share of the Jewish vote as well.

I have done the calculations. Even based on maximizing minority vote and turnout Obama cannot win re-election if he is at 38% or below in the WHITE vote unless a 3rd party bleeds enough of the WHITE vote from the GOP nominee.

technopeasant on March 30, 2011 at 11:11 AM

Actually, Qinn called me !

Bet I screwed up their charts.

stenwin77 on March 30, 2011 at 11:15 AM

“Lowest approval, re-elect score ever.”

At least he earned something, for a change.

petefrt on March 30, 2011 at 11:25 AM

The Answer to Life, The Universe and Everything is 42. When Obama’s positives go under that, we will then have the question of ‘how did he keep them there so long?’

ajacksonian on March 30, 2011 at 9:43 AM
Yes, but he always knows where his towel is.

Laura in Maryland on March 30, 2011 at 10:00 AM

Guess The One will be hitchhiking back to the WH on Air Force One.

txmomof6 on March 30, 2011 at 11:25 AM

Obama is going to lose his squirmish with America….

idesign on March 30, 2011 at 11:04 AM

Despite his saber prattling, most voters are refudiating him as a weak and inept leader.

petefrt on March 30, 2011 at 11:29 AM

The most unhappy person on our side today: Jeb Bush

The second most unhappy people on our side today: Those folks promoting a coronation of Jeb Bush in 2016 based on Obama easily winning re-election against a weak GOP nominee (Romney).

With Obama numbers today, even Romney with the albatross of Romneycare around his neck could edge out the Messiah.

And yes Virginia, even Sarah Palin could leverage a high percentage of the WHITE vote to a narrow victory in 2012.

The WHITE vote is the key to the entire 2012 election.

In addition the repeal of Obamacare will be a huge issue. The latest figures by Rasmussen are 58% of the electorate favor its repeal while only 36% oppose its repeal.

Couple the WHITE vote together with the feelings on Obamacare and you spell one word: blowout; that is of course if these numbers stay like they are now which is no guarantee.

technopeasant on March 30, 2011 at 11:32 AM

Every time I go on another job interview and get beaten out by someone overqualified and out of work, I am reminded of what a sh!tty “leader” this DB is. Multiply me by 20 million+ other Americans who are unemployed or underemployed and it seems to me like 2012 is the GOP’s to lose.

NoLeftTurn on March 30, 2011 at 11:39 AM

I wonder why we are not seeing polls from the old media on Bammie vs prominent democratics for the presidential nomination? Soemthing tells me that if little Bammie was a Republican there would be several a week.

slickwillie2001 on March 30, 2011 at 11:40 AM

I’m ashamed to be a part of the female race right now. C’mon ladies. Seriously???

capejasmine on March 30, 2011 at 10:12 AM

I know: It’s embarrassing to be part of a group where so many of the members are clearly braindead.

NoLeftTurn on March 30, 2011 at 11:40 AM

Steve Z on March 30, 2011 at 10:58 AM

I’m betting that those 20+ million folks who are unmeployed or underemployed will ALL be voting for anyone but Barry next year. Will that be enough to oust him?

JimP on March 30, 2011 at 11:41 AM

Guess The One will be hitchhiking back to the WH on Air Force One.

txmomof6 on March 30, 2011 at 11:25 AM

Don’t Panic!

He doesn’t come in 6 packs, although he only does know what he is going to say half the time.

ajacksonian on March 30, 2011 at 12:05 PM

The Answer to Life, The Universe and Everything is 42. When Obama’s positives go under that, we will then have the question of ‘how did he keep them there so long?’

ajacksonian on March 30, 2011 at 9:43 AM
Yes, but he always knows where his towel is.

Laura in Maryland on March 30, 2011 at 10:00 AM
Guess The One will be hitchhiking back to the WH on Air Force One.

txmomof6 on March 30, 2011 at 11:25 AM

One thing is obvious. Our CIC has had one too many Pan Galactic Gargle Blasters. It’s a wonder he can even read a teleprompter.

Lily on March 30, 2011 at 12:12 PM

Overall, 43% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the president’s performance. Fifty-six percent (56%) disapprove.

SouthernGent on March 30, 2011 at 9:59 AM

Approve, disapprove — meh. Where’s the option to despise?

Mary in LA on March 30, 2011 at 1:15 PM

Bishop on March 30, 2011 at 9:36 AM

You are such a cheerleading, kool-aid drinking libtard.

You disgust me.

ladyingray on March 30, 2011 at 1:23 PM

It’s time to pivot
To JOBS – 24/7
Laser-like focus…

Haiku Guy on March 30, 2011 at 1:36 PM

Bishop on March 30, 2011 at 9:36 AM
You are such a cheerleading, kool-aid drinking libtard.

You disgust me.

ladyingray on March 30, 2011 at 1:23 PM

Imagine a place where sarc/ is used so freely that no one bothers w/ a sarc tag. That’s Hot Air among the regulars.

rwenger43 on March 30, 2011 at 2:30 PM

The 2012 election is easily winnable so long as the (R) candidate is forceful enough to separate the voters’ feelings about choosing Obama in 2008 from their disapproval of his failed policies.

The media will do Barry’s job for him by attempting to re-frame the debate to require the (R) candidate to run against Barry’s strengths. However, his perceived strengths are dissipating. The only strength Obama will certainly retain is the voters’ personal sense of satisfaction at having elected him the first time.

Simply acknowledge what a stupendous moment it was and what a grand experiment it was, but now we can do better, even in our support of minority candidates. Of course, this is like wrestling an alligator, because condescension at this point would be a killer.

If the campaign is about issues, policies, leadership, the economy or job performance, Obama is toast everywhere except New England and the left coast.

rwenger43 on March 30, 2011 at 2:47 PM

Few Presidents win a second term on a 41/50 re-elect number, especially when seem as a weak leader on top of it.

Yes, but NO President has ever had the MSM (MBM as Ace puts it) so deeply up his ass.

nukemhill on March 30, 2011 at 3:08 PM

Who are those 42 percent who approve? That’s still nearly half the people you run into every day. Applied broadly that’s four in 10 people you drive with on the road, who operate the heavy equipment you drive past, fill your prescriptions and cook the food you eat in a restaurant. How can you know when someone with such bad bad judgment will have your life in their hands? You can’t. It’s scary.

curved space on March 30, 2011 at 3:15 PM

Imagine a place where sarc/ is used so freely that no one bothers w/ a sarc tag. That’s Hot Air among the regulars.

rwenger43 on March 30, 2011 at 2:30 PM

That’s why I love my Hot Air!

ladyingray on March 30, 2011 at 3:54 PM

That’s his approval level with a fawning MSM that does everything to make him look good while ignoring all his screw ups and incompetance. Imagine just how low it would be if they were doing their job instead of sucking up?

Niteowl45 on March 30, 2011 at 5:11 PM

It’s pretty simple. The UN finally passed a resolution supporting the no-fly zones, and within 24 hours our forces had opened another front in the long war. What conclusion can we possibly draw, other than that the UN demanded our troops jump, and the administration only asked “how high?” What they should have done instead was to tell the UN to go directly to hell; do not pass “Go,” do not collect $200. I shouldn’t need to describe how deeply humiliating this is on the international stage; nor how it makes us far less safe in the anarchic international system than we were just a month ago. It saddens me, though does not surprise, that Obama and his advisors (including Hillary at State, and worse, Gates at Defense) do not understand this simple fact – or that if they do, they were unable to convince the President to do anything to prevent it.

Obama’s support among the independents and more moderate Democrats has been slipping for about a year now, thanks to the ObamaCare mess. His support among the younger voters sours in direct proportion to the lack of job opportunities, while still being stuck with the bills for his sky-pie spending “investment” programs. His flailing over Libya in the week or so since entering yet another war, risking American blood and already losing American aircraft, makes it apparent that the question for their chances next fall isn’t “how high,” but rather “which shark?”

Blacksmith on March 31, 2011 at 12:55 AM