Rasmussen poll shows no bump for Obama on national security

posted at 12:00 pm on April 3, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Before Barack Obama gave his speech on Monday explaining his decision to attack Libya, he already had trouble with voters on national security in Rasmussen’s polling, scoring only a 43% approval on the issue against 37% who rated him as poor.  Obama’s speech had an impact, but not the one he’d hoped, and not just on national security:

Although President Obama made an address to the nation Monday night to explain his decision to commit U.S. military forces to Libya, fewer voters than ever give him positive grades on his handling of national security issues.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely Voters shows 37% give the president good or excellent ratings on his handling of national security issues. Slightly more voters (40%) say the president is doing a poor job when it comes to national security. (To see survey question wording, click here).

Last week, just after his decision to get involved in Libya, 43% gave the president positive marks for his handling of national security, while 34% rated his performance as poor.

Positive marks for the president on national security are now at their lowest level since he took office in January 2009. His poor rating is the highest measured since last August. One year ago, 45% gave the president positive ratings on national security, while 32% rated the job he was doing as poor.

The really bad news?  The survey asked voters to rate Obama on two issues — national security and the economy — and he did best on national security.  On the economy, his approval rating is 34/66, while he gets a barely-better 37/62 on national security.

Let’s take a quick look at the internals.  The only demos Obama wins on the economy are black voters (88/11), Democrats (just 65%m with 35% disapproving), self-described liberals (77/22) and those unsure of their ideology (56/45), and those earning under $20K (57/44).  He wins the same demos for national security, but adds only 40-49YOs (50/49).

Who does that leave out?  Notably, independents are deeply dissatisfied on both issues, rating Obama 21/78 on the economy and 27/71 on national security.  Self-described moderates are also seriously disaffected, 36/63 on the economy and 41/58 on national security.  Women are just as unhappy on both issues, 34/64 on the economy and 40/59 on national security.

Young people, the enthusiastic base for Obama’s 2008 grassroots rise, are downright disillusioned, rating him 44/53 on the economy and a catastrophic 36/62 on national security.  It’s worth noting that only 8% of 18-29YOs rate Obama as “excellent” on national security, while 44% rate him as “poor.”  That’s the worst rating among all age demos; he only gets significantly worse ratings from Republicans (62%), self-described conservatives (54%), and people earning between $75-100K per year (57%).


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The only demos Obama wins on the economy are black voters (88/11), Democrats (just 65%m with 35% disapproving), self-described liberals (77/22) and those unsure of their ideology (56/45), and those earning under $20K (57/44)

“those unsure of their ideology (56/45)”

This poll sure shows the disconnect.

VegasRick on April 3, 2011 at 12:08 PM

Bradley effect. I like my president but he doesn’t do ANYTHING right. This is how you get a mid to high 40% approval rating while getting 20′s and 30′s percentage approval in specific areas that make up the whole. Preznit Toonces is toast. He is subject to being primaried out by his own party.

Pelosi delende est on April 3, 2011 at 12:08 PM

The real numbers will be out in Nov 2012. Count it!!!

dragondrop on April 3, 2011 at 12:09 PM

The only demos Obama wins on the economy are black voters (88/11)

WTF? All my black friends are struggling just as hard as everyone else.

OmahaConservative on April 3, 2011 at 12:09 PM

The Leftist media is worth 20 poll points to Obama. At least.

With an impartial, scrupulous, vigilant and fact-driven media, this guy would circling the drain.

rrpjr on April 3, 2011 at 12:10 PM

Young people, the enthusiastic base for Obama’s 2008 grassroots rise, are downright disillusioned, rating him 44/53 on the economy.

Hey kiddies, how’s those higher prices over at iTunes working out for ya?

Knucklehead on April 3, 2011 at 12:12 PM

Hey kiddies, how’s those higher prices over at iTunes working out for ya?

Knucklehead on April 3, 2011 at 12:12 PM

Just wait until the price of Doritos goes up! obambi will lose a lot more of his “base”.

VegasRick on April 3, 2011 at 12:17 PM

WTF? All my black friends are struggling just as hard as everyone else.

OmahaConservative on April 3, 2011 at 12:09 PM

O.J. Simpson Syndrome…….nuff said.

Knucklehead on April 3, 2011 at 12:18 PM

It’s supposed to be Spring Break. Checking out Daytona Beach last Saturday night, I was surprised to see how dead it was.
Whuzza matter, college kids? No money?

Lanceman on April 3, 2011 at 12:23 PM

O.J. Simpson Syndrome…….nuff said.

Knucklehead on April 3, 2011 at 12:18 PM

Well, at least they are sure of their ideology (88/11), wrongheaded as it may be.

VegasRick on April 3, 2011 at 12:23 PM

O.J. Simpson Syndrome…….nuff said.

Knucklehead on April 3, 2011 at 12:18 PM

Rodney King, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, etc.

AZfederalist on April 3, 2011 at 12:24 PM

The only demos Obama wins on the economy are black voters (88/11)

And yet I’m the one who’s racist?

miConsevative on April 3, 2011 at 12:26 PM

Pelosi delende est on April 3, 2011 at 12:08 PM

Calling the president “toast” is racist!( sarcasm of course) Other than that, I agree with you.

Strangely, there is a meme being pushed that it will be difficult to beat this guy in 2012, especially if a certain someone is the nominee. Somehow he is going to raise a biiiiilllliooooon doooollaaars, probably from the 20% of the country who loves him no matter what he does.

Mord on April 3, 2011 at 12:26 PM

Rodney King, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, etc.

AZfederalist on April 3, 2011 at 12:24 PM

You forgot Col. Allen West……OH WAIT, that’s right….I forgot.

VegasRick on April 3, 2011 at 12:27 PM

No bump up = dump Obama

maverick muse on April 3, 2011 at 12:29 PM

I have only one thing to say and that is I love that picture.

hawkdriver on April 3, 2011 at 12:30 PM

Hey kiddies, how’s those higher prices over at iTunes working out for ya?

Knucklehead on April 3, 2011 at 12:12 PM

On campus this week I saw a bumper sticker that said “Hopeless: Is it 2012 yet?” I think that explains how the students are beginning to feel.

Cookies Mom on April 3, 2011 at 12:32 PM

ObaMao still has over a year to liberate Black America from the democrapic party.

Slowburn on April 3, 2011 at 12:38 PM

Somehow he is going to raise a biiiiilllliooooon doooollaaars, probably from the 20% of the country who loves him no matter what he does.

Mord on April 3, 2011 at 12:26 PM

Of that 20% of the country, I dare say few actually pay taxes.

Obama’s financial support that comes from the citizenry is taken from our tax funds, not mostly from private citizen donations. Those citizens that would donate to Obama are mostly from the over 50% of our population who don’t pay taxes; i.e., those who legally evade taxes, the filthy rich Leftists and those on welfare. Otherwise, his contributions come from globalist organized crime whether our federal authoritarian government, the international financial industry, globalist corporations or international political organizations including Marxist Unions.

maverick muse on April 3, 2011 at 12:41 PM

and the gop establishment wants to follow the same economic polices of Bush/Obama…amazing…

unseen on April 3, 2011 at 12:45 PM

It’s worth noting that only 8% of 18-29YOs rate Obama as “excellent” on national security, while 44% rate him as “poor.”

but, did they leave off the all-important category of “awesome”?? He’d pull in a few more points on that one/

ted c on April 3, 2011 at 12:46 PM

Gas and food costs are a major part of a young person’s budget. But they still have their healthcare via mommy and daddy.

ladyingray on April 3, 2011 at 12:46 PM

OT: Did Michael Steele get a job with FNC? He was just a panelist on redistricting.

OmahaConservative on April 3, 2011 at 12:46 PM

The only demos Obama wins on the economy are black voters (88/11)

Nothin RACIST there, right?

GarandFan on April 3, 2011 at 12:51 PM

Hey….!!!!

That cat is drunk….Not dead (obviously using his gov. check to buy beer and cigs).

Tim_CA on April 3, 2011 at 1:02 PM

Unemployment is 8.8%. Obama is coming back! Dem pundits predict he’ll be unbeatable……why would they lie? People will throw money at him! And why not? It won’t be worth anything because of the inflation. Being employed will feel like working twice as hard for half as much……but somehow he’ll smash the cruel GOP machine!

cartooner on April 3, 2011 at 1:32 PM

Young people, the enthusiastic base for Obama’s 2008 grassroots rise, are downright disillusioned

Rubes.

To paraphrase Charlie Sheen: too bad suckers, Barry’s already got your money!

AZCoyote on April 3, 2011 at 1:44 PM

When the subject is Obamacare, all I hear is: individual parts are popular, so who cares about the overall rating!

Snicker. Let’s just say, that’s not what I hear when the subject is Obama.

Anil Petra on April 3, 2011 at 1:45 PM

His mindless bungling should have driven him down 10 or more points.

rplat on April 3, 2011 at 1:56 PM

The red head Samantha Power will fix all this.

World, if he gets re-elected, you will be done. His wrath and fury will have no limits. The narcissistic ‘chosen’ one will know no limits. This has been just a warming up session.

Schadenfreude on April 3, 2011 at 1:57 PM

Barack Obama seen
As the world queen
By women henpecked
Garnering no respect

Schadenfreude on April 3, 2011 at 2:00 PM

This President is directly responsible for the rising price of fuel (and the rising cost of all goods that go with it), by his phony green energy policies. Let the liberals choke on their own stupidity in 2012.

Rovin on April 3, 2011 at 2:01 PM

I think Evan Bayh is going to mount a primary challenge. Of course if he does, he’s a racist but he did save his “war chest” when he didn’t seek re-election to the Senate.

Key West Reader on April 3, 2011 at 2:02 PM

And another thing, the kids at the High School cannot stand Obama…. he’s the butt of all the jokes these days. Sad.

Key West Reader on April 3, 2011 at 2:03 PM

If president Øblivion wins reelection then America is done as a republic.

Mojave Mark on April 3, 2011 at 2:08 PM

The Leftist media is worth 20 poll points to Obama. At least.

With an impartial, scrupulous, vigilant and fact-driven media, this guy would circling the drain.

rrpjr on April 3, 2011 at 12:10 PM

Actually, if they had done their jobs a few years ago, O’bama would have never been nominated in the first place, much less be elected.

Del Dolemonte on April 3, 2011 at 2:09 PM

I think people who are unsure of their ideology belong in the Too Stupid to Vote category and should be blacklisted from ever voting again.

How can you be an adult and say you’re unsure of your ideology?

Furthermore, the 88/11 approval from black voters is mindboggling. Do they really believe he’s doing good? If so, that’s more frightening than wanting to believe they’re just racist.

ButterflyDragon on April 3, 2011 at 2:23 PM

Schadenfreude on April 3, 2011 at 1:57 PM

Samantha is a cat’s name.

Lanceman on April 3, 2011 at 2:26 PM

Furthermore, the 88/11 approval from black voters is mindboggling. Do they really believe he’s doing good? If so, that’s more frightening than wanting to believe they’re just racist.

ButterflyDragon on April 3, 2011 at 2:23 PM

I’m surprised that 11% of the black voters are against him. In the 2008 election he had 96% of the black vote, so the number of blacks against little Bammie has almost tripled. There’s a headline you’ll never see in the old liberal media.

slickwillie2001 on April 3, 2011 at 2:43 PM

Strangely, there is a meme being pushed that it will be difficult to beat this guy in 2012, especially if a certain someone is the nominee. Somehow he is going to raise a biiiiilllliooooon doooollaaars, probably from the 20% of the country who loves him no matter what he does.

Mord on April 3, 2011 at 12:26 PM

Nah, that would be next to impossible to do legally. But remember how his campaign operated in 2008? They turned off credit card verification on their website, so anonymous gift cards and foreign cardholders could contribute as long as they kept the donations small.

Soros no doubt had boiler rooms of Cayman Islanders working 24/7 to funnel cash to Barry, as did certain oil sheiks anxious for a President less protective of Israel.

Adjoran on April 3, 2011 at 3:05 PM

Adjoran on April 3, 2011 at 3:05 PM

Yep, I wonder if those Saudis that read him the riot act on foreign diplomacy over his Egyptian debacle will be so eager to donate to his campaign this time around. Will those phone banks in gaza fire up again?

slickwillie2001 on April 3, 2011 at 3:16 PM

Del Dolemonte on April 3, 2011 at 2:09 PM

I noted this on Friday but I took a Quinnipac poll on and I swear to you one of the questions was:

Do you like President Obama and approve of his policies?
Do you like President Obama but disapprove of his policies?
Do you dislike President Obama but approve of his policies?
Do you dislike President Obama and disapprove of his policies?

Do you think they have always asked if people liked the president? I think it’s a stupid premise.

Cindy Munford on April 3, 2011 at 3:32 PM

I do not believe that this president is winning the future, or the present for that matter.

DrStock on April 3, 2011 at 3:43 PM

I talk politics, in a general way, almost everywhere I go, saying things like ‘what do you think of the thing in Libya’, or ‘how do you feel about Obamacare’. Just back from church, talked to a couple more people.

People have different thoughts, but what I see most is fear. People are afraid. Might make some rethink their ideology, and be unsure.

jodetoad on April 3, 2011 at 3:43 PM

It’s supposed to be Spring Break. Checking out Daytona Beach last Saturday night, I was surprised to see how dead it was.
Whuzza matter, college kids? No money?

Lanceman on April 3, 2011 at 12:23 PM

No money. No jobs. No prospects. = unhappy college kids and parents.

DrStock on April 3, 2011 at 3:47 PM

It’s supposed to be Spring Break. Checking out Daytona Beach last Saturday night, I was surprised to see how dead it was.
Whuzza matter, college kids? No money?

Lanceman on April 3, 2011 at 12:23 PM
No money. No jobs. No prospects. = unhappy college kids and parents.

DrStock on April 3, 2011 at 3:47 PM

Daytona Beach is totally depressing… So many shops closed down; nobody on the beach.

Very sad.

Key West Reader on April 3, 2011 at 4:41 PM

WalMart is stating much higher prices will be hitting us in May-June, add to that gas prices now are DOUBLE what they were when the community organgrinder took office, and still rising.
THE key question will be, “Are you better off now than you were when B.O. took office?”
Anyone know what is the current misery index?

3dpuzzman on April 3, 2011 at 5:14 PM

Smart Power

WoosterOh on April 3, 2011 at 6:11 PM

Gas and food costs are a major part of a young person’s budget. But they still have their healthcare via mommy and daddy.
ladyingray on April 3, 2011 at 12:46 PM

Unless mommy and daddy lost their jobs at the Soulless, hungry, exploitative Axis of Corporate Evil!

DSchoen on April 3, 2011 at 6:29 PM

Cindy Munford on April 3, 2011 at 3:32 PM

Do you like President Obama and approve of his policies?

Then you are factually correct, obviously much smarter than those mouth breathing morons!

Do you like President Obama but disapprove of his policies?

Lying racist, you never liked Obama!

Do you dislike President Obama but approve of his policies?

Lying racist, you never approve of Obama policies!

Do you dislike President Obama and disapprove of his policies?

Your a racist!

Is that about how the poll wrung out?

DSchoen on April 3, 2011 at 6:38 PM

Funny. I see the name Obama and the word Bump, and I have a mental image of him hitting on a bullet. Remember those things the coke freaks used to carry to do a bump in plain sight? I just have an image of Boy Wonder snorting half of Peru…….

adamsmith on April 3, 2011 at 8:22 PM

Saw the reference to Daytona above. I live twenty minutes north. This area of Florida has been destroyed by the Socialists, Progressives, Communists and Obama. When Red Lobster closed down on A1A a couple of years ago, I knew then we were in the Great Depression II……

adamsmith on April 3, 2011 at 8:31 PM

Flagler Beach.

Lanceman on April 3, 2011 at 9:11 PM

DSchoen on April 3, 2011 at 6:38 PM

Now that you say that, I wonder what they put down as my answer? I was annoyed at the premise and told them so. I don’t even know the man, how can I personally like or dislike him? Terrible president.

Cindy Munford on April 3, 2011 at 9:27 PM

adamsmith on April 3, 2011 at 8:31 PM

I live an hour away from Daytona. Did they run the Spring break kids off from there about twenty years ago? Two things about that, it had to hurt revenue and how much worse could the kids have been than the adults during Bike Week?

Cindy Munford on April 3, 2011 at 9:29 PM

Cindy Munford on April 3, 2011 at 9:29 PM

Didn’t know that you and I lived that close.
Nope. During the evil Bush years, it was still rockin’. Those businesses rely on attractions like that.

Lanceman on April 3, 2011 at 10:07 PM

Dammit Ed, quit raiding my Photobucket account!

(Kidding.)

Cylor on April 4, 2011 at 6:51 AM