Obama gets lowest scores yet on economy, deficit in Marist poll

posted at 10:45 am on June 28, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Barack Obama’s chances of winning a second term seem to be fading, according to McClatchy’s report on their poll conducted in partnership with Marist.  His approval ratings on the economy and on the federal budget deficit have hit new lows in the poll, usually a big indicator on re-election prospects.  However, his personal approval has not changed much at all, and Obama may still be successfully deflecting at least some of the blame:

President Barack Obama is in a fragile position as the 2012 campaign begins: Only 37 percent of registered voters approve of his handling of the economy, his lowest rating ever, according to a new McClatchy-Marist poll.

Another ominous sign for Obama: By nearly 2-1, voters disapprove of how he’s handling the federal budget deficit, expected to hit a record $1.5 trillion this fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30.

“It’s a real caution sign … the four-year lease on the White House is very much dependent on how people end up looking at the economy,” said Lee Miringoff, the director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion, which performed the survey.

Even with these poor results, Obama manages to get a 50/44 on personal favorability.  His job approval rating is slightly underwater at 45/47, which Marist’s analyst claims will make the presidential election “competitive” in 2012.  One reason those numbers have mainly held in place in Marist’s poll series is the fact that a large majority still believe that Obama inherited the economic problems rather than caused them, almost 2-1 at 61/31.  Obama has successfully reserved that as a way to keep voters from personally blaming him for their woes.

However, that won’t keep them from changing horses if they don’t see his policies working, and majorities almost as large do not.  On the economy, Obama is 21 points underwater at 37/58.  His numbers on managing the federal deficit are the exact opposite of the “inherited” question, 31/61.  Whatever the cause of the economic problems we face now, voters don’t see Obama as the solution.

Even the “don’t blame me” strategy has its limits.  If the economy tips over into recession again this summer, as indicators are starting to suggest, Obama won’t be able to blame that on George W. Bush.  He’ll own that one all by himself, and the last fig leaf for Obama on the economy will finally drop.

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This man will be lucky to carry (5) states. He’s that bad.

Keemo on June 28, 2011 at 10:48 AM

Seriously people – it’s been 3 years – he owns it!

gophergirl on June 28, 2011 at 10:48 AM

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOSHHHH!!!!

MaiDee on June 28, 2011 at 10:48 AM

and the last fig leaf for Obama on the economy will finally drop.

And just like in “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” the fawning, knee-pad media will bend over backwards to convince Sound Bite America how well dressed he is despite being stark-assed naked.

CurtZHP on June 28, 2011 at 10:49 AM

Jimmy Carter is feeling pretty secure these days.

Roy Rogers on June 28, 2011 at 10:49 AM

Which is why Soros is trying to get his people in all of the secretary of state positions so he can steal the election.

Disturb the Universe on June 28, 2011 at 10:50 AM

Well bho is going to let his ‘gut’ help him out. Or if that doesn’t work bho will get some gal with a crystal ball to help.
L

letget on June 28, 2011 at 10:50 AM

No worries, Obama and the Dems are going to bring in the Dream(lotsavoters)Act through the back door.

Sandybourne on June 28, 2011 at 10:51 AM

Only 37 percent of registered voters approve of his handling of the economy

Even a number that high boggles the mind.

mankai on June 28, 2011 at 10:52 AM

But…but..but…but.. Obama got Osama!

/Leftist intellectual elite.

Chip on June 28, 2011 at 10:52 AM

Some of my liberal friends think he needs more time. They sight Keynesian economics as the reason why we got out of the Great Depression, and after all that 10 years. It’s almost as bad this time around, so again, it will take some time. W was THAT bad.

This is what we’re up against.

Fish on June 28, 2011 at 10:53 AM

The poll of 1,003 adults, including 801 registered voters, was conducted June 15-23. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.0 percentage points for the entire sample and plus or minus 3.5 percentage points for registered voters.

Can somebody point me toward the actual numbers of Republicans, Democrats, and independents used as the sample?

Drained Brain on June 28, 2011 at 10:53 AM

… “and after all that *took 10 years.”

Fish on June 28, 2011 at 10:54 AM

Even the “don’t blame me” strategy has its limits. If the economy tips over into recession again this summer, as indicators are starting to suggest, Obama won’t be able to blame that on George W. Bush.

I hope you’re right, Edward. It’s kind of a silly question BTW. Why would anyone who thought Obama inherited a bad economy 2 1/2 years ago say anything differently today? It’s irrelevant. The more pertinent question is has the guy done anything to fix the economy since he was inaugurated? And I don’t see how anyone not on the Democrat Party payroll or employed in a mainstream media newsroom could answer yes to that.

Doughboy on June 28, 2011 at 10:54 AM

Crr6 would tell you this doesn’t matter, that you need to analyze the demographic breakdown of Louisiana from 1964, then you will understand that PBHO is actually the most popular POTUS ever and will be reelected forever.

Bishop on June 28, 2011 at 10:54 AM

It’s almost like massive deficit spending is a bad idea or something.

trubble on June 28, 2011 at 10:54 AM

According to the Stimulus schedule, unemployment is now at 6.7% and will be below 6% by November 2012. So what’s the problem?

That deficit chart is looking awesome too.

mankai on June 28, 2011 at 10:54 AM

37% still like that wonderful sharp crease has his pants.

Sandybourne on June 28, 2011 at 10:57 AM

So personal favorability is still high?

Transation: You may want to tip a beer with him, but he’ll stick you with the bar tab.

kurtzz3 on June 28, 2011 at 10:57 AM

Voters clearly need another 4 years of Obama.

Karmi on June 28, 2011 at 10:57 AM

I don’t like being lied to all the time. I’d disapprove of this guy even if I agreed with him on some policy.

Plus he’s a massive failure.

forest on June 28, 2011 at 10:57 AM

Obama gets lowest scores yet on economy, deficit in Marist poll

. . . but he is doing just fine in the MARXIST poll!

honsy on June 28, 2011 at 10:58 AM

37% still like that wonderful crease he has in his pants !

Sorry team , more coffee required.

Sandybourne on June 28, 2011 at 10:58 AM

Some of my liberal friends think he needs more time. They sight Keynesian economics as the reason why we got out of the Great Depression, and after all that 10 years. It’s almost as bad this time around, so again, it will take some time. W was THAT bad.

This is what we’re up against.

Fish on June 28, 2011 at 10:53 AM

How much time do they think he needs? Do you ask them how they can explain how Reagan was able to turn things around dramatically at the same point in his Presidency having inherited just as bad of an economic mess? Or better yet, do they think we’re on the right track when unemployment, GDP, the deficit, and inflation are all getting worse since Obama’s inauguration?

Doughboy on June 28, 2011 at 10:59 AM

Seriously people – it’s been 3 years – he owns it!

gophergirl on June 28, 2011 at 10:48 AM

Not just that, he was part of the Democratic majority that took over after the 2006 elections.

In addition, his fellow National Socialist Democrats implemented many of the programs that are now bankrupting the nation:

Social security – created by FDR

Medicare – created by LBJ

Obamneycare – created by Boosh?

Chip on June 28, 2011 at 10:59 AM

The cartoon is not about the ObaMao economy, but Ramirez skewers the nitwit quite well in this one.
http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2011/06/029341.php#fbcomments

The reason O’s “favorability” is so high is that he is touted as a celebrity in nearly all media outlets. For the ill-informed, he can get away with avoiding responsibility for every executive decision he has made. The media scapegoated Bush as responsible for all ills in the world, and it is more than willing to continue whitewashing O’s grievous blunders.

Go through any supermarket checkout line, and see how Michelle Obama is glorified. The O people think that her “popularity” overcomes the prez’s shortcomings.

onlineanalyst on June 28, 2011 at 11:02 AM

Can someone point me to a website with an EXHAUSTIVE list of crazy things Obama has said?

It’s getting tiring that everytime some libtard pipes up about Bachmann/Palin “crazy” themes, I have to keep Googling one about Obama all the time. I need a one-stop shop for this stuff with plenty of sources and links.

Apologetic California on June 28, 2011 at 11:02 AM

[Keemo on June 28, 2011 at 10:48 AM]

I’m still rounding up past Presidential election numbers but so far the worst, percentage-wise, (basically two party race) was 1936 when Landon took 36.5%. Unless there is a worse one, I’m thinking he’s heading for setting a new record.

Dusty on June 28, 2011 at 11:03 AM

Soooo, where’s our focus on his BREAKING THE LAW,
to campaign from the White House ???

I can’t stand this a$$hat !!!

pambi on June 28, 2011 at 11:04 AM

I found out the other day that a friend on FB is a lib (he’s a teacher, so I should have known), because he posted some drivel about “Obama and the debt”, and how it’s all the fault of Bush, and the “larceny” by his SEC appointees. Zzzzzzz…

Ward Cleaver on June 28, 2011 at 11:06 AM

Can someone point me to a website with an EXHAUSTIVE list of crazy things Obama has said?

The Obamateurism of The Week is a good start.

I have at least one liberal friend to whom I send it every time he sends me an e-mail about the latest conservative gaffe touted in the MSM.

Drained Brain on June 28, 2011 at 11:07 AM

“Even with these poor results, Obama manages to get a 50/44 on personal favorability..
..One reason those numbers have mainly held in place in Marist’s poll series is the fact that a large majority still believe that Obama inherited the economic problems rather than caused them, almost 2-1 at 61/31. Obama has successfully reserved that as a way to keep voters from personally blaming him for their woes.”

#1 Bradley effect..#2 refusal to accept responsibility for his actions and the public gives him a pass?

The real poll question on re-election should be asked: “Given that Obama inherited the economic mess and, so far, has not been able to correct the problem, will you vote for him in 2012?”

The War Planner on June 28, 2011 at 11:08 AM

Has anyone ever polled all the illegal stuff Zero does or just that they like his smile? He reads well, too, but I don’t like a lying phoney and don’t understand it when there are those who do.

Kissmygrits on June 28, 2011 at 11:10 AM

Mmm… Mmm… Mmmmmmm……
Barack Hussein Obama

It’s been three years and now we see
The road to Idiocracy

Mmm… Mmm… Mmmmmmm…….
Barack Hussein Obama

Roy Rogers on June 28, 2011 at 11:10 AM

And yet in my neck of the woods every day I see a new OBAMA 2012 sticker get slapped on another Prius.

angryed on June 28, 2011 at 11:12 AM

Another ominous sign for Obama: By nearly 2-1, voters disapprove of how he’s handling the federal budget deficit…

It’s an ominous sign in general that nearly 1 in 3 approve of his handling of the budget deficit.

theperfecteconomist on June 28, 2011 at 11:13 AM

Time to blame them thar headwinds!
Hear them blow!

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOSSSSSSSSSSHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!

pilamaye on June 28, 2011 at 11:13 AM

Economy: sucks
Deficit: sucks
Foreign Policy: sucks
Likability: I’m no racist!

mankai on June 28, 2011 at 11:15 AM

And yet in my neck of the woods every day I see a new OBAMA 2012 sticker get slapped on another Prius.
angryed on June 28, 2011 at 11:12 AM

Consider yourself lucky, I have to deal with “What Would Wellstone Do?” stickers out here.

Bishop on June 28, 2011 at 11:16 AM

I found out the other day that a friend on FB is a lib (he’s a teacher, so I should have known), because he posted some drivel about “Obama and the debt”, and how it’s all the fault of Bush, and the “larceny” by his SEC appointees. Zzzzzzz…

Ward Cleaver on June 28, 2011 at 11:06 AM

I hope your friend isn’t a civics teacher. Does he understand that the budget originates in the House and that that body was controlled by the Democrats and not Bush from January 2007 until the beginning of this year?

Doughboy on June 28, 2011 at 11:20 AM

I want to see his college transcripts.

I believe he cheated on his finals.

Roy Rogers on June 28, 2011 at 11:20 AM

If McClatchy says 37%, the real number is probably more like 27%.

slickwillie2001 on June 28, 2011 at 11:21 AM

Wow! The following is an excellent summation of President Quixote’s shortcomings. We cannot afford to have him at the helm much longer.
http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/06/president_quixotes_legacy_confused_ill-educated_and_not_too_bright.html

onlineanalyst on June 28, 2011 at 11:22 AM

Which is why Soros is trying to get his people in all of the secretary of state positions so he can steal the election.

Disturb the Universe on June 28, 2011 at 10:50 AM

The democratics favorite Nazi stooge George Soros is also trying to stack the courts: Billionaire George Soros Trying To Stack the Courts

Makes sense to the evil progs. Judges have the final decision on election challenges, and as we have seen in Wisconsin, a friendly activist prog judge can advance the cause of Marxism regardless of what the people want.

slickwillie2001 on June 28, 2011 at 11:25 AM

From Hot Air April 19 2011

The latest Marist poll conducted for its media partner McClatchy doesn’t improve much on methodology over the WaPo/ABC poll released earlier this morning. Its sample has a +8 advantage for Democrats with a D/R/I of 35/27/36, which oversamples Democrats at the expense of the GOP.

So far I haven’t been able to find the raw numbers from their latest poll.

Drained Brain on June 28, 2011 at 11:26 AM

One reason those numbers have mainly held in place in Marist’s poll series is the fact that a large majority still believe that Obama inherited the economic problems rather than caused them, almost 2-1 at 61/31.

Which is why conservatives, and the GOP nominee (whomever that winds up being) need to continuously hammer home the fact that 1. Obama PROMISED that he’d make things better and 2. not only has he not done that, he’s made things exponentially worse. Hammer it until the point where it’s almost boilerplate. Until people have heard it so much that it becomes ingrained in their minds.

The difficult thing will be in the second part of #2; people will readily buy into the fact that he promised to make things better and hasn’t, but it will be tricky still to convince them that he’s responsible for things being as bad as they are now. Although, we really only need to convince him that the GOP nominee’s policies would be better, regardless of whether Obama is to blame for things or not.

Vyce on June 28, 2011 at 11:26 AM

This man will be lucky to carry (5) states. He’s that bad.

Keemo on June 28, 2011 at 10:48 AM

Bull. Never underestimate the stupidity of the 52% that elected him.

KeepOhioRed on June 28, 2011 at 11:26 AM

Wow! The following is an excellent summation of President Quixote’s shortcomings. We cannot afford to have him at the helm much longer.
http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/06/president_quixotes_legacy_confused_ill-educated_and_not_too_bright.html

onlineanalyst on June 28, 2011 at 11:22 AM

Fine article. I am also a believer in the incompetent as well as evil theory of the jackass.

slickwillie2001 on June 28, 2011 at 11:27 AM

Even a number that high boggles the mind.

mankai on June 28, 2011 at 10:52 AM

Easily explainable. Twenty percent of the country is made up of crr6s and ernestos. Seventeen percent of the country watches the alphabet soup news and actually believes what they see and hear.

stvnscott on June 28, 2011 at 11:28 AM

Just remember, a person can become unpredictable when you back him into a corner with little options.

AeroSpear on June 28, 2011 at 11:28 AM

Even with these poor results, Obama manages to get a 50/44 on personal favorability.

And here is where the danger lies. With election getting closer, we will hear more of these ‘Obama is well liked personally’ bogus claims.

If the ACORN’s version 4567 reincarnation could not steal the election out right, there might be some trouble makers saying it not possible for him to lose the election if he is so well liked by his people.

Sir Napsalot on June 28, 2011 at 11:32 AM

http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/06/president_quixotes_legacy_confused_ill-educated_and_not_too_bright.html

onlineanalyst on June 28, 2011 at 11:22 AM

Two hypotheses are often cited to explain why things have gotten so much worse:

1. Obama is incompetent.
2. Obama knows what he is doing and is deliberately destroying the country.

These hypotheses are not mutually exclusive. Evidence is consistent with either or a combination of both. The remainder of this article deals only with the first. Readers should not assume that the second is unimportant, inoperable, or impossible.


Fundamental Change…

RalphyBoy on June 28, 2011 at 11:33 AM

37% still like that wonderful crease he has in his pants !

Sorry team , more coffee required.

Sandybourne on June 28, 2011 at 10:58 AM

37% still think they’re going to be able to steal from their fellow man through the proxy of the Feral Government.

Chip on June 28, 2011 at 11:33 AM

I want to see his college transcripts.

I believe he cheated on his finals.

Roy Rogers on June 28, 2011 at 11:20 AM

Actually I want to see what else he got out of that box of Cracker Jack besides those college transcripts.

pilamaye on June 28, 2011 at 11:37 AM

Can someone point me to a website with an EXHAUSTIVE list of crazy things Obama has said?

Apologetic California on June 28, 2011 at 11:02 AM

..try going to You Tube; there’s some really good collections of his doozies there. Here are some:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9hZpJp7U3Y&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4-AKcH3eC8&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHIUdMVN_V0&feature=related

..also, there’s a pretty good (unvisited) web site that whose author has faithfully chronicled Obama screw-ups from day one:

http://www.obamafailblog.net/

The guy does a terrific job and, when The Chicago Jesus is finally turned out onto the street (hopefully in 2012), this site and Ed’s OAOTD will be good historical resources for us. Drop the guy at Obama Fail a thank you comment for his effort. We need to keep this good work going.

Believe me, some 10-15 years from now, when you tell your grandkids about this, they will not believe you.

The War Planner on June 28, 2011 at 11:37 AM

His approval ratings on the economy and on the federal budget deficit have hit new lows in the poll, usually a big indicator on re-election prospects

Look for either Obama’s Czars or the Federal Reserve to infuse billions into any interest that might not be willing to donate to the a Democrat campaign or the Presidents. Desperate times calls for desperate measures.

Rovin on June 28, 2011 at 11:45 AM

I sat through 15 minutes of Tavis Smiley’s show (you’re welcome!). There’s some rumbling going on with his base.

SouthernGent on June 28, 2011 at 11:50 AM

Even with these poor results, Obama manages to get a 50/44 on personal favorability.

And here is where the danger lies. With election getting closer, we will hear more of these ‘Obama is well liked personally’ bogus claims.

If the ACORN’s version 4567 reincarnation could not steal the election out right, there might be some trouble makers saying it not possible for him to lose the election if he is so well liked by his people.

Sir Napsalot on June 28, 2011 at 11:32 AM

Yep. I like Adam Sandler; that doesn’t mean that I want him to be president.

slickwillie2001 on June 28, 2011 at 11:59 AM

Bishop:

You are an excellent driver. Has Crr6 contributed anything recently? Because, it must be embarrassing for him/her. Maybe just walked out backwards? Do you know?

betsyz on June 28, 2011 at 12:05 PM

BHØ = OTP

petefrt on June 28, 2011 at 12:06 PM

From Hot Air April 19 2011

The latest Marist poll conducted for its media partner McClatchy doesn’t improve much on methodology over the WaPo/ABC poll released earlier this morning. Its sample has a +8 advantage for Democrats with a D/R/I of 35/27/36, which oversamples Democrats at the expense of the GOP.

So far I haven’t been able to find the raw numbers from their latest poll.

Drained Brain on June 28, 2011 at 11:26 AM

Good point! I found the link to the internals in a different article.

The sample of registered voters (taken from all adults) has a +7 advantage for Democrats with a D/R/I of 34/27/38 and then 1% Other. This is still oversampling Dems and now has added 2 more percent to Indies. They state a 3.5% MOE.

Greyledge Gal on June 28, 2011 at 12:08 PM

The dude owns it NOW for Cripe sakes…I guess we can blame the lsm for folks thinking this is still Ws fault

Ughhhhh

cmsinaz on June 28, 2011 at 12:11 PM

Polls. Mostly, people bark out against him, in public, like never in my life-time. I’ve seen exactly two bumper stickers back in ’08 for the “Hope and Change”. I’ve seen exactly one t-shirt supporting Harry Reid, exactly one Obama plastered t-shirt worn by an extra, extra, extra, hefty guy– (color, we know) person. That makes two cars,two t-shirts. I don’t do polls.

betsyz on June 28, 2011 at 12:18 PM

However, his personal approval has not changed much at all, and Obama may still be successfully deflecting at least some of the blame:

Let’s face it. Strip away the PC crap. People are not going to say anything negative about Barry. Too afraid of being called RACIST!

Now the libs wouldn’t do that, would they?

Barry better hope the ‘white guilt’ still has the power to get him re-elected. It sure as hell won’t be because of his record of accomplishments.

GarandFan on June 28, 2011 at 12:18 PM

a large majority still believe that Obama inherited the economic problems rather than caused them

Anybody who believes that is willfully blind to Obama’s pre-presidential life and activities. Our current economic problems were caused by the federal government’s social engineering in the housing market — the “everybody deserves to own their own home” mentality. The feds (with the help of shyster lawyers like Chicago’s Barry Obama) used idiotic legislation like the Community Reinvestment Act to force banks to make mortgage loans to people who were poor credit risks. The feds also repeatedly pushed GSE’s Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac to lower mortgage lending standards, which put taxpayers on the hook for millions of risky mortgage loans. Barry Obama, as a U.S. Senator, was one of the Democratic politicians pushing FM/FM to use lower standards, and resisting Bush’s efforts to rein in some of the abuses at FM/FM. (Democrats Franklin Raines and Jamie Gorelick, both of whom helped cook the books and hide the massive fraud at FM/FM, walked off with over $115 million in salary and bonuses for their “work” at FM/FM. The crooks at the SEC have nothing on the Democrats who were using FM/FM as their own personal ATM for years).

For Obama to claim he “inherited” the economic crisis that resulted from the housing bust is like a teenager who murdered both his parents complaining about being an orphan. Our current economic woes are a direct result of foolish “spread the wealth” policies that Obama pushed for years before becoming president. The MSM won’t tell the American public any of this, for all the obvious reasons. But there is no reason the Republicans should be letting Obama get away with the “It’s not my fault, I inherited this mess” nonsense.

AZCoyote on June 28, 2011 at 12:23 PM

GarandFan on June 28, 2011 at 12:18 PM

“Racist” is overused, out the door. Too much happening for this to be an issue anymore. If people continue with this mantra, they are so far behind, well, we know how imbecilic these people are stick to this excuse.

betsyz on June 28, 2011 at 12:25 PM

Barry better hope the ‘white guilt’ still has the power to get him re-elected. It sure as hell won’t be because of his record of accomplishments.

GarandFan on June 28, 2011 at 12:18 PM

Except for the hard-core dense (like my mother, sad to say) white guilt was mostly expunged in 2008 and will be trumped by inflation and lack of jobs this time around.

Extrafishy on June 28, 2011 at 12:51 PM

Steve Z on June 28, 2011 at 12:51 PM

Dems have controller Congress since January 2007!!!

Thats four years, and it shows what idiots the electorate are…well 52% of them anyway.

DavidM on June 28, 2011 at 1:01 PM

The guy’s doing a terrible job, but I like him personally = I’m terrified of being called a racist. Sticks and stones, my brothers and sisters.

teacherman on June 28, 2011 at 1:04 PM

Huh. I would have thought he’d do pretty good in a Marxist poll.

Jaibones on June 28, 2011 at 1:10 PM

One reason those numbers have mainly held in place in Marist’s poll series is the fact that a large majority still believe that Obama inherited the economic problems rather than caused them, almost 2-1 at 61/31.

Ronald Reagan inherited a much worse economy than Obama did, but he shepherded legislation through a Dem-controlled Congress that set the stage for the boom starting in late 1983, and continued until 1987, and voters gave him credit in 1984.

Obama has done the exact opposite of what Reagan did–massive and ineffectual spending and deficits, tax increases, business-stifling regulations, government takeover of GM and Chrysler, and passed a massive socialized-medicine program that even Bill and Hillary Clinton had the wisdom to abandon–does anyone seriously believe that the economy in 2012 will rebound like that of 1984, or even 1996? Plus, there was no oil-drilling embargo in those years either…

If Obama doesn’t change his policies at least as much as Bill Clinton did, there will be no boom in 2012, and voters will ask Obama, “yeah, Bush left you a mess, but what did YOU do about it for the last 4 years?”

Steve Z on June 28, 2011 at 1:12 PM

As for personal likability, let me be clear: I think he’s doing a disastrous job and I hate his f***ing guts. I wouldn’t piss on him if he was on fire.

Jaibones on June 28, 2011 at 1:12 PM

Obama “If you don’t re-elect me, it’s because you’re racist.”
White moderates : “Yes suh, boss!”

MaiDee on June 28, 2011 at 1:22 PM

. . .his personal approval has not changed much at all.

Translation – People are being nice. After they’ve just savaged his performance, no need to crush his very soul.

Seriously, who cares if people like him? I’d like him better if he wasn’t president!

Pablo Snooze on June 28, 2011 at 2:09 PM

Oh, and there’s the racist angle as well.

Pablo Snooze on June 28, 2011 at 2:11 PM

Only 37 percent of registered voters approve of his handling of the economy

Even a number that high boggles the mind.

mankai on June 28, 2011 at 10:52 AM

Basically the hard-core Democrats that would vote for him if caught on video pimping chickens to Congressmen for a few extra bucks.

tom on June 28, 2011 at 2:21 PM

Go ahead and don’t run, Obaka. You know you want to do it for the wife and kids.

AH_C on June 28, 2011 at 2:55 PM

Ok, to all the dunder heads who believe this is still an inherited problem….

Name the last president, who inherited an economic crisis, yet expanded it to last over 10 years? Guess which party they belonged to.

Go ahead. Guess. I can wait.

Obama ran on the promise that he could fix it, and he and his policies have done nothing but make it worse, and expanded it beyond 3 years. Now double dipping is coming. If this is inherited, just remember when it started. 2007. Who was in charge of the purse strings. That’s right. Pelosi and the Dims.

capejasmine on June 28, 2011 at 3:27 PM

Go ahead and don’t run, Obaka. You know you want to do it for the wife and kids.

AH_C on June 28, 2011 at 2:55 PM

He has to run for the sake of the three crazy broads in the White House, who are otherwise barely employable.

slickwillie2001 on June 28, 2011 at 3:39 PM

Obama’s poll numbers will never recover as the next Black Swan will overtake his campaign he’ll be toast. The real question is what will the National Socialist Party do to remain in power, resurrect a Clinton?

el Vaquero on June 28, 2011 at 4:18 PM

Barack Obama’s chances of winning a second term seem to be fading, according to McClatchy’s report on their poll conducted in partnership with Marist.

Best thing I’ve read all day!

tikvah on June 28, 2011 at 4:21 PM

His numbers from all angles should be parallel to those of Congress, at best. How any set of results isn’t under water describes the level of idiocy in the public.

Freelancer on June 28, 2011 at 6:55 PM

Obama manages to get a 50/44 on personal favorability.

How? I just don’t get how this is possible. He’s the worst parts of Carter, Nixon and George W. if not others.

And if memory serves, didn’t Clinton leave office with the dot com bubble bursting all over W? Between that and his foreign policy laissez faire attitude, W could have done a whole lot of “I inherited it” and yet he didn’t.

NTropy on June 28, 2011 at 9:59 PM