Poll: Obama is tanking with independents

posted at 6:55 pm on November 29, 2011 by Tina Korbe

In case you missed it yesterday, Gallup released its weekly tab on the nation’s approval of Barack Obama. The report wasn’t good news for the president, whose rating still sits at a low 43 percent. The picture looks even bleaker for The One when you draw the details of the poll nearer. The Washington Examiner’s Conn Carroll today calls attention to a nugget buried deep in the report:

Obama’s approval rating has decreased among all six partisan/ideology groups Gallup tracks on a regular basis since January, but it has dropped the most — 10 percentage points, from 40 percent to 30 percent — among pure independents. These are the roughly 14 percent of national adults who neither identify with one of the two major parties nor indicate a leaning. Obama’s approval rating has declined by nearly as much — eight points — among moderate/liberal Republicans, from 29 percent to 21 percent.

Hmm. Given that independents increasingly decide elections, Obummer should pay attention. Perhaps, just perhaps, his strategy to demonize his opponents — and even to make the American people themselves into a kind of enemy, excoriating the electorate as “lazy,” “soft” and “bitter” — isn’t such a sound one, after all. Obama knows he’ll lose the election if it’s a referendum on his record, but that he still stands a sound chance of reelection if he succeeds at making it a contest between him and the GOP. Fortunately, it looks like independents might be paying the best attention of all to Obama’s frequent poor choice of words, not to mention his ill-advised economic policies.


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Independents = Racists.

Akzed on November 29, 2011 at 6:57 PM

“Perhaps, just perhaps, his strategy to demonize his opponents — and even to make the American people themselves into a kind of enemy, excoriating the electorate as “lazy,” “soft” and “bitter” — isn’t such a sound one, after all…”

Don’t forget his love for whitey…

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Seven Percent Solution on November 29, 2011 at 7:00 PM

This is the best news I have had all day..:)

Dire Straits on November 29, 2011 at 7:00 PM

Perhaps some of those independents don’t yet hate “the 1%.” Obama will keep working on that.

GaltBlvnAtty on November 29, 2011 at 7:00 PM

Who will implode first, Obama or the democrat party? Or will the GOP, thinking outside the box, find a way to give the election over to Obama?

Skandia Recluse on November 29, 2011 at 7:01 PM

Couldn’t happen to a nicer Socialist.

Chip on November 29, 2011 at 7:02 PM

Not just liberal, but an effete liberal to boot.

MarkT on November 29, 2011 at 7:02 PM

That is why Ken Huntsman is working overtime to fill the niche that Obama is losing.

onlineanalyst on November 29, 2011 at 7:03 PM

@ Skandia Recluse
I vote:

will the GOP, thinking outside the box, find a way to give the election over to Obama?

Has the GOP ever won a Presidential race when it was facing a tough contender?

albill on November 29, 2011 at 7:03 PM

Those aren’t Independents, they’re infiltrators.

trubble on November 29, 2011 at 7:04 PM

To repeat my point the Headlines about Cliff Huntsman:

Archie Hunstman is working overtime to appeal to the youth vote, the OWS crowd, the anti-war crowd–all under the guise of aiming for the self-identified independents. He’s hip, he’s edgily snide, and filled with the soundbites that the pseudo-sophisticates prefer.

Born with a silver spoon in his own mouth, he works overtime to distract the naive from his personal advantages in life’s lottery.

IOW Tab Huntsman wants the disenchanted Obama voters.

onlineanalyst on November 29, 2011 at 7:06 PM

Or will the GOP, thinking outside the box, find a way to give the election over to Obama?

Skandia Recluse on November 29, 2011 at 7:01 PM

I really hope your wrong on that, but one way for them to do it would be to have a candidate that will do the least in dismantling the National Democratic Party’s Socialist agenda.

A ‘one step back’ candidate that will leave a lot of their bureaucracy in place for them to begin taking two steps forward in four years.

Chip on November 29, 2011 at 7:08 PM

I really hope you’re wrong on that,

Chip on November 29, 2011 at 7:09 PM

Obummer is headed for the ash heap. I don’t know a single person who thinks we are headed in a positive direction right now. Even libs.

Southernblogger on November 29, 2011 at 7:10 PM

Not to mention his ill-advised economic policies.

That’s a nice way of saying El Presidente Downgrade’s socialist policies.

Chip on November 29, 2011 at 7:11 PM

Barry needs the independent vote to win. His base of Obamabots isn’t large enough by itself.

GarandFan on November 29, 2011 at 7:13 PM

So Independents make up 14% of the voting block (according to that poll), and we have to bend over backwards to compromise with liberals to woo that measly 14%?

Vigilante on November 29, 2011 at 7:15 PM

Don’t Say We’re Lazy

Kini on November 29, 2011 at 7:16 PM

I’m NOT an independent and he “tanked”with me a long time ago.

docflash on November 29, 2011 at 7:17 PM

Shouldn’t the headline read, “Obama taking with morons who shouldn’t be allowed to vote.”

Tommy_G on November 29, 2011 at 7:26 PM

Obummer is headed for the ash heap. I don’t know a single person who thinks we are headed in a positive direction right now. Even libs.

Southernblogger on November 29, 2011 at 7:10 PM

But it’s their last chance to implement a national version of socialism, they won’t easily abandon that.

It could very well be Marxism’s last desperate gasp, so the national media and the democrats will be pulling out all the stops.

Still, I think the feelings of most of the Freedom loving part of the country is embodied in the song: “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsaTElBljOE

Or this version:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n6RoOwSKI7M&feature=player_detailpage

Chip on November 29, 2011 at 7:27 PM

Has the GOP ever won a Presidential race when it was facing a tough contender?

albill on November 29, 2011 at 7:03 PM

What you don’t count Mondale and Dukakis as tough contenders?

angryed on November 29, 2011 at 7:29 PM

The shame of it is it would not be hard for someone to obliterate obama in 2012 by forcefully detailing his failures and the damage he has done. It is hard to believe we have such a weak field, most of them unwilling to call a spade a spade. I’m hoping/praying Newt can do it without self destructing…50/50

winston on November 29, 2011 at 7:31 PM

Obummer is headed for the ash heap. I don’t know a single person who thinks we are headed in a positive direction right now. Even libs.

Southernblogger on November 29, 2011 at 7:10 PM

While I hope you’re right, let’s not start counting our chickens just yet. Anything can happen in the next 11 months. Obama and the SEIU/Soros/ACORN machine will stop at nothing to win. Being complacent and cocky about winning is the worst thing we can do.

angryed on November 29, 2011 at 7:32 PM

Either that 14% is wrong or someone had better tell Mittens that he is giving up about 17% of the vote if he abandons Soc. Cons to gain those independents at 14%. It appears someone is seriously math challenged.

chemman on November 29, 2011 at 7:32 PM

That’s okay, we’ll get runs by Buddy Roemer for the Moron Party and Mike Bloomberg for the Egotist Party, and they’ll peel off the Independent voters.

John the Libertarian on November 29, 2011 at 7:36 PM

I love that picture…it really tells the story of this arrogant dufus.

But, let us not understate the enemy: no logical reason that Gore and Kerry came whisper close to being president.

Dingbat63 on November 29, 2011 at 7:40 PM

Or will the GOP, thinking outside the box, find a way to give the election over to Obama?

Skandia Recluse on November 29, 2011 at 7:01 PM

The GOP. Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory for over 4 generations.

BacaDog on November 29, 2011 at 7:43 PM

Poll: Obama is tanking with independents

Long overdue. He’s been the elephant in the room for a long time now.

petefrt on November 29, 2011 at 7:45 PM

Ok..just a question..

What in the Hell is he doing in that picture??? I know it’s meant to show his galling arrogance but what’s going on there??

Is he watching a flyover by Navy jets?? Looking at some majestic skyscraper??

It looks like he just floated a really nasty air biscuit and he’s thinking “Wow, they do smell just like roses!!”

BigWyo on November 29, 2011 at 7:49 PM

So Independents make up 14% of the voting block (according to that poll), and we have to bend over backwards to compromise with liberals to woo that measly 14%?
Vigilante on November 29, 2011 at 7:15 PM

No, that described “pure” independents. I think the total number is around 37%.

Buy Danish on November 29, 2011 at 7:52 PM

Perfect choice of accompanying photo! That’s one of my favorite photos of The Won. I call it “Obamussolini”.

Mary in LA on November 29, 2011 at 7:53 PM

Yea, but did you hear what (fill in the blank) Republican candidate did. Who care what SCFoaMF did the media will call do call the other side racists and the one black guy they play the sex-card on.

tjexcite on November 29, 2011 at 7:58 PM

This can’t be true because csdeven said so.

fossten on November 29, 2011 at 8:02 PM

Ok..just a question..

What in the Hell is he doing in that picture??? I know it’s meant to show his galling arrogance but what’s going on there??

Is he watching a flyover by Navy jets?? Looking at some majestic skyscraper??

It looks like he just floated a really nasty air biscuit and he’s thinking “Wow, they do smell just like roses!!”

BigWyo on November 29, 2011 at 7:49 PM

The is the Mussolini stance.

Looking down at the world as they honor his greatness.

tjexcite on November 29, 2011 at 8:03 PM

What in the Hell is he doing in that picture??? I know it’s meant to show his galling arrogance but what’s going on there??

Moochelle just walked by?

Dingbat63 on November 29, 2011 at 8:11 PM

A ‘one step back’ candidate that will leave a lot of their bureaucracy in place for them to begin taking two steps forward in four years.
Chip on November 29, 2011 at 7:08 PM

What do you think the Romney campaign is all about? A Republican who is primed to “fix” Socialized Medicine.

logis on November 29, 2011 at 8:17 PM

Moochelle just walked by?

Dingbat63 on November 29, 2011 at 8:11 PM

Well, I don’t agree…he’s not…cringing…I’m going with the ‘My farts smell like ambrosia’ thing.

BigWyo on November 29, 2011 at 8:33 PM

It’s a perfect picture. He’s posing. That’s what posers do.

sleepingiantsup on November 29, 2011 at 10:01 PM

The picture is of Obama basking in the lime light when he was “the one”. The Roman pillars are gone and in January 2012 so will the Obamas.

Now about the Republican field. Unfortunately I’ve come to realize that my candidate, Herman Cain, is done. If the women are all liars (and yes, I think it’s possible) then the shame is one the American Voting system, the media and stinking US politics. If the women are telling the truth, Cain owes a bunch of us a BIG apology for LYING to our faces. The shame of it all is that even if it were partially true, Cain handled it wrong. IF it were true, he should have just admitted that he’s made mistakes and is no worse than either Clinton or Gingrich.

Me? I’m stuck. I don’t know for sure what to believe about Cain other than I know he’s done. Perry and Gingrich were my next hopefuls but their policies on amnesty STINK as does Romney’s – who simply says what his audience wants to hear. I will not vote for Romney for all the reasons I’ve stated before, but I simply don’t have a candidate and once again I’m left with a clothes pin election – who stinks the least.

katablog.com on November 29, 2011 at 10:32 PM

Ron Paul for president. Or any other candidate who you like but who could never ordinarily win for president.

Because whoever the Republicans nominate, Obama is going down. He’s burned himself among independents and that won’t be put right in time.

David Blue on November 29, 2011 at 11:02 PM

The caption for this photograph is:
Proverbs 16:18 Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.

davo on November 30, 2011 at 1:08 AM

The is the Mussolini stance.

Obama is Mussolini, not Hitler. He’s trying to make the not-so-high speed trains run on time. Besides, at least the German people had jobs under Hitler.

pdigaudio on November 30, 2011 at 9:06 AM