CBS poll: 54% say Obama doesn’t deserve re-election

posted at 10:15 am on December 10, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

News of the CBS poll dropped while I was driving yesterday evening to Des Moines to cover tonight’s Republican debate, and in looking at the figures this morning, the White House has to be happy this came out on a Friday night.  Despite a three-month strategy to claim the moral high ground through class warfare, not-so-coincidentally occurring with labor-backed protests in most major cities, Barack Obama’s approval numbers have not changed much at all.  The latest CBS survey shows his job approval under water at 44/46, but that’s not the worst part of the poll results for the President:

Less than one year out from Election Day 2012, voters remain overwhelmingly pessimistic about the economy, and their concerns are taking a toll on President Obama’s re-election chances. Just 41 percent of Americans think Mr. Obama has performed his job well enough to be elected to a second term, whereas 54 percent don’t think so.

The president’s overall approval rating remains in the mid-40′s, according to a CBS News poll – lower than the approval ratings of Mr. Obama’s four presidential predecessors at this point in their first terms. Mr. Obama’s approval rating is dragged down by his poor marks for his handling of the economy – which, at 33 percent, is the lowest rating of his presidency in CBS News polls.

Mr. Obama receives better marks on foreign policy and for his leadership skills. But when it comes to leading the economy in the right direction, voters are unimpressed: Just 28 percent think he has made progress on improving the economy. And most Americans say the president doesn’t share the public’s priorities, according to the poll, conducted December 5-7.

This last point is key in the context of Obama’s strategy this year.  Since his speech to a joint session of Congress in early September, Obama has vigorously positioned himself as the champion of the middle and working classes, attacking Republicans as the party of the wealthy and pushing for redistributive policies, including those in his so-called “jobs bill” that even Democrats wouldn’t pass.  That strategy has been a total flop.  The numbers on the question of whether Obama shares the priorities of voters fell to the worst in the CBS series, 41/54, not coincidentally the same percentage as the question of whether Obama deserves re-election.  In April, that was 43/53, and in May 2010 — as Obama headed for a historical mid-term rebuke — it was 45/47. It hasn’t changed the perception that Obama is helping Wall Street more than average Americans (42/38).

The damage can be seen in the question of whether Obama has been a uniter or a divider (38/47), with independents breaking 35/48 on the question.  Obama is also -18 among independents on the re-election question, 37/55, a harbinger of disaster in November.  Even while Obama keeps fanning the flames of class warfare, no one is sure what Obama intends to do with a second term anyway.  Two-thirds don’t have a clear idea on his second-term goals (32/66) — and that includes a majority of Democrats (46/52) along with more than two-thirds of independents (29/69).

Obama’s reboot as a class warrior has not changed the trajectory of his decline.  In some ways, it appears to have accelerated it.  This might explain the new theme of desperately trying to tie himself to Teddy Roosevelt’s legacy, but if this poll gives any indication, Obama will end up going the way of the Bull Moose.


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Just 41 percent of Americans think Mr. Obama has performed his job well enough to be elected to a second term, whereas 54 percent don’t think so.

The science is settled, 41 percent of Americans are IDIOTS.

SaysWho on December 10, 2011 at 2:44 PM

lol, has Joseph Shabalala written a song about him yet?

Del Dolemonte on December 10, 2011 at 2:26 PM

Haha and hooray, Del! You’re the first to connect with my moniker. To my chagrin, I never knew til now that there were places in the US also called “Ladysmith”.

Did you ever see the hilarious/excellent bit that Jimmy Fallon did, singing with Ladysmith Black Mambazo? Too bad I have yet to learn the linky thing… :)

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on December 10, 2011 at 2:54 PM

It’s the 41% who think Obama DOES deserve reelection that scare me. Who ARE these people?

idalily on December 10, 2011 at 3:14 PM

It is very scary that 41% of the American people want Obama socialist form of big government.This more than anything shows what a liberal left wing public education system can do to this country.

logman1 on December 10, 2011 at 3:28 PM

…41 percent of Americans think Mr. Obama has performed his job well enough to be elected to a second term, whereas 54 percent don’t think so.

It could be that the 41% are unaware of what Obama’s job actually is. If one wasn’t paying full attention, one might think he was a golfer or else one of those guys that works for the Travel Channel – Barack Obama, host of “See the world on 3 million dollars a day.”

Marxism is for dummies on December 10, 2011 at 3:44 PM

A lot of you seem to think this election is going to be a cakewalk for the Republican nominee. You guys are seriously deluded. Just because 54% of those polled say they don’t think Obama deserves reelection, it doesn’t mean that Obama’s campaign won’t be able to successfully smear the Republican as some kind of scary right-wing “extremist.” Why on earth would we give them a gift like Gringrich, who despite being arguably the most liberal Republican running, is nonetheless burdened with a reels of video of him taking all kinds of outlandish (and often contradictory) positions over the last few decades. This is why I think it’s so important that we nominate someone with a clean personal/ethical history and a record of strong, consistent campaigning. Romney’s campaign has been the best run (from an outsider’s POV) and most consistent of the pack, BY FAR. The best choice is obviously Mitt Romney. Obama is going to raise A LOT of money and will have the support of the media. I can’t understand why so many people (on sites like this, anyway) seem to be narrowly-focused on the primary season and not on the general election. Who is the candidate with the ability to attract the most independents, while still appealing to conservatives? It sure isn’t Gingrich, who is no more conservative than Romney, yet will be poison to independent voters. I want to win in 2012, which is why I’m voting for Mitt Romney.

bluegill on December 10, 2011 at 3:53 PM

I grew up in the “Truth, Justice and the American Way” era and then was in the military in the Vietnam War, the second of our “political” wars. After surviving that, I came back and watched as the learned college types told me how wrong my country was and how they were going to make it better. I’ve seen the Democratic Party become the party of the radical left, I’ve seen them deny responsibility for Vietnam and responsibility for all the uncivil politics of today, but, as I watched, I know where the responsibility lies, which is why I could never vote for a Democrat.

Barack Obama is the first President who was raised in that culture, from the 60′s and 70′s, who believed our country was bad and the only solution would be to turn it upside down. Obama is trying to convince the rest of the country this is necessary and, by looking at his poll numbers, he’s not succeeding. If he does, we’re really in deep dew.

I don’t see him accomplishing anything because he can’t point to one poor person, in one socialist country, who’s ever become a self-made man. That, my friends, is the one thing he can’t do and why the United States is the best country in the world to live in.

bflat879 on December 10, 2011 at 4:00 PM

35 Million voted for Jimmy Carter and until Obama we thought he was the worst. It is amazing how manny people that really belive his bs and don’t know what he is doing to this country.

RickinNH on December 10, 2011 at 4:00 PM

The science is settled, 41 percent of Americans are IDIOTS.

SaysWho on December 10, 2011 at 2:44 PM

You’re kidding. It’s 52%. Obama is Pimp for Clunkers.

Schadenfreude on December 10, 2011 at 4:14 PM

Gringrich, despite his many flaws, has shown he is the only Republican who will not play by the leftist media’s rules-he calls shenanigans on them. If Mitt Romney is the nominee expect him to grovel and issue McCain-style apologies for being a Republican. He will lose the election.

Remodernist on December 10, 2011 at 4:23 PM

@bluegill – I think you seriously overestimate Mitt Romney as a candidate. He could not even handle fair and expected questions from Brent Baier. Imagine what an unethical Jour-no-list (but I repeat myself) could do to Mitt.

He is capped at 25% among Republicans for good reasons.

WhatNot on December 10, 2011 at 4:24 PM

Scott Pelley is crying in his office.

runner2300 on December 10, 2011 at 4:25 PM

Obama is also -18 among independents on the re-election question, 37/55,

Everyone always says that independents decide elections, and I’ve been hearing for quite some time that Obama has already lost them. So my question is this, will they really go running back to him at this point? Really?

lynncgb on December 10, 2011 at 4:40 PM

When words fail to describe the dismay, there is always FACEPALM.

Will be seeing a lot of this from this character.

jpmotu on December 10, 2011 at 4:42 PM

This is CBS and O can only get 41%. I bet in reality he’s down in to the low 30′s.

CodaUPB on December 10, 2011 at 4:43 PM

Meanwhile what is happening with the US troops that Obama sent to Uganda in October? They were supposed to branch out to deploy in South Sudan, the Central African Republic and Congo as well.

Mason on December 10, 2011 at 4:47 PM

Forty One percent think he should be reelected? Are their genitals attached to a car battery and nipple clips? What sane person could say the last three years should be followed by five just like them?

Smedley on December 10, 2011 at 4:59 PM

The 41 % are the entitlement recipients of the public sector and the federal recipients that msm and politicians from both sides call bureaucracies. These are familiarly called FEMA, DEA, DEC, DOA, EPA, DOE and a host of others too numerous to mention. Here’s some hidden news for you to consider reading. http://www.usgs.gov/newsroom/article.asp?ID=1911

mixplix on December 10, 2011 at 5:07 PM

I never knew til now that there were places in the US also called “Ladysmith”.

I graduated from Ladysmith high school in Wisconsin but it wasn’t associated with South Africa or Ladysmith black mombazzo.

JimboHoffa on December 10, 2011 at 5:33 PM

For this Canadian, November 2012 cannot come soon enough. It breaks my heart to see what this empty suit has done to your country.

Brian Mallard on December 10, 2011 at 5:38 PM

This polls are quite frightening. Are the saying that 41% of the people I encounter going hither and yon in the USA are zombies with empty skulls? Can’t someone invent some kind of detector or something? Does anyone know of an online site that sells voo-doo kits to keep them away? Frightening, I tells ya.

Horace on December 10, 2011 at 6:03 PM

A couple of comments.

First, the Presidency is not a merit-based system. You can be doing all the right things and still not get re-elected (refer to Gerald Ford). Or you can be doing a lousy job and still get re-elected (refer to Bill Clinton). In short, Barak Obama does not “deserve” re-election. Even if he were doing a decent job, his future employment is in the hands of the electorate.

Which leads us to my second point. We live in a representative democracy. The Electoral College matters. It isn’t reflected in popular polling but the fact of the matter is that not all votes are equal. Sure all those Californians, so liberal that trees hug them, are behind Obama but that is just one state permanently in the Dem column. Swing states are going to matter and Mr. Obama is going to have a much tougher go of it than what is reflected in popular polling. Here in Virginia (essentially a microcosm of the U.S.), I honestly think Obama would lose. That means he loses those electoral votes. Virginia alone will not topple the nation’s worst President but Virginia along with other states will amass enough electoral votes to counteract the Dems built in advantage of concentrations of idiots in NY, NJ, CA, MA, and IL.

Happy Nomad on December 10, 2011 at 6:18 PM

Why on earth would we give them a gift like Gringrich, who despite being arguably the most liberal Republican running, is nonetheless burdened with a reels of video of him taking all kinds of outlandish (and often contradictory) positions over the last few decades. This is why I think it’s so important that we nominate someone with a clean personal/ethical history and a record of strong, consistent campaigning.

bluegill on December 10, 2011 at 3:53 PM

You couldn’t give the liberals a better gift than Romney in the general election. Romney disarms the biggest weapon we have against Obama, which is Obamacare. Romney has zero credibility on this issue having given birth to Romneycare. Think hard…why else would the liberal media be going after every other Republican candidate as they surge in the polls? We are toast in 2012 if Romney is the nominee.

lighthearted on December 10, 2011 at 6:20 PM

Did you ever see the hilarious/excellent bit that Jimmy Fallon did, singing with Ladysmith Black Mambazo? Too bad I have yet to learn the linky thing… :)

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on December 10, 2011 at 2:54 PM

Sad to say I missed that. Be sure to keep an eye out for them next year, they will be going out with Paul Simon for the “Graceland” 25th anniversary tour. Actually this year was the 25th, but putting the tour together takes time!

Del Dolemonte on December 10, 2011 at 6:20 PM

It’s the 41% who think Obama DOES deserve reelection that scare me. Who ARE these people?

idalily on December 10, 2011 at 3:14 PM

Er, well I think he’s doing a fine job.

crr6 on August 10, 2011 at 6:15 PM

Del Dolemonte on December 10, 2011 at 6:22 PM

Meanwhile what is happening with the US troops that Obama sent to Uganda in October? They were supposed to branch out to deploy in South Sudan, the Central African Republic and Congo as well.

Mason on December 10, 2011 at 4:47 PM

There is no real place for the military in Africa. They can not accomplish anything in an environment still rife with tribal bias. Were I President, I would make Africa part of the State Department’s portfolio. We (America) need to approach Africa through diplomacy, not the military for many reasons.

Happy Nomad on December 10, 2011 at 6:27 PM

Speaking of CBS, I turned on the TV to watch Army-Navy play football and settled down to enjoy the game. It was great until I saw someone in the stands with a dopey grin that looked like Obama.
That’s because it was him!!!
It was a fantastic game even with Obama there strutting around.
I’m trying to resist the urge to change channels every time I see the guy. Go Navy!

bailey24 on December 10, 2011 at 6:28 PM

This doesnt mean anything…Obama will still win re-election.

1. Americans will not vote for a Mormom(Reason why Romney failed last time)
2. Newt’s will lose a lot of women vote including Republican women for they way he treated his previous wives. He is a dirty old man

liberal4life on December 10, 2011 at 6:43 PM

Chickens comin’ home to roooooost! Love it. Tough sh*t Soetoro.

BHO Jonestown on December 10, 2011 at 7:10 PM

Obama will win re-election

liberal4life on December 10, 2011 at 7:18 PM

Er, well I think he’s doing a fine job.

crr6 on August 10, 2011 at 6:15 PM

Del Dolemonte on December 10, 2011 at 6:22 PM

Don’t get mad! Get in their face!!!
Keep those wing nuts in their place!!!
Mmmm… Mmmm… Mmmmmmm….
Barack Hussein Obama.

Roy Rogers on December 10, 2011 at 7:23 PM

ROYYYYYYYYYYYY! Long time, partner.

BigAlSouth on December 10, 2011 at 8:34 PM

Sad to say I missed that. Be sure to keep an eye out for them next year, they will be going out with Paul Simon for the “Graceland” 25th anniversary tour. Actually this year was the 25th, but putting the tour together takes time!

Wowzers! Thank you, Del. Just went to see Paul Simon last month for my birthday. Can’t wait for that “Graceland” tour to come ’round to Texas. No matter what city, I’m THERE, dude. Cheers!

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on December 10, 2011 at 8:44 PM

He doesn’t deserve to be called American in my opinion. I think he would smile if we called him European or Chinese.

I’m not a birther btw, or a troofer.

Gatekeeper on December 10, 2011 at 8:45 PM

To stay out of jail sleazy Eric Holder and Zero need each other like Bill and Hill so don’t be surprised if little details like ballots won’t get in their way in a little less than a year. Solyndra and Fast and Furious were just practice.

viking01 on December 10, 2011 at 8:51 PM

This man and his administration are a complete incompetant group, if anyone is stupid enough to vote for them let them have at it, …. this is ridiculous — that is all

nchammer on December 10, 2011 at 10:04 PM

What bothers me though is – why does Obama keep winning in head to head matches against Romney and Gingrich? Will opposition to Obama solidify and reflect this displeasure we feel for him when there is a nominee? Geeez, I sure hope so.

Incredulous1 on December 11, 2011 at 1:49 AM

Happy Nomad: “We (America) need to approach Africa through diplomacy, not the military for many reasons.”

America needs to be solvent. Africa hasn’t got a thing to do with it.

David Blue on December 11, 2011 at 9:12 AM

Bluegill, there is no conservative I have talked to who thinks the 2012 election will be a cake walk. Every liberal/socialist group that has a stake in the continuation of government money and/or liberal/socialist policies such as: unions, environmental wacko and “green jobs” groups, welfare recipients and so on pick your liberal/socialist special interest group including the old lame street liberal media and they will all be out in force to push for Obama’s reelection. Nothing will be held back because their liberal/socialist world view and making sure this countries continues to march to socialism is a stake. Who ever the republican nominate better be ready, because the lies the liberals came up with about the Tea Party (they were called: racist, hate filled, a violent mob, a bunch of terrorist, they want to lynch all black people and so on), for the most part went unchallenged and even was embellished on by the state run liberal media. No evidence was ever supplied to support any liberal lies against the Tea Party yet, any negative thing that was said about them, was take as gospel truth by the liberal media and reported as fact. What the liberals attempted to do to the Tea Party will seem like child’s play compared to what they will attempt to do to who ever the republicans nominate. The liberals will have a very eager and compliant liberal media to spread their word (lies), because remember to the left, the ends justify any, and they do mean any, means possible.

Beastdogs on December 11, 2011 at 9:21 AM

Deserve? Does anyone ever “deserve” the presidency? What a sad, scary notion.

bifidis on December 11, 2011 at 9:38 AM

Er, well I think he’s doing a fine job.

crr6 on August 10, 2011 at 6:15 PM

Based on what?

Pest on December 11, 2011 at 11:36 AM

40% voted for Walter Mondale over Reagan in 1984. In 1980 41% voted for Jimmy Carter.

It’s not exactly unpredecented that 41% believe BO deserves to be re-elected.

JB-STLMO on December 11, 2011 at 12:40 PM

I’d like to put out the vote: who do you think is the most dangerous person in America? I’m voting for Obama! Anyone else??

Belleaire on December 11, 2011 at 2:52 PM

He certainly doesn’t deserve it, but he’ll get it, because this republican field is god awful. They cannot help but define themselves by either extravagant wealth, homophobia, christian fundamentalism, or corruption.

ernesto on December 11, 2011 at 3:01 PM

I do believe that Obama is the most dangerous person in America. He has the ability to damage every aspect of American life as we now know it. I pray we’re able to let him retire (with tons of pensions, of course) next year.

Belleaire on December 11, 2011 at 3:15 PM

It could be that the 41% are unaware of what Obama’s job actually is. If one wasn’t paying full attention, one might think he was a golfer or else one of those guys that works for the Travel Channel – Barack Obama, host of “See the world on 3 million dollars a day.”

Marxism is for dummies on December 10, 2011 at 3:44 PM

I’m leaning toward an explanation along these lines. While I do expect (nearly) the entire 41% could probably name Obama’s actual job, I’d bet a majority of them could not name the Speaker of the House, nor the Senate Majority Leader. I’d bet a majority of them could not name which party controls the House or the Senate, nor which parties controlled them when Obama was elected and during his first few terms of office. Let’s face it – a substantial percentage of Americans vote for president as if it were their high school homecoming king, or their weekly American Idol favorite. A few qualifying questions in the poll might lead to a more ‘informed’ result, but it wouldn’t be a result that would reflect the reality of how the election could go.

OneFreeMan on December 11, 2011 at 3:47 PM

I’m leaning toward an explanation along these lines. While I do expect (nearly) the entire 41% could probably name Obama’s actual job, I’d bet a majority of them could not name the Speaker of the House, nor the Senate Majority Leader. I’d bet a majority of them could not name which party controls the House or the Senate, nor which parties controlled them when Obama was elected and during his first few terms two years of office. Let’s face it – a substantial percentage of Americans vote for president as if it were their high school homecoming king, or their weekly American Idol favorite. A few qualifying questions in the poll might lead to a more ‘informed’ result, but it wouldn’t be a result that would reflect the reality of how the election could go.

OneFreeMan on December 11, 2011 at 3:47 PM

‘First few terms’ … yikes. Not sure where that came from.

OneFreeMan on December 11, 2011 at 3:49 PM

To those that are amazed that 41% think Obama is doing a good job, though I don’t know the internals of the poll, that number is probably too high due to Dems being oversampled which is the usual M.O. for organizations like CBS when conducting political opinion polls.

devolvingtowardsidiocracy on December 11, 2011 at 4:36 PM

Feel the title of this song played for Newt last week in SC is fitting. http://youtu.be/ndO97QlHV1k

joisSC on December 11, 2011 at 8:51 PM

It’s the 41% who think Obama DOES deserve reelection that scare me. Who ARE these people?

idalily on December 10, 2011 at 3:14 PM

First, this is a CBS poll and suspect because of that. Second, even if true, the fact that 41% say it doesn’t mean that 41% believe it. Remember, only racists oppose the black messiah. You don’t want to be a racist, do you?

Extrafishy on December 12, 2011 at 5:38 AM

Plus, this is a CBS poll, you say? In that case, factor in at least another 10% and make that 64% since they mainly sample Democrats.

jfs756 on December 12, 2011 at 11:29 AM

sample data, sample data, sample data. these posts that talk about polls & surveys need to always include the sample data at the TOP of the posting. ALWAYS

Shawn92101 on December 12, 2011 at 3:05 PM

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