Obama’s job approval ticks up a point in March, while poll shows he leads “swing independents”

posted at 3:06 pm on April 9, 2012 by Tina Korbe

Long ago, when I competed in pageants (and I think I’ve referenced this before), a coach told me shrewdly, “You don’t necessarily have to impress the judges. You just have to make them like you.” It’s sad, but true — and as sad and as true when applied to politics as to pageants. (Electoral politics, after all, has a kind of pageantry all its own.) If a judge likes a candidate, he’ll overlook a halting response to an interview question, a slight trip on the stage, an imperfectly fitted dress. Similarly, if voters like a politician, they’ll overlook unimpressive speeches, poor policies, blatant politicization of even the least political elements of our culture. The reverse is also true. If a judge dislikes a candidate, he won’t be impressed with clean execution in competition. If anything, a flawless performance will make him like her less, perceive her as “too perfect” and somehow not “all-American.” If voters dislike a politician, they won’t hand him an election on the basis of an impressive record and impeccable campaign trail performance.

The likability factor just might be Barack Obama’s trump card. Today offers two signs that Obama is as likable as ever.

Firstly, Obama’s approval rating ticked up a point in March, according to Gallup.

President Obama’s average monthly job approval rating has been inching up since last fall, rising from 41% in October to 45% in January, and reaching 46% in March. As his approval rating has expanded, and despite the variety of issues that have emerged at different times during his presidency, most of the demographic patterns of support for Obama seen at the outset of his presidency remain fixed. Groups that are above average in support for the president have stayed at roughly the same level above his overall approval rating from month to month, and those below average have also stayed roughly the same distance below his overall rating.

Secondly, a new poll by Global Strategy Group for Third Way shows that swing independents in 12 key states consider themselves closer ideologically to Mitt Romney than Obama — but still like Obama better. Politico reports:

Obama won 57 percent of this group in 2008. In this poll, which took place in mid-March, he led Romney 44 percent to 38 percent.

Yet when asked to assign a number on a scale of one to nine (one being liberal, nine being conservative and five being moderate), the swing independents put themselves at an average of 5.2 — slightly right of center — ranking Romney at 6.1 and Obama at 3.9.

“There’s definitely some good news for Obama. It’s not shocking to any of us that he’s very likable … Romney’s ideology is much closer to where they see themselves, but the likability factor isn’t there for him,” said Lanae Erickson, the deputy director of Third Way’s social policy and politics program, who has written a 12-page memo on the results.

It’s a bit of a mystery as to why Barack Obama appeals so strongly to so many voters on a personal level. He’s a Harvard-educated, Chicago-honed, aloof politician. He’s not so different in those respects than the Harvard-educated, Boston-honed, aloof Mitt Romney.

It’s hard to gauge how politicians acquire fixed descriptors. The “likable” Obama and the “distant” Mitt Romney are caricatures of both men. Obama is often condescending and insulting, Romney often self-deprecating and awkwardly endearing. The key, I think, is for conservatives and Republicans to stop disparaging Mitt Romney as unable to connect with the average American. He’s far above average in every respect, it’s true — but he has a respect for hardworking Americans that Obama often seems to lack and he has far more leadership experience in both the private and public sector than Barack Obama did when he became president. At this point, we have to be willing to say it: We like Mitt Romney.


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That said Cheney not only lied to Americans about WMD, he went against what this country stands for which is WE DO NOT TORTURE.

I spit on him.

Uppereastside on April 9, 2012 at 4:26 PM

It’s a good thing torture never helped this country.

Except for, y’know, getting OBL. But that was small potatoes.

Good Solid B-Plus on April 9, 2012 at 4:46 PM

he’s a really likable guy with a great smile and beautiful family. it’s hard not to like him unless of course u are predisposed to not like black people

DBear on April 9, 2012 at 3:48 PM

Actually i find Obama arrogant, petulant, extremely partisan and not likable at all. I find his wife to be unnatractive to the point of resembling Patrick Ewing.
On the other hand, I find Alan West to be a good looking and very likable guy who speaks the straight truth and he is from the same race as tyhe guy I dont like.
Go figure?

ObamatheMessiah on April 9, 2012 at 4:46 PM

what this country stands for which is WE DO NOT TORTURE.

Uppereastside on April 9, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Aww. It’s precious that you believe that. We’ve been disappearing people to other countries specifically to preserve this little bit of fiction for 50 years.

alwaysfiredup on April 9, 2012 at 4:47 PM

His wife admits she Hated America until he ran for pResident.

Del Dolemonte on April 9, 2012 at 4:02 PM

LIAR

Uppereastside on April 9, 2012 at 4:28 PM

My, My! Aren’t we Testy today!

Michelle in her own words…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LYY73RO_egw

Del Dolemonte on April 9, 2012 at 4:47 PM

When did going to Harvard become a bad thing? Is the inverse true? Would you be impressed and excited to vote for a HS dropout? How uneducated does a person have to be before you like them?
Do you hold it against your doctor that s/he went to med school?

tmchugh on April 9, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Yeah. The GOP is so anti-education, they’re about to nominate a guy who has both a JD and an MBA from Harvard. What’s wrong with them?!?!

Good Solid B-Plus on April 9, 2012 at 4:48 PM

As for the “torture” hogwash, O’bama himself used the intel generated by the “Cheney Waterboarding” to take out bin Laden.

Hahahahahaha. You owe my place of work a new keyboard.

Uppereastside on April 9, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Aww. It’s precious that you believe that. We’ve been disappearing people to other countries specifically to preserve this little bit of fiction for 50 years.

alwaysfiredup on April 9, 2012 at 4:47 PM

We have to keep up the illusion of high minded idealism, otherwise the glue-sniffers at The Hague will be mean to us!

Good Solid B-Plus on April 9, 2012 at 4:49 PM

My bad! Some of us have jobs you know. We don’t spend all day posting extremist and hateful vitriolic comments online.

That said Cheney not only lied to Americans about WMD, he went against what this country stands for which is WE DO NOT TORTURE.
I spit on him.

Uppereastside on April 9, 2012 at 4:26 PM

..ummm, you seem to be particularly busy on HG today. Boss out?

Also, Del asked you to provide proof for your assertions. Doubling down on unreferenced statements does not, insofar as I can see, constitute verification.

Also, ya gotta do something about that nasty expectoration habit. It’s unseemly.

The War Planner on April 9, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Oh gee. Romney isn’t getting the independents? But he told us he would. That’s why ejecting all conservatives and Christians was such a good primary strategy.

Slash and burn and I’ll be the most electable…looks like people still don’t like bullies. Especially rich bullies who spend their money destroying other people.

Portia46 on April 9, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Why do far right conservatives like to blame everyone else for their failures?

Uppereastside on April 9, 2012 at 4:41 PM

Like O’bama is Blaming Bush for his own failures as pResident?

Sorry, but you make it too easy.

BTW, Hillary Clinton blamed her husband’s serial sex addiction on his mother and grandmother.

Del Dolemonte on April 9, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Good Solid B-Plus on April 9, 2012 at 4:49 PM

It’s like how “no one dies at Disney World!” because the paramedics have to carry them off-property in order to pronounce death.

alwaysfiredup on April 9, 2012 at 4:50 PM

I can never figure out this so called ‘likability factor’ of Obama. Since he first came on the scene I have never found anything to be likable about him.

Dasher on April 9, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Nope, took some time to think about it. Still don’t like him. 0 is done! 2012!

Bmore on April 9, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Oh gee. Romney isn’t getting the independents? But he told us he would. That’s why ejecting all conservatives and Christians was such a good primary strategy.

Slash and burn and I’ll be the most electable…looks like people still don’t like bullies. Especially rich bullies who spend their money destroying other people.

Portia46 on April 9, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Word.

alwaysfiredup on April 9, 2012 at 4:51 PM

That said Cheney not only lied to Americans about WMD, he went against what this country stands for which is WE DO NOT TORTURE.
I spit on him.

Uppereastside on April 9, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Maybe your man crush on Cheney is misdirected.

http://acsa.net/demsay.htm

He’s one persuasive guy, isn’t he?

or did he get a little help from his “friends”?
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/41609536/ns/world_news-mideast_n_africa/t/curveball-i-lied-about-wmd-hasten-iraq-war/#.T4NKL9n28YI

and BTW… I can promise you that you don’t know the first thing about torture.

VietVet_Dave on April 9, 2012 at 4:52 PM

Hahahahahaha. You owe my place of work a new keyboard.

Uppereastside on April 9, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Crucial information about the trusted courier who owned the compound came years ago from CIA interrogations of 9-11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohamed, the official said. This is significant, because the Al Qaeda mastermind was subject to waterboarding and other brutal interrogation methods.

Sorry, champ. Looks like you’re on the hook for that new keyboard.

By the way, that quote comes from an article at the super-duper-uber right wing…L.A. Times.

Good Solid B-Plus on April 9, 2012 at 4:52 PM

As for the “torture” hogwash, O’bama himself used the intel generated by the “Cheney Waterboarding” to take out bin Laden.

Hahahahahaha. You owe my place of work a new keyboard.

Uppereastside on April 9, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Prove my statement incorrect.

Del Dolemonte on April 9, 2012 at 4:52 PM

It’s like how “no one dies at Disney World!” because the paramedics have to carry them off-property in order to pronounce death.

alwaysfiredup on April 9, 2012 at 4:50 PM

..is this true. Not doubting you; just would love to confirm such a delicious tidbit.

The War Planner on April 9, 2012 at 4:52 PM

It’s a good thing torture never helped this country.

Except for, y’know, getting OBL. But that was small potatoes.

Good Solid B-Plus on April 9, 2012 at 4:46 PM

The other guy already owes my place of work a new keyboard for this joke.

Uppereastside on April 9, 2012 at 4:53 PM

The other guy already owes my place of work a new keyboard for this joke.

Uppereastside on April 9, 2012 at 4:53 PM

The truth just called. It wants to know why you never tell it.

Good Solid B-Plus on April 9, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Are you racist if you don’t find Obama “likeable?” No. But that probably means that you are someone who judges an individual based upon their political leanings as much as you do on their interpersonal interactions. I do not know Barack Obama. His PR team has done an effective job of crafting a “likeable” public persona that seems to be based in some basic personality traits; affable, sense of humor, self deprecation (even if that hides a massive ego) and above average looks, plus gorgeous wife and kids. That Malia is about to be a model, Rush Limbaugh won’t be calling her a dog anytime soon.

libfreeordie on April 9, 2012 at 4:55 PM

No worries … the GOP establishment have nominated the ULTIMATE independent voter net! WILLARD MCDOLE!!

HondaV65 on April 9, 2012 at 4:56 PM

he’s a really likable guy with a great smile and beautiful family. it’s hard not to like him unless of course u are predisposed to not like black people

DBear on April 9, 2012 at 3:48 PM

Did you really say that? Obama is the most corrupt politician I can remember in my lifetime, and I knew Daniel Flood and John Dent and Lyndon Johnson. He is trying to take over this country by fiat and he presents himself with a personality disorder and a very dangerous one for any person in a position of power. He’s a nasty little number who is both bully and coward. He has no grace whatsoever and if you’re in the same room with him, take the seat with your back to the wall.

Portia46 on April 9, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Good Solid B-Plus on April 9, 2012 at 4:46 PM

The other guy already owes my place of work a new keyboard for this joke.

Uppereastside on April 9, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Good luck with that. We’re still waiting for you to offer credible proof Cheney broke any laws.

PS: Please define “torture” for us.

And just for the heck of it, also define “Judicial Activism”.

Del Dolemonte on April 9, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Oh gee. Romney isn’t getting the independents? But he told us he would. That’s why ejecting all conservatives and Christians was such a good primary strategy.

Slash and burn and I’ll be the most electable…looks like people still don’t like bullies. Especially rich bullies who spend their money destroying other people.

Portia46 on April 9, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Couldn’t agree with you more.

Uppereastside on April 9, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Actually, ALL the results show is that if undecided “swing independents” are pushed hard for a choice, they come down 44-38 Obama over Romney. But that doesn’t mean what they think it means.

Obama is a thoroughly known quantity. His name recognition is as close to 100% as you can get. People are NOT going to change their minds about him.

Likable or not now, he won 57% of this demographic in 2008, and tops out at 44% now, before Romney even starts on him in earnest. His support has clearly withered.

Adjoran on April 9, 2012 at 4:59 PM

Too early to worry.
Mittens hasn’t had the opportunity to take the gloves off and wet kiss the swingers.

chickasaw42 on April 9, 2012 at 5:00 PM

..is this true. Not doubting you; just would love to confirm such a delicious tidbit.

The War Planner on April 9, 2012 at 4:52 PM

Anecdote from a bus driver when I last visited, 14 years ago. It has truthiness so I go with it.

alwaysfiredup on April 9, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Del Dolemonte on April 9, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Waterboarding = Torture

USA= WE DO NOT TOTURE

Cheney= Traitor. I give him a capital F

Bush= Nice and well intentioned. Unfortunately he surrounded himself with some neocon extremist. I give him a C+.

Uppereastside on April 9, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Adjoran on April 9, 2012 at 4:59 PM

It could easily revive. People still want to like him. No one seems to be warming to Romney. He’s only “awkwardly endearing” to people who want to like him. To the rest of us he’s awkward and off-putting.

alwaysfiredup on April 9, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Are you racist if you don’t find Obama “likeable?” No. But that probably means that you are someone who judges an individual based upon their political leanings as much as you do on their interpersonal interactions.

I find Joe Biden to be perfectly likable. I thought Clinton was likable, though a bit slimy. People like Schumer and Weiner are eminently hate-able. I find Obama, in times when he seems to be genuine, incredibly narrow-minded and condescending. I found Dubya very likable, his father less so.

plus gorgeous wife
libfreeordie on April 9, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Sorry, not buying the media push to make MO the new Jackie-O. She’s average looking.

Good Solid B-Plus on April 9, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Are you racist if you don’t find Obama “likeable?” No. But that probably means that you are someone who judges an individual based upon their political leanings… blah, blah, blah

libfreeordie on April 9, 2012 at 4:55 PM

You know you’re a liberal if:

1. Your opening argument is race, race, race.
2. You redirect the topic to something inane (his looks? Seriously?)
3. The family is always included (leave ‘em out)
4. You have to reference a disconnected “you/your side said” statement.

That Malia is about to be a model

Again, seriously? You’ve just brought your own morals into question.

VietVet_Dave on April 9, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Waterboarding = Torture

USA= WE DO NOT TOTURE

Cheney= Traitor. I give him a capital F

Bush= Nice and well intentioned. Unfortunately he surrounded himself with some neocon extremist. I give him a C+.

Uppereastside on April 9, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Womp Womp.

Good Solid B-Plus on April 9, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Anecdote from a bus driver when I last visited, 14 years ago. It has truthiness so I go with it.

alwaysfiredup on April 9, 2012 at 5:01 PM

..not doubting you. I would not put it past the Disney folks to enforce this technicality.

The War Planner on April 9, 2012 at 5:05 PM

The habitual lying is why I dislike Obama as a person just as much as I dislike his policies.

forest on April 9, 2012 at 5:07 PM

Barack Obama is likable.

So is Don King. Don King has the gift of making people feel welcome and appreciated while he’s robbing them.

Barack Obama is doing for America what Don King did for boxing. He’s running it into the ground.

The trillions of dollars of debt mount up, and what good will Barack Obama’s smile be when the bills come due?

David Blue on April 9, 2012 at 5:10 PM

Del Dolemonte on April 9, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Waterboarding = Torture

USA= WE DO NOT TOTURE

Cheney= Traitor. I give him a capital F

Bush= Nice and well intentioned. Unfortunately he surrounded himself with some neocon extremist. I give him a C+.

Uppereastside on April 9, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Translated: “I still can’t answer Del’s question”.

And since you’re afraid to define “torture” for us, how about defining “traitor”?

As for Bush, I never asked about him. But some friendly advice: lose the “N” word; it’s so 9/10.

Del Dolemonte on April 9, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Translated: “I still can’t answer Del’s question”.

And since you’re afraid to define “torture” for us, how about defining “traitor”?

As for Bush, I never asked about him. But some friendly advice: lose the “N” word; it’s so 9/10.

Del Dolemonte on April 9, 2012 at 5:14 PM

My nephew graduates from combat weather school at the end of the month. Then he is off to get tortured at SERE.

tom daschle concerned on April 9, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Sorry, not buying the media push to make MO the new Jackie-O. She’s average looking.

Good Solid B-Plus on April 9, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Agree, but then Jackie was not much to look at either.

slickwillie2001 on April 9, 2012 at 5:29 PM

I spit on career politician traitors who send them to meaningless wars.

Uppereastside on April 9, 2012 at 4:44 PM

Like Libya? Yugoslavia? Or do you mean Iraq, as when Clinton invaded them daily, enforcing no fly zones?

Focus boy, focus!

MNHawk on April 9, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Well they told us to shut up and vote Romney…

social-justice on April 9, 2012 at 3:24 PM

No, the message was grow up. Period.

cicerone on April 9, 2012 at 3:36 PM

And you don’t see why telling an adult to “grow up” and vote for your man is much more insulting than telling someone to “shut up” and vote for him? You really do not see how calling anyone who disagrees with you stupid or moron or sub-human might be a tad off-putting?

Please don’t wonder why those folks who started with an ABO attitude are now deciding whether to sit this election out. Mitt’s mafia have done immeasurable harm.

Portia46 on April 9, 2012 at 5:34 PM

I haven’t read all the comments, so how many times has the “polls this far out are meaningless” line been trotted out so far?

He’s childish, mean-spirited, condescending, and just plain nasty . . . how can anyone “like him as a person”? Mind-boggling.

Fuzzy on April 9, 2012 at 3:15 PM

You just described most of the Romney supporters at this site.

ddrintn on April 9, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Sorry, not buying the media push to make MO the new Jackie-O. She’s average looking.

Good Solid B-Plus on April 9, 2012 at 5:03 PM

I don’t think it’s looks. It’s taste. Did you see that get-up MO wore to get slimed in? She rescued a top from Michael Jackson and then had someone paint on a pair of silver pants. I was rather embarrassed for her. Jackie O dressed like Nancy R. Dignity and class and most of all, taste. No six year old ruffled blouses; no coats made from the drapes at the Holiday Inn; no ball gown with Kleenex accents; no gun belts; no figure hugging knit dresses in day-glow colors….

Portia46 on April 9, 2012 at 5:41 PM

I spit on career politician traitors who send them to meaningless wars.

Uppereastside on April 9, 2012 at 4:44 PM

Does that include Obama’s drone war?

CW on April 9, 2012 at 5:45 PM

You just described most of the Romney supporters at this site.

ddrintn on April 9, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Poor Nista .Still soooo angry.

CW on April 9, 2012 at 5:46 PM

a new poll by Global Strategy Group for Third Way shows…

Well, that is funny. A liberal polling firm doing a poll for a liberal advocacy group gives a wet kiss to Obama.

We’ll be seeing these polls ad nauseum right up until the November election.

jaime on April 9, 2012 at 5:56 PM

You just described most of the Romney supporters at this site.

ddrintn on April 9, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Poor Nista .Still soooo angry.

CW on April 9, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Exhibit A.

ddrintn on April 9, 2012 at 5:57 PM

He’s only “awkwardly endearing” to people who want to like him. To the rest of us he’s awkward and off-putting.

alwaysfiredup on April 9, 2012 at 5:02 PM

I don’t think even Mittbots actually like Romney. They just like sticking it to TrueCons and/or Palinistas and/or socons and/or others they despise.

ddrintn on April 9, 2012 at 6:02 PM

Obama is a thoroughly known quantity. His name recognition is as close to 100% as you can get. People are NOT going to change their minds about him.

Likable or not now, he won 57% of this demographic in 2008, and tops out at 44% now, before Romney even starts on him in earnest. His support has clearly withered.

Adjoran on April 9, 2012 at 4:59 PM

The problem is that Romney’s not an unknown quantity either, and the more people see of him the less they like him.

ddrintn on April 9, 2012 at 6:06 PM

BTW, Hillary Clinton blamed her husband’s serial sex addiction on his mother and grandmother.

Del Dolemonte on April 9, 2012 at 4:50 PM

…Ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww! What did he do with the cigars?

KOOLAID2 on April 9, 2012 at 6:07 PM

I spit

Uppereastside on April 9, 2012 at 4:44 PM

….you spit alot! You wear a bib too?

KOOLAID2 on April 9, 2012 at 6:09 PM

I don’t think it’s looks. It’s taste. Did you see that get-up MO wore to get slimed in? She rescued a top from Michael Jackson and then had someone paint on a pair of silver pants. I was rather embarrassed for her. Jackie O dressed like Nancy R. Dignity and class and most of all, taste. No six year old ruffled blouses; no coats made from the drapes at the Holiday Inn; no ball gown with Kleenex accents; no gun belts; no figure hugging knit dresses in day-glow colors….

Portia46 on April 9, 2012 at 5:41 PM

movin’ on up is Hard!

screwauger on April 9, 2012 at 6:40 PM

This picture has to be photoshopped. No one could look this ridiculous without help.

lonestar1 on April 9, 2012 at 6:41 PM

I don’t think even Mittbots actually like Romney. They just like sticking it to TrueCons and/or Palinistas and/or socons and/or others they despise.

ddrintn on April 9, 2012 at 6:02 PM

+1

Right Mover on April 9, 2012 at 6:42 PM

You know, I hear my elders perfected spitting in the early 70′s, when servicemen came back from overseas. Reliving your glory days, grandpa?

MNHawk on April 9, 2012 at 4:35 PM

To be fair, uppereastside was referring to Dick Cheney, so why bring servicemen into it? Dick Cheney shouldn’t be mentioned in the same breath as those who actually served. He applied for and received five draft deferrals. Per his own words: “I had other priorities in the ’60s than military service.”

zarathustra on April 9, 2012 at 6:56 PM

Samples? Any poll showing Zero this high is fake. I just don’t buy it.

He has a core of 0Z0mbies and and a few dopes, but not much else.

dogsoldier on April 9, 2012 at 7:04 PM

The actual campaign is about to start now that Santorum and Gingrich are fading away.
Obama is a big bulls eye target for Pubbie and conservative political ads

These polls mean zip as if they could ever mean anything at all..

TexasJew on April 9, 2012 at 7:12 PM

There is only one poll that counts and it will take place on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.

DDay on April 9, 2012 at 7:35 PM

Samples? Any poll showing Zero this high is fake. I just don’t buy it.
He has a core of 0Z0mbies and and a few dopes, but not much else.
dogsoldier on April 9, 2012 at 7:04 PM

So many idiots out here DogSoldier. Do not underestimate the number of persons that take their marching orders from the MSM. Our only chance is if blue collar working males come out in record numbers.

FireBlogger on April 9, 2012 at 7:43 PM

It’s not likability, it’s a lack of vetting. The news covers what he says at face value, rather than the fact that he just churned out blatant lie. We are still nowhere close to having him vetted in any meaningful way by the mainstream media, and unfortunately, most people don’t hit the web to investigate further. Obama knows that and banks on it every single day. Add in unions, voter fraud, and the fact that parasites vote.

DanaLynn on April 9, 2012 at 7:53 PM

Wait, which one is Malia? If it’s the older daughter there is no way they would let anyone who has a mustache and bad posture be a model. Now if you’re talking about the chubby cute one, in a few years she will be very pretty, she has a very pretty face. The older one, not so much.

I would never ever use the word gorgeous and Michelle in the same sentence. It’s amazing that in every picture taken of her they airbrush out the lazy eye, every time.

I also don’t think Obama is all that good looking, it’s not like he looks like Denzel or the really cute dude from Criminal Minds? What are you people smoking.

jaimo on April 9, 2012 at 8:32 PM

I hope this man makes “Exceptions” out of all previous polling data. None of his policies have ever been liked or respected above 42%, yet 50% of Americans find him likeable.

I keep hoping Americans aren’t stupid enough to re-elect someone they know is wrong but they want to feel good about.

Personally, if I found Barry Obama at my used car lot, I would buy from anyone before him. I would buy from the most inexperienced salesperson, Craigslist, the classifieds or a friend of a friend of a guy who works on cars before I would trust anything this man tried to sell me. He is a pathetic liar who uses debate tactics any high schooler could defeat.

People who like him because he is a nice black guy dishonor the millions of minorities who are likeable and admirable for their own strength of character or personality.

rwenger43 on April 9, 2012 at 9:01 PM

It’s not likability, it’s a lack of vetting. The news covers what he says at face value, rather than the fact that he just churned out blatant lie. We are still nowhere close to having him vetted in any meaningful way by the mainstream media, and unfortunately, most people don’t hit the web to investigate further. Obama knows that and banks on it every single day. Add in unions, voter fraud, and the fact that parasites vote.

DanaLynn on April 9, 2012 at 7:53 PM

And the GOP’s answer is: nominate someone bland and non-controversial so that the election becomes a referendum on Obama.

INSANE.

ddrintn on April 9, 2012 at 9:38 PM

Actually i find Obama arrogant, petulant, extremely partisan and not likable at all. I find his wife to be unnatractive to the point of resembling Patrick Ewing.
On the other hand, I find Alan West to be a good looking and very likable guy who speaks the straight truth and he is from the same race as tyhe guy I dont like.
Go figure?

ObamatheMessiah on April 9, 2012 at 4:46 PM

LOL!

ghostwriter on April 9, 2012 at 10:40 PM

It’s not likability, it’s a lack of vetting. The news covers what he says at face value, rather than the fact that he just churned out blatant lie. We are still nowhere close to having him vetted in any meaningful way by the mainstream media, and unfortunately, most people don’t hit the web to investigate further. Obama knows that and banks on it every single day. Add in unions, voter fraud, and the fact that parasites vote.

DanaLynn on April 9, 2012 at 7:53 PM

They want to like him, because they don’t want to admit that this whole thing about electing the first black president was a miserable failure. But this sentiment won’t save him forever. Come next November, in the solitude of the voting booth, people will vote him out. The only thing that can save Obama now is… the Reupublican Party.

ghostwriter on April 9, 2012 at 10:44 PM

I don’t get this like ability of Obama poll. I find the man contemptible!

MCGIRV on April 9, 2012 at 11:02 PM

Actually i find Obama arrogant, petulant, extremely partisan and not likable at all. I find his wife to be unnatractive to the point of resembling Patrick Ewing.

Very unfair to Mr. Ewing.

Basilsbest on April 9, 2012 at 11:16 PM

Del Dolemonte on April 9, 2012 at 5:14 PM

My nephew graduates from combat weather school at the end of the month. Then he is off to get tortured at SERE.

tom daschle concerned on April 9, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Combat Weather School, eh? Good for him.

Weather’s tough to “book learn”, but you absolutely have to do it.

Del Dolemonte on April 9, 2012 at 11:37 PM

Mitt Romney is not likeable. I’ve said it all primary season, while FOX, Hot Gas and others were shilling for him; he will lose. He comes across as an elitist, and by the evidence, he is one. He is smart at business, but he sucks at politics. Further, he’s unprincipled.

the only reason BHO is ‘likeable’ is because the GOP and the ‘conservative’ wing of the mainstream media (from FOX to hotair.com) hasn’t done its job. Everyone’s scared criticize the black guy.

We conservatives have been outplayed for a long time. The results show it. But for some reason, instead of accepting it and adapting, the mouthpieces of our side prop up the losers on our side (everyone from Rubio to Romney), and point to insignificant little nothings and say ‘see, look what we’ve accomplished!’ And God forbid we speak or act against the Republican party. No, we fall into line like good little sheep.

Incompetence. Apathy. Laziness. A loser’s mindset. Compliance. Stupidity. Selfishness.

Take your pick. All of them describe some portion of the American conservative movement.

And it’s destroying our once-great nation.

avgjo on April 10, 2012 at 4:27 AM

That said Cheney not only lied to Americans about WMD, he went against what this country stands for which is WE DO NOT TORTURE.

I spit on him.

Uppereastside on April 9, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Then I guess you’d spit on Bill, Hillary, Jon Fraud Kerry, Ted Kennedy, etc. They all stated that Saddam had WMDs.

Bevan on April 10, 2012 at 8:16 AM

Uppereastside on April 9, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Then I guess you’d spit on Bill, Hillary, Jon Fraud Kerry, Ted Kennedy, etc. They all stated that Saddam had WMDs.

Bevan on April 10, 2012 at 8:16 AM

It only gets better with age!

Al Gore on Iraq, Terrorism, and WMD

Roy Rogers on April 10, 2012 at 8:47 AM

Incompetence. Apathy. Laziness. A loser’s mindset. Compliance. Stupidity. Selfishness.

Take your pick. All of them describe some portion of the American conservative movement.

And it’s destroying our once-great nation.

avgjo on April 10, 2012 at 4:27 AM

Yep, I can’t help but agree with you 100%.

Especially the part about the conservative movement being stupid and selfish.

We watched as conservative candidates that could have given Obama a proper run for his money – Palin and Perry – were torn into shreds and declared to be “unelectable”.

I will never forgive bloggers like Michelle Malkin for going ballistic on Perry for his ‘Gardasil’ stance while giving Romney and Santorum a pass on their love for big government and less than stellar conservative credentials.

Social conservatives that gave us McCain the last time by propping up the big government Huckabee repeated it this primary season by propping up Santorum. How did that work out?

I hope they all enjoy Obama’s second term.

TheRightMan on April 10, 2012 at 10:36 AM

Likeable?? I find that Obama uses a carefully contrived and artful “warmth” in which he flashes that big Denzel Washington “quick smile” that never reaches his eyes…he looks to me like he’s studied the mannerisms of both Denzel and Morgan Freeman, with the cadence of King, as a way to score pathos with his audiences, and to convey an empathy and emotion he doesn’t feel.

EasyEight on April 10, 2012 at 10:47 AM

@therightman

Well, you know, I’m a social conservative, but I supported neither Huckabee nor Santorum.

One thing that frustrates me beyond words about social conservatives is their ‘all or nothing’ stance on everything.

They seem to think they have to get 100% of what they want in one fell swoop. Take abortion. If America took the 10th amendment approach to abortion, millions of lives would be saved overnight. We could then focus our efforts on the remaining places through various means. This mindset leads them to support people like Santorum and Huckabee, who will never win in the current climate. Perry or even Gingrich would have been a winning choice, and both men give almost everything a social conservative could want in terms of their records. But no, that’s not good enough for the saintly ones. As a southern evangelical Christian conservative myself, I can tell you that I’m really starting to think the stereotypes about southern Christian conservatives being the least intelligent voters is true, based on their behavior in these things.

The libs will take 25% of what they want today, with the intent of getting every last bit of the remaining 75% at some point in the future. But that requires focus, patience and a work ethic, something the ‘smart kids’ and ‘players’ on our side don’t have.

Over and out.

avgjo on April 10, 2012 at 1:09 PM

sorry, that sentence should have read

‘…the stereotypes about Christian conservatives…’

I still had the modifier ‘southern’ in my mind about myself. Iowa helping keep that idiot Santorum in is proof enough the problem is not limited to the south.

avgjo on April 10, 2012 at 1:12 PM

So far Obama’s class warfare which has expanded to race warfare (taking sides in the Trayvon Martin incident) to galvanize his 100% constituency and inflammatory rhetoric to garner the women’s vote in sex warfare is working. No socialist (or communist) can survive long without attacking the “bourgeoisie” class-i.e. those responsible for producing all the nation’s goods and services.

And, you may have noticed, in his racial warfare gambit he has called forth the running dogs of hate and mayhem-Al Sharpton,Jesse Jackson, the New Black Panthers and, now, Jeremiah Wright. Did you hear the callers on a black radio station (on Hannity) hurling racial epithets?-”honky” “cracker” “pink people” “white trash”-referring to a case where an HISPANIC (not a white) was involved with a black and the so-far slim evidence tends to favor the Hispanic.

This racial warfare strategy will also help solidify the “guilt haunted” white independents who are not only cowards but would rather crawl 17 miles over broken glass than be called RACIST for not voting for Obama.

MaiDee on April 10, 2012 at 2:40 PM

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