Gallup: Obama likeability declining, trailing by 9 on economy

posted at 2:21 pm on August 24, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

So how has Team Obama’s blitz of negative personal attacks against Mitt Romney fared?  According to a three-month poll series on personal qualities by Gallup, the campaign strategy and $120 million ad outlay since May have definitely damaged likeability … for Obama.  His likeability edge has dropped by nine points over that period, and he’s still nine points below Romney on the economy — and worse on the budget:

As the two-week period of back-to-back presidential nominating conventions gets underway next Monday, an Aug. 20-22 USA Today/Gallup poll underscores the strengths and weaknesses of each of the two candidates at this point in the campaign. Barack Obama retains a significant edge over Mitt Romney on personal dimensions, particularly in terms of his “likability,” while Americans still believe Romney is better able to handle the economy. …

Gallup has measured the “likability” gap between Obama and Romney three times since May, and Obama’s edge has narrowed during that time.

Additionally, Romney has gained on Obama in being perceived as “a strong and decisive leader,” reducing Obama’s lead on this dimension from 17 points when it was included in Gallup Daily tracking in May to five points today.

Obama still leads Romney on most of the personal-quality questions, but those leads have shrunk during the summer.  Most importantly, on the two issues of most import to voters — as found by Gallup in July — Romney has significant leads over Obama.  On the economy, voters trust Romney more than Obama by a nine-point margin, 52/43.  On the federal budget deficit, Romney leads by 15 points, 54/39.  Those two issues came in first and third in July, with the second-place issue of corruption not polled for today’s release.

Obama does have significant leads on other issues and qualities, such as “decisive leadership,” although as Gallup notes above that has dropped 12 points during the negative-ad blitz, too.  Obama leads on foreign policy, energy, and Medicare by double digits, but only the latter will be an issue for voters in this election, mainly due to the addition of Paul Ryan.  The 12-point lead there looks fragile in light of other polling, which Allahpundit noted last night.  And except for “Is likable” (54%) and “Cares about the needs of people like you” (52%), Obama scores only in the 40s on the qualities questions against Romney.

Don’t underestimate the power of likeability, but don’t overestimate it, either.  Despite having almost four months to demonize and disqualify Romney, Obama has only undercut voter perception of the only strengths he had coming into the general election without doing any significant damage at all to his opponent.  With the funding advantage reversed for the general election, Obama now has to reap the whirlwind of the negativity he unleashed.


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Obama was never likeable. Only fools believe otherwise.

Obama is a passive-aggressive narcissistic degenerate.

He only likes himself and fools all others.

Schadenfreude on August 24, 2012 at 2:23 PM

*sound of loud vehicle backfire*

The War Planner on August 24, 2012 at 2:24 PM

A likeable person doesn’t need 70% of fake followers out of 19 million twitteridiots-for-Obama.

Schadenfreude on August 24, 2012 at 2:24 PM

Know what might help Obama’s likability? Telling Cardinal Dolan to go pound sand. Fighting with clergy always helps.

forest on August 24, 2012 at 2:25 PM

Drip……drip…….drip.

Breaking News out of Chicago, The Obama campaign has said that Mitt singlehandedly caused the AIDS virus.

anchorman on August 24, 2012 at 2:25 PM

*sound of loud vehicle backfire*

The War Planner on August 24, 2012 at 2:24 PM

Cheers!

Schadenfreude on August 24, 2012 at 2:25 PM

Gallup: Obama likeability declining

Well, after you factor in the people who are too timid to tell the pollsters what they really think, it’s probably a lot worse for BHO.

petefrt on August 24, 2012 at 2:25 PM

Looks like the mud is sticking, but only to the person throwing it.

Meric1837 on August 24, 2012 at 2:26 PM

That Obama is not mocked 24 hours of every day is proof of national degeneracy.

Schadenfreude on August 24, 2012 at 2:26 PM

Yes, but abortion!!1!11ty

lorien1973 on August 24, 2012 at 2:27 PM

That Obama is not mocked 24 hours of every day is proof of national degeneracy.

Schadenfreude on August 24, 2012 at 2:26 PM

..en fuego, mi amigo, en fuego.

The War Planner on August 24, 2012 at 2:27 PM

WHO thinks Obama is a “strong and decisive leader”?
Where are these people and who are they?

I don’t think leader means what they think it means.

B Man on August 24, 2012 at 2:28 PM

That Obama is not mocked 24 hours of every day is proof of national degeneracy.

Schadenfreude on August 24, 2012 at 2:26 PM

Your post is painfully true..unfortunately….

ToddPA on August 24, 2012 at 2:28 PM

Public executions IRS raids will continue until Obama’s likeability improves.

Archivarix on August 24, 2012 at 2:28 PM

In my considered opinion, Obama has always been an effete dilettante. He is a narcissist of the first order and riddled with hubris and unbridled arrogance. He has proven himself willing to use the most scurrilous and nefarious tactics to achieve his goals. How any could call him ‘likable’ is beyond me.

thatsafactjack on August 24, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Yup, but he’s ahead on the culture issues–the tainted ones that far too many voters like him for.

Don L on August 24, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Totally O/T but quite a great takedown on Gawker’s attempt to undermine Romney and Bain via the Caymans:
http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/314853/gawker-and-bain-and-caymans-kevin-d-williamson

It’s a great pot-meet-kettle expose.

onlineanalyst on August 24, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Yeah, but Mitt made a birth certificate joke. Now everyone will hate him.

/

Doughboy on August 24, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Further ‘proof’ of America’s inherent and hidden racism.

Pffft!

Liam on August 24, 2012 at 2:30 PM

There are still nine weeks to go with plenty of progressive dirty tricks and distractions to come, plus the possibility of Republican mis-steps.

Let’s not start slapping each others’ backs just yet. Beating obama will not be easy.

MidniteRambler on August 24, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Breaking News out of Chicago, The Obama campaign has said that Mitt singlehandedly caused the AIDS virus.

anchorman on August 24, 2012 at 2:25 PM

Paul Ryan created cancer in his spare time because he had nothing better to do.

B Man on August 24, 2012 at 2:31 PM

Obama is heading to Camp David this weekend to admire himself in the compound’s mirrors in order to improve his “likability.” As had been mentioned elsewhere, he may be the fifth or sixth most interesting person there.

onlineanalyst on August 24, 2012 at 2:32 PM

I guess that the number of professed, filthy Commies is declining.

Really – only a filthy Commie could possibly like this filthy Commie.

This is simply logic.

OhEssYouCowboys on August 24, 2012 at 2:32 PM

Alternate headline: Pollsters realize they better tone down the juice on hack polling stats.

They are becoming aware that there will be a competitive business reality after we send the jugeared jac kass back to Chicago.

platypus on August 24, 2012 at 2:32 PM

“No one ever asked for my birth certificate.”

HAHAHA!!!

Watch obama’s thin skin explode! Chrissy just wet his tingles!

I wish Olberman was still alive.

crash72 on August 24, 2012 at 2:33 PM

Obama said that R and R are heading to Tampa in order to whip up the frenzy of Isaac and breach the moats around Biden, who will single-handedly free the folks from chains.

onlineanalyst on August 24, 2012 at 2:34 PM

Paul Ryan created cancer in his spare time because he had nothing better to do.

I thought it was the ebola virus?

anchorman on August 24, 2012 at 2:34 PM

Yeah, but Mitt made a birth certificate joke. Now everyone will hate him.

Doughboy on August 24, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Hate?! He was likely testing water for the issue, and have you seen the crowd’s reaction? They ate it up like a pudding! If he brings up the birth certificate or college records issue again, I’ll send him a hefty check, and I’ll bet you dollars to donuts that I won’t be alone.

Archivarix on August 24, 2012 at 2:35 PM

onlineanalyst on August 24, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Gawker is a despicably dishonest left-wing site, and I’m glad to see them get hoisted on their own petard.

I’m OK with Nick Denton and Mitt Romney keeping as much of their money as they can from being confiscated for taxes.

I am not OK with Denton’s partisan shilling for progressives who think all money belongs to the government, and that the government therefore

Denton is not only a strident statist and anti-individualist; he is a flaming hypocrite and liar.

MidniteRambler on August 24, 2012 at 2:35 PM

Obama was never likeable. Only fools believe otherwise.

Obama is a passive-aggressive narcissistic degenerate.

He only likes himself and fools all others.

Schadenfreude on August 24, 2012 at 2:23 PM

People lie to pollsters, and this is an easy lie. I won’t vote for him, I think he’s a bad president, I think he is a socialist, etc, etc, BUT, -”yes I find him likeable”, and also “he appears to be a good family man”. It’s a fallback position so they won’t be accused of racism.

slickwillie2001 on August 24, 2012 at 2:37 PM

anchorman on August 24, 2012 at 2:34 PM

Nope, Sarah Palin created that one by ripping open a live deer one day in the summer of ’85.

B Man on August 24, 2012 at 2:37 PM

“Romney is distant, cold and remote and doesn’t connect with the audience. That’s the meme we’re going with and it’s working.”–DWS

vityas on August 24, 2012 at 2:38 PM

Straw grabbing

plewis on August 24, 2012 at 2:38 PM

After the dem convention and what the topic is going to be I can see Obama get a negative bounce coming out of it

Conservative4ev on August 24, 2012 at 2:40 PM

crash72 on August 24, 2012 at 2:33 PM

I don’t think Romney says or does anything off the cuff.

I suspect today’s “birth certificate” comment was designed to provoke the hyper-sensitive 0bama to say and do more things that will demonstrate that his above-it-all post-partisan and post-racial cerebral “coolness”, and his vaunted “likeability”, is as much of a fraud as is everything else about 0bama.

MidniteRambler on August 24, 2012 at 2:40 PM

In my considered opinion, Obama has always been an effete dilettante. He is a narcissist of the first order and riddled with hubris and unbridled arrogance. He has proven himself willing to use the most scurrilous and nefarious tactics to achieve his goals. How any could call him ‘likable’ is beyond me.

thatsafactjack on August 24, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Dr. Ablow is that you with another long distance, dime-store psychoanalysis?

plewis on August 24, 2012 at 2:41 PM

Your post is painfully true..unfortunately….

ToddPA on August 24, 2012 at 2:28 PM

..en fuego, mi amigo, en fuego.

The War Planner on August 24, 2012 at 2:27 PM

El verdad es el verdad.

slickwillie2001 on August 24, 2012 at 2:37 PM

True too, but the media have mfg. the likeability meme and so many fools fall for it, from both sides.

Schadenfreude on August 24, 2012 at 2:42 PM

What about the internals?! Won’t someone please think of the internals?!

YYZ on August 24, 2012 at 2:42 PM

Obama does have significant leads on other issues and qualities, such as “decisive leadership,”

Dear trolls, please give examples of that
” decisive leadership ” ?

burrata on August 24, 2012 at 2:43 PM

What about the internals?! Won’t someone please think of the internals?!

YYZ on August 24, 2012 at 2:42 PM

Sure, they are as rotten as the externals.

Schadenfreude on August 24, 2012 at 2:44 PM

I saw the documentary 2016: Obama’s America earlier today. You didn’t know Obama before the 2008 election and you may think you know what drives him now, but I believe you’ll have a real eye-opener when you see this movie. Armed with this, you will truly see what is at stake this coming election.

You can see which theaters it’s playing in here.

iamsaved on August 24, 2012 at 2:44 PM

“Romney is distant, cold and remote and doesn’t connect with the audience. That’s the meme we’re going with and it’s working.”–DWS

vityas on August 24, 2012 at 2:38 PM

DWS, bless her heart, is no Freud :) …heck, she”s got the intellect of Forest Gump without the kindness/goodness part :)…

jimver on August 24, 2012 at 2:46 PM

Obama does have significant leads on other issues and qualities, such as “decisive leadership,”

Heh, heh, the SEALs and the Miniter book say otherwise.

Schadenfreude on August 24, 2012 at 2:46 PM

Anyone who focuses on unemployment like BO is most certainly likeable!

Obama Schedule || August 24, 2012

by Keith Koffler on August 24, 2012, 9:42 am

Here’s the schedule. Hold onto your hats.

6:00 pm || Departs White House for Camp David

All times Eastern

Laser like focus, baby! Just not today, or yesterday, or the day before or the week before or the month before or the year before…..

And how can anyone not like a guy who pursues his own vision of “lifestyles of the rich and famous” when you can get food stamps, welfare, unemployment benefits and disability? That’s good enough for peasants, right?

Yes, he’s so likeable.

Cody1991 on August 24, 2012 at 2:46 PM

DWS, bless her heart, is no Freud :) …heck, she”s got the intellect of Forest Gump without the kindness/goodness part :)…

jimver on August 24, 2012 at 2:46 PM

…and the fangs of Dracula. She’ll make the most perfect Halloween mask for 2012.

Schadenfreude on August 24, 2012 at 2:47 PM

Conservatives never liked or wanted Obama. So, any loss for him comes only from the Left.

If race is a factor, then even liberals, it seems, are inherently racist.

Just an idea…

Liam on August 24, 2012 at 2:49 PM

His likeability edge has dropped by nine points over that period, and he’s still nine points below Romney on the economy — and worse on the budget:

Obama’s coattails are getting to be about as long as Todd Akin’s!

Weight of Glory on August 24, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Obama leads on foreign policy, energy, and Medicare by double digits,

Double digits on energy? Based on what? And he should be down on foreign policy and Medicare as well.

TarheelBen on August 24, 2012 at 2:50 PM

I have a feeling this likeability measure is about to reverse. With Romney, Ryan, and their families highlighted next week, I think middle America is finally going to say, “Obama’s kids are sweet, but screw Obama, Mooch, and those cretins who surround him.”

BuckeyeSam on August 24, 2012 at 2:52 PM

thatsafactjack on August 24, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Dr. Ablow is that you with another long distance, dime-store psychoanalysis?

plewis on August 24, 2012 at 2:41 PM

Hey, now, Pelwis, that is way better than this DWS’s impersonation of Freud :)

“Romney is distant, cold and remote and doesn’t connect with the audience. That’s the meme we’re going with and it’s working.”–DWS

jimver on August 24, 2012 at 2:53 PM

Romney has significant leads over Obama. On the economy, voters trust Romney more than Obama by a nine-point margin, 52/43. On the federal budget deficit, Romney leads by 15 points, 54/39.

Those are the only numbers that count as far as I’m concerned.

JPeterman on August 24, 2012 at 2:55 PM

I suspect today’s “birth certificate” comment was designed to provoke the hyper-sensitive 0bama to say and do more things that will demonstrate that his above-it-all post-partisan and post-racial cerebral “coolness”, and his vaunted “likeability”, is as much of a fraud as is everything else about 0bama.

MidniteRambler on August 24, 2012 at 2:40 PM

I’m with MR … this was all to goad zero and the state run media into going “full-retard” on this issue. Willard’s team is painting them as unserious and the dems it seems, are happy to oblige. More please.

Lost in Jersey on August 24, 2012 at 2:56 PM

Obama leads on foreign policy, energy, and Medicare by double digits, but only

Gallup Gasoline was under $2.00 per gallon when Mr. Obama took office, and it is now over $4.00 per gallon in some places.

Mr. Obama’s energy department has squandered billions of dollars on green energy scams that are unprofitable, ineffective, and didn’t even play at striving for technological breakthroughs. They just purported to produce solar cells and wind energy with existing technology.

How stupid do you have to be to put Obama ahead of anyone when it comes to energy policy?

MessesWithTexas on August 24, 2012 at 2:56 PM

Gov Romney is playing chess.

obama is playing with joe biden.

crash72 on August 24, 2012 at 2:56 PM

Double digits on energy? Based on what?

TarheelBen on August 24, 2012 at 2:50 PM

I guess idiots like paying $4 bucks for a gallon of gas. I know I sure do///

JPeterman on August 24, 2012 at 2:57 PM

Obama was never likeable. Only fools believe otherwise.

Obama is a passive-aggressive narcissistic degenerate.

He only likes himself and fools all others.

Schadenfreude on August 24, 2012 at 2:23 PM

Fools and people who don’t want to hear RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACIST shrieked at them.

It will be very interesting to see what happens when people are in the booth all by themselves and no one will be screaming at them or blaming them for anything and there’s nothing but sweet anonymity.

Can’t wait!

kim roy on August 24, 2012 at 2:57 PM

How stupid do you have to be to put Obama ahead of anyone when it comes to energy policy?

MessesWithTexas on August 24, 2012 at 2:56 PM

Monumentally so…or, to put a figure on it, probably IQ 70 and under….Or, the kind who watch reality shows of the Kardashians, Jersey Shore ‘fame’, etc and instantly drop 20 IQ points…there are many possibilities and varieties of stupid…not two of them are alike, yet are equally dumb…

jimver on August 24, 2012 at 3:02 PM

thatsafactjack on August 24, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Dr. Ablow is that you with another long distance, dime-store psychoanalysis?

plewis on August 24, 2012 at 2:41 PM

Unlike you, plewis, I expressed MY opinion. I didn’t simply parrot an MSNBC sarcasm.

thatsafactjack on August 24, 2012 at 3:02 PM

Pfffft Obama is awesome
-lsm

cmsinaz on August 24, 2012 at 3:02 PM

It will be very interesting to see what happens when people are in the booth all by themselves and no one will be screaming at them or blaming them for anything and there’s nothing but sweet anonymity.

Well, if there is any hint at them doing that, we’ll just have to figure out a way to postpone, suspend or nullify the election until enough people are given appropriate guidance and made to understand just what they are supposed to do and whom they are expected to vote for whenever the election is allowed to take place, if at all.

/sarc

hawkeye54 on August 24, 2012 at 3:03 PM

jimver on August 24, 2012 at 2:53 PM

Thanks, jimver! :)

thatsafactjack on August 24, 2012 at 3:03 PM

When your wallet is hurting, when you’ve been looking and looking for a job……….the LAST thing you’re concerned about is whether you LIKE the candidate or not.

GarandFan on August 24, 2012 at 3:06 PM

That Barack Obama is one cool dude–he can hit 3-point jump shots, slow-jam the news, and dance with Ellen DeGeneres.

But Robbin’ Hood from the Chi-town ‘hood has raised my taxes, cut funding to Medicare, ruined my employer, gave away my tax dollars to the Finns and Brazilians, and got me $30,000 in debt. Ain’t he a cool dude, or do we need an adult in the room?

The Romney campaign needs to ask voters the rhetorical question, “What’s in your wallet?”, and answer it with, “Not much, except Obama’s greedy hands!” We’ll see how likeable is the Jivin’, slow-jammin’ Pickpocket in Chief come No(bama)vember.

Steve Z on August 24, 2012 at 3:06 PM

This is kinda funny, in light of this:

http://content.usatoday.com/communities/theoval/post/2012/08/obama-has-millions-of-fake-twitter-followers/1?csp=34news#.UDeNFaOQmSp

OhEssYouCowboys on August 24, 2012 at 2:22 PM

Wow, even in this, the lapdog media cannot help but cover for The One:

Republican opponent Mitt Romney has far fewer Twitter followers — not quite 900,000 — but it’s a good bet that some of them are fake as well.

So, the story claims that more than 1/2 of Obama’s followers are fake, but by golly, we can’t let that diminish The One, so “it’s a good bet that some of Romney’s followers of fake also. So there. Both sides do the same thing, and they both deny buying followers.

Bias. Evident. Obnoxious.

AZfederalist on August 24, 2012 at 3:09 PM

Like a ship changing course, it takes time to slowly turn that ship…that ship is turning and Obama is being left at the dock.

In the next three weeks, it will get worse…and as it gets worse, Obama will get nastier, and the gap will increase.

right2bright on August 24, 2012 at 3:11 PM

“I’m rubber, you’re glue, everything you say sticks right back to you”

Blowback, baby!

That has to suck when your whole existence is built around demonizing your opponents. What does Obama do now? The only tool left in the Chicago bag is the rub out. I don’t think machinegunning Romney and his crew against a garage wall with his tommy gun will go over too well.

jnelchef on August 24, 2012 at 3:12 PM

Straw grabbing

plewis on August 24, 2012 at 2:38 PM

Ankle grabbing…Don’t worry..it’ll all be over soon..

fortcoins on August 24, 2012 at 3:12 PM

Slow build-up to the coming tsunami.

AZCoyote on August 24, 2012 at 3:12 PM

Bagdad Bob in the house!

That likability deficit that you fail somehow to repost, since that’s your job reposting other people’s work, is….23!!

Hahaha %31 find MOney likable-just likable. Haha, incredible. And frat bot lameness like that birther joke? F-n amazing.

This is turning in to a cakewalk. If Barry doesn’t roll back in with +300, I’d be shocked.

You settled for this guy because he would appeal to independents. But it turns out they don’t like him either. I bet Santorum could get to 35. Crazy.

tommyhawk on August 24, 2012 at 3:13 PM

A little off topic but good for a giggle: On America’s Got Talent, a ventriloquist with a “talking” Boston Terrier that’s running for president was asked:

Ventriloquist to dog: “Well, you do, of course, know the name of President Obama’s dog, don’t you?”

Dog says: “Sure…Joe Biden”!

Brought the house down.

marybel on August 24, 2012 at 3:13 PM

You goofs went and read the actual results right? Those are horrible for rMonkey. He might be the least liked and or trusted candidate since Nixon. Crazy.

tommyhawk on August 24, 2012 at 3:16 PM

Wait until “2016 The Movie” opens nationally this weekend. That “likeability” number will further erode; and that’s ALL HE HAD. Toast.

bob77 on August 24, 2012 at 3:19 PM

Face it, Obamas an a$$hole. It’s really that simple.

DevilsPrinciple on August 24, 2012 at 3:23 PM

One can’t help but be fond of an ignorant, narcissistic punk.

kenny on August 24, 2012 at 3:24 PM

…what?…some people haven’t had their mortgage payment made…and he didn’t fill up their gas tank?

KOOLAID2 on August 24, 2012 at 3:37 PM

Obama still leads Romney on most of the personal-quality questions,

Yeah, well the MSM/Hollywood made people really like Cher too.

ardenenoch on August 24, 2012 at 3:38 PM

His “likeability” has always been a myth. There has never been a President in the TV age with a more repugnant personality, even apart from his despicable policies.

Right Mover on August 24, 2012 at 3:42 PM

You goofs went and read the actual results right? Those are horrible for rMonkey. He might be the least liked and or trusted candidate since Nixon. Crazy.

tommyhawk on August 24, 2012 at 3:16 PM

Shouldn’t you be on the streets of Tampa with OWS and the “anarchists”, waiting for Isaac to wash you down the sewer?

kenny on August 24, 2012 at 3:43 PM

Straw grabbing

plewis on August 24, 2012 at 2:38 PM

Ankle grabbing…Don’t worry..it’ll all be over soon..

fortcoins on August 24, 2012 at 3:12 PM

Hey look, I’m no doctor but are you sure you’re supposed to use your lips to conduct that exam?

plewis on August 24, 2012 at 3:51 PM

I’m waiting for Axelrod astroturfer tommyhawk to explain to us why Barry Soetero is so likeable, and why we should want four more years of his presidency.

Right Mover on August 24, 2012 at 3:52 PM

That fact that Obama could possibly lead in the ‘Energy’ category is cause for a nationwide lawsuit of the Federal Government on the basis they have failed to educate half of all students.

HopeHeFails on August 24, 2012 at 4:00 PM

…what’s there to like?

KOOLAID2 on August 24, 2012 at 4:17 PM

The Gallup poll and Rasmussen over the past few days show that the Akin issue is doing nothing nationally, or if it is, any potential bounce for barack has been mitigated by his inexplicable decision to launch a rape-abortion convention on the back of it. When you cannot move the needle with half the political world and all of the media world screaming “Republicans are the party of rape!” you are an incumbent who is going to lose re-election, and lose it badly.

Rational Thought on August 24, 2012 at 4:18 PM

You goofs went and read the actual results right? Those are horrible for rMonkey. He might be the least liked and or trusted candidate since Nixon. Crazy.

tommyhawk on August 24, 2012 at 3:16 PM

…and within 1 point of Obama on both RCP and Pollster.

Proving incompetent presidents can still be likeable.

Chuck Schick on August 24, 2012 at 4:19 PM

“The best snark on Biden going to Tampa that I’ve heard is, ‘If the Dems send Biden to Tampa, the GOP will punch back twice as hard and send Biden to Charlotte.’” H/T Instapundit.com

RADIOONE on August 24, 2012 at 5:29 PM

It’s USA Today, so who cares, but:

• Views of the candidates are worse than in 2008. At this point four years ago, 63% viewed Obama favorably; now 53% do. Then, 59% viewed Republican John McCain favorably; now 48% view Romney favorably.

• The enthusiasm gap that boosted Obama in 2008 has turned around this year. Now 53% of Republicans and those who lean Republican say they are more enthusiastic than usual about voting this year, compared with 46% of Democrats and Democratic leaners.

Obama gets more blame for negative attacks than he did in 2008. Then, 30% accused him of attacking his Republican opponent unfairly; now 44% do. In contrast, 40% say Romney is attacking Obama unfairly, compared with 48% who said that of McCain four years ago.

USA Today’s front page headline was along the lines of “Voters Sour on Both Candidates,” but the poll and the story itself is chock full of bad news for Barry. He was The Won who now sets everyone’s teeth on edge.

de rigueur on August 24, 2012 at 6:11 PM

Time to invade Syria.

acyl72 on August 24, 2012 at 6:50 PM

Biden is now a stalker…. Doesn’t he have some bailout, tarp and green industry money to try to find where it went.

Obama will just keep issuing edicts and handing out. ” free” money… But he’s NOT buying votes OK, and just because he has ACORN on speed dial, what.. They are just friends. Seeing a picture of Obama makes the Beatle song “if you want it here it is come and get it” pops into my head. Obama’s wealthy contributors are being kept secret…..shhhhhh wouldn’t want for anyone to know just exactly who the 1%ers REALLY are.

ActinUpinTexas on August 25, 2012 at 1:31 AM