Gallup: Interest drops in 2nd Obama inaugural while optimism plummets

posted at 1:51 pm on January 23, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

On Monday, I wrote that inaugurations are optimistic events, where Americans can take pride in our functioning democratic republic.  Perhaps optimism is a relative point, or at least it seems so from a Gallup poll gauging interest in inaugurations.  Not only did interest drop significantly from 2009, it actually fell below that shown in George W. Bush’s second inauguration eight years ago:

Thirty-eight percent of Americans interviewed Monday night said they watched or listened to the inauguration ceremonies as they happened; another 27% saw, read, or heard news coverage of the events. That is down considerably from 2009, when a combined 80% watched the ceremonies live (60%) or saw news coverage of them (20%). Reported viewership of Monday’s ceremonies is similar to what Gallup measured for George W. Bush’s second inauguration eight years ago.

The viewership is similar, but not overall interest.  Gallup routinely captures those who watch the ceremonies, follow only through news coverage, or avoided both.  Combining the first two and comparing the third, the interest in Obama’s second inaugural lags Bush II and trails Obama I badly:

  • 2013: 65/33
  • 2009: 80/20
  • 2005: 73/26

On optimism, the Hope And Change President flopped, with the lowest levels of optimism of the three:

Given the lower levels of attention paid to the second inauguration by Americans, and their less positive reaction to Obama’s speech, it is not surprising that fewer Americans said the inauguration made them more hopeful about the next four years than did so in 2009. Specifically, 37% of Americans said they are now more hopeful about the next four years after Monday’s presidential inauguration ceremonies, compared with 62% after Obama’s first inauguration. Reaction to Monday’s inauguration was similar to Bush’s second inauguration in 2005.

Again, similar — but still lagging.  In 2009, the optimists outnumbered the pessimists 62/11, with only 23% indifferent — remarkable, considering the ongoing crisis at that time.  In 2005, it was 43/25/28.  This week, it’s 37/27/30.  Just comparing the gaps, we have a +51 for optimism in 2009, a +18 in 2005, and only a +10 this time around.

What does this mean for the beginning of a second term?  In rhetorical terms, not much; Obama will act as though he has the same kind of mandate he did in 2009.  However, in practical terms, it’s getting clear that while Obama won re-election by destroying the reputation of his opponent, he didn’t win much support for his agenda.  That’s one reason why Obama wants to transform his campaign into a lobbying shop, but that has even some Democrats balking:

Even as Democrats relish President Obama’ second inauguration, some party leaders are worried about whether the campaign’s decision to form its own advocacy group will hamstring future generations of Democratic candidates.

Several of the president’s top political advisers and the campaign’s gold mine of a voter database will be housed not at the national party, but at a tax-exempt group called Organizing for Action. It’s the next phase of the year-round campaign apparatus formed after the 2008 campaign to capitalize on Obama’s unprecedented grassroots network and help implement his agenda, only now it will be separate from the Democratic National Committee.

Some activists foresee a power struggle between the national party, which aims to elect Democrats above all else, and the new group, which aims to build the president’s legacy — and may have to pressure wavering swing-state Democrats to tow the unapologetically liberal agenda laid out in his inauguration speech. …

While Wasserman Schultz said the two political arms would work hand in hand, not all party leaders are convinced.

“We speak Pennsylvania,” said the Pennsylvania Democratic party chairman, Jim Burns, “so if you come into Montgomery County and set up shop, you better talk to the party chairman there before you start walking in his backyard. If they don’t engage with us they will be stepping on a lot of land mines.”

OFA turned out to be good at calling Mitt Romney a tax cheat and a “binder” of women.  This poll shows that it didn’t succeed much at making people look forward to four more years of Obama.  This could be a big step in the wrong direction.

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Who cares? Obama is awesome.

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Good Lt on January 23, 2013 at 1:52 PM

God King don’t need no stinkin’ noogurayshun to rule.

Rock on. Happy Days here again.

PappyD61 on January 23, 2013 at 1:55 PM

Disappointment reins.

The country’s Proud Obama Supporter contingent were expecting more freebies by now.

Galt2009 on January 23, 2013 at 1:56 PM

Also, welcome to Goebbelsland.

Schadenfreude on January 23, 2013 at 1:56 PM

B-b-b-but Republican advisors and consultants say that he’s awesomely popular and the GOP will have to re-brand itself because they’ve never had to deal with such an awesomely popular awesomeness as president.

rrpjr on January 23, 2013 at 1:57 PM

o/t, but….

Union membership falls to 70-year low

Washington — The nation’s unions lost 400,000 members in 2012 as the percentage of U.S. workers represented by a labor union fell to 11.3 percent, its lowest level since the 1930s – declining by 0.5 percent over the last year.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics said the biggest hit was in public sector unions, where many states and cities have cut back on their unionized workforce.

Union membership fell in 34 states.

Union membership is down sharply from 1983, when 20 percent of all Americans belonged to a union, and is one-third of its height in 1953, when 32.5 percent of all workers were in a union.

Nationally, labor unions unsuccessfully fought in the first year of the Obama administration to win approval of legislation called the “Employee Free Choice Act” that would make it easier to organize new members.

Nationally, U.S. unions combined added about 50,000 members in 2011, reaching the 14.8 million mark after losing about 1.4 million since 2009. But nationwide membership, at 11.8 percent, was at its lowest percentage in more than 70 years, during the Great Depression.

More losses in four years under Obama than eight years under Bush…

#OBAMAWINNING

Resist We Much on January 23, 2013 at 1:57 PM

I have a difficult time be living that people who got caught up in campaign work are going to be as interested in the day to day selling of crap sandwiches. It’s energizing to win, but it’s impossible to win 100% on the crafting of legislation. As soon as the losses happen the overall disillusionment will set in.

myrenovations on January 23, 2013 at 1:58 PM

Who cares? Obama now has all the flexibility of Benedict Arnold, all the impunity of a medieval kinglet, and enough Kobe beef, vacay funds, and brave Secret Service agents to get Mooch off his back.

Archivarix on January 23, 2013 at 1:58 PM

Obama will act as though he has the same kind of mandate he did in 2009. However, in practical terms, it’s getting clear that while Obama won re-election by destroying the reputation of his opponent, he didn’t win much support for his agenda.

But it’s incumbent upon the GOP to not rubber stamp his agenda. While it’s gonna be difficult to get any major spending cuts or entitlement reform between now and 2017 given that the Dems control the White House and Senate, that doesn’t mean you have to cave on issues like amnesty or gun control.

Doughboy on January 23, 2013 at 1:58 PM

What difference does it make?

LoganSix on January 23, 2013 at 1:58 PM

Some activists foresee a power struggle between the national party, which aims to elect Democrats above all else, and the new group, which aims to build the president’s legacy — and may have to pressure wavering swing-state Democrats to tow the unapologetically liberal agenda laid out in his inauguration speech. …

I wonder most of all about those Obama supporters who actually fell for the LIE that he was in favor of their right of self-defense.

Knowing what they know now about his contempt for their basic human rights, would they have supported the Dear Liar?

Galt2009 on January 23, 2013 at 2:01 PM

What difference does it make? We got 65 million brain-dead Americans who voted for him.

TarheelBen on January 23, 2013 at 2:03 PM

Gallup: Interest drops in 2nd Obama inaugural while optimism plummets

Perhaps the real truth is, that interest isn’t dropping, just the facade created by the Fifth Column Treasonous Media and their co-conspirators in the polling industry.

Additionally, this case provides evidence of around one and a half million invalid voter registrations in the state of California alone.

Y^es, you read that correctly, 1.5 million illegal and fraudulent votes cast for Obama in California alone. Interest in Obama isn’t falling, it was never there in the first place. Obama’s 2nd term election was a case of voter fraud that would have made Joesph Stalin or Saddam Hussein turn green with envy.

SWalker on January 23, 2013 at 2:06 PM

Haven’t we recently (see: November 6, 2012) been through the false narrative that no one cares about this guy and his Presidency?

As well, haven’t we recently been through the false narrative that the economy matters when it comes to the office of the Presidency?

Make it stop, Ed. Please stop the false narrative’s. “Fool me once ….”

Carnac on January 23, 2013 at 2:08 PM

Interest drops in 2nd Obama inaugural while optimism plummets

But what difference does it make. The rat-eared wonder smeared his opponent enough to get a second term. Hillary Clinton had enough fake health issues to dodge testifying about Benghazi until fully four months and two weeks after she and her people watched the attack real time. Gays are emboldened to think that their lifestyle is embraced by society. Illegals are waiting to find out where they need to file for welfare once the amnesty thing has been announced. And gun sales are booming.

We have seroius problems, a bunch of worthless parasites with far too much power over the very fabric of our society, and the fate of the nation in the balance. Who the hell cares how many parasites tuned in to see this filthy bastard’s ceremony. It is inconsequential.

Happy Nomad on January 23, 2013 at 2:09 PM

Our home was amoung those who didn’t watch or listen to that lying worthless worm bho. Why have to listen to the same old gosh horrible voice, the same old blame anyone but bho, the same old snotty attitude about everything?
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letget on January 23, 2013 at 2:09 PM

But what difference does it make. The rat-eared wonder smeared his opponent enough to get a second term.

Happy Nomad on January 23, 2013 at 2:09 PM

Sorry I disagree, the Rat eared wonder won by 3.8 million votes, of which 1.5 million were illegally cast in California alone. That’s JUST in California. The Rat eared wonder wasn’t reelected, the corrupt Marxist Democrats applied the Joesph Stalin rule, “It’s not who they vote for that counts, it’s who count’s their votes that counts”.

SWalker on January 23, 2013 at 2:13 PM

Fake singing & playing by the band…Fake President…Fake enthusiasm by a fake media…

and now fake activism to keep the cultists employed to enact the continued bludgeoning of americans on their front stoops.

workingclass artist on January 23, 2013 at 2:13 PM

BTW, I miss President Bush and his lovely lady Laura!

Those two we now have in the wh are totally classless snobs!
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letget on January 23, 2013 at 2:15 PM

SWalker on January 23, 2013 at 2:13 PM

I agree 100%. As much as I hate to sound like the left did after Bush beat Gore, I truly believe this election was rigged.

Ditkaca on January 23, 2013 at 2:15 PM

The old and the new OFA stands for

O bama
F lukes
A merika

Schadenfreude on January 23, 2013 at 2:15 PM

It is too late now… We have to endure and suffer from this most foolish and most incompetent man for four more years…

mnjg on January 23, 2013 at 2:17 PM

Resist We Much on January 23, 2013 at 1:57 PM

From strategic point of view, that is a super excellent news..

mnjg on January 23, 2013 at 2:19 PM

BTW, I miss President Bush and his lovely lady Laura!

Agree Letget, I was just saying the same thing about Laura last night. What a classy lady. Much missed!

bernzright777 on January 23, 2013 at 2:21 PM

On the bright side…Bibi won

workingclass artist on January 23, 2013 at 2:22 PM

Things have not changed that much in the past two months, yet Obama was re-elected.

I heard Mark Steyn say earlier this week that people voted for Obama because they wanted “free stuff” if they lost their jobs.

bw222 on January 23, 2013 at 2:22 PM

Gallup: Interest drops in 2nd Obama inaugural while optimism plummets

…but the MSM is still estatic!

KOOLAID2 on January 23, 2013 at 2:23 PM

I’m pretty sure that “Gun Control” thing will disrupt Oblabla’s plan to “transform” around 3 million citizens from Constitutionalists into Marxist trolls.
Should they actually pass some GC lecislation that infringes on the 2nd, they’ll be spending so much time looking over their shoulders they won’t have time to do any more damage.
Once the “disruption” starts, they’ll be peeing all over each other, wondering how to put the genie back in the bottle.
It just dawned on me: If there is a war to defend the Constitution, what does winning look like?
How do we decide who the traitors to the Constitution are?
Who decides?
The fighting will be the easy part.
III/0317

dirtengineer on January 23, 2013 at 2:24 PM

Sorry I disagree, the Rat eared wonder won by 3.8 million votes, of which 1.5 million were illegally cast in California alone. That’s JUST in California. The Rat eared wonder wasn’t reelected, the corrupt Marxist Democrats applied the Joesph Stalin rule, “It’s not who they vote for that counts, it’s who count’s their votes that counts”.

SWalker on January 23, 2013 at 2:13 PM

While I agree with you, what did the GOP do to stop and/or challenge the illegal voting? I live in one of the battleground states. I personally saw a guy admit he was not registered to vote and yet given a provisional ballot. Virginia doesn’t have same day registration and this guy didn’t claim he was registered. Yet he voted in the same election I did. How is that fair?

Next election the GOP needs to be out there and treat every single polling place as if it is a potential crime scene.

Happy Nomad on January 23, 2013 at 2:26 PM

SWalker on January 23, 2013 at 2:13 PM

I agree 100%. As much as I hate to sound like the left did after Bush beat Gore, I truly believe this election was rigged.

Ditkaca on January 23, 2013 at 2:15 PM

The corruption goes all the way to the top and is literally beyond mind blowing. On February 15th 2013 the Chief Justice Jon Roberts of the Supreme Court of the United States will convene a hearing to decide if they will look into that as well as question regarding fraudulent documents regarding Obama’s eligibility to serve as POTUS.

Roberts will do this knowing 100 percent full well that should Barack Obama be found ineligible that the immediate consequence of that finding would be the removal of Justices Sotomayor and Kagan. Yet Roberts will allow what can only be described as a blatant and obvious conflict of interests to poison the SCOTUS.

Who could believe for one single second that Justices Sotomayor, Kagan and the other liberal Justices on the court would willingly allow the possibility of that happening to occur?

In other words, Chief Justice Roberts is signaling to the entire world that his court is utterly corrupt and illegitimate. Just like the entire rest of the Obamanation Administration.

SWalker on January 23, 2013 at 2:27 PM

It just dawned on me: If there is a war to defend the Constitution, what does winning look like?
How do we decide who the traitors to the Constitution are?
Who decides?
The fighting will be the easy part.
III/0317

dirtengineer on January 23, 2013 at 2:24 PM

How do we defend the Constitution? Do the sane version of what trolls like Dante call for. Get out of the habit of maintaining a government that far exceeds the bounds of the Constitution. While Dante would have us pull our troops back to American shores and become isolationists, there is a sane way of determining how to engage foreign powers. For example, stop giving money to Islamic radical governments in the name of foreign aid. Let them all starve for what it matters.

Happy Nomad on January 23, 2013 at 2:29 PM

SWalker on January 23, 2013 at 2:13 PM

While I agree with you, what did the GOP do to stop and/or challenge the illegal voting?

Happy Nomad on January 23, 2013 at 2:26 PM

They did nothing, and they did nothing because they are under legal injunction to do nothing. The Judicial system has castrated the GOP. The GOP is legally bared from questioning the outcome of any election.

SWalker on January 23, 2013 at 2:29 PM

This could be a big step in the wrong direction.

51% voted for the clown, Amerika deserves everything it gets.

RedInMD on January 23, 2013 at 2:31 PM

How do we decide who the traitors to the Constitution are?
Who decides?

dirtengineer on January 23, 2013 at 2:24 PM

How about we let the, you know, Constitution guide us on that. If the Constitution says, Congress shall pass no law, or Shall not infringe, and the individual in question passed just such a law, or infringed, then the Constitution itself has declared them to be traitors.

SWalker on January 23, 2013 at 2:33 PM

The way to crush the bourgeoisie is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation.

- Vladimir Lenin

And, Lenin sums up the MSM perfectly:

The press should be not only a collective propagandist and a collective agitator, but also a collective organizer of the masses.

- Vladimir Lenin

Resist We Much on January 23, 2013 at 2:33 PM

From strategic point of view, that is a super excellent news..

mnjg on January 23, 2013 at 2:19 PM

Yep. A cause to be optimistic!

Resist We Much on January 23, 2013 at 2:35 PM

SWalker on January 23, 2013 at 2:27 PM

I liked Scalia’s Thomas More hat.

I guess we’ll see what happens.

workingclass artist on January 23, 2013 at 2:38 PM

SWalker on January 23, 2013 at 2:27 PM

I liked Scalia’s Thomas More hat.

I guess we’ll see what happens.

workingclass artist on January 23, 2013 at 2:38 PM

At this point and until proven otherwise, the SCOTUS is all hat and no cattle.

SWalker on January 23, 2013 at 2:41 PM

SWalker on January 23, 2013 at 2:13 PM

I agree 100%. As much as I hate to sound like the left did after Bush beat Gore, I truly believe this election was rigged.

Ditkaca on January 23, 2013 at 2:15 PM

x3 here. I am still walking around starting at people with that “WTF look”, 2+ mos. post election..

hillsoftx on January 23, 2013 at 2:45 PM

In case your Telescreen is on the blink, Big Sis of Big Gov has a reminder for you:

BIG SIS: ‘If You Must Shovel Snow, Stretch Before Going Outside’…

Soon, she will announce when the next loo visit is scheduled….so hold on…

Resist We Much on January 23, 2013 at 2:53 PM

How about we let the, you know, Constitution guide us on that. If the Constitution says, Congress shall pass no law, or Shall not infringe, and the individual in question passed just such a law, or infringed, then the Constitution itself has declared them to be traitors.

I guess any law concerning espionage is now unconstitutional? It’s a LAW, and it abridges your right to speak or publish freely…

JFKY on January 23, 2013 at 3:09 PM

Pic of the Day: You Asked For It!

Resist We Much on January 23, 2013 at 3:06 PM

Funny.

Which one of our trolls more closely resembles this? I’m gonna go with libfreeanddieaslave.

D-fusit on January 23, 2013 at 3:20 PM

Which one of our trolls more closely resembles this? I’m gonna go with libfreeanddieaslave.

D-fusit on January 23, 2013 at 3:20 PM

They are both gay.

Resist We Much on January 23, 2013 at 3:25 PM

Mandate? Considering that 40% didn’t even bother to vote, and the small difference in the popular vote, “I have a mandate” is playing fast and loose with what the word means.

GarandFan on January 23, 2013 at 3:42 PM

Perhaps if Mr. Obama — in his trademark humility — had not just offered his edits to one of the greatest and most enduring documents ever written by man, we might have sensed the slightest bit of humility here. That maybe he wasn’t just pointing his small, petty finger at one side.

And then there was the thrilling, wow finish with Beyonce’s singing of the national anthem — which turned out to have been faked. Which, really, was the perfect ending to that speech.

Schadenfreude on January 23, 2013 at 3:47 PM

Gallup: Interest drops in 2nd Obama inaugural while optimism plummets

Damn! Wudja looket that!

To bad the GOP didn’t nominate someone like a Romney who could, you know, beat This Guy!

Oh.

Never mind.

Bruno Strozek on January 23, 2013 at 3:52 PM

You have to love Gallup’s use of the wishy washy word “similar” to skew the poll results.

hopeful on January 23, 2013 at 4:02 PM

x3 here. I am still walking around starting at people with that “WTF look”, 2+ mos. post election..

hillsoftx on January 23, 2013 at 2:45 PM

Take heart, so are the president’s supporters. Their faith is being tested and Obama will break it.

thebrokenrattle on January 23, 2013 at 4:11 PM

Obama is making Bush look like a brilliant strategerist.

Lonetown on January 23, 2013 at 5:33 PM

Then why vote him back in??!??!

Jack_Burton on January 23, 2013 at 5:47 PM

Make no mistake.

It’s going to be up to us to destroy OFA, or we’re going to be faced with the first real, literal, American apparatchik.


Apparatchik

budfox on January 23, 2013 at 7:51 PM

Knowing what they know now about his contempt for their basic human rights, would they have supported the Dear Liar?

Galt2009 on January 23, 2013 at 2:01 PM

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I think yes… Most if not all the Obama voters I know would have watched him eat a live kitten and still voted his way.

The reasons are many, Rush touched on a few recently… It goes all the way from just being the thing to do, to ‘he’s the first black president’ so let’s give him his full 2 terms, to hoping for free stuff… and beyond.

I have come to believe that the only way Barry didn’t get re-elected… would have been if he had dropped out.

RalphyBoy on January 24, 2013 at 2:42 AM

Who cares? Obama is awesome

No, really, who cares, just the first day in four more years until we are rid of the child king.

georgeofthedesert on January 24, 2013 at 12:59 PM