WSJ/NBC poll: Scandals raising doubts among majorities about Obama WH integrity

posted at 10:01 am on June 5, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

At first, Democrats were quick to claim that the scandals erupting over the last month were just flashes in the pan.  When that proved to just be wish-casting, the meme changed to the dangers of Republican overreach.  According to a new poll from a series normally friendly to the White House, that meme will soon disappear, too.  Solid majorities in the latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll say that the scandals raise doubts about the integrity of the Obama administration — although they’re not impacting Barack Obama himself, at least not on job approval.

The Hill provides a good analysis of the data:

A new poll finds a trio of controversies raising public concerns about the “honesty” of the Obama administration, even as the president maintains his approval rating.

A Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll released late Tuesday shows 55 percent believe the IRS targeting of conservative groups raised questions about the administration’s “overall honesty and integrity.”

Benghazi may have been a long time ago according to Jay Carney, but not to poll respondents:

Fifty-eight percent say the administration’s handling of the Benghazi Consulate attack also raises questions about the honesty of the White House.  The same number say the Justice Department’s subpoenaing of reporter email and phone records in national security leak investigations also raises concerns.

However, the news for Obama himself is somewhat better, at least on the surface.  He has the same 48/47 job approval rating that he did in April, and only 33% are putting significant responsibility for the IRS scandal on his shoulders (and only 12% “total responsibility”).  Obama supporters will offer those data points to show that the scandals aren’t impacting his political power.

They’d better not get too married to that argument, either.  Obama’s ratings have seriously soured among independents, where his job approval has dropped significantly — and so have his ratings on integrity:

Mr. Obama is holding firm despite a steady decline in support among independent voters. The new poll found 59% of independents disapproving of the job Mr. Obama is doing as president, compared with the 28% who approved. That represents a steep slide since January, when 52% of independents disapproved of Mr. Obama, with 41% approving. …

For example, in January, 45% of self-described independents gave Mr. Obama high marks for being “honest and straightforward.” In the latest poll, that number shrank to 27%.

It’s not just independents on sub-categories, either.  He’s dropped in several leadership quality ratings since January:

  • Crisis management: 49%, down from 55%
  • Strong leadership: 46%, down from 53%
  • Honest and straightforward: 42%, down from 47%
  • Good Commander-in-Chief: 42%, down from 51%
  • Changing business as usual in Washington: 21%, down from 28%

The only significant increase came in likability, which went from 61% to 67%, and which looks like the final refuge of Obama’s overall approval rating.  As these scandals continue — and if they expand into other scandals — Obama won’t be able to keep his overall rating up on the basis of likability alone.

Addendum: Also worth noting is that the generic Congressional ballot has Democrats at a +3 over the GOP, which isn’t much of a change over the past year and is within the margin of error of the poll.  It’s ranged from D+5 to D+1 since summer of 2012.

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Most people know Rice mainly as the woman who misrepresented a serious matter of national security.

The Rice promotion will reinforce doubts about BO’s integrity and erode his credibility even further.

petefrt on June 5, 2013 at 10:06 AM

But he’s still so cool…

We’re doomed.

Drained Brain on June 5, 2013 at 10:07 AM

Almost half of Americans say President Barack Obama isn’t telling the truth when he says he didn’t know the Internal Revenue Service was giving extra scrutiny to the applications of small government groups seeking tax-exempt status.

Forty-seven percent of Americans say they don’t believe Obama compared with 40 percent who say he is being truthful, according to a Bloomberg National Poll of 1,002 adults conducted May 31 through June 3.

More than half of political independents — 53 percent — say Obama’s explanation that he learned it from media reports is untrue, while 34 percent say they believe him.

Resist We Much on June 5, 2013 at 10:08 AM

It looks like a mix of the Limbaugh Theorem and the sad truth that the Democrat base will never turn on Obama no matter what happens. If indies are souring on him though, that’s a big problem cuz Dem voters tend to not turn out in such high numbers during midterms.

Doughboy on June 5, 2013 at 10:09 AM

Judicial blindness is a hell of a thing.

tom daschle concerned on June 5, 2013 at 10:10 AM

Why should the Dog Eater care, the man isn’t running for office again unless…

Bishop on June 5, 2013 at 10:10 AM

Who the heck are these morons? So the majority think he’s a liar but overwhelmingly love him??? What kind of fool loves a liar? Bottom line, this is all about his race. We can’t be hating on a black man even if he is a POS crook, that would be raaaaaaaaacist.

BeachBum on June 5, 2013 at 10:12 AM

A new poll finds a trio of controversies raising public concerns about the “honesty” of the Obama administration,

LOL. Barky and his gang of criminals, lunatics, incompetents and idiots have never had an honest moment in any of their worthless lives. They’ve done nothing but lie their butts off since the 2007 primary. And they tell the worst, most transparent, most intellectually offensive lies possible.

even as the president maintains his approval rating.

This is not Barky’s approval rating, it’s his skin approval rating. It has nothing to do with anything else since he’s a total failure otherwise. Except for those who want America dismantled. They’ve always been happy with the Ineligible Indonesian Imbecile.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 5, 2013 at 10:14 AM

A new poll finds a trio of controversies raising public concerns about the “honesty” of the Obama administration, even as the president maintains his approval rating.

Hey, on September 11th there is going to be a Million Muslim march on DC to both call for enactment of Sharia law and a release of the 9/11/01 documents showing that it was all engineered by Israel (the organizers make the claim that not one Jew was killed in the attacks).

Wouldn’t getting the President with a Muslim name out there speaking to a million Muslims go a long way to restore the idea about just how awesome this administration has been?

Happy Nomad on June 5, 2013 at 10:16 AM

What was said:

Scandals raising doubts among majorities about Obama WH integrity

What was unsaid:

Scandals not raising doubts among minorities about Obama WH integrity

and many lulz were had by all.

abobo on June 5, 2013 at 10:17 AM

The Rice promotion will reinforce doubts about BO’s integrity and erode his credibility even further.

I hope you’re right, but I ain’t so confident. He’s done a pretty good job keeping all the cr@p off of him so far, with that extra-strength teflon coating and all.

Bob's Kid on June 5, 2013 at 10:19 AM

If the MSM reported on these scandals and the majority of Americans were educated and well informed, Obama’s approval ratings would be lower than a dead rat’s body temperature.

Two big ifs I grant you.

fogw on June 5, 2013 at 10:20 AM

WSJ/NBC poll: Scandals raising doubts among majorities about Obama WH integrity
POSTED AT 10:01 AM ON JUNE 5, 2013 – BY ED MORRISSEY

The start of Obama’s second term has is an utter disaster. What integrity? He only knows what he reads in the newspapers.

SC.Charlie on June 5, 2013 at 10:21 AM

I never had a doubt, he hasn’t a shred of integrity.

mojo on June 5, 2013 at 10:23 AM

This entire administration is a 419 scam, and 48% of the country is still falling for it. /bangs head against desk

ElectricPhase on June 5, 2013 at 10:24 AM

Nixon’s poll #’s were just dandy in the summer of 1973…
Summer of 1974, not so much.

mjbrooks3 on June 5, 2013 at 10:25 AM

And they really can’t wait until they can vote for President Camacho!

Axeman on June 5, 2013 at 10:26 AM

Too late… mj crew were touting all of this as good for dear leader

cmsinaz on June 5, 2013 at 10:28 AM

Well it’s nothing that Rush hasn’t said. The American public will not turn against a black prezzie.

He’s just ruining it for those of his political ilk who follow.

Marcus on June 5, 2013 at 10:29 AM

The only significant increase came in likability, which went from 61% to 67%, and which looks like the final refuge of Obama’s overall approval rating.

I will never understand this “likability” poll results — the fish rots from the head, and Obama is the President. First, I’ve always seen him as a cold fish, not very likable. His “charm” is too studied, from the quick Denzel Washington/Morgan Freeman smile flash that never touches his eyes, to the ever changing accents and posture depending on his audience, everything screams FAKE FAKE FAKE to me. And I have the man himself. As he wrote in “The Audacity of Hope, “”I serve as a blank screen, on which people of vastly different political stripes project their own views.”

In other words, he’s a chameleon whose true nature and goals you will never know. That will remain hidden, until revealed by his actions. What’s “likable” about that!?!?

EasyEight on June 5, 2013 at 10:31 AM

Are there still recordings made of conversations in the Oval Office? I thought this ended some time ago. Short of having those, or a John Dean type surfacing, I don’t think they’ll be able to pin anything directly on Obama.

Ward Cleaver on June 5, 2013 at 10:31 AM

I think the end is coming. How that end manifests itself is a better question.

The EPA revalations are just now getting out there and will take some time to gain traction. It will continue to point to a common control point – in the WH.

Yes, Obama did this, and is responsible for all of this. He is a liar and a crook. And I am saying this as low key as I can type. If you don’t beleive that you are a saint or a partisan hack. But I still doubt there will ever be a paper trail to get the goods on him.

Dreams of a democrat revivial in the House are gone – and I am thinking the Senate is gone too. And Obama will not get another SC nominee through as punishment for what he has done but could not be proven. If I were in the Senate I would just quietly eliminate his ability to nominate anyone while ramping up the investigations.

Zomcon JEM on June 5, 2013 at 10:32 AM

Can’t wait for the Power confirmation hearing. Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi.

MTF on June 5, 2013 at 10:33 AM

It’s almost like he will not be reelected. Oh wait, he already used the IRS to steal the presidential election of 2012. Nevermind.

slickwillie2001 on June 5, 2013 at 10:33 AM

It’s a perfect example of the Limbaugh Theorem. The public may disagree with Obama on all of this policies, and they may think his administration is a pack of wolves, but they will never hold him personally accountable for anything. I hope I’m wrong – but there it is. This poll says it clearly.

TarheelBen on June 5, 2013 at 10:34 AM

The only significant increase came in likability, which went from 61% to 67%, and which looks like the final refuge of Obama’s overall approval rating.

That likability metric is a crock. If they want to use this info to help support the claim that he is still a credible and efficacious president then, unless the question is about likability as a president, which would be redundant given the other questions, then the likability number is nonsense as part of an overall average.

If they want to report likability as a stand-alone result in the pole that’s fine. Breaking it out that way, however, would beg the question, “so what?”

beselfish on June 5, 2013 at 10:34 AM

Dear leader’s voters just refuse to admit to anyone they made a huge mistake even maybe to themselves. Hook, lyin’ and sinker swallowed the bait.

Kissmygrits on June 5, 2013 at 10:35 AM

Are there still recordings made of conversations in the Oval Office? I thought this ended some time ago. Short of having those, or a John Dean type surfacing, I don’t think they’ll be able to pin anything directly on Obama.

Ward Cleaver on June 5, 2013 at 10:31 AM

Does it really matter? This illegitimate president could publicly shred the tapes and rain them like confetti onto the WHPC and they would hail him for his wise recycling.

slickwillie2001 on June 5, 2013 at 10:35 AM

What was unsaid:

Scandals not raising doubts among minorities about Obama WH integrity

and many lulz were had by all.

abobo on June 5, 2013 at 10:17 AM

Yep. They vote to keep a brutha in preznit – ie, blind racial affiliation, but we’re the racists or something.

Actually, that’s not totally true – they do like their welfare, but if it’s a choice between a black Democrat and a white Democrat…

crrr6 on June 5, 2013 at 10:36 AM

I can honestly say that I don’t feel any worse about Choomhead now than I did before the scandals broke.

SailorMark on June 5, 2013 at 10:37 AM

A Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll released late Tuesday

Anyone seen the D/R/I splits on this poll? I’m going to guess a +7D.

D-fusit on June 5, 2013 at 10:38 AM

Reagan was the Teflon President because he was a likable person.

Obama is developing that quality mostly because he’s a celebrity.

Red Cloud on June 5, 2013 at 10:39 AM

Just wait until it becomes well known that his campaign co-chair, Cutter, was meeting at the white house with the IRS commissioner. That will sink him becuase it ties right into his campaign.

Ta111 on June 5, 2013 at 10:40 AM

The Rice promotion will reinforce doubts about BO’s integrity and erode his credibility even further.

petefrt on June 5, 2013 at 10:06 AM

No. Obama is following Alinsky all the way to the prize.

The goal is to foment enough public discontent, moral confusion, and outright chaos to spark the social upheaval that Marx, Engels, and Lenin predicted

– a revolution whose foot soldiers view the status quo as fatally flawed and wholly unworthy of salvation. Thus, the theory goes, the people will settle for nothing less than that status quo’s complete collapse

– to be followed by the erection of an entirely new system upon its ruins.

Toward that end, they will be apt to follow the lead of charismatic radical organizers who project an aura of confidence and vision, and who profess to clearly understand what types of societal “changes” are needed.

faraway on June 5, 2013 at 10:40 AM

Nixon’s poll #’s were just dandy in the summer of 1973…
Summer of 1974, not so much.

mjbrooks3 on June 5, 2013 at 10:25 AM

Nixon never had a good relationship with the press…………. and, especially the Washington Post. Ben Bradlee of the Washington Post was a personal friend of JFK and the entire Kennedy family. That is not to say that Nixon wasn’t his own worst enemy in the Watergate scandal. He should have come clean and thrown a number of people under the bus.

SC.Charlie on June 5, 2013 at 10:41 AM

I still don’t think it has anything to do with Obama’s likeability, (because he isn’t) I think it has everything to do with rabid partisan hatred for the right. Jack the Ripper would be o.k. with most libs as long as wasn’t a, (sneer) Republican.

BettyRuth on June 5, 2013 at 10:41 AM

Hook, lyin’ and sinker swallowed the bait.

Kissmygrits on June 5, 2013 at 10:35 AM

The bait passed through their anal cavity still attached to the line. They will never see the truth, it would burn them right down to their souls (if they even have one).

D-fusit on June 5, 2013 at 10:42 AM

and the majority of Americans were educated and well informed, Obama’s approval ratings would be lower than a dead rat’s body temperature.

If they were well informed and/or more interested, his ratings would have been in the toilet way before these scandals occurred to the point that the scandals may not have even occurred. And as you said, that’s a big if.

It’s not easy busting up the love-fest between low-info voters and Santa Claus.

beselfish on June 5, 2013 at 10:43 AM

What liberal will ever look at him/her/itself in the mirror and state “I made a mistake voting for Obama”…is just doesn’t happen.

They will double down, and become even more supportive. Liberals/dems have no ability to look at facts and have an “”Aha moment”.

Republicans, no problem, if a man stammers in a debate we diss him, Bush was attacked by the Republican’s almost as much as dems, Boehner is ridiculed by everyone.

But the dems, they will support Pelosi, Hillary, Obama, Holder, it won’t matter what they do…it just doesn’t matter to them, only that their “man” is in a power position.

If they wavered just a bit, Obama would actually have done something worthy, but why should he? It will always have their support…always.

right2bright on June 5, 2013 at 10:43 AM

If he would face some hard questioning from the media, Obama’s ratings would drop fast.

albill on June 5, 2013 at 10:44 AM

Seems like a lot of folks still have a lot of personal ego invested in The Chosen One.

GarandFan on June 5, 2013 at 10:44 AM

I think the end is coming. How that end manifests itself is a better question.

Zomcon JEM on June 5, 2013 at 10:32 AM

I think the end is already here. Obama is already effectively a lame duck and pretty soon he could be a very unpopular and toxic one(at least as far as the midterms are concerned). Amnesty is the last major piece of legislation he has any shot at getting through and even that’s hanging on by a thread.

Doughboy on June 5, 2013 at 10:45 AM

Anyone seen the D/R/I splits on this poll? I’m going to guess a +7D.

D-fusit on June 5, 2013 at 10:38 AM

It’s D+9.

Dems: 43%
GOP: 34%

sentinelrules on June 5, 2013 at 10:45 AM

I largely ignore polls. But since they mean so much to politicians and the media, it’s no surprise Obama’s job approval remains high among them. Obama has a fawning media that protects him, hanging on his every utterance and taking the word of his many cronies as gospel. Of course that rating will remain high.

Reagan and both Bushes had no such luxury. Any high approval ratings they had were in spite of the media, not because of it. And that happened because they did the work of being President; they did the job and overall did it well. Obama doesn’t have to.

It’s all artificial, so if the scandals get far enough ahead to where the media can no longer control the narrative, the numbers will change.

Liam on June 5, 2013 at 10:45 AM

Three weeks of scandal headlines and this is the best we get?

sigh.

tbrickert on June 5, 2013 at 10:45 AM

48% approve?

Funny when Bush was in office he was responsible for what happened 2000 miles away in a prison in Afghanistan.

But Obama isn’t responsible for what happens in his own State Dept, his own DOJ or his own IRS.

Guess being half-black has it’s perks.

HumpBot Salvation on June 5, 2013 at 10:45 AM

More than half of political independents — 53 percent — say Obama’s explanation that he learned it from media reports is untrue, while 34 percent say they believe him.

Resist We Much on June 5, 2013 at 10:08 AM

But hey, it’s all cool because Bush lied and stuff. And projecting your anger toward one lying side just seems so partisan and icky.

Signed, the Muddle.

Axeman on June 5, 2013 at 10:48 AM

However, the news for Obama himself is somewhat better, at least on the surface. He has the same 48/47 job approval rating that he did in April, and only 33% are putting significant responsibility for the IRS scandal on his shoulders (and only 12% “total responsibility”). Obama supporters will offer those data points to show that the scandals aren’t impacting his political power.

They’d better not get too married to that argument, either. Obama’s ratings have seriously soured among independents, where his job approval has dropped significantly — and so have his ratings on integrity:

Mr. Obama is holding firm despite a steady decline in support among independent voters. The new poll found 59% of independents disapproving of the job Mr. Obama is doing as president, compared with the 28% who approved. That represents a steep slide since January, when 52% of independents disapproved of Mr. Obama, with 41% approving. …

So let’s get this straight. Obama’s overall approval holds steady at 48/47, while his approval among Indies slides steeply from ??/52 to 28/59. In order for the overall approval to hold steady, there needs to be a compensating increase somewhere else–MOST LIKELY the WSJ/NBC put more Democrats in the later sample.

This is clearly a Democrat-heavy poll, since this poll series has shown D+1 to D+5 in the generic Congressional vote since “the summer of 2012″. 2012 was not a good year for Republicans, but they did win the House. Why didn’t WSJ/NBC predict that fact?

Steve Z on June 5, 2013 at 10:51 AM

The public may disagree with Obama on all of this policies, and they may think his administration is a pack of wolves, but they will never hold him personally accountable for anything.

TarheelBen on June 5, 2013 at 10:34 AM

Pretty much. The politically correct, minority victimhood mentality is so ingrained into the American psyche that they will never allow themselves to per se dislike Obama or even vote against him. This is all reinforced by the culture and only works for minority Democrats.

If President Ben Carson were up for reelection with as bad a first term as Obama had, the media-Hollywood axis would have ruthlessly smeared him, thereby removing people’s inhibitions about being thought a racist for hating a black man because everyone they see on TV hates him too.

crrr6 on June 5, 2013 at 10:51 AM

I think the end is already here.

Doughboy on June 5, 2013 at 10:45 AM

That’s the scary part, this is not a Dog Eater nor an administration who will go quietly or easily. Once the heights have been reached it will be impossible for these self-absorbed fools to descend back to sea level.

Bishop on June 5, 2013 at 10:52 AM

If the MSM reported on these scandals and the majority of Americans were educated and well informed, Obama’s approval ratings would be lower than a dead rat’s body temperature.

Two big ifs I grant you.

fogw on June 5, 2013 at 10:20 AM

I don’t think so, which is why they don’t report them. It doesn’t matter to the common liberal.

Most are well informed and educated, they just tend not to care about what is wrong with their side.

A mistake many conservatives make is that they think that liberals actually care about the facts, they don’t, only the supporting facts.
And that is a conscience educated decision.

They knew about Fast and Furious, but they know where it was leading so they shut it down. They know where the IRS or Benghazi scandals are leading, but they shut them down. It’s because they are educated and informed, that they make these decisions to support blindly the dems.

So they seek out reasons to support and shut out the opposite, hence the hatred of Fox News.

The problem is, the supporting “news” becomes just a 4 hour loop of the same info, and it becomes boring so they don’t watch MSNBC, but for the 4 hours or so to get all the info they need.

MSNBC is losing viewship because it repeats the same excuses hour after hour, with nothing breaking, they even admitted that, they don’t “break” the news.

These are intellectual conscience decisions by the dems and liberals, to ignore all the information, and choose just what supports their causes or their people…every thing else is of no use.

They are will educated in the control of information…

right2bright on June 5, 2013 at 10:53 AM

It’s D+9.

Dems: 43%
GOP: 34%

sentinelrules on June 5, 2013 at 10:45 AM

Thanks, even worse than I guessed but it proves a point. The truth is too bad even for the LSM to report factually.

D-fusit on June 5, 2013 at 10:54 AM

Also worth noting is that the generic Congressional ballot has Democrats at a +3 over the GOP, which isn’t much of a change over the past year and is within the margin of error of the poll. It’s ranged from D+5 to D+1 since summer of 2012.

I simply don’t see how that’s possible. Are there really that many stupid people in this country?

Don’t answer that. I’m depressed enough as it is.

nukemhill on June 5, 2013 at 10:55 AM

crrr6 on June 5, 2013 at 10:51 AM

We went from the old-fashioned American way of rooting for the underdog to embracing victimhood, making it somehow ‘noble’.

Liam on June 5, 2013 at 10:55 AM

In a D+9 poll, he has one nostril above water=AWESOME by lsm.

..is anyone else at the point where you feel like back-handing any Lib you come across for the destruction they have caused?

hillsoftx on June 5, 2013 at 10:58 AM

So let’s get this straight. Obama’s overall approval holds steady at 48/47, while his approval among Indies slides steeply from ??/52 to 28/59. In order for the overall approval to hold steady, there needs to be a compensating increase somewhere else–MOST LIKELY the WSJ/NBC put more Democrats in the later sample.

This is clearly a Democrat-heavy poll, since this poll series has shown D+1 to D+5 in the generic Congressional vote since “the summer of 2012″. 2012 was not a good year for Republicans, but they did win the House. Why didn’t WSJ/NBC predict that fact?

Steve Z on June 5, 2013 at 10:51 AM

You are thinking way to rational…

There is no problem with a liberal saying, “I don’t trust him, but I support and admire him/her”.

There are literally hundreds of examples. Farrakhan, Marion Barry, Reid, Pelosi, Wasserman, Holder…most of them come up short in the “trust” arena, but they are supported and admired.

I agree the poll is probably weighted how you say, but not as much as you think…the dems care very little about holding their people to any real moral standard.

right2bright on June 5, 2013 at 11:00 AM

Just wait until it becomes well known that his campaign co-chair, Cutter, was meeting at the white house with the IRS commissioner. That will sink him becuase it ties right into his campaign.

Ta111 on June 5, 2013 at 10:40 AM

If you put that together with the fact that Shulman’s wife Occupy Wall Street activist and a senior program adviser for Public Campaign hoepfully he’ll sink even faster.

You think Shulman was able to avoid the constant rants his wife no doubt blasted while at home regarding Citizens United and campaign finance reform and “clean money”? I wouldn’t be surprised if dinner conversations at the Shulman house were anything but strategy sessions on how they could use their access to stop the Koch brothers and others like them. Think they shared any of this with Cutter?

C’mon man!

beselfish on June 5, 2013 at 11:00 AM

How can low/no information voters dislike a guy who can sing about how much he loves them? Especially the ones who don’t pay any income taxes and have their cool urban lives subsidized. I would say about, oh….47%.

Free stuff rules!

NOMOBO on June 5, 2013 at 11:08 AM

“Thewes something awfuwwy scwewey going on awound hewe?”

/fudd

CurtZHP on June 5, 2013 at 11:10 AM

We went from the old-fashioned American way of rooting for the underdog to embracing victimhood, making it somehow ‘noble’.

Liam on June 5, 2013 at 10:55 AM

In fairness, this mentality is not unique to certain Americans. Western Europeans are opening their doors to “victims” only to find out many of them are actually throat-slitting savages.

crrr6 on June 5, 2013 at 11:11 AM

But he’s still so cool…

We’re doomed.

Drained Brain on June 5, 2013 at 10:07 AM

He redefines cool. If I had some cool it would look just like him.

Yes we are.

Dr. Frank Enstine on June 5, 2013 at 11:13 AM

http://www.newstatesman.com/world-affairs/2008/03/barack-obama-interview-power

Add this to the list.

Evil

PappyD61 on June 5, 2013 at 11:15 AM

In fairness, this mentality is not unique to certain Americans. Western Europeans are opening their doors to “victims” only to find out many of them are actually throat-slitting savages.

crrr6 on June 5, 2013 at 11:11 AM

I think it is unique to that group of Americans that idolize and desperately want to be Europeans. We may have won the battle for independence but we are and may already have lost the war.

Dr. Frank Enstine on June 5, 2013 at 11:16 AM

He’s been a lame duck since Scott Brown won in MA in Jan 2010. Without Harry and Nancy he can do nothing. He may even lose immigration reform.
Maybe that’s why he’s popular, instead of leading he’s a celebrity.
Real leaders piss people off.

breffnian on June 5, 2013 at 11:19 AM

DUH! We knew this years ago when he wasn’t vetted. I bet his college records show he received foreign student assistance, that’s why he is hiding them. He is a liar and a thug.

ultracon on June 5, 2013 at 11:23 AM

Easy to explain:

Q. Do you have concerns about the honesty of the Obama administration?

Q. Do you still love Barack Obama, or are you a racist?

The Rogue Tomato on June 5, 2013 at 11:25 AM

I can’t begin to imagine what Obama’s poll numbers would be like with Bush’s press corps.

bflat879 on June 5, 2013 at 11:32 AM

You can’t blame obama. He doesn’t know what is going on in his administration. He has to read about it in the paper just like the rest of us.

HumpBot Salvation on June 5, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Integerity? Surley you jest!!!

logicman_1998 on June 5, 2013 at 11:38 AM

I can’t begin to imagine what Obama’s poll numbers would be like with Bush’s press corps.

bflat879 on June 5, 2013 at 11:32 AM

The answer is simple. They don’t poll former presidents.

BobMbx on June 5, 2013 at 11:39 AM

Don’t call me a racist. I think Thomas Sowell and Walter Williams are must-reads every week. And Jackie Robinson is my favorite baseball player of all time.

But Obama is the classic affirmative-action hire. On the surface, he seems passably competent, which is great because you really want to hire him for one reason–he’s black. Yet when he gets on the job, you realize that–whatever his color–he’s a complete phuck up. Nevertheless, too many can’t bring themselves to fire the incompetent black guy, because he’s black.

BuckeyeSam on June 5, 2013 at 11:51 AM

I’d rather have a popular and impotent liberal as president than one who actually enacts a liberal agenda.
Obama has been impotent since Scott Brown won in MA and has brought about a renewal of small government conservatism in the US.

breffnian on June 5, 2013 at 11:56 AM

The stupid people misunderstood what Obama meant when he said that his was going to be “the most transparent admin”. He meant “the most impertinent and petulant”.

…and incompetent…but that all means nothing. The end justifies all stupid means. Work harder and send more dough. His plan proceeds apace, idiots of the world.

Schadenfreude on June 5, 2013 at 11:56 AM

56% believe that thugs rule

Schadenfreude on June 5, 2013 at 11:57 AM

Repost from the Headline thread:

scandals raise doubt about White House’s honesty

Raise doubts?!? Dude, a prominent Adam’s Apple “raises doubt” about your date. When they stand up to pee, it’s beyond “raise doubts”.

GWB on June 5, 2013 at 10:00 AM

GWB on June 5, 2013 at 12:21 PM

Good Commander-in-Chief: 42%, down from 51%

Ooof. That one’s gonna leave a mark. I guess Benghazi has somewhat tarnished the image of Captain Kickass (who personally cut Bin Laden’s throat with a rusty K-Bar, or so I’m told).

Hayabusa on June 5, 2013 at 12:48 PM

Barry O may come out of the water dry with regard to the avalanche of scandals simply because he’s aware of two words: “Plausible deniability.”

My bet is that we will never see a “smoking gun” linking him directly to anything. No email, no memo, no meeting minutes, certainly no tape recordings. Was he behind most in not all of the shenanigans? Of course. But here’s how it went:

A couple of flunkies — say, the White House chief of staff and the director of the IRS — are sitting down and chatting in a room in the White House about the weather or something, when unannounced Barry O walks into the room. He seems to ignore them, and to be lost in thought as he strolls to a window and while looking outside says wistfully, “It sure is a pity that nothing happens to take the wind out of those tea-baggers’ sails.”

Then he lets out a sigh, and walks out of the room.

The chief of staff and the IRS director look at one another, and get to work.

Did Barry O give them any orders? No. Was there any recording of any kind of what he said? No. But is it clear to his flunkies exactly what he wants them to do? Oh, hell yeah. They’re smart guys, they know how to get things done without Barry O connecting the dots for them.

“The president proposes, the bureaucracy disposes.”

Spurius Ligustinus on June 5, 2013 at 1:32 PM

The reason Obama’s personal numbers haven’t soured as much is that this is seen as an entire political party that has gone corrupt, not just a bad seed in the White House. The entire Democratic Party is seen as liars who can’t be trusted with government.

crosspatch on June 5, 2013 at 1:33 PM

The reason Obama’s personal numbers haven’t soured as much is that this is seen as an entire political party that has gone corrupt, not just a bad seed in the White House. The entire Democratic Party is seen as liars who can’t be trusted with government.

crosspatch on June 5, 2013 at 1:33 PM

Bradley-Wilder as well. Folks are much more likely to be honest when the question is about his administration than about him personally because they don’t want to be called racist.

slickwillie2001 on June 5, 2013 at 1:55 PM

I did not listen to Rush today..but I did turn the radio on in the car in the last minute or so of his broadcast and he said that Obama was not hurt by all this and would not be hurt by it in the future. Maybe this poll was the reason he made that comment..since I did not hear anything else I can be sure. I do not understand why people on the right or the left think that Obama will not be hurt. These things take some time.

Look at Nixon. He carried 49 states and a had a very high approval rating..I think it was in the 70s when Watergate broke. Just wait and see where it ends…besides, 48 is not that great. I think Obama will keep a certain number no matter what he does. They are that loyal, and stupid.

Terrye on June 5, 2013 at 4:16 PM