Obama’s Magical Economy Tour going about as well as you’d expect

posted at 8:41 am on August 15, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Three weeks ago, Barack Obama launched a cross-country speaking tour to boost his economic policies, a campaign that included an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. The President hoped to build momentum for the fall session and the upcoming budget fight by going over the heads of Congress during their summer recess.  Instead, Gallup finds that Obama’s approval ratings on the economy — and practically everything else — sinks the more he campaigns:

Despite President Barack Obama’s renewed focus on the nation’s economy this summer, crisscrossing the country to talk about job creation, he scores worse with Americans on the economy than he did in June. His approval rating on the issue, now 35%, is down seven percentage points, and his ratings on taxes and the federal budget deficit are each down five points. During the same period, his overall approval rating is down three points.

In fact, out of seven issues for which Obama’s job performance was rated in the new poll and in June, only the three economy-related ones fell significantly. These are also his lowest issue approval ratings of the nine total issues measured this month. Notably, these declines somewhat parallel the slide Gallup has seen in Americans’ economic confidence over the same period, although confidence picked up slightly this past week.

Obama’s approval ratings on race relations, terrorism, and education remain positive on balance, with each changing little since Gallup last measured them. His approval ratings on foreign affairs, immigration, and healthcare policy are all moderately negative but little changed.

All of the changes on approval are negative, although some are within the margin of error. His overall approval rating dropped three points since the beginning of June to 44%. The drop exceeds the MOE for three issues, and the biggest drop is the economy, at -7 to 35%, as Gallup’s lead notes. He’s only at 36% on taxes, and only registers 26% approval on the federal budget deficit.

Even on non-economic issues, Obama has little standing.  Gallup asked about race relations for the first time in quite a while, and Obama gets a bare majority at 51% — his best subject. He also scores 50% on terrorism, and 49% on education.  His approval rating on foreign affairs sunk to 40%, and everything else on the list goes to 39% or worse, including health-care policy as ObamaCare’s rollout continues to be a trainwreck.  Gallup’s analysis claims that his healthcare ratings “are largely unruffled” because they only dropped one point, but a 39% approval rating in that area looks more like being consistently ruffled.

The tour came to an end with Obama’s vacation at Martha’s Vineyard, and it looks like that arrived not a moment too soon for the President.


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35% approval on the economy.

35% of us are welfare recipients, Obama-phone holders, & foodstamp card users.
“It’s all good; I’ve got my handouts!”

itsnotaboutme on August 15, 2013 at 8:48 AM

It will be going swimmingly once we deepen our Ports.

ToddPA on August 15, 2013 at 8:50 AM

Gallup asked about race relations for the first time in quite a while, and Obama gets a bare majority at 51% — his best subject.

He came to unite—until he didn’t. #pathetic

hillsoftx on August 15, 2013 at 8:50 AM

What’s up with the racist pic of some clown in blackface sitting next to Leno??

NotCoach on August 15, 2013 at 8:50 AM

and remember, these ratings are based upon Americans figuring this out for themselves outside of the cheerleading mainstream media..imagine what these numbers might look like if truth in reporting existed …

hillsoftx on August 15, 2013 at 8:55 AM

The tour came to an end with Obama’s vacation at Martha’s Vineyard, and it looks like that arrived not a moment too soon for the President.

The bottom line is that there is a common theme right now. The government and this administration consistently and systemically lie to the people about what is going on and are deliberately spying on all Americans. There is a crisis of trust.

Fix that and everything else is going to look different. But going out and saying that NSA isn’t spying on Americans, or that Obamacare is going great, or that we can trust the IRS not to abuse the information we are forced to provide them…… Well, the longer the crisis in trust goes on the lower Obama’s numbers or going to go. Face it- he’s headed to Congress levels of approval less than a year after having “won” re-election.

Happy Nomad on August 15, 2013 at 8:56 AM

and remember, these ratings are based upon Americans figuring this out for themselves outside of the cheerleading mainstream media..imagine what these numbers might look like if truth in reporting existed …

hillsoftx on August 15, 2013 at 8:55 AM

I want to know who they poll. I’ve never been polled. Not once. When I see that even with all the scandal, incompetence, arrogance, bad stewardship, and dereliction of duty he gets a 44% approval rating, I have to think that these polls are skewed to favor getting Obamaphone-toting and food stamp-loving parasites who admire the man for the “free stuff” they get.

Happy Nomad on August 15, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Ed I think his tour starts up again in PA no?

cmsinaz on August 15, 2013 at 9:01 AM

It will be going swimmingly once we deepen our Ports.

ToddPA on August 15, 2013 at 8:50 AM

Yeah, but only those on the Gulf of Mexico…like Los Angeles and Oakland.

Resist We Much on August 15, 2013 at 9:02 AM

Ed I think his tour starts up again in PA no?

cmsinaz on August 15, 2013 at 9:01 AM

Yeah, MSNBC has a helpful map for following his tour.

NotCoach on August 15, 2013 at 9:04 AM

It will be going swimmingly once we deepen our Ports.
ToddPA on August 15, 2013 at 8:50 AM

Well, the Gulf ports anyway, like Philly, Baltimore, and Boston.

Akzed on August 15, 2013 at 9:07 AM

Yeah, but only those on the Gulf of Mexico…like Los Angeles and Oakland.

Resist We Much on August 15, 2013 at 9:02 AM

Isn’t Los Angeles in Asia?

Happy Nomad on August 15, 2013 at 9:08 AM

Lol yup notcoach

cmsinaz on August 15, 2013 at 9:09 AM

Clearly what this country needs is a woman with experience at the helm, like Hillary

Ditkaca on August 15, 2013 at 9:10 AM

Using the word magical in the same sentence as a reference to a black man is obviously a racist slur.
Hotair needs sensitivity training and lifetime bans.

/libfreeordie
/Capitalist Hog

gwelf on August 15, 2013 at 9:11 AM

How would you like to be on Valerie’s staff this morning?I bet she is ranting about this.

docflash on August 15, 2013 at 9:14 AM

President Useless.

BuckeyeSam on August 15, 2013 at 9:17 AM

Clearly what this country needs is a woman with experience at the helm, like Hillary

Ditkaca on August 15, 2013 at 9:10 AM

NO! We do not need a woman who has a recurring monthly problem. By which I mean the “exhaustion” that prevents her from testifying before Congressional committees when the subject is inconvenient.

Happy Nomad on August 15, 2013 at 9:18 AM

Clearly what this country needs is a woman with experience at the helm, like Hillary

Ditkaca on August 15, 2013 at 9:10 AM

The V@gina Messiah.

NotCoach on August 15, 2013 at 9:21 AM

Yeah, MSNBC has a helpful map for following his tour.

NotCoach on August 15, 2013 at 9:04 AM

That still cracks me up. Frankly, I’m surprised MSDNC hasn’t touted how well The One’s approval in the 57th state has been.

JetBoy on August 15, 2013 at 9:24 AM

How would you like to be on Valerie’s staff this morning?I bet she is ranting about this.

docflash on August 15, 2013 at 9:14 AM

How’d you like to be one of those union people scheduled to be bussed in as props for the upcoming tour of PA and NY? With these results they are going have to attend mandatory adulation training. Now, it won’t be enough to just stand there. They will be have to be the gushing horde of zealots that they were in 2008.

Happy Nomad on August 15, 2013 at 9:25 AM

President Useless.

BuckeyeSam on August 15, 2013 at 9:17 AM

Not even.

“Useless” implies superfluous. In Obama’s case, he wishes he was as good as that.

JetBoy on August 15, 2013 at 9:26 AM

and remember, these ratings are based upon Americans figuring this out for themselves outside of the cheerleading mainstream media..imagine what these numbers might look like if truth in reporting existed …

hillsoftx on August 15, 2013 at 8:55 AM

If truth in reporting existed in this country, Obama wouldn’t be president.

AZCoyote on August 15, 2013 at 9:27 AM

If truth in reporting existed in this country, Obama wouldn’t be president.

AZCoyote on August 15, 2013 at 9:27 AM

Libfree would call that kind of thinking racist. He/she/it admitted this morning that Obama’s election was all about race and we got a second-rate President because his being “black” mattered more than his inabilty to do the job. The media can’t tell the truth about this administration because it would hold the black President to the same standards as other Presidents.

Happy Nomad on August 15, 2013 at 9:37 AM

Instead of campaigning the president could better serve the country by staying on vacation. Just stay there, and don’t talk. Keep Carney there too, and don’t let hem talk either.

Can Congress do “Recess Appointments” during vacay? I know it’s innovative and usually runs the other way, but while the Sun King is off in the Vineyard I’d like to see some improvements in the cabinet.

Start with Kerry/Hagel, and raise the group average IQ. Undo ObamaCare, and send Sibelius back to Kansas or Ohio, or wherever she wants her free bus ticket to read. The world would celebrate.

MTF on August 15, 2013 at 9:45 AM

Surprising what happens when you elect an empty suit.

GarandFan on August 15, 2013 at 9:45 AM

35% of us are welfare recipients, Obama-phone holders, & foodstamp card users.
“It’s all good; I’ve got my handouts!”

itsnotaboutme on August 15, 2013 at 8:48 AM

Well, that’s down from Mitt’s 47% only a year ago. Let’s see…from 47% to 35% is a drop of…26%! Sounds like a recovery to me! ;-)

/shameless-lib-troll

JimLennon on August 15, 2013 at 9:47 AM

and remember, these ratings are based upon Americans figuring this out for themselves outside of the cheerleading mainstream media..imagine what these numbers might look like if truth in reporting existed …

hillsoftx on August 15, 2013 at 8:55 AM

Too bad the voters didn’t figure this out last year–President Romney would have had 4% growth and 6% unemployment by now.

Steve Z on August 15, 2013 at 9:48 AM

Three weeks ago, Barack Obama launched a cross-country speaking campaign/vacation tour to boost his economic policies,

Does this so-called president ever stay in Washington and do his job?

sadatoni on August 15, 2013 at 9:48 AM

The state spends much time and effort persuading the public that it is not really what it is and that the consequences of its actions are positive rather than negative.

roflmmfao

donabernathy on August 15, 2013 at 9:54 AM

It’s always great fun to watch the “main stream press” spin this kind of truth to make it seem that this is great news. Their ability to take the truth and make it into something else is absolutely amazing! If they tried to do their job as they should, report the news without opinion and spin, wouldn’t we benefit? Oh well, I can dream can’t I?

Pardonme on August 15, 2013 at 10:04 AM

Hey guys, Recall when GWB was in office and we were adding tons of jobs every month? UI was so low , many people were participation in the workforce?

The media bashed him and the republicans non stop 24/7 on the “poor numbers”.

So cuz there is nothing bad being said about the economy now this means jobs for everyone and the workforce participation is sky high?

Really guy, with all the garbage that has gone on with him , if the media would do half its job, this person would have been in the process of being impeached. I hate that word but Nixon hardly touches this guy.

Of course just like everything else he would just ignore it anyways.

watertown on August 15, 2013 at 10:11 AM

and remember, these ratings are based upon Americans figuring this out for themselves outside of the cheerleading mainstream media..imagine what these numbers might look like if truth in reporting existed …

hillsoftx on August 15, 2013 at 8:55 AM

I want to know who they poll. I’ve never been polled. Not once. When I see that even with all the scandal, incompetence, arrogance, bad stewardship, and dereliction of duty he gets a 44% approval rating, I have to think that these polls are skewed to favor getting Obamaphone-toting and food stamp-loving parasites who admire the man for the “free stuff” they get.

Happy Nomad on August 15, 2013 at 9:00 AM

You obviously aren’t on the DNC supporter list or a SNAP card holder.

acyl72 on August 15, 2013 at 11:06 AM

We’re finally seeing some real movement on his approval numbers.

RCP average today at -7.7.

As I keep repeating, he has spent most of his Presidency between +4 and -4, so -7.7 actually borders on newsworthy. All time low is -10.2 in August, 2011.

Chris of Rights on August 15, 2013 at 11:11 AM

and remember, these ratings are based upon Americans figuring this out for themselves outside of the cheerleading mainstream media..imagine what these numbers might look like if truth in reporting existed …

hillsoftx on August 15, 2013 at 8:55 AM

This.

KMC1 on August 15, 2013 at 11:21 AM

It will be going swimmingly once we deepen our Ports.

ToddPA on August 15, 2013 at 8:50 AM

Well, the Gulf ports anyway, like Philly, Baltimore, and Boston.

Akzed on August 15, 2013 at 9:07 AM

Technically speaking, Boston is a Gulf port. Gulf of Maine!

BTW today here in northern New England new shell Maine lobsters are $3.99 a pound, which is cheaper per pound than hamburger. Moochelle better stock up!

Del Dolemonte on August 15, 2013 at 12:26 PM

If truth in reporting existed in this country, Obama wouldn’t be president.

AZCoyote on August 15, 2013 at 9:27 AM

Libfree would call that kind of thinking racist. He/she/it admitted this morning that Obama’s election was all about race and we got a second-rate President because his being “black” mattered more than his inabilty to do the job. The media can’t tell the truth about this administration because it would hold the black President to the same standards as other Presidents.

Happy Nomad on August 15, 2013 at 9:37 AM

Which thread was that on?

BTW, if truth in reporting existed in this country, O’bama wouldn’t have even gotten the nomination. And may have never been elected in Illinois.

Del Dolemonte on August 15, 2013 at 12:28 PM

Libfree would call that kind of thinking racist. He/she/it admitted this morning that Obama’s election was all about race and we got a second-rate President because his being “black” mattered more than his inabilty to do the job. The media can’t tell the truth about this administration because it would hold the black President to the same standards as other Presidents.

Happy Nomad on August 15, 2013 at 9:37 AM

Where? I wanna get a screen grab of that.

Maddie on August 15, 2013 at 12:33 PM

That’s OK. He’s black.

Galtian on August 15, 2013 at 12:54 PM

Maybe JugEars® should try donning a sandwich board while standing on a street corner.

pain train on August 15, 2013 at 12:55 PM

Obama’s Magical Economy Tour going about as well as you’d expect

Famously?

There Goes the Neighborhood on August 15, 2013 at 6:28 PM