Lame duck: Disapproval of Obama’s job performance hits two-year high in new NYT poll

posted at 11:21 am on September 26, 2013 by Allahpundit

He’s underwater on every metric — overall job approval, foreign policy, the economy, health care, dealing with Syria and Iran, you name it. And why wouldn’t he be? There’s nothing he’s doing anymore, apart I guess from a few new environmental regs to please the greens, that has either side excited about Hopenchange. And as I mentioned in passing last night, per Bloomberg News, he’s now also underwater on his favorable rating. Having a net negative job approval rating is nothing new for The One, but most Americans traditionally say that they like him even when they’re not happy with his performance. Not anymore. The NSA scandal, weakness towards Assad and Russia, and the daily drumbeat of ObamaCare glitches have made Bambi less cuddly.

Key strategic question, then, for congressional Republicans (who remain, as always, less popular than O): Do they press their advantage against a lame duck by risking a shutdown or, more dramatically, hitting the debt limit to try to extract concessions on ObamaCare? Or would that backfire by swinging the public behind O and putting some gas back in his political machine’s engine? If his numbers stay this low, he’ll be a lame duck for the next two years, unable to do anything to advance his agenda — especially if the GOP picks up Senate seats.

Forty-nine percent of the public disapproves of Mr. Obama’s job performance, and 43 percent approves, matching his worst measures in two years, the poll shows. Only 30 percent of Americans believe he cares “a lot” about their needs and problems, a figure that has fallen steadily from early in his first term…

[T]here is little doubt that the president is being hurt by questions over his health overhaul. Only one in five Americans say they expect to be positively affected by the law…

Mr. Obama … is viewed more negatively than President Bill Clinton was the last time there was a government shutdown, in the fall of 1995. In October of that year, shortly before the federal government partly closed down, 38 percent of Americans disapproved of Mr. Clinton’s job performance — 11 points less than those who disapprove of Mr. Obama now.

Facing a popular president in a shutdown is one thing, facing a lame duck whom no one’s happy with right now is something else. And in fact, per Harry Enten, the 1995 shutdown actually didn’t do much to boost Bill Clinton’s popularity. Conventional wisdom has it that GOP stubbornness propelled him to reelection, but as Enten shows, Clinton’s job approval actually dipped (albeit slightly) after the shutdown. It was the economy that brought him back in 1996. So if you’re worried that Republicans would resuscitate O’s presidency by playing chicken with him over a shutdown or the debt ceiling, maybe you shouldn’t worry so much.

Which is not to say you shouldn’t worry at all:

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Maybe all of that is moot now, though, given that the House GOP seems to be moving towards demanding minor concessions to avert a shutdown and pushing the big-ticket ObamaCare stuff off to the debt-ceiling battle. Would that play better?

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The X factor for a debt-ceiling standoff, now as in the past, is how bad the fallout would be. For all the media doomsaying about the repercussions of a budget standoff and government shutdown, it’s unlikely that it would last for even one pay cycle. A deal would be struck in a week or two and federal employees would get their checks, likely without missing a beat. Markets freaking out over the U.S. hitting its debt limit would be something … different, the political (and economic) effects of which are unpredictable. Which party wants to emerge as the “winner” from the rubble of whatever happens? This is why, I assume, Boehner isn’t demanding defunding or repeal as a condition of a debt-ceiling agreement but something more modest, like a temporary delay, that Democrats might conceivably agree to in the name of averting catastrophe. When push comes to shove, GOP leaders don’t want this bomb go off, even if that means looking weak in setting their demands. Not a strong position from which to negotiate, but less risky for the country than the alternative.


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Don’t worry, 0bama. Boehner, McConnell, and company will bring those numbers up for you in no time.

CurtZHP on September 26, 2013 at 11:24 AM

Doesn’t matter. we are still stuck with him for 3 more years

gerrym51 on September 26, 2013 at 11:24 AM

It shouldn’t surprise anyone that a complete fraud is a complete fraud.

oldroy on September 26, 2013 at 11:25 AM

And yet Rasmussen consistently has Obama anywhere from 46% – 49% approval rating and the Dems are up 3 points now on the generic Congressional votes. How can this be?

conservativemusician on September 26, 2013 at 11:26 AM

I’ve disapproved since before the 2008 election.

“Spread the wealth around”

Then shortly thereafter.

Office of the President-Elect

freedomfirst on September 26, 2013 at 11:30 AM

But, he’s clean and articulate./

kingsjester on September 26, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Conventional wisdom has it that GOP stubbornness propelled him to reelection, but as Enten shows, Clinton’s job approval actually dipped (albeit slightly) after the shutdown. It was the economy that brought him back in 1996

Shutting down the government, or anything that forces down government spending, would help the real economy. So it’s not like the two things are unrelated.

Fenris on September 26, 2013 at 11:31 AM

Doesn’t matter. we are still stuck with him for 3 more years

gerrym51 on September 26, 2013 at 11:24 AM

Actually 3 years and just shy of 4 months. And a country stupid enough to elect him twice could just as easily saddle us with President Hillary for 8 additional years(I won’t say 4 because incumbents almost never lose).

The low poll numbers DO matter insofar as lame duck status this early should theoretically be a boon for the GOP in the midterms(like the Democrats in 2006). Plus it’ll make almost impossible for Obama to get anything else substantial through Congress.

Doughboy on September 26, 2013 at 11:31 AM

RINO response: elections have consequences. Challenge nothing. Obey everything. Or the media will get upset.

rrpjr on September 26, 2013 at 11:32 AM

But, he’s clean and articulate./

kingsjester on September 26, 2013 at 11:30 AM

I don’t think he’s even that anymore…

sandee on September 26, 2013 at 11:32 AM

Meanwhile, Cong. Peter Kings proclaims that Ted Cruz is the fraud.

mobydutch on September 26, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Lame douche is a better term, ducks can at least be eaten and are quite tasty. The numbers don’t matter anyway, Dog Eater is retreating to his bunker while the populace is left to face the wrath of the advancing hordes.

Bishop on September 26, 2013 at 11:34 AM

We are in the midst of what would have been happening if Carter had a second term.

The only problem is – after all this time, Obama still isn’t being held accountable and responsible for his record. It is always someone else’s fault.

Athos on September 26, 2013 at 11:34 AM

Bonehead and Turtle are hard at work trying to improve those numbers.

bgibbs1000 on September 26, 2013 at 11:35 AM

Maybe all of that is moot now, though, given that the House GOP seems to be moving towards demanding minor concessions to avert a shutdown and pushing the big-ticket ObamaCare stuff off to the debt-ceiling battle.

Pushing the big-ticket stuff off to the next battle YET AGAIN.

It is time for the GOP to take a stand instead of lecturing us all that we just have to wait to the next battle and then they’ll really stand up for what conservatives want. But in the meantime, they have no choice but do whatever the hell it is that Obama wants.

Happy Nomad on September 26, 2013 at 11:35 AM

That damned 47% – still causing trouble!

OldEnglish on September 26, 2013 at 11:36 AM

But, he’s clean and articulate./

kingsjester on September 26, 2013 at 11:30 AM

The thin-skinned rat may bathe regularly but he is far from “clean.”

Happy Nomad on September 26, 2013 at 11:37 AM

I remember when anyone outside of the majority who approved of Dog Eater were obvious racists, Bible thumping hicks, and general malcontents.

It seems that all sorts of liberals and demorats must have become racist, is that even possible?

Bishop on September 26, 2013 at 11:38 AM

McCain inferred on the Senate floor that such things do not matter, Obama won an election and now we must all obey – if not we might end up in a “cul-de-sac.”

mjbrooks3 on September 26, 2013 at 11:42 AM

We are in the midst of what would have been happening if Carter had a second term.

The only problem is – after all this time, Obama still isn’t being held accountable and responsible for his record. It is always someone else’s fault.

Athos on September 26, 2013 at 11:34 AM

This is worse than Carter. Carter for all of his faults never saddled us with $6 trillion in debt(or the late 1970′s inflation-adjusted equivalent) or a health care law that was destroying jobs and private insurance BEFORE it was even fully implemented. I don’t envy whomever takes office in 2017 and inherits the mess Obama leaves behind.

Doughboy on September 26, 2013 at 11:42 AM

mika wasn’t too happy with these numbers this am

heh

cmsinaz on September 26, 2013 at 11:46 AM

Freak show

Schadenfreude on September 26, 2013 at 11:48 AM

Facing a popular president in a shutdown is one thing, facing a lame duck whom no one’s happy with right now is something else.

Bonehead and Turtle are hard at work trying to improve those numbers.

bgibbs1000 on September 26, 2013 at 11:35 AM

Yep. Obama’s only a lame duck if a real opposition party exists to exploit his weaknesses. Otherwise he can continue to do whatever the heck he wants.

I don’t envy whomever takes office in 2017 and inherits the mess Obama leaves behind.

Doughboy on September 26, 2013 at 11:42 AM

I honestly doubt any one president will be capable of fixing this, short of assuming dictatorial power, at this point. We would need a succession of multiple conservative presidents with conservative supermajorities in Congress for 25 years to begin to unravel this mess with the normal political processes. There’s just too much that’s broken.

Doomberg on September 26, 2013 at 11:48 AM

I don’t envy whomever takes office in 2017 and inherits the mess Obama leaves behind.

Doughboy on September 26, 2013 at 11:42 AM

Christie or Killary will have a solution, so rest easy Citizen.

Bishop on September 26, 2013 at 11:48 AM

obama, the turkey, has landed on Earth, finally.

He certainly didn’t soar with eagles.

Schadenfreude on September 26, 2013 at 11:48 AM

And yet Rasmussen consistently has Obama anywhere from 46% – 49% approval rating and the Dems are up 3 points now on the generic Congressional votes. How can this be?

conservativemusician on September 26, 2013 at 11:26 AM

Take heart in the knowledge that Rasmussen was woefully inaccurate in the 2012 cycle.

libfreeordie on September 26, 2013 at 11:50 AM

Breaking News: W.H. postpones some Obamacare online enrollment

hmmmm
via politico

cmsinaz on September 26, 2013 at 11:50 AM

Jesse Jackson, who shouldn’t be allowed on an English show, until he actually learns English, tried to convey that obama is actually great and obama’care’ is the best thing since the founders.

It was hard to understand what he really said.

Schadenfreude on September 26, 2013 at 11:51 AM

McCain inferred on the Senate floor that such things do not matter, Obama won an election and now we must all obey – if not we might end up in a “cul-de-sac.”

mjbrooks3 on September 26, 2013 at 11:42 AM

Inferred? He outright said that. He implied that dissent was something only whacko birds would do. “Smart” legislators go-along to get along.

Happy Nomad on September 26, 2013 at 11:52 AM

A Republican President would be at 20% approval with this economy.

Imagine the media frenzy if Bush was flying his dogs around on their own vacation plane.

mudskipper on September 26, 2013 at 11:52 AM

Slave of HA, how come you’re not ashamed of such stupidity on display, domestically and internationally. The land is a laughing stock.

Brazil, for crying out loud, snubbed the WH for the most coveted “state dinner”.

Schadenfreude on September 26, 2013 at 11:52 AM

The X factor for a debt-ceiling standoff…

ah, the classic not this time, we’ll defend the next hill strategy that has been leaving dems all over the political landscape wondering what happened*

*given the economy, obamacare love, the middle east collapse, Benghazi, IRS scandal, crony bankruptcies, Fast & Furious, rampant racial demagoguery they are wondering how in heck they are still in charge and pushing their agenda

DanMan on September 26, 2013 at 11:52 AM

You think it makes any difference to Obama what his poll numbers are? Remember his definition of “sin” as not living up to his own ideals?…

Pest on September 26, 2013 at 11:53 AM

How high is the water Momma?

4 feet high and risin’.

portlandon on September 26, 2013 at 11:55 AM

It seems that all sorts of liberals and demorats must have become racist, is that even possible?

Bishop on September 26, 2013 at 11:38 AM

Technically speaking, according to Race Card Rule No. 1 (and the U.S. Census Bureau), it is impossible only for 13.1% of the nation to be racist (unless you’re a conservative within that percentage). The rest of us are, or might as well be.

Boycotting South Africa and listening to Paul Robeson records won’t help you anymore.

de rigueur on September 26, 2013 at 11:56 AM

BREAKING NEWS: New Enrollment delayed!!!!!

LMAO!!! Obamacare is falling apart all on its own!!!

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on September 26, 2013 at 11:56 AM

Time for an Obama visit to Jay Leno, Letterman, Dancing with the Stars, Helen Degeneress, MTV music awards to Twerk butt-2-butt with Beyonce, etc, etc, etc…

albill on September 26, 2013 at 11:56 AM

…have made Bambi less cuddly

LOL, weapons grade snark. Well done AP, well done

JusDreamin on September 26, 2013 at 11:56 AM

mika wasn’t too happy with these numbers this am

cmsinaz on September 26, 2013 at 11:46 AM

Is Mika really ever happy about anything? She seems like one of those women that spend every waking moment angry or upset about something.

Happy Nomad on September 26, 2013 at 11:56 AM

Jesse Jackson, who shouldn’t be allowed on an English show, until he actually learns English, tried to convey that obama is actually great and obama’care’ is the best thing since the founders.

It was hard to understand what he really said.

Schadenfreude on September 26, 2013 at 11:51 AM

Didn’t he threaten to cut Barry’s balls off? The hand gestures. Was he making any hand gestures? They help. At least they did in that incident.
Still once you’ve understood what he said, you have to struggle with the honesty factor. Hand gestures won’t even help there.

onomo on September 26, 2013 at 11:57 AM

correction to above: It is impossible only 13.1% of the nation NOT to be racist…

de rigueur on September 26, 2013 at 11:57 AM

AP makes the same mistake that many are making. The choice between shutting down the government and not shutting it down is a false one.

We need to break up this CR into smaller ones, that each fund a specific part of government. Then put the defund ObamaCare parts into the appropriate CR for the parts of government affected by that.

If Dems want to go to the mat to keep the IRS and HHS running just so they can keep their crappy healthcare takeover, I say we take that fight. Shut ‘em down.

Chris of Rights on September 26, 2013 at 11:57 AM

Sadly enough, Obama could become the lamest of all, but with the current Republican leadership reaching across the aisle, and in addition, slamming down any conservatives, Obama will be just fine. Remember, he won the election, and we are obligated to bow to the throne. That’s how McCain sees it.

mobydutch on September 26, 2013 at 12:00 PM

I predict Boehner has already negotiated the vote for funding O-Care for a 1 year delay and the dems are with him since they’re not ready anyway. All of the confusion that is scheduled to hit within a week will still happen but it will blamed on repub intransigence.

As somebody smarter than me has said, if your worried about what the opposition thinks of you then you’ve already lost. That’s how half of our GOP senate thinks and handful of house members led by Peter King.

DanMan on September 26, 2013 at 12:00 PM

I fully expect the rating organizations to downgrade the US once again if a debt ceiling increase agreement is reached that does not have significant and fundamental changes in the spending trajectory of the federal government.

The problem with the GOP leadership is that their defeatism and timidity will give them a considerable amount of ownership of this downgrade.

If they are really concerned about something having a negative impact on their election bid in 2014 – it’s going to be this.

Athos on September 26, 2013 at 12:01 PM

Regarding question #44 of the poll:
How does not raising the debt ceiling put us in default? Doesn’t that just mean we can’t borrow any more money?

hopeful on September 26, 2013 at 12:01 PM

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on September 26, 2013 at 11:56 AM

LOL

EPIC FAIL

cmsinaz on September 26, 2013 at 12:01 PM

Is Mika really ever happy about anything? She seems like one of those women that spend every waking moment angry or upset about something.

It’s a liberal thing HN, the more liberal the madder they stay. I have a sister in NOVA that is exactly the same way and just as clueless. Cannot articulate one defense of any position she holds as truth. I think that may be why they are always mad.

DanMan on September 26, 2013 at 12:03 PM

Got polled the other evening by Gallup. They offered me the choice of “Approve” or “Disapprove” of O’s job performance…

Whaddaya got beyond disapprove?

My favorite question, however, was the final “demographic” question. After saying that I am “married”, “have 4 kids”, am “very conservative”, that my religion is “very important to me”, that I attend services “at least once per week”, and that I consider my religious beliefs as part of my “daily” life… the guy finished with, “Do you consider yourself ‘gay, lesbian, bisexual or transexual?’” I chuckled and asked if the guy wanted to guess.

“Whaddaya got beyond no?”

mankai on September 26, 2013 at 12:03 PM

Happy Nomad on September 26, 2013 at 11:56 AM

except for when the gop makes a gaffe….

cmsinaz on September 26, 2013 at 12:04 PM

Congressional Republicans are liked less than the President because their base basically hates them.

No one likes a coward. This is why Obama’s approval has sagged. This is also why congressional Republicans can never manage decent approval numbers.

h a p f a t on September 26, 2013 at 12:05 PM

BREAKING NEWS: New Enrollment delayed!!!!!

LMAO!!! Obamacare is falling apart all on its own!!!

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on September 26, 2013 at 11:56 AM

July 2, 2013

White House delays employer mandate requirement until 2015

Isn’t it time to admit that Obama is a moron?

sentinelrules on September 26, 2013 at 12:06 PM

Peter King and McCain and McConnell and Cornyn have all shown their butts. How is that for vile?

mobydutch on September 26, 2013 at 12:06 PM

For all the media doomsaying about the repercussions of a budget standoff and government shutdown, it’s unlikely that it would last for even one pay cycle. A deal would be struck in a week or two and federal employees would get their checks, likely without missing a beat. Markets freaking out over the U.S. hitting its debt limit would be something … different, the political (and economic) effects of which are unpredictable.

Wait, so after a week of “this isn’t the battle to fight” it turns out that this was the battle to fight? We did have more leverage during the CR fight than we will during the debt ceiling hike?

gwelf on September 26, 2013 at 12:08 PM

Take heart in the knowledge that Rasmussen was woefully inaccurate in the 2012 cycle.

libfreeordie on September 26, 2013 at 11:50 AM

libfree loves to talk about polls and optics and political maneuvering because ObamaCare is a disaster for healthcare and the economy and his god-king gave special deals and exemptions to big corporations and his fellow elitist politicians. Social Justice!

gwelf on September 26, 2013 at 12:11 PM

Isn’t it time to admit that Obama is a moron?

sentinelrules on September 26, 2013 at 12:06 PM

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on September 26, 2013 at 12:16 PM

That wooden tiki bust at the driveway entrance will look absolutely marvelous.

Legacy!

Dusty on September 26, 2013 at 12:17 PM

Isn’t it time to admit that Obama is a moron?

sentinelrules on September 26, 2013 at 12:06 PM

It’s a moronic and failed presidency for sure. The guy was not ready for primetime whatsoever….

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on September 26, 2013 at 12:17 PM

We need to break up this CR into smaller ones, that each fund a specific part of government…

Chris of Rights on September 26, 2013 at 11:57 AM

Boehner promised that this year we’d have normal order for the budget. Instead the House waited till last minute and did an all-enconmpassing continuing resolution again. It’s almost like they want to fail.

So what do you think the likelihood of them using your (otherwise reasonable) strategy is?

Fenris on September 26, 2013 at 12:20 PM

Markets freaking out over the U.S. hitting its debt limit would be something … different, the political (and economic) effects of which are unpredictable. Which party wants to emerge as the “winner” from the rubble of whatever happens?


I am always amazed how disconnected you and Ed are from the economic realities, AP.

It really is astonishing!

Quick thumbnail sketch:

1) The Fed has decided it will now purchase MORE U.S. Treasuries than needed to fund the defecit. It is doing this DESPITE currently being PRIMARY purchaser of ALL U.S.T’s. The Fed will soon BE THE MARKET for U.S.T.’s – Guess what happens to interest rates when they “succeed”?

2) The “Yellen is our new goddess” uber-liberal crowd has defacto nominated her to be the next Fed Chairperson. Why you ask? Because they expect Yellen to EXPAND the Fed’s QE policy and extend it indefinitely. Guess what happens to the value of the dollar if that happens?

3) If you take away nothing else from this post – take this next item away because it is most important. The GAAP requirement for “Mark to Market” on assets was suspended at the start of the financial crisis and was NEVER REINSTATED. All this “the markets are at an all time high” happy horsepuckey IGNORES this highly inconvenient fact. Why you ask? Because if you reinstated “mark to market”, the balance sheet of 90% of American publicly traded businesses would look and smell like horsepuckey.

Newsflash to Ed/AP: We ARE already sitting in economic rubble. Obamacare is the neutron bomb designed to permanently destroy the American middle class. You might want to consider revising your editorializing in light of that outcome.

PolAgnostic on September 26, 2013 at 12:20 PM

Where’s wolf blitzer? When bush’s rating were dropping he was on CNN every 15 minutes with breaking news about bush’s job approval ratings at an all time low.

jaywemm on September 26, 2013 at 12:23 PM

Where are the halo photos?

They seem to be more infrequent.

freedomfirst on September 26, 2013 at 12:26 PM

I have a sister in NOVA that is exactly the same way and just as clueless. Cannot articulate one defense of any position she holds as truth. I think that may be why they are always mad.

DanMan on September 26, 2013 at 12:03 PM

Yeah, Virginia has plenty of stupid women who are constantly angry at the world. They’re giving Terry McAuliffe an edge on the claim that Ken Cuccinelli wants to ban all abortions. No sane person would believe that is what Cuccinelli stands for but, as I said, plenty of angry stupid women in the Commonwealth.

Happy Nomad on September 26, 2013 at 12:26 PM

Where are the halo photos?

They seem to be more infrequent.

freedomfirst on September 26, 2013 at 12:26 PM

When was the last time that a school system rushed to name/rename a school for the thin-skinned rat?

The last time the crowds gathered in front of fake greek columns were genuinely thrilled to be breathing the same air as the lazy stupid bastard?

The last time that he held a town hall meeting where the props were not all sporting their SEIU-provided purple t-shirts?

With the possible exception of Chris Matthews leg, the thrill is gone.

Happy Nomad on September 26, 2013 at 12:30 PM

Only 30 percent of Americans believe he cares “a lot” about their needs and problems,

Those are the “true” Obots. The Obamassiah can do NO wrong. The Obamassiah makes no mistakes. The Obamassiah is The Anointed One. All Hail The Obamassiah!

GarandFan on September 26, 2013 at 12:31 PM

Where’s wolf blitzer? When bush’s rating were dropping he was on CNN every 15 minutes with breaking news about bush’s job approval ratings at an all time low.

jaywemm on September 26, 2013 at 12:23 PM

I had forgotten about that. Every downtick in GWB’s rating was a special news alert on all the major networks. Now, Obama’s numbers are worse than that and the reaction from the media….meh.

Happy Nomad on September 26, 2013 at 12:33 PM

According to the stimulus chart, we should be dipping below 5% unemployment by now*. I can’t imagine why his numbers would be so low considering that triumph?

*For the record, the same chart shows that without the stimulus, we’d be back at 5% by now. So the stimulus not only didn’t reach its own targets, it apparently has stifled real growth.

mankai on September 26, 2013 at 12:35 PM

Ted Cruz you magnificent bast–d! Someone needs to tell McShame that the wacko bird just goy Obozo to blink.

neyney on September 26, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Got not goy Oiy Vey!

neyney on September 26, 2013 at 12:40 PM

as I said, plenty of angry stupid women in the Commonwealth.

Happy Nomad on September 26, 2013 at 12:26 PM

They’re everywhere.

rrpjr on September 26, 2013 at 12:57 PM

Not anymore. The NSA scandal, weakness towards Assad and Russia, and the daily drumbeat of ObamaCare glitches have made Bambi less cuddly.

I think most Americans are angry at him for even bringing up a attack on Syria in the first place. I hope the neo-cons in the GOP don’t convince themselves of the narrative that it was Obama’s weakness and therefore a “strong” leader would have invaded Syria and punked the Russians and Americans would just love that. That notion will cost the GOP another election in 2016 if they don’t watch out.

The general rule is simple: A candidate for president in 2016, no matter the political party, who starts waxing poetic about the Iraq War or that America needs to get more involved in the Middle East, etc. will be hurt by that politically. Period…end of story.

William Eaton on September 26, 2013 at 1:35 PM

Obama sent Biden to CO for an photo op, he didn’t even bother his very self.

Shame! Lip service.

Sir Napsalot on September 26, 2013 at 1:43 PM

Oh for God’s sake… look at the poll and understand it!

1) The vast majority of Americans will be negatively affected by the law.

2) The vast majority of Americans say to uphold the law.

3) The vast majority of Americans say to fund government.

4) The vast majority of Americans disapprove of Congress.

Fund government, include a provision that states the law is the law and void all exemptions/waivers from Obamacare, reinstitute all dates as written in the law and signed by the President, and require all Federal employees to abide by it with no subsidies.

The GOP really IS the stupid party.

dominigan on September 26, 2013 at 1:56 PM

And yet Rasmussen consistently has Obama anywhere from 46% – 49% approval rating and the Dems are up 3 points now on the generic Congressional votes. How can this be?

conservativemusician on September 26, 2013 at 11:26 AM

Take heart in the knowledge that Rasmussen was woefully inaccurate in the 2012 cycle.

libfreeordie on September 26, 2013 at 11:50 AM

Not as bad as Gallup, though. Nate Silver rated them dead last.

Del Dolemonte on September 26, 2013 at 1:57 PM

obama looks so stupid.

Schadenfreude on September 26, 2013 at 4:04 PM

Wait a minute, Schad.

Though I concur with most of your analyses, here you’re off base.

Obama isn’t smart enough to be stupid.

either orr on September 26, 2013 at 5:45 PM