Poll: 53% say that Obama’s administration has been incompetent in running the government

posted at 4:01 pm on January 22, 2014 by Allahpundit

Lots of e-mails about the new Q-poll today, but the dirty little secret is that the newsiest result isn’t new. Quinnipiac started asking the question about Obama’s competence back in November, after the Healthcare.gov Chernobyl, and found that — ta da — 53 percent said no when asked if the administration had run the government competently. The news in today’s numbers is that, despite the salvage job on the O-Care website in November and the big enrollment surge in December, perceptions of his competence have scarcely budged since then. Here’s the trendline when people are asked if the administration’s competent. After a terrible 2013 lowlighted by the ObamaCare clusterfark, America may simply have decided, irreversibly, that this guy doesn’t know what he’s doing.

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Although the topline number’s flat, there has been some movement within different demographic groups since November. Back then, voters aged 18-29 split 47/46 on whether Obama’s administration was competent; today they’ve climbed back to 49/42. Among other parts of O’s base, the trend is the opposite — perceptions among blacks of his competence have dipped from 79/15 to 72/20 and among Latinos from 51/46 to … 44/45. No way to know precisely what’s driving that, but it’s noteworthy that just as his numbers on competence have remained flat, so have the numbers for ObamaCare. In November, after hell month for Healthcare.gov, Quinnipiac found support for the law at 39/55. Today, after things have stabilized a bit, it’s 38/56. Deeply unpopular, as always, despite its alleged recent “successes.”

“So what?” you say. “Who cares what the polls look like for a lame duck?” That’s your cue to read Sean Trende’s new piece on how the president’s job approval affects his party’s chances in Senate races. The conventional wisdom that the GOP’s looking at picking up four to six seats in the Senate this year is true, says Trende — if you assume that Obama’s job approval is hovering at around 50 percent. In reality, O’s approval is around 43 percent and hasn’t been higher than his disapproval in RCP’s poll average since last May. The lower he goes, the more vulnerable Democratic “safe” seats become. Right now, Trende thinks a 10-seat pick-up for Republicans isn’t out of the question. If perceptions of his competence really are stuck at 43/53 or so going forward, he and his party are in deep trouble.


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And “the 47%” are too stupid to notice.

Charlemagne on January 22, 2014 at 4:03 PM

53% are the biggest racists in the world.

Schadenfreude on January 22, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Little late. We here at HotGay/Fat/StonedGas tried to tell you in ’08.

Lanceman on January 22, 2014 at 4:06 PM

And “the 47%” are too stupid to notice.

Charlemagne on January 22, 2014 at 4:03 PM

DAMN! You beat me to it!!!

Curse you, Kirk!

thejackal on January 22, 2014 at 4:06 PM

Give. Me. A. Break.

Since when has Hot Gas ever offered “ways for people to come together and find solutions”? This is a partisan hack site, nothing more. Let’s run the most distorted, biased BS, stick a smug picture of a smiling Obama atop it, and watch the hits peg the meters.

Such BS.

lostmotherland on January 22, 2014 at 1:44 PM

Schadenfreude on January 22, 2014 at 4:07 PM

Poll: 53% say that Obama’s administration has been incompetent in running the government

And “the 47%” are too stupid to notice.

Charlemagne on January 22, 2014 at 4:03 PM

There’s that 47% number again.

Or at least 43% who gladly let the government butter their bread and 4% who are truly too stupid to know any better.

Steve Eggleston on January 22, 2014 at 4:09 PM

He’s your Daddy

Schadenfreude on January 22, 2014 at 4:09 PM

Obama and biden can’t stop drooling without handlers.

SparkPlug on January 22, 2014 at 4:10 PM

Numbers like this amaze me. What the hell do the other 47% think?

MTF on January 22, 2014 at 4:12 PM

Since when has Hot Gas ever offered “ways for people to come together and find solutions”? This is a partisan hack site, nothing more. Let’s run the most distorted, biased BS, stick a smug picture of a smiling Obama atop it, and watch the hits peg the meters.

Such BS.

lostmotherland on January 22, 2014 at 1:44 PM

Schadenfreude on January 22, 2014 at 4:07 PM

Come on, Schad. It is not HA’s job to offer solutions. It’s here for us, the community, to discuss.

Yes, we are a partisan hack site inasmuch as we H8 ‘RATS!

And as far as ‘distorted’ goes, lostfatherland could not offer one ounce of empirical evidence that obama is qualified to run a 7-11, let alone the country.

Lanceman on January 22, 2014 at 4:12 PM

This is a partisan hack site, nothing more. Let’s run the most distorted, biased BS, stick a smug picture of a smiling Obama atop it, and watch the hits peg the meters.

Such BS.

lostmotherland on January 22, 2014 at 1:44 PM

And yet, here you are.

BacaDog on January 22, 2014 at 4:12 PM

It was that 98% black vote that put him over the top in 2012. Can Killery get that? I don’t think so. Not even close. Will the dems be looking for a new black candidate? Probably.

Rational Thought on January 22, 2014 at 4:15 PM

I do not recall ever hearing the Obama team express a desire to “run” anything. Rule and radically transform- yes. Run? No.

By the Guevaran metric, they’re doing alright.

M240H on January 22, 2014 at 4:15 PM

Sure that’s not a typo???

I would have expected 95.3% believe he’s incompetent.

txdoc on January 22, 2014 at 4:16 PM

Its likely higher. I didnt get polled.

TX-96 on January 22, 2014 at 4:19 PM

So Romney is proven to be right about that 47%…..

dentarthurdent on January 22, 2014 at 4:20 PM

Flawless describes this administration better me thinks.

Bmore on January 22, 2014 at 4:22 PM

So Romney is proven to be right about that 47%…..

dentarthurdent on January 22, 2014 at 4:20 PM

Did you honestly think he pulled that number out of his ass? He was right on the money.

Lanceman on January 22, 2014 at 4:22 PM

Schadenfreude on January 22, 2014 at 4:07 PM

Lolz! One heII of a ditch digger though. ; )

Bmore on January 22, 2014 at 4:24 PM

I wonder what percentage of that 53% voted for him a second time because they didn’t want people to think they were racist, or because they thought Romney was somehow a worse choice.

Oh well, for all the damage he’s doing, I’m fine with letting Barack Obama further serve as an albatross around the left’s neck, rather than voting in a lukewarm center-right candidate who would let the media utterly control the narrative and slander him into sub-40% approval numbers within two years of election. At least this way, we have a chance in the short-term.

mintycrys on January 22, 2014 at 4:27 PM

53% of people polled are completely clueless.

This president isn’t incompetent, he’s DRIVEN!

Al-Ozarka on January 22, 2014 at 4:27 PM

Numbers like this amaze me. What the hell do the other 47% think?

MTF on January 22, 2014 at 4:12 PM

They’re on the Hopium Payroll System (TM)

Key West Reader on January 22, 2014 at 4:27 PM

So Romney is proven to be right about that 47%…..

dentarthurdent on January 22, 2014 at 4:20 PM

Beat me to it.

Erich66 on January 22, 2014 at 4:27 PM

a smug picture of a smiling Obama

Interesting to see a troll admit Obama is a smug jerk.

thatsafactjack on January 22, 2014 at 4:29 PM

The lower he goes, the more vulnerable Democratic “safe” seats become. Right now, Trende thinks a 10-seat pick-up for Republicans isn’t out of the question. If perceptions of his competence really are stuck at 43/53 or so going forward, he and his party are in deep trouble.

Of course, the GOP will look to blow this opportunity with amnesty.

Bitter Clinger on January 22, 2014 at 4:29 PM

And we have to root for the incompetence, otherwise his malevolence would complete the destruction of America.

rbj on January 22, 2014 at 4:29 PM

So Romney is proven to be right about that 47%…..

dentarthurdent on January 22, 2014 at 4:20 PM

Did you honestly think he pulled that number out of his ass? He was right on the money.

Lanceman on January 22, 2014 at 4:22 PM

The other day on the 15th I went to Publix… The store was packed to the gills in the deli – all the welfare rats standing in line to get their boars head subs, soda, chips and crackers. Every damned one of them was able bodied and just laughing their azzes off.

It really pi**ed me off.

Key West Reader on January 22, 2014 at 4:29 PM

The problem is translating that, eventually, into 50%+1 of the voters understanding that all governments are incompetent and should be as small as possible to reduce the impact of said incompetence – especially extreme individual imcompetence like Obama – on the people.

GWB on January 22, 2014 at 4:30 PM

Poll: 53% say that Obama’s administration has been incompetent in running the government

Which means that 47% don’t think that. Tell me again what that number was that got Mitt into trouble?

Physics Geek on January 22, 2014 at 4:30 PM

Notice all those changes in sub-groups are within the margins of error and so could just be statistical noise.

Adjoran on January 22, 2014 at 4:31 PM

It was that 98% black vote that put him over the top in 2012. Can Killery get that? I don’t think so. Not even close. Will the dems be looking for a new black candidate? Probably.

Rational Thought on January 22, 2014 at 4:15 PM

Corey Booker 2016 – He Superman!

Key West Reader on January 22, 2014 at 4:32 PM

47% don’t want to rock the boat and want their own incompetence rewarded. It’s called “failing upward.”

Christien on January 22, 2014 at 4:33 PM

The other day on the 15th I went to Publix… The store was packed to the gills in the deli – all the welfare rats standing in line to get their boars head subs, soda, chips and crackers. Every damned one of them was able bodied and just laughing their azzes off.

It really pi**ed me off.

Key West Reader on January 22, 2014 at 4:29 PM

I don’t buy Boar’s Head. Like Ben & Jerry, the owner is a big ‘Rat contributor.

Lanceman on January 22, 2014 at 4:34 PM

WHERE are the trolls when you NEED them???

Lanceman on January 22, 2014 at 4:35 PM

Did you honestly think he pulled that number out of his ass? He was right on the money.

Lanceman on January 22, 2014 at 4:22 PM

Of course he was right – I never doubted that.
Just another point of proof….

dentarthurdent on January 22, 2014 at 4:38 PM

They are competent where it matters – like in illegally targeting their political enemies.

besser tot als rot on January 22, 2014 at 4:39 PM

Numbers like this amaze me. What the hell do the other 47% think?

MTF on January 22, 2014 at 4:12 PM

“Have the monthly funds been placed on my SNAP debit card yet?”

Kataklysmic on January 22, 2014 at 4:43 PM

Somewhere between a solid 30% and that 43-47% is the number that has yet to come to terms with admitting what they know already.

If Romney had 8 million sit home the dems better run the most malleable liberal they can find and hope for the best because that 30% base has to be given something to turn out. And that 30% also rejected Hillary in 2008.

DanMan on January 22, 2014 at 4:44 PM

Let us also not forget that that 47% votes for a living. That includes governmnet ‘workers’.

Lanceman on January 22, 2014 at 4:44 PM

Have the monthly funds been placed on my SNAP debit card yet?”

Kataklysmic on January 22, 2014 at 4:43 PM

“Daddy, has the card been loaded up yet?”

Word’s I heard out of a 10 year olds mouth.

“Yeupp” say’s the dad.

MontanaMmmm on January 22, 2014 at 4:49 PM

That includes governmnet ‘workers’.

Lanceman on January 22, 2014 at 4:44 PM

Put those in the base that can’t be touched, no worries. There is going to be 10 more months of democrats screaming about the repubs taking away their bennies, starving granny, eating babies. Lets stay reserved while the GOP withstands the media heat because its coming.

DanMan on January 22, 2014 at 4:50 PM

I don’t buy Boar’s Head. Like Ben & Jerry, the owner is a big ‘Rat contributor.

Lanceman on January 22, 2014 at 4:34 PM

Good to know, thanks for the info. Don’t buy that brand anyway… only the peeps on EBT can seem to afford paying $10/pound for lunch meat. Only the Best for the EBT crowd.

Key West Reader on January 22, 2014 at 4:50 PM

only the peeps on EBT can seem to afford paying $10/pound for lunch meat. Only the Best for the EBT crowd.

Key West Reader on January 22, 2014 at 4:50 PM

And you are right. That stuff is expensive.

Lanceman on January 22, 2014 at 4:51 PM

only the peeps on EBT can seem to afford paying $10/pound for lunch meat. Only the Best for the EBT crowd.

Key West Reader on January 22, 2014 at 4:50 PM

And you are right. That stuff is expensive.

Lanceman on January 22, 2014 at 4:51 PM

They also like their organic produce (twice the cost) oh and the hummus ….lot’s of young earthy munchers on ebt’s now.

MontanaMmmm on January 22, 2014 at 4:53 PM

Give. Me. A. Break.

Since when has Hot Gas ever offered “ways for people to come together and find solutions”? This is a partisan hack site, nothing more. Let’s run the most distorted, biased BS, stick a smug picture of a smiling Obama atop it, and watch the hits peg the meters.

Such BS.

lostmotherland on January 22, 2014 at 1:44 PM

If this is the case, may I ask how come you are posting here?

3558 on January 22, 2014 at 4:58 PM

3558 on January 22, 2014 at 4:58 PM

Not meaning to butt in or answer for the ditch digger. However he is either a sock or a troll. Definitely a troll.

Go find a ditch to die in.
lostmotherland on December 21, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Bmore on January 22, 2014 at 5:01 PM

A couple of years ago we had denominational EBTs instead of the reload kind. The blacks in the apartment down the street would sell the cards in front of the carneceria across the street from them for about $20 for a $50 card. The rates varied depending on the dates though.

The little Mexican store has everything in it and does very little cash transactions except to cash out payroll checks. Almost exclusively EBT.

DanMan on January 22, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Good to know, thanks for the info. Don’t buy that brand anyway… only the peeps on EBT can seem to afford paying $10/pound for lunch meat. Only the Best for the EBT crowd.

Key West Reader on January 22, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Yup. As I’ve said before, straight from my welfare queen half-sister – “It’s not my money, so why shouldn’t I have the best?”

dentarthurdent on January 22, 2014 at 5:08 PM

Of course, the GOP will look to blow this opportunity with amnesty.by running more unelectable SOCONS.

Bitter Clinger on January 22, 2014 at 4:29 PM

Fixed.

Bandit13 on January 22, 2014 at 5:09 PM

So, 53% of US citizens are racists…got it.

Doomsday on January 22, 2014 at 5:10 PM

Give. Me. A. Break.

Since when has Hot Gas ever offered “ways for people to come together and find solutions”? This is a partisan hack site, nothing more. Let’s run the most distorted, biased BS, stick a smug picture of a smiling Obama atop it, and watch the hits peg the meters.

Such BS.

lostmotherland on January 22, 2014 at 1:44 PM

Funny reading your post….notice I typed
READING.

Conservatives aren’t even allowed to do that on
Leftist Sites, so Go F*ck yourself.

ToddPA on January 22, 2014 at 5:14 PM

INCOMPETENCE has been a hallmark of this administration.

GarandFan on January 22, 2014 at 5:15 PM

only the peeps on EBT can seem to afford paying $10/pound for lunch meat. Only the Best for the EBT crowd.

Key West Reader on January 22, 2014 at 4:50 PM

And you are right. That stuff is expensive overpriced.

Lanceman on January 22, 2014 at 4:51 PM

Fixed. With Bore’s Head, you’re paying for the name.

BTW Ben and Jerry sold out years ago to a European conglomerate. Talk about hypocrites!

Del Dolemonte on January 22, 2014 at 5:16 PM

Give. Me. A. Break.

Since when has Hot Gas ever offered “ways for people to come together and find solutions”? This is a partisan hack site, nothing more. Let’s run the most distorted, biased BS, stick a smug picture of a smiling Obama atop it, and watch the hits peg the meters.

Such BS.

lostmotherland on January 22, 2014 at 1:44 PM

If this is the case, may I ask how come you are posting here?

3558 on January 22, 2014 at 4:58 PM

He/she/it is RED through and through and hopes to beat back the capitalist truth and proclaim the grand designs of communism, Comrade! All Hail the Lost Motherland! All hail the glorious breadlines and Siberian gulags!

(Even Robin Williams has mocked the delusions of our little commie. Serious… it needs a Snickers.)

dominigan on January 22, 2014 at 5:24 PM

Have the monthly funds been placed on my SNAP debit card yet?”
 
Kataklysmic on January 22, 2014 at 4:43 PM

 
True story:
 
Last year I, in my wheelchair, waited at the deli counter of a local grocery chain behind
 
1) a middle aged man and his toddler-age son in a buggy, and
 
2) four 18-22 year old dreadlocked OWS types with guitar, mandolin, and banjo cases in their two buggies.

 
The man and his son had already been served and were waiting on their order to be filled, and one of the OWS kids was asking the deli worker if macaroni and cheese was eligible for purchase with his SNAP/EBT/whatever card. When he was told no they all grumbled and sulked off to look at the nearby prepackaged footlong sandwiches and enormous bags of popcorn with orange “EBT ELIGIBLE!” stickers on them.
 
The father was obviously irritated and looked at me shaking his head at what he just heard. I smiled and made some comment like, “Don’t ask me how to get one of those cards. I’m just in a wheelchair.”
 
He backed up a bit so I could see his son and made a sign with his hands to the boy. The boy waved at me and smiled. The father told me that his son was deaf and has no capacity for spoken language. He and his wife were learning to sign along with their son, and his wife had stopped working in order to make sure the boy developed appropriately. He said that, because they made more than $XX/year, they were ineligible for the same reimbursements that a family with no income would receive if they had a deaf child, and how it was sadly comical that, after costs, their income was less than the cutoff amount that would make them eligible.
 
He told me his child and family would be fine, but he tended to wonder how much more successful other special needs children would be if society didn’t have to buy mac and cheese for 20 year old men.

rogerb on January 22, 2014 at 5:24 PM

Hawkdriver Family gets a vote today. And we vote incompetent. Not just obama and his administration, but all f@#king Democrats who pushed obamacare through.

Daughter Hawkdriver (not her real name) lost her health care coverage last month. She doesn’t qualify for the ACA. Even with a prescription discount plan she has to pay over 400 “additional” dollars starting this month for her anti-rejection meds for her kidney.

I could F@#king spit nails.

hawkdriver on January 22, 2014 at 5:25 PM

rogerb on January 22, 2014 at 5:24 PM

dayum!

hawkdriver on January 22, 2014 at 5:25 PM

squared!

these stories are infuriating as hell

DanMan on January 22, 2014 at 5:43 PM

I wonder how many in that 53% have actually moved past the question of “incompetence” and have now moved on to thoughts of gross negligence or worse? I don’t suppose we’ll see a poll on that though.

lynncgb on January 22, 2014 at 5:45 PM

3558 on January 22, 2014 at 4:58 PM

Not meaning to butt in or answer for the ditch digger. However he is either a sock or a troll. Definitely a troll.

Go find a ditch to die in.
lostmotherland on December 21, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Bmore on January 22, 2014 at 5:01 PM

Bmore, thanks for clarifying this for me. I suspected so. I was hoping to enjoy a conversation with lostmotherland of the sort I used to have with my sister after she eagerly cleaned her plate and then said” Agghh, this was awful!”.

3558 on January 22, 2014 at 5:54 PM

hawkdriver on January 22, 2014 at 5:25 PM

I sure can’t blame you for being good and p1ssed at that Hawk. The only ray of hope I can offer is that many of the morons (yes, I said it because they did it TWICE)that elected the incompetent liar and his minions will be getting hit with the same kind of unreal monthly expenditures. That may (and I’m saying a little prayer on it)help a bit in getting the unaffordable care act tossed.

I know that’s not much in the face of an ongoing, huge expense, but it’s all I have…
Good luck to you and Daughter Hawkdriver

JusDreamin on January 22, 2014 at 5:56 PM

Give. Me. A. Break.
Since when has Hot Gas ever offered “ways for people to come together and find solutions”? This is a partisan hack site, nothing more. Let’s run the most distorted, biased BS, stick a smug picture of a smiling Obama atop it, and watch the hits peg the meters.

Such BS.

lostmotherland on January 22, 2014 at 1:44 PM

If this is the case, may I ask how come you are posting here?

3558 on January 22, 2014 at 4:58 PM

He/she/it is RED through and through and hopes to beat back the capitalist truth and proclaim the grand designs of communism, Comrade! All Hail the Lost Motherland! All hail the glorious breadlines and Siberian gulags!

(Even Robin Williams has mocked the delusions of our little commie. Serious… it needs a Snickers.)

dominigan on January 22, 2014 at 5:24 PM

+1

I am also wondering if he/she/it gets paid to post this kind of things on discussion groups like here. If so, maybe they could share with us how/where to get such an income opportunity and how much it actually pays.

3558 on January 22, 2014 at 6:02 PM

I’ll never understand how so many could think of that man as “competent”. At what? He claims not to have even known about the most significant events that have happened within his administration over the past few years. Plus, he’s been proven to be a liar multiple times.

scalleywag on January 22, 2014 at 6:08 PM

hawkdriver on January 22, 2014 at 5:25 PM

 
Sorry to hear that, hawkdriver. I’m sure you know it already, but a lot of pharmaceutical companies offer reduced or free medications for people in those situations.
 
Assuming it’s not the discount plan you mentioned, and sorry if so, it might be worth a phone call to the company or her specialist.

rogerb on January 22, 2014 at 6:17 PM

rogerb on January 22, 2014 at 6:17 PM

She was about in tears when she called to see if we can back her up on this. Not a half hour before I made that first comment.

We are checking into everything. As of now her Mother and I have it. But she went from a full time job to two part time jobs and less pay with the loss of benefits.

It’s good we live so far from the liberal side of my family tonight. Because I’d be making the round for the relatives who voted for this loser.

hawkdriver on January 22, 2014 at 6:41 PM

How the FUNK is that number so low?!?

RedNewEnglander on January 22, 2014 at 6:50 PM

She, and y’all, are in our thoughts and prayers, hawkdriver.
 
Not to get in your business, but consider having her contact local Lions and Rotary/Ruritan clubs, too. Maybe others as well, but those are the ones I am a little familiar with.

rogerb on January 22, 2014 at 7:01 PM

Among other parts of O’s base, the trend is the opposite — perceptions among blacks of his competence have dipped from 79/15 to 72/20

Racists!

/For once, I’m serious. Only racism could explain why Obama’s approval rating is so high among blacks.

There Goes the Neighborhood on January 22, 2014 at 7:15 PM

She, and y’all, are in our thoughts and prayers, hawkdriver.

Not to get in your business, but consider having her contact local Lions and Rotary/Ruritan clubs, too. Maybe others as well, but those are the ones I am a little familiar with.

rogerb on January 22, 2014 at 7:01 PM

I got ya. But she’s my kid. Not theirs.

hawkdriver on January 22, 2014 at 7:21 PM

Of course, the GOP will look to blow this opportunity with amnesty.by running more unelectable SOCONS.

Bitter Clinger on January 22, 2014 at 4:29 PM

Fixed.

Bandit13 on January 22, 2014 at 5:09 PM

No, you’ll never fix anything by blaming “socons.”

There Goes the Neighborhood on January 22, 2014 at 7:25 PM

hawkdriver on January 22, 2014 at 5:25 PM

Sorry to hear that, hawkdriver. I’m sure you know it already, but a lot of pharmaceutical companies offer reduced or free medications for people in those situations.

Assuming it’s not the discount plan you mentioned, and sorry if so, it might be worth a phone call to the company or her specialist.

rogerb on January 22, 2014 at 6:17 PM

I’ll second this. My wife worked as a nurse with cancer patients, and helped quite a few people get medicine who couldn’t afford it directly from the manufacturer.

Might be worth a try. Even a modest discount adds up when it’s a medicine you take long term.

There Goes the Neighborhood on January 22, 2014 at 7:29 PM

There’s that 47% number again.

Or at least 43% who gladly let the government butter their bread and 4% who are truly too stupid to know any better.

Steve Eggleston on January 22, 2014 at 4:09 PM

…that’s why we need ‘open borders’…have to get ‘the numbers’ !

KOOLAID2 on January 22, 2014 at 7:50 PM

The other 47% are incompetent themselves, so they don’t know any better.

sadatoni on January 22, 2014 at 9:16 PM

Guess this means that the other 47% have been living out of the country for the last 5 years

RdLake on January 22, 2014 at 11:57 PM