WaPo/ABC poll shows decline in trust of public officials

posted at 8:01 am on January 27, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Color me shocked, shocked that the American public has less faith and trust in public officials. President Barack Obama spent the last six years lying to insured Americans by telling them that ObamaCare would have no impact on them, and it’s been years since Democrats and Republicans have passed a budget on regular order. What a surprise that few trust any of them to do their jobs well, as the latest Washington Post/ABC poll shows:

[Obama's] current approval stands at 46 percent, up from a low of 42 percent in November. Still, for the first time on the eve of a State of the Union address, more Americans rate his performance negatively than positively, with 50 percent disapproving. His previous low at the start of a new year was 48 percent positive, 48 percent negative in 2012. A year ago, his approval rating was 55 percent.

Just 37 percent say they have either a good amount or a great deal of confidence in the president to make the right decisions for the country’s future, while 63 percent say they do not. Those numbers are the mirror image of what they were when he was sworn into office in 2009 and lower than at any other time the question was asked by The Washington Post and ABC News.

Obama’s approval ratings are almost identical to those of George W. Bush at a similar point in his presidency in 2006. Other recent two-term presidents — Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan — were at 60-percent approval at the start of their sixth years, while Richard M. Nixon, in the middle of the Watergate scandal, was at 26 percent.

Confidence in Democrats and Republicans in Congress, however, is even lower than for President Obama. Twenty-seven percent say they have confidence in Democrats to make the right decisions for the country, while 72 percent do not, and just 19 percent have confidence in Republicans, while 80 percent do not. Almost half lack confidence in all three.

Here’s the problem with this analysis of the poll, however — Congressional approval ratings always stink. These may stink more than usual, but the 90%+ reelection rate for Congressional incumbents is probably not in serious danger, except perhaps in the Senate, where the numbers don’t favor Democrats. The Post’s Dan Balz and Peyton Craighill make that point by noting that Democrats can be happy that Obama’s poll numbers are going up, but the difference is almost within the margin of error.

They’re not going to be happy with the rest of the poll numbers:

  • Overall job approval – 46/50
  • Economy – 43/55 (38/59 among independents)
  • ObamaCare implementation – 37/59
  • Handling of Iran – 39/49
  • Handling of Syra – 33/45
  • Trustworthy – 49/48

The rating by party on the economy is particularly bad for Obama and the Democrats, with Republicans leading 44/37.  The GOP also wins on budget deficits, size of government, and gun control (by eleven points), but Democrats end up getting the edge on most other issues, including health care (44/35). But the President wants to talk at length on the economy, especially on themes of inequality, in the upcoming State of the Union speech, which means the Democrats may end up putting one of their biggest weaknesses on center stage.


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But the only thing the lsm wants to talk about are the gop numbers and that they are in trouble…. Obama is OK at 46…they can live with that

cmsinaz on January 27, 2014 at 8:04 AM

Shrinking pen. May it go pffft.

22044 on January 27, 2014 at 8:05 AM

and just 19 percent have confidence in Republicans, while 80 percent do not.
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And with Obama,..boinking up America,..these numbers
seem,….SURREAL!!!!

canopfor on January 27, 2014 at 8:06 AM

*Cough-Cough:

Obama health care law
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Poll: Negative perception of health care rollout eases; two-thirds of Americans say things still aren’t going well – @AP
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canopfor on January 27, 2014 at 8:08 AM

46 is his floor..he’s OK
-mj crew

cmsinaz on January 27, 2014 at 8:09 AM

How in the hell does the filthy rat-eared bastard get a 49% rating for being trustworthy? What has he done that merits our trust after lying his ass off about the IRS, NSA, Benghazi, Obamacare, etc…. It’s enough to make me turn on Honey Boo Boo and be assimilated by the LIVs.

Happy Nomad on January 27, 2014 at 8:09 AM

46 is his floor..he’s OK
-mj crew

cmsinaz on January 27, 2014 at 8:09 AM

cmsinaz: There stuck in a Hopey/Changey Vaccuum:)

canopfor on January 27, 2014 at 8:10 AM

WaPo/ABC poll shows decline in trust of public officials

…so it really means…it is much lower!

KOOLAID2 on January 27, 2014 at 8:11 AM

The GOP also wins on budget deficits, size of government, and gun control (by eleven points), but Democrats end up getting the edge on most other issues, including health care (44/35).

The Dems have a 9-point edge on health care? Do these dumbasses who were polled know which party rammed Obamacare down our throats? This nation is lost.

Doughboy on January 27, 2014 at 8:11 AM

But the only thing the lsm wants to talk about are the gop numbers and that they are in trouble…. Obama is OK at 46…they can live with that

cmsinaz on January 27, 2014 at 8:04 AM

I can hardly wait until this bastard is out of office and continually commenting on his successor’s actions. How much better he’d be doing the job. Etc. Republican or Democrat, whoever takes over would be well advised to make the lazy stupid coward Ambassador so some remote location far away from Washington and the media.

Happy Nomad on January 27, 2014 at 8:11 AM

46 is his floor..he’s OK
-mj crew

cmsinaz on January 27, 2014 at 8:09 AM

cmsinaz: The Video RePlay:0
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VIDEO: (7:44)

Playlist Morning Joe

Morning Joe 01/27/14
‘About as bad as it gets for Republicans’

Top Talkers: Obama goes into his SOTU address with 46 percent approval, according to a new poll. But the GOP’s numbers look worse. The panel discusses.
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http://www.msnbc.com/morning-joe/watch/about-as-bad-as-it-gets-for-republicans-127916611712

canopfor on January 27, 2014 at 7:33 AM

canopfor on January 27, 2014 at 8:12 AM

So we’ve proven that our republic has failed, corrupted by our own eagerness to allow division, race, class, culture, moral failure, the takeover of our own children, the elimination of mothers, the elimination of their offspring who dare to frequent a womb, the elimination of religious conscience and public displays of faith in the same exact God of Nature, Who alone gives us all of our rights.
Where can we go from here but further down as the Godless socialists have orchestrated since the 1960′s revolution against all legitimate authority-including that of our Creator?

Don L on January 27, 2014 at 8:19 AM

OT- Trey Radel to resign today. It’s about time.

Happy Nomad on January 27, 2014 at 8:25 AM

Indeed Canopfor
I don’t want to see him once after he leaves office

cmsinaz on January 27, 2014 at 8:35 AM

I don’t suppose it has anything to do with the fact that almost all on one side and many, if not most on the other side are corrupt.

Mr. Grump on January 27, 2014 at 8:52 AM

It’s all over but the shooting.

claudius on January 27, 2014 at 8:57 AM

By 2015 we’ll be down to two carriers deployed at any given time. Pax Americana is drawing to a close thanks to Little Boots.

claudius on January 27, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Indeed Canopfor
I don’t want to see him once after he leaves office

cmsinaz on January 27, 2014 at 8:35 AM

cmsinaz: Oh,…agreed:)

canopfor on January 27, 2014 at 9:13 AM

If there is still ‘inequality’ and ‘joblessness’ this far into The Glorious Revolution, then this is an admission that Obama’s economic policies have failed.

Good Lt on January 27, 2014 at 9:50 AM

So we’ve proven that our republic has failed, corrupted by our own eagerness to allow division, race, class, culture, moral failure, the takeover of our own children, the elimination of mothers, the elimination of their offspring who dare to frequent a womb, the elimination of religious conscience and public displays of faith in the same exact God of Nature, Who alone gives us all of our rights.
Where can we go from here but further down as the Godless socialists have orchestrated since the 1960′s revolution against all legitimate authority-including that of our Creator?

Don L on January 27, 2014 at 8:19 AM

Absolutely on target. In addition, when John Roberts wrote that the federal government has unlimited power to tax the individual I said it is truly over.

We can as a group, resist by refusing to obey unconstitutional laws and regs. as well as refuse to pay taxes. Let them arrest and imprison the working members of society and the system will collapse. Beyond that there is only violence as a remedy; I don’t know who to shoot first.

Lives, fortunes and sacred honor…..remember.

FOWG1 on January 27, 2014 at 10:39 AM

[Obama's] current approval stands at 46 percent,

Mitt was right about the 47% comment. Once again proving that the Republicans were on the side of truth and the Democrats on the side of demonizing the truth to suit their needs.

Obama could strangle a puppy during the SOTU while sacrificing a baby, and throwing grandma off the cliff and he would still have around 47% approval.

The takers want to keep on taking and they don’t care about anything but their government cheese and their monthly check from Uncle Sam.

I live for the day when these fools get kicked off the dole and have to get a job or live on the street.

neyney on January 27, 2014 at 10:57 AM

Another factor in comparing recent Presidential numbers: most of the “main stream media” was anti-Bush, while the same news outlets are generally so pro-Obama one might mistake them for re-election campaign staffers.

Kevin K. on January 27, 2014 at 12:41 PM