Giving up: Nearly 60% now uncertain or pessimistic about the rest of Obama’s term

posted at 4:01 pm on January 28, 2014 by Allahpundit

Ed flagged the new WSJ/NBC poll earlier but I want to make sure you’ve seen the most arresting numbers as a prelude to tonight’s re-re-re-re-reboot of his presidency. The public’s belief in Hopenchange has waxed and waned over the past two and a half years, but never in that period has it waned quite this much.

We’re all eeyores now.

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If you don’t like that vague yet intriguing metric, here’s another vague yet intriguing one to try. When you offer people a list of positive (“right direction,” “hopeful”) and negative (“downhill,” “wrong track”) words and ask them to choose one that describes which way the country’s headed, the gap between negative and positive is now larger than it’s been for at least three years:

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The top three choices are all negative to boot:

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There’s a lot going on in those trendlines, from growing economic despair to frustration with congressional gridlock (especially the shutdown) to teeth-gnashing over ObamaCare upheaval in American health care. The fact that “divided” is the top word choice suggests that gridlock is important; on the other hand, both this poll and a new one from ABC/WaPo show public support for the tea party climbing back to 2012 levels after falling temporarily during last October’s shutdown. I take it that’s a byproduct of the Healthcare.gov catastrophe late last year: The worse ObamaCare performs, the more the public may be willing to embrace conservative opposition to the program. The point is, there’s no magic-bullet explanation. If you think there is and that this is all about congressional paralysis, have a look at the numbers noted by John Judis today in TNR today tracking Obama’s decline over time on gut-feeling questions like “Do you think the president understands the problems of people like you?” This ain’t all Harry Reid’s and John Boehner’s fault.

Whatever the exact cause, I can’t get over that second table showing how much negativity has grown since 2011. We went from a spread of -12 in January of that year to nearly three times as much now. And the dips and bounces you’d expect along the way aren’t there. If gridlock was driving the pessimism, I would have predicted a surge in negative words in January 2012, after a full year of divided government and four months after the first debt-ceiling standoff triggered a downgrade from S&P and nearly caused a technical default. Nope. The 2012 spread is nearly identical to a year before. Likewise, I would have expected a modest decline, if any, in January 2013 since Americans typically respond hopefully about the next four years after a presidential election. Nope. That’s when the bottom drops out in terms of negativity. A roaring economic recovery can cure all political ills, but short of that happening in the next three years, I think we’re staring at O’s political legacy here. Division and deterioration.


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I guess the other 40% are government workers in the DC area.

They seem to like him a lot.

acyl72 on January 28, 2014 at 4:02 PM

Everyone knows second terms are worse than first terms.

With Obama that should have set off serious warning sirens.

Red Cloud on January 28, 2014 at 4:03 PM

Don’t worry, the economy will save the Dems.

NotCoach on January 28, 2014 at 4:04 PM

Is someone making some sort of speech tonight..?

d1carter on January 28, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Will the NSA know who watches tonight..?

d1carter on January 28, 2014 at 4:05 PM

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Murphy9 on January 28, 2014 at 4:06 PM

Don’t let the door hit you in the @ss when you leave…….

Electrongod on January 28, 2014 at 4:08 PM

Is someone making some sort of speech tonight..?

d1carter on January 28, 2014 at 4:05 PM

I hear it’s some Affirmative-action Harvard drone certain to blame others for his inadequacy.

viking01 on January 28, 2014 at 4:09 PM

I didn’t see a category for “I hate that idiot S.O.B.”

Tom Servo on January 28, 2014 at 4:10 PM

Don’t worry Obama…all those illegals you and the Republicans legalize will take care of those numbers. You betcha!!!

NJ Red on January 28, 2014 at 4:13 PM

O’s political legacy here. Division and deterioration.

Indeed.

No Confidence

MichaelGabriel on January 28, 2014 at 4:13 PM

I hear it’s some Affirmative-action Harvard drone certain to blame others for his inadequacy.

viking01 on January 28, 2014 at 4:09 PM

Nonpartisan is making a speech?

oldroy on January 28, 2014 at 4:14 PM

The perfect opportunity to feed a resignation speech into the teleprompter.

It’s not as though Barky thinks about what he’s reading e.g. the time he read the other politician’s speech a few years ago then nearly thanked himself for being there.

viking01 on January 28, 2014 at 4:14 PM

Is someone making some sort of speech tonight..?

d1carter on January 28, 2014 at 4:05 PM

If you consider a president getting up in front of everybody and pretty much lying about anything and everyone a speech, then yes.

I for one am looking forward to his awesome oratory skills that I hear so much about.

tommer74 on January 28, 2014 at 4:14 PM

Nonpartisan is making a speech?

oldroy on January 28, 2014 at 4:14 PM

No, some one who actually went to Harvard.

Chuck Schick on January 28, 2014 at 4:15 PM

Nonpartisan is making a speech?

oldroy on January 28, 2014 at 4:14 PM

Could be? Unless someone takes his usual spot outside the men’s room at the Greyhound station.

viking01 on January 28, 2014 at 4:16 PM

No, some one who actually went to Harvard.

Chuck Schick on January 28, 2014 at 4:15 PM

Close shave, Schick. Razor sharp wit. Rumor has it Nonpartisan is just AP’s way to have fun with us.

oldroy on January 28, 2014 at 4:17 PM

after the first debt-ceiling standoff triggered a downgrade from S&P and nearly caused a technical default.

Oh, for f*ck’s sake.

Midas on January 28, 2014 at 4:17 PM

No, some one who actually went to Harvard.

Chuck Schick on January 28, 2014 at 4:15 PM

Who would that be? Oh, you mean visited (voted present at) Harvard?

viking01 on January 28, 2014 at 4:18 PM

Nearly 60% now uncertain or pessimistic about the rest of Obama’s term

60% now racists !

burrata on January 28, 2014 at 4:18 PM

Is someone making some sort of speech tonight..?

d1carter on January 28, 2014 at 4:05 PM

I hear it’s some Affirmative-action Harvard drone certain to blame others for his inadequacy.

viking01 on January 28, 2014 at 4:09 PM

Is that libfree or nonp; I can’t remember which sock puppet has claimed to have gone to school there.

And why would anyone want to listen to *them* speak?

Midas on January 28, 2014 at 4:19 PM

No, some one who actually went to Harvard.

Chuck Schick on January 28, 2014 at 4:15 PM

So we’ve been told…..
Not much of any hard evidence to prove it though.

dentarthurdent on January 28, 2014 at 4:19 PM

Has it been 8 years yet? It feels like 20.

besser tot als rot on January 28, 2014 at 4:22 PM

Will the NSA know who watches tonight..?

d1carter on January 28, 2014 at 4:05 PM

You know? I was wondering why the TV repairman said he needed to replace a couple of tubes…

Lanceman on January 28, 2014 at 4:23 PM

The country gave up on him immediately after they re-elected him. Doesn’t make any sense.

aquaviva on January 28, 2014 at 4:24 PM

60% now racists !

burrata on January 28, 2014 at 4:18 PM

and 40% still totally clueless….

dentarthurdent on January 28, 2014 at 4:24 PM

SOTU will feature Barky’s pics of the Hawaiian vacay with vid of Mooch knocking out a lobster.

viking01 on January 28, 2014 at 4:26 PM

No need for NSA…. Gallup / DNC and MSLSD / NBC / DNC will fake numbers “everyone watched.”

viking01 on January 28, 2014 at 4:27 PM

Just go away you POS…

PatriotRider on January 28, 2014 at 4:27 PM

Don’t worry, the economy will save the Dems.
NotCoach on January 28, 2014 at 4:04 PM

Maybe not…

CPT. Charles on January 28, 2014 at 4:28 PM

The land of fools deserves the 2-years-old pajama-boy in full.

Schadenfreude on January 28, 2014 at 4:28 PM

Best read in a loooong while

The State of the Union has not always been a grotesque spectacle. George Washington delivered his briefing in person, but he was dealing with a self-respecting Congress that understood itself to be his equal in government. When he wanted the Senate’s advice and consent for an Indian treaty, he visited the chamber personally to seek it — and was so put off by the questioning and debate to which he was subjected that he vowed never to put himself through that again. It was an excellent idea. Thomas Jefferson, ever watchful against monarchical pretensions in the federal apparatus, discontinued the practice of delivering the State of the Union in person before Congress, instead submitting a written report. For a blessed century, Jefferson’s example was followed, and, despite civil war and the occasional financial panic, the nation thrived without an ersatz Caesar to rule over it

Every word in this article is superb!

Schadenfreude on January 28, 2014 at 4:29 PM

Next year we will be forced to watch it…or else…

PatriotRider on January 28, 2014 at 4:30 PM

What if —
when the Lying King is brought out in a procession to hug all those ugly sistahs in brightly colored outfits and shiny weaves,
a loud duck whistle is heard ,
and instead of taking their seats,
all Republicans just walk out ?

burrata on January 28, 2014 at 4:31 PM

I think we’re staring at O’s political legacy here. Division and deterioration.

MIssion Accomplished!

rob verdi on January 28, 2014 at 4:31 PM

Close shave, Schick. Razor sharp wit. Rumor has it Nonpartisan is just AP’s way to have fun with us.

oldroy on January 28, 2014 at 4:17 PM

Good. I was worried that people here thought Nonpartisan was me after that Michael Moore thread!

Chuck Schick on January 28, 2014 at 4:32 PM

Eeyores unite!

Bush’s fault

cmsinaz on January 28, 2014 at 4:32 PM

3 more years…

PatriotRider on January 28, 2014 at 4:34 PM

3 more years…

PatriotRider on January 28, 2014 at 4:34 PM

Correction

3 more looooooooooooong years…

PatriotRider on January 28, 2014 at 4:34 PM

Next year we will be forced to watch it…or else…

PatriotRider on January 28, 2014 at 4:30 PM

“You vill applaud, heartily, and smile with joy…or live dogs will consume you” — N. Korean, er American thugs

Schadenfreude on January 28, 2014 at 4:35 PM

He looks like Mussolini and Lenin had sex and produced him.

Schadenfreude on January 28, 2014 at 4:37 PM

40% are choomed.

Schadenfreude on January 28, 2014 at 4:37 PM

I guess the other 40% are government workers in the DC area.
They seem to like him a lot.
acyl72 on January 28, 2014 at 4:02 PM

Government workers have good reason to like him a lot… and they actually like him in DC to the tune of about 80%, I’ve read.

marybel on January 28, 2014 at 4:39 PM

OK I’m confused this poll says he stinks, the PEW poll says a majority think the Obama’s are just like them. So he stinks but he’s just like us?

neyney on January 28, 2014 at 4:39 PM


The annual State of the Union pageant is a hideous, dispiriting, ugly, monotonous, un-American, un-republican, anti-democratic, dreary, backward, monarchical, retch-inducing, depressing, shameful, crypto-imperial display of official self-aggrandizement and piteous toadying, a black Mass during which every unholy order of teacup totalitarian and cringing courtier gathers under the towering dome of a faux-Roman temple to listen to a speech with no content given by a man with no content, to rise and to be seated as is called for by the order of worship — it is a wonder they have not started genuflecting — with one wretched representative of their number squirreled away in some well-upholstered Washington hidey-hole in order to preserve the illusion that those gathered constitute a special class of humanity without whom we could not live.

It’s the most nauseating display in American public life — and I write that as someone who has just returned from a pornographers’ convention.

It’s worse than the Oscars.


The rest of it :
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/369607/great-caesars-ghost-kevin-d-williamson#!

burrata on January 28, 2014 at 4:40 PM

Where are the trolls?

Schadenfreude on January 28, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Giving up: Nearly 60% now uncertain or pessimistic about the rest of Obama’s term

But Barky will cheer up a couple of years from now when he gets those fat paychecks for speaking engagements, book deals and some more embezzled from funds for his presidential library.

It’s aaaalll good.

Dr. ZhivBlago on January 28, 2014 at 4:51 PM

Has it been 8 years yet? It feels like 20.

besser tot als rot on January 28, 2014 at 4:22 PM

There are some folks out and about who dream of making it 20. Bammy’s been so good for the nation, why even stop at 20 either.

And if were 100% who claimed to be unsure or pessimistic, what difference does it make at this point. Bammy’s still in office and is willing and ready to inflict his pen and phone on us.

hawkeye54 on January 28, 2014 at 4:54 PM

Government workers have good reason to like him a lot… and they actually like him in DC to the tune of about 80%, I’ve read.

marybel on January 28, 2014 at 4:39 PM

BHO and his ideologue allies have been hard at work stacking the federal bureaucracy with their fellows..so that info isn’t much of a surprise.

I’m just waiting for the point when the LSM and other ‘ideologues’ start turning on BHO in order to prevent even the LIV seeing how bankrupt the progressive agenda really is.

Athos on January 28, 2014 at 5:28 PM

Feign illness on stage tonight, step down, go into hiding somewhere in Hawaii and get lost.

/Trust me, your approval ratings will remain the same but our Nation will be much better off with you OUTTA THE PICTURE AND OFF MY TV!

Key West Reader on January 28, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Where are the trolls?

Schadenfreude on January 28, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Putting on their plaid onesies and making hot cocoa.

Mommy made mac and cheese for the big speechifyin’ session. Mmm Hmmm.

Key West Reader on January 28, 2014 at 5:33 PM

Some of us reached this conclusion on 11/5/2008, and decided the best course of action was to just hunker-down, and Go Galt!

Another Drew on January 28, 2014 at 5:36 PM

What if —when the Lying King is brought out in a procession to hug all those ugly sistahs in brightly colored outfits and shiny weaves, a loud duck whistle is heard , and instead of taking their seats, all Republicans just walk out ? burrata on January 28, 2014 at 4:31 PM

Lol!

Works for me.

wolly4321 on January 28, 2014 at 5:41 PM

Hey, just wait a darn minute. On FOX News today, it was stated that consumer confidence is up. Now how uncertain can a person be about the future, but yet be ready to spend their money in a spend thrift manner? One of these polls or both must have been manipulated.

DDay on January 28, 2014 at 6:13 PM

I would love to see him jog in wearing a boxers robe and all the Donks blowing vuvuzelas.

That’s how seriously I take this. And I’ll be drinking. So there’s that.

hawkdriver on January 28, 2014 at 6:32 PM

Why should anyone have any confidence in this President? I’m willing to bet he’s going to make more of a community organizer speech tonight, than a Presidential speech. Any takers?

bflat879 on January 28, 2014 at 6:50 PM

I think we’re staring at O’s political legacy here. Division and deterioration.

And soon to be amnesty! The GOP is determined to throw him a life preserver!

DavidW on January 28, 2014 at 7:40 PM

Let me C…. the serial lie’r is gonna get on TV and Lie some more….then the propaganda media is gonna say what a wonderful, intelligent, truthful, historic speech it was… guess it’s just gonna be another night of porn surf’n for me… which come to think of it, is pretty much what Barry and media will do… the only difference is I’ll have a little something to show for my masturbation.

roflmmfao

donabernathy on January 28, 2014 at 7:41 PM

Obama, Good guy or Bad Guy?

I’ve asked my self this question for about 6 years and I’m still not sure of the answer but I do think that I finally have the question.

Harry Reid: Vulnerable Dems should and will campaign with Obama
Nancy Pelosi: We Democrats certainly never treated President Bush this way
A). Congress has become very dysfunctional over the years. Other then for passing self protection legislation. 
Something had to be done to keep the Government running. Enter Executive, Power, Actions, Orders, Directives, Signings and other things.

OR

B). Obama grabbed power when he could to be Dictator in Chief.

If it is A) then he is a good guy.
If it is B). then he is a bad guy.
If it is C). the need was real but no longer needed, then is is a bad guy.

jpcpt03 on January 29, 2014 at 1:19 PM