CBS/NYT poll: 59% disappointed in Obama presidency

posted at 8:41 am on February 27, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Call it “buyer’s remorse, redux.” A large majority of Americans now profess disappointment in the Barack Obama presidency in the latest CBS/NYT poll, and Obama’s approval rating dropped five points in a month to 41%. The numbers are driven by the relentlessly stagnant economy:

Amid continued pessimism about the economy and direction of the country, 59 percent of Americans say they are disappointed in Mr. Obama’s presidency (including 37 percent who are very disappointed); 40 percent are satisfied. Much of this discontent comes from Republicans and independents, but a quarter of Democrats express at least some disappointment.

Disappointment with Barack Obama’s presidency has grown since the summer of 2012, and much of that rise has been among independents. Forty percent of independents say they are very disappointed today, up from 27 percent in August 2012.

President Obama’s overall approval rating is now 41 percent, a dip of five points from last month and similar to what it was in December. Fifty-one percent disapprove of the job he is doing, up four points from last month.

Two-thirds of independents now express disappointment of some level in Obama, while only 6% claim to be “very satisfied.” That will hardly cheer up Democrats who have to woo indies in a midterm election when Obama and his voter-turnout machine will not be a factor.

For Obama, the job-approval number is actually the good news. It’s not as low as it was last fall, when it dropped to 38% in this series, but it reverses an upward trend since the shutdown. He fares worse on the economy (38/57) and on foreign policy (39/48), which used to be a relative strength for Obama. Independents sharply disapprove of Obama’s foreign policy (32/53), but it’s even worse on the economy, where independent disapproval is 2:1 at 31/62. The midterms won’t have much to do with foreign policy unless another spectacular failure arises, but it will have plenty to do with the economy.

Supporters of ObamaCare often argue that most Americans want it kept in place, but fixed — even though they rarely admit to it being broken. That’s true in this poll, too; 50% overall want it kept but “some changes” made to make it work, but 42% want it repealed altogether. Only 6% overall think it’s working well now, and only 13% of Democrats. Among independents, the Fix/Repeal option is only 49/45, within the margin of error, and only 3% think it’s working well. If Democrats are serious about running on ObamaCare as opposed to running away from it, they should get prepared for a very bad November. And perhaps they should start identifying the “fixes” needed, too, rather than take the Chip Diller “ALL IS WELL!!!” approach of Harry Reid and Kathleen Sebelius, because it’s clearly not fooling anyone.

The New York Times concludes that the GOP has the edge in this election cycle even with the intraparty debates and fights currently seen:

Republicans are in a stronger position than Democrats for this year’s midterm elections, benefiting from the support of self-described independents, even though the party itself is deeply divided and most Americans agree more with Democratic policy positions, the latest New York Times/CBS News poll shows. …

A majority of Americans surveyed also said they wanted both parties to do more to address the concerns of the middle class, reduce the budget deficit with both tax increases and spending cuts, and let illegal immigrants stay in the country and apply for citizenship. Mr. Obama shares those positions on the budget and immigration.

Those stances among voters have not translated into support for the president’s party, as 42 percent say they will back Republicans in November, and 39 percent indicate that they will back Democrats, a difference within the poll’s margin of sampling error.

There is a sense of foreboding in the public as well, with 63 percent of Americans saying the country is on the wrong track, and 57 percent indicating that they disapprove of Mr. Obama’s handling of the economy. In addition, eight in 10 Americans are dissatisfied or angry with the way things are going in Washington.

Midterm elections are usually about presidents, and six-year midterms even more so.

Amusingly, the discussion on CBS this morning was Republican disunity and Democratic unity, even though the poll shows quite clearly that neither will really play into the midterm election results. They may have an impact in 2016 if those dynamics are still in play, but the office-by-office nature of the midterms means most of what’s discussed here is at best secondary or even tertiary to the outcomes in November. States and districts will have enough Republican unity to prevail in the general election this year, while the Democratic disunity caused by ObamaCare will hobble their candidates, especially incumbents who voted for it.


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It’s Bush’s fault.

bobthm3 on February 27, 2014 at 8:46 AM

40% happy as clowns!

Shy Guy on February 27, 2014 at 8:46 AM

Own it…..

cmsinaz on February 27, 2014 at 8:50 AM

Good lapdogs….continue the gop bad dem good ….the liv thanks you…..

cmsinaz on February 27, 2014 at 8:51 AM

CBS/NYT? Ha, who believes anything those rightwingers have to say?

Flora Duh on February 27, 2014 at 8:53 AM

The really bad news in all this that at 41% of the electorate is clueless. The rest, raaaacists!

vnvet on February 27, 2014 at 8:53 AM

This dudes legacy will be last much much longer than Reagan. For better or worse, Regan was a blip on the map who real world policy legacy is meaningless. Obama’s is much more impactful for the long term.

rickyricardo on February 27, 2014 at 8:55 AM

ONLY 59%?? Jeez

plumorchard on February 27, 2014 at 8:56 AM

CBS/NYT? Ha, who believes anything those rightwingers have to say?

Flora Duh on February 27, 2014 at 8:53 AM

Just add 10 points and yer in the ballpark.

BigWyo on February 27, 2014 at 9:00 AM

I can’t really claim to be disappointed; I think he’s absolutely terrible, and it’s just what I expected.

morganfrost on February 27, 2014 at 9:01 AM

41% approve? That’s a lot of low-info and race-based voters.

HiJack on February 27, 2014 at 9:02 AM

Are the poll respondents disappointed in the media giants who conducted the poll as well as Obama, or haven’t they made that connection yet?

My guess is they haven’t, and probably never will.

“My country’s disfiguration,
Sweet land of disinformation,
To thee I sing!”

Stepan on February 27, 2014 at 9:02 AM

the jug eared idiot and the gope put the last nail in the coffin.
adios america. it was nice knowing you.

now lets go out there and do gods work….and sell us some obamacare.

renalin on February 27, 2014 at 9:03 AM

Alternate headline: A Quarter of Democrats Don’t Think Obama Is Marxist Enough

He Who Some Call A Traitor on February 27, 2014 at 9:03 AM

I’m not disappointed in the Obama presidency. That implies there was any hope in him to begin with. I understood that he was an anti-American marxist going in. And that he had no leadership qualities besides giving demagogic speeches that sought to divide people.

Nope, not disappointed. Just have my worst fears realized.

rbj on February 27, 2014 at 9:04 AM

I can’t say I’m disappointed. I knew we were getting an unqualified narcissist who was schooled in Marxism and came from a Chicago political background. All the evidence was there. People chose to ignore it.

DisneyFan on February 27, 2014 at 9:04 AM

I’m extremely disappointed that the Indonesian, Dog-Eating, America-hating retard isn’t outfitted with an orange jumpsuit. That should have happened years ago. Barky has been breaking laws and violating the Constitution since even before he slimed into an office he isn’t eligible nor qualified for. What he did in the 2008 campaign was more than enough to send his 84 IQ azz to jail.

I’m disappointed in what used to be America. Too late, now, though. It’s done. Irreparable damage. And it was fatal.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 27, 2014 at 9:07 AM

A portion that are unsatisfied with Obama are disappointed that he hasn’t gone full Mussolini or Stalin.

Murphy9 on February 27, 2014 at 9:08 AM

the other 41% are pot heads.

phatfawzi on February 27, 2014 at 9:10 AM

Count me as part of the 41% who are not disappointed. I had absolutely no expectations that this charlatan was going to be anything other than terrible at the job, and I was right. No expectations, thus no disappointment.

MisterElephant on February 27, 2014 at 9:10 AM

The only thing I can think of is what is wrong with that 41%?

sadatoni on February 27, 2014 at 9:12 AM

For Obama, the job-approval number is actually the good news. It’s not as low as it was last fall, when it dropped to 38% in this series, but it reverses an upward trend since the shutdown. He fares worse on the economy (38/57) and on foreign policy (39/48), which used to be a relative strength for Obama.

How the Hell can he have a 41% approval rating when he’s so underwater on foreign and domestic policy?

Mitoch55 on February 27, 2014 at 9:13 AM

That’s a lot of racists.

Bishop on February 27, 2014 at 9:15 AM

59% might be totally disappointed, but I’d like to think the remaining 41% are at least smart enough to be disappointed but not yet willing to admit it to polling calls.

MTF on February 27, 2014 at 9:15 AM

This dudes legacy will be last much much longer than Reagan. For better or worse, Regan was a blip on the map who real world policy legacy is meaningless. Obama’s is much more impactful for the long term.

rickyricardo on February 27, 2014 at 8:55 AM

Has to be sarcasm. I know ole ricky has zero in the humor department, but you literally cannot be serious.

hawkdriver on February 27, 2014 at 9:15 AM

These same pollsters said, Romney had a lead, going into the election.

That was true too, huh……

Offhanded on February 27, 2014 at 9:17 AM

Maybe those demoncrats are disappointed that Zero didn’t steamroll the legacy GOP.

A portion that are unsatisfied with Obama are disappointed that he hasn’t gone full Mussolini or Stalin.
Murphy9 on February 27, 2014 at 9:08 AM

This, more so.

Royal Fizzbin on February 27, 2014 at 9:17 AM

Obama voters are legion…..
(yeah, I meant it that way too)

Offhanded on February 27, 2014 at 9:19 AM

The only question I have is will Little Boots be remembered for the time we lost the Republic or the time we almost lost the Republic?

claudius on February 27, 2014 at 9:21 AM

Well, unfortunately, not enough of that 59% vote to make a difference.

rickyricardo on February 27, 2014 at 8:55 AM

You are right. Ensuring the destruction of America will be much more “impactful” than defeating one of the greatest evils in the world in a hundred years. Because there will always be more evil, but there won’t always be another America.

GWB on February 27, 2014 at 9:21 AM

Media will cover for the Democrats and soon the meme for saving Obamacare will be that republicans hate poor people and wish them dying on the street for lack of health insurance. Jon Stewart will lead the charge to once again demonize republicans, and the republican party will be once again chasing down the rabbit holes of the media’s own making.
We need to be smarter this time. We need to understand and internalize the truth that “politics is downstream of culture” as Andrew Breitbart famously said and understood it. Jon Stewart and his followers do more damage to our country then we can ever imagine. The only way your ever going to see Obamacare harm the democrats, I mean really harm them, is when Jon Stewart himself actually acknowledges that people are being hurt by the law. Until that happens, the media and the culture will not pay real attention to the harm caused by this horrible law and the downstream politics will stay just the same as they are today, with the idiotic memes and narratives that the republicans hate poor people and just want to hurt them.

sailwind on February 27, 2014 at 9:22 AM

I’m not disappointed in this administration. I said from even before January 2009 that this is where we were going to end up. Back then, there was a vocal crowd demanding that we give the filthy rat-eared bastard a chance to live up to the rhetoric of his campaign. Well, told ya so.

Happy Nomad on February 27, 2014 at 9:22 AM

I’m not disappointed, I was expecting him to be even worse than he is. Which he would have been if not for the 2010 midterms.

moo on February 27, 2014 at 9:23 AM

That’s a lot of racists.

Bishop on February 27, 2014 at 9:15 AM

Yeah, amazing just how many people in the last few months discovered that Obama’s black!

Happy Nomad on February 27, 2014 at 9:24 AM

So 41% have an affinity for lavendar…

ToddPA on February 27, 2014 at 9:25 AM

A portion that are unsatisfied with Obama are disappointed that he hasn’t gone full Mussolini or Stalin.

Murphy9 on February 27, 2014 at 9:08 AM

I absolutely believe this is the case – even some of his staunch and most vocal supporters have alluded to this.

The not-so-vocal hard leftists wish that he’d had the conservatives or anyone that didn’t fall in line be shoved into boxcars by now.

tru2tx on February 27, 2014 at 9:27 AM

So, are these numbers going to impact how much stuff is named after the rat-eared coward when he leaves office? I kinda find it hard to believe that Chicago and Hawaii are both actively campaigning for the Presidential Library. Personally, I think the Obama papers would be better stored closer to whatever federal courthouse is used to prosecute all the criminals that are currently in power.

Happy Nomad on February 27, 2014 at 9:28 AM

GOP has midterm edge.

So what?

Dr. ZhivBlago on February 27, 2014 at 9:34 AM

These same pollsters said, Romney had a lead, going into the election.

That was true too, huh……

Offhanded on February 27, 2014 at 9:17 AM

No, the polls said obama had a lead going into the elections.

Is Gallup good for you?

What?

hawkdriver on February 27, 2014 at 9:38 AM

even though the party itself is deeply divided and most Americans agree more with Democratic policy positions, the latest New York Times/CBS News poll shows.

Wishful thinking on CBS
Trying to find where most Americans agree with the democrats

healthcare – nope
taxes – nope …
foreign policy – nope
abortion – mope
regulations – nope
energy policy – nope
debt-nope

If most Americans agreed with them, they democrats wouldn’t have to rely on character assassinations to win elections.

yada yada yada on February 27, 2014 at 9:40 AM

This dudes legacy will be last much much longer than Reagan. For better or worse, Regan was a blip on the map who real world policy legacy is meaningless. Obama’s is much more impactful for the long term.

rickyricardo on February 27, 2014 at 8:55 AM

Has to be sarcasm. I know ole ricky has zero in the humor department, but you literally cannot be serious.

hawkdriver on February 27, 2014 at 9:15 AM

Hawkdriver I have to agree with Ricky here … Obama legacy is much more impactful. the destruction of America and all she stands for. The press is as
guilty as he is of course, they covered for him.

conservative tarheel on February 27, 2014 at 9:40 AM

These same pollsters said, Romney had a lead, going into the election.

That was true too, huh……

Offhanded on February 27, 2014 at 9:17 AM

Or maybe the data at RCP

hawkdriver on February 27, 2014 at 9:41 AM

Hawkdriver I have to agree with Ricky here … Obama legacy is much more impactful. the destruction of America and all she stands for. The press is as
guilty as he is of course, they covered for him.

conservative tarheel on February 27, 2014 at 9:40 AM

If that’s what he asserted.

hawkdriver on February 27, 2014 at 9:42 AM

Yet he beat an accomplished, experienced, honest opponent in 12. Shame on the voters who followed the media to re elect this charlatan. I have stopped giving to charities that give to people who supported this failure. Now it all goes to veterans and animals. If the takers want to continue the destruction of America, let them starve.

fishstick on February 27, 2014 at 9:42 AM

This administration is a flat out refutation of the principles of affirmative action.

Promoting someone beyond their capability is destructive.

Lonetown on February 27, 2014 at 9:44 AM

This dudes legacy will be last much much longer than Reagan. For better or worse, Regan was a blip on the map who real world policy legacy is meaningless. Obama’s is much more impactful for the long term.

rickyricardo on February 27, 2014 at 8:55 AM

Has to be sarcasm. I know ole ricky has zero in the humor department, but you literally cannot be serious.

hawkdriver on February 27, 2014 at 9:15 AM

True…what did Reagan do that has managed to survive to the present day?

Some may mutter something about the “fall of Communism”, but that wasn’t even true back then.

Dr. ZhivBlago on February 27, 2014 at 9:46 AM

Some may mutter something about the “fall of Communism”, but that wasn’t even true back then.

Dr. ZhivBlago on February 27, 2014 at 9:46 AM

Utter something about the …

Are you kidding too?

hawkdriver on February 27, 2014 at 9:53 AM

These polls are ridiculous. What do they even mean and what difference will they make? So 59% polled are disappointed in his presidency? So what. Is that supposed to comfort anyone? His, and his Leftist fellow travelers’ , agenda rolls on with nothing stopping them.

Cleombrotus on February 27, 2014 at 9:56 AM

Have to agree with Ricardo too.

Cleombrotus on February 27, 2014 at 9:58 AM

Have to agree with Ricardo too.

Cleombrotus on February 27, 2014 at 9:58 AM

To no one in particular. Is your point that obama was/is as influential in being destructive towards this nation as Reagan had positive influences or that Reagan’s positive influences are exaggerated?

hawkdriver on February 27, 2014 at 10:02 AM

Looked at the internals of this “poll” when it came out-of course it oversamples Democrats and Independents.

But the thing that really stood out? Its Margin of Error was 6%.

That is twice the MOE of “reputable” polls.

Del Dolemonte on February 27, 2014 at 10:03 AM

This is why I’m so disgusted with American voters. Everything we know now about Obama we knew back in 2012. There are no surprises here and no new information here. Obama was always a socialist that didn’t want the United States to be a world power anymore. He is determined to make America no better than France, and given Obamacare, our lousy economy, chronically high unemployment rate, pitiful economic growth rate, and weak military posture around the world, we now are just like France, so Obama has succeeded beyond his wildest dreams.

Obama never made a secret of any of this, yet Americans re-elect4ed him by a comfortable margin. And to those morons out there who didn’t vote because they didn’t think Romney was “Conservative Enough,” I say I hope you like what you got in the last election and I hope you’re happy with the results. Romney certainly wasn’t perfect, but he was a lot better than what we have now. And now you’re stuck with Obama for two more years, and possibly Hillary for the next eight, unless you wake up and start voting Republican again, regardless of who we nominate.

Libertyship46 on February 27, 2014 at 10:03 AM

Did anyone see this jewel on TV yesterday? The great orator can’t string words into a sentence without a teleprompter and sounds like a spoiled brat.

Cindy Munford on February 27, 2014 at 10:04 AM

!

Bmore on February 27, 2014 at 10:07 AM

fishstick on February 27, 2014 at 9:42 AM

fishstick, just wanting to clear something up with you. I was under the impression you had voted for 0. Is this not correct?

Bmore on February 27, 2014 at 10:09 AM

Why a poll of ‘adults’ – which includes people who couldn’t find a voting booth even if they were paid to vote and driven there?

Arssanguinus on February 27, 2014 at 10:09 AM

While 41% may be satisfied right now, just wait until those ijits realize that they have to buy an obamacare policy. I saw somewhere yesterday that over 60% of the folks who have yet to purchase health insurance do not know that it is the LAW. When the IRS comes knocking at their door, the look on their faces will be epic. The low info voters eventually will have no option left but to turn on teh one when it finally dawns on them. Granted not all or even most, but some of them will.

I just pray that when all is said and done that the true history of him and what he has done will be recorded, that the truth will be there.

D-fusit on February 27, 2014 at 10:10 AM

Fifty-nine percent are disappointed.

Forty-one percent are clearly not paying attention.

orangemtl on February 27, 2014 at 10:10 AM

59% disapproval? He built that.

randy on February 27, 2014 at 10:15 AM

what did Reagan do that has managed to survive to the present day?

Some may mutter something about the “fall of Communism”, but that wasn’t even true back then.

Dr. ZhivBlago on February 27, 2014 at 9:46 AM

Well, methinks the people of Poland would disagree with you. Reagan was deeply involved with Poland, and today it can be considered a legitimate success story as it has successfully transitioned to a market economy, unlike the rest of its Eastern European neighbors.

And then there is his 1983 liberation of Grenada in the Caribbean. Another success story.

Del Dolemonte on February 27, 2014 at 10:15 AM

Supporters of ObamaCare often argue that most Americans want it kept in place, but fixed — even though they rarely admit to it being broken. That’s true in this poll, too; 50% overall want it kept but “some changes” made to make it work, but 42% want it repealed altogether.

Which is typical of Democrats that love to cherry-pick their information.

Give it time.

The majority of people also report they haven’t been personally impacted by the law yet either. And of those who do report having personal experience with the law, nearly double the respondents have seen a negative impact over the respondents that say they have seen a benefit.

http://pages.citebite.com/p2o8r2r8v2yaq

lynncgb on February 27, 2014 at 10:16 AM

Nobody?

hawkdriver on February 27, 2014 at 10:17 AM

50% overall want it kept but “some changes” made to make it work, but 42% want it repealed altogether

Fifty percent believe this because 50% still think you can get a “free lunch” system that’s solvent.

It’s apparent that the GOP has not educated the public on the inherent problems with a government run system. But how could they? The only time I see a GOP on television is when they are denouncing the “tactics” of other Republicans, making predictions for 2016, trashing Tea Partiers, or talking about state bills to legalize discrimination against gay people.

Let’s not spend any time educating the public on the inherent contradictions in national health care systems, oh no not that!

will77jeff on February 27, 2014 at 10:35 AM

This dudes legacy will be last much much longer than Reagan. For better or worse, Regan was a blip on the map who real world policy legacy is meaningless. Obama’s is much more impactful for the long term.
 
rickyricardo on February 27, 2014 at 8:55 AM

 
Has to be sarcasm. I know ole ricky has zero in the humor department, but you literally cannot be serious.
 
hawkdriver on February 27, 2014 at 9:15 AM

 
Nobody?
 
hawkdriver on February 27, 2014 at 10:17 AM

 
I agree 100% with rickyricardo, but probably not like he meant.
 
Even disregarding the precedent Obama is setting regarding the unilateral power of the office of the President, his social and financial legacy will be longer lasting and much more impactful on the future of the United States, and especially in actual felt costs and lost wealth re: the middle class. Obama may even manage to make it hot if the (D)s can keep pushing hard enough.
 
Cloward Piven, baby.

rogerb on February 27, 2014 at 10:45 AM

I suspect strongly that only 59% are willing to admit that they are disappointed.

TKPedersen42 on February 27, 2014 at 10:51 AM

To no one in particular. Is your point that obama was/is as influential in being destructive towards this nation as Reagan had positive influences or that Reagan’s positive influences are exaggerated?

hawkdriver on February 27, 2014 at 10:02 AM

The point was that obama’s destruction will have far greater long-term effects than Reagan’s positives.

Destroying is easy.

Lanceman on February 27, 2014 at 10:55 AM

This is why I say to all the cartridge-box fondlers that this will end at the ballot box, and end well. Want to know why low-information 0bama voters are low-information? Because prior to 2008, they weren’t all that big on voting. Why would Pookie down in Houston stay on his couch for Sheila Jackson-Lee, but come out for 0bama? Why did Ursula University in Austin overcome her usual distaste for *gasp* Amerikkkan politics, and not write in Assata Shakur, like she did in 2004?

Because they saw something special in 0bama in 2008, and were convinced in 2012 0bama was still special, but being held back by “haters.” Since 2013, that gloss has worn off, and isn’t coming back. It won’t rub off on Hillary.

Sekhmet on February 27, 2014 at 11:15 AM

The most target rich political environment in recent memory.

And the GOP is back on it’s heels. Incredible dereliction of duty.

aquaviva on February 27, 2014 at 11:16 AM

Well, methinks the people of Poland would disagree with you. Reagan was deeply involved with Poland, and today it can be considered a legitimate success story as it has successfully transitioned to a market economy, unlike the rest of its Eastern European neighbors.

And then there is his 1983 liberation of Grenada in the Caribbean. Another success story.

Del Dolemonte on February 27, 2014 at 10:15 AM

What difference at this point does all that make?

The Socialists and their NWO cronies are taking over. I’m not attacking Reagan (though unlike some I don’t believe he could walk on water).

Any president’s legacy is (the LSM not withstanding) couched in long-term results.

I choose to look at real world results and not fantasy, nor the Conservative versions of rainbows and unicorns.

Dr. ZhivBlago on February 27, 2014 at 11:21 AM

ONLY 59%?? Jeez

plumorchard on February 27, 2014 at 8:56 AM

I know!!

I can’t believe it is that low… still!! After all the lies and crap this administration has pulled. Of course, I guess you have to KNOW about it to be upset by it, thanks msm./s

Sterling Holobyte on February 27, 2014 at 11:29 AM

The most target rich political environment in recent memory.

And the GOP is back on it’s heels. Incredible dereliction of duty.

aquaviva on February 27, 2014 at 11:16 AM

The GOP has bigger fish to fry, didn’t you know?! The Tea Party. Republicans are too stupid to realize what they could do WITH the Tea Party instead of fighting against them.

Right now, when “taking a stand” against the real enemy(socialist dems), the GOP are like left-wing/progressives taking a stand against the human-rights violations of muslims… they won’t do it, and they focus on targets they figure “won’t hurt them too much”. Cowards, all of them.

Sterling Holobyte on February 27, 2014 at 11:37 AM

hawkdriver on February 27, 2014 at 10:02 AM

The former. The Left learns well and have taken steps, not only to reverse his achievements but have put in place restrictions on a similar person ever being able to rise to any such influence.

For example, under McCain Feingold’s provisions, the means by which Reagan’s gubernatorial and presidential campaigns were financed are now illegal.

Cleombrotus on February 27, 2014 at 11:50 AM

hawkdriver on February 27, 2014 at 10:02 AM

Mark Steyn makes the point that Republicans are often in office but never in power. Even Reagan couldn’t reverse any of the political gains the Dems have made in the last 60 years.

Even Ted Cruz and Rand Paul et al are operating in the context of Democrat initiatives.

Cleombrotus on February 27, 2014 at 11:54 AM

Well, methinks the people of Poland would disagree with you. Reagan was deeply involved with Poland, and today it can be considered a legitimate success story as it has successfully transitioned to a market economy, unlike the rest of its Eastern European neighbors.

And then there is his 1983 liberation of Grenada in the Caribbean. Another success story.

Del Dolemonte on February 27, 2014 at 10:15 AM

Any president’s legacy is (the LSM not withstanding) couched in long-term results.

I choose to look at real world results and not fantasy, nor the Conservative versions of rainbows and unicorns. The fact that you actually cited two credible long-term results is irrelevant to my “argument”.

Dr. ZhivBlago on February 27, 2014 at 11:21 AM

Edited to reflect your reality.

Thanks for playing!

Del Dolemonte on February 27, 2014 at 11:58 AM

Gee 40% of the US are low information voters. Are that that stupid or are they the flower children from the 60′s and 70′s?

regmgr on February 27, 2014 at 11:58 AM

Mark Steyn makes the point that Republicans are often in office but never in power. Even Reagan couldn’t reverse any of the political gains the Dems have made in the last 60 years.

Even Ted Cruz and Rand Paul et al are operating in the context of Democrat initiatives.

Cleombrotus on February 27, 2014 at 11:54 AM

That’s because most Americans really like the welfare state. And they do not want to pay for it. When the issue is benefits, Democrats win. When the issue is paying for them, Republicans win. But nobody wants to kill the benefits. The genius of both parties is that Republicans could keep cutting taxes and Democrats could keep increasing spending, because it could all be paid for with borrowed or printed money. And that does not seem to have produced the monetary apocalypse or hyper-inflation that so many conservatives have said for 20 years is just around the corner. So now we sound like Cassandras to the people, and it’s too easy for Democrats to paint us as simply hostile to the poor and the middle class.

There really is not an electoral majority for making substantial reductions in federal spending or the scope of government. You can argue that we have failed to convince the people on this and that is the fault of Republican leaders and candidates over many years, but I can just as easily make the case that those leaders and candidates are simply responding to what the voters are saying.

The closest we ever came to having an election about the impending fiscal ruin of America was in 1992, when Ross Perot ran for president. He got 20% of the vote.

rockmom on February 27, 2014 at 12:16 PM

Edited to reflect your reality.

Thanks for playing!

Del Dolemonte on February 27, 2014 at 11:58 AM

Yes, because Grenada did soooo much to stem the tide of Communism. Surely if it hadn’t been for Grenada, Castro would still be in power and we’d have a Commie in the White House.

And seriously implying full credit for Poland to Ronald Reagan? No mention of the “union thug” Lech Walesa and Solidarity in the above paragraph, was there now? Surely neither Slick nor Obummer would have done a damn thing in support of that movement.

Look, I’d gladly take a Ronald Reagan right now, but there simply aren’t any and no matter how good it was to have him as our President for two terms 30 years ago, it’s not doing us any good now. That is my point.

Dr. ZhivBlago on February 27, 2014 at 12:36 PM

Considering this poll probably had a sample of about 20% Republicans that’s pretty bad.

mitchellvii on February 27, 2014 at 12:39 PM

Oops sorry, only 24% Republicans. BTW, you will notice 24% is the new MSM target for all their polling.

The amazing part is how only 24% of voters took Congress in a route and will likely take the Senate the same way.

mitchellvii on February 27, 2014 at 12:42 PM

Dr. ZhivBlago on February 27, 2014 at 9:46 AM

(I did more than f*ing mutter it, bubba.)

GWB on February 27, 2014 at 12:52 PM

41% approve? That’s a lot of low-info and race-based voters.

HiJack on February 27, 2014 at 9:02 AM

I’d include all the Wall Street recipients that the neverending-QE hose is aimed at.

slickwillie2001 on February 27, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Referring to NBC host David Gregory’s (D-NBC/Comcast) interview with Rice on Sunday’s “Meet the Press,” the outspoken Congressman [Gowdy] said, “I get tougher questions in the Bojangles drive-thru than he asked her.”

J_Crater on February 27, 2014 at 12:57 PM

Referring to NBC host David Gregory’s (D-NBC/Comcast) interview with Rice on Sunday’s “Meet the Press,” the outspoken Congressman [Gowdy] said, “I get tougher questions in the Bojangles drive-thru than he asked her.”

J_Crater on February 27, 2014 at 12:57 PM

LMAO!!

Gowdy for the Bodyslam!!!

ToddPA on February 27, 2014 at 1:03 PM

Dr. ZhivBlago on February 27, 2014 at 9:46 AM

(I did more than f*ing mutter it, bubba.)

GWB on February 27, 2014 at 12:52 PM

How are things back there in the ’80s? Didn’t know they had perfected time travel.

Meanwhile, here in 2014 we’re having a great time because Ronnie was president once upon a time. Thanks!

Dr. ZhivBlago on February 27, 2014 at 1:04 PM

For those saying that people who are frustrated with obama is because he hasn’t gone far enough, are absolutely correct. Just like the unions with o-care. They wanted flat out single payer, but their dislike of it was being touted by right wing bloggers/media. I guess you can leave that out and bash the left with those half truths, but you can’t count on them for support to undo it.

I have asked this before and will continue until you people wake up. How do we expect to co-exist in a nation with leftists? They want us gone/dead/locked up/enslayved. Keep thinking we can continue to try and negotiate with them. This country has endured the slow creep of socialism and is finally succumbing to it.

JAGonzo on February 27, 2014 at 1:16 PM

Why would anyone be disappointed? It’s not like he promised to “heal the planet” all by hisself or anything. Once you stare fixedly into middle distance and utter with a straight face “we are the ones we been waiting for”, disappointment is your only friend.

cosifantutte on February 27, 2014 at 1:36 PM

They want us gone/dead/locked up/enslayved. Keep thinking we can continue to try and negotiate with them. This country has endured the slow creep of socialism and is finally succumbing to it.

JAGonzo on February 27, 2014 at 1:16 PM

Whoops.

JAGonzo on February 27, 2014 at 1:50 PM

Wow, it took 5 years to get to 59% , sad really…wonder what it would take for the remainder 41% of retards to see the light too…

jimver on February 27, 2014 at 2:34 PM

Dr. ZhivBlago on February 27, 2014 at 1:04 PM

You didn’t read my first comment on this, this morning. That’s all. (The reply to yours was sarcasm, based on what I said in the first.)

GWB on February 27, 2014 at 3:20 PM

Would really like to know why so many people are morons (aka Obama voters).

Othniel on February 27, 2014 at 3:39 PM

40% are looters/moochers

Schadenfreude on February 27, 2014 at 5:12 PM

Very consistent comments wrt the 40% being the fraction of sheeple who live “the best off of the rest”, and what BO’s legacy will be.

But if history is written in Russian or Chinese, which looks more and more likely, it might blame “easily trod upon hosts” more than the leeches and leech mongers.

ha_tspc on February 27, 2014 at 9:11 PM