Fox poll: Majority believe Obama made US weaker

posted at 8:01 am on June 5, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

The irony of this is that the Fox poll series is usually a little more generous to Barack Obama than some other media polling, but this is just brutal. Sean Sullivan first picked up on this last night at the Washington Post, looking past the sharp drop in approval rating to 40/54 from 44/49 three weeks ago, no doubt the result of the VA scandal. The key questions are Obama’s leadership skills, in which he falls far below Bill Clinton and even George W. Bush:

A majority of voters say the Obama administration is less competent than Bill Clinton’s and a plurality say it is less competent than George W. Bush’s according to a new Fox News poll released Wednesday.

Sixty-eight percent say the Obama administration is less competent that the Clinton administration. Forty-eight percent say it is less competent than Bush’s, compared to 42 percent who say it is more competent. Seven percent judge Obama’s and Bush’s the same.

Fifty-five percent say that the Obama administration has made the country weaker; 35 percent say his administration has made it stronger.

Obama’s leadership skills have been on the decline for a year. In May 2013, he scored a 45/55 between excellent or good/fair or poor. Last November, in the middle of the ObamaCare disaster, it dropped to 40/60, and it’s about the same at 39/61. The survey was conducted from Sunday to Tuesday, though, before the backlash against the Bergdahl swap hit full steam.

On competence, Obama scores poorly against his two predecessors. Compared to Clinton, he gets an 18/68, which may have something to do with sunny hindsight, too. (No one thought much of Clinton’s competence when he chose to have a messy affair with an intern, and then fight a civil lawsuit for sexual harassment rather than ignore it.) The sunny-hindsight syndrome certainly wouldn’t apply to George W. Bush though, and Obama falls short of the man whose competence he made a campaign issue by 42/48, outside of the MoE of the poll.

The Bergdahl swap gets a surprising split in the poll. Disapproval only barely edges approval, 45/47, although again the story is still unfolding. Eighty-four percent worry that this will encourage more hostage-taking, with a majority of 57% “very concerned.” Subsequent polls may have more disapproval, but it’s difficult to see how this concern could peak any further.


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Obama’s leadership skills have been on the decline for a year

He never had any leadership skills. The only way he could decline is to go into negative numbers.

307wolverine on June 5, 2014 at 8:05 AM

Fox poll: Majority believe Obama made US weaker

Wasn’t that the plan? Weaker and Socialist.

Oil Can on June 5, 2014 at 8:05 AM

Cool, and I snagged a Bishop.

307wolverine on June 5, 2014 at 8:06 AM

Good morning! I am definitely convinced. We are completely surrounded by idiots.

Bmore on June 5, 2014 at 8:07 AM

The most incompetent President and most incompetent administration in the history of the Republic and by far, no one even comes close… But that is what we get when a welfare queens agitator is elected President based only on reading empty rhetoric from teleprompter and doing photo ops that brought the largest number ever of parasites and dumb people to vote for him both in 2008 and 2012…

mnjg on June 5, 2014 at 8:07 AM

Breaking: Bergdahl to be “hospitalized” longer than expected in Germany—anyone surprised?

Unexpectedly expected.

Rovin on June 5, 2014 at 8:07 AM

Own it dems ….no whining

cmsinaz on June 5, 2014 at 8:07 AM

Racists the whole lot of you

cmsinaz on June 5, 2014 at 8:09 AM

Great. Just great.

Bmore on June 5, 2014 at 8:10 AM

‘IMPEACHMENT’ IF HE DOES IT AGAIN

Sure, sure thing, just have to get all these idiots on board with the idea./

Bmore on June 5, 2014 at 8:13 AM

They’re right.

But that doesn’t mean Republican candidates wouldn’t also have made the nation weaker.

America is on the wrong track. Obama is merely outstanding at pushing it further down that wrong track.

David Blue on June 5, 2014 at 8:13 AM

Breaking: Bergdahl to be “hospitalized” longer than expected in Germany—anyone surprised?

Unexpectedly expected.

Rovin on June 5, 2014 at 8:07 AM

Probably hoping they can get the deserter/defector past the “Death to America” thing before he is seen in public.

Happy Nomad on June 5, 2014 at 8:14 AM

Great. Just great.

Bmore on June 5, 2014 at 8:10 AM

Who could have seen this coming? Unexpected. /s

307wolverine on June 5, 2014 at 8:14 AM

Obama’s leadership skills have been on the decline for a year.

He has teleprompter skills. On a good day. Nothing else.

rbj on June 5, 2014 at 8:15 AM

He will never be impeached. Nobody is going to vote to impeach the second black president.

bopbottle on June 5, 2014 at 8:17 AM

Good morning! I am definitely convinced. We are completely surrounded by idiots.

Bmore on June 5, 2014 at 8:07 AM

A friend of mine wrote a scathing rant on Facebook about Obama and this Bergdahl mess. This was one of the responses

My president can do what ever he wants does not need congress approval for anything with that being said i guess thats it

Yep idiots

gophergirl on June 5, 2014 at 8:17 AM

Obama’s leadership skills have been on the decline for a year.

Um, no. It’s just the polls of Americans who approve of his “leadership skills” that are on the decline. He’s still the same guy with the same “leadership skills” he had in 2008. It’s just that some people are finally waking up from their “Yes, we can!” chant induced trance.

CJ on June 5, 2014 at 8:19 AM

after 6 years most of the nation is waking up to the wreckage. The sad part is some still believe in the hopeandchange.

phatfawzi on June 5, 2014 at 8:20 AM

Obimbo makes George look like an outstanding genius in the history of mankind.

Smartest man in the room, my ass.

Mariadee on June 5, 2014 at 8:21 AM

Great. Just great.

Bmore on June 5, 2014 at 8:10 AM

Doesn’t that just give you the warm fuzzies?

pillepalle on June 5, 2014 at 8:22 AM

He’s a pretty fair food stamp salesman.

docflash on June 5, 2014 at 8:22 AM

35-40% of our population still supports him?

kcewa on June 5, 2014 at 8:22 AM

Great. Just great.

Bmore on June 5, 2014 at 8:10 AM

We knew that was coming.

gophergirl on June 5, 2014 at 8:23 AM

‘IMPEACHMENT’ IF HE DOES IT AGAIN

Sure, sure thing, just have to get all these idiots on board with the idea./

Bmore on June 5, 2014 at 8:13 AM

Which means Obama will release KSM tomorrow. Preezy-Emperor NPD doesn’t react well to empty threats from suits like Grahamnesty that are even emptier than his.

ConstantineXI on June 5, 2014 at 8:26 AM

Breaking: Bergdahl to be “hospitalized” longer than expected in Germany—anyone surprised?

Unexpectedly expected.

Rovin on June 5, 2014 at 8:07 AM

How come those Tallyban guys detained in those dirty rotten horrible inhumane conditions at Gitmo (for longer than Bergdahl was a “guest” — Daddy’s word — of the Tallyban in Afghanistan) don’t need hospitalized and treated by bunches of shrinks for them to be “reintegrated” into society???

CJ on June 5, 2014 at 8:28 AM

Obama’s leadership skills have been on the decline for a year.

I assume you’re referring to his leadership skills as they relate to polling, because Obama has never, EVER been any kind of a leader in the proper sense of the word.

He leads from behind.
He blames anyone else for his failures.
He takes credit for anything positive even when he did not produce the results.

Mark Boabaca on June 5, 2014 at 8:29 AM

Can we get the names and addresses of the 35% so we can help Darwin along by telling them that Obama said walking off a tall cliff is good for the country or at least film their brain dead existence for “World’s Dumbest…” ?

PatriotPete on June 5, 2014 at 8:30 AM

Absolutely remarkable isn’t everyone? Thank goodness we have the loyal opposition to cover us./ *sigh* HT Ed.

Bmore on June 5, 2014 at 8:31 AM

35-40% of our population still supports him?

kcewa on June 5, 2014 at 8:22 AM

70% of these 35% to 40% are pure trash, people that you no one want to live with or be anywhere close to them….

mnjg on June 5, 2014 at 8:32 AM

Obama is a leader?

He couldn’t run a lemonade stand….

And then force Americans to buy his lemonade or get fined by the IRS…

He could then look himself in the mirror and see a great lemonade leader…

Electrongod on June 5, 2014 at 8:32 AM

Probably hoping they can get the deserter/defector past the “Death to America” thing before he is seen in public.

Happy Nomad on June 5, 2014 at 8:14 AM

He will require retraining and he’ll have to learn his lines which will be difficult since he doesn’t…speak English.

crankyoldlady on June 5, 2014 at 8:32 AM

Bmore on June 5, 2014 at 8:07 AM

Welcome to my world.

cozmo on June 5, 2014 at 8:33 AM

OT quiz:

Are you Rand Paul, Ted Cruz or Marco Rubio?

kcewa on June 5, 2014 at 8:33 AM

Are you Rand Paul, Ted Cruz or Marco Rubio?

kcewa on June 5, 2014 at 8:33 AM

None of them. I’m a girl.

crankyoldlady on June 5, 2014 at 8:34 AM

Fox lies!
/dems

KS Rex on June 5, 2014 at 8:34 AM

How come those Tallyban guys detained in those dirty rotten horrible inhumane conditions at Gitmo (for longer than Bergdahl was a “guest” — Daddy’s word — of the Tallyban in Afghanistan) don’t need hospitalized and treated by bunches of shrinks for them to be “reintegrated” into society???

CJ on June 5, 2014 at 8:28 AM

That is a really good queation. Funny that I haven’t seen anyone in the MSM ask it.

kcewa on June 5, 2014 at 8:36 AM

question

kcewa on June 5, 2014 at 8:36 AM

None of them. I’m a girl.

crankyoldlady on June 5, 2014 at 8:34 AM

It’s a gender neutral quiz.

kcewa on June 5, 2014 at 8:37 AM

Correct, Obama has made us weaker…but Bush was also an supplicant to the islamists with is bullshit about islam being a religion of peace and allowing Iraq to be an islamist country and his sucking up to the misogynist Saudis et al.

georgealbert on June 5, 2014 at 8:39 AM

Relax, more Gitmo releases are coming which will make the U.S. even more safe.

Remember the old line from Dubya’s day: Killing or imprisoning terrorists only creates more terrorists.

Bishop on June 5, 2014 at 8:42 AM

Fox poll: Majority believe Obama made US weaker

Rix poll: Majority of that majority are fine with that.

Rix on June 5, 2014 at 8:42 AM

Correct, Obama has made us weaker…but Bush was also an supplicant to the islamists with is bullshit about islam being a religion of peace and allowing Iraq to be an islamist country and his sucking up to the misogynist Saudis et al.

georgealbert on June 5, 2014 at 8:39 AM

You ARE aware that Bush43 needed Muslim help to go after the terrorists and calling every last one of them scumbuckets hardly seems like the best way to go about getting their cooperation, agreed?

Or do you find insulting people an effective way to go about things. Just curious.

307wolverine on June 5, 2014 at 8:44 AM

kcewa on June 5, 2014 at 8:33 AM

Currently Cruz, though as always everything is subject to change. ; )

Bmore on June 5, 2014 at 8:50 AM

Breaking: Bergdahl to be “hospitalized” longer than expected in Germany—anyone surprised?

Unexpectedly expected.

Rovin on June 5, 2014 at 8:07 AM

Probably hoping they can get the deserter/defector past the “Death to America” thing before he is seen in public.

Happy Nomad on June 5, 2014 at 8:14 AM

He was clean shaven when the “release” took place. I think that’s why he was crying. We’re going to find out that he defected to the Taliban and it’s probable that he’ll never return to the US.

Key West Reader on June 5, 2014 at 8:52 AM

Bmore on June 5, 2014 at 8:50 AM

I stayed with my libertarian streak by thinking a prez ought to be able to pick his cabinet no matter how bad they are.

Got stuck with Paul.

But it was close.

cozmo on June 5, 2014 at 8:53 AM

OT quiz:

Are you Rand Paul, Ted Cruz or Marco Rubio?

kcewa on June 5, 2014 at 8:33 AM

Ted Cruz here although I look better in a skirt ;D

gophergirl on June 5, 2014 at 8:53 AM

I saw a panhandler on a street corner yesterday … nothing new about that but the sign he was holding was different. It said “Obama gave me this job.”

TooTall on June 5, 2014 at 8:54 AM

The minor disapproval of the prisoner swap is really surprising, but it’s probably why the Obama administration is starting to use words like “swift boat” and attacking the other soldiers. His internals, too, are showing the public doesn’t mind swapping traitor for terrorists.

mypalfish on June 5, 2014 at 8:55 AM

gophergirl on June 5, 2014 at 8:53 AM

Lolz! ; )

Bmore on June 5, 2014 at 8:56 AM

OT quiz:

Are you Rand Paul, Ted Cruz or Marco Rubio?

kcewa on June 5, 2014 at 8:33 AM

Ted Cruz here although I look better in a skirt ;D

gophergirl on June 5, 2014 at 8:53 AM

How about a shirtless shot with tattoos? :)

Rix on June 5, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Ted Cruz here although I look better in a skirt ;D

gophergirl on June 5, 2014 at 8:53 AM

I haven’t seen him in a skirt but I’ll take your word for that :)

kcewa on June 5, 2014 at 9:02 AM

I don’t miss Bush … I miss Ronaldus Magnus.

listens2glenn on June 5, 2014 at 9:13 AM

I’m convinced that, not as a rhetorical device but in truth, that many people, particularly those who share his skin pigmentation have a quasi-religious faith-based attachment to Obama.

I have heard them recite the catechism perfectly (even while struggling to articulate ANY other coherent thought)

800,000 jobs lost per month under Bush, jobs being created every month with Obama, Obama ended Bush’s wars, Obamacare is bringing affordable healthcare to millions, Republicans oppose Obama because he’s black, unemployment is dropping constantly, Wall Street is booming because the economy is doing great under Obama

at the same time you know their personal experience absolutely contradicts everything they say.

It baffles me.

How desperate their need to believe that the FBP is a triumph, even when disaster is self-evident. This is clearly tied into other issues, possibly the loss of true faith and Godly morality, maybe self-respect, or validation of the “I’m As Good As You” viewpoint.

I honestly don’t know.
If Hillary or Warren or Sarah Palin were elected First Chick Presidenter, my ability to discern their their personal failures or achievements wouldn’t be affected because I share their sex- how absurd! I can’t even imagine voting for someone only because how they look is somehow similar to *ME*.

Dolce Far Niente on June 5, 2014 at 9:16 AM

Alternate headline: “39% of Americans Somehow Still Think Obama is Competent”.

Bitter Clinger on June 5, 2014 at 9:37 AM

Obama’s leadership skills have been on the decline for a year. never been effective.

FIFY

BobMbx on June 5, 2014 at 10:10 AM

OT quiz:

Are you Rand Paul, Ted Cruz or Marco Rubio?

kcewa on June 5, 2014 at 8:33 AM

I’m Cruzin’!

BobMbx on June 5, 2014 at 10:15 AM

He was clean shaven when the “release” took place. I think that’s why he was crying. We’re going to find out that he defected to the Taliban and it’s probable that he’ll never return to the US.

Key West Reader on June 5, 2014 at 8:52 AM

We’ll soon be hearing about the “Patty Hearst” defense strategy at his desertion hearing.

BobMbx on June 5, 2014 at 10:17 AM

…35 percent say his administration has made it stronger.

These people evidently are oblivious to everything going on around them.

sadatoni on June 5, 2014 at 10:34 AM

I’d like to suggest that Hot Air put up a counter on the website that will count down the number of days we have left with this clown.

The thing that I’m afraid of is that he is going to start becoming even more radical in his decision as he realizes that he’s going to have to work with a Republican Senate and House and that his days are numbered. He’ll rush to do things for his legacy without thinking through the consequences.

Why do I feel like our shields are down?

COgirl on June 5, 2014 at 11:01 AM

the only thing that keeps his numbers up is the cheerleading press who fawn all over his every dishonest utterance and embargo 99% of stories that would hurt him.

It’s sad that anyone still believes this ignorant, inexperienced, incompetent, dishonest, huckster is anything but an idiot.

A well educated idiot, but an idiot nonetheless.

I think Obama is the perfect proof that having a degree or graduating from a good school “proves” one is wise and/or intelligent.

Even taking aside the affirmative action aspects of his admittance to Harvard and election (remember, he did not grade-on or write-on to the law review, he was elected to the law review) to the law review, he still attended Harvard Law and graduated from Harvard Law.

But, that does not mean crap. I went to law school at a top 10 (at the time, it is now ranked in the top 15) law school and there were plenty of morons in my class who graduated. That they want to a top law school and graduated does not prove “brilliance” or even “intellect”.

Obama never published anything. Never really practiced as an attorney. His “professorship” was as an adjunct – which I have done and many others have done. It does not prove anything. He never held a real job that required performance and accountability. He accomplished nothing of note as either a state senator or U.S. Senator.

His alleged oratorical skills are all hype and no substance. He has never uttered memorable and created turn-of-phrase that anyone remembers. Quick – what quote from any Obama speech can you even remember right now? – None? Because there is nothing memorable in any speech he has ever given.

Likewise, there is no new idea contained in anything he has ever said. His speeches are all nothing but liberal cliché and straw-man. He offers no new ideas, no new way of looking at the world, nothing of substance.

So, new memorable or inspiring phrases and no substance. And yet people claim he is a great speaker?

he is a good speaker in the sense that he has a decent voice and decent delivery when reading from a teleprompter. But cadence and timber only make it sound o.k., it doesn’t make the speeches themselves “great” in the sense of memorable or meaningful.

Obama is, at best, of average to slightly above-average intelligence, who went to good schools, but never learned more than what was necessary to pass exams. He has no experience to draw from to lead, he doesn’t think hard about the issues and instead relies on the most clichéd liberal arguments/positions, he offers nothing new or courageous. He does not inspire or motivate. He simply exists. That’s it.

He is nothing more than a media creation. Devoid of any substance. An empty suit.

Monkeytoe on June 5, 2014 at 11:03 AM

Monkeytoe on June 5, 2014 at 11:03 AM

Further, even his vaunted “political prowess” is really the media’s doing. The fact that he media hype him like a rock-star, never question anything he says or does, never investigate anything his administration does, and suppresses anything that could hurt Obama to the best of its ability is what has carried Obama (well, that and GOP ineptitude. McCain and Romney. McConnell and Boehner. If the GOP had decent presidential candidates or decent leaders Obama would be far worse off today, even with the media hyping him).

Obama is not devoid of political acumen – I’d wager he has more political acumen than understanding of the actual substantive issues – but he is not remotely as gifted in that respect as Bill Clinton was.

Obama is really nothing more than the luckiest politician ever. Came along at the right time, with the right skin tone, and the right opponents, with the right issues on the burner.

Monkeytoe on June 5, 2014 at 11:10 AM

35 percent say his administration has made it stronger

…and most of these people…can dress and feed themselves?

KOOLAID2 on June 5, 2014 at 11:11 AM

It worries me that people rate Clinton so high. The man was a disaster on foreign policy and his inaction and incompetence paved the way for 9/11. This sunny optimism about Clinton will no doubt help you-know-who.

Jack_Burton on June 5, 2014 at 11:13 AM

Leading from behind!

tanked59 on June 5, 2014 at 11:19 AM

The 35%rs, choke in obama’s azz. It ain’t Beluga, you creepy fools.

Schadenfreude on June 5, 2014 at 11:23 AM

Obama’s leadership skills have been on the decline for a year.

Only one?

Newtie and the Beauty on June 5, 2014 at 11:49 AM

I’d quote that poll to my friends on FB & elsewhere if it weren’t for the fact that it is Fox and they would discount it out of hand for that very reason.

They’d be wrong, but in order to continue to whittle away at their slavish adoration, this poll has to come from some other news source.

kurtzz3 on June 5, 2014 at 11:51 AM

And I can TOTALLY rock high heels!

Newtie and the Beauty on June 5, 2014 at 11:52 AM