CNN poll: Obama now as unpopular as Bush

posted at 8:01 pm on June 12, 2014 by Guy Benson

…And now he has no choice but to re-engage “Bush’s war,” too, thanks to his administration’s abject failure to carry out his own stated Iraq policy. Unpopularity is perhaps the only thing Obama can’t claim to have inherited from his predecessor.  No, he’s earned this all by himself (via Dan Doherty).

In January 2009, as President George W. Bush was days away from leaving the White House, the unpopular President’s favorable rating stood at 35% in a CNN/ORC International survey. The man who was succeeding him, Barack Obama, was fresh from his historic 2008 presidential election victory and had a 78% favorable rating among Americans. But a new CNN/ORC International pollreleased Thursday indicates a milestone of sorts: Obama is now as unpopular as Bush. Fifty-one percent have an unfavorable view of Bush; 51% feel the same way about Obama. Obama’s favorable rating is now at 47% – a new low for him, and virtually identical to Bush’s 46% favorable rating, a significant improvement over his 2009 numbers…”This marks the first time in a CNN poll that a majority of Americans have an unfavorable view of Obama,” said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. “And, at 51%, his unfavorable his higher than his favorables for the first time as well.” As for Bush, his numbers have gradually edged up over the years since he left the White House, and is now on par with Obama.

The CNN survey also confirmed Gallup’s numbers on Hillary Clinton, which Ed wrote up yesterday:

Hillary Clinton’s favorable ratings have steadily dropped since she left the State Department, from 67% in March of 2013 to 59% last fall, 57% in March of this year, and now 55%“Secretary of State is often seen as a non-political, non-partisan kind of job, and that showed in Clinton’s favorable ratings while she ran the State Department,” Holland said. “In 2011, her favorable rating was as high as 47% among Republicans. Now that she seems to be running for office again, her favorables among Republicans have plummeted to 18%.”

Meanwhile, a Fox News poll out this week shows continued sharp disapproval of President Obama’s signature domestic “accomplishment,” with a sizable majority expressing the opinion that they wish the 2010 healthcare law had never passed.  (Some vulnerable Democrats may privately agree, based on their panicked reaction to voting on Obamacare-related amendments):

Bloomberg’s latest national survey reflects an electorate resigned to economic stagnation, at best.  Just three in ten believe the overall economy is improving, with large majorities recognizing negative trends on the national debt and health costs:

econpoll

The same poll showed that “fifty-eight percent of poll respondents they’re unhappy with Obama’s handling of the health-care issue.”  On foreign affairs, respondents say the US is “in decline,” as opposed to “on the rise” by a six-to-one margin. Kudos, all around.


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Impeach this clown already.

RAGIN CAJUN on June 12, 2014 at 8:04 PM

Waiting for the spin .. in.. 3,2,1 …

pambi on June 12, 2014 at 8:07 PM

This is the biggest insult for obama.

He is now “chimpey”.

“You’re doing a fine job, Brownie” — GWB, the prescient

Schadenfreude on June 12, 2014 at 8:08 PM

Like a boss. Boss spelled backwards maybe.

Bertram Cabot Jr. on June 12, 2014 at 8:09 PM

hmmmmm, where have we heard 47% before?

chadlands on June 12, 2014 at 8:12 PM

You ain’t seen nothin’ yet. This is his new ceiling.

Pythagoras on June 12, 2014 at 8:12 PM

Yo, @Democrats! You misspelled “butt floss”…

Newtie and the Beauty on June 12, 2014 at 8:14 PM

If they added the categories of: Class, Maturity, Statesmanship, and Diplomat, bams percentile would be so much lower.

31giddyup on June 12, 2014 at 8:14 PM

Having a hard time believe either Bush or “some beach” gets approvals in the upper 40′s. There’s just far too much cynicism out there for that to happen.

Flange on June 12, 2014 at 8:15 PM

CNN poll: Obama now as unpopular as Bush

But not with the MSM. There he is likely as popular as ever.

And of course this unpopularity is at its root and core due to racism. Because there is no other rational explanation, or something.

farsighted on June 12, 2014 at 8:16 PM

What are Repubs offering to help turn the economy around? They don’t seem to talk to the press about much other than the need for mass illegal alien invasion amnesty. Or else they gloat about how they’re going to kick the Tea Party’s butt.

If I were an undecided voter I wouldn’t be too inspired to vote GOP come November.

will77jeff on June 12, 2014 at 8:16 PM

Iraq violence
22m
Lockheed Martin official confirms all employees are being evacuated from Iraq due to concerns for their safety with escalating violence – @TheRyanParker

canopfor on June 12, 2014 at 8:00 PM

The Associated Press @AP · 38m

RAW VIDEO: Iraq militants seize former U.S. base in Tikrit: http://apne.ws/1hSbi5H

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahh_whXhKcU

canopfor on June 12, 2014 at 8:10 PM

canopfor on June 12, 2014 at 8:16 PM

Only as unpopular as Bush ? ? ?

! ! !

RedPepper on June 12, 2014 at 8:17 PM

The Associated Press @AP · 4h

VIDEO: Iraqi Defense Ministry releases video that it says shows gun camera footage of airstrikes on militants: http://apne.ws/1ks9gUu

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMA_4MTAqQQ

canopfor on June 12, 2014 at 8:12 PM

canopfor on June 12, 2014 at 8:17 PM

CNN poll: Obama now as unpopular as Bush
=========================================

Oh no,…it’ll get alot worse than Bush!!!

canopfor on June 12, 2014 at 8:18 PM

This thread
If for Ned

Schadenfreude on June 12, 2014 at 8:20 PM

This thread
Is for Ned

Schadenfreude on June 12, 2014 at 8:20 PM

No, he’s earned this all by himself
===================================

Yup,…..Hopey was too busy FundRaising,..Golfing,..Hawiian trips,..Community Organizing, and ad nausem into infinity,..

….DERELICTION OF DUTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on June 12, 2014 at 8:21 PM

Faster, please.

faraway on June 12, 2014 at 8:22 PM

We won’t miss Obama, though.

22044 on June 12, 2014 at 8:22 PM

Does everybody poop?

libfreeorgan

No, he’s earned this all by himself

KOOLAID2 on June 12, 2014 at 8:22 PM

“Like a boss” with a lisp.

SouthernGent on June 12, 2014 at 8:24 PM

CNN poll: Obama now as unpopular as Bush
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Oh no,…it’ll get alot worse than Bush!!!
canopfor on June 12, 2014 at 8:18 PM

And, with about 2-1/2 years left to go, zero has MUCH further to fall…fail…

Newtie and the Beauty on June 12, 2014 at 8:26 PM

Imagine if the lapdog media were covering his human trafficking at the southern border.

Rational Thought on June 12, 2014 at 8:28 PM

Wow. More and more racists everyday.

The Notorious G.O.P on June 12, 2014 at 8:32 PM

We miss you, GWB.

Steve Z on June 12, 2014 at 8:32 PM

And Bush was being attacked by every mainstream media outfit 24/7. Obama has become this unpopular all by himself. Quite a feat!

The Notorious G.O.P on June 12, 2014 at 8:33 PM

What are Repubs offering to help turn the economy around? They don’t seem to talk to the press about much other than the need for mass illegal alien invasion amnesty. Or else they gloat about how they’re going to kick the Tea Party’s butt.

If I were an undecided voter I wouldn’t be too inspired to vote GOP come November.

will77jeff on June 12, 2014 at 8:16 PM

Well, repubs aren’t the ones bringing the additionall 50,000 plus kids (and soon their relatives) into the states to further down turn the economy, along with screwing the working and legal tax payers. The admin is allowing them to come through the borders on buses and planes.

31giddyup on June 12, 2014 at 8:36 PM

Obama is just as unpopular as Bush….. The difference being the MSM hammered Bush day in and day out. The MSM day in and day out is propping up Obama. That has to worth at least 15% points in positives for Obama.

Conservative4Ever on June 12, 2014 at 8:36 PM

the MSM hammered Bush day in and day out.

Conservative4Ever on June 12, 2014 at 8:36 PM

Bush rolled over. He started thinking of coconuts.

faraway on June 12, 2014 at 8:38 PM

Polling as low as Bush ever got and he still has 2 years to go. Can Obama achieve negative poll numbers by 2016?

HotAirian on June 12, 2014 at 8:48 PM

We won’t miss Obama, though.

22044 on June 12, 2014 at 8:22 PM

Don’t count on it. By this time after Obama’s administration has ended (six years), his favorables will be much higher than Bush’s are right now, probably very high 50s to mid-60s. He has a lock on blacks, a lesser lock on Hispanics, and progressives only hate him now because they’re focused on 2016 and moving along to their next vehicle for transforming the nation.

You won’t be rid of reminders of the guy in your lifetime. None of us will.

xNavigator on June 12, 2014 at 8:50 PM

This thread
Is for Ned

Schadenfreude on June 12, 2014 at 8:20 PM

Red’s brother?

Judge_Dredd on June 12, 2014 at 8:51 PM

I heard him tonight, he’s going to ask for more money from Congress and that will fix everything.

Cindy Munford on June 12, 2014 at 8:51 PM

ISIS Leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi Released From U.S. Detention By Obama Admin In 2009…

Why such a ferocious individual was deemed fit for release in 2009 is not known. One possible explanation is that he was one of thousands of suspected insurgents granted amnesty as the US began its draw down in Iraq.

Resist We Much on June 12, 2014 at 9:03 PM

Well Al Qaida is dead.

CW on June 12, 2014 at 9:11 PM

This thread
Is for Ned

Schadenfreude on June 12, 2014 at 8:20 PM

Ned the guy that lied about the GOP senators who barely won the last time around? That Ned?
/

CW on June 12, 2014 at 9:17 PM

This thread
Is for Ned

Schadenfreude on June 12, 2014 at 8:20 PM

Red’s brother?

Judge_Dredd on June 12, 2014 at 8:51 PM

No, Jed’s.

itsspideyman on June 12, 2014 at 9:49 PM

Like a Boss”
But clearly not one.
Where does that leave us?
Flucked.
Thank you LIV’s.

bettycooper on June 12, 2014 at 9:52 PM

Hey! You elect an empty suit, what do you expect? Obama is merely living up to the LOW expectations THINKING people predicted.

GarandFan on June 12, 2014 at 9:56 PM

Watch his numbers rise as the Democrats discover their inner warmongers.

Good Lt on June 12, 2014 at 10:15 PM

When you have to command your subjects to “Like A Boss” that’s not good.

ncinca on June 12, 2014 at 10:15 PM

No, he’s earned this all by himself

Despite the Leftist mainstream press, while Busch’s poll numbers were totally because of the Leftist mainstream press.

Pole-Cat on June 12, 2014 at 11:06 PM

CNN poll: Obama now as unpopular as Bush

Gee! I wonder why? Could it be because his idea of being a transformative president has been to turn Reagan’s “shining city on a hill” into a toxic waste dump?

Dr. Charles G. Waugh on June 12, 2014 at 11:06 PM

Ned is a mucking leftist foron on HA. He’s the “see, obama is at 40%, bla, bla, bla”.

Schadenfreude on June 12, 2014 at 11:45 PM

Worst. President. Ever.

Kenosha Kid on June 12, 2014 at 11:58 PM

Silly commenters, this is just paving the way for an Obama comeback. By the end of the year, when his ratings are up even a little bit, he will be the Comeback Kid.

Hate to say it, but this is the only interpretation that makes sense…the electorate is just too stupid and the media too complicit for this guy to match the unpopularity the generated for GWB…

Entrephil on June 13, 2014 at 12:09 AM

If it weren’t for the MSM Oslima’s popularty would be hovering around the high 20′s to Low 30′s.Hell at least Bush loves America.I just can’t see him lasting 2 1/2 more years, just can’t see the media propping him up much longer.

jeffinsjvca on June 13, 2014 at 12:27 AM

Imagine if you will what would King Putt’s approval/disapproval numbers be like if he were not the heart-throb of the entire CORPSE of Presstitutes?
Remember the Journolist [sic] and a wide majority of the media are actually Gimmedats/Dhimmicraps with a byline. Think about it LIVerals … you KNOW it is true.

Missilengr on June 13, 2014 at 12:27 AM

They always have to bring in Bush don’t they? I’ll bet if asked a majority would rather have Bush take over for the next two years from Oclueless.

neyney on June 13, 2014 at 9:56 AM