NBC/WSJ poll finds 54% have no confidence in Obama’s leadership

posted at 8:41 am on June 18, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

The sixth-year blues have caught up to Barack Obama … with a vengeance. In an NBC/WSJ poll taken before the meltdown in Iraq, Obama gets his lowest marks ever on foreign policy, where his claim to “smart power” has evidently reached its expiration date. But the real danger to Obama and to Democrats vying for office in less than five months is the vote of no confidence in Obama’s leadership:

The percentage of Americans approving of President Barack Obama’s handling of foreign policy issues has dropped to the lowest level of his presidency as he faces multiple overseas challenges, including in Iraq,according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

Additionally, the public is evenly split on whether Obama is a competent manager of the federal bureaucracy. And a majority of respondents – 54 percent – believe the term-limited president is no longer able to lead the country. …

Just 37 percent approve of his handling of foreign policy, which is an all-time low in the survey, while 57 percent disapprove, an all-time high.

What’s more, by a 44 percent-to-30 percent margin, Americans disagree with the Obama administration’s decision to secure the release of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in exchange for five imprisoned Taliban fighters.

Obama’s job approval comes in at 41/53, the second-worst in the NBC/WSJ series (March 2014′s 41/54 is the nadir). The 37/57 on foreign policy is a record low for Obama, and the economy is nearly at a historical low at 41/54. But it’s the leadership issues that will make headlines today. In terms of competency, Obama now ranks below Bush at the analogous point in time of his predecessor’s presidency. Post-Katrina Bush had a 53/46 rating for competency, while it’s an even split at 50/50 for Obama. Thirty-one percent say Obama isn’t competent at all, compared to 24% for Bush in the same time frame, and that’s a ten-point increase for Obama from last June.

That last metric isn’t an anomaly. Only 15% believe that Obama’s performance has improved over the past year, while 41% think it has gotten worse. The top areas in which those respondents believe Obama has gotten worse are ObamaCare, foreign policy — and the Taliban 5 swap for Bowe Bergdahl, with the economy and Obama’s dishonesty rounding out the top five. Small wonder, then, that only 42% of respondents think Obama can still lead this nation, while 54% reject Obama’s leadership.

As Chuck Todd tells Morning Joe, “This is the public saying your presidency is over”:

I’d disagree with Chuck on what this means for Democrats, though. While it’s true that the Congressional polling isn’t a disaster for Democrats, voters will be looking for ways to fill the leadership vacuum and deal with the perceived incompetence and dishonesty at the White House — and they won’t be choosing Democrats for that mission.


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A speech and a golf game should solve this problem…

mnjg on June 18, 2014 at 8:45 AM

A pivot to the economy oughta do it.

Doughboy on June 18, 2014 at 8:47 AM

And it’s at this point that this administration becomes truly dangerous.

Ignore the laws. Open the doors. Let the hoards rush in. Sack the cities. Throw down your masks. Seize control.

Mimzey on June 18, 2014 at 8:47 AM

Just imagine what his numbers would be if the press was honest and actually did their job instead of pushing an agenda and carrying his water.

yaedon on June 18, 2014 at 8:48 AM

Gravity is a beeyotch.

myiq2xu on June 18, 2014 at 8:49 AM

Now imagine what his numbers would be if the press were actively trying to bring down his presidency like they did with Boooooooosh!

yaedon on June 18, 2014 at 8:50 AM

Why aren’t we comparing Obama’s 2014 numbers with Bush’s numbers in the lead up to the 2006 midterm? Doing so would actually compare their numbers at similar points in their presidency, during the lead up to second term midterm elections. Oh yeah…because at that point Bush’s poll numbers were far, far worse than Obama’s are now, and that would totally unmake the very premise of this post.

libfreeordie on June 18, 2014 at 8:50 AM

I’ll betcha he comes up with a faux illness afflicting his wife or one of his children — or even himself. Zero needs sympathy. He’ll find a way to get it. This is a bread and circuses presidency, with a media that plays along. He’ll be putting on some kind of show real soon. Maybe even get Spielberg to direct it.

Rational Thought on June 18, 2014 at 8:51 AM

But, but, he’s a nice guy, very likeable…

Obama’s favorability rating is underwater — 41% said they view him positively, while 45% see him in a negative light.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/obama-foreign-policy-approval-rating-2014-6#ixzz34zjQKvYa

Ouch!

monalisa on June 18, 2014 at 8:53 AM

Why aren’t we comparing Obama’s 2014 numbers with Bush’s numbers in the lead up to the 2006 midterm?

libfreeordie on June 18, 2014 at 8:50 AM

Golly, you mean like this?

In terms of competency, Obama now ranks below Bush at the analogous point in time of his predecessor’s presidency. Post-Katrina Bush had a 53/46 rating for competency, while it’s an even split at 50/50 for Obama. Thirty-one percent say Obama isn’t competent at all, compared to 24% for Bush in the same time frame, and that’s a ten-point increase for Obama from last June.

Man, I wish I’d written that. Oh wait, I did — right above the comments section.

You really do just read the headlines, don’t you?

Ed Morrissey on June 18, 2014 at 8:53 AM

Why aren’t we comparing Obama’s 2014 numbers with Bush’s numbers in the lead up to the 2006 midterm? Doing so would actually compare their numbers at similar points in their presidency, during the lead up to second term midterm elections. Oh yeah…because at that point Bush’s poll numbers were far, far worse than Obama’s are now, and that would totally unmake the very premise of this post.

libfreeordie on June 18, 2014 at 8:50 AM

Far, far worse? Obama’s in the 30′s in some of the polls, despite more Dems being sampled than Republicans. I’d say they’re doing about the same. And that’s with Obama still being protected by the press.

Doughboy on June 18, 2014 at 8:53 AM

I hate to sound cynical, but now we know why he suddenly decided to capture the Benghazi murderer.

esr1951 on June 18, 2014 at 8:54 AM

and this is the rating the President receives while the MSM is not just entirely in his corner, but obsequiously so.

Can you imagine his polling if the MSM were even slightly less in the tank? How about if it were fair-minded?

MTF on June 18, 2014 at 8:54 AM

Clearly millions of Americans have just recently purchased color televisions and computer screens, discovered that Obama is black and their vicious racism is now on full display. Damn you racists!!!!!!!!!!!!

SoRight on June 18, 2014 at 8:54 AM

It’s very difficult to ponder two more years of this guy…

PatriotRider on June 18, 2014 at 8:55 AM

A pivot to the economy oughta do it.

Doughboy on June 18, 2014 at 8:47 AM

No it won’t. Even if he abandoned all his regulations in desperation he can’t do anything about the $5 gas his disastrous failure in Iraq is going to usher in this summer.

ConstantineXI on June 18, 2014 at 8:56 AM

Being the “glass half empty” conservative that I am, I’m still in utter disbelief that 46% of Americans would have confidence in this idiot’s “leadership.”

SAMinVA on June 18, 2014 at 8:56 AM

America……racist…..why do we hate the first Black President we elected twice?

And THIS is why Hillary is running against the Administration.

PappyD61 on June 18, 2014 at 8:57 AM

It’s very difficult to ponder two more years of this guy…

PatriotRider on June 18, 2014 at 8:55 AM

The Nadir of America.

ConstantineXI on June 18, 2014 at 8:57 AM

You really do just read the headlines, don’t you?

Ed Morrissey on June 18, 2014 at 8:53 AM

That’s taking for granted that libtard can even read, Ed!! I think it just copies and pastes from KOS. Even if it can read, it can’t comprehend or refuses to do so.

Deano1952 on June 18, 2014 at 8:57 AM

Why aren’t we comparing Obama’s 2014 numbers with Bush’s numbers in the lead up to the 2006 midterm? Doing so would actually compare their numbers at similar points in their presidency, during the lead up to second term midterm elections. Oh yeah…because at that point Bush’s poll numbers were far, far worse than Obama’s are now, and that would totally unmake the very premise of this post.

libfreeordie on June 18, 2014 at 8:50 AM

Whine.

rlwo2008 on June 18, 2014 at 8:57 AM

Why aren’t we comparing Obama’s 2014 numbers with Bush’s numbers in the lead up to the 2006 midterm? Doing so would actually compare their numbers at similar points in their presidency, during the lead up to second term midterm elections. Oh yeah…because at that point Bush’s poll numbers were far, far worse than Obama’s are now, and that would totally unmake the very premise of this post.

libfreeordie on June 18, 2014 at 8:50 AM

Does it matter fool? If the passing grade is 70 what does it matter if you score 60 or 50, you failed either way… The difference between President Bush and Obama is that President was a LEADER and did not play politics 24/7, did not make speeches 24/7, and did not golf while the world is burning… Bush won the war in Iraq, Obama lost Iraq… Obama is the most incompetent, weakest, most ignorant, most immature, most partisan, most childish President in the history of the Republic and by far regardless of the poll numbers… Obama belongs in inner city Chicago agitating the welfare queens and if ever to be the White House he should be washing dishes and not President…

mnjg on June 18, 2014 at 8:58 AM

Being the “glass half empty” conservative that I am, I’m still in utter disbelief that 46% of Americans would have confidence in this idiot’s “leadership.”

SAMinVA on June 18, 2014 at 8:56 AM

Not everyone should vote. About 46% of the country it seems…

ConstantineXI on June 18, 2014 at 8:58 AM

And the remaining 46% either are liberal worshipers of their messiah, or they have no idea who he is.

rplat on June 18, 2014 at 8:58 AM

But the gop is worse
-lefties

cmsinaz on June 18, 2014 at 8:59 AM

In terms of competency, Obama now ranks below Bush at the analogous point in time of his predecessor’s presidency. Post-Katrina Bush had a 53/46 rating for competency, while it’s an even split at 50/50 for Obama.

I’m sorry, but I can’t let this go. “Post-Katrina Bush” is not an analagous point in his presidency. Katrina was in August of 2005, are you saying that those numbers represent an average of Bushs’s competency rating from August 2005 to December 2008? Well to compare a 3 years average to a single poll isn’t very good methodology. Or did you find one particularly good number Bush’s post-Katrina competency polling? Either way, an “analagous” poll number would be polls from the summer of 2006. Or even an average of Bush polling in June of 2006.

libfreeordie on June 18, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Why aren’t we comparing Obama’s 2014 numbers with Bush’s numbers in the lead up to the 2006 midterm? Doing so would actually compare their numbers at similar points in their presidency, during the lead up to second term midterm elections. Oh yeah…because at that point Bush’s poll numbers were far, far worse than Obama’s are now, and that would totally unmake the very premise of this post.

libfreeordie on June 18, 2014 at 8:50 AM

You go right on believing that tripe if it soothes your fragile little mind.

rplat on June 18, 2014 at 9:01 AM

And 98% of journalists support him.

jmtham156 on June 18, 2014 at 9:02 AM

Just imagine what his numbers would be if the press was honest and actually did their job instead of pushing an agenda and carrying his water.

yaedon on June 18, 2014 at 8:48 AM

It will not drop below 35%… Remember that the vast majority of democrat voters are very dumb or parasites but they are very loyal to their party…

mnjg on June 18, 2014 at 9:02 AM

That must have hurt chuck to report it and mika to listen to it

cmsinaz on June 18, 2014 at 9:03 AM

Obama is now applying the full “Cloward-Piven” to the country now and I think he hopes for a complete meltdown before elections in 2016, but for me I’m heating up the tar.

tim c on June 18, 2014 at 9:03 AM

The rubes are finally catching on. Both WaPo and the NYT blandly include in their coverage of the Benghazi bad guy capture what others are debating and denying elsewhere.

How much more obvious does it have to get?

Washington Post:

“U.S. officials said the joint Special Operations and FBI operation had been planned for months and was approved…on Friday” by Obama.

New York Times:

“[F]or more than a year…a plan to capture” Khattala “was on Mr. Obama’s desk awaiting approval,” but he “held back, in part for fear that an American raid…might further destabilize the already tenuous Libyan government.”

Drained Brain on June 18, 2014 at 9:03 AM

libfreeordie on June 18, 2014 at 9:00 AM

The best you are doing here, libtard is saying that Obama is a bit less of a failure than Bush. If that makes you happy, so be it! If you believe it, I feel sorry for you.

Deano1952 on June 18, 2014 at 9:03 AM

Additionally, the public is evenly split on whether Obama is a competent manager of the federal bureaucracy.

The problem is, the feral bureaucracy has a life of its own. You can’t fire incompetent or corrupt civil servants masters without an arduous process. Dear Liar is merely a symptom of a disease infecting this country.

rbj on June 18, 2014 at 9:04 AM

Man, I wish I’d written that. Oh wait, I did — right above the comments section.

You really do just read the headlines, don’t you?

Ed Morrissey on June 18, 2014 at 8:53 AM

CurtZHP on June 18, 2014 at 9:04 AM

It will not drop below 35%… Remember that the vast majority of democrat voters are very dumb or parasites but they are very loyal to their party…

mnjg on June 18, 2014 at 9:02 AM

Even if it doesn’t, 35% is not where any President wants to be. That means outside of a few demographics and a handful of areas in the country, he’s toxic. And the real problem facing Obama is that there’s no light at the end of this tunnel. I don’t see anything that’s on track to improve for him(and us for that matter) over the next 2 1/2 years.

Doughboy on June 18, 2014 at 9:04 AM

Let’s try that again…

Man, I wish I’d written that. Oh wait, I did — right above the comments section.

You really do just read the headlines, don’t you?

Ed Morrissey on June 18, 2014 at 8:53 AM

(cough**banhammer**cough)

CurtZHP on June 18, 2014 at 9:05 AM

“Post-Katrina Bush” is not an analagous point in his presidency. Katrina was in August of 2005, are you saying that those numbers represent an average of Bushs’s competency rating from August 2005 to December 2008?

No — if you follow the links, you’ll find that this is a result from the March 2006 NBC/WSJ poll, which was the closest in time to the same period in the Obama presidency of that series, which is what I wrote. That’s “post-Katrina.”

Seriously, try reading for comprehension, and if you have questions, click the links and check the source data. You’ll find that a lot easier than making your reading comprehension difficulties so public.

Ed Morrissey on June 18, 2014 at 9:05 AM

Only Obama could give golf a bad name.

TimBuk3 on June 18, 2014 at 9:05 AM

Indeed yaedon

cmsinaz on June 18, 2014 at 9:05 AM

It will not drop below 35%… Remember that the vast majority of democrat voters are very dumb or parasites but they are very loyal to their party…

mnjg on June 18, 2014 at 9:02 AM

I am starting to wonder if it might. The nature of evil is that it eventually collapses upon itself.

22044 on June 18, 2014 at 9:05 AM

Even if it doesn’t, 35% is not where any President wants to be. That means outside of a few demographics and a handful of areas in the country, he’s toxic. And the real problem facing Obama is that there’s no light at the end of this tunnel. I don’t see anything that’s on track to improve for him(and us for that matter) over the next 2 1/2 years.

Doughboy on June 18, 2014 at 9:04 AM

Agree 100%…

mnjg on June 18, 2014 at 9:05 AM

libfreeordie on June 18, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Do you understand what analogous means?

tim c on June 18, 2014 at 9:06 AM

Ed is on a run……

:)

cmsinaz on June 18, 2014 at 9:06 AM

And the remaining 46% either are liberal worshipers of their messiah, or they have no idea who he is.

rplat on June 18, 2014 at 8:58 AM

Voter Competency Test that should be mandatory and taken every 2 years to remain registered to vote. You must get 100% correct:

1. Name the current President and Vice President.
2. Name the current Speaker of the House and Senate Majority Leader
3. Name your current Senators.
4. Name your current Representative

Failure to know who those people are demonstrates lack of the barest minimum of competency to vote.

ConstantineXI on June 18, 2014 at 9:08 AM

The best you are doing here, libtard is saying that Obama is a bit less of a failure than Bush. If that makes you happy, so be it! If you believe it, I feel sorry for you.

Deano1952 on June 18, 2014 at 9:03 AM

They are not going to be equal in any substantial way. The MSM was 99.99% openly hostile to Bush, and hated him with a passion. They ran negative articles and stories about him daily. The MSM is in the bag for Obama and refuses to run anything openly hostile to his Administration.

Public perception is still being driven mostly by the MSM, so we will never be able to generate any comparable numbers for both of them at any point.

Johnnyreb on June 18, 2014 at 9:09 AM

You really do just read the headlines, don’t you?

Ed Morrissey on June 18, 2014 at 8:53 AM

Ed, when someone has their progressive talking points set up for any particular situation, they’re going to spout those talking points. In the case of Obama vs. any poll numbers, the proper talking point to use is “Oh yeah? What about Bush’s numbers?“, because up until now liberals were confident Obama’s numbers were always going to run ahead of Bush’s figures at the same point in his second term.

Now that they’re not, it’s going to be time to recalibrate. Expect the new messaging to be worked on today in the White House and the JournOlist replacement site, for release to the minons in time for Thursday’s news cycle.

jon1979 on June 18, 2014 at 9:09 AM

I’m sorry, but I can’t let this go.

libfreeordie on June 18, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Of course you can’t. “But Bush….” is the one remaining glimmer of hope you desperately cling to when trying to rationalize away the disaster of Obama.

BlueCollarAstronaut on June 18, 2014 at 9:11 AM

libfreeordie on June 18, 2014 at 9:00 AM

The world burns… and you are too concerned about that crooked-cross red armband on your arm?

This administration is a complete screw-up, and you want to pick over the fine points?

Turtle317 on June 18, 2014 at 9:11 AM

Politico puts this article below the fold on their site….trying to sweep this under the rug if they can

cmsinaz on June 18, 2014 at 9:12 AM

Do you understand what analogous means?

tim c on June 18, 2014 at 9:06 AM

Huh huh. You said anal.

Doughboy on June 18, 2014 at 9:12 AM

libfreeordie on June 18, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Push just a wee bit harder.

Bmore on June 18, 2014 at 9:14 AM

Do you understand what analogous means?

tim c on June 18, 2014 at 9:06 AM

Be careful saying that, libforfree might think you’re hitting on him.

Flange on June 18, 2014 at 9:14 AM

+1 bca

cmsinaz on June 18, 2014 at 9:15 AM

Demo:

Yes, Voted
Voted for Barack Obama …………………………46
Voted for Mitt Romney……………………………..34
Voted for someone else…………………………. 8
Not sure……………………………………………. 4
No, Did Not Vote…………………………………… 8
Not sure……………………………………………. -

+ Results shown reflect responses among registered voters.

BKeyser on June 18, 2014 at 9:16 AM

It’s very difficult to ponder two more years of this guy…

PatriotRider on June 18, 2014 at 8:55 AM

The Nadir of America.

ConstantineXI on June 18, 2014 at 8:57 AM

I try not to let it get me down, but I really am depressed over the state of this wonderful country…it just keeps getting worse and I don’t see any future elections changing anything…

PatriotRider on June 18, 2014 at 9:17 AM

I’m sorry, but I can’t let this go. “Post-Katrina Bush” is not an analagous point in his presidency. Katrina was in August of 2005, are you saying that those numbers represent an average of Bushs’s competency rating from August 2005 to December 2008? Well to compare a 3 years average to a single poll isn’t very good methodology. Or did you find one particularly good number Bush’s post-Katrina competency polling? Either way, an “analagous” poll number would be polls from the summer of 2006. Or even an average of Bush polling in June of 2006.

libfreeordie on June 18, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Oh, come on girlfriend. If Obama can’t beat Bush in competency post-Katrina, and 3 1/2 years into Iraq ANYTIME DURING HIS PRESIDENCY, he has a major problem.

But here’s what you’re looking for – RCP poll average (note the chart data goes to current day, despite the headline)

As you can see, their averages are IDENTICAL for almost all of the past 16 months. In the past 3 months they’ve diverged a bit and are now converging again. The difference today is a mere 4.7 points in Obama’s favor. So no, not “far, far worse” in the least.

Given the drastically different media coverage of the 2 presidents, I would generously call this a wash.

Chuck Schick on June 18, 2014 at 9:17 AM

Of course you can’t. “But Bush….” is the one remaining glimmer of hope you desperately cling to when trying to rationalize away the disaster of Obama.

BlueCollarAstronaut on June 18, 2014 at 9:11 AM

Bush hasn’t been President for 6

ConstantineXI on June 18, 2014 at 9:17 AM

Do you understand what analogous means?

tim c on June 18, 2014 at 9:06 AM

Sure I do. It means the study of gay rights.

libfreeordie on June 18, 2014 at 9:18 AM

turfmann on June 18, 2014 at 9:17 AM

Ive been to meteor crater…..very cool place…..stop by if youre driving on I-40….

cmsinaz on June 18, 2014 at 9:19 AM

Crapping iPad submitted on it’s own or something…

Of course you can’t. “But Bush….” is the one remaining glimmer of hope you desperately cling to when trying to rationalize away the disaster of Obama.

BlueCollarAstronaut on June 18, 2014 at 9:11 AM

Bush hasn’t been President for 6 years now. He’s not going to be President again. Barack HUSSEIN Obama HAS been the President (allegedly) for the past 6 years. He even won re-election a couple years ago. Therefore, what has transpired in the last 6 years in our domestic and foreign policy is the responsibility of Barack HUSSEIN Obama.

It makes as little sense for Libtardanddie to keep blaming Bush for Obama’s failures as it would be for us to blam Jimmy Carter or Bill Clinton for Bush’s.

ConstantineXI on June 18, 2014 at 9:20 AM

Seriously, try reading for comprehension, and if you have questions, click the links and check the source data. You’ll find that a lot easier than making your reading comprehension difficulties so public.

Ed Morrissey on June 18, 2014 at 9:05 AM

Heh-heh… I welcome this new contributor to the comments section. I like his style. ;-)

Drained Brain on June 18, 2014 at 9:20 AM

Pew’s Andrew Kohut, no conservative he, is saying this morning:

Since the Affordable Care Act was passed nearly four years ago, a plurality of Americans have disapproved of it. Since the onset of the Great Recession six years ago, more than 80% of Americans have rated economic conditions as only fair or poor. And since winning a second term, Barack Obama’s approval score has mostly been in the mid-40s or lower. One or more of these attitudes will have to move in a clearly positive direction for the Democratic Party to avoid a drubbing in the congressional elections, according to a new analysis of voter opinion.

MTF on June 18, 2014 at 9:20 AM

BKeyser on June 18, 2014 at 9:16 AM

Wow.

Obama’s poll numbers are horrible despite a Obama +12 sample.

Imagine if it was the correct +4 sample.

sentinelrules on June 18, 2014 at 9:21 AM

Ed Morrissey on June 18, 2014 at 8:53 AM

Harsh, very funny but harsh!!!

Cindy Munford on June 18, 2014 at 9:21 AM

…15% believe that Obama’s performance has improved over the past year.

Seriously?!?

Who the f*ck are these people?

I’m sorry, but I can’t let this go.

libfreeordie on June 18, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Oh. Right.

Eric in Hollywood on June 18, 2014 at 9:21 AM

Obama: all for Energy Independence.

****for China****

http://www.usnews.com/news/business/articles/2014/06/17/canada-oks-oil-pipeline-to-the-pacific-coast

TORONTO (AP) — Canada’s government on Tuesday approved a controversial pipeline proposal that would bring oil to the Pacific Coast for shipment to Asia, a major step in the country’s efforts to diversify its oil exports if it can overcome fierce opposition from environmental and aboriginal groups.

Approval for Enbridge’s Northern Gateway project was expected as Canada needs infrastructure in place to export its growing oil sands production. The project’s importance has only grown since the U.S. delayed a decision on TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline that would take oil from Alberta to the U.S. Gulf Coast.

The northern Alberta region has the world’s third largest oil reserves, with 170 billion barrels of proven reserves.

Enbridge’s pipeline would transport 525,000 barrels of oil a day from Alberta’s oil sands to the Pacific to deliver oil to Asia, mainly energy-hungry China. About 220 large oil tankers a year would visit the Pacific coast town of Kitimat and opponents fear pipeline leaks and a potential tanker spill on the pristine Pacific coast.

Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper has said Canada’s national interest makes the pipelines essential.

He was “profoundly disappointed” that U.S. President Barack Obama delayed a decision on the Texas Keystone XL option, and spoke of the need to diversify Canada’s oil industry. Ninety-seven percent of Canadian oil exports now go to the U.S.

Meanwhile, China’s growing economy is hungry for Canadian oil. Chinese state-owned companies have invested more than $40 billion in Canadian energy in the past few years.

PappyD61 on June 18, 2014 at 9:22 AM

Follow the link to the polls, you find the sampling at 41% dumbocrat, 36 Rep.

Erase the oversampling of dumbocrats and you get Earflaps the Lesser (lord of the brackets) at a less than 40% approval rating. And that’s with 7 years of tongue bathing from the kneepad media.

It would appear the American public is slowly waking up to what a colossally incompetent, jawdroppingly pathetic pseudo-man we have purportedly serving as president.

Hope it’s not too late.

GrassMudHorsey on June 18, 2014 at 9:22 AM

+1 Constantine @9:20

cmsinaz on June 18, 2014 at 9:22 AM

I try not to let it get me down, but I really am depressed over the state of this wonderful country…it just keeps getting worse and I don’t see any future elections changing anything…

PatriotRider on June 18, 2014 at 9:17 AM

We are getting the country that our citizens deserve. Half a century of poor education has produced a society that is majority ignorant.

ConstantineXI on June 18, 2014 at 9:23 AM

Why aren’t we comparing Obama’s 2014 numbers with Bush’s numbers in the lead up to the 2006 midterm?

libfreeordie on June 18, 2014 at 8:50 AM

Quit whining

StubbornGreenBurros on June 18, 2014 at 9:24 AM

“Post-Katrina Bush” is not an analagous point in his presidency. Katrina was in August of 2005, are you saying that those numbers represent an average of Bushs’s competency rating from August 2005 to December 2008?

No — if you follow the links, you’ll find that this is a result from the March 2006 NBC/WSJ poll, which was the closest in time to the same period in the Obama presidency of that series, which is what I wrote. That’s “post-Katrina.”

Seriously, try reading for comprehension, and if you have questions, click the links and check the source data. You’ll find that a lot easier than making your reading comprehension difficulties so public.

Ed Morrissey on June 18, 2014 at 9:05 AM

LOL

Shorter version…girl, bye.

HumpBot Salvation on June 18, 2014 at 9:25 AM

When Clinton lost the House, he became pragmatic and actually got some stuff done. Does anyone see Obama doing that? Me, either. The trick will be if the public catches on or if The Won and his lap dog media partners manage to take the Republicans down with him.

Cindy Munford on June 18, 2014 at 9:25 AM

Which leaves only two questions regarding O’Bozo’s Clown Presidency:

• Why did anyone ever have any confidence in this jackass?
• What on earth is wrong with the brains of those who polled outside of this 54%? I suspect 7% of that 46% didn’t understand the question.

Jaibones on June 18, 2014 at 9:25 AM

At this point, libfree is breaking dishes in the kitchen and his hubby is begging him to calm down.

“But that ruffian Ed Morrissey makes me so mad. I DO read the articles past the headline. I read them every time someone points out what I missed by not reading them.”

hawkdriver on June 18, 2014 at 9:26 AM

Quit whining

StubbornGreenBurros on June 18, 2014 at 9:24 AM

How did she not get an Emmy for that scene?

hawkdriver on June 18, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Why aren’t we comparing Obama’s 2014 numbers with Bush’s numbers in the lead up to the 2006 midterm?

libfreeordie on June 18, 2014 at 8:50 AM

Golly, you mean like this?

Ed

Ouch. Imagine the patience and self-control required for a guy with this kind of sarcasm in his pocket to (usually) ignore the idiotic crap libdead writes on this site.

Jaibones on June 18, 2014 at 9:31 AM

Harsh, very funny but harsh!!!

Cindy Munford on June 18, 2014 at 9:21 AM

Long overdue. Not harsh enough in my opinion.

Bmore on June 18, 2014 at 9:31 AM

Numerous polls and numbers comparisons usually bore me, mainly because polls can be skewed one way or another via machinations in one form or another. Throw in the obvious media bias in favor of the One and the numbers have to be interpreted by folks much smarter than I, confusing me even more. However, when I see Lib’s retarded retorts, followed by Ed’s withering, factual broadsides, even I must pay attention. Thanks, Ed. Keep up the good work.

vnvet on June 18, 2014 at 9:31 AM

No — if you follow the links, you’ll find that this is a result from the March 2006 NBC/WSJ poll, which was the closest in time to the same period in the Obama presidency of that series, which is what I wrote. That’s “post-Katrina.”

Ed Morrissey on June 18, 2014 at 9:05 AM

Hey Ed, I mean no disrespect, but I’ve followed the two links I see in the article above and haven’t found the March 2006 NBC/WSJ poll, and there is no firm date given in your text. Maybe one of your hyperlinks is broken?

Or maybe it is there, and I’m suffering from Male Pattern Refrigerator Blindness?

yaedon on June 18, 2014 at 9:31 AM

At this point, libfree is breaking dishes in the kitchen and his hubby is begging him to calm down.

hawkdriver on June 18, 2014 at 9:26 AM

Hahahahaha … oh, man, you guys are killin’ me! Is this what I am missing everyday at work when I’m not following Hotair?

Jaibones on June 18, 2014 at 9:32 AM

Long overdue. Not harsh enough in my opinion.

Bmore on June 18, 2014 at 9:31 AM

Too funny.

In happier news, GM’s CEO Mary Barra will sit with a congressional committee today and announce that GM has now officially recalled every car sold after the government takeover, for one reason or another.

Jaibones on June 18, 2014 at 9:35 AM

Why aren’t we comparing Obama’s 2014 numbers with Bush’s numbers in the lead up to the 2006 midterm?

libfreeordie on June 18, 2014 at 8:50 AM

Golly, you mean like this?

In terms of competency, Obama now ranks below Bush at the analogous point in time of his predecessor’s presidency. Post-Katrina Bush had a 53/46 rating for competency, while it’s an even split at 50/50 for Obama. Thirty-one percent say Obama isn’t competent at all, compared to 24% for Bush in the same time frame, and that’s a ten-point increase for Obama from last June.

Man, I wish I’d written that. Oh wait, I did — right above the comments section.

You really do just read the headlines, don’t you?

Give IdiotLibDummyLiveFreeOnWelfareMe a break. When your salary comes from 0BowMao’s “Organizing for Action,” and it’s based on how many blog posts you can troll at conservative websites, it becomes a numbers game — the only numbers they understand, incidentally.

brentspolemics on June 18, 2014 at 9:36 AM

Obama isn’t worried. He figures he’s still got the 33% of die-hard Obamabots in his corner. Everyone else is a RACIST!

GarandFan on June 18, 2014 at 9:36 AM

Chuck Schick on June 18, 2014 at 9:17 AM

Thanks for the link. Mentally adjusting for the post 9/11 bump for Bush, these two presidents’ approval graphs are strikingly similar.

yaedon on June 18, 2014 at 9:36 AM

At this point, libfree is breaking dishes in the kitchen and his hubby is begging him to calm down.

hawkdriver on June 18, 2014 at 9:26 AM

Wouldn’t it be awesome to audit one of the classes he supposedly teaches?

NotCoach on June 18, 2014 at 9:42 AM

Additionally, the public is evenly split on whether Obama is a competent manager of the federal bureaucracy. And a majority of respondents – 54 percent – believe the term-limited president is no longer able to lead the country.

54% is still much too low of a percentage.

I really don’t think people are this stupid…but an awful lot of them seem to be doing everything they can to avoid thinking.

lynncgb on June 18, 2014 at 9:44 AM

At least he’s black. Otherwise, things would be really bad.
/Sarc

Free Indeed on June 18, 2014 at 9:45 AM

Additionally, the public is evenly split on whether Obama is a competent manager of the federal bureaucracy. And a majority of respondents – 54 percent – believe the term-limited president is no longer able to lead the country.

54% is still much too low of a percentage.

lynncgb on June 18, 2014 at 9:44 AM

But you forget … most of the other 46% actually work in the Federal bureaucracy.

Jaibones on June 18, 2014 at 9:47 AM

LOL

Shorter version…girl, bye.

HumpBot Salvation on June 18, 2014 at 9:25 AM

LOL. Well done.

Keep it up, libfreeordie. You may get yourself banhammered yet.

Throat Wobbler Mangrove on June 18, 2014 at 9:47 AM

hawkdriver on June 18, 2014 at 9:26 AM

Wouldn’t it be awesome to audit one of the classes he supposedly teaches?

NotCoach on June 18, 2014 at 9:42 AM

I have dismissed any assertions from him that he is actually a teacher. I firmly believe he’s lying. Anyone reading the tripe he posts here can tell that.

hawkdriver on June 18, 2014 at 9:49 AM

and they won’t be choosing Democrats for that mission.

It’d be nice… but LoFo is as LoFo does. Whether the word comes from Oprah, their union rep, or John Stewart, they will continue to vote as they are told to.

bofh on June 18, 2014 at 9:49 AM

I have dismissed any assertions from him that he is actually a teacher. I firmly believe he’s lying. Anyone reading the tripe he posts here can tell that.

hawkdriver on June 18, 2014 at 9:49 AM

Unfortunately I believe it is possible he teaches considering the mess that is today’s educational standards/system. He may be lying, but his general ignorance, stupidity, and lack of any integrity are not disqualifiers for teaching.

NotCoach on June 18, 2014 at 9:53 AM

Why aren’t we comparing Obama’s 2014 numbers with Bush’s numbers in the lead up to the 2006 midterm? Doing so would actually compare their numbers at similar points in their presidency, during the lead up to second term midterm elections. Oh yeah…because at that point Bush’s poll numbers were far, far worse than Obama’s are now, and that would totally unmake the very premise of this post.

libfreeordie on June 18, 2014 at 8:50 AM

I’ll bet that part of the 54 percent are idiots like you voted for him twice. In 1980, people were smart enough to ditch Carter. But not in 2012.

Ward Cleaver on June 18, 2014 at 9:56 AM

You really do just read the headlines, don’t you?

Ed Morrissey

It’s worse than that. He reads the main content and then lies about what was or wasn’t said.

xblade on June 18, 2014 at 10:01 AM

Oh yeah…because at that point Bush’s poll numbers were far, far worse than Obama’s are now, and that would totally unmake the very premise of this post. libfreeordie on June 18, 2014 at 8:50 AM

The same 90% of the press that had its knives out for Bush 24/7 have their knee pads on for 0b00ba 24/7, and these numbers still exist.

So, nice try. Not really.

Akzed on June 18, 2014 at 10:03 AM

And it’s at this point that this administration becomes truly dangerous.

Ignore the laws. Open the doors. Let the hoards rush in. Sack the cities. Throw down your masks. Seize control.

Mimzey on June 18, 2014 at 8:47 AM

Yep.
I’m pretty sure that historians will one day point out the obvious and wonder how the hell people couldn’t see things happening.

justltl on June 18, 2014 at 10:03 AM

“You will take my pen and my phone over my cold-hearted, brain-dead body.”

Rix on June 18, 2014 at 10:03 AM

Watch for the October surprises from now thru October.

Skipper50 on June 18, 2014 at 10:03 AM

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