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Gallup Sets Obamic Baseline on Afghanistan

posted at 3:56 pm on December 2, 2009 by

Gallup just released the polling numbers on Barack “Lucky Lefty” Obama’s Afghanistan policy; they polled from November 20th to 22nd, so this poll sets a perfect baseline for how the One’s policy speech last night, and his new policy itself, affect his approval on this issue.

We’ll check back in a week or so and see what Gallup indicates has happened to the Tally of O, at least anent Afghanistan.

I suspect that rather than helping the Commander in Chief, the new policy — we send 30,000 more men, who will fully arrive in about six months; then come what may, we yank them out one year later, just as his reelection fight kicks off — and especially his “explanation” of the policy last night, will actually hurt his job approval on Afghanistan… significantly.

As it happens, his Afghanistan policy approval has already plummeted from 56% in mid-July to a scary 35% now, dropping an average of 5.25% per month:

Obama Afghanistan Policy ApprovalBarack Obama’s Afghanistan policy approval

Even fellow Democrats barely approve:

Approval by Party
Approval by party

The same poll also asked about Obama’s policies on six other issues: energy policy, terrorism policy, globaloney, economic policy, ObamaCare, and (heh) job creation. His approval ranges from a high of 49% for energy down to 40% for jobs.

I wonder how long this fellow can even sustain his current low overall job approval of 49%; sooner or later (probably sooner), his general approval will sink to match the low-average rating of his policy approvals.

We may very well charge into the November elections next year with President Obama languishing at 40% to 42% job approval. How might that affect the congressional elections?

Cross-posted on Big Lizards

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I expect Obama’s numbers on this to rise based on the speech, though I’m not going to pretend to know enough to predict by how much.

Even if I was an Obama supporter, I’d have had to give him low marks in the past for how he was handling Afghanistan, because he wasn’t handling it. At least now he’s giving the appearance of doing something.

malclave on December 2, 2009 at 4:31 PM