Well, the decision to go to war with Fox News has really paid dividends for this White House. According to the latest Rasmussen presidential tracking poll, Barack Obama now has a passion index of -13, with only 27% of respondents strongly approving of his performance and 40% strongly disapproving. Overall, Obama has a -6 approval deficit:
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows that 27% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Forty percent (40%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -13. That’s just a point above the lowest level ever recorded for this President. It’s also the sixth straight day in negative double digits, matching the longest such streak …
Overall, 47% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the President’s performance. Fifty-three percent (53%) disapprove.
This polling follows that of other independent pollsters such as Pew and Harris showing eroding support for both Obama and his agenda. Skewed polling, such as that of the WaPo/ABC and NYT/CBS surveys, hint at similar erosion even while wildly oversampling Democrats. Rasmussen uses likely voters, a much more predictive method, which should have Democrats very, very worried about pursuing their radical agenda.
Time for a prime-time press conference! Or another speech to the joint session of Congress, perhaps. If Obama really wanted to reverse this trend, he might want to think about giving Fox’s Chris Wallace an exclusive interview. However, he can’t do that while his press secretary continues to sound like the Baghdad Bob of media relations.
In fact, given Robert Gibbs’ public declarations, the only way the White House could now reverse itself would be to push Gibbs overboard. How long will it take before Gibbs decides to spend more time with his family?