Turning “historic win” into “epic fail”


Obama ratings sink to new lows as hope fades

Public pessimism about the direction of the country has jumped to its highest level in nearly three years, erasing the sense of hope that followed President Obama’s inauguration and pushing his approval ratings to a record low, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

More than 60 percent of those surveyed say they disapprove of the way the president is handling the economy and, what has become issue No. 1, the stagnant jobs situation. Just 43 percent now approve of the job he is doing overall, a new career low; 53 percent disapprove, a new high.


By 2 to 1, more Americans now say the administration’s economic policies are making the economy worse rather than better. The number who say those policies have helped has been chopped in half since the start of the year. The percentage of Americans disapproving of how Obama is doing when it comes to creating jobs spiked 10 percentage points higher since July.

Of the more than six in 10 who now disapprove of Obama’s work on jobs and the economy, nearly half of all Americans “strongly” disapprove.


Things are also bad for Obama when Americans are asked a version of the famous “are you better off today” question that Reagan used to bludgeon Jimmy Carter on his way to defeating Carter in 1980. By better than 2 to 1, more say they are not as well off financially as they were at the start of Obama’s term.

If Obama wants to improve his approval ratings, this is what he needs to say on Thursday:

“I shall not seek, and I will not accept, the nomination of my party for another term as your president.”

People always think more kindly of a president once he’s safely out of office.

This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

32 Responses to Turning “historic win” into “epic fail”

  1. votermom says:

    People always think more kindly of a president once he’s safely out of office.

    No kidding! I almost miss W these days. 8-o

  2. votermom says:

    I scheduled a post — hopefully this time it actually go out on my schedule and not on wp’s. 🙂

  3. DandyTiger says:

    He’s historic all right.

  4. OldCoastie says:

    I’m still waiting for the media to actually hold anyone accountable… we are starting to see it, but it is not nearly fast enough…

  5. votermom says:

    Bachmann lost two key members of her staff this weekend:
    Campaign Mgr Ed Rollins (moving into a part-time adviser role) & deputy campaign mgr David Polyansky who quit.


  6. fif says:

    More primary opponent talk, but it’ll never happen. The Party needs to be decimated and rebuilt:

    What Democrats can do about Obama

    Democrats may soon have to confront an uncomfortable truth, and ask whether Obama is a suitable choice at the top of the ticket in 2012. They may then have to ask themselves if there’s any way they can push him off the top of the ticket.

    That these questions have not yet been asked in any serious way shows how weak the Democratic Party is as a political organization. Yet this political weakness is not inevitable, it can be changed through courage and collective action by a few party insiders smart and principled enough to understand the value of a public debate, and by activists who are courageous enough to face the real legacy of the Obama years.


    BTW: what are these 70% ‘like Obama’ numbers all about?! How the hell do his numbers continue to tank, but almost 3/4 of the population “like the guy.” Makes no sense, unless it’s a skewed question.

    • Mimi says:

      BTW: what are these 70% ‘like Obama’ numbers all about?

      There are two reasons: innate politeness and fear of being called a racist. Not everyone is a rude bigmouth like me and are less likely to criticize a president personally especially to a stranger like a polling caller. And everyone remembers the grief anyone got if Obama was questioned, examined, or ridiculed in any way. But yet the personal popularity prom queen questions are getting more and more negative replies. This shows the depth of his negatives which are horrible.

Comments are closed.