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Obama approval rating hitting new lows

The Rasmussen daily tracking poll has Obama’s Presidential Approval Rating at -22.

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows that 24% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Forty-six percent (46%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -22.

This has got to hurt and it explains why he is targeting another $3 billion of our money to pick up the mortgage payments of unemployed home owners. (Actually, to be honest, it’s our grandchildren and great grandchildren’s money.) “Spreading that wealth around” to try and help the badly lagging Democrat Party in the upcoming elections. Nothing quite like a $3 billion war chest to help pick up your friend’s campaign.

Obama’s rating hitting all-time lows

No surprise here. Obama’s approval ratings are dropping so fast, he’s making it tough for the pollsters to keep up.

Obama approvals near Bush’s post-Katrina #’s

Amazing to see how the mighty have fallen.

Obama was swept into office with a near orgasmic frenzy. He could do no wrong. He was the second coming. Some of his more brainwashed followers appeared to think he had surpassed Christ. But now, one short year into his tenure, Obama’s approval ratings have already fallen to almost the same level as Bush enjoyed during the Hurricanes Katrina and Rita mess.

One wonders just how low can he go?

The Wall Street Journal has an interesting comparison of presidential approval ratings since WWII.

RealClearPolitics.com is tracking the Obama plunge in the polls.

Americans losing faith in Obama

It’s not just Rasmussen saying that Americans are losing faith and interest in Obama and his socialist plans. A new Washington Post-ABC News poll is recognizing the same downward trend in Obama’s approval rating.

A new poll says that Americans, concerned over the future of health care reform and anxious about the growing federal budget deficit, are losing faith in President Barack Obama.

The Washington Post-ABC News survey found that less that half of Americans — 49 percent — say they believe the president will make the right decisions for the country. That’s down from 60 percent at the 100-day mark of the Obama presidency.

The poll published Friday says Obama’s overall approval is 57 percent, 12 points lower than it was at its peak in April. Fifty-three percent disapprove of the way he’s handling the budget deficit and his approval on health care continues to deteriorate.

WaPo discusses it more fully in an article titled, “Faith in Obama Drops As Reform Fears Rise

Public confidence in President Obama’s leadership has declined sharply over the summer, amid intensifying opposition to health-care reform that threatens to undercut his attempt to enact major changes to the system, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

Among all Americans, 49 percent now express confidence that Obama will make the right decisions for the country, down from 60 percent at the 100-day mark in his presidency. Forty-nine percent now say they think he will be able to spearhead significant improvements in the system, down nearly 20 percentage points from before he took office.

As challenges to Obama’s initiatives have mounted over the summer, pessimism in the nation’s direction has risen: Fifty-five percent see things as pretty seriously on the wrong track, up from 48 percent in April.

Essentially, people still think he’s a nice guy, but when it comes to specific issues, they don’t trust his judgment anymore. They like him, but just don’t believe he’s up to the task of running the country.*

What’s key here though is that this admission is coming from none other than ABC News! … the state run media … the same people who worked hand in hand with Obama to prepare an hour-long, pro-socialized health care infomercial a few weeks back. If ABC has to admit Obama is losing ground, you know it has to be bad.

Here’s the latest Rasmussen poll info for you as well.

Rasmussen - Obama approval/disapproval index

* The “Obama’s a nice guy, but not up to the task of governing” thought brings to mind Gene Simmon‘s take on things when we were in the midst of the Bush/Kerry election.

Let me put it to you this way, because the masses tend to shut off when you start talking particularly about politics and specifics.

When you go through a really bad neighborhood, you want a rottweiler with you. When you go through a nice neighborhood, you want a nice French poodle. Not a good idea to have a friendly, nice haircut, French poodle when you go through a bad neighborhood.

By the way, rottweilers sometimes bite your kids and stuff like that. But, in time of war, I want a rottweiler.

Obama is showing himself to be more and more like Kerry every day. He’s big on vague plans and ivory tower ideas, he’s a pretty face, and has the flowing, teleprompted speech he can rely on. However, when it comes to real life, he’s just not up to dealing with the difficult issues we’re facing today.

Just when you think you have reached the bottom

Do you think it will be possible for Congress and President Bush to take the approval ratings any lower?

Deepening unhappiness with President George W. Bush and the U.S. Congress soured the mood of Americans and sent Bush’s approval rating to another record low this month, according to a Reuters/Zogby poll released on Wednesday. …

Bush’s job approval rating fell to 24 percent from last month’s record low for a Zogby poll of 29 percent. A paltry 11 percent gave Congress a positive grade, tying last month’s record low.

“There is a real question among Americans now about how relevant this government is to them,” pollster John Zogby said. “They tell us they want action on health care, education, the war and immigration, but they don’t believe they are going to get it.”

My bets are on “yes,” they can (and probably will) make it worse. Perhaps if they stopped focusing on themselves, their legacies, and their personal power and wealth and paid some attention to cutting taxes, cutting spending, cutting the size and influence of government, and getting out of our lives and pockets, they might be able to bring things back up a few points.

As an amusing side note, there is actually a comment under the article that claims the 11% approval for Congress is Bush’s fault, because the Congress — which is completely controlled by Democrats — “is powerless” to overcome the President’s policies.” It doesn’t matter that both Reid and Pelosi have proven to be complete failures at their jobs. It doesn’t matter that they are unable to lead a unified left to accomplish anything other than getting the minimum wage raised and renaming a few federal buildings. None of that matters. All of the problems that the Congress is facing and the fact that almost no one in the country thinks they are doing the job they were elected to do are Bush’s fault.

I seriously wonder what those suffering from BDS will do when Bush leaves the Oval Office and they find out that there are still challenges that need to be faced that cannot be blamed on Bush.

Nevadans like Harry Reid less than they like Bush

This article was too funny to not make a note of it.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s appeal among Nevadans has plunged dramatically in a new Review-Journal poll, which finds him viewed unfavorably by most likely voters in his home state. …

The poll asked 625 likely voters from around the state whether they recognized a politician’s name, and if so, if they had a favorable, unfavorable or neutral opinion of that person. The survey carries a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

Reid’s favorable rating was 32 percent, compared with 51 percent unfavorable and 15 percent neutral. (Nevada Gov. Jim) Gibbons was viewed favorably by 30 percent, Bush by 34 percent.

Not surprisingly, Reid’s incompetence is proving to be a long-term issue, whith his favorable numbers bouncing back and forth between the high teens and low thirties for several months now. The near complete lack of faith that American voters have in Reid could hardly be described as surprising as he and Nancy Pelosi have managed to be effective at only one thing since they were elected in 06 — destroying the American people’s confidence in the Congress. Other than that, they have failed to achieve any of their key goals and objectives, such as passing the immigration amnesty bill and losing the war in Iraq.

So next time you hear the Dems in Congress trumpeting Bush’s poll numbers, just remind them that as much as people dislike Bush’s performance, they dislike Reid’s even more.

That’s not meant as a defense of Bush’s failures (like the immigration amnesty issue and social security reform), he has made enough of his own mistakes. However, I can’t stomach hearing the Dems trying to gain headlines by talking about Bush’s low approval ratings, when their approval ratings are even lower.