Monday, June 29, 2009

Obama's Poll Numbers: Shaky...

...on both performance and policy.

Gallup shows the president's ratings at a 57% approve/35% disapprove. Not denying the strength of that first numebr, but it marks almost a 20% decline since Obama's inauguration. That's a trend, folks. I have a few friends that are pretty serious gamblers, and they tell me to always bet on a trend continuing, and never assume that someone is "due" for a turnaround. If what's true in football and roulette is good for politics, expect to see a number below 50% by Labor Day.

And the president's policies, which have always had a disconnect from his persona, are also showing increasing weakness among the public.

Rasmussen reports that forty percent (40%) of U.S. voters now say President Obama has not been aggressive enough in supporting the reformers in Iran protesting the results of the presidential election. That’s a five-point increase from a week ago. Maybe it's because of stories (and videos) like this?

More from Rasmussen:

....voters now regard North Korea as a bigger threat to the United States than Iran....
Sixty-two percent (62%) of voters say
Iran should be required to stop developing its nuclear weapons capabilities before a meeting is allowed between the Iranian president and the president of the United States....Eighty-one percent (81%) agree with Israeli President Benjamin Netanhyahu that Palestinian leaders must recognize Israel’s right to exist as part of a Middle Eastern peace agreement.

Maybe if the Republican party did a better job in tying Barack Obama to his policies (and those of his Demcoratic Congress), people would realize the disconnect between who Obama says he is and who/what he really is.

It's not like the media is going to help make it happen...

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