Update II: The bipartisan and respected Battleground poll also has Obama at 53%:
According to a bipartisan poll released Wednesday, President Barack Obama and the Democratic Party may be putting themselves in political jeopardy with their expensive and ambitious agenda, which has yet to show benefits for the country.
“There are warning signs for Democrats heading into 2010,” Democratic pollster Celinda Lake said. “Despite trusting and supporting the Democratic agenda, majorities think the administration is spending too much and doing too many things.”
Republican pollster Ed Goeas, who conducted the Battleground Poll with Lake for George Washington University, said it showed signs of a shifting landscape that could help Republicans start rebounding from back-to-back election losses in 2006 and 2008, when they lost control of Congress and the White House.
Update: Respected Pew Research has a new poll
Barack Obama’s approval ratings have suffered major declines. The president’s overall job approval number fell from 61% in mid-June to 54% currently. His approval ratings for handling the economy and the federal budget deficit have also fallen sharply, tumbling to 38% and 32%, respectively. Majorities now say they disapprove of the way the president is handling these two issues. The new poll also finds significant declines over the last few months in the percentage of Americans giving Obama high marks for dealing with health care, foreign policy and tax policy.
Three factors have likely contributed to more negative views of Obama. First, criticisms of the government’s economic policies are mounting. For the first time since Obama took office, as many say the government is on the wrong track (48%) as on the right track (46%) in handling the nation’s economic problems. [snip]
Secondly, the latest national survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, conducted July 22-26 among 1,506 adults reached on landlines and cell phones, finds that many of the health care proposals being debated in Congress are sparking negative reactions, especially from those following the debate most closely. By a 44% to 38% margin, more Americans generally oppose than favor the health care proposals now before Congress. Opposition rises to 56% among people who say they have heard a lot about legislation to overhaul the health care system. [snip]
Thirdly, Obama’s comments on the arrest of Henry Louis Gates Jr. appear to have played some role in his ratings decline. [snip]
More generally, the new survey shows that since June, Obama’s overall job approval ratings dropped among most political and demographic groups. The greatest declines are apparent among Republicans and independents, poorer people, especially poorer whites, and 30 to 49 year olds. When looking at Obama’s approval ratings on specific issues, the president has lost ground, in most cases, among Republicans, Democrats and independents. Some of the larger declines are among members of his own party.
Yesterday, we made the case that Obama is no longer popular, by polling standards, and that Big Media should adjust the narrative accordingly.
We later updated our post with the addition of an NPR poll that buttressed our argument, as that poll had Obama down to a below average 53% (according to Gallup 55% is average).
We have more polls today which demonstrate that once again we were correct and the Left Talkers were off the planet regarding impressions of Obama’s stinky performances and publicity stunts:
We thought Obama stunk.
As Americans struggle with economic challenges Obama will flee to the lofty precincts of Martha’s Vineyard. This relocation will not likely improve the impression of Obama by Americans.
NBC will no doubt praise Obama’s vacationing skills. But now, NBC is weeping, Obama is no longer popular:
Despite his public-relations blitz over the past two weeks to promote his plans to reform the nation’s health-care system — including holding two town halls on Wednesday — President Barack Obama has lost ground on this issue with the American public, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.
Pluralities now say that the president’s health care plan is a bad idea, and that it will result in the quality of their care getting worse. What’s more, just four in 10 approve of his handling on the issue.
Oh Lord! Imagine the weeping and gnashing of teeth in the Hopium dens:
The poll also finds that Obama’s overall job-approval rating has dropped to 53 percent. And it shows a public that has grown increasingly concerned about the federal government’s spending as the administration defends its $787 billion economic stimulus and supports a $1 trillion-plus health-care bill.
Oh Lord! 55% is average and more and more polls show Obama at 53% and headed to below 50%. Oh Lord!
“This is a president who needs a vacation,” says Democratic pollster Peter D. Hart, who conducted the survey with Republican pollster Bill McInturff. “His job rating is … certainly an acceptable mark. But if you look at it over time, it has [gone] south without a doubt.” [snip]
But the poll, McInturff says, makes it clear that Obama — who had been gliding above the partisan fray — has come back down to earth. Conservatives and Republicans have moved away from him, while his numbers in the South and Midwest have declined.
“The question I asked back in February was: When does political gravity take hold?” he said. “The answer is in this survey. It is happening right now.”
Obama is now viewed as a run of the mill politician – An Unhealthy run of the ill politician:
That’s especially true on the issue of health care reform. As Congress works on its legislation and as Obama campaigns to get an overhaul enacted, 42 percent now say that the president’s plan is a bad idea, which is a 10-point increase since last month. Thirty-six percent say it’s a good idea.
In addition, 39 percent — a plurality — believe that Obama’s plan would result in the quality of their health care getting worse. That’s 15-point jump since April.
Oh Lord! We were right about the “stimulus” scam too, and we were right about the abusive spending, and we were right about the deficit... and now the public is catching up:
The public also has concerns with the progress of the $787 billion economic stimulus that Obama signed into law in February. In the poll, 43 percent believe the legislation was a bad idea, up 16 points since January. Just 34 percent say the stimulus was a good idea.
Indeed, the poll finds that the public’s top concern about Obama’s young presidency is that he has spent too much money, increasing the size of the deficit.
And now, according to the poll, Republicans find themselves with a six-point advantage over Democrats on the question of which party would do a better job of reducing the deficit. It’s the first time Republicans have led Democrats on this question since 1997.
Republicans also now have advantages on controlling government spending and taxes — which McInturff says could make Obama’s job to sell a health care bill (and the tax increases that would pay for it) more difficult.
Imagine that. Obama is such a wastrel and big spender that he makes Republicans look good. That’s impossible but true. Imagine that.
The NBC/Journal survey has Obama’s overall approval rating at 53 percent, which is down three points from last month (and which also equals the percentage he won in last November’s presidential contest).
His job approval in handling the economy is lower, at 49 percent.
Furthermore, 46 percent say they are “extremely confident” or “quite confident” that he has the right set of goals and policies, versus a combined 53 percent who say they are “only somewhat confident” or “not confident at all.”
Here is the New York Times analysis of the New York Times/CBS News poll:
President Obama’s ability to shape the debate on health care appears to be eroding as opponents aggressively portray the effort as a government-takeover that could limit Americans’ ability to chose their doctor and course of treatment, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.
Americans are concerned that overhauling the health care system would reduce the quality of their care, increase their out-of-pocket health costs and tax bills and limit their options in choosing doctors, treatment and tests, the poll found. The percentage who describe health care costs as a serious threat to the American economy — a central argument being made by Mr. Obama — has dropped over the past month. [snip]
“We need to fix health care, but if the government creates the system, I’m afraid the quality of care will go down and costs will go up: We will pay more taxes,” Mary Bevering, a Democrat from Fort Madison, Iowa, said in a follow-up interview.
She added: “It’s going to come down to regulation. What also worries me is whether we will be told what physician we can have.”
The New York Times analysis wastes many paragraphs talking about the efforts of opponents to the mish mash under consideration which is dubbed “health care reform”. The New York Times does not discuss the coordinated assaults by Obama Dimocrats and allies.
However much money is being spent on either side of the latest discussions on health care, the results have not been salutary for Obama’s political health:
There has been a 10-point drop in Mr. Obama’s job approval rating since a high-point in April.
And despite Mr. Obama’s efforts to address public misgivings — in speeches, news conferences, town hall meetings and other forums — 69 percent of respondents in the poll said they were concerned that the quality of their own care would get worse if the government created a program that covers everyone. [snip]
75 percent of respondents said they were concerned that the cost of their own health care cost would go up if the government did not create a system of providing health care for all Americans. But 77 percent said they were concerned the cost of health care would go up if the government did create such a system.
Earlier, the New York Times had other intriguing things to say.l
Most Americans continue to want the federal government to focus on reducing the budget deficit rather than spending money to stimulate the national economy, a new New York Times/CBS News poll finds. Yet at the same time, most oppose some proposed solution for decreasing it.[snip]
Views of some solutions to the high deficit reflect underlying political philosophies, the poll found. Democrats are the most opposed to having fewer government services – 62 percent are against it, compared with 50 percent of independents and 45 percent of Republicans. Republicans, for their part, are broadly opposed to paying more in taxes – 69 percent are, compared with 56 percent of independents and 48 percent of Democrats.
July was a bad sixth month for Obama. It was even worse for Americans who voted for Obama and only now are waking up to the reality that health care reform died at the Dimocratic convention in Denver last August.
This August will likely be even worse for Boob Obama as more Americans wake up to his boobery. Talk of health care breakthroughs will be just that: talk.
This August will be even worse for those who sowed fake Hope and Change and now reap the whirlwind.