Voter Confidence in Obama Waning

Thursday, June 24, 2010


Americans are more pessimistic about the state of country and less confident in President  Obama’s leadership than at any point since the president took office, this according to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll.

The survey also shows grave and growing concerns about the Gulf oil spill, now in its 65th day, with overwhelming majorities of adults favoring stronger regulation of the oil industry and fear the spill will affect the nation’s economy and environment.

Sixty-two percent of adults in the survey feel the country is on the wrong track, the highest level since before the 2008 election. Just one-third think the economy will get better over the next year, a 7-point drop from a month ago and the low point of Mr. Obama’s tenure.

Support for President Obama and other incumbents is eroding. For the first time, more people disapprove of Mr. Obama’s job performance than approve. And 57% of voters would prefer to elect a new person to Congress than re-elect their local representatives, the highest share in 18 years.

Democratic pollster Peter Hart, who conducted the WSJ/NBC poll with GOP pollster Bill McInturff said the results show “a really ugly mood and an unhappy electorate, the voters, I think, are just looking for change, and that means bad news for incumbents and in particular for the Democrats.”

The most ominous findings of the poll shows support for Mr. Obama and the Democrats is declining among centrist, independent voters — proof he is losing his base. Approval for Mr. Obama has dropped among Hispanics, too, along with small-town residents, white women and seniors. African-Americans remain the firmest part of Mr. Obama’s base, with 91% approving of his job performance.

Just 40% rate him positively on his “ability to handle a crisis,” an 11-point drop since January. Half disapprove of Mr. Obama’s handling of the oil spill, including one in four Democrats.

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20 Responses to Voter Confidence in Obama Waning

  1. Joe in Colorado says:

    People need to remember the midterms are just four months away, then it’s two years until the General Election. If I were Obama this poll would be a wake up call. Americans are unhappy and we’re completely freaked out by the Gulf oil disaster. Do I blame the president for the oil spill? No, I blame BP and the policies of the previous administration. But, the Gulf oil disaster happened on Obama’s watch. Why is his administration still approving oil leases in the Gulf?

  2. feminazi says:

    You know that this reminds me of? The political mood of the country that gave way to Newt Gingrich and the so called “Contract on America.” Voters were very unhappy and ready for a change. Incumbents need to take this poll to heart.

  3. Tiny Dancer says:

    If Obama’s lousy poll numbers continue on until 2012, I wonder if Hillary Clinton would see it as her chance at glory?

    She’s still a relatively young woman and serving as Secretary of State looks good on her resume.

  4. barrackOstalin says:

    The Obama whitehouse works in lawlessness while punishing those who abide by the law. Obama is a renegade thoughtless arrogant non citizen born from a Jackyls ass who legitimizes criminal behavior and punishes and chastizes the innocent. The Obama agenda is dangerous and down right evil. We must save our children by covering their eyes and ears from this beastly antichrist from the bowels of Hell who speaks lies with a forked tongue like a serpent and his administration staff are his deciples and are of the synogogue of Satan and his Hellish plan.

    Obama appoints a lesbian racists to the Supreme Court who has NEVER presided a case on the bench to destroy justice in order to turn this country into the full blown Banana Republic Commie Red State. Obots also think big brother should hand them everything at the cost of other peoples dime and expense. They think someone else should flip the bill for them and be giving it in taxes to Dictator Obama to give to them.

    Obama is straight from the fires kilns of Hell and swore on the Quran on innauguration day.

  5. Jolly Roger says:

    Nice. I see the off-products of brother and sister also read this blog.

    The MSM has done its work well. While there is much to criticize the President about, one has to keep in mind that the Rushpubliscums handed him virtually every problem he now has. The problems are nearly intractable-indeed, they may well be intractable now.

    Why Barack Obama wanted that job, I’ll never understand.

  6. Scott Dancer says:

    The Gulf oil catastrophe is akin to a cancer diagnosis.

    Every client I speak to, and work with, mentions it without prompting. People sped past worried 30 days ago, and now comes word the well casing is likely damaged meaning if the relief wells fail, there is no way to stop the flow of oil into the Gulf.

    President Obama’s options are limited. I am not an expert but from everything I read, if the relief wells fail, we have two choices:

    1. let the well poor oil into the Gulf until it runs dry in 15 to 20 years

    2. exploding an atomic bomb in the well to melt the rock and seal it

    Both choices are fraught with risk and either way, Obama will forever be associated with the oil spill.

  7. Eric Equality Kuntz says:

    I think the oil geyser in the Gulf is like a wound.

    Nothing will be right in the U.S. until the filthy thing is capped and the clean up is underway. Just my two cents.

  8. VicoDANIEL says:

    The oil spill is just the icing on a rotten cake.

    His supporters claimed President Obama was being unfairly dogged by the Teabaggers. Sarah Palin. FIXED News. Take your pick but I said all along, his focus had to be jobs — creating jobs, and not part time Census jobs.

    15 million Americans are now unemployed. Certain regions in the country like Las Vegas and Los Angeles have 15% and 12% jobless numbers. This is unacceptable. But, hell, what do I know?

    Instead, Obama used his entire first year passing healthcare. But the polls said Americans could wait on healthcare. They needed jobs to pay their rent, mortgages and buy food.

    Somehow, Obama’s priorities got crossed and now he’s paying the price.

    vicodaniel1987@yahoo.com

  9. bradfrmphnx says:

    The oil pouring forth in the gulf, is placing an undeserved stain on Obama’s leadership. People think that a President can just snap his fingers and his will be done. Not so. Presidents are neither as powerful nor as weak as we suppose.

    Obama will get re-elected because there isn’t anybody better at this time. When he gets to campaigning and delivering the rah-rah speeches, he is in his element. Show me a better candidate, with Obama’s intgelligence and charisma, and maybe I’ll believe he won’t be re-elected.

  10. Seabec says:

    It could well be we’re entering a period of one term presidents, where the voters give the man or woman four years, and if they can’t get the job done, they’re voted out of office.

    Maybe this is ultimately healthy for the country?

  11. Estacada says:

    Right or wrong. Fair or unfair.

    The more people suffer, the less willing they are to cut their elected lawmakers slack. This includes the president. This poll suggests people are feeling very frustrated at their lot in life and they’re not willing to take any hostages.

  12. Dmitris says:

    People trying to buy their first house who have FICO scores below 580 and who want to use FHA, must put down 10% or they don’t qualify. For low income, working people 10% is a lot or money. They blame President Obama for making their dream of home ownership impossible. Little wonder Obama has lost the Hispanic vote.

  13. Bungy says:

    Whew! I can’t remember the last time I voted FOR someone. Seems like I am forever voting against the crazy wackos put forth by the other guys.

    I wish Obama was better. But then, I wished that when I voted for him.

    I suspect when the midterm comes around, incumbents will be challenged. BUT, that challenge will depend on who the “other guy” is. If Tea Baggers and the frothing opposition (as aptly illustrated by the hyperbolic ranting of “barrackOstalin” in the comments above) put forth candidates too radically Right-leaning, it could very well counter the anti-incumbent feelings of independents and centrists.

    Frustrated as I am, I still wouldn’t vote for a Palin, a Bachman, or a McCain — if anything, these folks have only gotten deeper into the guano-crazy in the last two years.

    I hold out some hope that the Obama administration will still see this as a wake-up call and, well, grow a pair.

  14. stradella says:

    Mr. “Man” ain’t perfect but then I never thought he would be.

    But there isn’t a day that I get out of bed that I don’t look to the heavens and give thanks that Barack Obama is president and not John McCain.

  15. Jack Varney says:

    If you live along the Gulf states, earn your living as a shrimper or a fisherman, or from taking tourists out to fish in June, July, August and September, and you hear the president say some variation of “We need to trust BP because they have the expertise to cap the well,” it rings hollow.

    I don’t care if Obama take a weekend off to play golf or attend a baseball game with his family. Everyone needs down time. But, the president has been far too trusting in BP and this view is shared by 90% of the residents of the Gulf states.

    Is the $20 billion dollar liability fund a positive step? Of course it is. But people are still getting the run around when they file damages claims only now, it’s the Feds who want 4 years of tax records before they will consider your claim.

    BP caused the spill but President Obama needs to do more than show up to eat a snow cone with Gov. Barbour for the cameras.

  16. Miss Courtet says:

    Obama sides with BP, Wall Street, Big Pharma and the neocons who have no interest in redeploying the troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan. But, the O-bots can’t or won’t admit the truth: Mr. Obama isn’t a lefty, or even a centrist. He’s a right-leaning DINO who sold us a false list of goods. And I say this as a woman who voted for him in 2008. But I will look elsewhere in 2012.

  17. woyoyo says:

    Like the song says,

    It’s the end of the world as we know it
    But I feel fine

    Think about it:

    Climate change is underway
    The perma freeze is melting
    116′ degrees in Washington DC
    Flooding in Brazil and China killing hundreds
    A sinkhole in Guatemala City that swallowed up blocks
    Species disappearing each day
    And, now the Gulf oil spill and no one really thinks the relief wells will work

    Humanity had better party hardy because our future looks dim. In fact, I think we will largely vanish from earth in another 250 years.

  18. Rachel says:

    Read the Janeane Garofalo sit-down on Huffington Post. This is a pretty decent snap shot of the feelings Obama’s supporters/base have for him today. She’s very disappointed in his leadership and his right-of-center leanings with regard to Wall Street. I think Tiny Dancer is correct. If Hillary challenges Obama in 2012, she could very well defeat him.

  19. Brigadoon says:

    Obama’s been MIA on LGBT rights. He pledged in the campaign to repeal DADT and DOMA and yet hasn’t lifted a finger to get it done. Evidently, LGBT rights are scarier to this president than al Qaeda, the Taliban and Michelle Bachman combined. Until I see more than an invite to the WH to attend the Easter egg hunt, I’m not sure I can support Obama in 2012.

  20. Walk on Socks says:

    Senate Republicans blocked unemployment again yesterday. This is the third time they’ve done it.

    So where was President Obama? He was eating a hamburger with Russian president Medvedev at his favorite joint in Washington DC.

    Now I’m sure Obama’s supporters will chime in and say peaceful relations between the USA and Russia matter more than America’s 15 million unemployed but this really comes down to the optics.

    Increasingly, Americans say they can’t relate to President Obama. And you wonder why?

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