70% Say Country Headed in the Wrong Direction

Friday, April 22, 2011

With gas prices nearing $5 a gallon and unemployment above 12% in many regions, the mood of the American people is at its lowest level in at least two years and the country blames President Obama, according to the latest New York Times/CBS poll.

Fresh off a six-city fundraising sweep through California, the Mr. Obama returns to home less popular than at any time in his presidency.

Americans are more pessimistic about the nation’s overall direction than at any time since President Obama’s first two months in office, when the country was still officially ensnared in the Great Recession.

The dour public mood is dragging down ratings for President Obama and both parties in Congress, the poll found. But the findings are a warning sign for Mr. Obama as he tries to set his sights on reelection in 2012.

· 57% of Americans disapproval of Mr. Obama’s handling of the economy

· 59% disapprove of Mr. Obama’s handling the federal budget deficit

· 70% of respondents say the country is headed in the wrong direction

Most Americans think neither President Obama nor the Congressional Republicans share their priorities for the country. Mr. Obama’s job approval remains below a majority, with 46% saying they approve of his performance in office, while 45 percent do not.

Support for Mr. Obama’s handling of the military campaign in Libya has fallen since last month: 39% approve and 45% disapprove.

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18 Responses to 70% Say Country Headed in the Wrong Direction

  1. ahsanpdaredia says:

    I feel sorry for President Obama. While I’ve long been off the bandwagon that encouraged “change” and “hope”, I still think he’s a good person. I do not think he has the negotiation skills to be qualified as president in today’s day and age. He doesn’t have the leadership capabilities to be commander in chief. We as Americans need to face the reality and that is that the presidency is TOO MUCH to handle for one person to handle today.

    Yeah, he’s a horrible president, because the president we had for eight years before him was the epitome of “perfect”.

  2. Rachel says:

    The stunning thing is, Obama could turn this mess around in short order. He could order the troops he surged in Afghanistan redeployed home; order all U.S. military involvement in Libya to come to an end; release 30% of the strategic petroleum reserves released; and stop all plans to cut Social Security and Medicare. But he won’t and you know why? He’s a DINO in the truest sense of the word. He duped us and after 8 years of Bush/Cheney, we fell for his lies. Egg on our face.

  3. ahsanpdaredia says:

    Right. We sit here and ask ourselves, why doesn’t he focus on the big issues? Afghanistan is literally a lost cause. Our soldiers are tired physically and mentally and the death toll keeps growing. I think just yesterday he ordered a few drones to invade Libya so we’re moving two steps backward. Everyone underestimated Gaddafi’s army because they were smaller than Saddam Hussein’s and the best artillery that had were old Soviet airplanes. Libya could have literally been a weekend job when the rebels had majority of the control. Speaking of “humanitarian mission”, why not go to Sudan and Rwanda where genocide still takes place and citizens are 10x poorer than those in Libya? Oh yeah…no readily-available black gold to put in our cars…

  4. Carpe Diem says:

    Rachel – Obama can’t release any part of the strategic petroleum reserves. When he committed 7 Naval ships and the USS Bataan Amphibious Group to Libya, Obama is backed into a corner. He can’t risk using the reserves for anything but war, and the U.S. has three raging at the moment. The consumer gets to suffer so Obama can run for reelection a war time president. Libya isn’t about oil and it has nothing to do with humanitarianism. It’s all about the 2012 election. If Libya goes well, Obama is a hero. However, if Libya goes badly or is a stalemate, which is how things look, Obama will be seen as a fool. A baby neocon not quite ready to play with the Aspen crowd.

  5. Woodcliffe says:

    President Obama has authorized the use of predator drones in Libya. The same drones the US is covertly using in Pakistan. You see, we’re already meddling in Pakistan and those drones are responsible for killing an awful lot of innocent women and children.

    Back to Libya. The British and the French are sending “advisers.” Am I the only who thinks Libya is beginning to smell an awful lot like Viet Nam, circa’ 1959?

    You have to wonder who has his ear and is giving him such poor direction?

  6. Peace Nick says:

    Obama’s running on the glories of 2008.

    At final fundraiser in Los Angeles yesterday, he said nothing about his accomplishments but instead, asked the crowd to recall the thrill of that night in Lincoln Park in Chicago.

    I guess he steered clear of mentioning his accomplishments because there are none.

  7. Barry’s high negatives are tied to bread and butter issues.

    High unemployment and high gas prices will sink him if he doesn’t get serious about the 2012 election and I don’t mean arrogantly telling people to buy electric cars that cost $45,000.

  8. Jolly Roger says:

    He’d sink, for sure, if the Rushpubliscums had anybody. As of yet, I haven’t seen one who can take him in 2012.

    We need Bull Moose.

  9. Adirondacky says:

    Three-out-four Americans think we’re on the wrong track. These are terrible numbers and if I were Obama, I would be concerned. You can’t run a national campaign on “the GOP field is disorganized.” If the American people feel their president is disengaged or worse, incompetent, then you can’t expect them to come out to vote for you.

  10. emcee says:

    Gas has gone up more than $2 dollars a gallon since Obama became prez. I know, he says we should stop complaining and ride a bike or buy an electric car but, he’s just deflecting because his head is wedged up his ass on the issue of energy. Even his base, once at 90% approval after the Nov. 2008 election has dropped 20 points to 70% approval. Time for a reality check because with numbers like this, his reelection isn’t written in stone.

  11. i used to just say i was disappointed in obama. now i believe he really doesnt have the stuff or gumption (or guts) to be president – obama is a conflict avoider – nothing more. as much as i hated bush and thought he was a moronic simpleton with evil intentions – you have to say he had his beliefs and he stuck to them – as warped as they were. this guy cant make decisions and vanishes and i dont think really has a vision or plan. the ONLY reason he looks halfway decent is because everyone else looks all the way insane

    i do think he could turn many things around – i dont think he wants to or cares.

    the american people are the fools – for continuing to send fools like paul ryan or eric cantor or jim inhofe or ben nelson to “run” the country. the people could just not vote for the candidate that looks to best or generates the biggest ratings on cable shows. donald trump – who may actually be a bigger asshole than Palin or Gingrich – makes waves because he gets the media to cover him (they dont have to) and because like it or not – he is not “a washington insider” (he is a arrogant prick with money insider) but he aint one of them. as long as we want soap opera stars running the country – we are doomed to lead the life of One Life To Live.

  12. Mets Fan says:

    I remember when George HW Bush was asked how much a quart of milk cost. He couldn’t answer and at that moment, it was over for him.

    Obama is having a series of these moments. He strides into wind energy plants and tells workers to trade their cars in if they don’t like the high prices of gas. At fundraisers, he tells people to buy electric cars. He keeps punting. It’s embarrassing to watch. He’s out of touch with the American people. He won’t get a second term. He’s a one-term wonder.

  13. feminazi says:

    I’m not an economist but it doesn’t take a genius to see the future of the American middle class is directly tied to manufacturing. We make virtually nothing in the US. Everything is made in China and as a result, the Chinese economy is growing at a staggering rate of 10% a year. When did the concept of making things people can use and need become wrong? You know, the fact is, not every American citizen will go to college and become a doctor or a scientist and there’s nothing shameful about this. Some people are more attuned to making cars, or televisions, or refrigerators. Manufacturing is what helped America pull herself out of the Great Depression. We need a strong manufacturing base again.

  14. mauigirl says:

    I agree, Obama is a conflict-avoider and that is his biggest problem. The reason so many are dissatisfied is because both the GOP and Obama are talking about “deficit reduction” instead of jobs and the economy. Obama has bought into the GOP idea that the deficits are the biggest problem facing this country (when ironically they couldn’t have cared less about them when Bush was running them up). Nobody’s going to feel the country’s going in the right direction if both parties are barking up the wrong tree at the same time.

  15. Pechanga says:

    Maybe the solution is the French model? A single, six-year term for president.

    Then the president doesn’t need to worry about raising money for reelection and he or she can serve the American people? Just an idea.

  16. TOM339 says:

    I like Pechanga’s idea. Makes a lot of sense to me.

  17. jim mac says:

    This community organiser couldnt organise a down hill race between two marbles—-stupid libs ,I HOPE you starve.

  18. jim mac says:


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