Thursday, July 09, 2009

Obama's popularity is shrinking

According to the latest edition of the Rasmussen daily tracking poll, President Obama's "approval index" -- a comparison of those who strongly approve and strongly disapprove of his performance -- is down to minus-8. As you can see from Rasmussen's graphic below, Obama's been trending downward for quite some time.

The thing is, the lower his popularity goes, the harder it will be for him to pass big, controversial measures like cap-and-trade and a government option for health care. Or at least he may have to moderate those bills to get them to pass. And as the recession lingers on, Obama's numbers continue to slip.

So in the minds of some people, a little short-term pain may be worth it if it prevents the long-term burdens of high taxes and more onerous regulation.


Anonymous said...

Ah, another effort to discredit Obama with the "shrinking poll numbers" theory.

Here's a story that debunks this.

And even if Obama isn't as popular as he once was, the Republican Party is officially dead in the water. All of your thinkers and reasonable minds have left the party. It's like Bill Maher said the other night. "The Democrats have moved to the right, and the Republicans, a party of religious lunatics, flat earthers, and Civil War reenactors, have moved into the insane asylum."

threecollie said...

I hope you are right and not anonymous. I am terrified for this country otherwise

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