Yesterday (July 28) RealClearPolitics, a website with opinion pieces from both sides of the political "aisle" published a long list of presidential approval/disapproval polls taken by the most reputable poll takers in the nation. Then RCP did an average for the disapproval findings and came up with 48% disapproval of the Presidential job rating. Many polls were included and the latest ones taken between 7-12 and 7-26 were part of the RCP report: (all numbers represent disapproval rating) Gallup: 47; Rasmussen: 54; Reuters/Ipso: 48; CNN Opinion Research: 50; Quinnipiac: 48; FOXnews: 48 Time: 45. Other disapproval poll ratings were listed on the RCP site, but they were taken longer ago than the ones published here.
Victor Davis Hanson, in an opinion piece on July 28, 2010, lists 3 major reasons for what Hanson calls "Obama’s Real Problem" (title of op-ed)
Number 1: the voters in 2008 were not voting for liberal change; they wanted change from "the costly and lengthy Bush wars; deficits, spending policies and immigration proposals."
Sadly, since his inauguration in Feb 2009, Obama has overdone the average Bush deficits by a factor of 4 to 5. As a candidate, Obama "demogogued everything from Guantanamo Bay to Iraq" but as President he has not done much different than what his predecessor did. The promise to close Guantanamo, holding the trial of Khalid Shiekh Mohammed in New York City, and the total pull-out from Iraq are all campaign promises broken by Obama.
The Second Factor identified by Hanson states "since ramming through the healthcare bill without either bipartisan support or public approval, Obama is polling badly on just about every hot-button issue." We are learning day by day that the American electorate does NOT want the Cap and Trade legislation that has been proposed by Liberals, does not want any more deficit spending and does not want higher taxes. But Obama pushes ahead blindly ignoring the public’s disapproval of his agenda that he seems unable to veer away from even by a small degree…..it is the agenda of an Idealogue and also the agenda of a president possibly in the grip of a major personality disorder in which the person cannot change from the chosen course of events that have been selected. There is no compromising.
The third problem is not that the president is insufficiently attuned to race, but that he is preceived to be obsessed with it. "Since 2008 Barack and Michelle Obama have committed a series of gaffes that appeared to reflect an attachment to identity politics. Taken together, these divisive musings have fostered the impression that the first couple is excessively concerned with racial issues."
Then there is the issue of the president’s appointees who have been a source of division and trouble, forcing some to resign quickly. Van Jones, one of the appointed with no congressional hearings or approval, resigned after a video surfaced of his bragging about being a member of the communist party, and saying that white teen agers are more likely to be involved in mass murders than black teens. Controversial comments by Anita Dunn, Charles Bolden of NASA who claimed his number- one assignment for NASA was to reach out to Muslim nations and make then "feel good" about their contributions to science. The recent appointment of hard-leftist Donald Berwick to lead the Healthcare program has convinced the American public that there is no shortage of hard- core liberal idealogues in the present administration.
"In terms of poll ratings, Obama is in tough shape" says Hanson, "but not necessarily in poorer shape than various past presidents who eventually were reelected." Davis-Hanson concludes that Obama’s main problem is one of self-knowledge."
"Obama and his supporters have somehow convinced themselves that 2008 was the result of either (1) a left-wing American majority that finally came out of the shadows, or (2) a mesmerizing personality that by sheer force of rhetoric and charisma could take America where it otherwise did not wish to go. Neither is true. American remains a center-right country, and Obama, the teleprompted messiah has grown tiresome."
One additional mistake added today to many mistakes in the past, as far as making simple smaller decisions,is going to have negative repercussions for Obama. His decision to skip the national Boy Scout Jamboree where he was invited to speak live to the Boy Scouts and their Leaders. His decision to skip the Jamboree was because he went to New York to tape "The View"….a pretty blatant attempt to wow the women of America again, whose support he has been losing. He longs to return to the Worshipped Idol of his past campaign. Another reason he rejected the Boy Scouts appearance is because he was fund raising for the Democratic party. That will be another decision that comes back to haunt the president and affect the voting in November. Coupled with the controversial liberal judge’s decision to partially "gut" the Arizona immigration law is not winning the administration any accolades since they initiated a lawsuit against the state of Arizona. A majority of Americans support Arizona’s state immigration law and have even taken to the streets in Phoenix today to protest the judge’s decision which has been serverely criticized by a number of constitutional law scholars. It will be appealed, perhaps all the way to the Supreme Court of the United States.
There are many chickens waiting to come home to roost. None of them will be good for the President. The polls that are taken daily tell the tale of a presidency gone badly awry…in too many ways, both domestically and in foreign affairs policies.