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LATEST RASMUSSEN DAILY TRACKING POLL – NEW LOW FOR O

Posted by Andrew Roman on June 16, 2010

The latest Presidential Daily Tracking Poll numbers from Rasmussen are in … and they’re not good.

Now to be fair, these figures were tabulated almost entirely from surveys taken  before Obama’s Gulf oil spill address last evening – the defining moment of Barack Obama’s presidency.

Thus, I concede to being somewhat hesitant in posting the results.

It would be akin to assessing the life and accomplishments of Winston Churchill ten years before the start of World War II, or evaluating the career of Babe Ruth before he ever put on a major league baseball uniform.

Honestly, how can one appraise Lincoln without acknowledging the Gettysburg Address?

How can one take measure of Reagan’s stand against the Evil Empire without acknowledging his “Tear Down This Wall” speech?

Likewise, I grant that citing the President’s ever-plummeting approval numbers based on data compiled before last night’s history-altering, game-changing speech from the Oval Office places my credibility at risk.

But hey, what the hell …

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows that 24% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Forty-four percent (44%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -20 (see trends).

Forty-eight percent (48%) of Democrats Strongly Approve while 75% of Republicans Strongly Disapprove. Among those not affiliated with either major party, 12% Strongly Approve and 52% Strongly Disapprove.

These results are based upon nightly telephone interviews and reported on a three-day rolling average basis. As a result, today’s results are based almost entirely on interviews conducted before the president’s speech to the nation. The impact of the president’s speech will be seen over the next several days.

Heading into the speech, 30% of voters gave President Obama good or excellent marks for handling the oil spill. Forty-five percent (45%) said he was doing a poor job. Most voters (57%) still favor offshore oil drilling.

Rasmussen also says that only 42% of Americans “somewhat approve” of this President’s performance. Since the dawn of the Messianic Age, that number has never been lower.

(Feel free to take an “ouch” out of petty cash).

But Obamacrats need not fear. Last night’s “Wrong Speech At The Wrong Time” presentation will figure in to the Presidential Daily Tracking Poll soon enough.

Hopefully, by then, the White House can squeeze in one more glitz-and-glam event with another ex-Beatle.

Ringo turns seventy next month.
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THE MIDDLE CLASS AND OBAMA ARE PARTING WAYS

Posted by Andrew Roman on June 15, 2010

To be sure, the numbers aren’t good. The latest Gallup poll shows that the American middle class is turning its back on President Obama. In fact, in every income group, save for one, Barack Obama’s approval numbers are less than 48%. Only the under-$24,000 income bracket still has a majority approval rating of 52% – but even there, that number is the lowest of Obama’s presidency.

Terrence P. Jeffrey of CNSNews.com writes:

During the week of June 7-13, only 46 percent of Americans overall told Gallup they approved of the job Obama is doing as president, tying for the worst week of Obama’s presidency. Two weeks ago, forty-six percent also said they approved of the job Obama is doing, and last week 47 percent said they approved.

But when the president’s approval is separated by incomes groups, it is only the lowest income bracket recorded by Gallup—those who earn less than $2,000 per month—that gives Obama a majority approval rating, with 52 percent saying they approved of the job he is doing as president.

Among those earning $2,000 to $4,999 per month (or $24,000 to $59,988 per year), 46 percent said they approved of the job Obama is doing. Among those earning $5,000 to $7,499 per month ($60,000 to $89,988 per year), 44 percent said they approved of the job Obama is doing. And among those earning $7,500 or more per month ($90,000 per year or more), the highest income bracket recorded by Gallup, 47 percent said they approved of the job Obama is doing.

That’s all well and good, but am I the only one on the surface of God’s green Earth who is altogether befuddled as to how this man’s approval numbers are still so high? Even with my liberal-English dictionary in hand I have to admit, I am mystified.

This is a man whose picture fills out the “clueless” entry in the Encyclopedia Incompetentia. Former Carter administration officials are high-fiving each other as Obama continues to do the impossible – namely, challenge Jimmy Carter for the top spot on the Worst Presidents Countdown.

He bungles, fumbles, stumbles, bumbles, mismanages and mishandles everything in his scope. He is detached, disconnected, aloof and unable to speak publicly without his rolling electronic cue cards just off-shoulder.

And he is about to use the oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico to promote yet another expansion of federal government.

How is it that Barack Obama still gets a thumbs-up from 46% of the American people? What am I missing? Or better yet, what are they missing?

Shouldn’t that number more realistically be around 35%? Or 4%?

Are they counting the dead? Life-sized cardboard cutouts? Obama’s extended family? Hamsters?

And I would love to have just two minutes to try and pick apart the brains of the 8% of self-identified “conservative republicans” who said they approve of the job President Obama is doing.

What an adventure that would be.

Perhaps I should take comfort in knowing that there still more people who believe Elvis is alive than there are “conservative Republicans” who approve of Bammy.

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GALLUP POLL – YOU MEAN PEOPLE ACTUALLY WORRY ABOUT THE DEBT? AND TERRORISM?

Posted by Andrew Roman on June 11, 2010

We should fear large corporations – those soulless, money-hungry rapists of all that is decent, upstanding and pure, those bastards.

We should recognize that discrimination against minority groups is not only a major problem in this country, but that it could very well be the single most destructive force in America today.

We should understand that the very existence of humanity hangs in the balance due to the perils of global warming and environmental-health ignorance.

And we had better be willing to admit that the ungoing battles against overseas contingency brigades in Afghanistan and Iraq are tearing this nation apart.

Or should we?

According to a Gallup poll, these four topics come in dead last (out of ten) on the list of things Americans fear today.

From The Foundry, via the Say Anything blog:

“How serious of a threat to the future of the United States do you consider the following…” The results are clear: Americans judge the national debt on par with terrorism as the top threat facing the nation. Further, independents – a crucial constituency during an election year – believe the debt to be the single most threatening issue facing the country, even topping terrorism.

A quick analysis of the numbers reveals why the public is alarmed. Today debt held by the public stands at approximately $8.6 trillion, up from around $7.5 trillion less than a year ago. Over the past 30 years, debt held by the public has averaged about 39.4 percent of gross domestic product, and last year stood at 53 percent, the highest since 1955. Unfortunately, instead of taking swift actions to address the worsening problem, Congress and the White House have chosen to double down on the unrestrained spending policies of the past. Obama’s budget (the only budget available because Congressional Democrats refuse to draft one this year) sees debt held by the public hitting 90 percent of GDP by 2020.

 

What would the percentage have been had one of the choices been “Barack Obama?”

Or Michelle Obama’s belt collection?
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REPEAL OBAMACARE, SAY MOST AMERICANS

Posted by Andrew Roman on May 24, 2010

Liberals have no interest in what Americans really care about. Rather, they are interested in telling Americans what they should – nay, will – care about. The needs of their constituencies are irrelevant to them, because, for the most part, they don’t believe the people they are charged to represent really know what they need. It’s because buried deep within the soul of the modern-day American liberal, stuck to their DNA like Nutella to a butter knife, is that inherent tendency toward totalitarianism. Whether it’s someone in the thick of the liberal stew like New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, who says he actually fantasizes about what it would be like in America if we were like China for just one day, to entertainment icon Woody Allen, who says that a few years of an Obama dictatorship would be good for this country, they are liberals, and they know best.

Just ask one.

Ever since Arizona passed its illegal immigration law, a majority of Americans have been in favor of it. In fact, in some polls, support for the law has actually increased. Meanwhile, Obamacrats continue to speak out against it – including those who haven’t yet read it – demonstrating how out-of-touch with the country they really are.

The same can be said for Obamacare.

According to a new Rasmussen poll, a convincing six in ten Americans believe that Obamacare should be flat out repealed.

That’s right … repealed.

That’s the highest level ever.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 63% of U.S. voters now favor repeal of the plan passed by congressional Democrats and signed into law by President Obama in March.
Prior to today, weekly polling had shown support for repeal ranging from 54% to 58%.

Currently, just 32% oppose repeal.

The new findings include 46% who Strongly Favor repeal of the health care bill and 25% who Strongly Oppose it.

While opposition to the bill has remained as consistent since its passage as it was beforehand, this marks the first time that support for repeal has climbed into the 60s. It will be interesting to see whether this marks a brief bounce or indicates a trend of growing opposition.

Thirty-three percent (33%) of voters now believe the health care plan will be good for the country, down six points from a week ago and the lowest level of confidence in the plan to date. Fifty-five percent (55%) say it will be bad for the nation. Only three percent (3%) think it will have no impact.

This can be filed under “Why Elections Matter.”

We are a little over five months away from, arguably, the most critical non-Presidential election in America’s history. Key components of ObamaCare really don’t start to kick in until 2014. For a repeal to actually happen, Republicans must come away winners in November and then take back the White House from the jaws of destruction in 2012.

One step at a time.

But it isn’t that one-dimensional.

Republicans cannot just run on repealing ObamaCare. They must put together sensible reforms as part of a repeal package.

That’s how a roadmap to repeal could work … “on paper.”

Unfortunately, the fear is that once the “benefits” start flowing, only the most steadfast conservatives will not cave.

Supreme Court, anyone?

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BAMMY’S NOT DOING WELL IN THE POLLS

Posted by Andrew Roman on May 20, 2010

Not that he will care, of course.

He will write it off as some right-wing connivance meant to derail his attempts to finally make America a more perfect union. He’ll dismiss it all as being the result of angry, manipulative AM radio talk show hosts who dispatch daily marching orders on how to react to the otherwise benevolent and admirable metrosexual from the Windy City. He’ll say he doesn’t care about the polls, that he is there to do the work of the American people, blah, blah, blah.

Still, the numbers aren’t good … and they haven’t been for a long time.

There was no boost when ObamaCare was passed, like they thought there would be.

There has been no boost as the administration continues to blast the new Arizona immigration law … and there won’t be.

The fact is: the Messiah ain’t doing too well.

According to Rasmussen, the Presidential Approval Index has dropped back to -19 – the lowest it’s been since March 20th. (Barack Obama hasn’t had a positive Presidential Approval rating since June 29, 2009).

From Rasmussen, via Weasel Zippers:

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows that 25% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Forty-four percent (44%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -19.

Go figure.

In other poll news: Rasmussen finds that 55% of all Americans are in favor of an Arizona type immigration law being passed in their own states, while only 33% are opposed.

A whopping seven in ten Americans believe a police officer should be required to verify the legal status of anyone stopped for any sort of violation if that person is suspected of being in the United States illegally.

Required.

The 12% of Americans who remain unsure about whether or not they’d like to see an Arizona-type law enacted in their own states would almost certainly flip to the “yes” column – in this humble blogger’s opinion – if they were aware that the law is not about racial profiling.

Earlier reports suggested that the Arizona law would allow police to stop anyone they suspected of being an illegal immigrant. The law as it stands, however, applies only to situations where someone has been lawfully stopped for some other violation.

Of course, Eric Holder, Janet Napolitano, and probably a whole host of Obamacrats, haven’t read the law yet …

And China and Mexico hate the law …

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GOOD ECONOMY? IT DOESN’T MATTER. WE DON’T WANT BAMMY BACK.

Posted by Andrew Roman on May 7, 2010

It’s interesting.

Pundit after pundit, analyst after analyst – including many on the right – have pontificated that a second Obama term would all but be assured, regardless of whatever else was happening, if the economy improved. That was the criterion, according to many – the benchmark – for stretching four agonizing years into eight calamitous ones.

However, with the President’s approval numbers continuing to spread roots below the fifty percent line, a new poll suggests that even with an improving economy, people may not want to catch a Bammy return engagement.

Redi Wilson at National Journal.com writes:

American voters are more confident that the economy will improve in the next year, but trust in major institutions continues to fall — a slump that mirrors Pres. Obama’s tumbling approval rating.

Seven in 10 voters say the economy will improve over the next 12 months, according to the new Allstate/National Journal Heartland Monitor poll, while just 27% believe the economy will worsen. But 56% of voters say they have less confidence that elected officials in DC will make good financial and economic decisions.

I hate to interrupt a perfectly good article, but I’d be very interested in knowing exactly what it is that leads 70% of the population to think that the economy will improve over the next year. What, pray tell, is that based on?

I digress.

Voters also say they have less confidence than they did a year ago in major corporations (50% say they are less confident), investment banks (55%) and national banks (51%) to make wise fiscal decisions.

As trust in national institutions falls, so has Obama’s approval rating. Just 48% approve of the job Obama is doing, while 46% disapprove, the poll shows. That’s down from a 61% approval rating Obama sported in an Allstate/National Journal poll conducted in April ’09.

Only 39% of voters said they would vote to re-elect Pres. Obama if the election were held today, while 50% say they would vote for someone else. A quarter of voters would definitely vote to re-elect Obama, while 37% would definitely vote for someone else.

So much for the “An-Improved-Economy-Means-An-Obama-Two-Term-Lock” theory.

Most people understand that if the economy begins to to recuperate – and we all hope it does – it will have little, if anything, to do with President Obama and his bankrupting, free-market-crushing crusades. The economy, if it improves, will do so in spite of Chicago’s most famous metrosexual.

The real question – the real story here – concerns Barack Obama’s approval rating versus his potential re-election numbers.

How is it that 48% of Americans still approve of the job he is doing, but only 39% approve enough to say they would re-elect him?

I guess approval doesn’t always mean you approve.

Even more brain-bending than that is the fact that four in ten Americans said they’d sign up for an Obama Book II.

Four in ten?

Based on what?

Who are these people, and are the hallucinogens they are receiving free through some government-sponsored health plan?

I’d love to be introduced to some of these folks. I have an overflow of Wyoming ocean front property I need to unload.

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GOVERNOR BREWER’S NUMBERS JUMP

Posted by Andrew Roman on April 29, 2010

If you are politician facing an upcoming election, and you’re trying to figure out how best to boost your poll numbers, one option might be (as outrageous as it might sound) to pay attention to what the people who make up your constituency are saying.

Shocking, I know … but a concept worth visiting on occasion.

The citizens of the great state of Arizona have been demanding for a long time that something be done about the influx of illegal aliens and drugs across the state’s southern border with Mexico. They’ve had to withstand more than their fair share of lip service from sham-hawking public officials and pecksniffering crap-merchants who pledge to do something about it, but never do.

In the end – as always – the people wind up getting the shaft and are left listening to endless debates about “comprehensive” this and “path to citizenship” that. They’ve seen crimes committed in their communities at the hands of these illegals – including murder – with little or no response (outside of tedious platitudes) from government.

Governor Jan Brewer decided to finally do something about it.

And just like that, her approval rating has shot up.

Imagine that.

From Rasmussen:

Last week, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed an immigration law that launched a national debate. It has also at least temporarily helped her own chances of remaining Arizona’s governor.

A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely voters in the state shows that 56% now approve of the way Brewer is performing her role as governor. Two weeks ago, just 40% offered their approval.

The bounce in the polls is also evident in new numbers on the November election. If Brewer is the Republican nominee, she would get 48% of the vote while her likely Democratic opponent, State Attorney General Terry Goddard, would attract 40%. Two weeks ago, it was Brewer 44% and Goddard 40%. Goddard is an outspoken opponent of the new law.

As with all poll bounces, it remains to be seen whether this is a temporary spike in support for the governor or if it signifies a lasting change in the race.

With 70% of Arizonians supporting the new illegal immigration bill – including a little more than half of Democrats in that state – Brewer’s bolstered numbers won’t be diminishing any time soon.

The people are, indeed, pushing back.

The attempt by Democrats to deflect attention from themselves and their Marxist-like goals of bringing every facet of American life under the awning of the federal government is not going to have the desired effect. Trying to shift focus from the unsustainable expansions of government they are implementing, and their continued efforts to replace our liberty with their warm, nestling bosom is going to backfire.

Hypothetically, it would be a setback for conservatism (and this country) if the national focus was, indeed, diverted from the never-ending cavalcade of Democrat disasters – and the ever-growing momentum to defeat them in November – to the repulsive straw men created by them and their throngs of desperate race-baiting demons fuelling the immigration debate.

But I don’t see that happening.

Democrats, liberals, leftists and all of the other children who believe it is a political winner to show more concern for people who are here illegally than the citizens of their own country had better think again. Those who go rummaging through the fecal matter of their minds to compare the passage of the Arizona law to acts of terrorism – like Jesse Jackson did – or the obligatory parallels to Nazi Germany – already proferred by countless pundits, bloggers and moonbats – had best rethink their strategies.

They sound like ill-educated, emotionally-driven, uninformed asses.

Cheapening words will not win the day. Not this time.

I welcome the race-baiters, ethnicity-obsessed-victicrats, and bigots of all stripes across the land to stage whatever rallies and protests they want in however many cities they desire. It won’t change a damn thing and will accomplish nothing – unlike the Tea Party movement, which has Democrats shaking in their thongs.

It’s a foregone conclusion that they will get far more coverage in the mainstream media than the Tea Parties, so what’s the difference?

Let them have at it.

The questions to be asked are: How many swastikas will we see at these rallies? How many of these people will be depicted as “angry?” Will dissent suddenly be cool again?

Incidentally, since when is asking people who are reasonably suspected of being here illegally for their documentation akin to behaving like Nazis? Aren’t legal immigrants required to have paperwork, subject to inspection?

Is having my backpack randomly searched by New York City cops before going on the subway also reminiscent of Nazi Germany?

Is spending four hours taking off my shoes and belt at the airport screening station just like being herded onto the train bound for Treblinka?

Is being frisked at the gates of Citi Field before seeing a Mets game the American equivalent to being rounded up by Hitler’s henchmen?

I love when libs use the word “Nazi.”

How is it that race-based quotas for schools, the takeover of the American health care delivery system (as well as banks and car companies), the push to regulate salt, the seizure of the federal school loan program, the public ostracizing of dissenters, the request that people opposed to Obama be reported to the government, the utter and complete disregard of the will of the people, and the confiscation of even more private property through increased taxation is not seen as Nazi-like, but doing something about controlling illegal immigration – not legal immigration, mind you, but illegal immigration – somehow invokes images of Hitler’s Father Land?

The Arizona law is simply about actually – finally – enforcing laws that already exist.

How dare they.

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MESSIAH HITS NEW APPROVAL LOW; CONGRESS LOST

Posted by Andrew Roman on April 12, 2010

If, indeed, you believe there is such a thing as “political capital,” then you must concede that President Barack Obama, like the country he is charged to serve, is in serious debt. Following the passage of ObamaCare late last month, despite some early erroneous reports, there wasn’t a scinitilla of boost in support for the President or his road-to-single-payer-health-care plan. As predicted by many, the approval/disapproval numbers for ObamaCare remained pretty much as they were before the bill passed. Democrats did not start to feel to mood of the country shift, nor did they see support for the Obamacratic heavy-hand-of-government tip the scales in their favor.

Disapproval for the plan has been – and continues to be – over 50%.

Indeed, the President has continued to behave like a drunken, horny sailor on leave, withdrawing haphazardly from his “approval” account, plunging his administration into an ever-growing spiraling support deficit. Poll after poll confirms this. The American people are rejecting Obamacratic radicalism. As a reward for their dissent (something that was tremendously patriotic just a few years ago), they are being ignored … after being insulted.

And while anti-Obamacare sentiment across the nation remains strong and unwavering, one thing that is changing is the President’s collapsing approval rating – now at a new low.

Real Clear Politics (RCP) puts his overall disapproval rating at just over 47%, a point better than his overall approval rating, now at 46%.

His RCP Poll Average approval rating has never been lower.

If I may draw from the “I Hope He Fails” handbook … isn’t it now obvious that the United States would have been best served if President Obama would have failed?

Is it now clear what all of us meant when we openly hoped for the failure of President Obama? 

Meanwhile, as Congress returns from the Easter break this week, the mood on Capitol Hill, according to Fox News, is one of “So now what?”

Congress finally passed health care reform in late March before finally abandoning Washington for two weeks. Lawmakers return this week. And no one quite knows what they’re going to do between now and the end of the year.

“I’m not really sure,” responded one senior staffer when I asked what was on tap when Congress returned to session.

“Are you kidding me?” said another. “I still haven’t recovered from health care.”

“I’m golfing,” replied another.

It may be April. But in Congress, the calendar may as well read December. Because almost anything of consequence for the 111th Congress is in the books.

Senators are still smarting from the bruising health care fight. So it’s doubtful that the Senate has the energy, let alone the votes, to tackle the controversial climate bill that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) muscled through her chamber nearly a year ago.

Trust me … the “bruising” wasn’t severe enough.

Gaze upon the splendor of leftism.

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MORE GOOD NEWS POLLING FOR THE BAMTASTICS

Posted by Andrew Roman on February 23, 2010

The theme over the past couple of days seems to be “poll data.”

To that end, I thought I’d toss around a few more Obamalicious numbers for you to gnaw on.

Once upon a time, when the Messianic Age had just emerged from the electoral womb, and the people of America – and yes, planet earth – were poised to embark on a future of unprecedented promise and camaraderie, there appeared to be nothing that could not be accomplished by the dynamically teleprompted strapping young socialist from Chicago. After all, he had super majorities in both houses of congress, a media more than eager to swallow his offerings, and approval ratings that rivaled only chocolate and orgasms. The world, so we were told, was all Bushed out and new blood needed to be infused in the ailing body of Washington.

What a difference thirteen months can make.

According to a new Rasmussen poll, only 15% of Americans believe Washington is working.

Coincidentally enough, all of Washington is run by Democrats.

Go figure.

From the Los Angeles Times:

After months of what sure looks like political gridlock in the nation’s capitol despite voters having handed majority control of all three political institutions to Democrats back in 2008, almost three-out-of-four Americans today say “Washington right now is broken.”

I was going to say that it didn’t take long for the American people to roundly reject Obamacratic in-your-face, progressive nannyism, but thirteen months of this has been a camel’s eyelash shy of an eternity for Constitution-loving types like myself.

Even more amazingly, one out of four Americans still haven’t been fully convinced that the nation’s capitol is broken.

Actually, a new Rasmussen Reports Poll finds 73% see DC as broken while only 15% disagree. Twelve percent, who’ve been watching the Weather Channel or catching up on “The Sopranos” DVD’s, aren’t really sure.

The 12% who fall into the “not sure” category don’t interest me too much.

I’m not sure why.

But I’d love to ask one of those 15% exactly what it is about Washington that makes it work so well in their eyes. Is it the growing discontent across the country? Is it the push by Dems to exponentially expand the government’s role in all of our lives? Is it the acid the’re taking? Is it the complexity of Nancy Pelosi’s pre-facelift fault lines?

I think 10% of America still thinks Elvis is alive and that Mikey from the Life cereal commercials died from a lethal combination of pop rocks and soda.

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HOW MUCH LOWER CAN THESE POLL NUMBERS GO, I WONDER

Posted by Andrew Roman on February 22, 2010

“Oh, we don’t really pay attention to the poll numbers,” many of them will claim.

“Poll numbers don’t mean much in the way of determining where support among the American people really lies,” many will say.

“You can’t govern worrying about poll numbers,” they’ll yammer.

Indeed, sometimes there is truth in such thinking, as I have acknowledged here on several occassions, but other times, it can come down to how things are worded.

For instance, if a poll question is phrased, “If you were drowning and the only way you could survive was to profess your alleigance to the Democrat Party, would you do it?” and 96% of those polled said they would do so, the next day’s headlines could read, “People facing adversity overwhelmingly favor Democrats.”

That’s why it’s always good to take a gander at the innards of any poll.

Of course, sometimes there is no ambiguity or complexity whatsoever in polling data and how it’s interpreted – such as in the Rasmussen Daily Presidential Tracking Poll.

It’s fairly straight forward.

Take yesterday’s Daily Tracking Poll, for instance. By anyone’s reasonable measure – except dye-in-the-wool dancing Obamacrats – things just aren’t going so well on their side of the River Jordan.

The number of Americans who “strongly approve” of the job President Obama is doing hit the lowest level yet since the dawn of the Messianic Age – 22%.

Forty-one percent (41%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -19. The Approval Index has been lower only on one day during Barack Obama’s thirteen months in office (see trends). The previous low came on December 22 as the Senate was preparing to approve its version of the proposed health care legislation. The current lows come as the President is once again focusing attention on the health care legislation.

To put it in some kind of perspective … less than 4 in 10 Americans actually approve of the current ObamaCare proposals being put forth by the Donkeys.

And nearly 8 in 10 say it would cost more than projected.

Not that any of these things matter to the Dems. They know exactly what’s good for you, whether you realize it or not.

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HOW ABOUT A SECOND TERM? MORE THAN HALF SAY “NO, THANKS”

Posted by Andrew Roman on February 17, 2010

Blame this one on George W. Bush, if you like – although in doing so, you’d almost be admitting you miss him. You can make the claim that Barack Obama is still wet behind the ears and needs more time to make the job his, but he’s more than a quarter of the way through his term, so the credibility in such a statement is minimal. You can point fingers at the vast right-wing, anti-Obama media complex, but then I’d ask you what your hallucinogen of choice is.

The fact is, the word “disastrous” is far too mild, and comparisons to Jimmy Carter are almost insulting to Carter.

I don’t think anyone could have predicted such a turnaround in so short a time.

According to a CNN/Opinion Research Poll, more than half of all Americans – just thirteen months after the dawn of the Messianic Age – say they would not vote to give Barack Obama a second term.

The word “ouch” comes to mind.

Michael O’Brien of The Hill’s Blog Briefing Room writes:

52 percent of Americans said President Barack Obama doesn’t deserve reelection in 2012, according to a new poll.

44 percent of all Americans said they would vote to reelect the president in two and a half years, less than the slight majority who said they would prefer to elect someone else.

Obama faces a 44-52 deficit among both all Americans and registered voters, according to a CNN/Opinion Research poll released Tuesday. Four percent had no opinion.

It should be noted that retiring Connecticut Senator Christopher Dodd still believes that President Obama will be re-elected overwhelmingly in 2012.

He also said that even if he were absolutely certain he could win re-election himself, he would not run again.

Yeah, okay.

Anyone who believes that, please stand on your head.

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AMERICA GETTIN’ FOXY

Posted by Andrew Roman on January 26, 2010

Liberals can do all they can to try and convince the American public they are unaffected by the reality of their demise, but no one with a cowlick worth of sense will buy into it. Everything Obamacrat has that Luca Brasi/seafood-in-a-vest kind of smell to it. If a Republican governor in New Jersey, and a GOP Senator from Massachusetts, aren’t enough to convince the happy masses that barely one year into the Messianic Age the wheels are bouncing off Obama’s little red wagon, then this latest poll from Public Policy Polling ought to help.

Just about half of all Americans, according to the poll, trust Fox News – that’s more than any other network, including the dying alphabets.

Fancy that.

Andy Barr at Politico writes:

A Public Policy Polling nationwide survey of 1,151 registered voters Jan. 18-19 found that 49 percent of Americans trusted Fox News, 10 percentage points more than any other network.

Thirty-seven percent said they didn’t trust Fox, also the lowest level of distrust that any of the networks recorded.

There was a strong partisan split among those who said they trusted Fox — with 74 percent of Republicans saying they trusted the network, while only 30 percent of Democrats said they did.

CNN was the second-most-trusted network, getting the trust of 39 percent of those polled. Forty-one percent said they didn’t trust CNN.

Each of the three major networks was trusted by less than 40 percent of those surveyed, with NBC ranking highest at 35 percent. Forty-four percent said they did not trust NBC, which was combined with its sister cable station MSNBC.

Thirty-two percent of respondents said they trusted CBS, while 31 percent trusted ABC. Both CBS and ABC were not trusted by 46 percent of those polled.

As Zip at the great Weasel Zippers blog says: “What do al-Qaeda, Afghanistan and Fox News have in common? They’re all wars Obama is losing…”

And did anyone mention that there’s a Republican Senator in Massachusetts now?

(Just in case you missed that).

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PRESIDENT CHARLES MANSON?

Posted by Andrew Roman on January 17, 2010

Sometimes, things just speak for themselves – like Hillary Clinton in a bathing suit or ketchup and jelly sandwiches. Sometimes the clever interjections and observations of even the most entertaining wordsmiths are unnecessary. Sometimes, things can just stand on their own.

Such is the case when a liberal fishwrap publishes commentary that asserts a mass murderer could win elective office over one of its own.

That’s when you know things aren’t so good in Honeymoon Haven.

The UK Guardian is as leftist as the management of the New York Mets baseball team is embarrassing. (If you don’t know baseball, trust me. If you do … right?)

Check out this web page:

Sure, George W. Bush was regularly compared to Adolf Hitler, but I don’t think even the most pot-soaked, sandal-wearing, maggot-infested, retro-hippie peace freak would have said that Hitler could beat him in an election … even with a Florida recount.

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BAY STATE STATS – TEDDY SPINNING?

Posted by Andrew Roman on January 17, 2010

It was supposed to be all about doing it for “Teddy.”

“This is the way Teddy would have wanted it,” we heard.

“This is Teddy’s health care bill,” they said.

“Do It For Him!” they screamed

By virtue of the fact that Chappaquiddick Teddy passed away last year, the health care reform bill – call it ObamaCare, PelosiCare, ReidCare, horse excrement, whatever – was magically supposed to be a voter favorite, a given, an automatic, “One More For Teddy!

How sentimental.

Unfortunately for Dems, truth has a way of creeping in and swiping the marshmallows from the Count Chocula box.

After being schooled in the cold-hard reality that the open Massachusetts Senate seat is not “Teddy’s Seat,” but rather the People’s Seat, Dems are being slapped across the chops with the latest poll numbers coming from the bluer-than-blue Bay State; and it doesn’t look too donkey-friendly right now. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi may think that Republican momentum shifts are a bunch of hyperbole, but the poor lady’s caboose has once again gone chug-chug-chugging around the bend.

Only a little better than one-third of likely Massachusetts voters say they support Obamacare. In fact, less than half say they even support the job the President is doing.

Terence P. Jeffrey, Chief Editor of CNS News writes:

Only 36 percent of the Massachusetts residents who say they are likely to vote in the special U.S. Senate election that will take place in that state on Tuesday say they support the national health-care plan being pushed by President Barack Obama and only 48 percent say they approve of the job Obama is doing as president.

A 51-percent majority of those likely to vote in Tuesday’s special election say they oppose Obama’s health-care plan.

In Massachusetts?

It still astounds me … What exactly were those who supported Barack Obama expecting? It isn’t as if his unabashed leftist agenda wasn’t spelled out in big bold letters and pinned to his sleeve during the nearly two years of campaigning he did prior to his anointment. It isn’t as if his big government, anti-free market approach would have been a surprise to anyone who was even casually paying attention. What is it that makes Bammy increasingly more distasteful to libs (and other children) who flipped the lever for him fourteen months ago? Is he not leftist enough? Is he too conservative? Does his shirt make him look too fat? Is his waffle-centric agenda too much for the pancake and French toast set?

The same poll said that those who said they were likely to vote in Tuesday’s election favored Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown over Democratic candidate Martha Coakley, 50 percent to 46 percent.

President Obama is scheduled to appear with Coakley today at a campaign event.

(I thought Dems wanted to win this one).

On one hand, to all of us who revere and respect the Constitution, this all sounds quite encouraging. The polls are overwhelmingly showing that Obama and his leftist game-plan is not flying with the American public. The notion that there might actually be a Republican Senator from Massachusetts in two days is about as mind-blowing as Joe Biden completing his sentences.

But in reality, it’s difficult to muster a whole lot of positivity. Keep in mind, today’s Democrat brand isn’t your typical, run-of-the-mill, big government variety. This is a new, screw-our-electorate-and-the-Constitution-at-all-costs kind-of-Democrat – a more frightening, more destructive, more power-mad hybrid than any before them.

Honestly, have Democrats given any indication whatsoever that they will, in any way, take into consideration what their consituents want? While all polls show that Americans everywhere do not want this health care bill to pass, none of that matters to the totalitarians-in-waiting.

If, for instance, polls showed that 100% of likely voters opposed health care, it still wouldn’t matter because Democrats are sure they know what’s best for you. Scott Brown could very well win that Massachusetts race on Tuesday, but so what? Will that stop Democrats from trying to finagle a way, no matter how far-reaching or outlandish, to get this monstrosity of a health care bill passed? Already anticipating Coakley’s defeat on Tuesday, they’re already threatening to follow the path of reconciliation, where a mere 51% of the vote will be sufficient to get something to President Obama’s desk.

Teddy may be rolling over in his grave, but only because Dems aren’t being slimy enough.

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THE PEOPLE SAY: SMALLER GOVERNMENT IS BETTER

Posted by Andrew Roman on December 18, 2009

Many on my side of the aisle like to use the phrase “smaller government” when upholding one of the foundational tenets of conservatism. I prefer to use the term “limited government” (i.e., restricting the federal government to only those functions clearly expressed in the Constitution). The distinction is very important.

“Smaller” government does not necessarily mean that the feds are limited to involving themselves to only specific areas of public life. Rather, it could still mean a far-reaching, overly intrusive, finger-in-everyone’s-pie brand of governance – but at a seemingly curtailed, more reasonably palatable level. It could mean prescribing cutbacks in specific areas, or being less involved in areas they shouldn’t have been meddling in in the first place – potentially good things, of course, depending on where those cuts happen – but it is not the same as keeping government confined to its Constitutional charges.

And while it may be a matter of semantics when it comes to collecting poll data, a new Rasmussen survey shows that the American people – by a margin of 2-1 – prefer “smaller” government.

And yes, that’s a good thing.

From Rasmussen:

Sixty-six percent (66%) of U.S. voters prefer a smaller government with fewer services and lower taxes over a more active government with more services and higher taxes. That’s the second highest finding of the year: In August at the height of the congressional town hall controversies over the health care plan, 70% felt that way.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 22% prefer a government with more services and higher taxes. Eleven percent (11%) aren’t sure which is best.

Eighty-eight percent (88%) of Republicans and 63% of voters not affiliated with either major party like a smaller government better. Democrats are more narrowly divided: 51% favor a smaller government, but 37% opt for a larger, more activist government.

Sixty-five percent (65%) of liberals chose a government with more services and higher taxes. Eighty-six percent (86%) of conservatives think a smaller government is better.

Six in ten also say that tax cuts, instead of increased government spending, are a better way to create jobs.

One would think this latest polling data is worthy of a rousing “hip hip hooray!” or even a “Yeah, baby!” from those of us on the steadily-recharging right. However, when I see these kinds of poll results, I am wont to proceed with caution.

Indeed, people can say anything they want all day long. They can make philosophical assertions for all the tally-takers, poll masters and statistical inquisitors they wish. But unless they put their votes where their poll questionnaires are, it’s hard to go sis-boom-bah over this.

The fact is, people like their “stuff.”

They want their “services.”

And they’ll go down scratching and clawing to keep them.

Many, for instance, are quick to condemn the installation of railroad crossing lights in some rural county far, far away, but will burn down the courthouse if their own neighborhood playground funding is slashed.

Platitudes and theories are dandy in water cooler debates, but how much Americans are really willing to do without in the name of conservatism, no one can really know.

Rob at the great Say Anything blog writes:

Maybe we’re seeing a new shift in the American electorate. Maybe this is that awakened “sleeping giant.” I could be persuaded to believe that, but in the past most Americans are only nominally against big government spending. When you talk about spending (and the debts and deficits that spending creates) in general terms it’s hard to find a single American who isn’t in favor of less. But when you start talking about specific spending, well suddenly that’s a different matter.

Yep.

Please don’t misunderstand. As I said earlier, this is a good thing. This is generally a “thumbs up” kind of story.

Just keep talkin’, Obamacrats.

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WHO BELIEVES IN REINCARNATION MORE?

Posted by Andrew Roman on December 14, 2009

If Republicans who converse with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi are discounted, then a recent study showing that Democrats and liberals communicate with the dead more frequently than their conservative counterparts is perfectly accurate. (There are so many one liners to choose from). In fact, according to a Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life survey, more than a third of all Dems say they have been in contact with the deceased while a mere fifth of Republicans say they have. The same survey reveals that twice as many Democrats have not only seen a ghost but believe yoga is a spiritual practice.

Dems have also consulted fortunetellers by a margin of better than two-to-one over Republicans, and believe in astrology by nearly the same margin.

Byron York, Chief Political Correspondent from the Washington Examiner, writes:

There’s more. Seventeen percent of Republicans say they believe in reincarnation, while 30 percent of Democrats do … Seventeen percent of Republicans say they believe in spiritual energy, while 30 percent of Democrats do.

There are some areas in which the two partisan groups are similar. When Pew asked respondents whether they have had a religious or mystical experience, 50 percent of Republicans said yes, as did 50 percent of Democrats. But overall, there are sizable disparities.

The disparity is not in the act of believing in something that can only be suggested (God), something paranormal (ghosts), or having faith in that which cannot be empirically proven (reincarnation). It’s an unquantifiable component of human existence – the need to believe in the inexplicable to some degree. Rather, the disparity is where that faith is directed.

Still, there are very interesting differences:

What accounts for them? Pew doesn’t say. But the report does note that there are gender, ethnic, and racial differences in the totals. “Having been in touch with a dead person is more common among women than men,” the report says. “Women are also twice as likely to have consulted a fortuneteller or psychic. Blacks report more experience feeling in touch with the dead than whites or Hispanics. But they resemble whites and Hispanics on other items, such as encounters with a ghost or consulting a fortuneteller.” Some of those gender, ethnic and racial differences might come into play in the partisan totals. But in the end, the Pew report offers no solid answers for why there are such differences between Republicans and Democrats.

It’s not just the “religious right” who exercise faith in that which cannot be seen or adequately explained.

In place of traditional religion – where accountability to a higher being and adherence to universal codes of living are at the core – many choose to call themselves “spiritual” as opposed to “religious.” That’s not to say that religious people are not spiritual (or shouldn’t be) but those who opt for labeling themselves as “spiritual” free themselves from the demands of a religion, and effectively channel their needs in other ways – one might say, looking for their own “religion.”

I assure you, this is not a knock on those who are not religious.

I am merely commenting on York’s article.

Readers of this blog know I do not argue with people over tenets of faith. I am concerned about the goodness of an individual above all else. As Dennis Prager regularly says, “I am more interested in the practitioners of a given religion than the religion itself.” And while I am generally more than happy to engage in discussions over the existence of God at almost any juncture, this is not one of those instances. This isn’t about God specifically.

This is about human tendency.

And I find it fascinating.

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BAM’S NUMBERS DIP SOME MORE

Posted by Andrew Roman on December 13, 2009

Not that I am wont to regularly track the tracking polls or anything (as my nose inconspicuously grows), but I freely admit to peeking in on the Rasmussen Daily Presidential Tracking Poll now and then.

Maybe more than that.

Maybe daily.

You’ll recall that’s the one that combines the percentage of Americans who strongly approve of the President’s performance with the percentage of those who strongly disapprove.

Since Obama’s anointment, there has been a very definite trend.

The day after his inauguration, President Obama’s Daily Tracking Poll number was +28. Just eleven days later, he dropped seven points.

By St. Patrick’s Day, his approval rating had dwindled down to +5.

By July 1st, he would be in negative territory to stay.

And as of yesterday, President Obama hit a new low.

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Saturday shows that 25% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Forty-one percent (41%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -16. That’s the lowest Approval Index rating yet recorded for this President.

The 25% who Strongly Approve matches the lowest level of enthusiasm yet recorded. That’s partly the result of declining enthusiasm among Democrats. While Democrats continue to offer their approval, just 43% Strongly Approve.

Not that I’m tracking it or anything.

Meanwhile, the current health care reform plan being bandied about on Capitol Hill is getting its least favorable reviews yet.

Most voters think health care reform is something the federal government should be addressing, but they don’t like the plan that’s working its way through Congress. In fact, only 41% support it now, marking the lowest extended period of support for the plan yet.

Sorry Bam. Go ahead and take an “ouch” out of petty cash.

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HOW MANY WANT BUSH BACK?

Posted by Andrew Roman on December 11, 2009

Like a man offering his seat to a lady on a New York City subway train, or seeing Derek Jeter in a Boston Red Sox uniform, there are things in this life that just don’t happen. Like an Obamacratic White House invite to Rush Limbaugh, a liberal pushing a policy position without making someone out to be a victim, and finding someone in the Western Hemisphere whom Tiger Woods has not slept with, there are some things one just doesn’t expect to see.

This is one of those instances.

When George W. Bush left office eleven months ago, his approval numbers had dipped so low, he wasn’t even popular enough to be called unpopular. People on both sides of the aisle were sticking pins in their little George Bush dolls as the Messianic Age approached. A CBS/New York Times poll had Bush’s final approval rating at just 22%. His Rasmussen Presidential Approval Index dipped to -30. The man who caused more Hitler moustaches and swastikas to find their way onto demonstration posters since the days of the Third Reich couldn’t have left Washington quick enough.

With the anointment of Barack Obama, it became difficult to imagine a time when every magazine, newspaper, t-shirt, and button would not be about the new boss. He was everywhere – plastered to every dry surface, pouring from every orifice, heard from every corner of the broadcast media, and even had schools named after him before ever taking the Oath of Office. That his approval numbers would ever dip below 70% seemed as likely as having a national holiday named after Donald Rumsfeld.

But, my, have times changed.

In fact, almost a year into the era of Bamification, the percentage of Americans who would rather see George W. Bush back in charge is only six points less than those who favor Bammy.

Ben Smith from Politico writes:

Perhaps the greatest measure of Obama’s declining support is that just 50% of voters now say they prefer having him as President to George W. Bush, with 44% saying they’d rather have his predecessor. Given the horrendous approval ratings Bush showed during his final term that’s somewhat of a surprise and an indication that voters are increasingly placing the blame on Obama for the country’s difficulties instead of giving him space because of the tough situation he inherited. The closeness in the Obama/Bush numbers also has implications for the 2010 elections. Using the Bush card may not be particularly effective for Democrats anymore, which is good news generally for Republicans and especially ones like Rob Portman who are running for office and have close ties to the former President.

What analysis of the failure of the Obama presidency would be complete without the obligatory, “It Was That Way When I Got Here” approach.

Still, regardless of how the house looked when Obama moved in, his “pointing the finger” routine is wearing thin with the American people. They’re not buying his “Everything Wrong With the Earth is due to George Bush” nonsense anymore. Obama’s astronomical spending spree and deficit escalation has made the idiotic stimulus checks sent out by Bush in 2008 look like a tax cut.

And while there was plenty I openly opposed President Bush on – illegal immigration, TARP, entitlement increases – he was no socialist. He was a terrific wartime leader, an honorable man, a good man, the antithesis of Barack Obama on many levels – hence, the closing gap between one who couldn’t even garner one quarter support of his own nation a year ago and a Messiah from Chicago.

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POLL STUFF: LIMBUAGH, JFK, AND THE TOMB OF THE UNKOWNS

Posted by Andrew Roman on November 30, 2009

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It won’t surprise most to learn that talk show host Rush Limbaugh is considered by Americans to be the most influential conservative in the country. In fact, according to a 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll issued yesterday, Limbaugh sits comfortably ahead of the pack with 26% of the tally, 15 points ahead of Glenn Beck.

To many, however, that number sounds too low. Way too low. The general perception persists among influential lefties (i.e., the mainstream media) that all conservative thinkers, talkers and pundits get their daily marching orders from Limbaugh in some form.

He is the puller of strings, issuer of swastikas, and mentor to all who hate.

It cannot be denied that no other conservative can twist the panties of the mainstream media like Limbaugh. They obsesses over no one else on the right like they do Limbaugh. All other conservatives combined don’t draw the attention that Limbaugh does on a daily basis. (Yes, even the current Sarah Palin fervor will subside over time).

But that’s okay.

It has almost become a spectator sport to see which news outlet can take a Limbaugh quote and render it most unrecognizable from its original meaning each day.

Good times.

That the most influential conservative in America is not a politician is both telling and predictable. The reality is, Americans are infinitely more likely to hear conservative values articulated more eloquently and more thoroughly on talk radio than from almost anyone serving in Washington.

Incidentally, both former-Vice President Dick Cheney and former-Governor Sarah Palin came in one point behind Glenn Beck at 10%.

Two other tidbits from the poll are worth touching upon.

First, President John F. Kennedy was chosen by 29% of those polled as the face they’d most like to see added to Mount Rushmore. President Ronald Reagan finished behind him at 20%.

This is not the least bit surprising.

In all honesty, I am actually quite astonished Reagan pulled in as many as 20%.  I say so not because Reagan is undeserving. To the contrary, I can think of no one more worthy of such an honor. 

Unfortunately, President Reagan is not nearly the popular culture icon JFK is. (Who is?) That Kennedy was a politician is almost secondary. Kennedy is revered much the same way John Lennon, Elvis Presley and James Dean are.

To this day, he personifies “hope” and “promise” and “what might have been.”

Those are big ones on the lefty hit parade.

He was young, charismatic, uncommonly photogenic, as quick on his feet as any one in public life has ever been, and murdered in the prime of his life.

All the ingredients are there.

To this day, Kennedy is regularly referenced and cited by Democrats who long to build bridges to their party’s storied past; and yes, even by Republicans who routinely claim that he’d actually be a conservative on many critical issues by today’s standards. For whatever reason, it seems mighty important to folks on both sides of the aisle that they are able to claim their share of the JFK pie.

Ronald Reagan, meanwhile, couldn’t even muster a mention by the current President during the ceremonies earlier this month commemorating the fall of the Berlin Wall. As I recall, there was that whole “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall” thing that might have been interesting to bring up, but Reagan’s name never came from Obama’s lips.

Obama did, however, manage to quote JFK.

The President exemplifies how America is hard-wired.

The fact that one of America’s greatest presidents – largely portrayed by the mainstream media as an overrated, yet likable, cowboy who could never have accomplished a damn thing without the great Mikhail Gorbachev to guide him – still manages 20% of the vote behind someone as culturally deified as John Kennedy is quite astounding.

Attaboy, Gipper.

Finally, which of these events did Americans say they would most want to participate in?

Laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier; lighting the Olympic torch; tossing the coin to open a Super Bowl; starting the race at the Indianapolis 500; ringing the opening bell at the stock exchange; or throwing out the first pitch at the World Series?

Believe it or not … half of Americans said that laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns is the ceremony they’d most like to be a part of.

Maybe there’s hope yet.

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MONDAY MORNING GALLUP POLL PEAK

Posted by Andrew Roman on November 23, 2009

A Monday morning reality check for all the guys and dolls who either make their living, or take up needless space, at the White House …

As President Obama’s approval and disapproval numbers edge ever-closer to each other – separated by only four points in the latest Gallup Daily Poll – his “thumbs-up” rating remains below the 50% line (Now at 48%).

On November 20th, his approval rating had dipped below 50% for the first time in his presidency – the fourth fastest slip below majority approval ever.

Here’s the latest from Gallup:

Gerald Ford dropped below 50% approval during his third month in office, and Bill Clinton did so in his fourth month. Ronald Reagan, like Obama, also dropped below 50% in his 10th month in office, though Reagan’s drop occurred a few days sooner in that month (Nov. 13-16, 1981) than did Obama’s (Nov. 17-19, 2009).

Half recovered quickly — Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, Ronald Reagan, and George W. Bush were back above 50% approval the same month they dipped below that mark, and Lyndon Johnson returned to majority approval in his second month after his initial sub-50% rating. The remainder continued to sink further below 50% and remained there for many months, but eventually recovered, with Ford’s effort boosted by the Mayaguez incident.

Wasn’t it Chris Matthews, Rachel Maddow and the other boob-tube Leftocrats who said that if Obama’s approval rating ever dipped below 50% that it would be time to start worrying?

Well …

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BUSH AND BAM – TRANSPARENCY A DEAD HEAT

Posted by Andrew Roman on November 19, 2009

It was all about transparency.

Remember?

This administration was going to redefine what it meant to be honest and open with the American people. The backstairs cloak-and-daggerism that characterized the Bush regime would be a nightmare of the past as a brand-new forthrightness – an age of unprecedented lucidity and accountability – came to Washington. The days of covert, black-mask, in-the-shadows leadership would be behind us. It was the dawning of the Messianic Age. The moon would be in the seventh house. Jupiter would align with Mars. It would be as if Barack Obama himself was stopping by after work for Yodels and Yoo Hoos to personally discuss with us all of the happenings at the White House that day. We were all going to be in on it.

But that was then.

This is now.

And less than a year since Obama’s inauguration, Americans are split on whether or not Bammy is more transparent than W.

From Zogby Interactive:

Thirty-eight percent (38%) of likely voters believe the Obama administration is more transparent than the previous administration, but just as many (38%) believe there is less transparency now and 19% believe the level of transparency is about the same, a new Zogby Interactive poll shows.

Republicans and Democrats are split down party lines – 70% of Democrats believe the current administration is more transparent, while 72% of Republicans believe there is less transparency now than under the Bush administration. Among self-described political independents, more (41%) believe there is less transparency now, while 29% believe the Obama administration is more transparent. Twenty-four percent of independents believe the level of transparency in government is about the same under both administrations.

That’s correct, 41% of independents believe that there is less transparency under Obama than under George W. Bush.

Go figure.

And just for kicks, I thought I’d throw this one in: The Rasmussen Presidential Approval Index for Barack Obama, as of yesterday, is -14. That matches the lowest of his presidency so far.

Not that I’m keeping track.

Not that polls matter.

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HOW TO WIN? LET DEMS KEEP TALKING

Posted by Andrew Roman on November 13, 2009

All it takes is shining a spotlight on liberals, and affording them the opportunity to step out from the security of their abstractions, to get people to open their eyes. Once lefties are forced to go beyond bumper sticker rhymes and pretty protest signs and actually elucidate the details of their destructive plans and schemes, Americans begin to see the light.

For years, the notion of having the federal government responsible for the health care of the American people, to many, didn’t seem like such a bad idea. Inasmuch as most folks didn’t invest too much time or energy digging into the matter, on its surface, it really didn’t sound particularly offensive. As a concept, it simply didn’t trouble most to think of someone else (i.e., the federal government) footing the bill for their health care costs. In fact, since November, 2001, Gallup consistently found that a majority of Americans believed that health care was the responsibility of the federal government.

That is, until now.

For the first time since Gallup began asking the question eight years ago in an annual poll, more Americans now say that health care is not the responsibility of the federal government.

How about that?

For eight years, Gallup has been posing the following question:

Do you think it is the responsibility of the federal government to make sure all Americans have heath care coverage, or is that not the responsibility of the federal government?

In this year’s poll, 50% said no, compared to 47% who said yes.

Gallup Health Care Poll

As recently as three years ago, nearly 7 in 10 Americans said that it was the responsibility of the federal government to provide health care coverage for all Americans.

Of course, that was prior to the Messianic Age.

According to Gallup:

The reason behind this shift is unknown. Certainly the federal government’s role in the nation’s healthcare system has been widely and vigorously debated over the last several months, including much focus on the “public option.” These data suggest that one result of the debate has been a net decrease in Americans’ agreement that ensuring all Americans have healthcare coverage is an appropriate role for the federal government.

If I may be so bold …

The reason is pretty clear to me: Liberals have had ten months to yak about it – and thus expose it for unsustainable, liberty-eroding, financial disaster that it is.

To that end, I invite all ObamaCare-supporting liberals – from the garden variety, off-the-rack, big-government types to the slobbering post-Clinton, anti-Bush, transformation-happy, Marxist wanna-bes – to keep finding hot microphones to speak into. I encourage all socialized-medicine enthusiasts who have made a lifetime’s work out of repeating insipid platitudes and vapid bromides (without ever having to fully explicate their feel-good, pie-in-the-sky utopian aspirations) to continue yapping into any camera they can find.

I want all Obamacrats to keep on talking.

Let the debate go on.

We’ll all ears.

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TRENDING … DOWN

Posted by Andrew Roman on November 12, 2009

Rassmussen chart 11_11I thought I’d kick off my Thursday morning with a little poll jabber.

As you may or may not know, the Presidential Approval Index is tabulated by combining the percentages of people who strongly approve of the President with those who strongly disapprove. Rasmussen currently has President Barack Obama’s Approval Index at -10 (30% strong approval, 40% strong disapproval). In recent times, his rating has dipped as low as -13 (last Wednesday), and has gotten as “high” as -7 (Saturday).

Overall, his less-than-impressive Approval Index has been fairly consistent for months now.

For those keeping score at home, the President hasn’t had a positive rating since June 29th. (The highest of his presidency occurred two days after his inauguration when he hit +30).

Can you say “decisive trend?”

And if the ouster of two Democrat governors last week wasn’t enough of an indicator, Rasmussen shows that Republican candidates continue to expand their lead over Dems in the Generic Congressional Ballot. The lead is now six points.

Not bad.

Even those who claim no affiliation with either of the two major parties are favoring the GOP by 23 points.

Ouch, donkeys.

Still, as I wrote about yesterday, in a world where former President Bill Clinton and his perceptions actually have some relevance, we conservatives – or “tea baggers” as he called us – are “inflamed” because Democrats are “winning.”

Whatever you say, Mr. Hillary.

While other polling firms appear to show different results on the generic ballot, Real Clear Politics explains the differences in survey samples and question ordering, stating “if you are asking which pollsters have it right, I’d probably put my money on Gallup-Rasmussen.”

And as far as Pelosi-ObamaCare is concerned:

Over the weekend, Democratic leaders said the House’s passage of health care reform legislation was an historic moment. But public opinion remains unchanged: 45% favor the health care plan proposed by President Obama and congressional Democrats, and 52% oppose it.

That 45% will shrink, guaranteed.

Some other things of note in the Rasmussen poll:

-6 in 10 Americans think the massacre at Fort Hood last week needs to be investigated by the military as a terrorist act.

-Only 46% approve of the President’s overall performance.

-Two-thirds of Americans are against any law that would ban the sale of big screen TVs for the purpose of saving energy.

-1 out of 1 contributors to this blog think the Presidential approval numbers are way too high.

 

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THAT WORD – MALAISE

Posted by Andrew Roman on November 11, 2009

obama-carterI don’t know what it is, but put a lefty President in the White House, and Americans will start to feel bad about themselves and their country.

Like a narcotic, the initial euphoria of a “hope and change” candidate can make many feel incredibly good. Pie-in-the-sky notions of a national rebirth, where abandoned ideals are at long last tended to, where the promises of humanity arc across the overcast American sky signaling a new post-everything era while waves of optimism flow over disenchanted, dance like sugarplums in the heads of many.

We saw this after the election last year. With Barack Obama’s victory, many said they were finally proud to call themselves Americans.

But once the high wears off, and the bumper stickers are torn off all the Subarus, the crash can be harsh, even cruel. The doldrums that ensue can be pervasive. True, there may be little hits – little fixes – here and there that temporarily bring some people up from the pits, but ultimately, nothing helps. Nothing has changed. Government just hasn’t done enough.

It’s all too familiar.

Liz Sidoti of the Associated Press, in telling the story of how Americans seem to be in “a funk,” broke out a Jimmy Carter-era nugget to describe the state of the American people – malaise.

Talk about a flashback.

The term itself is a stomach turner, particularly for those of us who remember the disastrous tenure of peanut politics. 

However, it appears to be entirely accurate.

The latest Associated Press-GfK poll shows that Americans grew slightly more dispirited on a range of matters over the past month, continuing slippage that has occurred since Obama took office as the year began.

They were more pessimistic about the direction of the country. They disapproved of Obama’s handling of the economy a bit more than before. And, perhaps most striking for this novice commander in chief, more people have lost confidence in Obama on Iraq and Afghanistan over the last month. Overall, there’s a public malaise about the state of the nation.

As President Obama’s jobless “recovery” continues to drive the unemployment rate higher and higher, and as tax payer “stimulus” dollars continue to fund the study of radioactive rabbit feces and inner city doorknob replacement, almost 6 in 10 Americans believe the country is headed in the wrong direction – a five point uptick from last month. Only 46% approve of the messianic handling of the economy – down four points from last month.

And while the New York-23 congressional race, according to Democrats, was the tell-tale sign that Americans enthusiastically embrace Obama-style liberalism and its big government ideology (their gubernatorial losses in Virginia and bluer-than-blue New Jersey not withstanding), half of the country (in this poll) gives a thumbs down to ObamaCare.

Astronomical debt, wishy-washiness with troops in harm’s way, zero proof that the stimulus has accomplished anything, weakness in the face of our enemies … what’s not to love?

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THE END OF THE “BLAME BUSH” ERA?

Posted by Andrew Roman on November 3, 2009

poll numbers dropI’m always after interesting little tidbits.

Take this little morsel from Rasmussen: In one month, the percentage of people in the United States who blame former President George W. Bush for the nation’s economic woes has dropped six percentage points – from 55% to 49%.

Here’s a tastier nugget: The percentage of people who say President Barack Obama is more to blame for the ailing economy has jumped eight – from 37% to 45%.

Obama’s closing in.

And all of this in spite of a liberal media complex that all but greases itself up and bends over for the man.

Another delectable scrap to chew on is the fact that back in February – during the first month of the Messianic Age – just under half of all Americans said they trusted their own judgment more than the president’s when it came to economic issues – something that, in and of itself, is tremendously troubling. Today, however, that percentage has surged to 63%.

Talk about a right turn.

It’s actually a novel idea … trusting your own judgment. I wonder what Jefferson, Washington, Adams, Paine, Franklin, Hancock, Hamilton, Jay, Livingston, Chase and Madison would have thought of that concept.

(Inexplicably, 27% of Americans say they still trust the President’s economic judgment more than their own).

And if this next little statistic doesn’t perfectly illustrate the difference between left and right, then nothing ever will.

According to Rasmussen, “Eighty-four percent (84%) of conservatives trust themselves more, but 56% of liberals have more confidence in the president.”

More than half of the left place more trust in the president – and thus, the government – than themselves. I’m not sure whether to nod and sigh, or scream and vomit.

And I’d love to know who these sixteen percent of conservative are that put more trust in Barack Obama than themselves. Still, the fact remains, the overwhelming vast majority of conservatives believe in themselves – the individual – more than an elected official.

Conservatism 101.

No further analysis necessary.

Three more little gems to gnaw on:

– 62% of voters oppose the passage of another economic stimulus package this year.

– Just 42% now support the health care reform plan proposed by Obama and congressional Democrats. Most voters expect the plan, if passed, to drive up health care costs and hurt quality and expect a middle-class tax hike to pay for it.

– For nearly four-out-of-five voters, the bigger problem for the country is not their unwillingness to pay higher taxes. It’s their elected representatives’ refusal to cut government spending.

In other news, America is a center-right country.

Can we remember that?

(Say it with me, now) Yes, we can!
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ELECTION DAY THOUGHTS

Posted by Andrew Roman on November 3, 2009

election daySome perspectives are more compelling than others.

There are those who maintain that if Republicans walk away victorious in the three most notable elections today – the New Jersey governorship, the Virginia governorship, and New York District 23 – it is a clear message that Americans are rejecting the radical liberalism of President Barack Obama. (The White House, of course, is quick to refute such a notion, saying that regardless of the results today, it is absolutely no reflection on America’s supreme leader).

If it isn’t all together true, it is certainly a huge step in the right direction, regardless of the spin Obamacrats put on it.

If, however, roles were reversed, and Republicans were facing defeat in three similarly key races, rest assured, those losses would all be attributable to the policies of whatever Republican punching bag- er, president – was in office. One can only guess how impossible it would be not to imagine every talking head from every corner of the mainstream galaxy tying such Republican losses directly to a wholesale rejection of the Republican president.

(Like they did a year ago with a “mandate” of 52.7%).

And if, by chance, polls were showing Democrats running ahead in each of today’s “big three” races, it would only be about how America is embracing Obama’s transformative vision.

The most interesting (and predictable) perspective of all is one proffered by Liz Sidoti of the Associated Press – and probably most everyone else on the Sycophant Express. She concedes that while victories today would be good for Republicans, overall, the party remains riddled with a host of crippling problems and cancerous in-fighting. They need to calm themselves down and put things in perspective.

Victories in Virginia, New Jersey or elsewhere won’t erase enormous obstacles the party faces heading into a 2010 midterm election year when control of Congress and statehouses from coast to coast will be up for grabs.

It’s been a tough few years for the GOP. The party lost control of Congress in 2006 and then lost the White House in 2008 with three traditional Republican states — Indiana, North Carolina and Virginia — abandoning the party.

So even if political winds start blowing harder behind them and even if they can capitalize on Democratic missteps, Republicans still will have a long way to go over the next year because of their party’s own fundamental problems — divisions over the path forward, the lack of a national leader and a shrinking base in a changing nation.

A shrinking base?

A changing nation?

Funny, the last time I looked, more Americans called themselves “conservative” than at any time in recent years.

And while more and more citizens fight to hold on to their liberties in the face of an ever-encroaching federal government, the only thing “changing” is the Democrat Party itself. Radical leftism is now mainstream liberalism.

Talk about rejection.

It is clear – from the exuberance of the summertime Tea Parties to the steadily collapsing Democrat poll numbers – that there is an ascendancy of conservatism across this country. The American people, it appears, will not tolerate their liberties being annexed by an all-powerful, liberty-gobbling federal authority. Senator Orrin Hatch correctly points out that if the federal government can force its citizens into purchasing insurance, there is literally nothing the government cannot make them do.

Well said.

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Chris Christie - New Jersey's next governor?

The thing is, liberals and their media benefactors seem to have a tough time asking and answering the correct questions. They can, for instance, go on and on about the perilous future awaiting us all due to global warming, but never bother asking such seemingly obvious follow-ups as, “So, if we are headed for disaster, what is the correct temperature supposed to be?” or “So, if a steadily cooling planet is not a sign of the reversal of global warming, then what is?”

Ms. Sidoti seems to be having similar difficulties.

Given that today is, quite literally, an off-year election, with only a limited number of key races to watch, what exactly would have to happen for Obamacrats to believe that Republicans are turning things around (assuming they’d ever dare to admit such a thing)? If across-the-board victories for Republicans/conservatives in these key races are not clear indications of changing attitudes among voters, then what would be? Twenty-point victories? Fifty point victories? One hundred percent of the vote?

If, for instance, Chris Christie beats Jon Corzine in the race for New Jersey governor, does it really mean nothing to Democrats? Is it only possible for the electorate to reject Republicans?

If voting Democrats out of office is not a signal that Democrats are being renounced, then what is?

Please.

And despite Ms. Sidoti’s assertions, there is no war in the Republican base.

Quite the opposite.

There is a renaissance of sorts – a regeneration – slowly pumping life into a flaccid political body looking to shake off the long-lingering after-effects of moderatosis (i.e., John McCain being the face of the Republican Party). There is literally an affirmation of conservative values taking place in the Grand Old Party.

Meanwhile, Dems – who, you’ll recall, have commanding majorities in both Houses of Congress – cannot seem to come together on too much of anything these days, other than blaming everything wrong in America on George W. Bush. Such political distress, of course, is promptly interpreted as evidence of a party rife with spirited, thoughtful give-and-take, as unified as it has ever been.

Thus, (according to the playbook) while Democrats carefully weigh their options from all corners of the liberal spectrum, bitter divisions continue to plague Republicans.

Yada, yada, yada.

The bottom line is, when opportunities such as this come along, they must be seized upon. Now is the time for conservatives everywhere to make their case – why smaller government is the right way, the Founder’s way, the American way. Now is the time to go out and sell liberty again.

Conservatives must be up to the task.

It begins today – and it damn well does matter.

Today is huge.

And, incidentally, I’m predicting all three of these races go the right way.

Good luck Doug Hoffman, Chris Christie and Bob McDonnell.

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WHY SO LOW, JOE?

Posted by Andrew Roman on October 27, 2009

excited JoeI owe a debt of gratitude to President Barack Obama for removing Joe Biden from the United States Senate. Unfortunately, there’s a second part to that story.

Nine months into the Messianic Age, with poll numbers dropping across the board for politicians and water-walkers alike, the Vice President’s favorability ratings are engaged in an epic battle. While Biden’s unfavorable rating, according to a USA Today/Gallup poll, is slowly inching upward – now at 40% – his favorable rating is racing downward to meet it at 42%.

Now that’s close.

The question is … Which rating will emerge victorious?

It is interesting to note that Biden’s favorable rating, since the election in November, has never gone up. In fact, from the time of his election to just before the inauguration, his favorable rating actually went down six points. That’s quite a trick considering he hadn’t even taken office yet. (By contrast, President Obama’s numbers went up 10% during the same period).

According to the Poll:

Gallup has measured public opinion of government leaders using the favorable/unfavorable question format since 1992, so it has comparable data only on Vice Presidents Al Gore and Dick Cheney.

Both Gore (63% in January 1993) and Cheney (61% in January 2001) had higher favorable ratings immediately before taking office than did Biden (53% in January 2009).

Though Gallup did not measure the vice presidents’ favorable ratings often during the first year of each administration, the available data show both Gore (55% based on five measurements) and Cheney (65% based on three measurements) having higher average favorable ratings in their first year than Biden does (45% based on two measurements) thus far.

Biden also departs from his immediate predecessors in being significantly less popular than his boss. Gore’s and Cheney’s first-year averages were similar to Bill Clinton’s and George W. Bush’s, respectively.

So, thank you, Bam, for doing something I didn’t think could happen – that is, extracting Crazy Uncle Joe from the Senate.

See what happens when you get what you ask for?

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LOSING LOVE AGAIN, NANCY? (TOO BAD IT DOESN’T MATTER)

Posted by Andrew Roman on October 19, 2009

Nancy Pelosi

Nancy Pelosi

From the “I Wish It Mattered, But It Really Doesn’t” file…

Interesting, yes … but largely irrelevant. (I’ll explain in a moment).

Although tempting, the question to ask isn’t why do only 34% of residents of the Golden State approve of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s performance. The question isn’t why do 44% percent of Californians say they outright disapprove of Pelosi. The point isn’t even trying to get to the bottom of why 22% have no opinion at all. Unfortunately, until the majority of voters in her district vote to oust her from office, state wide poll numbers mean nothing.

The real question is: How in hell do 7% of Californians who identify themselves as Republicans say they approve of Nancy Pelosi?

Jordan Fabian at The Hill’s Blog Briefing Room writes:

A poll released over the weekend shows that only 34 percent of Californians approve of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) job performance, down 14 points from March.

39 percent of “non-partisans” approved of her while 37 percent disapproved, with 24 percent responding that they had no opinion.

Pelosi’s job approval had sunk to similar lows in October and December 2007 during President George W. Bush’s second term.

Numbers, numbers, numbers.

Indeed, like Pelosi’s, George W. Bush’s approval rating often came close to scraping shoe tops during his second term. However, a cohesive case could be made as to why he had the support he had – his prosecution of the War on Terror being the largest factor.

In contrast, what on God’s green earth has America’s Official Observer of Swastikas done to warrant any support? What precisely has she accomplished – apart from crying at the microphone, expressing her fears that angry conservatives could unleash terror on unsuspecting, good-intentioned progressives – that could even elicit a reasonable argument of support from “Republicans?”

Despite firm Democrat control of the House, her ineffectiveness is becoming legendary – on par with the President’s own impotence. Yet, more than half of Democrats in California still approve of her job performance.

That’s expected, of course – although her approval numbers, even among friendlies, has dipped since March.

But …

None of this really matters, except for the fact that it makes juicy water cooler fodder.

None of this relevant in the grand scheme of things because the entire state of California does not elect Nancy Pelosi to the House – only her district does (the 8th District), which include almost all of San Francisco.

Her job description as Speaker of the House of Representatives means she matters on a national level, but as long as 50.1% of District 8 voters give Pelosi the thumbs up, the rest of the state’s numbers, while interesting, mean nothing.
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FOUR AND OUT?

Posted by Andrew Roman on October 16, 2009

Admittedly, comparing poll numbers to bona fide election results may not be the most scientifically prudent method of making a point, but because in the world of politics polls actually do matter, it can be a revealing exercise.

Otherwise, why conduct them?

Thus, I ponder the following:

down arrowIf 52.7% represents a sweeping mandate – a conclusive and unambiguous message from the American people that “we can” – then what shall we call 57%?

The answer, of course, is contingent on whom you ask … and the subject matter.

If we’re talking about the election of Barack H. Obama last November, 52.7% is a number that represents an indomitable roar from a discontented electorate ready for change; it is a mighty bellowing from a people tired of “politics as usual;” it is a thunderous call for a comprehensive metamorphis of a reupblic in need of healing; it is a wake-up call for three-hundred million – a mandate for the transformation of America.

If, however, we’re talking about the percentage of people who would not vote for Barack Obama were the 2012 election held today, then 57% is a number that most likely represents the fruits of a flawed survey replete with deceptively worded questions and manipulated data – especially because the poll from which this percentage was tabulated is coming from an organization of bigoted louts and clodhoppers, Fox News.

However, if you can buy into the concept that something of value and integrity can come from Fox News, the trends are crystal clear:

In what may be the ultimate job rating, 43 percent of voters say that they would vote to re-elect President Obama if the 2012 election were held today, down from 52 percent six months ago, from April 22-23, 2009.

Obama’s job approval rating comes in at 49 percent this week. That’s down just one percentage point from late September, but it marks a new low approval for the president — and the first time the Fox News poll has measured his approval below 50 percent.
Moreover, the number of Americans saying they would vote to re-elect President Obama has dropped. If the election were held today the poll finds more voters say they would back someone else in the 2012 election than would back the president.

Despite winning the Nobel Peace Prize last Friday, the latest Fox News poll finds the president’s ratings on foreign issues are lower than his overall job ratings. All in all, 49 percent of Americans say they approve of the job President Obama is doing and 45 percent disapprove. His average approval for the term so far is 58 percent.

This news comes on the heels of Gallup’s revelation that former President Bill Clinton’s wife has a higher favorability rating than Barack Obama.

Call me silly, but the reality that Hillary Clinton gets more hoorahs from the American people than the Copenhagen Kid is funny for so many reasons.

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UNDER HILLARY?

Posted by Andrew Roman on October 15, 2009

Hill and BamFrom the “Gee, I Wonder Why” file …

There aren’t icicles forming in hell exactly, but still … who’d have guessed that former President Bill Clinton’s wife would be more popular than the Annointed One himself, President Barack Obama, less than a year after the ushering in of the Messianic Age?

Take a huge “wow” out of petty cash.

Wasn’t it only a year ago that Barack Obama, as a candidate, was causing unsuspecting young women all across the United States to stick to the script – er, faint in his presence?

Today, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton – in many ways, a better man than he – rates six points higher in favorability than the President.

A new Gallup poll shows that the number of people who have a favorable impression of Barack Obama has fallen to its lowest point since he became president. Fifty-six percent say they have a favorable impression of Obama, versus 40 percent who say they have an unfavorable impression. (Four percent say they have no opinion.) Historically, a president’s personal favorable rating has often been higher than his job approval rating; right now, Gallup has Obama’s job approval at 52 percent.

Gallup points out that in this latest survey, Hillary Clinton is now more popular than Obama. Sixty-two percent say they have a favorable impression of the Secretary of State, versus 34 percent who have an unfavorable impression. That’s a big change from the height of the battle for the Democratic nomination last year; in February 2008, just 48 percent had a favorable impression of Mrs. Clinton, versus 49 percent who had an unfavorable impression.

I’ve got to ask … Who are these people clinging to their favorable impressions of him, and what narcotics are they taking?

What is there to be impressed about exactly?

His unending compassion for those less fortunate than he? (i.e., his facility to confiscate money from society’s most successful and distribute it to others?)

There are only so many $250 bribery checks that can be handed out to America’s seniors  before it all starts looking suspicious, you know.

It’s regrettable that ObamaCare couldn’t have been implemented sooner.

There’d be a lot less old people around to have to buy off.

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RACISM WINNING?

Posted by Andrew Roman on September 16, 2009

In the event you missed it, a little more than half of the United States is officially racist.

That little morsel comes from the folks at Rasmussen, who reported yesterday that 55% of Americans oppose President Obama’s health care reform plans – a new high (or low, depending on your perspective). And since opposing Barack Obama’s hard left policies, according to the likes former President Jimmy Carter, is based on the fact that Americans cannot accept a black man occupying in the Oval Office, there is no other conclusion to draw.

A week ago, 44% supported the proposal and 53% were opposed. Following the speech last Wednesday night intended to relaunch the health care initiative, support for the president’s effort bounced as high as 51% (see day-by-day numbers). But the new numbers suggest that support for health care reform is now about the same as it was in August.

And just think … if these free-market-killing, big-government proposals had only come from a white man, health care reform might have already passed both houses of Congress and tens of millions of neglected people would now be able to get rationed, mediocre health care.

I can only imagine how many swatiska-brandishing, negro-hating Americans are sitting around their dinner tables discussing the matter, saying, “I could really go for this big-government, expanding bureaucracy approach if only the guy pushing it wasn’t so dark.”

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BAM GOES WEE WEE

Posted by Andrew Roman on August 21, 2009

obama wee weeI’ve never claimed to be among the “hip” of American society, nor am I in tune with what is fashionable and chic. To be perfectly honest, I stopped caring about such things when the real world came a-knocking and the time had come to embark on life’s journey in earnest, i.e., I got married, had kids, and had to figure out how to replace the flapper in the toilet tank.

While I fully acknowledge that having a keen understanding and grasp of American culture – particularly the unquestioned and far-reaching influence of popular culture on America’s young – is critically important, I long ago gave up the desire to be connected to what is trendy.

Perhaps that’s why I never quite understood the Barack Obama phenomenon as anything other than in-vogue, pop culture poppycock (and hatred for George W. Bush). 

President Obama can turn magic marker on a cue card into golden magniloquence (which the media lap up like so much water), but as an out-of-the-box grassroots whistle-stopper, he cannot hold a candle to Bill Clinton. Indeed, he’s not nearly the orator he is billed to be, evidenced by the fact that when his teleprompter has the day off, he is a hem-hawing, sometimes incoherent, often unimpressive blatherer of platitudes and vacuity. Other times, he can make George W. Bush’s mispronunciation of the word “nuclear” sound Shakespearian.

Take, for instance, a comment Barack Obama made yesterday while levelling counter attacks at his critics who cite his falling poll numbers as evidence of a less-than-successful first seven months.

Again, I admit to being as unstylish and disconnected to “what’s hot” as they come, but I couldn’t help but scratch my head at the President’s now infamous “wee weed” remark (where he uses the phrase “wee wee” as a past-tense). I honestly spent a few moments trying to figure out if my “unhipness” contributed to my confusion at the phrase, or if the President was simply at a loss of something better – more Presidential – to say.

Was this some sort of slang?

Is it something the young kids say these days?

Am I missing something?

For those who may not be familiar with what I’m talking about, the great Breitbart.com website explains:

US President Barack Obama launched a mocking counter-attack Thursday at pundits who believe the euphoric early promise of his presidency is evaporating amid bitter political warfare.

“We have been through this before, in Iowa,” Obama said, referring to the first state to hold a 2008 Democratic nominating contest, which saw him capture a come-from-behind win.

“All Washington said ‘Oh, it’s over,’ hand-wringing angst …”

Then Obama drew parallels to the media frenzy that greeted the nomination of firebrand Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin in 2008.

“The media was obsessed with it, cable was 24 hours a day,” Obama told a friendly audience of grass-roots Democratic activists at a Washington forum broadcast live over the web.

“‘Obama’s lost his mojo,’ you remember all that?

“There is something about August going into September where everybody in Washington gets all wee weed up!”

You read that correctly. President Obama actually said, “Everybody in Washington gets all wee-weed up.”

The first image that came to mind was that of a three year old boy standing on the beach, dripping wet, naked and crying, while his mom searched through the carry bag for a towel and dry clothes.

The second was of a nagging urinary infection.

If you think about it, getting “wee-weed up” does sound a little distrubing – like some penecillin may be needed, doesn’t it?

One e-mail I received yesterday read, “Tell me the leader of the free world did not just say that Washington gets all ‘wee-weed up’ in August. Tell me he didn’t say that. Please.”

Another one said, “Maybe it’s a Kenyan phrase from his childhood.”

Yet another one quoted a blogger at Breitbart.com who summed it up nicely: “He’s a joker, he’s a smoker, he’s a midnight toker.”

I’ll just leave it at that.

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POLL NUMBERS FALL DOWN AND GO BAM

Posted by Andrew Roman on August 6, 2009

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It isn’t clear as to whether or not the poll takers were donning swastikas, but the latest Quinnipiac poll of registered voters shows that the job approval numbers of President Barack Obama are slipping – some might say plummeting. In fact, presupposing that no right-wing, nazi-like “astroturf” conspiracy was at play here (and who could ever be sure), precisely one half of those polled say that they approve of the job the President is doing – down seven points from late June. Meanwhile, his “disapproval” numbers are up nine points, from 33% to 42%.

Digging a bit deeper, 49% say they disapprove of the way The One is handling the economy, compared to 45% who do. And yes, by a margin of 52-39, the poll shows that registered voters disapprove of Obama’s health care overhaul. (The poll is silent on the percentage of those 52% who wear, own or have access to swastikas).

From Bloomberg:

Americans are upset about rising unemployment and worried that health-care plans making their way through Congress will add to the U.S. budget deficit, said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Hamden, Connecticut-based polling institute. The combination has helped drive down the president’s ratings.

A “willingness to give him the benefit of the doubt is, among some voters, evaporating,” Brown told reporters in Washington yesterday.

We will undoubtedly hear how this evaporating acclaim for President Obama is all the sinister work of conspiring “astroturf” right-wingers. Some will be labeled racist; others as egomaniacal, self-serving, apathetic narcissists; others still as edacious, money-gluttonous, corporate lap dogs. Obama’s shrinking numbers will be explained away as being spearheaded by angry, string-pulling conservative ideologues who dispatch talking-point right-wing automatons out into the world to disrupt the innocent prosecution of town hall democracy.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi – as I’ve alluded to – has accused these town hall meeting attending Americans who oppose the government takeover of the health care system as being swastika carriers. Across the board, from the leftist end of the arena, the “movement” to preserve our liberty has been (and will continue to be) dismissed as being nothing more than “manufactured” rabble rousing – hence, the clever new bumper sticker term “astroturf” (which is the artificial antithesis to a “grass roots” movement, which apparently only liberals are capable of participating in).

Liberals control the White House, Congress, the Supreme Court, the overwhelming vast majority of newspapers, all but one of the major television news outlets, the entertainment industry and academia.

Yeah, it’s us.

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