Liberty -vs- Tyranny
Polls are admittedly mere indicators of the political pulse of the public. It is true arguments can be made that depending on the political preference(s), or leanings of the particular organization responsible for any specific poll that the poll may be manipulated through specific wording of poll questions. Questions intentionally designed to generate the response desired by the pollster. Few thinking individual would disagree.
President Obama's job approval ratings have been steadily declining and almost all polls reflect this decline. After considering multiple sources of information over a two week period Pew Research, Center for the People the Press seemed to be the most nonpartisan and thus reflective of the public's general sentiments.
A quick summary:
- Overall job approval rating 41%
- Americans disapprove of the way Obama is handling four of five major issues. Terrorism being the lone exception.
- Only 31% of Americans approve of the way Obama has handled the economy, 65% disapprove.
- 21% of independents give Obama positive marks on the economy, 65% of democrats approve. (No surprise there)
- Obama health care rating is a net negtive. 37% approve, 59% didapprove.
- Only 32% of the public aprove of the job Obama s doing on the immigration issue. 53% of democrats approve and 42% disapprove.
- Obama's job approval ratings have declined from 515 in May this year to 46% in July, 43% in October, and 41% now.
- Obama's 12-point difference between disapproval (53%) and approval (41%) over the last month is the largest of his presidency.
- Over the past year Obama's job approval ratings among his core supportyers has dropped from 88% to 78%. Republican aproval ratings have remained at just 12% over the sae time period.
Partisan democrats while showing a decline in support for the president his core constituency remains solidly behind him. Republican support remains, as expected, at near sub zero temperatures.
It is clear that partisanship remains a factor in the public's perception of the President's performance and effectiveness. It is equally as clear that those who typically are less or non partisan are souring on the President's performance. These are the swing voters who may very well affect the outcome of the 2014 and 2016 elections. If the trend continues it may be a steep uphill battle for the democrats to even retain control of the senate.