Two new polls and Obama’s dropping like a brick. Hell, even when there is a biased sample used by the pollsters they can’t hide the fact. The Wash Post/ABC poll oversampled Democrats by seven points both in its general (31/24) and registered (33/26) groups but whatever. It’s what we’ve come to expect from the yahoo’s in the MSM.
Public confidence in President Obama has hit a new low, according to the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll. Four months before midterm elections that will define the second half of his term, nearly six in 10 voters say they lack faith in the president to make the right decisions for the country, and a clear majority once again disapproves of how he is dealing with the economy.
Regard for Obama is still higher than it is for members of Congress, but the gap has narrowed. About seven in 10 registered voters say they lack confidence in Democratic lawmakers and a similar proportion say so of Republican lawmakers.
Overall, more than a third of voters polled — 36 percent — say they have no confidence or only some confidence in the president, congressional Democrats and congressional Republicans. Among independents, this disillusionment is higher still. About two-thirds of all voters say they are dissatisfied with or angry about the way the federal government is working.
Such broad negative sentiments have spurred a potent anti-incumbent mood. Just 26 percent of registered voters say they are inclined to support their representative in the House this fall; 62 percent are inclined to look for someone new.
Ed Morrissey on other numbers:
He took the biggest hit on the economy, losing 12 points in the gap in just a month:
Economy – 43/54, down from 50/49 in June
Health care – 45/50, down from 49/49 in April
Budget deficit – 40/56, basically unchanged since April
Regulation of financial industry – 44/50, down from 48/48 in April
The confidence numbers, though, should be more worrisome than any others except perhaps the economy. Obama has been underwater in the WaPo/ABC poll since August of last year, when he dropped to 49/50 in the middle of the ObamaCare summer. In January, with ObamaCare stalled, it took a sudden dip to 47/53, and has dropped again in this poll. Presidents can back unpopular legislation and still be seen as a leader; Reagan did it in both terms. Obama has been exposed as an empty suit in a crisis, and that may not be a conclusion that Obama can reverse.
As Obama is crashing from the Washington Post side of the street he is slip sliding on the other. Here is the CBS poll that shows Obama’s confidence rating at 40%…3 points below the WaPo oversampled poll.
Economists have declared the economic recession over largely over, but most Americans don’t share their optimism, and they are increasingly blaming President Obama for their money woes.
Mr. Obama’s approval rating on the economy has tumbled five percentage points from last month, according to a new CBS News poll, with just 40 percent of those polled expressing full confidence in his actions.
More than half of those questioned (54 percent) said they disapproved of Mr. Obama’s handling of the economy. Last month, 45 percent approved. The drop in approval has been seen mostly among independents, just 35 percent of whom now say they approve.
No idea how oversampled this poll was because CBS didn’t release the particulars, but either way, it definitely shows that the Americans understand this is Obama’s economy and he has screwed the pooch. And as people’s confidence in getting jobs plummet the numbers will only be getting worse.