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Obama ends his fifth year with lower approval ratings than all other recent two-term presidents except Nixon.

Post  fshnski on Tue Dec 17, 2013 10:04 am

President Obama is ending his fifth year in office matching the worst public approval ratings of his presidency, with record numbers of Americans saying they disapprove of his job performance and his once-hefty advantages over Republicans in Congress eroded in many areas, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

His position is all the more striking when compared with his standing a year ago, as he was preparing for his second inauguration after a solid reelection victory. That high note proved fleeting as the president faced a series of setbacks, culminating in the botched rollout of his Affordable Care Act two months ago.

Approval rates of both parties in Congress remain worse than Obama’s. Still, it is the president who has suffered the most damage from his administration’s self-inflicted wounds and a year of partisan conflict that included a partial shutdown of the government.

Obama’s standing is of particular concern to congressional Democrats as they look to next year’s midterm elections. Parties that control the White House suffer — sometimes significantly — in midterm campaigns when the president’s approval rating is below 50 percent.

White House officials think that since the health-care Web site (HealthCare.gov) is now working better than it was in October and November, they have an opportunity to regroup. The results of the poll offer some hope for the White House, but in general the findings reinforce the perceptions of a president in trouble.

On several key measures, Obama has lost significant ground to his Republican opponents in Congress. On the question of who is seen as better able to handle the country’s main problems, Obama and Republicans are tied at 41 percent. A year ago, the president’s advantage was 15 points and at this stage in 2010 it was still five points.

Obama also has lost the lead he enjoyed on who could better deal with the economy. Today Republicans are at 45 percent to Obama’s 41 percent. Last year at this time, it was Obama at 54 percent and congressional Republicans at 36 percent. A 26-point Obama advantage a year ago on who would better protect the middle class has fallen to just six points in the latest survey.

He has lost ground on these measures among women, liberals and younger Americans — key members of his winning electoral coalition.

The president’s overall approval rating stands at 43 percent, while disapproval is at 55 percent. Those numbers are virtually identical to a poll taken a month ago. At this time last year, 54 percent approved of Obama’s overall performance and 42 disapproved. Even after the huge losses his party suffered in the 2010 midterms, Obama’s approval rating was higher, at 49 percent, than it is today and was slightly more positive than negative.

Obama ends his fifth year in office with lower approval ratings than almost all other recent two-term presidents. At this point in 2005, for example, former president George W. Bush was at 47 percent positive, 52 percent negative. All other post-World War II presidents were at or above 50 percent at this point in their second terms, except Richard M. Nixon, whose fifth year ended in 1973 with an approval rating of 29 percent because of the Watergate scandal that later brought impeachment and his resignation.


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Re: Obama ends his fifth year with lower approval ratings than all other recent two-term presidents except Nixon.

Post  News Hawk on Tue Dec 17, 2013 12:45 pm

When such writings come from The Washington Post, they must know something we don't!

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Post  red_hill on Tue Dec 17, 2013 4:20 pm

I love it when the leftnuts on radio and MSNBC excoriate Obama!

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Post  fshnski on Tue Dec 17, 2013 4:22 pm

red_hill wrote:I love it when the leftnuts on radio and MSNBC excoriate Obama!

Welcome to the forum. We're not used to big words though.  Very Happy 

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Post  fshnski on Tue Dec 17, 2013 4:25 pm

red_hill wrote:I love it when the leftnuts on radio and MSNBC excoriate Obama!

It hasn't happened for 5 years. It's about time the truth be known.

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Post  WHL on Tue Dec 17, 2013 4:28 pm

I don't watch it so I wouldn't know what they are saying?? Have they changed? You mean Matthews doesn't get a thrill up his leg anymore when he thinks about Obama? LOL, that is a 50center Red. You win the word of the day award!!
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‘We Thought He Was Going To Be The Next Messiah’

Post  fshnski on Wed Dec 18, 2013 8:48 am

Yes, she really said it.

On CNN’s Piers Morgan Live Tuesday, in a brief discussion about President Obama, Barbara Walters actually said, “We thought that he was going to be - I shouldn't say this at Christmastime, but - the next messiah”

PIERS MORGAN, HOST: You have interviewed every president of my lifetime. Why is Obama facing so much opposition now? Why is he struggling so much to really fulfill the great flame of ambition and excitement that he was elected on originally in 2009?

BARBARA WALTERS: Well, you've touched on it to a degree. He made so many promises. We thought that he was going to be - I shouldn't say this at Christmastime, but - the next messiah. And the whole ObamaCare, or whatever you want to call it, the Affordable Health Act, it just hasn't worked for him, and he’s stumbled around on it, and people feel very disappointed because they expected more.

It's very difficult when the expectations for you are very high. You're almost better off when they are low and then they rise and rise. His were very high and they’ve dropped. But you know, he still has several years to go. What does he have, three years, Piers? And, you know, there will be a lot of changes, one thinks in that time.

Just imagine someone of Walters’ stature actually admitting that she and others expected Obama to be the next messiah.

Quite a thing to say on the very day a new poll found this president having the lowest approval rating of any since Nixon.

It's also worth noting that this came the day after the Washington Post said Obama was responsible for three of the top ten biggest Pinocchios of the year, and five days after PolitiFact awarded him the Lie of the Year.

Some messiah, Barbara.



Read more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2013/12/17/barbara-walters-obama-we-thought-he-was-going-be-next-messiah#ixzz2npm2MPlh

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Post  red_hill on Wed Dec 18, 2013 10:15 am

WHL wrote:I don't watch it so I wouldn't know what they are saying??  Have they changed? You mean Matthews doesn't get a thrill up his leg anymore when he thinks about Obama?   LOL, that is a 50center Red.  You win the word of the day award!!

Sorry 'bout that!!

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Post  red_hill on Wed Dec 18, 2013 10:18 am

WHL wrote:I don't watch it so I wouldn't know what they are saying??  Have they changed? You mean Matthews doesn't get a thrill up his leg anymore when he thinks about Obama?   LOL, that is a 50center Red.  You win the word of the day award!!

ED Shultz was hammering him about everything from single payer to SS to weakening the unions! It is great. I actually listen to Sirius Left (they call it Progress now) often, mostly for the entertainment value.

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Post  Outerlimits on Wed Dec 18, 2013 12:58 pm

While Obama is not running for re-election, there is going to be a serious backlash against Democrats particularly those who carried Obama’s lies about the “Affordable” Healthcare Act.

Just wait until the employer mandate kicks in and millions of more figure out what a sham this whole Obamacare is. There is a reason why it has been delayed until 2015. Anyone who voted for this fiasco or repeated/defended Obama’s lies will be voted out and the process can begin to repeal Obamacare and create some real health insurance reform.

Obama's legacy will be that of a liar and political cancer by the end of his second term.


Mark Pryor...gone

Mary Landrieu...gone

Kay Hagan...gone

Max Baucus seat…gone

Jeanne Shaheen…gone

That is 5 of the 6 needed to flip the Senate.
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Post  WHL on Wed Dec 18, 2013 7:15 pm

How can you stand listening to sirrius left, Red? I listen to them for 2 seconds and that is all I can stand. Have you ever listened to Potus, even they lean pretty far left.

I hope you are right, Outer and they are all gone!!!!
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Post  News Hawk on Wed Dec 18, 2013 7:56 pm

scratch

Outerlimits wrote:"...Obama's legacy will be that of a liar and political cancer by the end of his second term..."

He's living that legacy NOW!

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Post  red_hill on Thu Dec 19, 2013 10:26 am

WHL wrote:How can you stand listening to sirrius left, Red?  I listen to them for 2 seconds and that is all I can stand.  Have you ever listened to Potus, even they lean pretty far left.  

I hope you are right, Outer and they are all gone!!!!

I need to get my heart rate up now and then!!

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Post  News Hawk on Thu Dec 19, 2013 12:38 pm

red_hill wrote:I need to get my heart rate up now and then!!

I don't know why...this image gives me comfort and rest.

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Post  WHL on Thu Dec 19, 2013 5:35 pm

It sure gets your heart rate up, Red! It gets me so agitated, I just can't listen to them. My heart rate is over the top!!!
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Post  News Hawk on Tue Nov 04, 2014 7:57 am

Outerlimits wrote:While Obama's legacy will be that of a liar and political cancer by the end of his second term.


Mark Pryor...gone

Mary Landrieu...gone

Kay Hagan...gone

Max Baucus seat…gone

Jeanne Shaheen…gone

That is 5 of the 6 needed to flip the Senate.

Right you are...

Kay Hagan was attacked by an ad:

In the ad, he says, "You see, black people are just being used by limousine liberals who have become our new overseers. We've only traded one plantation for another. You are not Kay Hagan's cause and you're certainly not her charity. You are just a vote. She has stepped off your backs to fame and fortune and left you behind on food stamps, deprived of the American dream."

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