Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Obama's Approval Hits New Low

The Drive-By Media wants us to buy that Obama will be tough to beat. He’s not one bit tougher to beat than he was five days ago. And five days ago Obama wasn’t tough to beat.
– Biblical Conservatism, May 4, 2011 (Five days after Osama Bin Laden was killed)

Just over three months ago, I wrote those words. Today, I pleased to tell you that my prediction was correct. In a new Gallup poll (1) released on Monday, the President’s approval rating has hit a personal low: 39%, with 54% disapproving of the job he is doing. 39% approval, my friends, does not re-elect Presidents. (Side note: What precisely is wrong with the other 39% of Americans?)

In the interest of consistency, I will remind you that Gallup polls American adults, not voters. That said, as I have also chronicled, polls of registered voters and likely voters tend to swing farther to the right.

This is bad news for President Obama, and proportionally good news for America. Even the Drive-By Media has failed to keep the President in the nation’s good graces. Why, you may ask, has the President found himself in America’s proverbial dog house?

The answer, of course, is there is absolutely nothing President Obama can point to and say “Re-elect me and I’ll give you more of what we’ve had in my first term!” More of the same from Obama would mean more spending with zero results and more blaming of Bush.

Ronald Reagan could offer Americans more of the same, by 1984 the economy was growing by leaps and bounds and unemployment was dropping. As much as it pains me to admit this, so could Bill Clinton, although I would argue Clinton, and the nation, could thank Newt Gingrich and the Republican Congress for that far more than President Clinton. In 2004, George W. Bush could say that. In 2004, President Bush could boast first and foremost three years after the September 11th attacks without a second attack on American soil, not to mention unemployment at 5.5% and dropping.

Three months ago I told you Obama was imminently beatable. Today, I’m happy to tell you I was correct. Obama’s policies aren’t working. Similar policies have not worked in history in other nations, and they won’t work now. To quote Ronald Reagan, “In our present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem. Government is the problem.” All Obama is offering is more of the problem. Today, I’m pleased to tell you only 54% of Americans don’t want more government. They don’t want more Obama.


(1) Gallup Presidential Approval Poll 8-14-11

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