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  1. HD

    And it's in the NY freakin' Times:

    "For the first time in his presidency, more Americans disapprove of President Obama’s handling of terrorism than approve of it, as discontent about his management of foreign affairs and the fight against Sunni militants in Iraq and Syria weighs on an anxious and conflicted public, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News Poll.

    ...With midterm elections approaching, Americans’ fears about a terrorist attack on United States soil are on the rise, and the public is questioning Mr. Obama’s strategy for combating the militant organization calling itself the Islamic State, also known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Most respondents say the president has no clear plan for confronting the group, and that he has not been tough enough in dealing with it."

    Posted on September 22, 2014 - 02:28 PM #
  2. Vitalogy

    Let's compare the amount of US citizens killed on Obama's watch versus Bush.

    Posted on September 22, 2014 - 02:32 PM #
  3. duxrule

    And of course, we needed yet another "Obama Sucks" thread, since Herb has nothing else going in his life.

    Posted on September 22, 2014 - 02:37 PM #
  4. missing_kskd

    poll 'em on another war and the Obama strategy becomes far more clear.

    Posted on September 22, 2014 - 03:17 PM #
  5. skeptical

    Herb quoted polls right up to election day a number of times now and each time it blew up in his face. I believe he's pdxradio's self-appointed court jester.

    Posted on September 22, 2014 - 07:45 PM #
  6. HD

    Skeptical, methinks thou doth protesteth too much. A majority of Americans agree with me. You are in the minority.

    Obama Increasingly Unpopular

    "Tomorrow signals the official start of autumn, and leaves will soon start falling our nation’s capital. They won’t be alone though, as President Obama’s ratings continue to fall. Only three in ten U.S. adults (30%) give the President positive ratings for the overall job he is doing, while 70% give him negative ratings. One could say that autumn came early to the White House, given that his ratings began to fall in summer. President Obama had his highest ratings for this year in May and June, when positive ratings sat at 38%. With July came an early fall, to 34%, continuing to 32% in August. The 30% of Americans now giving the President’s overall job performance a positive rating is the lowest level seen thus far for this administration.

    Looking by political leanings, the majority of Democrats (57%) give the President positive ratings. Meanwhile, over nine in ten Republicans (93%) give him negative marks; a quarter of Independents (25%) give the President positive ratings, while three-quarters (75%) give him negative ratings.

    These are some of the results of The Harris Poll® of 2,543 adults surveyed online between September 10 and 17, 2014. (Full results, including data tables, available here)

    Direction of the country
    Feelings on the direction of the country have also fallen. After a slight improvement last month to one-third of Americans (32%) saying things in the country were going in the right direction and two-thirds (68%) saying things had gotten off on the wrong track, September brings a drop. Just under three in ten (29%) now say things are going in the right direction, while just over seven in ten (71%) say things are going off on the wrong track. This puts the sentiment that things in the country are going in the right direction at their lowest level in nearly a year.

    Economic ratings
    General sentiments on economic issues also show varying rates of decline. Similar to overall job performance ratings, 29% of Americans give President Obama positive ratings on his handling of the economy and 71% give him negative ratings. This sentiment is only slightly down from the past two months, when three in ten (30%) gave him positive ratings for his handling of the economy and seven in ten (70%) gave him negative marks. Nevertheless, this is the lowest the President’s ratings in this area have been since January, when 28% of U.S. adults gave him positive marks on the economy.

    Looking at expectations for what the next year might bring for our nation’s economy, just over two in ten say they expect the economy to improve in the coming year (22%) while just under three in ten say that they expect it to get worse (29%); nearly half (49%) say it will stay the same. In August, one-fourth of Americans (25%) said the economy would improve in the coming year and 29% said it would get worse.

    What about the situation closer to home? When asked about what they’re expecting for their household financial condition in the near future, just over two in ten Americans (22%) say they expect it to be better in the next six months, while over half (53%) say it will remain the same and one-quarter (25%) believe it will be worse. In August, 24% said their household’s financial condition would be better in the next six months while 25% said it would be worse."

    Posted on September 22, 2014 - 09:15 PM #
  7. edselehr

    Herb: "Wolf!!"

    Posted on September 22, 2014 - 09:16 PM #
  8. missing_kskd

    Posted on September 22, 2014 - 10:24 PM #
  9. HD

    Here’s why President Obama’s dismal approval ratings matter this November

    "Any time I write about President Obama's lackluster poll numbers, any number of people take to Twitter to helpfully remind me that he isn't on the ballot this fall and is constitutionally barred from seeking a third time. Their argument comes down to this: Who cares what President Obama's approval ratings are?

    A new national Pew Research Center poll shows why any Democrat on the ballot this November should care. Roughly three in ten people said that their vote this fall would be "against" Obama as compared to just 19 percent who said that their vote would be to show support for the president. Those numbers aren't as bad as what George W. Bush and Republicans faced before the 2006 midterms (38 percent voting against Bush, 15 percent voting for him) but are worse for Obama than at this time in the 2010 election cycle (28 percent vote against, 23 percent vote for) in which the president's party lost 63 house seats.

    As interesting/important question is who Obama is motivating to vote this fall. A majority (51 percent) of voters who say they are planning to vote for a Republican in their district say they mean that as a vote against Obama. Among self-identified Republicans, 55 percent say their congressional vote is meant to be against Obama; 61 percent of conservatives say the same. On the other end of the spectrum, just 36 percent say that their vote for Congress is meant as a vote for Obama. More than one in four (27 percent) of independents say their vote is against Obama; just 10 percent say it is in support of the president.

    What those numbers suggest is that while Obama is not the only factor in how people will vote this fall, he is absolutely a factor in how people are making up their minds. And, at the moment, people who see 2014 as a way to send a signal of disapproval about Obama greatly outnumber the people who want to use their vote to show their support for him and his agenda.

    History backs up the fact that Obama will be -- if his numbers stay anywhere near where they are right now -- a drag on his party at the ballot box this fall. According to Gallup, from 1944 through 2006 presidents with job approval ratings under 50 percent have seen their party lose an average of 36 House seats in midterm elections. That number is even higher when you consider that Obama's party lost 63 seats in the 2010 election (not included) in the chart below. Gallup's latest data puts Obama at 43 percent approval.

    The simple fact is that presidents are always a factor in midterm elections -- particularly when they are unpopular. And that's bad news for Democrats trying to keep control in the Senate and stay within shouting distance of the majority in the House in November."

    Posted on September 23, 2014 - 09:49 AM #
  10. duxrule

    Wait till you see the bounce after these attacks in the ME. You're fucked.

    Posted on September 23, 2014 - 09:56 AM #