Obama by the Numbers

By Dave Andrusko

Pro-Abortion President Barack Obama

These two quotes, from Gallup and Rasmussen Reports, paint a grim picture for pro-abortion President Barack Obama.

“President Barack Obama’s 11th quarter in office was the worst of his administration, based on his quarterly average job approval ratings. His 41% approval average is down six percentage points from his 10th quarter in office, and is nearly four points below his previous low of 45% during his seventh quarter.”

And from Rasmussen Reports

“The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows that 19% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Forty-two percent (42%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -23.”

Whether you are an Obama partisan or opponent, these are incredibly dismal numbers. As we end the week, let’s look inside the figures.

So, what are the “implications,” according to Gallup’s Jeffrey M. Jones? Well, he partially begs off, concluding that the numbers a little later in the election cycle are more indicative of whether Obama’s re-election is in peril.

But Jones does note that voters say they are more likely to vote for a generic Republican candidate than when Obama is matched up against one of the actual Republican candidates. While this is a source of solace to Obama supporters, this says more about the fluid nature of the GOP nomination process than it does about support for Obama over [fill in the name]. Counting on voters to dislike the Republican in the future more than they have already told you over and over that they dislike the President presently now is a fool’s errand.

And if “Americans’ satisfaction with the direction of the country remains at historically low levels,” continues, all the hundreds of millions of dollars the Obama campaign will spend over the next year will be unlikely to brake Obama’s fall.

With respect to Rasmussen, his company polls likely voters on a daily basis, helping to ensure that his company has its finger on the public’s pulse. Moreover, a Presidential Approval Index of minus 23 is staggering. In a word it says that far, far more people strongly disapprove of Obama’s performance than stronger approve. This simply can’t be explained away.

Nor can what happened “on the ground” in Virginia where my family lives. The President drove his re-election through the Commonwealth this week to embarrassingly small crowds and to “cold shoulders from some high-profile Virginia Democrats,” according to POLITICO’s Glenn Thrush.

“The White House originally considered dispatching the president to Danville and the Fredericksburg area, but they backed off for reasons that remain unclear,” Thrush reported. “One Democratic operative active in state races said it was at the behest of candidates for the Virginia Legislature who want to distance themselves from Obama.”

In  addition, “Democratic Sens. Jim Webb and Mark Warner were busy with other things,” Thrush wrote. “ Former Gov. Tim Kaine, locked in a neck-and-neck Senate race with Republican George Allen for Webb’s seat, considered appearing with Obama but was diverted to other tasks, his people told in-state media.”

Thrush’s story also contains both specific examples of state Democratic officeholders willing to publicly criticize Obama and excuses why all is well in Virginia.

I live here, and I know better.

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