CNN poll reaffirms downward trajectory in all categories for President Obama who insists, “I’m not a particularly ideological person”

 

By Dave Andrusko

Pro-abortion President Barack Obama

Pro-abortion President Barack Obama

What was it that the late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan quipped? That “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts.”

Let’s be clear. President Obama is certainly within his rights to tell Reuters (while on still another fundraising swing) that “I’m not a particularly ideological person.” But does anyone not on his payroll actually believe that the facts bear that out, let alone what Reuters paraphrased him as adding: that “pragmatism was necessary to advance the values that were important to him”? President Obama, pragmatist?!

One way of judging how the public feels is the question, asked repeatedly, whether voters see the President as more liberal than they are. More and more the public concludes he IS more liberal than they are, perhaps one way of saying they don’t believe he believes in the “values that are important” to them.

The preeminent example, of course, is ObamaCare. Never popular, just how unpopular it was remained hidden until the chaotic rollout of the health care exchanges and the devastating hit many millions of people will take because of ObamaCare.

We talked last week about what the Washington Post/ABC poll and CBS poll both found–that voters are now questioning Obama’s competency and honesty.

That was confirmed by a CNN poll released on Monday. The President’s numbers are dropping precipitously—and virtually across the board. For example

“Only four out of 10 Americans believe President Barack Obama can manage the federal government effectively, according to a new national poll…down 12 percentage points from June and is the worst score Obama received among the nine personal characteristics tested in the new poll.”

Moreover, the CNN/ORC International survey

“also indicates that 53% of Americans now believe that Obama is not honest and trustworthy, the first time that a clear majority in CNN polling has felt that way.”

These feelings are moving from concerns over whether he is in over his head and/or dishonest (bad enough as those are) to whether they admire him—56% don’t; whether they agree with him on important issue—again, 56% don’t; whether he inspires confidence—that magic 56% figure again don’t; while 53% do not view him as a strong and decisive leader, the CNN/ORC International survey found.

In one of those great understatements, CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said, “It’s clear that views of Obama as a person – once his strong suit – have taken a hit in October and throughout 2013.”

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