By Dave Andrusko
Granted, it’s only one more point, but President Obama’s disapproval ratings have inched up yet again, reaching 54% [!] , according to Gallup.
What makes the number even more significant is that there is nothing in sight that could act as a kind of parachute—certainly not anything to do with the disastrous roll out of the ObamaCare health insurance exchange website. (For more about that, see other posts today at www.nationalrighttolifenews.org.)
Lydia Saad’s piece today is headlined, “Obama’s Image as ‘Strong and Decisive Leader’ Takes a Hit,” which is a charitable description of the President’s plunging numbers.
“[F]or the first time in his presidency, fewer than half of Americans, 47%, say Obama is a strong and decisive leader,’ down six percentage points since September,” Saad writes.
But by far the most ominous (from President Obama’s perspective) development is that people are beginning to seriously question his honesty. “Similarly, the share of Americans who view Obama as ‘honest and trustworthy’ has dipped five points. Exactly half of Americans still consider Obama honest and trustworthy, but this is down from 55% in September and 60% in mid-2012 as Obama was heading toward re-election,” according to Saad.
[Noteworthy as well is that, “A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 46% of Likely U.S. Voters believe the president purposely misled Americans about the potential impact of the health care law. Forty-five percent (45%) disagree and think Obama honestly expected the law to work out the way he said it would.”]
Only 3 in 7 Americans (38%) “say he has a clear plan for solving the country’s problems,” which Saad cushions by arguing that this is typically the case with most recent Presidents.
Finally, there is this oddly phrased conclusion. The public’s “rating of the job he is doing in handling the economy, foreign affairs, and healthcare policy are each down compared with early September, but not significantly.”
Well, that’s true—in the sense that the dropped 3 points, 3 points, and 2 points respectively—but radically misleading in the sense that only 39% of the public approves of his handling of the economy (the same number as approve of his handling of foreign affairs) and an abysmal 37% approve of his handling of healthcare policy.