By Dave Andrusko
At least every other week, we have another poll, documenting that President Obama’s popularity has sunk to a new low. The difference today is that the Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll was released hours after pro-abortion Democrat Alex Sink sunk in a match up against pro-life Republican David Jolly in a special election in Florida’s 13 Congressional District.
The numbers are ominous enough on face value, but worse as you dig. The overview is provided by the Wall Street Journal’s Patrick O’Connor:
“Mr. Obama’s job approval ticked down to 41% in March from 43% in January, marking a new low. Some 54% disapproved of the job he is doing, matching a previous high from December, when the botched rollout of his signature health law played prominently in the news. The latest survey also showed the lowest-ever approval in Journal/NBC polling for Mr. Obama’s handling of foreign policy.”
The poll was directed by Republican pollster Bill McInturff, who directs the Journal/NBC poll with Democrat Fred Yang. Both agreed that , while things could change before November, the President’s power to help his party’s candidates is “limited.” (That is putting it mildly. See below.)
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“The president is being taken off the field as a Democratic positive,” Mr. McInturff told O’Connor. “These numbers would suggest that, beyond his behind-the-scenes fundraising, it’s hard to imagine the president on the road and hard to imagine where he would campaign.” Mr. Yang chimed in, “the wind is in our faces.”
Let’s dig deeper. Let’s start with Obama’s ability to help Democrats in the fall
- 20% said they were more likely to vote for someone endorsed by Barack Obama. 42% said they were less likely, a whopping 22% point disparity.
- Barely a quarter (26%) thought the country is going in the right direction, an absolutely pivotal marker. By contrast 65% said wrong track.
- How about the way the President is handling the economy? Only 41% approve. Only 26% thought the economy will get better. And 57% believe the country is still in a depression.
- ObamaCare—good or bad idea? 35% said good, 49% said bad.
You get the picture. It was an especially bad 24 hours for Barack Obama.