By Dave Andrusko
A poll released Friday reveals that a whopping 53% of respondents characterized the presidency of Barack Obama as a failure versus only 41% who rate it a success. Only 6% say that they aren’t sure in the poll conducted by IBD/TIPP.
“Obama’s standing among independents is even worse, with 58% calling his presidency is a failure,” wrote John Merline for Investor’s Business Daily. “Half of those who live in states that voted for Obama say that his presidency is failing.”
Not surprisingly, given these figures, only 43% say they would vote for Obama if the 2012 election were held today.
“Obama also received his worst rating since taking office in the IBD/TIPP Presidential Leadership Index, which currently stands at 41, making his lower than President Bush’s at the same point in his second term,” Merline wrote Monday.
And the drag on Democrats running this fall is impossible to deny. 34% say they are less likely to vote for a candidate who supports Obama compared to only 16% who say they are more likely to do so.
As NRL News Today discussed Monday, that clearly is not just hostility from Republicans and Independents but represents an increasingly lukewarm response from Obama’s fellow Democrats. The Washington Post’s Dan Balz, in analyzing a recent Gallup poll, concludes
“In the latest numbers, 32 percent of registered voters said their choice of candidate in November would be a way to send a message of opposition to the president, while 20 percent said it would be a way to send a message of support. … The 12-point difference is comparable to what it was four years ago, when Republicans made historic gains in the House.”
Balz wrote about a familiar theme. There are limited places the president can go and have a positive impact for the Democratic candidate. Which is why he is spending a lot of time raising money.
“Regardless of where he chooses to appear, he will be ever present in campaigns everywhere. Even he knows that. On Thursday, after laying out the economic choices, he put it this way: ‘Now, I am not on the ballot this fall . . . but make no mistake, these policies are on the ballot — every single one of them.’
“That comment may have rattled nervous Democrats looking to keep their distance from the president, but it is the reality they know they must live with for the next four weeks. That’s why this midterm is not about nothing.”