Let’s Go Polling…..
"I Don't Mind A Parasite. I Object To A Cut-Rate One."
….on this fine Friday the 13th afternoon.
* A recent USATODAY/Pew poll reveals that the American people believe President Obama “mishandled” the Bergdahl-Taliban prisoner exchange:
“Public opposition to the exchange of five Taliban prisoners for captive Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has less to do with Bergdahl himself and more with how President Obama handled the transfer, according to a new USA TODAY/Pew Research Center poll.
The poll shows 43% of Americans say it was wrong for Obama to make the deal, compared with 34% who say it was the right thing to do.”
“Veterans are much more harsh in their assessment of the 28-year-old sergeant. Only 6% of veterans who responded say they sympathized with him, while 33% say they were angry. By 68%-16%, veterans say Obama made the wrong decision.
"If he was a captured prisoner of war, we wouldn't be having this discussion," says Joe Davis, the director of public affairs for the Veterans of Foreign Wars. "He put his teammates in jeopardy, and you absolutely don't do that in a combat zone."
Veterans are worried about the precedent set by the transfer, Davis says. "We have a long history in this country of not negotiating with terrorists," he says. "And we just did."
*Perhaps this is why those surveyed in a recent Gallup poll chose President George W. Bush’s administration as MORE COMPETENT than President Obama’s administration. From a “Speed Read” at theweek.com:
“Obama is less competent than George Bush, say a plurality of Americans.
With President Obama's approval rating still deep underwater, a new survey from Fox News finds that Americans generally think George W. Bush ran a more "competent" administration. In the survey, a 48 percent plurality said Bush's White House was more competent, while 42 percent picked Obama's.
At the same time, fully two-thirds of Americans said Bill Clinton's administration was more competent than Obama's, versus only 18 percent who liked Obama's better.”
NOTE: Survey commissioned by Fox News but administered jointly by Anderson Robbins Research (Democrat) / Shaw & Company Research (Republican)
*These sentiments are similarly expressed in a recent Bloomberg national poll which revealed the following:
“President Barack Obama’s favorability ratings hit the lowest point of his presidency in a Bloomberg National Poll, with just 44 percent of Americans saying they have positive feelings about him.
That drop in personal popularity has become a broader drag on the public’s perception of his performance in office.
Obama, already given poor marks on the economy and health care, also gets low ratings on two recent political firestorms: the management of the Department of Veterans Affairs and the deal that freed the last U.S. prisoner of war in Afghanistan, according to the poll.
His job-approval rating fell to 43 percent -- near the level at the end of 2013 after the botched rollout of the Affordable Care Act, his signature health-care law.
“In the past, Obama’s likeability has stayed ahead of perceptions of job performance,” said J. Ann Selzer, founder of Des Moines, Iowa-based Selzer & Co., which conducted the June 6-9 poll. “It appears he is no longer likeable enough.”
*And as reported by thehill.com
, President Obama is now as UNPOPULAR as President George W. Bush:
“A new survey suggests President Obama is just as unpopular as former President George W. Bush.
Just over half of those polled, 51 percent, have an unfavorable view of Obama, and 51 percent currently feel the same about Bush, according to a CNN/ORC International poll released Thursday.
Forty-seven percent of the public has a favorable rating of Obama, which CNN said is a new low for him, and roughly identical to Bush’s favorable rating of 46 percent.
Days before leaving the White House in January 2009, Bush had a favorable rating of 35 percent. After the 2008 election, Obama had a 78 percent favorable rating.”
*And finally as highlighted by CNSNews.com
in an article posted yesterday:
“Gallup: Majority Says Obama Not ‘Honest and Trustworthy’
Fifty-one percent of the Americans who responded to a Gallup poll conducted June 5-8 said that they do not believe the phrase “is honest and trustworthy” applies to President Barack Obama.
Gallup has asked Americans this question eight times over the last six years: “Thinking about the following characteristics and qualities, please say whether you think each applies or doesn't apply to Barack Obama. How about: Is honest and trustworthy.”
(This poll) was the first time that a majority said the description “is honest and trustworthy” DOES NOT apply to Obama.”
So what do these polls mean, and what effect do they have on anything?
*Believe it or not – according to Darrell Delamaide of marketwatch.com
– the shifting public opinion on President Obama’s personal qualities and job performance may be directly benefitting one Republican politician in particular. In his article titled “Obama’s blunders bolster Jeb Bush’s 2016 chances” and “Timing may be right for Republican dynasty,” Delamaide says this:
“Every political misstep by President Barack Obama and every dodge by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over Benghazi brings us closer to a Jeb Bush candidacy in 2016 and an unprecedented third president from the same family.
With the 2014 midterm elections all but over except for counting the votes — yes, Republicans will win a majority in the Senate — there is a slow but steady momentum building for Jeb Bush to re-expand the Republican tent toward the center.”
Further, Edward Morrissey of the Fiscal Times flatly states in a recent article that Americans are “giving up” on President Obama due to his “relentless incompetence.” Reflecting the surging negative public opinion reflected in the polls above, Morrissey gives this very comprehensive appraisal of the current state of the Obama Presidency:
“Over the last several months, the American public has had a hard and clear look at the executive talent inside the White House, and has begun to despair for real leadership and competence.
When leadership fails, people stop following. It appears in the sixth year of the Barack Obama presidency, that moment has arrived.
CNN’s most recent poll provided a clear indicator of this dynamic in the wake of two major controversies involving military issues. The results showed that Obama did not gain a majority of support for any of twelve issues surveyed from the respondents. In fact, in ten of the twelve issues, majorities disapproved of the President’s performance, and only on one – the environment, usually an overwhelming Democratic strength – did his approval exceed his disapproval, and only barely at 49/45. On the economy and health care, which the poll identified as the top two priorities of its respondents, Obama’s approval ratings sank to 38/61 and 36/63, respectively.
The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza assigns the change in polling to a crisis of leadership and competence in the White House. “The core of Obama’s appeal,” wrote Cillizza about the 2008 election “was the idea that he would restore competence back to the White House after President George W. Bush's eight years…. Obama openly embraced the idea that he was the anti-Bush on nothing much more than his commitment to putting the best people in the right places within his administration.”
Now, the series of disastrous scandals and unmistakable incompetence have completely eroded confidence in his leadership, Cillizza argues, pointing to a Pew poll series in which his perceived executive competence went from 70/15 in February 2009 to 43/51 in December 2013.”
Morrissey goes on to chronicle the specifics of the ObamaCare, VA, and National Security scandals and President Obama’s incompetence in excruciating detail. I won’t lengthen this post with all of that – most of which you probably know if you keep up with the news. If you want, you can check it out at the link below. Morrissey finishes up his article as follows:
“Nothing about Obama’s performance in these scandals and debacles should give anyone confidence in his assurances -- not of security, not of competence, not even of being madder than anyone. The polling numbers suggest that Americans have finally reached a point where the incompetence and dishonesty are just too obvious to ignore any longer. “
I further suggest that the American lamestream media has also “finally reached a point where the incompetence and dishonesty are just too obvious to ignore any longer.” They can no longer with a “straight-face” defend this administration, because people are actually laughing at their apologies. That’s one reason that Jay Carney – President Obama’s most recent answer to “Baghdad Bob” – announced his resignation the other day. When the White House press corps laughs at your responses and is no longer willing to buy what you’re shoveling, it’s time to go.
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