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December 18, 2009

Democrats' Blues Grow Deeper in New Poll ~ Obama FAILING Big Time!

Obama makes a statement on health care after meeting with Senators on Tuesday. From left: Senate Banking Committee Chairman Sen. Christopher Dodd; Senate Finance Committee Chairman Sen. Max Baucus; the president; and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

Democrats' Blues Grow Deeper in New Poll

Wall Street Journal

Less than a year after Inauguration Day, support for the Democratic Party continues to slump, amid a difficult economy and a wave of public discontent, according to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll.

The findings underscored how dramatically the political landscape has changed during the Obama administration's first year. In January, despite the recession and financial crisis, voters expressed optimism about the future, the new president enjoyed soaring approval ratings, and congressional leaders promised to swiftly pass his ambitious agenda.

In December's survey, for the first time, less than half of Americans approved of the job President Barack Obama was doing, marking a steeper first-year fall for this president than his recent predecessors.

Also for the first time this year, the electorate was split when asked which party it wanted to see in charge after the 2010 elections. For months, a clear plurality favored Democratic control.

The survey suggests that public discontent with Mr. Obama and his party is being driven by an unusually grim view of the country's status and future prospects.

A majority of Americans believe the U.S. is in decline. And a plurality now say the U.S. will be surpassed by China in 20 years as the top power.

Democrats' problems seem in part linked to their ambitious health-care plan, billed as the signature achievement of Mr. Obama's first year. Now, for the first time, more people said they would prefer Congress did nothing on health care than who wanted to see the overhaul enacted.

"For Democrats, the red flags are flying at full mast," said Democratic pollster Peter Hart, who conducted the survey with Republican pollster Bill McInturff. "What we don't know for certain is: Have we reached a bottoming-out point?"

The biggest worry for Democrats is that the findings could set the stage for gains by Republican candidates in next year's elections. Support from independents for the president and his party continues to dwindle. In addition, voters intending to back Republicans expressed far more interest in the 2010 races than those planning to vote for Democrats, illustrating how disappointment on the left over attempts by party leaders to compromise on health care and other issues is damping enthusiasm among core party voters.

Democratic leaders, while bracing for losses next year, have argued that unlike the 1994 elections, in which Republicans gained 54 seats and took the House majority, Democrats would survive 2010 in part because they are taking steps to avoid that possibility. Republicans must gain 41 seats to take control.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday that Democrats "fully intend to be in the majority" after November 2010, and she was now shifting to "campaign mode" to help candidates. Party officials are leaning on a number of longtime colleagues to fight for their seats rather than retire.

The Journal/NBC survey found Ms. Pelosi's presence on the campaign trail could do more harm than good. Fifty-two percent said they would be less likely to vote for a candidate who agreed with the speaker almost all the time, compared with 42% who felt that way about candidates siding with Republican leaders.

For Mr. Obama, who has relied on his personal popularity to retain the clout he needs to enact his legislative agenda, the survey pointed to troubling signs.

A majority for the first time disapproved of his handling of the economy. And the public's personal affection for the president, a consistent strong suit, has begun to fray. Fifty percent now feel positive about him, six points lower than in October and an 18-point drop since his early weeks in office.

Democrats' troubles can be attributed in part to changing feelings among some core supporters. A third of voters 34 and under, a group that turned out heavily for Democrats last year, feel negative toward the Democratic Party. And just 38% of Hispanics feel positive, down sharply from 60% in February.

Wild Thing's comment.........

These democRATS will be out of business in 2010 if they pass this ObamaCare albatros!

Good article, the only thing they quoted wrong was the actual poll. Obama has been under 50% with Rasmussen and Gallop for over a month. But other then that, it is awesome news to read about how unhappy people are as they should be, with vile horrible Obama and his administration and Congress.

......Thank you Richard for sending this to me.

Posted by Wild Thing at December 18, 2009 02:47 AM


Does it seem to you that Obama is continually looking down his nose at everyone?

Posted by: BobF at December 18, 2009 07:46 AM

I'm so tired of looking at the wannabe dictator's nostrils.
He believes his own PR, really believing he was anointed. All he has is disdain for anyone that doesn't tow his line.
I'm so looking forward to the day the WH is rid of this scum thug. Hopefully, it will be before 2012.
This admin is this close to treason and I pray someone who can do something about that stands up and does so. If not, there are a lot of us who would help out.
Welcome to the White House Plantation.

Posted by: yankeemom at December 18, 2009 08:40 AM

Yes BobF, it does, that's because his head is stuck in the 'uppity' position.

Posted by: Mark at December 18, 2009 10:50 AM

If these polls included dead people like the Democrats voter lists do, then obama's numbers would be even worse.

Posted by: TomR at December 18, 2009 04:01 PM

Do you muse what he thinks about himself each day in the morning mirror?...he has GOT to realize what a worthless piece of $hit for brains he really is.

If I were he, I'd just curl up in a roadside ditch somewhere and let hypothermia take over.

Gezzz...what a loser of a human being.

Posted by: Steve Gaston at December 18, 2009 08:06 PM

Yankeemom, LOL me too!!!!

"I'm so tired of looking at the wannabe dictator's nostrils."

And he does that arrogant look to leaders
of other countries too. It does not matter
who it is, he feels above everyone else.

Posted by: Wild Thing at December 18, 2009 11:53 PM