Americans disapprove of U.S. President Barack Obama’s handling of almost every major issue and are deeply pessimistic about the nation’s direction, offering a bullish environment for Republicans in the November congressional elections.
A majority or plurality disapproves of Obama’s management of the economy, health care, the budget deficit, the overhaul of financial market regulations and the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, according to a Bloomberg National Poll conducted July 9- 12. In addition, almost 6 in 10 respondents say the war in Afghanistan is a lost cause.
Almost two-thirds say they feel the nation is headed in the wrong direction, an even more sour assessment than in March when 58 percent felt that way. Two-thirds of independent voters are pessimistic, while just 56 percent of Democrats offer a vote of confidence.
“They don’t see any solutions in sight,” said J. Ann Selzer, president of Selzer & Co., a Des Moines, Iowa-based firm that conducted the nationwide survey. “They have been hammered by the economy and there is a disconnect between the lives Americans are living and Washington. They seem to have lost hope.”
These problems are largely of their own making there at the White House. A bullshit stimulus package that was much too small and stimulated little other than education deformers' egos, a mortgage relief plan that was a disaster, a policy change on DRILL BABY DRILL that had Obama sanctioning oil drilling as "safe" just two weeks before the BP oil rig blew up and destroyed the gulf, a financial reform bill that is gutted and useless and health care reform that forces 31 million Americans to buy shitty health care insurance they won't be able to afford to use after they pay the premiums and pays for it by levying a 40% excise tax on Americans with employer-provided health care plans.
That's a really, really shitty record of accomplishment.
If the Obama administration were a high school in Rhode Island, Secretary of Education Duncan would shut this shit down and fire the staff.
But the Obama administration is not a high school in Rhode Island and Obama still thinks he can do know wrong.
So they're new strategy is to play to the middle, give up the House (and Pelosi and other House leaders are fuming over this) and triangulate core liberal constituencies like teachers unions in order to save their own incompetent asses comes 2012.)
Doesn't seem to be saving them yet.
They're sinking worse than a BP oil rig in all the latest polls.
Perhaps in the long run, this Rahm Emanuel-sponsored messaging will save them.
But I doubt it.
What would save them is a reviving economy and a falling unemployment rate.
But for some reason Obama and his economic team have decided that 9.5% unemployment is just fine and dandy, and if they can add a few more teachers to the unemployment rolls, it would be even better.