We’ve seen failed incompetent President Barack Obama’s job approval ratings plummet over the past few months, hovering in the low 40s and high 30s. Now his personal favorability ratings are following suit.
According to a new CBS/NY Times poll, only 39% of Americans (not likely voters, not registered voters – Americans) view Obama favorably, compared to 42% who see him in an unfavorable light.
Why is this important? Well, have you ever met someone and completely fallen in love with them, then, over time, gotten completely sick of them? All of us have. Have you ever, then, fallen completely and enthusiastically in love with that person again? No, because it doesn’t happen. That old magic doesn’t come back.
Approval ratings measure the opinion of Obama’s policies and abilities. That can go up and down. This poll measures feelings. Some people wind up may deciding that they should vote for Obama over whomever the Republican candidate winds up being, but it won’t be in the “Yes We Can” chanting rally fainting rampant money donating kind of way they did in 2008.
Worse: This drop comes after the vaunted “Jobs Speech” theatrics and a week of running around the country holding “Pass This Bill Right Away” campaign rallies.
Is anyone else starting to get the feeling that maybe we should let up on Obama until after the time when it stops being feasible for a Democrat candidate who may actually be electable to enter the race?
While the president’s approval rating — which is down to 43 percent in the new poll, an all-time low — is an important indicator of his re-election standing, the high regard Americans felt for Obama personally was a sign that Americans hadn’t yet given up on his presidency.
— 72 percent of Americans believe the nation is on the wrong track, a new high for the Obama presidency.
— 49 percent of Democrats now say that Obama’s job performance has been worse than they expected.
— 47 percent of Americans are either “not very confident” or “not at all confident” that Obama’s jobs legislation “will create jobs and improve the economy.”
— Obama’s favorable/unfavorable rating among independents: 31 percent/41 percent.