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article imageOp-Ed: Obama poll numbers crash hard

By Larry Clifton     Sep 1, 2009 in Politics
President Barack Obama returned from vacation to poll numbers that are plunging as sharply as his deficit spending is rising.
The term "embattled President" seems to best suit the Democratic Party leader who defeated Hillary Clinton with a battle cry for "change we can believe in." Perhaps the changes that the American people believe in are different than those Mr. Obama alluded to during his campaign, or it could be that the man that many Republican leaders and others claimed lacked the experience to lead, simply lacks the experience to lead.
In any case, a wheel on Mr. Obama's presidential clunker is wobbling frightfully just as his strategy in the Afghanistan war turns out to be as backwards as his "health care reform" policies. Ironically, the only Obama policy that proved economically successful in the view of some was his short-sighted Cash-for-Clunkers program, which involved gifting new car buyers who have good credit and are employed thousands of dollars for a down payment on their next new car. The program was promptly shut down after running out of taxpayer-funded cash. Unfortunately, many more Americans believe that needing a new car doesn't constitute being a person in need of government subsidies.
Obama supporters are clinging to a new Gallup poll that graciously offers him 50 percent approval, however other national polls have Obama in the mid-to-low 40s, far beneath either Bushes' numbers and most other presidents in recent history during the same time line. A new Zogby poll just released pegs Obama's job approval rating at 42 percent, a 13 point slide among democrats since the last poll.
A new Rasmussen poll reveals an even worse dip for Obama, announcing his approval rating at 41 percent.
Only one national poll released shows Obama in a tie with George Bush at this time in his presidency. Real Clear Politics pegged Obama at 51 percent approval, exactly where George Bush was.
While many things can change that will lead to change Mr. Obama would rather believe in regarding his standing in national polls, the president is today experiencing a free fall in popularity as more Americans tune into the national debates over health care and the economy.
Clearly, it will take far more than eloquent speeches to rebuild the engine of the Obama administration's political jalopy. It might help if he would stop allowing it to be carjacked by left-sighted members of his disheveled Democratic Party.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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