Another revealing poll is out suggesting that Obama hasn’t yet turned the corner on health care or revived his own political popularity. The Fox News/Opinion Dynamics poll shows Obama’s approval at 49 percent, down a point from last month. Independents disapprove by a 46 to 41 percent margin. By a 50 to 42 percent margin, voters disapprove of his handling of health care. Independents disapprove on this issue by a 53 to 36 percent margin.
Congress gets only a 24 percent approval, down 3 points from the last poll. That’s better than the UN, which gets a 35 percent approval. By a 42 to 38 percent margin, Americans say they’d rather vote for Republicans for Congress to check Obama than for Democrats to push his agenda through.
Most shocking, perhaps, is that if the 2012 election were held today, 43 percent would vote for Obama, and 48 percent for someone else. Sixty-four percent of the voters think we are more divided than we were last year. Forty percent think the federal government should be working on creating jobs, but only 13 percent think it should be involved in health care. Sixty-five percent think Obama didn’t deserve the Nobel Peace Prize.
All in all, there isn’t much good news for the president. It seems as though Americans are largely over his spell and are starting to evaluate him on what he is doing. So far, they aren’t all that impressed.