Two polls released today give us a peek at the political peril that confronts Obama and the Democrats. Gallup shows him in a statistical tie with a generic Republican opponent in 2012. (Republicans narrowly favor Mitt Romney over Sarah Palin, but the results are within the margin of error.) In short, voters are very open to a change in the Oval Office.
Even more ominous, the Quinnipiac poll reports:
American voters remain deeply divided about President Barack Obama’s job performance, giving him a 45 – 46 percent job approval, but disapproval of both Democrats and Republicans in Congress tops 2-1. This could explain why only 2 percent trust government to do what is right almost all of the time, and 16 percent trust government to do right most of the time, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.
In other words, they haven’t embraced his big-government fetish. The details are even worse for the president: by a 54-to-35 percent margin, they oppose ObamaCare; by a 44-to-41 percent margin, they disapprove of his handling of the economy; only 37 percent rate his handling of the deficit as good or excellent; and by a 49-46 percent margin, they oppose ending “tax cuts for couples earning over $250,000 annually.” Bottom line: they don’t like what he is doing.
These polls are two sides of the same political coin. Obama ran as a moderate, governed as an ultra-liberal, and lost the majority of the country’s support in the process. (Only 40 percent of independents approve of his job performance.) He thinks the problem is a failure to communicate. The problem, however, appears to be that he has communicated all too well his infatuation with growing the size of government and the nation’s debt. He can change or hope the public does. But maybe he’s content to have just one term.