Frank Newport, editor in chief of The Gallup Poll, writes that President Obama averaged a 43 percent job approval rating for the week of July 18-24, tied for the lowest weekly average of his administration.
A separate poll, this one from the Washington Post-ABC News, finds the number of liberal Democrats who strongly support Obama’s record on jobs plunged 22 points from 53 percent last year to 31 percent today. The number of African Americans who believe the president’s actions have helped the economy has dropped from 77 percent in October to just over half of those surveyed. A staggering 90 percent of those surveyed said the economy is not doing well. More than four out of five report that jobs are difficult to find. And only 41 percent approve of the job the president is doing when it comes to creating jobs.
A man of Obama’s arrogance and narcissism cannot process failure very well –and being surrounded on almost every side by failures of his own making can cause anger, denial and blame shifting. His public comments take on a “woe is me” quality. And beyond all that is an effort to create an optical illusion in which Obama casts himself as courageous, non-partisan, mature, reasonable and anti-ideological. The zeal with which Obama and his team are pursuing this make-over is somewhat impressive. But ultimately, it’s also fruitless. Not even Barack Obama can escape responsibility for his staggering record of incompetence.