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Topic: Director Keating

An All-Time-High Unfavorable Rating

Obama’s average unfavorable rating has reached an all-time high in RealClearPolitics, at 46.5 percent. Meanwhile, CNN reports:

Forty-eight percent of people questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Tuesday say Obama’s presidency has been a failure so far, with 47 percent saying Obama has been a success. The poll’s January 12 release comes just 8 days before Obama marks one year in the White House.

On individual issues, the public is recoiling from Obamaism:

“Only 44 percent approve of how Obama is handling the economy; just 4 in 10 give him a thumbs-up on health care and his approval rating on the federal deficit has plunged to 36 percent. Those are three of the four most important issues on the public’s mind today,” says [Polling Director Keating] Holland. “The president’s ratings also suffer from the growing perception that he is too liberal – 46 percent feel that way today, up 10 points from March.”

And they don’t much like his stance on Guantanamo. By a 55 to 32 percent margin, voters think the facility should be kept open.

It seems that having returned from holiday celebrations, hearing about ObamaCare for another couple of weeks, and taking a look at the awful unemployment situation, voters have been reminded how much they don’t agree with the president and how much they object to his leftward lurch. Those politicians who cling to his agenda will do so at their own risk. And those who were promised political cover from the White House were, frankly, had. Obama is struggling to stay afloat; he hardly has the political mojo to help his fellow Democrats — at least not those who come from states that aren’t in the bag. Like Massachusetts.

Obama’s average unfavorable rating has reached an all-time high in RealClearPolitics, at 46.5 percent. Meanwhile, CNN reports:

Forty-eight percent of people questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Tuesday say Obama’s presidency has been a failure so far, with 47 percent saying Obama has been a success. The poll’s January 12 release comes just 8 days before Obama marks one year in the White House.

On individual issues, the public is recoiling from Obamaism:

“Only 44 percent approve of how Obama is handling the economy; just 4 in 10 give him a thumbs-up on health care and his approval rating on the federal deficit has plunged to 36 percent. Those are three of the four most important issues on the public’s mind today,” says [Polling Director Keating] Holland. “The president’s ratings also suffer from the growing perception that he is too liberal – 46 percent feel that way today, up 10 points from March.”

And they don’t much like his stance on Guantanamo. By a 55 to 32 percent margin, voters think the facility should be kept open.

It seems that having returned from holiday celebrations, hearing about ObamaCare for another couple of weeks, and taking a look at the awful unemployment situation, voters have been reminded how much they don’t agree with the president and how much they object to his leftward lurch. Those politicians who cling to his agenda will do so at their own risk. And those who were promised political cover from the White House were, frankly, had. Obama is struggling to stay afloat; he hardly has the political mojo to help his fellow Democrats — at least not those who come from states that aren’t in the bag. Like Massachusetts.

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