What’s holding Obama approvals up? — hot air, that’s what.

What’s holding Obama up?

By Dick Morris – The Hill 06/05/13

Why does Obama boast an average approval rating of 48 percent when he scores terribly on each issue he is now handling? Here’s the rundown in the latest Bloomberg News poll:

Do you approve or disapprove of Obama’s handling of ______?

Approve: 42% Disapprove: 53%
Approve: 40% Disapprove: 56%
Budget Deficit
Approve: 32% Disapprove: 59%
Approve: 51% Disapprove: 40%
Economic Security
Approve: 42% Disapprove: 51%
Approve:40% Disapprove: 49%
Approve: 31% Disapprove: 51%

And the focus on Obama’s scandals is cutting deep with the American people.By 48 percent to 31 percent, Bloomberg found that Americans believe that the “extra scrutiny” the IRS gave to conservative groups was “politically motivated” and not “a product of bureaucratic shortcuts.”

Forty-seven percent of Americans said Obama “is not being truthful when he says he didn’t have prior knowledge of the extra scrutiny the IRS gave to conservative groups and that he learned about it through the news media.” Only 40 percent said he was “being truthful.”(also Bloomberg)

A Wall Street Journal/NBC poll found that the majority of voters felt that “the Administration’s handling” of each of its three major scandals “raises doubts” about “the overall honesty and integrity of the Obama Administration.”

A. On Benghazi 58 percent said it raised doubts and 27 percent said it did not.

B. On the subpoena of journalists’ phone records, it was 58 percent versus 23 percent.

C. And on the IRS targeting of conservative groups, 55 reported doubts and 26 percent did not.

So it’s logical to ask what is holding Obama’s approval ratings up at 48 percent when his approval on key issues is down in the 40 percent to 42 percent range and his handling of scandals is so universally derided?

The answer is, of course, demographics. African-Americans, Latinos, gays, students, and single white women are so frightened of a world without Obama and so alienated from Republicans that they dare not give the president overall negative ratings.

Will they ever? Yes. When the scandals reach the point where they cannot avoid it and when the Republicans stop alienating these groups.

Immigration reform will [be] the first break in the ice because it will remove the single issue that most holds Latinos captive to the Democratic Party. On abortion, the administration’s ability to wave Roe v. Wade as its banner guarantees the 2-to-1 support of single white women, about 20 percent of the electorate.

But ObamaCare offers the best option for bringing down Obama’s popularity. This signature program, so closely identified with his presidency, is becoming more and more unpopular as it nears implementation. Obama’s efforts to shore up its approval ratings are only likely to identify him more with its failings. The premium increases, the taxes and fines on young people, and the rationing of care to the elderly will become ever more apparent. And who can believe now that it ought to be administered by this Internal Revenue Service?

Bringing down Obama will take time, but the polling shows progress. Keep at it.


Finding that point where his approvals reflect reality would be to find America’s ‘sweet spot’. Now that would be utopia.  That’s where reality and perception finally converge, where people admit his failures, where he is not shrouded in phony belief and perceptions, when honesty prevails. That’s when America awakes up from its slumber.

It would be a Eureka moment when America finally “gets it”, most of it at least.  Sure, there are  perpetual deniers but for the most part people would come clean about Obama. I won’t hold my breath.

That is a lot to ask of America currently, considering the hold Obama has had on it until now. We may need some anti-anxiety meds when that happens — when people realize he is not who he said he was.

All that unfounded belief of people is what made Michelle Obama “really proud of my country, for the first time in my adult life.”

Seems like the percentage who think Obama is full of BS, hypocrisy, deception, and corruption is growing daily.  But so far, the percentage that don’t care what the liar says or does seems locked… somewhere in La-La land.

13 comments on “What’s holding Obama approvals up? — hot air, that’s what.

  1. clyde says:

    Good post,bull. Where I believe the disconnect is, the low-information sheeple do not see Obama as the mind behind all this crap, they see him, as portrayed by himself, and the willing accomplices of his drooling, slavish media, as fighting all of this. Hence, statements such as : It was a few rogue employees at the Cinncinnati office”. Or, “it was that horrible You-tube video that led to the slaughter in Benghazi”. You know, in other words, lying his half-black ass off.


  2. Just Gene says:

    Let me try to explain political math – remember, budget cuts were a decrease in future spending – it’s the same with obamadontcare, future spending – the SOB insurance companies will have to raise their rates so high in order to comply with all the government mandates that getting insurance from the government will be much (a little) cheaper – therefore your rates will be lower. Get it?


  3. Davetherave says:

    Great post Bull! I read another poll the other day that showed the same kind of numbers as the poll you’re showing. It’s a poll that my redneck ass can’t even pronounce correctly, so my spelling of it will suck but hopefully you’ll recognize it anyway. It’s something like Quinnapac.

    In the damn poll I can pronounce or spell correctly there was a great majority of Repukes, Independents and even Demonrats that want the sumbitch to appoint a special investigator to look into the IRS bull shit. A boat load of Americans are really pissed off about that issue.

    I completely agree with the only thing holding Asshat’s numbers up are the homos, south of the boarder folks, blacks, pro-murder women and let us not forget unions. Those groups are getting spoon fed anything they want by the used ass wipe and that’s all they care about.

    Oh yeah; have you figured out a way to make your streaming video of the tanks chasing the sumbitch to finally catch up with him and grease their treads??? 🙂


  4. Well reasoned, but I’m not holding out hope for Obamacare finishing him off… yet.

    Since the government can basically “fix” the rates, they will work the numbers to help their constituents. That much seems obvious, even now. Then they’ll cave in on the Unions, which will clear a big hurdle for them.
    And of course, they and the press will keep up a full court press with columns and announcements that O-care is bringing costs down… even when people can look at their own healthcare costs and think “Hmmm, that’s odd: mine are going UP. Why’s that, I wonder…?”

    It’s the Overton Window in action…

    I agree O’s popularity will tank, eventually, but I just don’t know when.


    • bullright says:

      JTR: as to it finishing him off, I’ll believe that when I see it too. But it sure can’t be doing him any real good as the details ooze out. Eventually, the ship has to run out of steam, or physics should determine. Sooner the better. But there is some extreme denial going on.

      Excellent professional analysis…


  5. Davetherave says:

    Bull, just read a great revelation about Obamacide. The senator who wrote the ObamaCare bill affirms that it is a “train wreck” and he quietly decided not to run for re-election. Revelation…not! And that damn Traitor Justice Roberts shoved this shit down our throats and the numbers you show still tells us the far majority hate this stupid ass program!

    Anyone with even half a brain knows socialized healthcare DOES NOT WORK! It’s sad but true that some simply get left behind…or…take the European, socialistic style healthcare and go even more bankrupt than we already are. The attempt to give all in any society an equal footing never works and only breaks down the entire system for everyone. Nice dream that all people would have healthcare, but that is why it’s called a dream….


    • bullright says:

      Dave, thanks, ha ha “revelation not” is right on. I suppose the new motto for it is “leave no one ahead”. Maybe it should be dubbed “FantasyCare“? 🙂



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