The metric that went nowhere
Amidst all the terrible news for Obama, there is one item that is not bad. Remember the continual Republican gloating, month after month, about Obama’s “plummeting” approval rating, which was, we were told a hundred times, in “free fall”? Well, guess what? In a piece at The Daily Caller, which otherwise predicts sweeping losses for the Democrats, it is reported that Obama’s approval rating is holding at 45 percent, exactly where it’s been for the last six months. When we last discussed this issue, some commenters pointed out that while the “plummeting” description was incorrect, the president’s approval was steadily declining. But for whatever reason, that has turned out not to be the case. I personally am not happy about this. I think he ought to have an approval rating of 25, an approval rating of zero. But the fact is that the touted fall has not happened.
David B. writes:
Regarding Obama’s poll rating staying at 45 percent, this is what I’ve been saying all along. His poll numbers will not fall as low as those of George W. Bush.LA replies:
In reply to David’s point I should add that when I was drafting the entry, I thought of saying half-jokingly that the president’s approval rating ought to be 28 percent, based on 13 percent of the country being black, 13 percent of the country being Hispanic, and two percent of the country being Jewish.Sophia A. writes:
I think Rasmussen has a good track record. According to the latest Presidential tracking poll, only 27 percent of voters strongly approve of his performance, while 43 percent strongly disapprove. I also think that the mid-term elections are the truest metric of how the general public really feels about a President.N. writes:
A quick mental estimate tells me that Obama’s support level is about right. Black people support him 90 plus percent, and they constitute about 15 percent of the population. The various Mexican, Central American, and South American groups that are labeled “Hispanic” are another 15 percent or so of the population, and with the exception of Cubans they seem to support him at a level close to that of blacks. That leaves about another 15 percent or so of the population as diehard leftists, who will surely support Obama no matter what.LA replies:
No it’s not. It’s been explained at this site a thousand times. Higher than the imperative for political survival is the first and most important Commandment of the Liberal American Creed:Dan K. writes:
You wrote: ” I think he ought to have an approval rating of 25, an approval rating of zero. But the fact is that the touted fall has not happened.”Jim B. writes:
I think one thing to keep in mind the next few weeks is how no one is comparing Obama to FDR anymore. The 1934 midterm elections (look at the results here) were the only mid-term election in history in which the president’s party gained seats (nine in the Senate and nine in the House). Obama now looks likely to preside over the worst debacle in the history of the Democratic party.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at October 13, 2010 09:34 AM | Send