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The Pulse of the American Majority

By Jedediah Bila

Jedediah Bila

 As GOP candidates continue to gear up to take on President Obama in 2012, what are the sentiments of the American majority? How are they feeling about the economy, our President, and his policies? Let’s take a quick peek at some polls, shall we?

  •  Rasmussen:

 **Daily Presidential Tracking Poll: “21% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Forty-three percent (43%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -22”

 **Health Care Law: “The number of voters who Strongly Favor repeal of the national health care law ties the highest level reached in several months … 57% at least somewhat favor repeal of the health care law”

 **62% Lack Confidence Government Will Spend New Infrastructure Money the Right Way

 **New Low: 29% Give Obama Good or Excellent Marks on Economy

  •  Gallup:

 **Obama Weekly Average Approval Holds at Term-Low 40%

 **Upper Income Confidence Plunging: “Over the first three weeks of August, Gallup’s Economic Confidence measure has been at its lowest level since March 2009. Confidence has fallen among Americans of all income levels, but plunged among upper-income Americans making $90,000 or more a year.”

  •  CNN:

 **Support for Libya jumps but no bounce for president: “Obama still gets low marks on the economy, and previous polling suggests that the number who think the economy is the number one issue is 12 times higher than the number who were principally concerned about Libya. As a result, Obama’s overall approval rating now stands at 45 percent, with 54 percent saying they disapprove of the job he’s doing in office, virtually unchanged since mid-July.”

  •  AP-GfK:

  **Views on economy, Obama role sour: “The survey found that 86 percent of adults see the economy as ‘poor,’ up from 80 percent in June. About half — 49 percent — said it worsened just in the past month. Only 27 percent responded that way in the June survey.”

  •  IBOPE Zogby:

 **More Bad Numbers for Obama, as 40% Approve of Performance & 35% Say He Deserves Re-Election

 So, what does all of this tell you?

 It’s actually quite simple: President Obama is in trouble. All it will take to defeat him in 2012 is for a candidate to successfully articulate his failures—and his commitment to the overspending and big-government policies that Americans don’t want. He will be savvy with his rhetoric, so candidates must be prepared for him to cloak deceit and failed policies in phony pro-middle class, pro-jobs jargon. And he will count on—and lean on—the mainstream media’s perennial support.

 Hold our President accountable. Call it like you see it. Demand principled, gutsy leadership from the Right. Vet the heck out of GOP candidates in order to leave the strongest, most capable, boldest contrast to Obama standing.

 This President’s abysmal record is simply not difficult to beat. Now let’s get to it.

About The Author

Jedediah Bila is an author, columnist, TV and radio personality, and Fox News Contributor. Her book, OUTNUMBERED: Chronicles of a Manhattan Conservative, was published in May of 2011. Her columns have been published in/at Human Events, The Daily Caller, Newsmax, FoxNews.com, Breitbart.com, The Blaze, and the Association of Mature American Citizens’ newsletter. Topics include politics, culture, media, fitness, music, and more. Jedediah has guest hosted 1450 WCTC radio and guest co-hosted Varney & Co. on Fox Business and Red Eye w/ Greg Gutfeld on Fox News. She has been a regular guest on Fox News and Fox Business, including such shows as Hannity, Fox & Friends, Red Eye w/ Greg Gutfeld, Varney & Co., America’s Nightly Scoreboard, Follow the Money, America’s Newsroom, The Tom Sullivan Show, and Lou Dobbs Tonight. She has appeared on MSNBC, CNBC’s “The Kudlow Report,” The Blaze TV, and several radio shows, including The Sean Hannity Show, The Mark Levin Show, The Lou Dobbs Show, The Laura Ingraham Show, and The Monica Crowley Show. Jedediah graduated Valedictorian of Wagner College and earned a Master of Arts from Columbia University. She went on to hold a number of diverse leadership positions. She has taught at the middle school, high school, and college levels. Jedediah is a featured speaker for the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute. She is also a Pioneer Mentor at The New Agenda.

http://jedediahbila.com

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Comments (49)

  1. George P says:

    While i admit the Ron Paul is a viable candidate & has some good ideas. When you really consider what he is promoting I fear we would really be in trouble. He is an isolationist, that may have worked in the past but not today. He is for allowing the airlines to make policy about who flies or not Do we really want to trust the airline executives with that decision. He wants and open and free economic system that was in place in the 1700′s that is simply not going to work now. I listened to the debates and came away with a new respect for Newt. He won’t get the nomination but he isn’t afraid to call a spade a spade instead of cloaking himself by deceptive rhetoric. I would like to somehow morph Jon Huntsman, Mitt Romney & Newt Gingrich into one candidate. I have taught U.S History for several years and have given out copies of the Constitution to my students as we have gone over it. I will pray for Barrack Obama Psalm 109:8

  2. gene says:

    Our President is form without substance. He was “effective” when our lamb like populace gave him majorities in both Houses. All he will be doing is attacking anyone who is not Obama.His tax credits are ludicrous:what business person will hire someone for a $3500 credit when each employee would cost $40M,$50M,etc. In the same breath he wants to increase the taxes paid by these same business people.Does anyone who supports him actually listen to what he says, or what he has written about himself?

  3. Cheryl says:

    I agree with the gentleman who suggests an “anti-Obama” campaign is not going to cut it. Where is the candidate that will be pro-active instead of “anti-whatever”, and set forth ideals and realistic goals that will once again lead lead this nation in the right direction?

  4. Gayle says:

    Newt seems to be the only one who is sticking to issues……listen and see.

  5. arnold puentes says:

    Ron Paul for president–all the rest should be in his cabinet- Perry for vice pres.

  6. Greg says:

    21% of the people will like you or hate you no matter what you do. Even Obama lovers have to admit the failure of his policy. He still has 40-44% approval. How is it that high?

    • Eko says:

      “Make the argument that the President is suptid.”I believe he’s intelligent, but that’s not much help. He is not wise. He learned the wrong lessons from history, even if he knows them very well. You can do well, and appear quite smart having entirely wrong and failed ideas. I have come to the place where I believe ideology and understanding is most important. With the right set, you will make the right choices regardless of intelligence, and with the wrong set smarts just makes you dangerous. Intelligence is like a fast car, it doesn’t know which way to go, it just helps you get there faster.And liars often just can’t help themselves. If you combine that with being told all your life how special and wonderful you are despite your own knowledge to the contrary, you end up with a messed up dude.

  7. Mary Bell says:

    His main purpose of having so many on the public dole, and to get illegals to vote is because then they represent the majority….That 35% are those along with unions and plain idiots who want to see this country in shambles….
    I agree with Neal Boortz, voters should have to pass intellegent tests in order to be able to vote…..Not just be breathing and have a pulse.

  8. Bob Hirschmann says:

    Ron Paul is everything Obama is not. Obama wants to destroy this country and Paul wants to restore it back to where it was. Obama thinks, “you have to send money to make money”. That may be true but you also have to HAVE the money to spend. Instead of giving amnesty to all the illegals and increasing regulations on businesses we need to obey the existing laws and return all illegals to where they came from. Remove the restrictions on the private factor and let them fend for themselves. If they fail, so be it. If they succeed, hurray for them as they will hire more to expand their businesses. Isn’t that the way this country grew to be what it is? Ron Paul has the right idea and I’ll vote for him anyday!

  9. Greg the Electrician says:

    Obama was a registered Socialist.

  10. dwd says:

    The opposition candidate must campaign not only on the President’s failures, but must also articulate a positive plan get us out of this mess – otherwise, he or she will just be another Bush or Obama.

  11. Georgie Mackay Says says:

    We the People(citizens)are the only freedom fighters of our great nation. Ron Paul is the only true candidate.
    Our forefathers would agree,oneness and self responsibility, we the people, freedom and liberty. God bless America and the Constitution, Law of the Land. Save America in 2012. research … every candidate and Vote.

  12. Steve McKee says:

    The glaring problem that continues to this day , is the partisan divide that serves to distract Americans from real issues. The media on both sides seeks to control outcomes. Already Fox is saying that Ron Paul can’t win. We need dedicated Americans who are not Politicians or Lawyers to be our representatives in both The White House and Congress. We need media with no axe to grind. Stop telling us what to think and start reporting the news. We want America back. Fox, ABC, NBC, CNN and CBS are all corrupted by agenda.
    People, Ron Paul could win if you would stop watching the news, send him a little financial help and pray for a change in America. We will always be manipulable
    as long as we think party.

  13. PJ says:

    Be very concerned of those on government entitlement programs. The number is staggering!

  14. gparra9 says:

    The question is, can any of the candidates running for the Republican nomination for president of the U.S. be trusted to do the right thing & get us out this mess were in ?? In my opinion Obama needs to go!!!

  15. Johnnie Jones says:

    The GOP has a great opportunity in 2012, but the candidate must be more than an intelligent voice (remember Newt?). Action must accompany words! (Remember Raegan!)

  16. Kevin Wussow says:

    The car in front of me had a bumper sticker on it. It read: “Pray for Obama. Psalm 109:8.” When I got home I opened my bible to the scripture and read it and started laughing. Psalm 109:8 –“Let his days be few and brief; And let others step forward to replace him.” At last –I can voice a Biblical prayer for our president! Let us bow our heads and pray.

  17. HistoryVet101 says:

    Thank you for getting this poll info out. We are being swamped with false and biased news from the “mainstream” media. There is a concerted liberal effort to convince us that struggling against a free-spending Congress makes us racists or dinosaurs.

  18. Chip Hosek says:

    JB, Even these numbers are higher than what one would normally expect with the economy in such dire shape. I believe the lame street media has added as much as 10 points to Obama’s lousy poll numbers. That’s where I get so furious! Tell us the truth without the spin. You’re doing a great job and I’m proud at how far you’ve come in such a short period. Keep us informed!!!

  19. Steve says:

    Articulating a sitting president’s failures hasn’t worked in recent history: look at Kerry (2004) and Dole (1996). We need a candidate that will put forth some real ideas and solutions that will turn this country around economically. And so far, not one of the GOP candidates is doing this; every single one of them is campaigning as “anti-Obama”.

  20. Don Remley says:

    Who are the 35% that say he deserves reelection? Must be his relatives or welfare people…….

  21. Linda says:

    Great summary. Sharing!

  22. WaltEly says:

    The real question is why hasn’t the Congress impeached this criminal yet? Gee, he might call them racists.

  23. WaltEly says:

    What all this really tells me is that there is way too big a percentage of people who are still blindly following this welfare handout fraud of a President who got ‘installed’ into the White House by the shadow elites to specifically destroy this country economically!

  24. MJ says:

    Is it 2012 yet? Almost!

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