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.

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9 years ago

About a week ago I offered a hncllaage that no ones been able to meet. That is (1) Show me a non politically biased source that confirmes Obamas claim of GMs sucess and (2) the source must include the 2+ billion dollar UAW re-negoation numbers set to take place in 1-1-2012 when the UAW resumes talks that include back pension and pay raises that GM WILL have to absorb. Oh yea, Obama forgat to mention that in this little talk. PS here’s a hint. You can start with the CBO.

9 years ago

Recalls do not prevent pepole from buying Toyotas. As all new Toyota vehicles have been refitted with new parts. Also, the highest amount of recalls for any car company is GM, followed by Ford. The American media likes to focus more on foreign recalls for obvious reasons.Obama bought GM stocks, gave them cash and replaced their corporate leadership. He saved GM and over 300,000 American jobs that would have been lost if GM had went under. Lose your racism moron.

9 years ago

I am still a work in progress Black Diaspora, I want to see black folks think crilicalty and not monolithically, I want us to rise up from the bottom of almost ever demographic. Unfortunately, I think our focus misplaced as a people.I respect your positions and your candor. Thanks for sharing them with me.I believe that you’re also sincere in your wish to have blacks improve their lot in life.In that we’re in agreement.As I write this, Barack Obama has already been elected President Elect.The Dems don’t give a hoot about our schools, crime, poverty or any of the social blights of Black people they just use us to garner votes and I will not comply.National party politics–that is, politics at the congressional and presidential levels–can only legislate mandated directions, and perhaps fund some of those mandates. Take the No Child Left Behind law. According to some teachers, it is a good law (not all agree, of course). The problem with it, I’m told, is that it was underfunded, or not funded at all.My point: improving schools, ending poverty, and crime, are almost exclusively local problems that require local solutions.I would like to see a local confluence of resources–people and money–to strive toward a resolution of these seemingly perennial problems.If there’s a role for the federal government in this effort, then it should participate. Otherwise it should leave the task to those closest to the problem.McCain’s motto was Country First. A better motto would have been People First.Country and people are not always synonymous.We need solid solutions to these problems with the awareness that people (educated and working) are our greatest resource, and We the People should act accordingly.Black bloggers–conservative and liberal–can be powerful weapons in our communities to change them for the better.What we need are strong, viable coalitions dedicated to the betterment of our various black communities.That will be my goal during this next administration and beyond.

9 years ago

Black Diaspora~I don’t view your earnest iurinqy as contentious and I appreciate the fact the you would even visit a blog labeled conservative black woman. There are several reasons that I ultimately decided not to vote for Barack Obama in the general election (I did vote for him in the primaries although I was not entirely at peace with that decision). I guess I should explain that my faith in Jesus Christ informs my world view so I’m put off by Sen. Obama’s position on life issues not so much that he is pro-choice but he voted 4 times against legislation to prohibit late term abortion and he voted to lift the ban on partial birth abortion and that is extreme.I’m also troubled that he was a part of Jeremiah Wrights church for 20 years — I’m just not sure how a Christian can listen to black liberation theology for 20 years– I can bearly sit through an 11:00 service at Union Temple (a popular church in DC which espouses BLT). I am grateful for black activism I just don’t think that church is a platform for it. So these are just a few reason that I think he is too liberal for my tastes. Beyond that I have no love for the democratic party. I believe the democratic party delights in keeping black folks uninformed and dependent. The Dems don’t give a hoot about our schools, crime, poverty or any of the social blights of Black people they just use us to garner votes and I will not comply. For the record, I’m not crazy about McCain but I don’t trust Obama and I don’t think that Obama would be the lesser of two evils. and I have posted at least 30 blogs explaining why. I am still a work in progress Black Diaspora, I want to see black folks think critically and not monolithically, I want us to rise up from the bottom of almost ever demographic. Unfortnately, I think our focus misplaced as a people.

9 years ago

That was a long time ago, Greg. A generation has paessd. We are in the end-game here. The hard debt ceiling that I mentioned before, the non-statutory one that comes when people no longer want to buy U.S. debt without getting sky-high interest in return, is nearly upon us. The only people talking about moving in the right direction, about cutting spending, are Republicans. I am not happy with the GOP. But they are the only group even remotely moving to do the right thing.Federal revenues will recover when we get out of this economic depression. We will not get out of this depression with the current Democrat President and Senate. More taxes are not the answer. You can’t get blood out of a stone more taxes mean less economic activity at this point. And more debt is not the answer the end of easy credit is staring us in the face. And you can’t force businesses to expand. The only thing that will end this is what hasn’t been tried: cutting the size of the government and backing off from the intrusive anti-business environment that’s been createdReply

John C
9 years ago

I believe it’s too late to make changes. Laws have been changed and Judges rule from the bench with disregard for Constitutionality while the majority leaders say and do nothing. One example is that for several elections, I hear about “Voter Fraud” in the media as if there’s nothing anyone can do about it – as if it’s an acceptable occurrence each year. Well, that’s just one example. I believe that many conservative voters or Republican voters will split to third parties or write in votes, even if they won’t count, in 2012 because, like me, they’re fed up with corrupt and cowardly politicians. I think the Liberals have an extremely good chance to win AGAIN. God help America because I don’t think Americans can.

9 years ago

America is at a critical turning point–we must pray for God’s forgiveness that we, as a nation so blessed by Him, have turned away from Him, have slaughtered 50+ million babies since Roe v Wade,1973, have taken the Ten Commandments off school walls, 1980, have accepted and legalized practices that God calls abominations, and have taken our precious FREEDOM that was won and preserved by the blood of patriots for granted, foolishly dismissing any responsibilities as citizens of such a nation so blessed by God.

9 years ago

Bush got elected twice so anything is possible. Anyone who thinks Obama bashing is going help Perry or Romney elected is living in the United States of Amnesia

9 years ago

If Obama was a white Christian male with the same background and experience running to be the President in 2008 they would have been laughing at him, especially the lame street media. It is too bad that our first black President is a phony

9 years ago

Another term under this Obamination and America absolutely, irrevocably will NOT recover..PERIOD. Those who vote for him are on the public teat, misinformed, uninformed, stupid or a combination of these..full stop. There are a lot of these people..God Help America.

Rich FL
9 years ago


Linda L
9 years ago

Obama does not wish to acknowledge that he is the problem ! Why can’t we take all those earmarks and take all the money and put it back into our deficit. Might be at least a trillion dollars! I hope we can make it until 2012!! The JERK!!!!!

9 years ago

@ChrisM…He’s “different”. Here’s a link to a YouTube story from a guy named Larry Sinclair, who has passed lie detector tests, alleging a gay affair (and much more) with Odumbo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwgD-8Bj_Qs

James Hannes
9 years ago

When I told my wife that 35% thought Obama should be elected we had a hard time figuring out how there could be that may people with their eyes and ears still closed.

9 years ago

How come no red blooded American has questioned anyone about Obama’s PAST girlfriends? Did he have any? Certainly, unless he’s “different”, he must of had previous Girlfriends. Where are they? Who are they, Where do they live?

8 years ago
Reply to  ChrisM

Lillian Posted on I like using the swear words that make me uncomfortable in bed. Now I’ve got my parentr swearing up a storm too. LOL. He pretty much never, ever swears outside of this context, so it comes off as extra-filthy. *smit*

9 years ago

Amac is like a breath of fresh air after
reading the AARP liberal propoganda
for years. Keep up the good work.

Janis T
9 years ago

The more he speaks, the more the stock market falls! AND, he’s going on the road again to sell his snake oil! Who are these polls contacting? It is hard to believe so many approve of Obuma’s (no spelling error) direction. His “JOBS” speech is his campaign kick off speech.

9 years ago

I have relatives who are college graduates plus. They voted for Obama in 2008 and they will vote for Obama in 2012. I cannot understand this, but it is a fact. We have to have a good candidate and a strong campaign or we will lose again and our country is through.

Ernest Good
9 years ago

If all the people who are getting handouts from the Government would realize, when or if the Government runs out of money their free handouts will no longer be coming to them. I believe they would start voting for people who will start making sound fis-cal policies..

9 years ago

We have to be concerned about the 35 % who still think he is doing agood job. Everyone of the 65%, who seem to be thinking straight, must vote in 2012. We cannot take a chance with the loonies out there.

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