Thursday, June 18, 2009

People Like Obama But Not His Policies

While President Obama remains personally popular the same cannot be said of his policies.

A Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll indicates an approval rating of 56% for Obama which is down 5% from April. Obama has lost most that support amongst independents. The biggest misgivings concerned unprecedented government intervention in the economy especially the takeover of GM. Most voters think Obama should address the deficit rather than increase spending. There are fewer concerns amongst voters with regard to foreign policy although there is strong disapproval of the closing of Guantanamo Bay. That is more likely to hit home because nobody wants Gitmo detainees living in Peoria. I suspect that if Obama pursues negotiations with Iran foreign policy concerns will increase and those numbers will drop further.

The New York Times/CBS News poll has Obama's approval rating at 63%. Apparently that's not good enough for Obama who said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal:

If you have an argument made frequently enough -- whether it's true or not -- it has some impact. If you want to attack a Democratic president, how are you going to attack him? Well, you're going to talk about how he wants more government and he wants to socialize medicine and he's going to be oppressive towards business. I mean, that's pretty standard fare.

Maybe that's because Obama wants more government, wants to socialize medicine and is being oppressive towards business. If his skin is that thin with a 63% approval rating imagine what he will be like if that approval rating falls below 40%.

No comments: