Friday, October 8, 2010

G. W. Bush versus Obama

Wow! The fall of Barack Obama can be measured in many ways. But this is a pretty shocking polling result. A CNN poll (Note: not Fox, but CNN) has Americans still saying that Barack Obama has done a better job as president than George W. Bush, but only by a margin of 2%, which is down from margin of 23% a year ago. From the CNN website:
Americans are divided over whether President Barack Obama or his predecessor has performed better in the White House, according to a new national poll.

And a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Friday also indicates in the battle for Congress, Republicans hold large advantages over the Democrats among independents, men and blue-collar whites. The poll also indicates that Republicans are much more enthusiastic than Democrats to vote.

By 47 to 45 percent, Americans say Obama is a better president than George W. Bush. But that two point margin is down from a 23 point advantage one year ago.

Rasmussen Polls has Obama's approval rating at 52% who disapprove and 47% who approve. The Real Clear Politics average of several polls has Obama's average approval rating at 3.8% less than his approval rating. The lowest poll has an approval rating of 42% and the highest one has 48%. One of the fascinating things about Obama is that his personal approval levels are consistently higher than those of his policies or the Congress which has passed his priorities. This is one reason why the Democrats may be lulled into thinking that Nov. 2 won't be a massive rejection of them and their social democratic policy agenda.

So how's that hopey-changey thing working out for you all? Not that great, it looks like.

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