Skip to comments.66% of Independents Say Obama A Leftist - And What That Means
Posted on 03/09/2010 5:58:47 PM PST by Michael Eden
By a two-to-one margin, independents are saying that Obama is a leftist. And only 14% of unaffiliated voters say they are more liberal than Obama. And for those independents who have strongly made up their mind one way or the other, the margin dramatically increases to a six-to-one margin believing that Obama is a leftist.
For a story like this, we need to go back a little further, when we found out that Barry Hussein was THE most polarizing president in history:
In his first two months in office, President Barack Obama has succeeded in widening the political gulf among Americans more than any other president in modern history, according to a new poll. The "partisan gap" between Republicans and Democrats is 10 points larger than it was under George W. Bush.And widen it did. It's not just Republicans who overwhelmingly disapprove of Obama; it's independents. It's the unaffiliated voters who now understand that Barack Obama misrepresented himself when he claimed he was a centrist who wanted what they wanted.
The gulf between Democrats and Republicans who say President Obama is succeeding is also showing signs of further widening, according to a new Pew Research poll.
66% Of Independents Say Obama Is To Their Left
By Ed Carson Tue., March 09, '10
Supporters like to portray President Obama and his agenda as centrist. But those actually in the political center beg to differ. In fact, 66% of independents say their ideology is to the right of Obama, according to the latest IBD/TIPP poll. Just 14% say theyre more liberal.
(Among all respondents, results were generally slightly less negative due to strong Democratic support for the president.)
- Oppose Obama's handling of the economy by 2-to-1. Among those with strong opinions, disapproval soars to 6-to-1 30% vs. 5%.
- On health care, 53% disapprove vs. 23% who approve. 35% say Obamas doing an unacceptable job vs. just 9% who give him an A.
- 55% have a dim view of Obama on the budget. Just 17% who like his work. They strongly disapprove 34%-6%.
These issues feed off each other. Obama and the Democratic Congress have spent vast sums on bailouts and a mammoth stimulus that are driving deficits to truly unsustainable levels. Ordinary Americans havent seen much benefit because job losses continue and unemployment remains near 10%.
But Democrats still havent made the economy their top issue. Instead, they spend their time and political capital on health care, even though voters have signaled they dont like Democrats health plans.
That's inspired and fueled the fast-growing Tea Party movement. A February IBD/TIPP poll showed 75% of independents favor that movement.
41% of Americans say they are more likely to oppose a candidate that supports the current health care bill, according to the IBD/TIPP poll. Just 27% say they would be more apt to vote for that person. Among independents, the ratio is 2-to-1 against.
These are all chilling results for Democrats facing re-election. How many from moderate districts will lash themselves to Speaker Nancy Pelosi's mast?
And what's the result of all of this?
A substantial majority of Americans now believe that the massive government this leftist president is trying to create represents a threat to their rights:
CNN Poll: Majority says government a threat to citizens rights Posted: February 26th, 2010 09:00 AM ETSo we find that 66% of independents believe that Obama is to their left, and 63% of independents believe that the government Obama is presiding over is a threat to their rights. See the near perfect dovetailing?
From CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser
Washington (CNN) A majority of Americans think the federal government poses a threat to rights of Americans, according to a new national poll.
Fifty-six percent of people questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Friday say they think the federal governments become so large and powerful that it poses an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens. Forty-four percent of those polled disagree.
The survey indicates a partisan divide on the question: only 37 percent of Democrats, 63 percent of Independents and nearly 7 in 10 Republicans say the federal government poses a threat to the rights of Americans. According to CNN poll numbers released Sunday, Americans overwhelmingly think that the U.S. government is broken though the public overwhelmingly holds out hope that whats broken can be fixed.
What we are seeing is one of the most cynical and disingenuous presidents in American history attempt to establish himself as transcending political divides while simultaneously demagoguing and demonizing his opposition in a manner this generation has never seen. And the mainstream media have broadcast his political narrative in a way very reminiscent of Joseph Goebbels broadcasting the narrative of his party.
Fortunately, this fascist technique hasn't worked. Mainstream media news outlets such as ABC, NBC and CBS are imploding:
The American mainstream media has been on a collision course with reality for several years. It appears the day of reckoning has arrived as both ABC News and CBS News make announcements today that indicate deep financial woes. In short, the mainstream media is going down as the big news giants begin to implode.Meanwhile Fox News, The Wall Street Journal, and Rush Limbaugh are thriving. After a year of unrelenting Obama demagoguing, Fox News is now THE most trusted name in news.
For quite some time now it has been widely known that NBC News and its sister networks MSNBC and CNBC are in dire financial straits. That news was confirmed with the sale of the entity a few months ago.
Today, however, ABC News announced that it is cutting its news correspondent staff by half and that it will close all of its 'brick and mortar' news bureaus, except for its Washington hub.
In addition, CBS News is reportedly talking with CNN's Anderson Cooper concerning an anchor position with the network. CBS has already been forced to cut Katie Couric's salary, and Couric's contract is set to expire in a little over a year.
The crash of big mainstream media is not confined to television, however. Liberal, mainstream newspapers, such as the New York Times, continue to operate under heavy financial pressure as subscriptions tank and advertising revenues fall to historic lows.
Shockingly (and I actually say that without irony), Americans still don't want to be indoctrinated when they have a choice.
Obama has gone way, WAAAAYYYY downhill from the days when journalists and other passionate Obama supporters literally breathlessly compared him favorably to the divine Son of God. I think of the Newsweek editor saying, "I mean in a way Obamas standing above the country, above above the world, hes sort of God." I think of Chris Matthews saying he felt this thrill going up his leg as Obama spoke. Here's where "the One" stands after a year of gracing an undeserving wolrd with his exalted magnificence, according to Rasmussen:
Tuesday, March 09, 2010And Democrats are swirling the drain for a massive defeat that might not only reach 1994-levels, but even make 1994 look like a good year for Democrats. From Rasmussen:
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows that 22% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Forty-one percent (41%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -19 (see trends). [...]
Overall, 44% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the President's performance. Fifty-four percent (54%) disapprove.
Tuesday, March 09, 2010On January 18, 2009, Democrats led Republicans 42% to 35%. How the tables have turned. That's a 14-point swing since Obama started ruining the country. And the trend has been going steadily down-the-drain-ward for Democrats.
Republican candidates lead Democrats by seven points in the latest edition of the Generic Congressional Ballot.
The new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 44% would vote for their districts Republican congressional candidate while 37% would opt for his or her Democratic opponent. Voter support for GOP congressional candidates held steady from last week, while support for Democrats is up a point.
Voters not affiliated with either major party continue to favor the GOP by a 42% to 22% margin, showing little change for several months now. In February, the number of unaffiliated voters increased by half a percentage point as both Republicans and Democrats lost further ground.
Republicans started 2010 ahead by nine points -- their largest lead in several years -- while support for Democrats fell to its lowest level over the same period. Towards the end of 2009, GOP candidates enjoyed a more modest lead over Democrats, with the gap between the two down to four points in early December. Since the beginning of the year, however, the Republican lead hasnt dipped below seven points.
The latest numbers continue to highlight a remarkable change in the political environment over the past year. This time last year, Democrats led Republicans 42% to 38%.
Even Democrat polling shows Democrats are in big, big trouble:
The national mood continues to sour, with the share who see the country headed in the wrong direction moving up 4 points since mid-January, up to 62 percent, the highest mark in a yearThe also left-leaning Washington Post, reporting on the Democrat organization's polling, wrote in an article entitled, "Poll shows Obama, Dems losing ground," that:
"The erosion since May is especially strong among women, and among independents, who now favor Republicans on this question by a 56 to 20 percent margin," the pollsters said in their findings.That's really bad, considering that women have always been primary voters for Democrats, and it was independents' votes that brought both Obama and Democrat over the top in 2008.
And what are Barry Hussein and Democrats going to do? Prove every nasty thing that people now believe right. Thus Democrats are pursuing a strategy that they themselves have said is immoral and unAmerican to pass a bill that Americans overwhelmingly do not want.
Why should Americans trust Democrats, given that they are now doing the very thing they themselves said was a terrible thing to do, and given all the Louisiana Purchases, all the Cornhusker Kickbacks, all the Gator-aids, and all the other illegitimate and even illegal acts of political sleazy backroom deals?
These same people promised us that unemployment would stay under 8% if we supported their now $862 billion stimulus. And that was so false that only 6% of Americans believe it has created any jobs at all, according to a poll by the New York Times and CBS.
Why should we want that kind of massively expensive failure with our health care system?
Look at the numbers demonstrating how Americans think about health care:
Fifty-seven percent (57%) of voters say the health care reform plan now working its way through Congress will hurt the U.S. economy.Do you really believe that the government will reduce the cost of anything? This is something that can very quickly begin to explode out of control. And by the time it does, it will be too late to do anything about it.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 25% think the plan will help the economy. But only seven percent (7%) say it will have no impact. Twelve percent (12%) arent sure.
Two-out-of-three voters (66%) also believe the health care plan proposed by President Obama and congressional Democrats is likely to increase the federal deficit. Thats up six points from late November and comparable to findings just after the contentious August congressional recess. Ten percent (10%) say the plan is more likely to reduce the deficit and 14% say it will have no impact on the deficit.
Underlying this concern is a lack of trust in the government numbers. Eighty-one percent (81%) believe it is at least somewhat likely that the health care reform plan will cost more than official estimates. That number includes 66% who say it is very likely that the official projections understate the true cost of the plan.
Just 10% have confidence in the official estimates and say the actual costs are unlikely to be higher.
Seventy-eight percent (78%) also believe it is at least somewhat likely that taxes will have to be raised on the middle class to cover the cost of health care reform. This includes 65% who say middle-class tax hikes are very likely, a six-point increase from late November.
Obama keeps assuring us that his plan will lower the deficit, but we can't even trust him on his own budget figures: the CBO recently reported that the Obama budget deficit will be a massive $1.2 trillion more than Obama said it would.
You can't trust Obama on keeping his promises, and you certainly can't trust him on bringing down costs. On energy prices, Obama said the following:
"Under my plan of a cap and trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket."He doesn't care about keeping his word, and he certainly doesn't care about making vital services cost less. The man is an ideologue - and he only cares about imposing his statist ideology.
The American people, including independents, don't want statism, but they know they've got exactly that in Barack Obama. They clearly don't want a big government takeover of their health care, but the Democrats are apparently determined to impose it anyway.
China has had enough of the Democrats and their reckless spending: they are now preparing to sever the historic tie between their currency and that of the U.S. dollar.
Democrats are counting on the fact that the American people are simply too stupid to remember what Democrats did eight months before the election. The question is, is that true?
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi thinks the American people are dumb enough to buy anything, saying:
"We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it."Let's make a deal: give me trillions of dollars, and I'll show you what's in the bag I'm holding.
And pretty soon America is going to open their door in surprise to see a flaming bag filled with dog crap. Try to stomp out the flames at your peril.
The United States of America is more vulnerable than it has ever been, due to deficits and spending that are simply out of control.
You independents - who are now beginning to at least understand the risk the president and party you voted for in 2008 presents to this country - had now better get off your butts and join Republicans in screaming this ObamaCare boondoggle down. Because this incredibly partisan health care bill will very likely be the anvil that breaks this nation's back if it is passed.
Pelosi just gets nuttier and nuttier doesn’t she!!! LOL
Get them both out of here.
maybe they regret not having morals and principles and voting for the jerk?
We are currently a leaderless nation.
We are no longer being represented, and it will take more than just a bunch of people telling pollsters that they think Obama is an idiot.
This country seriously needs to WAKE UP!
I remember watching a PBS program on the Carter years way back.
One of the biggest points it made was that Jimmy Carter was a micromanager who simply could not lead as an executive. And that the country began to drift as a result.
I agree with you that Obama is no leader, and that we are drifting.
Too bad we elected a community organizer to the highest office in the world.
I agree with your point, also.
Right now, this is entirely up to the Democrats. If they can muster the votes through reconciliation - or even through a bigger shenanigan even than reconciliation - they’ll do it.
Many Democrats have convinced themselves of the narrative that they can impose this monstrosity, and then have 8 months to pitch the narrative that they did a great thing for the country, and that every American will ultimately be oh-so-very-happy with their ObamaCare.
Our first and maybe only alternative is to hope that the Democrats can’t come together until the Easter Recess, and then unleash hell on them when the Democrats come home to face their districts.
Somehow we need to get it through their heads that we will come after Democrats who vote for ObamaCare with a vengeance that will absolutely stun them.
That is exactly the way Carter was.
This guy is worse.
Gee, it’s not like these people weren’t warned or anything! Now they are surprised?
The other 40 percent of us say he’s a communist/marxist.
No mincing words here.
He’s a red with a long history of Communist Party USA, SDS/WUO, New Party/DSA influences all thru his life.
Not even a “watermelon radical” (i.e. green on the outside, red on the inside”.
They just don’t seem to see the danger.
Its all Free! Free beer! Free Bratwurst! Free Homes! Free Health care!
I dare them to pass it!!It will make history......and better the mess for all of us as Rahmster would say..never let a crisis go to waste...
Ah, I see that you must be confronted with the standard liberal rebuttal:
You’re a racist. You’re a homophobe. You’re a warmonger. Pay my mortgage. Fill my gas tank. Buy my car. Give me free health care. Feed me. Change my diapers.
That is exactly the way Carter was.
This guy is worse.
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At a time when we needed the best, the wisest, the most inspiring, the most experienced leadership in our nation’s history ...
... we got a Turd-in-Chief.
If “Independents” thought Obama was a centrist, then they’re just plain dumb!
I’ve always liked Dick Cheney. Since he did such a great job as Secretary of Defense under Bush I.
There were a number times I wasn’t too fond of “W.” But I always liked Dick Cheney.
And I’ve liked him especially since he started taking Obama to school on what real foreign policy looks like.
But I respect Bush for picking Cheney as VP
Don’t get me wrong.
Barack Obama has made George Bush look like George Washington in comparison.
George Bush may have gone down in history as a terrible president. But then Barack Obama came along, and so dominated the category of “terrible president” that it’s simply unreal.
For me, any illusions that I had about Obama were ripped away the day I found out about the Jeremiah Wright issue.
As I sat horrified, listening to what Barack Obama had voluntarily exposed himself to for 23 years, I knew that he was evil.
I didn’t know a whole lot about politics, but I knew that there was no way that a decent American would sit through a sermon like the ones I was hearing about without leaving that hellhole and never going back.
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