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People Are Starting To Notice
Powerline Blog ^ | March 15, 2011 | John Hinderaker

Posted on 03/16/2011 3:33:35 AM PDT by Scanian

Recent poll data suggest that Americans have woken up to the fact that Barack Obama is an empty suit, and the Democrats have nothing to offer in terms of policy solutions. First, President Obama.

Today's Rasmussen Reports finds that among likely voters, President Obama has matched his lowest standing ever. He now ranks at -22 on the Approval Index, defined as the difference between those who strongly approve and strongly disapprove of his performance:

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Rasmussen also finds that the voters' preference for Republicans over Democrats is growing, as the current generic Congressional preference survey has Republicans ahead by 46-37. Oh, and 62 percent favor repeal of Obamacare, nearly the highest percentage yet recorded.

Other pollsters are finding evidence of growing pessimism among Americans. Remarkably, the ABC News/Washington Post poll finds that Americans are less confident in "our system of government and how well it works" than at any time since the question was first asked in 1974. Worse, in other words, than in the aftermath of Watergate and than at any time during the Carter administration. And, for good measure, 71 percent "report financial hardship as a result of rising gas prices." Shades of the 1970s, only worse; and we have, effectively, no president.

In polls, people tend to cast blame indiscriminately, but when they actually vote, matters are often clarified. Thus, several readers pointed out the result of an election in Dade County, where an overwhelming 88 percent voted to recall Mayor Carlos Alvarez because he raised taxes in order to fund a 3 percent increase in wages for public employees. Alvarez reportedly is the first public official to be recalled since Gray Davis, but one suspects there are more to come, and soon. Let's hope this sends a message to politicians in Wisconsin.


TOPICS: Government; Politics; Sports
KEYWORDS: confidence; emptysuit; genericcongressional; liberals; obamaawol; rasmussen
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1 posted on 03/16/2011 3:33:43 AM PDT by Scanian
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To: Scanian

Even the hopelessly stupid are beginning to realize this guy is bad news.


2 posted on 03/16/2011 3:36:07 AM PDT by imjimbo (The constitution SHOULD be our "gun permit")
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To: imjimbo

All the hopelessly stupid realize is their gas prices went up.


3 posted on 03/16/2011 3:50:38 AM PDT by Galactica
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To: Scanian; imjimbo; Galactica

Add to that the fact that even the MSM is starting to publicize just how spectacularly Obama has checked out in the midst of the current crises(s).


4 posted on 03/16/2011 3:53:05 AM PDT by sinanju
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To: Scanian
Obama is clearly over his head. The big question is; who's running the show? My guess is that it's the likes of George Soros and Richard Trumka. The polls are dropping so fast of Obama, Obama Care and the Dem's in general that I am wondering if he will even run for a second term. In fact, it appears to me by his recent actions he may have already made the decision. Soooo, if I'm correct, Hillary will be the one to watch. If she starts being more vocal in stating policy positions that will be a pretty good clue...
5 posted on 03/16/2011 3:53:30 AM PDT by snoringbear (Government is the Pimp,)
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To: imjimbo
If the number of hopelessly stupid that vote exceed the number of rational, then the point is moot.

Look at schumer, reelected for life, or until his psychotic break with reality becomes too obvious to conceal... Representing what was once the most advanced city on Earth.

6 posted on 03/16/2011 3:56:23 AM PDT by mmercier (so it goes)
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To: Scanian
He just needs more time to come out from under his desk. Give him a break, it's a big scary world out there. What's a community organizer to do?

7 posted on 03/16/2011 3:57:47 AM PDT by TSgt (Colonel Allen West & Michele Bachman - 2012 POTUS Dream Team Ticket!)
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To: Scanian
Recent poll data suggest that Americans have woken up to the fact that Barack Obama is an empty suit

It is sad people are so stupid and slow.

8 posted on 03/16/2011 3:58:15 AM PDT by bmwcyle (It is Satan's fault)
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To: TSgt

Somebody needs to find that old b&w photo of JFK seated at that desk with John John playing underneath. Then photoshop Zer0’s face over the boy’s...and take JFK out altogether.


9 posted on 03/16/2011 4:00:09 AM PDT by Scanian (i)
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To: snoringbear

John Kass has always argued that Zer0 takes orders from the Chicago City Hall.

Well, now there is a Daley acting as WHCOS, so maybe 0 is just letting the Chicago boys make the big decisions. Or not make them.


10 posted on 03/16/2011 4:03:57 AM PDT by Scanian (i)
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To: Scanian
Wow, we are seeing a 1-2-3 punch (Japan, ultra inflation, and Middle East) trifecta that the punk president will never recover from.

The country needed leadership, and we got an expert on the NCAA tournament. Maybe the Japanese should have fielded a collegiate baseketball team.

11 posted on 03/16/2011 4:04:57 AM PDT by catfish1957 (Hey algore...You'll have to pry the steering wheel of my 317 HP V8 truck from my cold dead hands)
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To: Scanian
Obama's Approval on the Real Clear Politics average of all polls, dipped back into the negative territory for the first time this week after being back in positive territory since mid-december and is currently sitting at +0.3% after hitting highs of +5.0% in the aftermath of his approval of the Bush tax cuts and the State of the Union, it has been steadily declining since then.

It appears that those in the public that were willing to give Obama a second chance after November, to see if he would really change, have quickly turned back against him.

12 posted on 03/16/2011 4:11:11 AM PDT by apillar
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To: Scanian
Starting to figure it out?

"Welcome to the party, pal."


13 posted on 03/16/2011 4:15:42 AM PDT by Mich Patriot (Today, if you build a better mousetrap, the government comes along with a better mouse. RReagan)
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To: Scanian
Shades of the 1970s, only worse; and we have, effectively, no president.

Doesn't it seem like 1979, president-wise, for those of us sentient in those days?

What is there to miss? Our Basketball Tout in Chief (BTinCh) hasn't done or said one thing different in public pronouncements since he started campaigning in 2004.

He has to be livid these days with his speech writers. Every morning he looks in the mirror expecting to see Abraham Lincoln or Ronald Reagan. He is still looking for the perfect sound bite. He says to himself, "How will you go into the books as the most loved and respected while making those vacuous pronouncements day after day?"

The problem, of course, is Lincoln never handicapped a basketball tournament or ran off to the golf course while Jubal Early tapped the defense of Washington DC, Fort Stevens if memory serves...

Maybe if he can just pick that NCAA winner in advance. That will be his one important accomplishment.

14 posted on 03/16/2011 4:17:25 AM PDT by stevem
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To: Scanian
Recent poll data suggest that Americans have woken up to the fact that Barack Obama is an empty suit...

The lightweight socialist probably wears Hillary's designer Mao pajamas to bed.

15 posted on 03/16/2011 4:19:26 AM PDT by PGalt
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To: Galactica
All the hopelessly stupid realize is their gas prices went up.

And they're confused because the MSM isn't telling them who to blame this time.

16 posted on 03/16/2011 4:22:15 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (TOTUS knows how to give a speech. Obama knows how to read.)
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To: Scanian
In short, people are realizing President Obama is a repeat of this guy:


17 posted on 03/16/2011 4:30:51 AM PDT by RayChuang88 (FairTax: America's economic cure)
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To: Galactica

Yeah...just wait till the “hopelessly realize” their food costs are skyrocketing...and a meal may have to be skipped.


18 posted on 03/16/2011 4:32:44 AM PDT by goodnesswins (Unlike the West, the Islamic world is serious.)
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To: Galactica

Yeah...just wait till the “hopelessly stupid realize” their food costs are skyrocketing...and a meal may have to be skipped.


19 posted on 03/16/2011 4:33:00 AM PDT by goodnesswins (Unlike the West, the Islamic world is serious.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; Delacon; ...

Thanks Scanian.


20 posted on 03/16/2011 4:40:25 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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To: RayChuang88

As others have pointed out, at this point being the second-coming of Jimmy Carter would be a best-case scenario.


21 posted on 03/16/2011 4:41:33 AM PDT by comps4spice (Liberalism is a threat to life and liberty in the USA.)
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To: bmwcyle

“Recent poll data suggest that Americans have woken up to the fact that Barack Obama is an empty suit

It is sad people are so stupid and slow.”

But sadly, they’ll vote for him anyway!


22 posted on 03/16/2011 4:56:46 AM PDT by Joann37
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To: Scanian
we have, effectively, no president.

That has be blatantly apparent for a longtime. He plays, makes speeches. Tells us all in so many words how wonderful he is, and how stupid and dimwitted we are. And then let's the socialist dems have at it and do whatever they will, then he puts his stamp of approval on it and goes golfing or one of his many vacations.

23 posted on 03/16/2011 4:59:49 AM PDT by MsLady (Be the kind of woman that when you get up in the morning, the devil says, "Oh crap, she's UP !!")
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To: imjimbo

Well thank God for small miracles. It’s about time. To many people in this country vote with their wallets instead of their brains or any moral convictions. Whoever hands out the most candy wins. Stupid!!!


24 posted on 03/16/2011 5:01:37 AM PDT by MsLady (Be the kind of woman that when you get up in the morning, the devil says, "Oh crap, she's UP !!")
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To: bmwcyle
It is sad people are so stupid and slow.

No doubt. What's it going to take? A nuclear disast*

Oh...

25 posted on 03/16/2011 5:02:21 AM PDT by Caipirabob ( Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: stevem

That’s why I’m looking for a Reagan in 2012. If we don’t have someone that strong, with those kind of convictions, this country will be in a serious world of hurt.


26 posted on 03/16/2011 5:05:42 AM PDT by MsLady (Be the kind of woman that when you get up in the morning, the devil says, "Oh crap, she's UP !!")
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To: goodnesswins

I’d say the hopelessly stupid makes up about 40% of the population. The so called swing voters, or as I call them, any way the wind blows. The only barometer they use is their wallet. No convictions, no backbone, no brains, just whoever promises them the most candy wins.


27 posted on 03/16/2011 5:09:55 AM PDT by MsLady (Be the kind of woman that when you get up in the morning, the devil says, "Oh crap, she's UP !!")
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To: Scanian


28 posted on 03/16/2011 5:20:04 AM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Scanian
This stain on the office of the President of the US still retains a "Total Approval" rating of about 44%.

This stat must drop...and stay...below 38%; preferrably 35% or lower.

44% is still way too high....most of this stain's "voting block" remains fast asleep.

29 posted on 03/16/2011 5:24:31 AM PDT by Logic n' Reason ("Don't start coloring until you know where the lines go.")
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To: MsLady

Like it or not, most of the top tier and most of the 2nd tier of Republican wannabes are not Reaganesque nor could they win even against a weakened Obama.

UE numbers will drop next year -- BLS knows how to manipulate date to accomplish lower numbers.

Inflation numbers will appear low -- don't believe your lying eyes when you go to the grocery store. The FED knows how to manipulate those numbers, too.

The GOP still has a major uphill battle, and most of the ones they have on their preferred list just don't have the armour for the battle.

[I wonder whether the GOP has already conceded 2012 in hopes of having a better run in to 2016. Boehner and the House Republicans are already in trouble because they have not fulfilled their promise to cut $100 Billion. Voters will remember that promise. So far, it has been just more of the same in Congress.]
30 posted on 03/16/2011 5:30:05 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: Logic n' Reason

Fast asleep and collecting government checks.

I can’t see the number ever dropping below 40%. To much dependency. And too much “evil Republican” demagoguery by the ‘Rats.


31 posted on 03/16/2011 5:30:48 AM PDT by Scanian (i)
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To: Scanian
I was having business drinks last night with six people, three of which were avid supporters of 0. They have taken a hard and harsh turn on his lazy a$$. Openly criticizing him and calling him an “empty suit”. Warmed my heart.
32 posted on 03/16/2011 5:33:00 AM PDT by mad_as_he$$
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To: mad_as_he$$

Shoot, if they had done even superficial research on Zer0 in 2008, they would have figured that out back then.


33 posted on 03/16/2011 5:35:43 AM PDT by Scanian (i)
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To: MsLady

Retired Lt. Colonel Allen West


34 posted on 03/16/2011 5:38:26 AM PDT by jcsjcm (This country was built on exceptionalism and individualism. In God we Trust - Laus Deo)
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To: Caipirabob

LOL


35 posted on 03/16/2011 5:40:29 AM PDT by bmwcyle (It is Satan's fault)
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To: jcsjcm

I’ll second that, but, will he run? He’d be awesome!!!


36 posted on 03/16/2011 5:43:06 AM PDT by MsLady (Be the kind of woman that when you get up in the morning, the devil says, "Oh crap, she's UP !!")
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To: Scanian
No kidding they admitted to me last night that they bought the hype. Wish I had found them when I was young and selling stuff door to door!!! Could of cleaned up!
37 posted on 03/16/2011 5:49:40 AM PDT by mad_as_he$$
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To: MsLady

I haven’t heard anything about him running! But, he would absolutely be my choice. We need a commander in chief that actually knows what he’s talking about.

I think he would rip our usurper to shreds without even trying! It would be delightful!


38 posted on 03/16/2011 6:01:09 AM PDT by jcsjcm (This country was built on exceptionalism and individualism. In God we Trust - Laus Deo)
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To: jcsjcm

My thoughts exactly!!! Someone with convictions are real solid backbone.


39 posted on 03/16/2011 6:06:58 AM PDT by MsLady (Be the kind of woman that when you get up in the morning, the devil says, "Oh crap, she's UP !!")
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To: jcsjcm

and not are...sheesh, I think I need another cup of coffee.


40 posted on 03/16/2011 6:07:41 AM PDT by MsLady (Be the kind of woman that when you get up in the morning, the devil says, "Oh crap, she's UP !!")
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To: All
I ask people like my die-hard liberal idiot brother about him. Unfortunately there are many that excuse his sorry azz by saying that we don't understand his intelect. He's playing three dimensional chess. He can multitask. I know it's sick but there's a lot of that out there.
41 posted on 03/16/2011 6:29:12 AM PDT by ladyvet ( I would rather have Incitatus then the asses that are in congress today.)
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To: MsLady
To many people in this country vote with their wallets instead of their brains or any moral convictions.

The problem is, too many people voted with someone else's wallet. The base of the democrat party vote democrat for one reason, and one reason only - because the democrats are the most effective at stealing the fruit of other peoples' labor for them. The payoff is, in essence, your paycheck and mine, all stolen and "redistributed" to the deadbeats in exchange for their (possibly multiple) votes.

42 posted on 03/16/2011 6:38:30 AM PDT by meyer (We will not sit down and shut up.)
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To: Scanian

‘Rasmussen also finds that the voters’ preference for Republicans over Democrats is growing,...’

Not sure why. By and large they’re an incompetent pack of spineless jellies. At the moment neither party has anything substantive to offer. There are a (very) few exceptions on the republican side but assuming they’re the norm is silly esp. in light of the budget circus. Anyone putting their hopes in a party is going to be greatly disappointed.


43 posted on 03/16/2011 7:07:30 AM PDT by 556x45
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To: 556x45

The only thing that has changed on the GOP side is the rise of the Tea Party. Maybe that is what the voters find appealing.

Boehner might ought to consider that the next time he feels the urge to compromise.


44 posted on 03/16/2011 7:10:52 AM PDT by Scanian (i)
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To: SunkenCiv

Who has had his head buried so deeply in the sand that he is just now starting to notice?

Good grief.


45 posted on 03/16/2011 7:23:45 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: meyer
The problem is, too many people voted with someone else's wallet.

Very true and excellent point. Yea, they want some a that Obama money.

46 posted on 03/16/2011 9:10:01 AM PDT by MsLady (Be the kind of woman that when you get up in the morning, the devil says, "Oh crap, she's UP !!")
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To: Galactica

Cool screen name!


47 posted on 03/16/2011 9:11:44 AM PDT by RandallFlagg (Let this chant follow BHO everywhere he goes: "You lie. You lie. You lie.")
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To: Scanian

“Recent poll data suggest that Americans have woken up to the fact that Barack Obama is an empty suit...”

That is not so much the problem as the fact that he is an actively practicing, anti-American RaceMarxist. If he were JUST an empty suit, our country would be in much better shape after 2 years of this nightmare.

“...and the Democrats have nothing to offer in terms of policy solutions.”

Incorrect.

They have PLENTY to “offer” in the area of the historically documented, destructive failure known as Socialism.


48 posted on 03/16/2011 9:15:32 AM PDT by EyeGuy (Gimme Shelter)
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To: TheOldLady

That’s sand? I didn’t realize. ;’)


49 posted on 03/16/2011 3:12:49 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Well, you didn’t want me to say, “crammed so far up his own [unladylike word],” did you?


50 posted on 03/16/2011 3:34:47 PM PDT by TheOldLady
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