Skip to comments.Joan Walsh: Obama's big bounce
Posted on 01/19/2011 6:11:00 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
President Obama's approval rating got a big bounce in the latest Wall Street Journal/NBC poll, jumping to 53 percent, his highest rating since July '09; if you've been paying attention, you'll know that's just before Tea Party zealots started disrupting Democrats' town halls over healthcare reform and carrying guns to Obama rallies. The president's numbers swung 15 points in a month; in December, 48 percent of voters disapproved of the job he was doing, while only 45 percent approved. Obama's disapproval number is now down to 41 percent.
Obama's numbers have been climbing in other recent polls, most of which came too early to credit the jump to a post-Tucson bounce reflecting appreciation of the president's deft and compassionate handling of the tragedy. Taken a few days after the others, the WSJ/NBC poll probably does reflect approval of the president's address last Wednesday night. But Obama's ratings started to climb when the lame duck session of Congress last month proved surprisingly productive. In addition to the tax compromise (that I thought was a mistake, I admit), the president got more Republicans than ever before to sign on to repealing "don't ask, don't tell" and a new START treaty. That shows the GOP's "Just Say No" strategy actually worked: It paralyzed the president and diminished his standing, and when he can pick off some GOP support and get things done, his support climbs.
No doubt some of the swing has to do with early signs of economic improvement (no matter how inadequate it may be to alleviate the suffering of the millions of unemployed, the underemployed and those losing their homes). Public opinion improved on all of the economic questions in the new poll; 53 percent now think the country will be in better shape in five years, compared with 37 percent who thought that last August. Most still say unemployment is the country's No. 1 problem, despite a steady drop in unemployment claims over the course of 2010 and a drop in the rate to a still high 9.4 percent.
Is Sarah Palin's political meltdown helping Obama? That was the topic on "Hardball" today. I'm sure Palin's pity party is making Obama look even better by comparison, but I'm not sure anyone but the media is comparing the two. (She's the narcissist-in-chief, and she'll never be commander-in-chief.) At any rate, if Palin is helping Obama now, her effect is likely to diminish in the months to come, because her chance of winning the Republican primary is diminishing (I'd say the chance that she won't even run is rising quickly).
Chris Matthews noted that in her Sean Hannity sit-down, Palin chose to defend not only herself, but Hannity, Rush Limbaugh and Mark Levin -- the bullies of right-wing broadcasting -- rather than GOP political leaders. That may give us a clue to where she sees herself right now -- as a pundit, not a politician. At any rate, as I told Matthews, Palin's chosen crew is certainly no Mount Rushmore, and her time as a credible presidential candidate is probably about over.
As a true American, I’d prefer to have those 6 dead Americans back and Barry’s poll numbers still be in the toilet. But that’s just me. I’m not a commie’RAT. I’m an American. We think a lot differently than this pig does.
So how many 9 year old girl’s deaths are the MSM/Liberals willing to cheer in order for him to get reelected?
Didn’t Bill Ayers mention a figure of 25 million or somesuch?
The next time a liberal coworker accuses me of rooting for higher gas prices and high unemployment I guess I can say at least nobody dies my way.
I thought for a minute that this article was going to be about some pickup basketball game.
Big bumps in times of tragedy are pretty normal. Let’s see what happens when the fighting begins again. Congress got a bigger bump.
Pray for America
The media has been in all out kneepad overdrive mode since November 4 2010 to get barry back to life politically. Its working unfortuinately
Is Sarah Palin’s political meltdown helping Obama?
Dream on Klingons!!! I’ve been hearing that meme for two years.
For whom did you vote? Barack Obama, John McCain, or someone else?
Voted for Barack Obama................ 42
Voted for John McCain................... 29
Voted for someone else ................. 5
Not sure ........................................ 5
This is a bogus push poll, designed to give the White House a headline. Disgusting.
Congratulations...you rushed in and got a big bounce off the deaths of 6 innocent Americans...ghouls.
It is all propaganda 24x7 especially TV on every channel. Even O’Reilly and Beck fawn over Obama. I canceled TV about 2009. It is all garbage and your cable & sat TV bill keep the propagandists in business.
Agreed, but consider the factors:
1.Republicans stopped him on tax hikes.
2.’bam got out of town for ten days so we didn’t have to see him.
3.After that, he did something or went somewhere, but I forget which.
4.He turned in a good performance (so they say, I didn’t watch) in Tuscon.
5.He really hasn’t had a chance to shove anything else down the public’s throats, at least not directly.
7. He now has a Republican congress able to hold his feet to the fire.
8. Nancy Pelosi has shut up.
Hell, I’m kinda getting warm and fuzzy over him.
The president's numbers swung 15 points in a month; in December, 48 percent of voters disapproved of the job he was doing, while only 45 percent approved. Obama's disapproval number is now down to 41 percent.
Lets see 48 disapproval number in december, 41 today. 48-41=
45 approved in in december, 53 today, 53-45=
Oh...I see 8PLUS7 equals 15
Funny thing, according to Rasmussen, Today Obamas approval is at 48%, his best day since the beginning of Dec. was 50%, his worst was 43%. Disapproval today is 51%, most since Dec.1 was 56%, least was 49%
She would have had to cherry pick the numbers just to get the swing and then she had to combine them both.
That's the latest media meme. One way or another, they are saying "She's dead, Jim," and hoping that it'll stick. When she proves them wrong, they'll come up with some clever little nickname like Teflon Sarah. Hah! It'd be an honor, you ignoramuses.
Why people watch any cable TV is beyond me. Its awful. For me - its radio and internet and youtube.