Skip to comments.Poll: Only 31% believe we’re better off than four years ago (Yet, DNC says "Yes we are better off")
Posted on 09/04/2012 7:47:24 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
No wonder Democrats tried their best to run away from the Reagan Metric this weekend. Surrogates such as David Axelrod, David Plouffe, and Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley tried dodging the inevitable question in every presidential election: are we better off now than we were four years ago? A new poll from The Hill shows why Democrats want to change the subject every time that question gets asked:
A majority of voters believe the country is worse off today than it was four years ago and that President Obama does not deserve reelection, according to a new poll for The Hill.
Fifty-two percent of likely voters say the nation is in worse condition now than in September 2008, while 54 percent say Obama does not deserve reelection based solely on his job performance.
Only 31 percent of voters believe the nation is in better condition, while 15 percent say it is about the same, the poll found. Just 40 percent of voters said Obama deserves reelection.
The poll, conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, has an R+2 likely-voter sample at 34/36/30. That's nearly identical to 2010′s 35/35/30 turnout, and given the enthusiasm deficit seen this year among Democrats, looks like a very defensible model for the general election. The main questions have much more separation than a 2-3 point swing in partisan affiliation would impact, anyway.
These numbers look bad for Obama all the way down the line. On the better off question, most demos offer majorities for "worse," including critical demos like 18-39YOs (33/50 better/worse), those earning between $20K-$40K (25/58), and especially independents (21/60). Even women offer a strong plurality of failure (33/47). Only Democrats (64/20), liberals (62/14), and those making more than $100,000 per year (52/38) think things have improved.
The first question asked in this poll is the re-election query: Based solely on job performance, does President Obama deserve to be re-elected? Obama loses this question — which gets asked before the better off question or anything else — by 14 points. Even a majority of women (40/51) say no, and the exact same percentage occurs with the younger voter demo. Obama loses this by 29 points among independents (32/61). It’s a stunning, broad, and deep rejection of Obama’s first term as President, hardly an “incomplete.” And this is just two months before voters go to the polls to make this very choice.
This demonstrates the danger for Team Obama in running on their record. They cannot allow this election to be about Barack Obama and his agenda. They have to make it about Mitt Romney and how deeply scaaaaaaary Republicans are. That’s why Democrats dodged and weaved when asked the simple question that goes to the heart of voters’ decisions in presidential elections, especially when incumbents ask for a second term. To answer this at all, either positively or negatively, turns the election into a referendum on Obama — a report card, if you will — which will inevitably lead to Obama flunking his final exam.
Man the O camp goes from bad to worse.
Standby for the “War on Women” coming up this week.
Haven’t more women than men lost job’s under Mr. Obama’s “leadership?”
Did anyone see the O’Reilly Factor with Laura Ingraham last night? Granted, it was Labor Day so they were scraping the bottom of the barrel for guests, but the Democrat apologists were so bad, it was hilarious. I know a lot of folks don’t watch O’Bloviator but it was a good example of just how desperate they are....
Who are these 31%? Probably freeloaders and federal workers.
I guess it all depends on who and how “better off” is defined.
I suppose it is better off for the ruling elite for us to be broke and dependent.
If you are asking the typical U.S. citizen, we would be better off without the empty chairs.
Let’s let them go.
In Obama says it, and the newspapers agree—its true! At least we do not have that horrible, warped, deprived, evil genius, stupid, George Bush (he has an accent!)as President! The world loves us and we are at peace! The global warming stopped! No more racism! Jobs for all! Four more years will transform this nation into the true Worker’s Paradise! Goods for all! No more homeless!
A good percentage are black and the rest are just hardcore leftists.
obama s minions ARE better off
Original Chinese Proverb: Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.
· New Proverb: Give a man a welfare check, a cell phone, cash for his clunker, food stamps, section 8 housing, Medicaid, 100 weeks of unemployment checks, a 40-ounce malt liquor, needles, drugs, contraceptives, designer Air Jordan shoes and you got his vote for a lifetime.
+ Social Security Disability
and union bosses and mafia thugs
The last resort they have...
If they say the lie often enough and loud enough, like Carville said, it might come true!
They want us all to follow the yellow brick road.
Actually as a lumber broker, I am definetly better off today than I was four years ago. 2008 & 2009 were the worst years I have had in the last 20. 2010 and 2011 were up about 50% from 08 & 09. 2012 will be up 25 % or more from 2011.
Frankly, this has nothing to do with what the govt. has done. It is just the cycle in the housing & lumber industry.
And so the worm, against the gargantuan efforts by the media to forestall it, turns. God willing, his adminstration and tenue shall rot on the ash heap of history as a terrible error.
Not only are the 31% nutcases, lefties and idiots...but the real joke is Black folks. Of all the citizens of the USA that Obama has done in and thrown under the bus, Black Americans are in horrilbe, deplorable economic, education and opportunity shape. Poor fools are too dumb, or just palin stupid, to realize it and will blindly follow Obama, the NAACP, the CBC, into permanent economic plantation slavery.
What the heck, it’s the Sub Sahara African way. Obama’a Muslim forebears sold African Blacks into slavery by the millions!!! Obama or Idi Amin, what’s the difference. Sad....sad for American Blacks. They are adrift at sea, without leadership and are openly supporting their very own abuse, and...more importantly destroying the lives of their children and future children to come.
Well....you can lead a horse to water, but....you cannot make him drink!!!
That would be the 31 percent who have been enriched by the public dole. Utopia awaits them, until it doesn’t need them anymore.