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GALLUP : Obama Job Approval Rating Down to 38% Among Independents
Gallup ^ | 07/07/2010 | Jeffrey Jones

Posted on 07/07/2010 7:32:24 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Overall job ratings for the president continue to be below majority level.

PRINCETON, NJ -- Thirty-eight percent of independents approve of the job Barack Obama is doing as president, the first time independent approval of Obama has dropped below 40% in a Gallup Daily tracking weekly aggregate. Meanwhile, Obama maintains the support of 81% of Democrats, and his job approval among Republicans remains low, at 12%.

These data are based on Gallup Daily tracking interviews conducted the week of June 28-July 4.

Over the past year, Obama has lost support among all party groups, though the decline has been steeper among independents than among Republicans or Democrats. Today's 38% approval rating among independents is 18 percentage points lower than the 56% found July 6-12, 2009. During the same period, his support has fallen nine points among Democrats (from 90% to 81%) and eight points among Republicans (from 20% to 12%).

Overall, 46% of Americans approve of the job Obama is doing as president in the June 28-July 4 aggregate, one point above his lowest weekly average. Obama's average weekly job approval rating has not been above 50% since Feb. 8-14, though it reached the 50% mark as recently as May 3-9.

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Obama is not alone in facing a challenging second year in office -- Bill Clinton (43%), Ronald Reagan (42%), and Jimmy Carter (40%) all were below the majority approval level in July of their second year. Of course, each of those presidents saw his party lose a substantial number of seats in that year's midterm congressional elections, though both Reagan and Clinton recovered in time to win a second term as president.

1 posted on 07/07/2010 7:32:28 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Imagine if he had a hostile media?


2 posted on 07/07/2010 7:33:59 AM PDT by bray (Did Rush say Complete Failure?)
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To: SeekAndFind

Isn’t this approaching the “point of no return”?


3 posted on 07/07/2010 7:34:34 AM PDT by PetroniusMaximus
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To: bray

Illustrative example of excrement in our White House along with the human waste in Congress. Are their enough fumigation companies to get the stench out?


4 posted on 07/07/2010 7:36:00 AM PDT by ExTexasRedhead (Take back our country on November 2, 2010.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Works for me.


5 posted on 07/07/2010 7:36:04 AM PDT by rod1
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To: SeekAndFind

In other news, 38% of independent voters have been proven to have brain damage.


6 posted on 07/07/2010 7:36:25 AM PDT by RightOnTheBorder
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To: SeekAndFind

the bottom line is also the fact none of those presidents mentioned started with such high approval numbers compared to dumbama and hence- none of the presidents mentioned saw such a huge drop in their numbers...

rat-wingers try to start this argument with me all the time with the Reagan comparison- and when I point out Reagan came into office with an approval rating of 57% versus dumbama, whose number was closer to 70%, they walk away uncomfortable...


7 posted on 07/07/2010 7:37:13 AM PDT by God luvs America (When the silent majority speaks the earth trembles!)
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To: SeekAndFind

“Obama maintains the support of 81% of Democrats”

We are indeed “two Americas” and one would be quite happy living with the same leadership as Zimbabwe


8 posted on 07/07/2010 7:37:48 AM PDT by silverleaf (Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Is it any wonder they are going after the Hispanic vote with this fight against Arizona? He looses the Independents and it’s all over - unless he can gain a significant amount of another demographic.


9 posted on 07/07/2010 7:40:19 AM PDT by NavyCanDo
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To: silverleaf
We are indeed “two Americas” and one would be quite happy living with the same leadership as Zimbabwe

It works if you plan on being the leadership. However, only a few percent will be. The rest are "Useful Idiots" who onyl THINK they will be.

10 posted on 07/07/2010 7:42:00 AM PDT by Gorzaloon (CNN:AP:etc:Today, President Obama's stool was firm and well-formed. One end was slightly pointed. ")
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To: SeekAndFind
though both Reagan and Clinton recovered in time to win a second term as president.

I know. The thing is though that Reagan was implementing an agenda that improved the economy, and Clinton adapted and moved "right" with welfare reform. Also, the country supported the "contract with America" and was not as unhappy by 2006. I don't see that sort of thing coming together this time. Obama will never track right and there is not a unified coherent strategy being articulated the Republicans this time around. I think the electorate will still be angry in 2012.

11 posted on 07/07/2010 7:43:45 AM PDT by outofstyle (Anti-socialist)
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To: SeekAndFind

America and its people are 2 different nations.


12 posted on 07/07/2010 7:44:22 AM PDT by taxtruth (Something really stinks In The Federal Government/Mafia and I think it's BO!)
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To: SeekAndFind

If the folks with the money to expand their business and hire people after the midterm elections, I’ll say it again, we will get Obama for 2 terms. I can’t believe I would wish for high unemployment to continue just to get his scraggly ass out of the WH, but it’s coming to that for me.

This time may be different, I’m not so sure that people’s memories will fade so quickly when 2012 comes around even if things improve after a Republican congress emasculates this usurper and prevents him from doing more harm. Our tax burden is set to increase because the Bush tax cuts are expiring, and the business community may still think that it’s time to keep going Galt to protect their livelihoods. I’m just not sure this time that these folks will breathe a sigh of relief even after the Republicans take over congress. This weirdo is that scary


13 posted on 07/07/2010 7:44:32 AM PDT by SaintDismas
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To: PetroniusMaximus

Isn’t this approaching the “point of no return”?


It’s all down hill from here on out for the evil bastard.


14 posted on 07/07/2010 7:44:52 AM PDT by unkus
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To: SeekAndFind

"..but the narcissist say's "it's not about me"...????"

15 posted on 07/07/2010 7:47:16 AM PDT by Doogle (IT'S THAT TIME AGAIN....PLEASE donate, because it's the RIGHT thing to do)
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To: outofstyle

I think the electorate will still be angry in 2012.


Yes, they will still be angry because 2011 is going to be an ugly year.


16 posted on 07/07/2010 7:47:41 AM PDT by unkus
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To: bray
Heck, imagine if there was even a FAIR media.

Results matter.

17 posted on 07/07/2010 7:51:11 AM PDT by KC_Conspirator
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To: SeekAndFind

Using the three sample groups, the average approval is 43.6%. Which means, the polls is weighted in the Dems favor.


18 posted on 07/07/2010 7:51:45 AM PDT by Bushbacker1 (I miss President Bush greatly! Palin in 2012! 2012 - The End Of An Error! (Oathkeeper))
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To: SaintDismas
I can’t believe I would wish for high unemployment to continue just to get his scraggly ass out of the WH, but it’s coming to that for me.

Let's say the GOP takes over Congress this November and then starts forcing Obama to overturn all of his misbegotten plans ( Obamacare, Sunsetting Bush Tax Cuts, Repeal the Death Tax, Shelve Cap & Trade, etc ), and Obama does a Clinton and does not veto their bills, and the economy improves ( it did between 1994 and 1999 ), would this be acceptable to you even if Obama got a second term because of it ?
19 posted on 07/07/2010 7:51:50 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: Bushbacker1
Which means, the polls is weighted in the Dems favor.

Which begs the question, why is this the case ? In fact, this seems to be the case most of the time...
20 posted on 07/07/2010 7:53:10 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

“Republicans remains low, at 12%”

If you support Obama and yet call yourself a Republican you need to do some deep soul searching or you are certifiable mental!


21 posted on 07/07/2010 7:53:28 AM PDT by Kartographer (".. we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.")
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To: silverleaf
"We are indeed “two Americas” and one would be quite happy living with the same leadership as Zimbabwe"

A minor adjustment, considering they're already living happily with Kenyan leadership.

22 posted on 07/07/2010 7:55:15 AM PDT by Reo
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To: PetroniusMaximus
Isn’t this approaching the “point of no return”?

For November yes. The dems don't have enough time to pull out of the nose dive before people start paying attention before the elections. Illinois has stopped paying its bills and California and New York are not far behind. Even the slavishly friendly press can't hide the damage any more.

For a second term there is still time, but i doubt Obama will be able to make use of it. Obama would need a different personality type to pull it off. In the example above Reagen and Clinton were able to pull out a second term after a mid term disaster. But both were self effacing and were able to draw on the good will of the American people to force a hostile congress to support their agendas. Both also backed off their chosen ideology and met congress half way (Reagen didn't cut the budget as he had promised and Clinton ended welfare as we knew it). Obama's professorial lecturing can't connect with the majority of Americans. And his fanatical socialist ideology won't let him bend.

Most importantly Obamas jobs to date have not prepared him to deal with a hostile legislature. In Chicago there are no Republicans. In the Illinois Senate he was part of Dem party with such large majorities that they didn't even need to fear vetoes. His presidency so far had the largest one party majorities in Obama's entire lifespan. Obama has never had to deal with an opposing party that actually had power. He has never had to deal, or compromise. I do not see him as being the type to acquire that skill quickly enough to save him in 2012.
23 posted on 07/07/2010 7:55:26 AM PDT by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: Doogle

Unlike Clinton, I don’t think Obama gives a “rat’s a**” what his poll numbers are. He’s just hell bent on doing as much damage to the country as he can in whatever time he has.


24 posted on 07/07/2010 7:57:58 AM PDT by surrey
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To: Bushbacker1

That’s not how you determine the average. It has to be weighted or prorated for each group. They dont split evenly 33.33% each. Could not easily find the breakdown on the link though, but sure it is probably not 33.33% each.


25 posted on 07/07/2010 8:00:12 AM PDT by PghBaldy (Like the Ft Hood Killer, James Earl Ray was just stressed when he killed MLK Jr.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Wont happen

The One will dig in his heels


26 posted on 07/07/2010 8:01:31 AM PDT by CPT Clay (Pick up your weapon and follow me.)
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To: SeekAndFind
The difference was Reagan had an economic plan in place that was all ready turning the corner on the recession and Bill Clinton was rescued from his Progressive follies by the Republican Congress.

Obama has a Congress egging on his most absurd economic dogmas and an economic plan that is absolutely contrary to everything that would inspire economic growth. The proper President to compare Obama to is neither Clinton ,nor Regan, but Carter.

Obama has the same fiscal/domestic/foreign policies as Carter. He is Jimmy Carter 2.0

27 posted on 07/07/2010 8:02:39 AM PDT by MNJohnnie (The problem with Socialism is eventually you run our of other peoples money. Lady Thatcher)
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To: CPT Clay

38% of people of approve of this guy? God Help us

worst President ever


28 posted on 07/07/2010 8:02:57 AM PDT by ground_fog
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To: bray

Imagine if he had a hostile media?

Imagine if we didn’t have to see ad -infinitum postings about a supposedly MSM on a deathwatch here at FR.


29 posted on 07/07/2010 8:03:02 AM PDT by stevecmd
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To: SeekAndFind
Obama is not alone in facing a challenging second year in office — Bill Clinton (43%), Ronald Reagan (42%), and Jimmy Carter (40%) all were below the majority approval level in July of their second year.

None of them started off with the super high 70%+ approval ratings that 0bozo started off with. 0bozo has fallen faster and deeper than anyone else.
And none of them had the 99% approval ratings amongst blacks that 0bozo has right now. Given the high concentration of blacks in east/west coast big cities and states, his super high approval amongst blacks may not be too helpful to him for electoral votes come 2012, if his really low approval amongst whites continues to go lower. Plus of course, none of the others was a hard core Marxist. 0bozo is.

30 posted on 07/07/2010 8:03:41 AM PDT by SmokingJoe
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To: SeekAndFind
Obama is not alone in facing a challenging second year in office — Bill Clinton (43%), Ronald Reagan (42%), and Jimmy Carter (40%) all were below the majority approval level in July of their second year.

None of them started off with the super high 70%+ approval ratings that 0bozo started off with. 0bozo has fallen faster and deeper than anyone else.
And none of them had the 99% approval ratings amongst blacks that 0bozo has right now. Given the high concentration of blacks in east/west coast big cities and states, his super high approval amongst blacks may not be too helpful to him for electoral votes come 2012, if his really low approval amongst whites continues to go lower. Plus of course, none of the others was a hard core Marxist. 0bozo is.

31 posted on 07/07/2010 8:03:46 AM PDT by SmokingJoe
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To: SeekAndFind
Bill Clinton (43%), Ronald Reagan (42%), and Jimmy Carter (40%) all were below the majority approval level in July of their second year. Of course, each of those presidents saw his party lose a substantial number of seats in that year's midterm congressional elections, though both Reagan and Clinton recovered in time to win a second term as president.

True, but there are some other things to consider. Clinton lost control of congress , especially telling was the House went republican for the first time in 40 years. HillryCare failed, and the new congress dragged Clinton to the center, did the contract with America and welfare reform. We had the internet boom AND cheap energy prices, so Clinton was saved from himself in a sense.

Reagan lost congress, but his tax cuts brought about an unprecedented boom.

The closest comparison to Hussain would be Jimmy "my name is Earl" Carter. He was weak, had no clue about the economy and brought about the rise of the mullahs in Iran. Hussain is basically Jimmy Carter on steroids. The only difference is that Hussain has the MSM in his pocket and a lot of Soros money to back him up. Plus he has ZERO regard for the constitution.

32 posted on 07/07/2010 8:04:22 AM PDT by YankeeReb
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To: ground_fog
38% of people of approve of this guy? God Help us

Not hard to get to 38% floor support. 95% of blacks would love him no matter what he did and a good 25% of the country is, well, stupid/gullible/on the government teat. He won't go below 35% ever.

33 posted on 07/07/2010 8:06:23 AM PDT by Wyatt's Torch (I can explain it to you. I can't understand it for you.)
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To: GonzoGOP

Good point, Gonzo. Obama will most likely pout and throw fits like the child that he is if Republicans take the House. He will blame the voters when he can’t get things done. It will not be presidential.


34 posted on 07/07/2010 8:06:27 AM PDT by KansasGirl
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To: outofstyle
The other thing to remember is the economy had significantly improved by 1996. We hit a 5.5% unemployment number in, I think, May of that year. People were feeling a lot more hopeful in 1996 then they were in 1994 so there was a “Don't rock the boat” mood with many voters.

Obama will have no such boost this his numbers since everything they are doing in DC these days is designed to be a jobs killer.

35 posted on 07/07/2010 8:06:34 AM PDT by MNJohnnie (The problem with Socialism is eventually you run our of other peoples money. Lady Thatcher)
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To: Wyatt's Torch
He won't go below 35% ever.

I agree with your thesis.

That 35% is the foundation upon which they will attempt to construct a Clintonian plurality for 2012.

36 posted on 07/07/2010 8:09:39 AM PDT by nascarnation
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To: YankeeReb

Nice synopsis. Obamarx is much more closely related to Carter. One more thing about Reagan (related to Clinton’s internet boom) was the boom of PC’s in the workplace which, coupled with tax cuts, drove the economy. Obamarx has nothing going for him and is doing everything wrong.


37 posted on 07/07/2010 8:09:41 AM PDT by Wyatt's Torch (I can explain it to you. I can't understand it for you.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Obama maintains the support of 81% of Democrats,

With just 118 days to midterm elections, that ought to scare the hell out of everyone!!!!!
38 posted on 07/07/2010 8:10:36 AM PDT by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: SaintDismas
I’m not so sure that people’s memories will fade so quickly when 2012 comes around even if things improve after a Republican congress emasculates this usurper and prevents him from doing more harm.

Things won't improve. The best congress can do is prevent further damage. They won't be able to override any veto. If Hussain were a politician like Clinton a major loss would cause him to tack right. From everything I can see he's a revolutionary, a rigid ideologue. If he can't change the system, he'll try to destroy it. Our only hope of a turnaround is repealing 0bamacare before the taxes kick in. Second we need to make the Bush tax cuts permanent. Finally we need to get control of our borders. In short: IT AINT GONNA HAPPEN.

39 posted on 07/07/2010 8:12:59 AM PDT by YankeeReb
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To: SeekAndFind
Obama maintains the support of 81% of Democrats,

Remember, that only 20% of the nation now call themselves "Liberal" so that essentially is 16.8% of the country. I have always used the 80/20 rule for most things. Rule for just about every in life... 80% of the people are good and productive where 20% are F-ing unproductive, commie imbeciles!

40 posted on 07/07/2010 8:13:15 AM PDT by mikelets456
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To: SeekAndFind

41 posted on 07/07/2010 8:13:53 AM PDT by mrmeyer ("When brute force is on the march, compromise is the red carpet." Ayn Rand)
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To: SeekAndFind

The 12% Republicans must surely be in jest!


42 posted on 07/07/2010 8:14:13 AM PDT by parisa
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To: YankeeReb

He also has a baseline approval rating of 99% among one demographic, a demographic among which it is unlikely that Reagan ever had a 30% approval rating and among which Clinton’s approval probably dipped below 70% at times.


43 posted on 07/07/2010 8:14:33 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: nascarnation
That 35% is the foundation upon which they will attempt to construct a Clintonian plurality for 2012.

I never, ever, thought I would say this but give me Hillary right now and call it a day. She's pragmatic whereas Obamarx is simply evil/incompetent.

44 posted on 07/07/2010 8:14:37 AM PDT by Wyatt's Torch (I can explain it to you. I can't understand it for you.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Since K'Toon moved into the WH with 43% of the "vote," I'm not surprised he was still at 43% 18 months into his term.

Meanwhile, 18 months into his first term President George W. Bush's Job Approval Rating, per Gallup so add 5% minumum:
07/05/2002 - 07/08/2002
75% Approving, 18% Disapproving, 6% Dumb

There's that 24% commie base who currently support the POE.

45 posted on 07/07/2010 8:16:57 AM PDT by Just A Nobody ( (Better Dead than RED! NEVER AGAIN...Support our Troops! Beware the ENEMEDIA))
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To: outofstyle

Obama has another problem with 2012 that Reagan and Clinton didn’t have.

On the international scene, nobody screwed with Reagan because they were fearful of US military might, and believed that Reagan would use it.

Clinton came around at a very lucky time; China was not yet a world power, the USSR had collapsed and the “2nd World” that opposed us in the Cold War had vanished. The Moslems were not yet the problem they are now. Plus, Clinton’s predecessor had just put on such an overwhelming display of military superiority in the Gulf War that no one dared challenge us. So on the international scene, he wasn’t tested.

This is different. The world’s leaders know 0bama is weak and won’t fight them. They also question American power as being weakened by our economic status as the world’s #1 beggar state. 0bama is going to be challenged. While that challenge will give him a temporary spike in his approval as Americans always rally around their leader in time of crisis, we all know that handling a real crisis is above his pay grade. The only thing he can do is use his toadies in Congress to ram through socialist legislation. When a real crisis comes (I mean a really bad one, not just an oil leak), he’s going to fail worse than Jimmuh Carter. And the American people will dump him, just like Carter.


46 posted on 07/07/2010 8:18:35 AM PDT by henkster (A broken government does not merit full faith and credit.)
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To: Kartographer

I was wondering about those 12% also.


47 posted on 07/07/2010 8:22:26 AM PDT by CPT Clay (Pick up your weapon and follow me.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I can’t believe 38% of Americans are that infernally stupid.


48 posted on 07/07/2010 8:25:50 AM PDT by Thane_Banquo (Mitt Romney: He's from Harvard, and he's here to help.)
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To: bray

if the media actually did their job and stop acting like a cult or groupies his numbers would be more down but sadly we have a corrupt media and many in this country which look for a D or R and ten vote regardless of their lack of knowledge.
I’ve met some dopes wo still think he is doing alright and yet they have no clue about the oil spill, Soros, AZ law, black panthers, Russian spying, lack of leadership the list is endless

if these dopes actually got off their arse and looked into obama then they would see how he is destroying this great country with the backing of Soros and his money


49 posted on 07/07/2010 8:29:13 AM PDT by manc (WILL OBAMA EVER GO TO CHURCH ON A SUNDAY OR WILL HE LET THE MEDIA/THE LEFT BE FOOLED FOR EVER)
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To: outofstyle
They may be angry, but they still need someone to vote for. Unfortunately, we can't put "Unnamed Republican" on the ballot, and Obama is still polling fairly well against just about every Republican with a name and a face who is being talked about as a candidate.
50 posted on 07/07/2010 8:29:22 AM PDT by The Pack Knight (Duty, Honor, Country)
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