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How low will he go? Obama approval hits yet another bottom and 54% now say, 'No second term'

Democrat president Barack Obama's Air Force One lands in Seattle late 10-20-10

It's too late to back out now because President Obama is already racking up frequent flier miles on his Western campaign swing, allegedly to help out embattled Democratic senators.

But a new Gallup Poll out this morning puts the top Democrat himself at his lowest approval rating ever and finds most Americans do not want the Real Good Talker to have a second term.

Other than that, Obama should be a real help to Washington's embattled Patty Murray today and Nevada's embattled Harry Reid and California's embattled Barbara Boxer later, trying to salvage the large Democratic majorities in both houses of Congress.

The new survey reveals that the more Americans get to know this guy, the less they like him. His ...

... approval rating has gone down every single quarter since that sunny promising inauguration on Jan. 20, 2009.

For the third quarter of 2010, the seventh of his presidency, Obama's approval fell 2 more points, from 47.3% to 44.7%. These results are based on daily tracking polls involving some 90,000 Americans.A pleased Democrat president Barack Obama

Latest Gallup numbers also show that on the first day of his 22nd month in office, for the first time more Americans view Obama unfavorably than favorably, 50% to 47%, his lowest favorable rating yet.

His highest favorable rating was just before he took office, 78%. Since then it's been a plummet of 31 points.

According to Gallup's results,  39% of Americans now believe Obama deserves a second term.

Unfortunately for him, 54% believe he does not deserve a second chance at change.

That 54% against a second term is almost 2 points higher than the popular vote total Obama amassed in the 2008 election.

At this point in the second year of George W. Bush's presidency, 62% thought he deserved a second term after only 48% voted for him in 2000.

President Obama's Seattle Thursday, of course, starts the same way as his Wednesday ended in Portland -- with a fundraiser.

And then he accompanies Murray to the administration's new favorite campaign rally place, a college campus where curious crowds of gullible young people with free time are easy to come by and will cheer almost anything. Today, it's the University of Washington. Previously, it's been Ohio State and the University of Wisconsin, and later this week in LA it will be the University of Southern California.

-- Andrew Malcolm

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Photo: Elaine Thompson / Associated Press (Air Force One lands in Seattle late Wednesday); Associated Press.

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I voted for Obama as I did for Clinton/Gore who did a fabulous job with the image of America in the world and certainly managing the economy certainly compared to George W. Bush. I use to vote republican until it became clear to me that they only represent the interest of big multi-national corporations and not my family. I have been disappointed in Obama for not standing his ground and giving into these idiot generals who are managing this fiasco called “Afghanistan”. The people who put him in office wanted us out of the Bush Wars period! If we wanted to continue the wars, we would have voted republican instead. The U.S. is deep in debt, and we must cut defence spending while we still have some control over the budget process. The U.S. cannot afford to continue policies where the military receives the majority of federal funding from our tax dollars over all other essential government services. We have so many pressing domestic needs that could be solved with the 5 billion dollars per week that has been spent on Bush’s wars over the past nine years. Where is the outrage on out of control military spending??????

I voted for you because I thought you were going to heal this country, not destroy it.

Come on man! Don't you see what you are doing to this country.

Spread my work ethic, not my wealth.

Give the poor a reason to get rich, and give the rich a reason not to quit.

Seriously, just support the FairTax and watch the economy boom.

If you were to do that, all would be forgiven.

Can't wait for 11/2.

- Nick

The conservative columnist neglects to also mention that there's another set of data below Obama's rating, on that same Gallup link. It includes this summary:

Obama's seventh-quarter average ranks on the low end of comparable averages among the nine presidents since Eisenhower, although it is similar to that of several of the more recently elected presidents, including Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, and Bill Clinton.

That's right, REAGAN, and CLINTON. Both re-elected.

Ok. So the military spending is a fraction of the social program spending, you do know that, right?> And that slashing the military budget in HALF would barely even dent the Pelosi/Obama/Reid deficits?

(DO remember who controlled the pursestrings in 2007)

Gosh, an elected official whose approval numbers fall, not rise? What a shocker! And in this country, too, where voters are known to have such huge attention spans, realistic expectations, and great patience! Look, we could have elected Jesus in 2008 and he wouldn't have decent numbers right now. Lose Obama in 2012, and by 2014 his replacement will be facing the same disdain from America's otherwise uninvolved voters as Obama is now, or Bush was in 2002. Better yet, we could recall him right now, mid-term, like we did here in California a few years ago with our governor Gray Davis. That worked out just peachy! A person is elected president for four years. Is it really responsible, Malcolm, to be calling for his hide already? (Oh, that's right, you were just reporting, not commenting.)

"Obama approval hits yet another bottom?"

Well, heck, I can't imagine why?


BTW, O'Buffoon FINALLY admitted this week that there is NO SUCH THING AS "SHOVE-READY-JOBS" kidding...where's Captain Obvious when we need him!

Like Margaret Thatcher 0nce said, Socialism only works 'til you run out of other peoples' money.

Remember in November


"Liberalism is just Communism sold by the drink." P.J.O'Rourke


I believe Obama's heart is true, but his in the clouds attitude doesn't allow him to see down on earth. We are stuck in an outrageously expensive war in Afghanistan that was incresed under his presidency. We have bailed out Corporate America, the banking sector, Wall Street and lined the pockets of CEOs and career politicians. He has turned his back on the poor who needed the bailouts the most, minorities who still live under oppression in America and the Gay/Lesbian community who counted on his promise to end DADT and yet he had the Justice Department file to stop a Federal Judges' order ending DADT. Mr. President it's time to wake up and see your people along with the problems they are experiencing.

The pied piper's siren song is sounding ever more shrill every day and more and more children are waking up before it is too late. The issue for the country now is whether our process will allow the emergence of a responsible adult opposition leader, or we will simply lurch back to the right behind a know-nothin yahoo?

@Venturacountycitizen...if you think republicans only represent big interest and big business, i suggest you check whose funding Harry Reid's reelection campaign.

Maybe as soon as the Pelosi/Reid axis of evil is dethroned this sorry excuse of a President might actually try to govern from practicality instead of from ideology. Obozo should go ahead and fire the rest of his advisors and bring some fiscal sanity back to his budgeting. And would it be too much to just pull all NATO troops out of Afghanistan ? Let Karzai be assassinated and replaced by Taliban. Who cares? Let them live in the stone age. Stop wasting tax dollars and devaluing our currency.

Regarding Obama's appearance at colleges, included in the descriptions of the events should be the entertainment before his appearances. That could help explain the big audiences.

It's obvious that this president will go down in history as one of the great orators of all time. It is also obvious that he is completely clueless as to what the presidency demands. Let's face it; Obama has never held an executive position. Given that he doesn't know what he's doing, he's reverting to that which he does best, public speaking, and campaigning.

I wonder if the Times could run a comparison of the number of speeches this president has made compared to other presidents after the same time in office?

I have heard on radio programs and in some blogs that several psychologists have said that Obama exhibits a classic "Narcissistic Personality Complex Disorder." This requires the constant adoration from crowds of people. His lowered approval ratings, combined with his narcissism, will push him even harder to seek the adoration that his ego requires.

I, too, voted for Obama and now feel completely duped. It's the sort of disappointment that will forever tarnish my already cynical view of politics, the way Nixon did for a generation. I thought he was "the one" who would finally stand up and restore all the incompetence and evil done by the Bush Administration. However, Obama's legislative "accomplishments" - health care reform (making health care providers richer), credit card reform (which gave them months of advance time to raise rates, banking reform (which continue to give big banks 0% loans with no legal mandate to lend that to Americans at equally low rates - making them richer and with no risk) - plus his tone deafness, lack of Clinton-esque "I feel your pain" empathy, and empty rhetoric, all have basically killed any chance I'd vote for him in 2012 or ANY incumbents in November. Both parties are corrupt, and the Tea Partiers are ignorant idiots. The country is doomed. I'm afraid that most people of means will choose to retire overseas to the countries that truly are living "the American dream."

Great picture of Barry and a reason people do not like him. His chin in the air like he is looking down upon the masses is sickening. Also that arrogant smirk which will be knocked off his face after Novembers elections.

"The U.S. cannot afford to continue policies where the military receives the majority of federal funding from our tax dollars over all other essential government services"

In what alternate reality do you live? Defense spending accounts for only 23% of the 2009 Federal budget. Entitlement spending is more than double that figure: 56%. Tack on another 13% for interest on the debt, and that leaves a mere 12% to cover national parks, the EPA, highways and everything else the Feds do.

People should vote for principal not for personality!

The snark aside, this is one of the shallowest analyses I've ever read. How do Obama's ratings compare to most other recent presidents at this stage of their terms? The only comparison you give is George W. Bush, whose numbers certainly were inflated by "unity" people felt following the Sept. 11 attacks. I suspect most other presidents' ratings (including Reagan's) dwindled in their first two years in office, but I have no way to judge whether this is better, worse or the same.

I agree that Obama has compromised his positions too much. But on the wars? No. Much as I disagree with his policy in Afghanistan, he has done precisely what he said he would do when he was on the campaign trail. He wanted to get out of Iraq and to push the effort in Afghanistan, and that's where we are headed.

This article is very poorly done. Comparing Obama's approval rating in the wake of the worst recession since the Second World War with Bush's approval rating in the patriotic surge following 9/11 is like comparing apples and oranges. Obama is blamed for events largely outside his control, while Bush was credited for the response to events largely outside his control. As the Gallup Poll press release notes, Obama's approval rating at this point in his presidency is similar to those of Reagan and Clinton, both of whom went on to second terms.

People are waking to the truth. Obama is a Marxist fraud. He lied about every promise.

No new taxes? ha!

Be a uniter not a divider? double ha!

Most transparent administration? triple HA! His first bill was to hide his records. I still want to see his hidden records and long-form birth certificate!

We've got to get this bum out before he destroys the country.

venturacountycitizen , the Military does NOT receive the majority of spending.

Not even vaguely close. That honor goes to Social Welfare programs. You might want to do a little homework before spouting the usual Democratic talking points:

Defense in 2009 accounted for only 23% of the Federal budget (As per the OMB in the 2011 upcoming budget analysis.

Medicare, Social Security and "Mandatory" Social programs alone accounted for 56% of the budget.

Do some homework, otherwise you are just a troll.

Unfortunately, 0bama is turning out very much as I was afraid he would in 2008. He and the Democrats could only have made their wild campaign claims associated with the 'hope and change' mantra because of their fundamental ignorance of and contempt for economic reality.

The fact that most people are picking up on what 0bama and today's Democrats represent only now is probably history's most expensive learning curve. The damage these people have already done will take at least a generation to fix.

Guess you wouldn't print anything I post anyway because I never worshipped at the Altar of 0bama.

"The U.S. is deep in debt, and we must cut defence spending while we still have some control over the budget process. The U.S. cannot afford to continue policies where the military receives the majority of federal funding from our tax dollars over all other essential government services."

Someone is still living in the '60's. If you would look, military spending now - even with two wars going - is a tiny fraction of overall federal spending. You could cut the entire military budget, and send all the troops home, and close all the bases, mothball all the ships, and it still wouldn't be enough to balance the budget. The reason no one is making a big deal about 'out of control military spending' is that, if they brought up the topic it would risk people becoming educated about where their money is really going, and they wouldn't like that.

Re: "His first bill was to hide his records. I still want to see his hidden records and long-form birth certificate!"

Answer: You are referring to his first executive order. That order actually makes it harder for a president and former presidents to hide their records than was the case under the similar executive order issued by George Bush. It also applies, as Bush's did too, ONLY to federal presidential records. It does NOT apply to state records or college records, which are simply private. They are just as private after the executive order as they were before the executive order because the executive order does not apply to them.

Obama HAS already shown the OFFICIAL BIRTH CERTIFICATE of Hawaii. Hawaii has not sent out copies of the original birth certificate since the Certification of Live Birth became the official birth certificate in 2001. The facts on Obama's birth certificate--that he was born in Hawaii in 1961--were confirmed twice by the officials of the department of health and department of vital records of Hawaii, and most recently the governor of Hawaii has also confirmed that Obama was born in Hawaii.

As for releasing kindergarten records (which some birthers ask for, but probably do not even exist anymore), high school records (ditto) and college/university/graduate school records, there is no law that says that a president or a presidential candidate must release these records, and no president has ever released detailed college records, or high school records, or graduate school records, or passports, Etc.

As I remarked before the election, people didn't even know who they were voting for when they voted for Pres. Obama! He was a total unknown quantity, but as you said, he "talked a good game"! No doubt, the health care issue was Hilary's price for dropping out of the race. Of course, no one is employed now, bu that is a minor problem! It'll get worse before it gets better, folks!

The President has used the driving terms to send messages to the voters. Unfortunately he has the terms wrong. D has represented the destruction of American Government and Constitutional Rights. R has represented Repsect for Government and the Constitution. He is not the great communicator he thinks he is, people can see through the BS.

Any nation stupid enough to elect someone like Obama to the oval office for one term, let alone two terms, deserves to be in the double-dip depression it's in. Johnny Depp had it right when he moved to France!

George W. Had better ratings? Wow it proves the saying, you can fool some of the people all of the time, and all the people of some of the time, buy you can't fool everybody all of the time

Gee sounds like the SS.
Why do I have to jump through hoop just to comment.
Looks like a waste of time.

We dont know what to think or do. I do

Now I am quite a bit older and on *most* issues would be considered a conservative. However, I take offense with the statement about going "...a college campus where curious crowds of gullible young people with free time are easy to come by and will cheer almost anything."

Certainly, there are some gullible young people. There is a case that after you get older and burned a few times, you become less gullible. But there are still plenty of gullible older people. The author writes like that is somehow the defining factor in the support of our youth for more liberal politics. However, I remember a different force that pervaded my orientation when I was younger. It is called "idealism" and yes, I was somewhat naive back then. The *big* issue in my day was "Global Cooling" and we were worried about bring the world to the next Ice Age if we did not severely curtail the emissions of Sulfur Dioxide into our Air. Now I hear that "Global Warming" is the big threat, and that some species of minnows in California may be dying out because the water in the rivers has a pH that is *not* acidic enough! So maybe we now need to consider *raising* the sulfur content in fuels that I fought so hard to get down.

Don't rag on the kids on campus! We've made our fair share of mistakes. We can try and help them avoid a few, but I don't think they are going to listen to someone who is intent on just putting them down!


After The 8 Years Of The Bush/Cheney Disaster, Now You Get Mad?

You didn't get mad when the Supreme Court stopped a legal recount and appointed a President.

You didn't get mad when Cheney allowed Energy company officials to dictate Energy policy and push us to invade Iraq .

You didn't get mad when a covert CIA operative got outed.

You didn't get mad when the Patriot Act got passed.

You didn't get mad when we illegally invaded a country that posed no threat to us. You didn't get mad when we spent over 800 billion (and counting) on said illegal war.

You didn't get mad when Bush borrowed more money from foreign sources than the previous 42 Presidents combined.

You didn't get mad when over 10 billion dollars in cash just disappeared in Iraq .

You didn't get mad when you found out we were torturing people.

You didn't get mad when Bush embraced trade and outsourcing policies that shipped 6 million American jobs out of the country.

You didn't get mad when the government was illegally wiretapping Americans.

You didn't get mad when we didn't catch Bin Laden.

You didn't get mad when Bush rang up 10 trillion dollars in combined budget and current account deficits.

You didn't get mad when you saw the horrible conditions at Walter Reed.

You didn't get mad when we let a major US city, New Orleans drown.

You didn't get mad when we gave people who had more money than they could spend, the filthy rich, over a trillion dollars in taxbreaks. You didn't get mad with the worst 8 years of job creations in several decades.

You didn't get mad when over 200,000 US Citizens lost their lives because they had no health insurance.

You didn't get mad when lack of oversight and regulations from the Bush Administration caused US Citizens to lose 12 trillion dollars in investments, retirement, and home values.

No.....You finally got mad

When a black man was elected President and decided that people in America deserved the right to see a doctor if they are sick.

Yes, illegal wars, lies, corruption, torture, job losses by the millions, stealing your tax dollars to make the rich richer, and the worst economic disaster since 1929 are all okay with you, but helping fellow Americans who are sick...Oh, Hell No!!


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