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Obama signs arms treaty with Russia and, as with healthcare, Americans don't like it

April 8, 2010 |  4:40 pm


At least the Democratic president -- and his closely watching countrymen -- are being consistent.

While post-bill-signing polls show American voters do not like Obama's beloved expansive, massive, expensive healthcare plan, a new poll out today shows the American public also does not like the arms reduction pact Obama just signed with the trusty Russians.

Democratic Sen. John Kerry has promised to have the treaty ratified by year's end anyway.

And, a new poll reveals, the U.S. public really doesn't like Obama's self-imposed and pre-announced limits on America's use of nuclear weapons.

Not much of a public endorsement heading into next week's 47-nation Obama-hosted Nuclear Summit in D.C.

The ink isn't even dry on the president's treaty signature in Prague on Thursday, and he's still dining in old castles over there. But Rasmussen Reports finds that not even.... thinks it was a good idea to agree with the Medvedev-Putin gang to cut the number of U.S. warheads to 1,550.

In fact, 53% think it was a bad idea. (Sixteen percent are unsure, but they're being rounded up as we write.)

In fact again, only 31% believes the Russians will actually do what they just promised to do. How's that for job approval?

Not that the leaders of either nation admit to paying attention to polls because they know best.

Speaking of knowing best, earlier this week the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize winner announced a new unilateral nuclear arms use policy for the United States. Obama prohibited this country from using such weapons against a non-nuclear-armed country even if that country unleashed biological or chemical weapons against the United States.

Previous presidents of both parties have chosen not to announce when they would not use nuclear weapons, thinking that the possibility of annihilation might discourage an enemy attack. Obama has now erased that uncertainty except, he says, for Iran and North Korea.

The same Rasmussen national phone poll finds that 55% of Americans disagree with the Democrat's thinking on this one too. One-in-four agree with Obama.

Additionally, 45% of Americans side with Defense Secretary Robert Gates in opposing Obama's decision to halt new nuclear weapons development; 34% like the Democrat's plan.

In non-poll-related news, despite the president's latest trip out of the Oval Office, the national unemployment rate remains at 9.7%.

-- Andrew Malcolm

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Photo: Pete Souza / White House (Now don't try anything funny--Russian Pres. Dmitry Medvedev and Obama toast new treaty).