Remember during the campaign, when Obama's polls were crowed from the highest rooftops? His campaign was constantly pointing to the polls, both in his primary battle with Hillary Clinton, and, later, the general election against John McCain. Polls were so important that every word out of candidate Obama's mouth was first tested and polled before being uttered.
Now, however, suddenly the polls mean nothing.
Last week, for instance, Dear Leader's approval ratings on Gallup sank to a new low - 47%. When asked about it, White House flack Robert Gibbs dismissed the poll in his usual snarky way.
"If I was a heart patient and Gallup was my EKG, I'd visit my doctor. Five days ago, there was an 11-point spread. Now there is a 1-point spread. I'm sure a 6-year-old with a crayon could do something not unlike that."
I personally prefer Rasmussen polls to most others because they poll 'likely voters', as opposed to just 'adults'. This gives a better snapshot of the frame of mind of the voting public - and after all, that's what politics is all about, right?
Yesterday, Rasmussen's Passion Index, which charts the spread between those who strongly approve and those who strongly disapprove, reached a new low. President Obama's passion index fell to -19. Today's number is better, but, at -18, it sure ain't great. His overall approval among likely voters is now at a dismal 44%, and disapproval sits at a new high of 55%.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's approval is just as bad. Identified as just 'Nancy Pelosi', her favorables are 46% approve, 50% disapprove. When you identify her as 'House Speaker Nancy Pelosi' they drop to 38% - 58% respectively. Plenty of people may not know her name, but they sure know what she's doing. As House Speaker, her passion index is incredible - a mere 9% very favorable, and a whopping 45% very unfavorable (as just Nancy Pelosi, her passion index is 14% - 36% respectively).
Harry Reid, up for reelection this year, is polling substantially behind every candidate running against him. He holds a mere 43% of the electorate, while his republican challengers range from 47 - 49%.
The health care bills are wildly unpopular (56% against, 40% for), no matter what the left might be spinning.
Support for Cap and Trade is deteriorating, and a full 71% of Americans think creating jobs is more important than global warming.
Speaking of the economy, 76% prefer a free market economy, with 10% preferring government control. Good thing the administration is fulfilling their 'mandate' on big government. Way to read the polls, champ.
Considering the new election cycle begins in less than a month, it's rather amazing that they are being so tone-deaf. They are screaming louder and louder about 'consensus' and 'mandate', majority and overwhelming support - the irony of Al Gore's statement on global warming 'deniers' is sweet.
“The naysayers are in a sunset phase with a spectacular climax just before they subside from view".Maybe he's building up an insanity plea.
The level of disregard for the true majority of the people is almost frightening. Tens of thousands of protesters march on Washington, and they are dismissed as 'fringe'. Lefty pundits say they are a fad, a phase, an insignificant blip that will soon fade.
But the numbers don't lie, and they are sinking fast.
Helluva mandate you got there, Barry!