Friday, August 21, 2009

What is the real message in all the bad polling for Obama?

I have read and gone through many of the polls that have come out lately and in conclusion it is still a muddled message by the public.

The public still likes President Obama, but are concerned and don't understand the message the White House and Democrats are sending on the health care front.

Along with this comes the Republicans, the insurance companies and lobby machines cranking out misconceptions, lies and rancor at town hall meetings. Since the White House has not been pro-active on that front, the GOP has been allowed to paint the health care reform as everything from socialized medicine, to Hitler care. Take your pick on that one.

In the end, the Democrats and Obama are taking a hit in the polling, but the Republicans are not improving at all. The Republicans don't have a message, but is only seen as trying to destroy Obama's message, along with the Democrats. In doing so the Republicans are not gaining any ground. For that, they should worry if the health care legislation pans out a WIN for the Democrats.

When this is all washed out, with a bill and the vote is over, the public will have its say on this. If the public likes what is in the bill and its value for "them", it is a win for the Democrats and a huge loss for the Republicans. If it is the other way around, the Democrats and Obama have a long 2010 and 2012 to play out.

A new poll suggests that Americans' faith in President Barack Obama to make the right decisions for the country is dropping.

Forty-nine percent of people questioned in a ABC/Washington Post survey released Friday say they have a great deal or good amount of confidence in the president's leadership, down 11 points from April. According to the poll, half of all Americans have little or no confidence in Obama's ability to make the right decisions, up ten points from April.

But the survey indicates that a dip in confidence in the president doesn't mean a rise in confidence in Republicans in Congress. Just 20 percent of people questioned say they have a great deal or good amount of faith in Congressional Republicans to make the right decisions, unchanged from April.

"This summer has been the season of discontent with all politicians," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "The ABC/Washington Post poll indicates that Americans don't have confidence in the president or in Congress, and aren't confident about Democrats or Republicans."

According to the poll, 57 percent of Americans approve of the job Obama's doing as president, down two points from July. Four in ten disapprove, up three points from the 37 percent who disapproved of the president's performance in last month's survey by ABC/Washington Post.

Three other national polls released earlier this week, NBC News, Pew Research Center and the Gallup daily tracking poll, all separately indicated a 51 percent approval rating for Obama. read more here....

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