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Schmucko’s Approval Rating at New Low (for ABC News Poll)

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:38 am

Heckuva job, Barry:

Democrats face serious obstacles as they look to the November elections, with President Obama’s approval rating at a new low and a majority of voters saying they prefer a Congress in Republican hands to check the president’s agenda, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

Obama’s approval rating fell to 41 percent, down from 46 percent through the first three months of the year and the lowest of his presidency in Post-ABC News polls. Just 42 percent approve of his handling of the economy, 37 percent approve of how he is handling the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and 34 percent approve of his handling of the situation involving Ukraine and Russia.

Other surveys have put Obumbler’s approval rating even lower in the past, but it’s nice to see a trend with this one. Keep up the good work, pal.

48 Responses to “Schmucko’s Approval Rating at New Low (for ABC News Poll)”

  1. Ding.

    Patterico (9c670f)

  2. Against the backdrop of things like the following, it’s actually contemptible that the horrible person in the White House isn’t doing worse in public polling:, April 27: It was the nearly silent bombshell of the IRS scandal, but it may have been one of the most significant. That is especially true considering the target is primarily known as one of the fiercest critics of President Obama and Bill and Hillary Clinton, the latter considered the Democrat’s leading presidential contender in 2016.

    When the IRS stripped the Patrick Henry Center for Individual Liberty, or PHC, of its tax-exempt status, it did not cause splashy headlines and a chorus of the nation’s leading conservatives did not howl in protest. However, the IRS’ revocation of the center’s 501(c)(3) status may have been the most audacious power play yet by the left in its use of the department to wage war on conservatives.

    The action indicates the IRS still feels free to pursue conservatives with impunity, even after all the adverse publicity it has received since former tax-exempt division chief Lois Lerner revealed last May that the department had improperly targeted conservative groups applying for 501(c)(3) status.

    Additionally, the PHC is unique among the IRS’ recent known victims: The tea-party groups came to the IRS; the IRS went after the PHC. Unlike the delay tactics it used on tea-party groups when processing their tax-exempt applications, the IRS actively targeted the PHC as a group that already had 501(c)(3) status.

    The department applied the worst penalty at its disposal, by disallowing tax-exempt contributions to the organization. Unlike the tea-party groups, the PHC did not spring up after the 2008 election of President Obama, but has been around since the 1990s. It was approved in January 1998 as a 501(c)(3). Based in Manassas, Va., the center was founded by former FBI agent and best-selling author, Gary Aldrich, a ferocious critic of Obama and the Clintons.

    The IRS appeared to go out of its way to target and punish the center. It had to go back a decade to find a mere two instances of alleged transgressions committed by the PHC. And, as WND reported, the supposed violations of IRS rules are miniscule compared to the hyper-partisan articles published daily by the gargantuan, George Soros-financed and leftist 501(c)(3) website Media Matters.

    Mark (59e5be)

  3. Remember this is a D+11 poll.

    the bhead (fbcafb)

  4. “Schmucko”? How dare you insult our beloved Dear Leader; he who has halted the rise of the oceans; he who has won a Nobel Prize?

    I mean–get a grip Patterico. Just because the guy is a not very bright, feckless little numb nuts, there’s no reason to go all nuclear on him by calling him “Schmucko”. First of all he has to actually have a schmuck, and that qualification is very much in doubt.

    Skeptical Voter (12e67d)

  5. His peevishness at these press conferences abroad–he can’t entirely escape media questions–must be turning people off even more.

    Patricia (be0117)

  6. Dems in deep doo doo
    like I’ve consistently said
    throw teh damn bums out!

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  7. SV, not just a Nobel Prize, but the


    Contemplating that achievement just leaves me breathless….
    you laugh for five+ minutes and you’ll be breathless too.

    askeptic (8ecc78)

  8. What was Bush’s lowest approval rating? 19%?


    Leviticus (f9a067)

  9. America is becoming more and more racist!!!

    Dan S (00fc90)

  10. Saying Bush has become the precursor to a new Godwin’s Law

    JD (6a6c22)

  11. 8-
    Using the Evan Thomas metric of the media giving any Dem a 15-point edge, Bush’s rating would be a more respectable 34%.
    Plus, this was a D+11 poll, so that would drop The O-Man to somewhere between 30 and 35.5%

    It’s a wash.

    askeptic (8ecc78)

  12. Bush’s approval rating tanked because so many of us who generally supported him got frustrated with the repeated failures in his second term. The lesson of Obama is that no matter how wretched his leadership is, there are about 1/3 of the country who are too cowed by him to express disapproval.

    I denounce myself.

    JVW (9946b6)

  13. can you imagine where he’d be if the fed took the training wheels off

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  14. If you look at the poll internals, Democrats are over represented, so Democrats are actually in more trouble than the headline indicates. If the poll had featured a more representative sample, Obama would have polled even worse.

    Brent Glines (b7c67e)

  15. And this is with his ass being washed 24 hours a day by the news media.

    CrustyB (69f730)

  16. All of this bad news for Obama will be forgotten when “Recovery Summer V” kicks into full gear.

    Neo (d1c681)

  17. Another reason to get rid of these sh*tbirds…

    Judicial Watch Secures White House Email Stating That Primary Goal of Susan Rice Appearances Were to Establish That Benghazi Attack Was Due to “Internet Video” and Not “Failure of Policy” – Ace of AoS

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  18. 11. I’ll buy that.

    I’d also bet that 30-35% includes the dregs of our society however measured.

    gary gulrud (e2cef3)

  19. Dear America,

    Being President is a hard job. But you wouldn’t know what a hard job is, because so many of you are unemployed—due to Bush, winter storms, the Ukraine, ATM machines, Donald Sterling, missing airplanes, and other stuff.
    Or something.



    Elephant Stone (6a6f37)

  20. It’s Bush’s fault.

    Five percent in a month, in eight months it will be 0. How appropriate. How do polls handle negative numbers?

    htom (412a17)

  21. It’s as if president sfb is in a Cheech and Chong movie.

    mg (31009b)

  22. My friend, had an interview on the bundy matter;

    narciso (3fec35)

  23. Dear America,

    I don’t exactly approve of you, either !



    Elephant Stone (6a6f37)

  24. narciso – what a dynamite interview. She has more balls than a pond on a golf course. Thanks narciso.
    I used to listen to Peter and Alan Berg back in the 80’s and 90’s.

    mg (31009b)

  25. 24. A treasure.

    gary gulrud (e2cef3)

  26. Evidently ibn Dunham’s track record has preceded him, adults seem to have become involved.

    gary gulrud (e2cef3)

  27. If you look at the slightly more detailed view they permit, you can see that the news is worse for Obama than first glimpsed. The strongly disapprove side is always much larger than the strongly approve side, by rather more than the simple approve/disapprove margin. On the main approval question, Obama is at -17 in that respect. You can see this type of thing across all the questions.

    Sadly, I cannot find the raw poll numbers. It would be interesting to see the white voter and the older voter cross-tabs. Bet you they REALLY suck for Obama.

    Kevin M (b11279)

  28. Or, as someone said to me today, we could have had President Roslin, but instead we voted for Baltar. Teh suck.

    Kevin M (b11279)

  29. What was Bush’s lowest approval rating? 19%?

    Well, if you normalize blacks, who are about 12% of the population and are reflexively for Obama, you find that among everyone else, Bush does better.

    (19+12 = 32) > (41-12 = 29)

    Kevin M (b11279)

  30. 26-gary, sfb will never let our pilots shine.

    mg (31009b)

  31. This looks a little like the Allied fleet in Crimea, 160 years ago,

    narciso (3fec35)

  32. 17. Note that the writer of the Benghazi ass-covering e-mail is Ben Rhodes, brother of David Rhodes, president of CBS news, which marginalized Sharyl Atkinnson out of a job, in part because of her digging on Benghazi.
    If we had a MSM worthy of our First Amendment, Obama would never have been elected.

    Walter Cronanty (d16f1a)

  33. gary- Viguerie should have Prince Reibus’s job at the rnc!!!

    mg (31009b)

  34. 37. And 2015 should be headlined by a trial:

    gary gulrud (e2cef3)

  35. Also via Doug Ross:

    the United States doesn’t want to threaten [Putin] regime survival in a country with massive military power. Nor does it want to engage in an action that would trigger an invasion of Ukraine and force the United States to either back away or join a war it is unprepared for. It also will try to avoid mistakenly seizing U.S. and European assets — assets deployed by Russia deliberately to bait Washington into making just such a mistake.

    The Obama administration has a final major reason to avoid effective sanctions. If someone had said a year ago that U.S.-Russian relations would reach the present point, they would have been laughed at, something I can attest to. Foreign investment is a major component of the U.S. economy, and distinguished political leaders are an excellent source of capital. If you are the leader of China, Saudi Arabia or India, all of which have problems with the United States that could conceivably mushroom, you might think twice before investing your money in the United States. And there are more countries than those four that have potential conflicts with the United States.

    The U.S. sanctions strategy is therefore not designed to change Russian policies; it is designed to make it look like the United States is trying to change Russian policy. And it is aimed at those in Congress who have made this a major issue and at those parts of the State Department that want to orient U.S. national security policy around the issue of human rights. Both can be told that something is being done — and both can pretend that something is being done — when in fact nothing can be done. In a world clamoring for action, prudent leaders sometimes prefer the appearance of doing something to actually doing something.

    gary gulrud (e2cef3)

  36. Even this guy is for impeachment and trial:

    gary gulrud (e2cef3)

  37. Actually 2014 looks worse than 2010.

    Reading in only bad prospects for Dhimmi incumbents neglects half the story.

    gary gulrud (e2cef3)

  38. Yes, and the top men, will act accordingly, as they did with O’Donnell, Angle, McMillan

    narciso (3fec35)

  39. Doesn’t Bush out poll Obama nowadays?

    On the D+11 alleged over-sample in this poll, the polls in 2012 everyone thought were bogus were similar. Nate Silver or someone made the point back then that people who used to identify as R were now calling themselves I – which turned out to be right on the money.

    During the campaign, conservatives embraced a theory that polls were skewed, based on the thought that the electorate could not possibly lean as heavily Democratic as it did in 2008. In the end, though, the party ID makeup in 2012 was 38 percent Democratic, 32 percent Republican and 29 percent Independent, almost identical to 2008’s 39-32-29 split.

    This poll has 32% identifying as D, which is actually low compared to 2008 and 2012. For the time being I’m assuming the party breakdown in this poll is not skewed at all. I have a feeling they’re all going to show something similar.

    Gerald A (bfbd30)

  40. You understand it doesn’t matter, good men lie dead in the desert, betrayed by the people who sent them,
    people will die thanks to Obamacare, people who have
    called attention to this, have lost their reputations, sometimes have risked losing their fortunes,

    narciso (3fec35)

  41. After what you saw with the IRS and OSHA, just directed at Englebrecht, you believe those numbers are genuine,

    narciso (3fec35)

  42. Obama has been around 44-45% before. He won’t fall any lower. Nonwhites and white liberals will NEVER leave him and make up 40% or a little more of the population. Obama will still do what he wants in the time he has left.

    DN (fe3f16)

  43. but it’s just lip service

    they know that in public if they try and make the case that food stamp is some kind of for reals actual respectable president

    people are gonna think they’ve got a grade A case of the simples

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  44. A majority think Crack Whore was handed a bill of damaged goods in Amerikkka and her economy.

    A majority has likewise reached consensus that any self-respecting con artiste, untouched by the defect of industry, might reasonably be expected to have done something, anything positive with a bag full of lemons by this juncture.

    gary gulrud (e2cef3)

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