Political Musings June 19, 2014: Obama the lame duck has lost Americans’ confidence to lead in WSJ/NBC News poll

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Political Musings March 12, 2014: Obama hits new low in NBC News/WSJ poll spells trouble for Democrats in midterms

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President Barack Obama’s midterm election year approval ratings are not boding well for Democrats; a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 finds the president with a new approval rating low of…READ MORE

Political Musings February 18, 2014: Obama reaches approval rating lows in Presidents’ Day polls

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Political Musings December 17, 2013: Obama’s year-end poll lowest of presidency, lower than most recent presidents

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President Barck Obama is ending the fifth year of his presidency with one of the lowest approval ratings his has on record. The latest poll released on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013 conducted by ABC News and the Washington Post. The…READ MORE

Political Musings November 29, 2013: Post-Presidential life & legacy focus of Barbara Walters’ interview with Obamas

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Political Musings November 19, 2013: Obama free falling in new polls from disastrous health care rollout

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Obama free falling in new polls from disastrous health care rollout

By Bonnie K. Goodman

Most of the major political polls have now determined that President Barack Obama approval ratings are hitting all time lows, while his disapproval rating is now skyrocketing. The latest poll from ABC News/Washington Post released on Monday, Nov. 18…

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Political Musings October 22, 2013: Obama, GOP approval ratings plummet in new polls, result of shutdown fallout

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Obama, GOP approval ratings plummet in new polls, result of shutdown fallout

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Three new polls released on Monday, Oct. 21, 2013 indicate that President Barack Obama, the House Republicans and Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-OH have not escaped the American public’s blame as a result of the…READ MORE

Political Musings September 29, 2013: Obama’s approval and favorability ratings reach new lows amid budget battles

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Obama’s approval and favorability ratings reach new lows amid budget battles

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President Barack Obama’s poll ratings are falling according to three new polls; CBS News/The New York Times, Bloomberg and Gallup polls released on Sept. 25, 2013. Obama reached his lowest approval since 2011 based on a recent…READ MORE

Political Features August 7, 2011: Economic woes a thorn in Obama’s 2012 hopes

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Analysis: Economic woes a thorn in Obama’s 2012 hopes

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U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about the economy on Aug. 5, 2011 in Washington, D.C.

Source: John Whitesides, National Post, 8-7-11

With every gloomy economic report, debt crisis and mood swing on Wall Street, U.S. President Barack Obama’s fight for re-election in 2012 gets a little tougher.

The recent rash of bad economic news has deepened a sour public mood and threatens to turn a re-election campaign that Democrats once hoped would be a cakewalk into an unpredictable brawl.

“The economic head-winds Obama faces are extraordinarily difficult,” said Karlyn Bowman, a public opinion analyst at the American Enterprise Institute think tank.

“The level of public pessimism and the duration of the negativity is something I haven’t seen before,” she said. “It’s a performance-based job, and people want to start seeing the economy turn around.”

Polls show at least two-thirds of Americans think the country is headed in the wrong direction, consumer confidence is hitting two-year lows and majorities disapprove of Obama’s handling of the economy.

His job approval was slumping even before last week’s global stock sell-off and twin debt crises in Europe and in the United States, which featured a U.S. credit rating downgrade and chaotic talks on a deal to raise the U.S. debt ceiling.

In the last week of July, Gallup put Obama’s approval at a weekly low of 42%.

A Quinnipiac University poll taken after the debt-ceiling deal last week found a majority in the battleground state of Florida did not think Obama deserved re-election. His approval among independents in the state plunged from a 47-45% split in May to 61-33% disapproval now.

“Elections with incumbents are always referendums on the incumbent, and the first question for voters is ’does he deserve another term?’ At this point, these numbers show the answer is not necessarily yes,” Quinnipiac pollster Peter Brown said.

The president’s slump gives new hope to Republicans, who saw several potential contenders pass on a 2012 White House race earlier this year amid speculation Obama would be too strong and too well financed to lose re-election.

Republicans plan to remind voters often of the job losses, stalled economic recovery and stagnant housing market on Obama’s watch. They stepped up their criticism of the president after Friday’s U.S. credit downgrade….READ MORE

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