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Deconstructing confidence in Obama

Confidence in President Obama has reached a new low, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll out today. Overall, six in ten say they have just some or no confidence in him to make the right decisions for the country's future, a negative shift since January of this year and a near-reversal from the numbers at the 100-day mark of his term.

The graph after the jump shows the share saying they lack confidence, broken down by sub-group. Red dots represent groups where more than 50 percent have little or no faith that Obama will make the right choices, blue ones show numbers under 50 percent. Each point on the chart is surrounded by a line, indicating the "plus or minus" sampling error for each breakdown.

In the new poll, nearly three in 10 self-identified Democrats say they have little faith in the president, up from 20 percent in January. Nearly two-thirds of white college grads (64 percent) question the president's decisionmaking as well, compared with about half at the beginning of the year.

Since politics is all context: in spite of the decidedly mixed review for Obama, public opinion remains even worse for the parties in Congress. Two-thirds have little or no confidence in Congressional Dems and nearly three in four have little faith in Congressional Republicans.

By Kyle Dropp  |  July 13, 2010; 12:48 PM ET
Categories:  Barack Obama , Post Polls  
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No unemployment? Thank the republicans! For the rest of you -When the economy stalls again - you can thank the republicans too. The republican’s weren’t worried about the deficit when that big insurance company and their friends the Wall Street execs were giving themselves bonuses with taxpayer money!!! Next election – let Congress feel the sting of the unemployment lines!!! No more raping and pillaging the middle class!!! – How many years have you paid taxes? 30? 40? Your government bails out bankers and Wall Street execs using your tax dollars – but unemployment is allowed to expire? What happened to "by the people" or "for the people"? Or are the big campaign contributors the only "people" who count to congress? They are playing games AGAIN FOR THE THIRD TIME while you are wondering how to feed your kids? Figure it out! Malfeasance – Failure of a public official to perform their duties!!! Next Election MAKE YOURSELF MATTER BY VOTING!!! 10% unemployment carries 10% of the vote! Use it!! Fire them all next election or recall every Congress member NOW for Malfeasance – Failure of a public official to perform their duties!!! Next Election - Lets get people elected who actually represent all the People- this current congress represents only special interest groups!

Posted by: agh1 | July 13, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

If the Washington Post-ABC News poll are true to their character and most of all stories, they support and lean towards President Obama.

That being said, the Washington Post-ABC News poll shows disatisfaction with the president at 60%.

I wonder what a poll by two news organizations that are not in the tank for the president would say.

We won't know, or, do we already know?

Posted by: JBfromFL | July 13, 2010 9:35 PM | Report abuse

I will say this again...Any media outlet can fabricate anything using "mysterious" poll numbers in order to create an impression that doesn't exist. Thank you, my dear friend, Noam Chomsky, for highlighting what the trickery involved in MSM reporting (masquerading as truth). The bottom line, is that I AM not convinced that the majority of Americans are upset with Obama and the Dem agenda. I wasn't polled. Nobody in my family was polled. Hell, I believe that nobody in my neighborhood was polled. If there is anything that is more despicable is the miserliness and utter lack of contempt from Republicans. If you could see how antisocial the behavior of Republicans really are - then you just imagine if those psychopaths were ruling at this time. Every person in America would be a virtual slave. No....the real reason is something darker (I mean that literally). Tea party rants are not about's about the dark man in the white house. Race card or not...there are simply some white people out there that cannot take instruction from a person of color; wanting to take back "their" country at all costs. But, thank god I still all times and all seasons for all elections. I'm faithful to my citizenship duties. I can see clearly that I voted for the right man to be in office at this time because I share those values that they have. Ethics wise, Libertarianism fails to address responsibility to all persons in a society. Government intrusion is LEGITIMATE to ensure the dignity of human beings (that means that ALL people should be fed, clothed, housed, and treated with some basic level of concern). We all have face limits. The few who have been getting away with no limits (mainly the "privileged") have caused the breakdown of our society. That's why we have REFORM in the form of government regulations. I can't believe I would have to say this to so many people who are still uninformed about this.

Posted by: kitten2 | July 14, 2010 12:00 AM | Report abuse

May you please give us the raw numbers for these data points. Just upload them as an .xls or .csv file. Or a .pdf if that's all you've got.

Posted by: dkp01 | July 14, 2010 12:40 AM | Report abuse

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