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Obama's mildly troubling poll position

What's that? You want to hear more about the latest New York Times/CBS News poll. Okay, great! And who better to focus on than President Obama. For the White House, there's good news and then there's some news that should make the West Wing nervous.

Let's start with right track-wrong track. There's been a little improvement in some really bad numbers. While there was a 1-point uptick (from 33 percent to 34 percent) in those who say the country is going in the "right direction," there was a 3-point reduction (from 62 percent to 59 percent) in the number who say the country is on the "wrong track" between February and now. Nice trend, if it continues.

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It won't come as a shock that Tea Partiers have negative view of the president. They disapprove of his job performance by 88 percent. Among all adults surveyed, however, Obama's job approval rating sits at 50 percent. That's a 4-point climb since February. Given the beating he's taken on the economy and the contentious health-care debate, that's impressive. But there a few areas where Obama's standing has taken a beating, and the poll results should serve as a warning to the president and his advisers.

On the eve of his inauguration in Jan. 2009, Obama was viewed favorably by 60 percent of Americans. Just 9 percent said their opinion of him was "not favorable." Today, his favorable rating is down 17 points to 43 percent. The unfavorable rating is up, way up, by 24 points to 33 percent of Americans. Silver lining: since February, Obama's favorable rating is up 4 points and his unfavorable is down 1 point.

While the percentage of people who don't think Obama understands the needs of people like them has gone up between Sept. 2008 and today (33 percent to 39 percent,) the number who say he does has held relatively constant over the same period (60 percent to 58 percent).

But there's a warning in the overall numbers. The positive view of Obama on the "I feel your pain" question is trending downward. His current standing (58 percent) is the result of a steady 10-point drop from its 68-percent high in mid-Oct. 2008. And the negative view is in an upward trend. Since mid-Oct. 2008, the number of adults who don't think Obama understands their needs and problems has risen from 28 percent to 39 percent. That's an 11-point spike.

Another negative trend: the percentage of people who think Obama does not share their values is going up while those who hold the opposite view is going down. The good news is that 57 percent of Americans still believe he shares their values. But that's a 9-point drop since a high of 66 percent in Oct. 2008. Meanwhile, the 37 percent who say Obama doesn't share their values is the highest ever. Ten points higher than Oct. 2008 and 25 points higher than July 2007. There's plenty of time for the president to turn all of these downward trends around in time for his reelection effort in 2012. The question is whether the negative view of Obama will have an impact on congressional Democrats in November's midterm elections.

Finally, I have to highlight results in three areas that have me scratching my head, rolling my eyes or both. A majority of the nation (52 percent) thinks Obama's policies are moving the country toward socialism, as does an overwhelming majority of Tea Partiers (92 percent). Most Americans (58 percent) believe Obama is a "natural born citizen" of the United States, as do 41 percent of Tea Party types. But a total 59 percent of Tea Party-types don't when you combine those who "don't know" (29 percent) and those who say flat out that he was born in another country (30 percent). And most Americans (83 percent) and most Tea Partiers believe Obama treats whites and blacks the same. But a stubborn 25 percent of Tea Partiers said that Obama, the nation's first African American president, favors blacks over whites. Clearly, they're not paying attention to Tavis Smiley. He would disagree -- and loudly.

By Jonathan Capehart  | April 16, 2010; 7:31 AM ET
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Mr Capehart,

some of the MAIN reasons that we Tea Party members so intensely dislike BHO are:
1. we see him as a remorse-LESS/KNOWING serial LIAR,
2. we think that he's so DUMB/incompetent that he cannot find his bum with both hands, unassisted,
(if ANY republican had said TWICE, at two different venues, that he had "visited 57 of the 60 states, with 3 more to go", he would have been "laughed out of town" for being STUPID!)
3. we think that he's a CROOK, who will DO/SAY/AGREE TO anything to get more POWER and/or MONEY
(for himself & his friends)
and
4. we think that he cares NOTHING about the wants/needs/desires of "regular people" who are NOT part of the "politcal elites" of the DIMocRATS party.

other than that, we thinks that he's fine POTUS.

yours, TN46

Posted by: texasnative46 | April 16, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

The ONLY WAY to prove that Obama is a natural born citizen is to show the REAL birth certificate .. not the photo shopped one or the Cert of birth -thats not the BIRTH certificate. All of us have them with hospital's names on them- Doctors names on them so where is Obamas...He could stop all of this in 10 minutes but he chooses to spend millions to get the cases thrown out WHY ? Is that rational? Until he proves it the controversy will grow.... He should show it willingly but he wont...ask yourself why - you already know the answer...He was not born in Hawaii and its up to him to prove it..we dont have to do anything... the burden of proof is on him. You didnt believe the initial reports on John Edwards either and look how that turned out.... wake up ..

Posted by: JUNGLEJIM123 | April 16, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

The ONLY WAY to prove that Obama is a natural born citizen is to show the REAL birth certificate .. not the photo shopped one or the Cert of birth -thats not the BIRTH certificate. All of us have them with hospital's names on them- Doctors names on them so where is Obamas...He could stop all of this in 10 minutes but he chooses to spend millions to get the cases thrown out WHY ? Is that rational? Until he proves it the controversy will grow.... He should show it willingly but he wont...ask yourself why - you already know the answer...He was not born in Hawaii and its up to him to prove it..we dont have to do anything... the burden of proof is on him. You didnt believe the initial reports on John Edwards either and look how that turned out.... wake up ..

Posted by: JUNGLEJIM123 | April 16, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

REMEMBER IN NOVEMBER…VOTE THEM OUT!!!

We are witnessing the greatest intrusion into the private lives of individuals and business in history. It is time to take our government and Country back. REMEMBER IN NOVEMBER…VOTE THEM OUT!!!

Congress and this Administration have put the country on a course of reckless government spending that has mortgaged the future of all Americans especially future generations. The only way to fix this long term structural problem is to create a pro-growth atmosphere for business. To do this we must reduce taxes NOW. How many different taxes does a business or individual pay on a regular basis? We must eliminate number and complexity of all these taxes and reduce the tax burden. REMEMBER IN NOVEMBER…VOTE THEM OUT!!!

The American people must remember the PROCESS that was used to ram the healthcare bill into law against our will. To pass this law, the Congress and Administration had to use countless, secret back room deals that rewarded the constituents of one Congressmen to buy his vote while the rest of the American people paid for it. The Administration and Congress used every legislative trick they could find to ram this bill into law against the will of the American people. The American people demanded TRANSPARENCY and BI-PARTISANSHIP instead we got SECRECY and complete PARTISANSHIP. The PROCESS used to ram this bill into law is a complete affront to our system of government. The American people cannot stand by and let this Congress and this Administration destroy our system of government because they think the process does not matter. This abusive process should scare us all and that is why we must REMEMBER IN NOVEMBER…VOTE THEM OUT!!! The time has come to take our government back.

We need to eliminate much of the complexity of government regulation. How many different regulations does a business have to try to comply with? How many forms does a business fill out to comply with government regulations? All of that effort has a cost and the cost is very high. That inhibits growth and jobs. REMEMBER IN NOVEMBER…VOTE THEM OUT!!!

How many government programs to help the poor and others are so riddled with paperwork and regulation that much of the money spent on them actually goes to pay for the paperwork and regulations. We need to greatly reduce the number and complexity of government programs and eliminate the ineffective ones. REMEMBER IN NOVEMBER…VOTE THEM OUT!!!

Most of all we need to eliminate the dirty backroom politics and deal making. A law should be for one purpose without unrelated "pork" included to buy votes in the Congress. All bills and meetings should be held and debated with complete transparency. REMEMBER IN NOVEMBER…VOTE THEM OUT!!!

Obama does not think the American people are competent enough to manage their own affairs so he wants government to do it for us. REMEMBER IN NOVEMBER…VOTE THEM OUT!!!

REMEMBER IN NOVEMBER…VOTE THEM OUT!!!

Posted by: AngryMobVoter | April 16, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

How is it that the non-religious loony liberals worship a teleprompter-reading monkey? Odd, huh?

Posted by: mgrantham2 | April 16, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

What specifically has the Obama administration done to "intrude into the lives of individuals and businesses"?

And if that is of such concern where was the outrage when the Bush administration authorized warrantless wire-tapping? That action was indisputably an intrusion into peoples' lives and was also in direct contradiction of constitutional principles.

These right wing fulminations don't seem to hold water.

Posted by: jhmcmath | April 16, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

I actually find it amazing that 42% of the people don't think he is a natural born citizen. I don't happen to buy into that way of thinking but it does make you wonder why he never did just show the original... but I'm not a conspiracy theory person...

Obama did something very historic by proving that an african-american could become the first president. He united a nation with a promise of "hope and change". Well, we do still have hope... and there is definately change. But, not all change is good... what hasn't changed is that Govt is still growing and getting larger, Govt is not open, backroom deals and pay-offs are still happening and the economy is not getting better.

The average Govt worker makes over $70,000/yr and the average private sector job is $50,000/yr... the only jobs being created are Govt jobs. 47% of americans pay no taxes at all and the top 5% pay the majority. Sooner or later this is going to become unsustainable and there will be more benefit in not working than trying to excel. When this happens our nation is doomed.

Hopefully, Govt will wake up and realize this before it is too late.

Posted by: tbastian | April 16, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

With Obama following the Chavez playbook for governing...

This is what is in store for Obama

http://eurasia.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2010/04/15/the_lights_are_dimming_on_chavez?hpid=news-col-blog

Posted by: Obama_TRAITOR_in_Chief | April 16, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Jungle jim, reading your post, i see how you got your name. just crawled out of the jungle did you. I agree with everything you wrote , however, you just described George Bsh to a Tee.

You got mixed up. But that's ok. You need to rail against something. Anybody that calls president Obama dumb is a racist. There could not be any other reason for this. As educated as this man is, what other reason could you have?

Posted by: Mollybeejay | April 16, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

There is a difference between being educated and being smart. There are quite a few people who are street-smart, or intelligent, but may not be Harvard educated.

I'm not taking sides here, I'm just pointing out a difference. And personally, to say that ANY person who thinks Obama is dumb is racist only serves to show how little regard you have for people who disagree with you. A person could find President Obama "dumb" for a number of reasons - lacking common sense, making poor decisions, general incompetence in tasks at hand - without it meaning that he's uneducated. In fact, some of the most well educated people I know also have the least common sense.

Posted by: JG08 | April 16, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Mollybeejay,

frankly your comment about RACISM is BUNK, HOKEM & PURE NONSENSE!= sorry, but i'm NOT going to let you get away with that PATENT FOOLISHNESS , as it is a BLATANT (and not very clever) attempt to SILENCE the opposition by "playing the race card" & nothing more than that.
(WHEN you have to try that "tired old nonsense" it is a sure sign that you know that you are WRONG!)

fyi, i'm NOT "a white person" & i think that BHO is SUB-normal in "street smarts' "common sense" & is SCRIPTED by his "handlers".

if you've read my posts about his teleprompter failing (and his EVIDENT inability to answer questions that would NOT stump an average high school freshmen), you know why that i think that he's COMPLETELY INCOMPETENT to be POTUS & frankly a DUNCE & source of embarrassment to every American citizen.

ONE of the questions that BHO could NOT answer, even with a LOT of "hemming & hawing" was the question from a young girl (i'd guess about 13-14YO):
"Senator, What is your favorite movie?"

it took him at least a minute to come up with a NON-answer (BHO is REALLY good at "non-answers" & spouting meaning-LESS NONSENSE!), on the order of:

"UH,UH, UH. well, UH, i like a lot of different books & magazines & you know -well, UH,UH!"

he NEVER told her the TITLE of even ONE of his favorites!
(IF you cannot give an answer to a child's question of that sort, you are a DUNCE & a FOOL, especially since he has TWO school-aged children!)

even saying that he does NOT go to movies OR can't think of a favorite would have been better than his "line of BULL" & boring/long bunch of meaningless, ignorant, BLATHER!

face it, Molly, he's a LOSER & will LOSE the 2012 election by a LANDSLIDE like the election of 1968, regardless of who the opposition may be. = he's DONE!

furthermore, at 63YY, i thought that i would never "live to see" a POTUS that was LESS competent than Jimmy Carter and/or MORE DISHONEST than Richard M. Nixon, but BHO is WORSE than either! = FACT.

yours, TN46

Posted by: texasnative46 | April 16, 2010 11:21 PM | Report abuse

I love your statistics. You are obviously related to the "YAPPER", You both just make things up as you go along. Meathead in chief has had a negative favorable number for 8 months now, but don't let little things like truth and honesty get in your way. It doesn't bother your brotha either - or maybe you are actually HIM.

Posted by: armagedon | April 17, 2010 9:30 AM | Report abuse

This question is for TN46-How did you like President Bush for 8 years? He did a wonderful job for your party, now didnt he? You should be ashamed of yourself, calling our President of the United States a liar, didnt your parents ever teach you what the word respect means? Your party almost erradicated the Middle Class-thats something to be proud of, now isnt it? Your Republican Party and their "Trickle Down Economics" really worked well for 8 years, oh yeah, it worked great.

Posted by: marlaurtankersley | April 17, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

All Obama does is insult people and talks down in a condescending way. Its like hearing a school kid. We need a president with some class who knows how to run a business, understands economics and is a healer and not a divider. I don't care what political party they belong to but they need to lift this country up instead of always putting it and the American people down. Obama is lucky there are still people out there who work hard, pay taxes which brings he and other politicians and people in Washington, including the MSM, their jobs, Cadillac health plans, security detail, fleet of jets and planes, and other benefits so many American are going without.

Posted by: 45upnorth | April 17, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Wow.. If I ever have to eat a big ol plate of crap... I hope I can find an article like this to describe it... Obama go lemons and ya turn it into filet mignon!!!

Posted by: nickmxp | April 17, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

oh yeah, capehart, we're real impressed with your folloeing of teabagger terrorists

too bad that America still remembers what a disaster that george bush and the repuglotarded party created

what are you and the teabagger terrorist going to do when the November election doesn't turn out the way you think it will turn out ???

America will reject the racist teabagger terrorists, and every repuglotarded candidate the teabagger terrorists support

but you fools just keep thinking you have us surrounded

Posted by: nada85484 | April 18, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

marlaurtankserly,

fwiw, my parents taught me to love TRUTHFULNESS, HONOR & COMMON DECENCY & to CONDEMN the ACTIONS (but not the person) of LIARS, THIEVES & other "creatures without HONOR". = SADLY, i must tell you that BHO is LAZY, "not really intelligent" (despite having graduated from law school), DISHONEST, lacking in "common sense" & willing to SAY/DO/AGREE TO anything that will get him & his chronies MORE MONEY & POWER.

if tomorrow, BHO was told that 2% of the voters wanted to practice canniabilism, BHO would tell the world that "it's just a life-choice, which should be tolerated", if he thought that i would improve his "personal approval rating".

i, like most reasonably MORAL people, intensely dislike/despise a LIAR & a CROOK.

sorry that you are evidently willing to accept him, knowing that he LIES like a rug! = Joe Wilson was 100% correct!

just my opinion.

yours, TN46

Posted by: texasnative46 | April 18, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

nada85484,

IF you learned to spell & not make so many errors of grammar/syntax/usage (you write like a "not very bright", 5th-grade dropout), we might pay a little more attention to your errant NONSENSE & sanctamonious BILGE.

btw, have you ever actually met "a terrorist teabagger"?
(i suspect that you have NOT! - i've been a member of the TPP since the beginning & i've NEVER met a single "terrorist" within our ranks.)

fyi, i'm a member & "a coordinator of" our local county Tea Party (the CCTPP do not have "officers" or "leaders", unless we all are leaders) & the membership of our group is DECENT, MUCH smarter & obviously a LOT better educated than most of the DIMocRAT, bigoted, fools/antisemites/morons, who i see "contributing to" this discussion.

WHEN are you going to DEMAND that the KLANSMAN in the US Senate (Robert "KKK" Byrd, DIMocRAT of WV) be removed & tossed out into the street, upon his little pointed hood?

TOLERATING a KLANSMAN is just as EVIL as BEING a member of that FILTHY BIGOTS!

yours, TN46

Posted by: texasnative46 | April 18, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: texasnative46

WHEN are you going to DEMAND that the KLANSMAN in the US Senate (Robert "KKK" Byrd, DIMocRAT of WV) be removed & tossed out into the street, upon his little pointed hood?

=========================================

how is your teabagger revisionist history relevant to this discussion ???

Senator Robert Byrd belonged to the Klan as a youth, learned his mistakes, renounced his past participation in a terrorist organization, and has often stated that his association with the klan is the most shameful thing he ever did

if I can remember Robert Byrd's history with the klan, while you seem to forget it, of act like you didn't know it, AND you say I demonstrate a 5th grade education, where does that place an ignorant fool or blatant liar like you ???

1st grader

or a short bus all-star ???

I'm thinking the latter

Posted by: nada85484 | April 19, 2010 12:28 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: monicanixon | April 19, 2010 4:08 AM | Report abuse

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sadly for YOU & every other "KNOWS NOTHING" DIMocRAT & for the LIARS of the National DIMocRAT party, Robert "KKK" Byrd is a CURRENT national officer (Grand Cyclops) of the KKK & has always been a member.

how is this relevant to this discussion?= because it points out that the DIMocRAT Party is KNOWINGLY a bunch of amoral/ dishonest HYPOCRITES! - that's WHY!

yours, TN46

Posted by: texasnative46 | April 19, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse


Worst President ever.

November cannot come soon enough.

Posted by: letscheck | April 20, 2010 5:00 AM | Report abuse

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