Americans Still Hopeful About Obama

A counterintuitive finding from the latest Heartland Monitor poll released by Allstate and National Journal:

The latest survey finds 55 percent of Americans believe the country is on the wrong track – the highest percentage yet in the Heartland Monitor series. In addition, President Obama's job approval rating has dipped to its lowest position in the series, to 47 percent, but 52 percent believe the country is beginning to move in the right direction because of his policies. [emphasis added]

Ron Brownstein explains these numbers further:

That balancing act is seen most clearly when respondents assess the impact of Obama's policies on the country over the past year. Thirty-one percent say that the country is significantly worse off because of the policies he has pursued. Those critics greatly outnumbered the 13 percent who say the country is "significantly better off" because of the president's policies. But the largest group--52 percent--says that the country is "not significantly better off yet, but [is] beginning to move in the right direction because of the policies Obama has pursued."

It's difficult to discern deep meaning out of these numbers: that 65 percent of Americans believe that Barack Obama's policies have either already made the country significantly better off or are beginning to move the country in the right direction, but just 47 percent give the President positive approval marks.

These numbers suggest that while a large majority of Americans remain hopeful in the Obama presidency (the nearly two-thirds who believe his policies have done good or are beginning to), they are still waiting for tangible evidence that things are actually getting better. Aspiration isn't enough; if it were, President Obama's approval rating would be 65 percent in this poll, or close to it. The silver lining to this, of course, is that if things do get better, Americans appear primed to give Barack Obama credit.

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12 Comments

lol

Jonathan sure knows how to put lipstick on a pig. This poll shows Obama's re-elect at 39%

by Jerome Armstrong 2010-01-14 12:47PM | 0 recs
RE: Deceptive polling
Once again the Dems have let the Rethuglicans frame the issues! You can bet your sweet a** if the Rethugs were in power they would be all over the air Blaming the Dems for every problem imaginable. These kinds of polls I believe show more than anything Americn's general dissapointment that BO hasen't moved more to the left.
by eddieb 2010-01-14 12:57PM | 0 recs
RE: Deceptive polling
" Once again the Dems have let the Rethuglicans frame the issues! " You can see why that happens, especially when folk like Jerome would prefer to take the Republican spin from the above article. No biggy, such is to be expected nowadays.
by vecky 2010-01-14 01:37PM | 0 recs
RE: Deceptive polling

Where the hell is George Bush, and why are the Democrats not making it known that Obama is here cleaning up the mess he put the country in?

And why aren't commentators concerned with Obama's decending polls not making that clear?

by MainStreet 2010-01-14 01:43PM | 0 recs
RE: Deceptive polling

I think it's becasue of after 8 years of Bush, the netroots are still in "attack mode" rather than defend.

by vecky 2010-01-14 02:26PM | 0 recs
RE: Deceptive polling

We need to attack AND sing Obama's praises.

Here's a list featuring somewhat he's done so far;

http://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/signed-legislation

* Signed on October 28, 2009 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010

* Signed on October 30, 2009 -  Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act of 2009

* Signed on October 22, 2009 -  Veterans Health Care Budget Reform and Transparency Act

* Signed on August 06, 2009 - Cash For Clunkers Extension

* Signed on June 22, 2009 - Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act

* Signed on May 22, 2009 - Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility, and Disclosure (CARD) Act of 2009

* Signed on May 22, 2009 - Weapons Systems Acquisition Reform Act

* Signed on May 20, 2009 - Helping Families Save Their Homes Act

* Signed on May 20, 2009 - Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act

* Signed on April 21, 2009 - Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act

* Signed on March 30, 2009 - Omnibus Public Lands Management Act

* Signed on March 20, 2009 - Small Business Act Temporary Extension

* Signed on February 17, 2009 - American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

* Signed on February 11, 2009 - DTV Delay Act

* Signed on February 04, 2009 - Children's Health Insurance Reauthorization Act

* Signed on January 29, 2009 - Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act

In 2012, Obama will win re-election by more than the 7 points and 365 electoral votes he won by in 2008.  But the next battle is 2010, and we, his base, need to spend less time grumbling about what he hasn't done yet, and more time helping him win the additional senate seats he'll need in 2011 to do what we would like him to do during his first term.

by Georgeo57 2010-01-14 03:24PM | 0 recs
RE: Deceptive polling

I think most of the grumbling is about what he has done- with regard to the banks, wall street, and health care/insurance.

by orestes 2010-01-14 09:00PM | 0 recs
RE: lol
I read the article three times. There is no such statistic there. You are clearly off the deep end. Perhaps you could go work with Palin at Fox news?
by lojasmo 2010-01-14 02:50PM | 0 recs
RE: lol

I found it in the Brownstein piece.  Still...You need to turn your political consulting card in if you think this reflects the reality of 2012.

by lojasmo 2010-01-14 02:53PM | 0 recs
RE: prognoticating is best left to professionals

  Case in point:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jerome-armstrong/hillarys-race-to-lose_b_52205.html

Internets are persistent buggers.

 

by QTG 2010-01-14 04:57PM | 0 recs
RE: prognoticating is best left to professionals

I get the impression that had Hillary won Jerome would be no more happier with her than he is with Obama.  He would be happy only with Edwards, in which he would be totally utterly alone.

by vecky 2010-01-14 07:34PM | 0 recs
RE: lol

Next time, start with actually reading the poll.

by Jerome Armstrong 2010-01-14 04:31PM | 0 recs

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