Obama Beats Congressional GOP on Virtually Every Issue

From the latest Newsweek poll, which shows President Obama's approval rating down 9 percentage points from July to a low of 48 percent:

Forty-six percent of Americans prefer Obama's handling of the economy, compared to 30 percent who say the Republicans have a better approach. Similar gaps persist on job creation, tax policy, the federal budget deficit, and the handling of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The only issue where Americans say Republicans in Congress are doing better than the president is on the use of military courts vs. civilian trials for terrorism suspects. Thirty-eight percent prefer the GOP approach while 34 percent prefer Obama's.

These numbers aren't entirely rosy for the White House or its Democratic allies on Capitol Hill -- but they also belie the notion that the Democrats are sunk in November. No matter what the prognosticators inside the Beltway tell you, the Republican Party remains a terribly damaged brand, one in which the American people appear quite unwilling to embrace even as they become less endeared of Barack Obama.

It is true that these numbers do not represent a head-to-head between the Democrats on Capitol Hill and Congressional Republicans -- let alone the multitude of individual candidate races that will determine control of the House and Senate in November. Nevertheless, it is simply not yet clear that the Republican Party is anywhere close to sealing the deal with voters, who still prefer President Obama's approach to the failed ideology of George W. Bush and his ilk in the GOP leadership.

Tags: House 2010, Senate 2010, Congressional Republicans, Barack Obama, Approval Rating (all tags)

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9 Comments

To the handwringers

I was going to post a link to this.

This is very significant news to those who fear a loss of either house of Congress in 2010 or loss of the Presidency in 2012.

I agree there is an anti-incumbant sentiment, but it is hard to truly make it over the top when you're less popular than the incumbants on every issue.

by NoFortunateSon 2010-02-23 01:19PM | 1 recs
Turnabout is fair play

Even after Iraq was starting to go sour in 2004, people didn't want to switch horses so they stayed with the incumbents. This may help us in 2010. But like 2006, methinks that Obama and crew need to be out of Iraq, have seen Afghanistan draw down, unemployment  under 10% natonwide and a semblence of a stable housing market by 2012, or else we will be in a load of Barney! 

by xodus1914 2010-02-23 01:54PM | 0 recs
It's Not About the Issues

I would be more worried about how voters feel about the general direction of the country. The best indicator on how the election turns out is the percentage of people that feel the country is on the right track versus how many people feel that the country is on the wrong track. Also, the plunge in this morning's consumer confidence report is alarming. Ever since I can remember, and I've been looking at polls since the 1970's, Democrats have been more popular than Republicans on the issues, yet Republicans win their share of elections. With Obama having very few major legislative victories in his presidency, the election is going to come down to what the unemployment rate this fall.

by Zzyzzy 2010-02-23 03:27PM | 0 recs
RE: It's Not About the Issues

Yep, it is all about the unemployment numbers. 

If past voting patterns are our guide, then if unemployment is high in  November 2010 the election will be a referendum on the incumbents. Meaning there will be a wave voting out Democrats.

Of course, something really unusual could happen that causes 2010 to break with precedent but I don't believe that it will.

by dMarx 2010-02-23 03:37PM | 0 recs
no news poll

Nothing but the trend going the wrong way in this poll-- for everyone too.

by Jerome Armstrong 2010-02-23 05:00PM | 0 recs
In other news

Spending on campaigns will be up 30% from 2006 to what it will be this year. One part of the economy that is humming along.

by Jerome Armstrong 2010-02-23 05:02PM | 0 recs
RE: In other news
And that doesn't even account for post-Citizens United corporate expenditures.
by Jonathan Singer 2010-02-24 02:18AM | 0 recs
GOP Tactics

The GOP has pioneered a tried and true strategy for replacing the majority; simply do everything you can to drive up their negatives, even at the expense of your own negatives.  So, if the Democrats by November have an approval rating of 35% and the Republican approval stands at 20%, guess who wins the election?  It is a cynical strategy, but it does work.  It also means you become the majority in a despised, feckless institution.

by jfarrell709 2010-02-24 02:14AM | 0 recs
RE: GOP Tactics?

 Driving up Democratic Politicians' negatives is not just a GOP game. Read this blog, for an example.

by QTG 2010-02-24 04:41AM | 1 recs

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