US Majority turns against Obama's war in Afghanistan
by Jerome Armstrong, Wed Jun 30, 2010 at 01:06:19 PM EDT
53% now disapprove of the way that Obama is now handling Afghanistan:
The poll (click here to see full results) found that 53 percent of respondents disapprove of how Obama is managing the war in Afghanistan (just 37 percent approve)—a reversal of opinion since February, when 55 percent of Americans said they supported the president's plan and just 27 percent disapproved.
Of course, it'd could be argued that this is a symptom rather the disease here:
The bad news for Obama doesn't end abroad. The NEWSWEEK Poll shows the president's job- approval rating holding steady at 48 percent, which matches his rating in the recent Pew Research Center survey and NEWSWEEK's previous poll from February. But as with Ronald Reagan, support for Obama tends to decline once voters are grilled on specific issues.
In fact, solid majorities of Americans now disapprove of the way the president is handling almost every major challenge confronting his administration—a complete reversal from April 2009. Last year, only 41 percent frowned on Obama's economic leadership; now that number has risen to 58 percent. Then, a mere 27 percent felt negatively about the president's command in Iraq; today, 51 percent disapprove. A whopping 60 percent don't like the way Obama is grappling with the oil spill in the gulf, and the majority of Americans are also critical of his efforts to reform the financial sector—the split there is 53 percent against, 36 percent for. Even health care - the administration's major accomplishment and a purported selling point for the fall midterm elections—isn't a plus. Overall, 43 percent approve of Obama's handling of health care, while 51 percent don't.
The Bank Bailouts were as egregious an abuse of insider power as we've ever seen; Democratic support of the wars has sucked the energy away from progressive activism; HCR and its corporate favoritism over the public good did not give a bounce; Recovery Summer isn't happening; and the Dow has headed south of 10,000.
Its a wonder that Obama's numbers are not further lower! Democratic support, at 83% in this poll, will keep them up.
The only bright spot for Democrats may be division in the Republican ranks. Self-identified Republicans are far less positive about the performance of their party's congressional delegation (30 percent disapprove) than self-identified Democrats (18 percent disapprove)—which suggests that Tea Party candidates will continue to siphon off support from their establishment rivals.
Just watch the clips of Boehner and you can sense the insider cronyism. But at least this is an actual DC Republican target of criticism now at work, compared with months and months of wasted ammunition from the DNC and Administration on the likes of the Tea Party, Palin, and Limbaugh. That served nothing but driving up the oppositional and insurgent energy via engagement, and let the DC Republicans off the hook of both focus and criticism-- their becoming the beneficiaries of the misguided attacks.
The latest bit of economic news though, a dipping consumer confidence, is going to be a driver down of the numbers for Congressional incumbents. Highlighting Boehner as the alternative is a good move, something that should have been the priority for a while now.
Still, unless there's a substantive difference of Obama and Boehner on the wars (and Boehner has nothing but praise for Obama's enduring war strategy in those videos above), I wouldn't count on the energy being there for Democrats come the election.
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