US Majority turns against Obama's war in Afghanistan

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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Nobody cares that we were attacked 9 years ago

Yawn.

by eroded47095 2010-06-30 01:38PM | 0 recs
RE: US Majority turns against Obama's war in Afghanistan

That's Newsweek. Gallup has 50% approving (calling his handling good or very good) and 44% disapproving. To be fair, though, there's also this:

Approve / Oppose July 2011 Timeline to Begin Withdrawing Troops from Afghanistan
58% Approve, 29% Oppose any deadline, 7% think withdrawal should occur earlier, 1% think withdrawal should occur later

What that tells me is that the public approves, largely because of the general switch, but that if he doesn't take his promise to draw-down next summer, they won't approve. Which is right where I am.

by Nathan Empsall 2010-06-30 02:32PM | 0 recs
Pig in a poke

I am so disappointed in Obama that I no longer care what his numbers are. We are stuck with a conservative court, and no appointments by Obama is going to change that. Hell, even if Scalia or Thomas were to retire (never) or die, Obama would appoint a right of center candidate just to keep the balance of the court the same.

His litany of broken promises and corporatist policies have left me cold and unmotivated to support him any further. There is no need to enumerate the broken promises, because they pretty much include al the major campaign promises he made while running for office.  Perhaps the most important ones, for me, have been the failure to close Gitmo, the failure to fight -- and win -- real HEALTH care reform, instead of fake health INSURANCE reform that benefits the corporations instead of the people, and now, it is becoming increasingly clear, that he will NOT be ending the war in Afghanistan as he promised, but will instead keep plugging more wasted dollars and lives into that quagmire, the public be damned.

Obama has been a truly awful President, not because he is like George Bush, which he isn't, but because he is not a strong leader at a time when we so badly needed a strong leader. He has single-handedly brought about the destruction of the Democratic party's strong activist base, the very base that helped propell him into the Whitehouse based on his promises of "Change you can believe in."  Instead, he . came into office and began his rightward drift almost immediately when he broke his first promise to bring sunshine to the workings of government, by making a backroom deal with Big Pharma not to permit the importation of drugs from Canada and Mexico, and not to allow a public option to spoil the HIR he was going to foist on the American people. After that, it was all downhill.

I will not be working for him or any Democratic candidates this fall. I no longer care who runs the government in Washington -- there really isn't all that much difference between the two parties anymore, and on that score, Nader was right. What a ahame that Obama will be the first FAILED Black president. We will probably not elect another African-American to that office for decades to come just because of the duplicitous administration that Obama has elected to impose on us instead of the hope and change we all thought we were really voting for in November 2008.

by mcarnes 2010-06-30 03:37PM | 0 recs
RE: Pig in a poke

Liberty and Freedom are attainable!

Congratulations!

by eroded47095 2010-06-30 03:50PM | 0 recs
A failed post? Yes.

A failed President? No.

Thanks for the "concern" about Obama, but it is your kind that came to me in 2000 and told me there was no difference between Al Gore and George W. Bush. Take your Naderism and...

by NoFortunateSon 2010-06-30 05:56PM | 0 recs
Dude, it's a troll

MyDD is such crap, everyone's trolling it.

by DTOzone 2010-06-30 06:49PM | 0 recs
RE: Dude, it's a troll

Try to refrain from delving into self-analysis.

by Jerome Armstrong 2010-06-30 06:51PM | 0 recs
LOL

weak...you're losing your touch.

by DTOzone 2010-06-30 09:08PM | 0 recs
RE: Dude, it's a troll

Usually when they delve into race (and use the word "black" instead of the universally accepted politically correct "african american", or just AA), it's a sure sign.

Still, on the off chance it was Naderism, I'd like to tell them once more to go to...

by NoFortunateSon 2010-06-30 07:26PM | 0 recs

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