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Published on: September 1, 2009 11:56 AM
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Washington - President Obama is having one bad summer.

Only 46 percent approve of the job Obama is doing—a 19-point slide since he took over the White House from President Bush in January, according to a Rasmussen Reports daily presidential tracking poll released today.

The new poll numbers represent the lowest level of total approval yet measured for Obama.

Fifty-three percent disapprove of the job he is doing.

With the war in Afghanistan worsening and the president pushing for an overhaul of the health-care system that includes a government-run insurance program, voters have become increasingly disenchanted with Obama over the past few weeks.

Differences of opinion, however, come down across party lines as 81 percent of Democrats approve of the job Obama is doing, according to Rasmussen.

By comparison, 83 percent of Republicans disapprove.

Nowhere has that loss of confidence been as profound as it has been among highly valued independent voters.

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Among those who are not part of either party, a whopping 66 percent disapprove of the job Obama is doing, according to the poll.

The Rasmussen Reports poll also found that 55 percent of those polled believe that the war in Afghanistan will get worse during the next six months.

That’s a 14-point jump since the beginning of the month and represents in how the White House is managing the “War on Terror.”


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 Sep 01, 2009 at 11:15 AM professor Says:

Just wait they're going to call all the people that figured Obama out, and disapprove of him, racists.

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 Sep 01, 2009 at 11:33 AM Politician Says:

Is it because he is black or blind......oh, wait a minute that's patterson

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 Sep 01, 2009 at 11:05 AM PMO Says:

There is no shock here. A horrible economy, 2 wars going badly for YEARS, massive job layoffs mounting since early 2008, healthcare costs bankrupting people, and worsening deficits, I am surprised he is still in the 40's.

That is not to say it is all his fault, he certainly inherited plenty of this mess, but it does not change the fact that we are finding ourselves severely crippled as a nation. If the economy starts to really improve (including a significant drop in unemployment), so will his poll numbers (for better or worse).

Opinion polls change like the tide. These numbers honestly mean nothing. Results are what matter.

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 Sep 01, 2009 at 11:51 AM Anonymous Says:

running up the national debt several trillion (with a "T") doesnt help either....

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 Sep 01, 2009 at 11:44 AM voter Says:

only the democrat approve his ratings all americans are not democrats and the media made a big pompous out of this obama. obama is just hot air well spoken and every one fell for this person at the end you see right through him just teflon

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 Sep 01, 2009 at 11:55 AM Anonymous Says:

He doesn't give a flip about the polls. Now that he's in power, he's trying to push through fascism as fast as he can. I wouldn't be surprised if he tried to declare himself dictator for life, like his idol,Chavez. He is already emulating him in many ways.

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 Sep 01, 2009 at 12:13 PM hope the numbers fall more Says:

hope even more people wake up and realize what Obama is really about a left wing socialist want to control every body.

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 Sep 01, 2009 at 12:38 PM Anonymous Says:

Give the guy a chance

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 Sep 01, 2009 at 12:36 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #6  
Anonymous Says:

He doesn't give a flip about the polls. Now that he's in power, he's trying to push through fascism as fast as he can. I wouldn't be surprised if he tried to declare himself dictator for life, like his idol,Chavez. He is already emulating him in many ways.

I'm having nightmares. I agree with you, he's on a fast train to announcing his dictatorship with all his Jewish-self hating Jews-czars right at his side. We need a true miracle.

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 Sep 01, 2009 at 12:57 PM Anonymous Says:

Hmmm If someone would say to you: To get out of debt you need to spend more. You would probably think are you crazy??
Thats exactly what "O" has done.

The Federal Reserve under this administration has massively started to print and circulate more dollars. In other words, ...to get out of debt you need print more money to get people to spend more to get out of debt.

We arent even finshed with the first year!

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 Sep 01, 2009 at 12:51 PM LiBERALISM IS A DISEASE!!! Says:

Reply to #8  
Anonymous Says:

Give the guy a chance

A chance? Where have you been since Jan 20?? Don't you see the unemployment rates more than doubling? Don't you see the deficit QUADRUPLING in the last few months? Don't you see the President surrounding himself with all the czars - COMMUNIST Czars!!!?? If you don't see all that, you have to be blind!

So how is your hope?? How about your change???

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 Sep 01, 2009 at 01:46 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #6  
Anonymous Says:

He doesn't give a flip about the polls. Now that he's in power, he's trying to push through fascism as fast as he can. I wouldn't be surprised if he tried to declare himself dictator for life, like his idol,Chavez. He is already emulating him in many ways.

actually, he does care about the polls. That's why he's been pushing the healthcare plan so much lately. He's trying to boost his numbers.

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 Sep 01, 2009 at 01:34 PM Anonymous Says:

lets hope se is not a Idealist. lets hope that he does want to get reƩlected.. and not go down with the droening ship..

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 Sep 01, 2009 at 01:21 PM PMO Says:

Reply to #10  
Anonymous Says:

Hmmm If someone would say to you: To get out of debt you need to spend more. You would probably think are you crazy??
Thats exactly what "O" has done.

The Federal Reserve under this administration has massively started to print and circulate more dollars. In other words, ...to get out of debt you need print more money to get people to spend more to get out of debt.

We arent even finshed with the first year!

Spoken like someone who is truly ignorant of economics. Money needs to move for the economy to grow. If the money slows, there is no growth. When the money nearly stops, as happened here, there is recession. The most important thing you can do in any recession is keep the money going, even if it means borrowing. Anyone with any amount of knowledge of economics will tell you that. Why do you think the dollar has managed to maintain such a high value (compared to other large economies) through all of this?

The truly ridiculous part of all of this, is that this is the same thing Reagan did to stave off the recession in the 80's. He even "bought" an auto company (Chrysler). I wonder where all the phony conservatives were when Reagan was bailing out companies... hmmm....

Try getting your economic information from Nobel Prize winning economists (we have a few in the US) as opposed to the college dropouts (Hannity/Limbaugh) on the radio.

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 Sep 01, 2009 at 02:41 PM Anonymous Says:

To #14, Reagan wasn't the one who bailed out Chrysler, it was Carter, Reagan opposed the bailout.

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 Sep 01, 2009 at 02:20 PM Anonymous Says:

I hope his numbers continue to plummet. What the populations say in the polls don't mean much. The guy is president for the duration of his term, and he will continue to pilfer this country, dig deeper into our pockets, and regulate everything including the polluted air we breathe. What counts is what the legislators in the Senate and Congress think of him. Those polls matter. I can't wait for them to change their minds when they realize that they took oaths of office to uphold the constitution (as he did), but that they are spectators who are observing his trashing of our very foundations. I strongly suspect that the mishna that guides us to be mispallell for "shlomah shel malchus" might not include him. I think the "malchus horish'oh" that we mention in davening three times a day might well refer to him. Anyhow, when they realize that Obama is the worst thing we could have done to our country, they can impeach him.

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 Sep 01, 2009 at 03:00 PM thinking Says:

The polls are not indicative of 2012 at alll.But it definetly gives democrats in congress pause in supporting obama on evreything.Those blue doge understand their seats are at risk.

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 Sep 01, 2009 at 03:20 PM greatgrandchildren Says:

Reply to #8  
Anonymous Says:

Give the guy a chance

Heis getting his chance he is proving himself negative. Other then handing $200 for school supplies what else did he do. That money will take for your great grandchildren to pay back. Mossiach should be here first/

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 Sep 01, 2009 at 03:19 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #14  
PMO Says:

Spoken like someone who is truly ignorant of economics. Money needs to move for the economy to grow. If the money slows, there is no growth. When the money nearly stops, as happened here, there is recession. The most important thing you can do in any recession is keep the money going, even if it means borrowing. Anyone with any amount of knowledge of economics will tell you that. Why do you think the dollar has managed to maintain such a high value (compared to other large economies) through all of this?

The truly ridiculous part of all of this, is that this is the same thing Reagan did to stave off the recession in the 80's. He even "bought" an auto company (Chrysler). I wonder where all the phony conservatives were when Reagan was bailing out companies... hmmm....

Try getting your economic information from Nobel Prize winning economists (we have a few in the US) as opposed to the college dropouts (Hannity/Limbaugh) on the radio.

Quote Connor Clark from The Atlantic:
I find it genuinely interesting that Republicans are able to describe Obama's General Motors bankruptcy plan into the most unAmerican thing since France. The idea of the government owning a large car manufacturer is not extremely appetizing, but it's hardly the first time the government has staged a major intervention on behalf of the automotive industry. And the last time, as far as I can tell, was under Ronald Reagan.

It doesn't get mentioned much, but in 1981 the Reagan Administration asked Japanese automakers to impose a "voluntary export restraint" (VER), which capped at 1.68 million the number of cars Japan could send to the United States each year. Reportedly, this was under threat of an outright tariff, but the VER accomplished just about the same thing. Prices of Japanese cars went up, which allowed American manufacturers to raise their prices too. (This was great for the protected industry -- in the short run -- and bad for the American consumer.)

In the long run it led to foreign manufacturers building a lot of plants in the US, since cars manufactured here were exempt from the VER. From the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago (pdf): "Having agreed to limit the level of vehicle exports to the U.S., the major Japanese automakers all started producing vehicles in North America. That development resulted in a rather dramatic shift in production by the foreign carmakers from overseas to North America." So when you think dramatic market interventions that fundamentally changed the face and stability of the American car industry, please, don't forget Ronald Reagan.

Seems to me President Reagan didn't buy the company. He made a move to limit foreign companies imports enabling US companies to do more business and caused foreign companies to open businesses here, which might not have benefited the car companies but most certainly opened up job opportunities for Americans. Sounds like you're the one with the lack of understanding here.

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 Sep 01, 2009 at 04:32 PM Obamatons Says:

Dear Readers,

Please realize that Obama has the most organized "grass-roots" effort to promote his policies in every forum. You can be sure that some of the extensive pro-Obamanation comments come from such trolls. BHO is the only president in the history of our great country to keep his election campaign infrastructure operating into his presidency. And it is openly stated by them, that the job now is to promote His policies. So just know where it is coming from. The man arguing with you online is basicly a volunteer operative or missionary, if you will.

A sane citizen of the free USA. Let's hope it stays that way!

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 Sep 01, 2009 at 06:17 PM PMO Says:

Reply to #11  
LiBERALISM IS A DISEASE!!! Says:

A chance? Where have you been since Jan 20?? Don't you see the unemployment rates more than doubling? Don't you see the deficit QUADRUPLING in the last few months? Don't you see the President surrounding himself with all the czars - COMMUNIST Czars!!!?? If you don't see all that, you have to be blind!

So how is your hope?? How about your change???

I love the phony Limbaugh/Hannity/Beck made-up outrage about "czars". The word has been used throughout US history by various politicians. However, as a formalized "title", it was introduced in 1982 by Ronald Reagan (and supported by Joe Biden) in establishing the "drug czar". I heard Glen Beck saying that Obama created the "drug czar". It is so funny to listen to the uneducated make up stories and then watch them get repeated by even less educated sheep here.

As for unemployment and deficits, there is PLENTY of blame to go around for that (Obama included).

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 Sep 01, 2009 at 08:54 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #8  
Anonymous Says:

Give the guy a chance

I'm sorry but when the former president bush was a half year after his presidency every body said what a bad president he is so what's the differents here why give him a chance he is spending money more then he has so why give him a chance?

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 Sep 02, 2009 at 08:18 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #14  
PMO Says:

Spoken like someone who is truly ignorant of economics. Money needs to move for the economy to grow. If the money slows, there is no growth. When the money nearly stops, as happened here, there is recession. The most important thing you can do in any recession is keep the money going, even if it means borrowing. Anyone with any amount of knowledge of economics will tell you that. Why do you think the dollar has managed to maintain such a high value (compared to other large economies) through all of this?

The truly ridiculous part of all of this, is that this is the same thing Reagan did to stave off the recession in the 80's. He even "bought" an auto company (Chrysler). I wonder where all the phony conservatives were when Reagan was bailing out companies... hmmm....

Try getting your economic information from Nobel Prize winning economists (we have a few in the US) as opposed to the college dropouts (Hannity/Limbaugh) on the radio.

Reagan stimulated the economy by CUTTING TAXES. That's the way to stimulate the economy. And it worked big time.

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 Sep 02, 2009 at 09:16 AM PMO Says:

Conservative talkshow host Joe Scarborough showed something rather incredible this morning. How many of you knew that Ronald Reagan's approval rating dropped below 50% at the end of his 9th month in office. Clinton got there in 4 months. So for Obama to be there at the end of 8 months is... well... meaningless. The only people who care are the people who during the Bush admin were going on and on about how "polls don't matter" (yes... I mean Beck and Limbaugh).

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 Sep 02, 2009 at 03:14 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #24  
PMO Says:

Conservative talkshow host Joe Scarborough showed something rather incredible this morning. How many of you knew that Ronald Reagan's approval rating dropped below 50% at the end of his 9th month in office. Clinton got there in 4 months. So for Obama to be there at the end of 8 months is... well... meaningless. The only people who care are the people who during the Bush admin were going on and on about how "polls don't matter" (yes... I mean Beck and Limbaugh).

So if we don't listen to what the talk show said that its nothing if the percent drops then he is dropping as well. and by the time he will finish his term he will have less percent then bush ended up with

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 Sep 02, 2009 at 05:05 PM PMO Says:

Reply to #25  
Anonymous Says:

So if we don't listen to what the talk show said that its nothing if the percent drops then he is dropping as well. and by the time he will finish his term he will have less percent then bush ended up with

Good point, but I doubt it. Just like Bush had a group of ignorant followers who followed him right into bankrupting this country and tossing out the 4th amendment, Obama will have his share of liberal nut jobs who will follow him no matter what too. There will always be some percentage (20-30%) that will stick with a president even when the ship is sinking.

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 Sep 02, 2009 at 05:43 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #26  
PMO Says:

Good point, but I doubt it. Just like Bush had a group of ignorant followers who followed him right into bankrupting this country and tossing out the 4th amendment, Obama will have his share of liberal nut jobs who will follow him no matter what too. There will always be some percentage (20-30%) that will stick with a president even when the ship is sinking.

Your hundred percent right but there is no common sense with what someone said give him a chance because he is in a big mess now and he said he will fix it by the end of 09 and I don't think he will do that

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