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Poll: 26 Percent of Americans Approve of Obama’s Handling of Economy, A New Low

August 22, 2011 by  

Poll: 26 Percent of Americans Approve of Obama’s Handling of Economy, A New Low

Poll results released Thursday from Gallup show that just 26 percent of Americans approve of President Barack Obama’s handling of the economy, which is a new low for the President. The President’s approval rating on the economy has sunk 11 points since the polling agency last measured it in mid-May. Previously, his lowest approval rating on the economy was 35 percent in November 2010.

In its analysis of the poll results, Gallup mentioned that Obama’s overall approval rating is in decline.

“President Obama’s approval rating has dwindled in recent weeks to the point that it is barely hugging the 40% line. Three months earlier, it approached or exceeded 50%. History will remember this period for the messy political debate in Washington over the debt ceiling, followed by distress on Wall Street and tragedy in Afghanistan,” the analysis read.

“How much each of these factors is responsible for the overall decline in Obama’s approval rating is unclear. But Americans’ unhappiness with each of them is reflected in recent declines in Obama’s specific job ratings for the economy, the federal budget deficit, and various foreign policy measures, as well as in his markedly low rating for creating jobs.”

“The silver lining for Obama — and there is usually some kind of silver lining — is that most polling we’ve seen still lays the blame for our current economic morass at the feet of people other than him,” read a blog for The Washington Post. “The question is whether the next 15 months change that equation — whether the intense scrutiny of a presidential campaign coupled with the monthly drumbeat of economic numbers that even Obama allies acknowledge won’t be stellar transfer blame to the current occupant of the White House.”


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  • home boy

    these 26% must have gone to the same school of thought. it’s called the moronic institute for lower learning.

    • wandamurline

      Absolutely. It amazes me that 40% of Americans would give this guy a good rating. I cannot fanthom why. Even 26% of Americans give him a good rating on the economy…I guess you just cannot fix stupid.

      • Mr Positive

        Robert…You are on target, and as Albert Einstein stated,
        “The difference between Genius and stupidity is that genius has a limit.”

      • 2WarAbnVet

        Well, a goodly percentage of our population has become government parasites, and will support anyone who promises to keep that taxpayer money rolling in.

      • JC

        I heard Obama’s approval ratings were SO LOW…
        (How low are they?) :)

        They’re SO LOW…that Kenyans are now accusing him of being an American !! ;)

    • Christin

      hoe boy,

      If indeed 26 % is the ‘actual real’ number it must be the Entitlement crowd and those Greedy and Communists that got ‘paid off’ by this administration for their votes.

      I was wondering why the Democrats don’t have anyone running against BHO for president in 2012… anybody know of anyone??

      If people saw the ‘actual real’ Jobless Unemployment numbers their heads would explode.

      Seems we will NEVER RECOVER jobs as we DON’T MAKE ANYTHING anymore…

      We can’t rely on people spending and buying again… This calculated Corruption of Over-Regulations and Taxes on Businesses have sent Entrepreneurs overseas to make products to make a profit AND decades of planned Redistribution of ‘ENERGY’ Wealth with NO further drilling in sight across America has crippled us so that we could not steady our economy again.

      • Christin

        sorry to’ homeboy’…

      • Ralph wolfmax

        No one wants to give Real Americans Jobs,look at Paris Hilton she is
        having her design purses made in the phillipines,we shold boycott their hotels so much for thanks to us who stayed at their hotels we
        made them money….”Not Me,” no more Hilton Hotels,maybe ideal for
        obummer though!!! LOL

        • Christin

          I did not know that Ralph… I stayed in a Hilton twice this summer.

    • bill

      You Sir, are waaay to kind and the comment is an insult to Morons everywhere.Must be Minorities and Queers that voted he’s doing a good job.The thing Libs have going for them, is that it’s an AGENDA, DRIVEN, political party.For instance some Democrats want [want, want want...what happened to ask not what your Country can do for you....ect.A % WANT something for nothing & are great at making a career /o of Entitlements, such as welfare & many other programs,some WANT gay Marriage, which will make our Insurance rates go sky HIGH, due to the fact, of one's "Partner" [Butt Buddy] having aids and the other Partner that holds down the job will be able to put him on his Insurance.Last time I checked [20 Yrs, ago] just the medication ALONE, for an aids Patient, was 100,000 a Annually.There are others [Unions]that WANT 100.00 an hour for putting on a car door and they wonder WHY, “WE The People” had to bail them /o and MOST of the Companies are moving Overseas/Mexico.Most of the parts are made abroad anyway,we just assemble them, so the uninformed will by, what they think is an American made Automobile.The list of things the Libtards WANT from their Party [Really the Taxpayer]goes ON & ON, but they should change their name to “The Party of WANT!”Conservative/tea Partiers/Constitutionalists, don’t want ANYTHING that cost money, we want Freedom, Constitutional liberties [GUARANTEED us by the Constitution/Bill of Rights,Law & order, Honesty/all Values & a Government that isn't Tyrannical/HUGE.We just WANT, to be left alone!You can tell which Party [Tea Party]and not the “Business as usual/NWO/UN Republicans.”We may have to clean House, LITERALLY & start all over, w/ the Constitution, once again, being our handbook of rules.The Chumps on Capital hill Career Politicians] ARE NOT, the ones that we need running our Nation.There needs to be a 4 Yr, limit on Congress to,w/ minimal pay & less Vacations, make it ILLEGAL to sell books for a profit, make them pay for their OWN Insurance, NO retirement program [because after all, this is a PART TIME job & SHOULD NOT be their main source of income, but a VERY SMALL portion, and NO Lobbyists ALLOWED!I know we can save our Nation....IF we Impeach the Obama machine/Regime, PDQ!Go and sign the "Impeach Obama Petition" we need him /o of office YESTERDAY.I have noticed in my 20 Yrs as an Activist, that just lately, People are starting to wakeup.Too bad it took them so long, but if we can teach our Children about there Heritage & Culture [give them some Self Worth]the American SPIRIT will rise from the ashes & we WILL be victorious once again.Oh, teaching our Kids about Morals/GOD, wouldn’t hurt.either.Lets pull together & get this done.I love all of my Constitutionalists Brothers & Sisters and have FAITH in you,REVOLUTION, & that’s NOT a plug for Ron Paul.GOD BLESS AMERICA & ISRAEL!!!!!!!

  • sean murrey ILLInio

    These 26% must of went to the school for morons.

  • TheRealBob

    Every one of these 26% is a welfare scumbag, socialist scumbag, or both.

  • peter

    Simply put, 26% of Americans are stupid? Did you need a poll to tell you that?

  • skippy

    Only 26% are stupid??!!! How the hell did he get elected???!!!

    • JLC

      Skippy — Those dead people weren’t very smart!

    • Millie Morgan

      Acorn, and illegal’s that is why he wants as many as he can find today
      to hope for getting elected.

  • s c

    With all of The Anointed One’s ‘friends,’ it seems more than just a bit strange that he can’t buy himself a pollster to ‘engineer’ better results. It could be that ‘the cream of Illinois’ has learned to ignore polls (a recent first for someone like him).
    Whatever it is, it’s no secret where I live that the prez is a self-made loser. It will be interesting seeing what he plans to do when he slinks back to Illinois. Can we take for granted that we’ll never have anyone from Illinois in the W H again?

    • TheRealBob

      I hope not – I am from the maocrat cesspool Illinois and I wouldn’t allow any of our maocrat scum anywhere near the WH.

    • Ralph wolfmax

      I hope he doesn’t rig the votes for his re-election (obummer)he doesn’t seem worried like he knows something we don’t,the voting machines will be rigged if he wins re-election next year,all true Americans (Legal Americans)I hope you vote this year it is important
      that we vote him out of office,vote for an American that has a real
      “Birth Certificate”. “God-Bless Americans & our Military.”

  • Les

    Let’s see you enter office and immediately spend 1 trillion dollars more than the last administration did in your first year. You let the Federal Reserve create 2 trillion dollars to prove quantitative easing does work once again. You spend, spend, spend, spend and you have no idea why the country is in financial chaos. WOW!

    Well that happens when “the buck stops here” guy thinks he knows how to run a country with ZERO experience. And most of his followers think he can rob Peter to pay them. Good bye America, hello third world nation.

  • Incredulous1

    Ha,ha,ha … I expected a few to comment on the “26%” but not everybody! Yes, I only read the headline and it was my first thought as well. (Great minds, huh?)
    However, while I would agree a majority of that “26%” are welfare morons whose subsistence has done well under BHO, I suspect there’s a bunch who are so wealthy that a bad economy has little to no effect and therefore, can not be swayed from their Ivy League-Marxist ideologies. (The “Ruling Elite.”)

  • Robert A Hirschmann

    Notice the picture. See the crowd of people waving to the president. I wonder if both of them just came out to see what a dictator looked like? It’s crowds like these that we have to worry about!

  • eddie47d

    Those who were polled laid the blame “at the feet of others”. I guess we can assume that would be the members of Congress. They have had a weak approval rating since the year 2000. Which only shows they must be overpaid to do nothing. Obama needs to use the bully pulpit on the Economy and damn the torpedoes.

  • eyeswideopen
  • CanCan

    Hmm, given Obama’s sliding approval ratings, it makes sense as to why he is tripping all over himself to grant amnesty to all the illegals in this country-and well ahead of the 2012 presidential elections. Apparently, an illegal aliens presence in this country is no longer a crime. And well, it is pretty bad when Obama cannot even get his own political party to pass amnesty. It appears Obama is figuring he will just grant it to them anyway, whether by executive order, or merely breaking the law. 30 to 40 million new, Obama supporters and voters would certainly keep him in office for another four years, bad approval ratings or not. One illegal in Office granting other illegals amnesty and citizenship? Now there is a bit of irony for you.

  • chuckb

    y mychal massie (black)

    Nero in the White House

    Posted: August 08, 2011
    5:20 pm Eastern

    © 2011

    Three significant historical events have been eclipsed by Obama: 1) Jimmy Carter will no longer be looked upon as the worst president in American history; 2) Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton will no longer be recognized as the greatest liars in presidential history; 3) Clinton’s stain on Monica’s dress, and what that did to White House in general and the office of the president specifically, will forever pale in comparison to the stain and stench of Obama.

    I need not spend much time on the failure of Obama as president. His tenure has been a failure on every measurable level. So much so, in fact, that some of the staunchest, most respected liberal Democrats and Democratic supporters have not only openly criticized him – some even more harshly than this essayist – but they have called for him to step down.


    Never in my life, inside or outside of politics, have I witnessed such dishonesty in a political leader. He is the most mendacious political figure I have ever witnessed. Even by the low standards of his presidential predecessors, his narcissistic, contumacious arrogance is unequalled. Using Obama as the bar, Nero would have to be elevated to sainthood.

    As the stock markets were crashing, taking with them the remaining life saving of untold tens of thousands, Obama was hosting his own birthday celebration, which was an event of epicurean splendidness. The shamelessness of the event was that it was not a state dinner to welcome foreign dignitaries, nor was it to honor an American accomplishment – it was to honor the Pharaoh, Barack Hussein Obama. The event’s sole purpose was for the Pharaoh to have his loyal subjects swill wine, indulge in gluttony and behavior unfit to take place on the property of taxpayers, as they suffer. It was of a magnitude comparable to that of Tyco CEO Dennis Kozlowski’s $2 million birthday extravaganza for its pure lack of respect for the people.

    Permit me to digress momentarily. The U.S. Capitol and the White House were built with the intent of bringing awe and respect to America and her people. They were also built with the intent of being the greatest of equalizers. I can tell you, having personally been to both, there is a moment of awe and humility associated with being in the presence of the history of those buildings. They are to be honored and inscribed into our national psyche, not treated as a Saturday night house party at Chicago’s Cabrini-Green.

    The people of America own that home Obama and his wife continue to debase with their pan-ghetto behavior. It is clear that Obama and family view themselves as royalty, but they’re not. They are employees of “we the people,” who are suffering because of his failed policies. What message does this behavior send to those who today are suffering as never before?

    What message does it send to all Americans who are struggling? Has anyone stopped to think what the stock market downturn forebodes for those 80 million baby boomers who will be retiring in the next period of years? Is there a snowball’s chance in the Sahara that every news program on the air would applaud this behavior if it were George W. Bush? To that point, do you remember the media thrashing Bush took for having a barbecue at the White House?

    Like Nero – who was only slightly less debaucherous than Caligula – with wine on his lips Obama treated “we the people” the way Caligula treated those over whom he lorded.

    Many in America wanted to be proud when the first person of color was elected president, but instead, they have been witness to a congenital liar, a woman who has been ashamed of America her entire life, failed policies, intimidation and a commonality hitherto not witnessed in political leaders. He and his wife view their life at our expense as an entitlement – while America’s people go homeless, hungry and unemployed.

  • 45caliber

    That 26% consists of the people he gives stimulus money and those on welfare.

  • Earl, QUEENS, NY

    Yes, it’s good to see people are waking up as we see in these polls. It’s just unfortunate they didn’t realize prior to 11/4/2008 what a disaster BHO would be for America and its economy. We also see many other polls which sound good; indicating that the majority of Americans think as we do – moderate to conservative. But sadly a large % of these Americans don’t understand common sense when it comes to elections. People think there’s no difference between the 2 parties?? They should think again!! E.g., we should appreciate the fact that all GOP House members, and all (discounting 3 RINOs) GOP Senators voted against the costly failed $800+ billion stimulus/porkulus bill 2 ½ years ago. Omitting porkulus from future FY baselines alone would cut deficits in half!! And if I’m not mistaken, ALL Republicans voted against Obamacare last year. Therefore, were it not for the foolish mistakes of voters in 2006 and 2008, porkulus and Obamacare both could’ve been defeated.

    A majority of Americans oppose Obamacare and want it repealed. But if the majority had voted wisely on 11/4/2008, there’d be no need to repeal Obamacare because it never would’ve been enacted in the first place!! THINK COMMON SENSE!! I’m no fan of John McCain, who ran a very poor campaign. But McCain is good sometimes. Didn’t McCain also oppose the costly failed $800+ billion stimulus/porkulus bill 2 ½ years ago?? Presumably McCain (if he had won on 11/4/2008) would’ve vetoed both porkulus and and Obamacare. At least he knows where to draw the line. With BHO, the sky’s the limit. He wants to spend, spend, and spend more ….. and then blame his blunders and failures on GW Bush and the GOP!! REMEMBER – the way to defeat GOP wimps and RINOs (especially Nitwit Romney in 2012) is to replace them with more reliable conservatives in GOP primaries ….. NOT by replacing them with Democraps in November general elections. As evidenced by the 2006 and 2008 elections, electing more Democraps only makes bad situations worse!! Again I must say: on 11/4/2008, you made One Big Awful Mistake America!! Had you voted sensibly on that date, we wouldn’t have Obummer-care. We’d have trillions less in debt. And we’d be out of the recession with much lower unemployment rates by now!!


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