New polls confirm Obama's Democratic base crumbles

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    Jul 26, 2011 12:49 PM GMT
    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2011/07/obama-poll-jobs-democratic-base-crumbling.html

    Despite those hundreds of billions of blown stimulus dollars and almost as many upturn promises from Joe Biden, 82% of Americans still say their job market is struggling. Ninety percent rate the economy negatively, including half who give it the worst rating of "poor."

    A slim 15% claim to be "getting ahead financially," half what it was in 2006. Fully 27% say they're falling behind financially. That's up 6 points since February.

    A significant majority (54%) says they've been forced to change their lifestyle significantly as a result of the economic times -- and 60% of them are angry, up from 44%.

    To be sure, 30 months after he returned to home cooking, George W. Bush still gets majority blame for the economy.

    But here's the breaking news for hopeful Democrats: George W. Bush isn't running for anything except exercise.

    "More than a third of Americans now believe that President Obama’s policies are hurting the economy, and confidence in his ability to create jobs is sharply eroding among his base," the Post reports.

    Strong support among liberal Democrats for Obama's jobs record has plummeted 22 points from 53% down below a third. African Americans who believe the president's measures helped the economy have plunged from 77% to barely half.
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    Jul 26, 2011 9:54 PM GMT
    You can fool some of the people all of the time, you can fool all of the people some of the time...

    ...but...
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Jul 26, 2011 10:40 PM GMT
    Interesting that this came out in the L.A. TIMES. Regardless, I don't think polls of any kind can really be trusted. The only poll that matters is the one on Election Day.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Jul 26, 2011 10:54 PM GMT
    I don't believe in all these polls because too few people are sampled for questions.
  • Webster666

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    Jul 28, 2011 5:24 AM GMT
    I'll say that his base is very dissatisfied that he caves in so much to the Republican nut jobs in an effort to compromise.
    However, he has no competition for the Democratic nomination.
    And, we're certainly not going to vote for anybody from that clown car of Republicans.
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    Jul 28, 2011 1:29 PM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ saidInteresting that this came out in the L.A. TIMES. Regardless, I don't think polls of any kind can really be trusted. The only poll that matters is the one on Election Day.


    I think they're useful insofar as the trending goes. Obviously the only one that matters is Election Day - but given how politicians are sensitive to polling it is a useful data point. Where I think things get more interesting is the response given xyz action.

    For instance, it's inevitable when you cut spending that people will be upset - at the very least the people who lose their jobs, privileges or benefits will be severely and negatively predisposed to whomever is cutting. Mitch Daniels for instance had horrible polling numbers that ultimately rebounded. On the other hand, I think that measures like stimulus are short term in nature and their failures are why people are increasingly dissatisfied - what with rising unemployment and the fact we are on the brink of a recession.

    These numbers are also coming during the battle over the debt limit.