Poll: Obama Rising, Republicans Tumbling

As the clock ticks louder and louder on the sequester (man-made) crisis in Washington, a new poll finds that President Barack Obama’s numbers are rising and the Republican’s numbers are tumbling:

President Barack Obama enters the latest budget showdown with Congress with his highest job- approval rating in three years and public support for his economic message, while his Republican opponents’ popularity stands at a record low.

Fifty-five percent of Americans approve of Obama’s performance in office, his strongest level of support since September 2009, according to a Bloomberg National poll conducted Feb. 15-18. Only 35 percent of the country has a favorable view of the Republican Party, the lowest rating in a survey that began in September 2009. The party’s brand slipped six percentage points in the last six months, the poll shows.

This occurs as Republicans are talking about the “Obamaquester” and House Speaker John Boehner is trying to blame it on Obama, but as new report by John Avlon documents how the opposite may be true (a power point proves Boehner was a cheerleader indeed for it two years ago). This poll suggests that if there is a sequester more Americans will blame it on the Republican Party than on Obama, no matter what Fox News, Sean Hannity or conservative bloggers say:

Americans by 49 percent to 44 percent believe Obama’s proposals for government spending on infrastructure, education and alternative energy are more likely to create jobs than Republican calls to cut spending and taxes to build business confidence and spur employment.

“The Republicans are not offering any new solutions,” said poll respondent Cynthia Synos, 62, a political independent who lives in the St. Louis suburb of Greendale, Missouri. “Their answer is always tax cuts and incentives for business. I’ve never heard them say anything innovative to spark the economy that would help the other 85, 90 percent of people that have to deal with the economy as it is.”

The findings come as Congress and the White House are trying to reach an agreement to stop $1.2 trillion in automatic cuts in federal spending during the next nine years beginning March 1. The Congressional Budget Office estimates the measures would reduce economic growth by 0.6 percent this year, enough to eliminate 750,000 jobs.

Obama’s positive standing with the public provides him with political leverage as Americans assess blame for any furloughs, disruption of government services or damage to the economy if the spending cuts aren’t averted. The repercussions also could help shape the battleground for the 2014 midterm congressional elections.

This suggest that GOPers continue playing to their choir, while Obama is successfully addressing a larger pool of Americans and is (for now) changing some minds.

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12 Comments

  1. “Obamaquester”… I guess they’ve got a 15 year old running their messaging now?

    Was this an answer to something equally as juvenile from Obama?

    I mean, I know there’s finger pointing going back and forth (and certainly some shared blame), but “Obamaquester” just sounds like a Pee-Wee Herman come-back.

  2. The new echo-chamber message on the comment boards of various news organizations is that the House GOP has passed two bills to resolve this and that Harry Reid isn’t allowing it to come to vote; I’ve responded with “crafting bills that the House GOP knows will not pass the Senate is the equivalent of seat-warming government busy-work… the GOP likes that sort of thing, right?”

  3. Obama, or his people, definitely have a Machiavellianesque talent and the Reps a Joe Btfsplkesque talent these days.

  4. I have said this so many times over the last 10 years (i.e. since before there was any Obama administration) that I’m astonished that I have to repeat it, but I will make this observation again:

    Any look at history will show you that when Congress picks a fight with the President–no matter which Congress, no matter which President, no matter what parties are involved–the President usually (not always but usually) wins in the public eye.

    You would think by now everyone in Congress would know this simple fact of life. But, to paraphrase Mark Twain: presume you are an idiot, and presume you are a member of Congress… ah, but I repeat myself.

  5. Actually Dean I think the first 4 years of Obama’s administration the GOP dominated Congress won the fight with the President. They successfully kept the taxes frozen at the Bush levels and prevented Obama from getting anything substantial implemented.

  6. Slam, agreed, the obstructionists in Congress did largely “win” during most of Obama’s first term. However, they have “won the battle” they are now “loosing the war” in tone and temperament. The GOP is looking increasingly like a bunch of sore losers who are just throwing a tantrum at the expense of the Country.

    I had hoped the GOP would see the loss in 2012 as a sign to reform. Instead, they circled the wagons content to continue to talk to the echo-chamber to hear what they want to hear instead of reality.

  7. Obama picked his big battle with Congress–Obamacare–and won it.

    He staked his entire Presidency on it, and won.

    I won’t go into all the obstructionism by Democrats under previous administrations, but there was plenty of it to go around. I’m not interested in debating which party is worse about it, Democrats right now are convinced the Republicans are the ones who have made it so bad, but I’ve been around and watching a while and I call nonsense: both parties do it, constantly.

  8. DE, Yep. Teddy K. blocked two Universal plans.
    Slam, the Dems had both houses and the presidency in the beginning of Obama’s first four years.

  9. Excusing bad behavior by saying the other guy did it back when I was a teenager isn’t very convincing. Besides, obstruction can be destructive but it can also prevent destruction so we need to be careful about generalizing.

  10. LOL

  11. “Obama picked his big battle with Congress–Obamacare–and won it.”

    So many other battles that should have been waged first. The Affordable Health Care Act is not affordable, let alone advisable. We cannot put it in place. We are watching this sweater unravel.

  12. LOL

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