CNN released a new national poll this morning in which President Obama's approval rating clocks in at 45%, which is the lowest he has been in their poll in 18 months and demonstrates a drop of 8 percentage points over the last month alone. Scandalmania is definitely taking its toll on him...finally.
The president’s approval rating stands at 45%, down from 53% in mid-May. And 54% say they disapprove of how Obama’s handling his job, up nine points from last month. It’s the first time in CNN polling since November 2011 that a majority of Americans have had a negative view of the president.
The dramatic reversal and downgrade in the approval of Obama's job performance, while quite devastating, is NOT the real stunner...
“The drop in Obama’s support is fueled by a dramatic 17-point decline over the past month among people under 30, who, along with black Americans, had been the most loyal part of the Obama coalition,” says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. …
“It is clear that revelations about NSA surveillance programs have damaged Obama’s standing with the public, although older controversies like the IRS matter may have begun to take their toll as well,” adds Holland.
Six in 10 disapprove of how Obama is handling government surveillance of U.S. citizens, which is higher than the 52% who disapproved of George W. Bush on the same issue in 2006, when government surveillance was also in the headlines. …
The number of Americans who think he is honest has dropped nine points over the past month, to 49%.
The best thing about this poll is the dramatic shift in the youth vote.
He sold them Hopenchange.
Obama had told them that government with the right people at the helm – ‘people’ meaning him, natch – is always a force for good.
He told them that his administration would be ‘the most transparent…evah.’
He told them government is the ‘only thing that we all belong to.’
He told them that his government would ‘work for all Americans, but primarily the middle class.’
He told them that his economic policies would lead to good jobs and future prosperity.
He told them he would give them ‘free healthcare.’
He told them that the size of government was irrelevant...of course, he didn't tell them he would expand it so much that even his greatest advocates like David Axelrod say that it is so large that Obama couldn't possibly know what is going on in his own administration.
He told them he would ‘change the way Washington worked’ and there would be ‘no lobbyists in his administration.’
He told them that his administration would mark the end of 'Crony Capitalism'...well, except in the areas of healthcare, energy, finance, etc.
He told them that his administration wouldn’t be populated with the well-connected like ‘millionaires and billionaires’…except for people like Penny Pritzker.
He told them that his administration wouldn’t be populated with people from Wall Street…except for people like Geithner, Lew, etc.
He told them that his administration wouldn’t be populated with tax cheats and people who refuse to ‘pay their fair share…well, except for Geithner, Solis, coulda-been Daschle so instead we got his wife, Linda Douglass, Sebelius, etc.
He told them that his administration would fill positions with the best for the jobs rather than donors and campaigners…save for suspected paedophile, Howard Gutman, Tom Wheeler, Pritzker again, Rufus Gifford, John Emerson, James Costos, Liliana Ayalde, Ken Hackett,Patricia Marie Haslach and the like…even Jon Corzine if he hadn’t encountered that ‘little problem.’
He promised a ‘reset,’ ‘smart power’ and ‘competent government;’ instead, they got people like Hillary Clinton, whose State Department seemed best at planning ‘low-cal’ travel: lots of miles, not much substance,’ refused to adequately protect the most dangerous posts, put climate change over human rights in China, covered up prostitution and, possibly, paedophilia.
He told them he wouldn’t be like that ‘evil Bush.’
He told them that there would be no more ‘stupid, foreign interventions’…except for those like Libya, Egypt, Syria.
He told them that he was a constitutional law professor (he wasn’t), who would not present civil liberties and security as a ‘false choice.’
He told them that the days of ‘surveillance of citizens who are not suspected of a crime’ were over.
He told them he would uphold the Constitution…well, not the First Amendment, Second Amendment, Fourth Amendment, Ninth Amendment, and Tenth Amendment...but whatever is left.
He told them that all Americans would be treated equally…well, not white people threatened by the NBPP, Christians, Jews, Tea Party and Patriot groups, right-to-life groups, etc.
He told them to reject ‘voices that incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity that’s the root of all our problems, even as they do their best to gum up the works; or that tyranny always lurks just around the corner’…only to be discredited less than a week later.
And, on all of these, he has either lied or failed.
In many ways, Barack Obama has done more for the libertarian movement than Ron Paul ever did. He alone has been a god-send in the effort to discredit the Washington Establishment and Crony Capitalism.
He has taught the young a lesson: All politicians promise. All politicians fail to deliver. All politicians – almost, anyway – are flat-out liars.
He has taught them that a healthy skepticism of government is a good thing.
The reason that it is so fantastic that Barack Obama has done this is because the youth fell in love with him. The scars are deepest and the memories longest when created by one’s ‘first love.’
They fell in love with him and he betrayed them.
I doubt that they will be so willing to swoon the next time…at least, I hope they will have learned their lesson.