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Dropping like a lead balloon!

Discussion in 'Politics, Elections & Legislation' started by Luckyman, Apr 11, 2011.

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  1. Luckyman

    Luckyman Active Member

    Jan 29, 1998

    Monday, April 11, 2011

    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Monday shows that 19% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Thirty-nine percent (39%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -20 (see trends).

    Today’s numbers reflect the lowest level of Strong Approval yet recorded for this president. There has been a sharp decline in enthusiasm among liberal voters.

    Currently, just 37% of liberals Strongly Approve of the president’s performance. That’s down from 63% a year ago, 57% at the beginning of 2011, and 52% a week ago. Some liberal commentators have expressed disappointment with the president over the extension of the Bush tax cuts, the military action in Libya, and, most recently, the budget deal to avert a partial shutdown of the federal government. While liberal enthusiasm may be declining, 57% of voters believe the president is more liberal than they are.

    By a 48% to 37% margin, voters recognize that to significantly cut government spending would require making major changes in National Security, Social Security, and Medicare. Those items make up a majority of all federal spending.

    Consumer confidence remains steady. Just 31% rate their own personal finances as good or excellent. Overall, 22% say their finances are getting better while 46% say the opposite.

    The Presidential Approval Index is calculated by subtracting the number who Strongly Disapprove from the number who Strongly Approve. It is updated daily at 9:30 a.m. Eastern (sign up for free daily e-mail update). Updates are also available on Twitter and Facebook.

    Overall, 44% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the president's performance. Fifty-five percent (55%) disapprove.

    Even though enthusiasm is down, 84% of liberal voters still approve of the president’s performance. So do 54% of moderate voters. However, 86% of conservatives disapprove.
  2. Hawk46

    Hawk46 TS Member

    Jan 7, 2011
    He could completely dismantle the government, appoint himself czar, and the libs would still say he's doing a great job. He will receive their overwhelming support and money in 2012 no matter what kind of additional crap he throws out there the remainder of his term. His best bet is to continue sitting there and doing nothing, that fits their own lifestyles so they can relate. These people are simply clueless.

  3. Big Jack

    Big Jack Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    Erie, Pa
    Remember, figures don't lie, but liers know how to figure! If what the "O" man is doing is acceptable to the American public, the masses are dumber then I figured. We can't spend our way out of our present position..And reducing federal spending must start at the TOP. Social Security & Medicare would be in good shape if the politicos would quit "borrowing" from the funds. There must be a reduction in federal wages & benefits right from the president down thru the congress including all their supporting staffs and all their "Pork Barrel" spending. Our president doesn't need a vacation every month and the size of his wife's entourage is a slap in the face to all tax paying americans.

    Big Jack
  4. Easystreet

    Easystreet Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    Social Security is in pretty good shape. Some minor tweeks would fix it right up for quite awhile.

    Medicare, OTOH, is in SAD shape and always has been. It was never thought out well to begin with. Just look at the numbers. If I remember correctly, a worker pays a WHOPPING 1.3% of their earnings into Medicare. Compare this to the 6% or so that they pay into Social Security, plus their employer pays another 6% or so on Social Security earnings.

    Also consider that the average Social Security check is perhaps around $1,000 per month or about $12,000 per year. Now compare this to the Medicare cost of major heart bypass surgery (perhaps $150,000), a hip replacement ($80,000 or so), shoulder surgery, back surgery, and so on and it's easy to see that a person could well have over $1,000,000 in medical bills.

    There is no way that paying 1.3% of a person's earnings is going to pay for that kind of medical costs. I know lots of old farts that have had heart surgery, hip surgery (both hips), knee surgery, and much, much more done to them and still they complain about the government (i.e. taxpayers) not paying enough of the bill.

    While I'm sure Medicare has been great for a lot of people, the plain fact is that as a nation, we simply can't afford that level of medical expense for that many people. With the Baby Boomers starting to retire now, the financial situation is only going to get worse. We have to make some difficult choices REAL SOON or we will bankrupt the entire nation in a few years.
  5. trench12

    trench12 TS Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    if only shot prices would fall like his popularity!!
  6. grnberetcj

    grnberetcj Active Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    I definitely approve of the disapproval numbers...

    This clown is gonna make make Carter look very Presidential.....


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