What’s Driving Obama Down?

President Obama’s job-approval rating just hit an all-time low. And there’s a pattern behind the trifecta of issues that are driving the drop — the oil spill, the Arizona immigration-policing law and the fallout from the Greek crisis.

After four months of hovering between a low of 46 percent approval and a high of 49 percent, Obama just fell to 42 percent in the daily Rasmussen polls. What’s hurting him and why?

On each of these issues, the president originally seized on the issue to make populist political hay. But then the problem wouldn’t go away — and voters began to realize that Obama is, in fact, the president and (logically enough) started giving him much of the blame.

When oil started to spill into the Gulf of Mexico, Obama seized the opportunity for a partisan attack — blaming Republicans who had chanted “drill, baby, drill” the whole summer of 2008 as high gasoline prices gave John McCain’s candidacy new steam.

Even though the president had himself, with lamentable timing, moved to allow expanded drilling a few weeks before the rig exploded, the impetus for drilling was clearly seen as Republican, and the disaster hurt Republican ratings. Obama couldn’t resist also piling populist scorn on BP, lambasting big oil for the spill.

But then the leak didn’t stop — and the slick kept heading to shore. Now the public is wondering why it’s seen no presidential action to stop the spill. As the oil seeps onto the beaches of Florida, Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi, it also seeps into Obama’s poll numbers and drags them down. His press conference was a clear effort to look decisive and effective, and stop the bleeding — but it came awfully late in the crisis.

As soon as Arizona passed its law authorizing cops to pick up illegal immigrants, the president jumped on the issue, trying to use it to drive up Latino turnout for Democrats later this year.

But it became clear that the majority of Americans strongly back the law — and now Obama is sending 1,200 National Guard troops to the border to stop the bleeding in his polls.

Then there’s the stock market. After the crash of 2008, Obama was quick to blame banks and other big businesses for their irresponsible behavior and then to take credit for averting a global collapse in the aftermath. So when Greece exploded due to its top-heavy debt load and dragged the market below 10,000, people wondered if Obama’s populist treatment of the financial markets and his big spending and borrowing were subjecting America to economic peril.

When Moody’s announces that it is considering downgrading the credit rating of the United States of America — the richest nation, by far, on earth — it raises understandable alarm.

Of course, Obama’s polls will rise and fall in the weeks, months and years ahead; today’s 42 percent may prove a long-forgotten blip. But it’s bit like noticing the line of seaweed on the beach. The tide comes in and go out — but the seaweed marks where it will likely return to.

Look at it this way: Obama got 52 percent of the vote in 2008 — so his 42 percent approval means that one in five of his voters has turned on him.

And it’s a traumatic event for someone who voted for Obama and had stuck with him since, saying he approved of the president’s policies, to finally turn and says he doesn’t approve. That voter may go back to approving of his president again — but it gets easier and easier to voice disapproval.

Especially if the oil keeps spilling, the illegals keep coming — and the market keeps tanking.

Dick Morris and Eileen McGann are authors of the new book “2010: Take Back America — A Battle Plan.”

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/WilliamJWard WilliamJamesWard

    His is already a failed presidency, our enemies are his friends and our friends
    are his enemies, he is antithetical to American life and culture, a product of media myth and false to his core. Nothing will change with him and the voters
    have brought about our ruin. My hope is for the voters to get it right in November
    and clean out the leftist Congress and then proceed to repair the damage
    he and his cronies have done…………………..William

    • Larry D. Crumbley

      Hello William,
      I LOVE your comment, and you are dead on right with what you say. I especially like what you say about how he is coddling "OUR" enemies. Thanks so much for making this comment. I do not expect to many young people to understand what you commented on is the truth, and the whole truth so help you Almighty God. With that said I feel sometimes we get what we deserve as a nation for what we allow to happen. The last President might not have been George Washington, or Ronald Reagan but he did rely on Almighty God for his strength, and he had character. This one is a CHILD in all his ways. He has a shadow Gov. leading his decisions right now with all these czars, and that needs to stop, and they need to be gotten rid of. I could go on, and on, but what I am saying is thanks for the great comment.

      • http://intensedebate.com/people/WilliamJWard WilliamJamesWard

        Dittos Larry, I wish The Almighty would provide us with another Reagan or
        Washington……….Regards, William

  • ExAtcZdc

    Barack Hussein Obama makes Jimmy Carter look like Albert Einstein!

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/WilliamJWard WilliamJamesWard

      ExAtcZdc Albert might take offence but I have a hamster Napoleon who makes
      Obama look like Lady GaGa…………….William

  • Andres de Alamaya

    It is simply a matter of intelligence. We Americans are not as dumb as we sometimes seem. Given some time and evidence we can come to our senses and that is why Barry's ratings are taking a nose dive. Like the Muslims that he adores, he seems programmed to do stupid things. Anybody want to bet that by November his ratings will be in the low 30s?

    • delbwato

      "Anybody want to bet that by November his ratings will be in the low 30s?"

      I'd take that bet just on probability.
      If only the most grossly uninformed American's and those being "greased" were still with him he'd have mid-30's ratings at least.

  • donnamarie

    No one blames Obama for the spill. He is being blamed because he has done nothing about it other than blame BP.
    He has not been blamed for Greece. However he said that if the U.S. would give bailouts we would avoid "global" collapse.
    He criticized the Arizona law (who knows if he read it) and made it into something it is not. However, he never once made statements about the fact that Arizona is facing a crisis there and many of the illegals are coming over the border there and are themselves criminals-bring drugs and killing American citizens.
    Obama is being blamed for his reactions and how he spins them. He has proven time and time again that he does not have a clue, says things that are patently false, and has a general malaise towards the pains of ordinary Americans (i.e. Lousiana fishermen, citizens of Arizona, etc….) He deserves all the blame for allowing these things to get out of controll.

  • kafir4life

    I suspect that we've had the last of any semblence of honest elections. If he loses control of congress this fall, there's a good chance that he'll have to declare martial law, and suspend elections until (as he'll probably put it) "cooler heads prevail". He's not about to let his legacy of destroying the American way of life fail just because of something as foolish as elections. This is bigger than "elections". It's about changing the world. Barry Hussein is the last American president, and the first dictator. We'll be looking at the carter days as the "good ol' days".

  • Larry D. Crumbley

    Obama is a man child, and he does not have the capacity to be a leader that is why he has a shadow Gov. doing his bidding right now, and I am speaking about those dam czars that tell him what to do, and say by way of all his speeches that so magically appear on his tele-prompter. When is the rest of America going to wake up, and see what he has been cooking is the total collapse of America. Look around you every single day. There seems to me not one, not two, but several things that he has working to help in the total destruction of this nation, and "OUR" allies. Tell me if I am wrong somebody. I am seeing in every thing that I read, and every thing that I come across on the internet. I feel that is why hi, and all his cronies do not want you, or I looking at the internet, and that is why they want to control it for us. Sort of makes you want to say HUMMMM!!!!!

  • wanabfree

    Now kafir4life your comment really scares me and I pray you are wrong…but I have this gut feeling that you are right. The last 2 years feel like a scene from a bad movie that goes on and on, what a nightmare. Just who is BO and what is the truth about him? And where is the media and Congress? Is there no one "in charge" who cares or can do anything? Just wishing for John Wayne to come riding in and set our world straight! I know, not very useful but don't take my good dreams! It's going to be up to us.

  • http://www.myspace.com/komombo Hammer

    Thank you, kafir4life… you have hit it exactly. Obama is a kamikaze, pure and simple. His sole mission is to destroy America in 4 years, and everyone who opposes that goal will simply be declared a domestic terrorist. I NEVER underestimate the ability of my so called family, friends, and co workers to run from this simple fact. And I FULLY expect them to desert me when the going gets tough-er.

  • Bob Miller

    Are voters really any smarter today than in 2008? What I'm hoping for is not just properly focused disgust but careful examination of politicians and issues. I hope our "educational system" has not obliterated critical thinking skills irretrievably.

  • Melinda

    Don't relations with Israel factor into our president's ratings drop?

  • USMCSniper

    Obama is like a fence post turtle. If you're driving down a country road and you come across a fence post with a turtle balanced on top, that's a 'post turtle. You know he didn't get up there by himself, he doesn't belong up there, he doesn't know what to do while he is up there, and you just wonder what kind of a dumb ass put him up there in the first place.

  • ze-ev ben jehudah

    Mr Barack Hussein Obama was elected as president of th U.S.A. for
    two,so called, prominent talents.He can articulate his views clearly
    and he was the first colored President to step in to the oval office.
    The left tought to win the majority of voters because history was being
    written.Admiration the world over.But as soon he was inaugurated his
    mask fell of.His academic performance proved to be partly untrue.
    And very soon it was realized that his public speeches are fearfully
    close to that of a former Italian dictator I have seen as a child.
    I have said it before,he seems to love Islamists more than he likes
    Jews and particulary the state of Israel,the only democracy in the
    whole middle East.On the issue of Iran and their croonys he is as
    soft as a lump of lard wich has been in the sun for to long.
    And indeed as someone wrote here;Jimmy carter looks like Einstein
    compared to mr Barack Hussein Obama.I wonder why most of the media
    leaves out his middle name all the time.Finally I wonder why it seems
    impossible to get it clip clear above the table where his place of birth was.
    And by not willing to give an answer something is starting to produce an
    unpleasant odor. Are they realy building a mosgue near ground zero!!
    Would'nt that be an gutzpah. Why not, very close, next to them a synagogue?

  • octogenarian

    What makes anyone think that Obama has a lick of sense about drilling for oil? He might as well shut his mouth and let the folks who understand the problem attempt to solve it. At the depth the blowout occurred , it is likely no one can fully contain it . But if it can be contined, it won't be because little barry suddnely becomes a petroleum engineer. It will be hard work, knowledge and luck. Stay away from Louisiana just as you did Memorial Day in Washington. What an example of leadership! Disgusting and disgraceful.Dick Cheney could have helped.

  • Thunder

    only a total idiot discusses subjects he/she knows nothing about…..
    Sounds familiar: "i don't know details, but the cops acted foolishly"……………."I did not read new Arizona law, but it is wrong"….?
    Step down, all of you fKlowns!

  • guest

    The expensive oil was from Goldman Sachs. They traded a bbl 72 times before it was delivered. $6 gas from them. They also were in those mortgages and derivatives which trashed the whole western economies.

    look for Goldman sucks on youtube. So they also bet against the oil rig just before it went over. This company needs to be shut down. They are 10/10 on the evil scale.

  • http://www.theinductive.com Christopher Carr

    I think for starters Rasmussen Polls is hurting Obama. The oil spill is not his fault. Arizona is the other side's fault. And the economy has clearly improved since he took office despite the Greek Crisis. I think what's really hurting Obama are partisan hacks who would rather see their "team" win than what's good for the country. Grow up:

    • txn4ever

      When Obama took office the unemployment rate was around 8%. It's now hovering around 10%. Please explain the improvement.

      Annual deficits were small compared to what we now see. Please explain how that is an improvement.

      In 2008 the federal debt was $5.8 Trillion. At the end of this year it will be $9.8 Trillion. In 2 years the president has nearly doubled our debt. Please explain how that is an improvement.

      • http://intensedebate.com/people/NickinVirginia NickinVirginia


        Don't hold your breath waiting for ChrisCarr to respond. What he posted were obviously Democratic Party talking points that he just repeats without having to understand, so he will have to wait for someone to come up with responses to your questions before he can post back to you.

        • TLH

          good call.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/greasywrench greasywrench

    President Neville "Obama" Chamberlain reminds me of an often overused boxing term – "kill the body and the head will die". Well that "body" is congress and the "head" is Obama. In November we have to get to work and start "killing".

  • Nancy Albert

    The world is so absurd my head is exploding every day. His response to the Honduran situation showed a clear preference for Chavez and Castro. He killed school vouchers for the school his own children attend. He dismisses the plight of women in Islam and says America needs to fight for women's rights to wear the veil. He stopped funding the border fence and closed down oil leasing on federal land right from the get-go. Who would ever imagine a president who sealed his entire past and pays over a million to keep it sealed? All of his legislative goals are killing our economy. He thinks the transfer of billions to our unproductive citizens is just not enough. He calls successful people/companies "greedy". Nothing has been done to stop sub-prime loans. Now he betrays Israel, tossing them into a UN investigation where we already know the outcome. You just can't make this stuff up!

    • trickyblain

      —You just can't make this stuff up! —

      Give yourself some credit – you're doing a great job!

      • http://intensedebate.com/people/WilliamJWard WilliamJamesWard


  • gregorious

    I agree with kafir4life. I've been telling my friends for months if Obama can't win an election, then there won't be one. It's that simple. Get ready to defend your loved ones and what's yours.

  • 080

    Obama is following in the fingerprints of Lyndon B. Johnson. There is a three way race to the bottom of the barrel: Jimmy (Ah'll Never Lah ta ya) Carter, Lyndon B. Johnson, and of course, Obama. I really can't tell one from another.

  • andy

    I may not like Mr Obama but comparing him to the Peanut is unfair slander. I lived through the Carter years, Obama is an Einstein compared to that fool. Carter was a unique one off incompetent who literally had no business in the job. In a sense Carter proved America is immortal, it survived him.

  • Leo

    Barack Obama is the perfect example of the "Peters Principle" he really has reached a level of full incompetence but the sad thing is that the grea majority of the American Public votes and "chooses' on who and what looks good and when the time comes, they will vote for HIIM!! I mean I just read the ratings and accoriding to the polls, the majority of the American Public disagree with the direction this country is heaiding to but then the LIKE HIM and will vote for him again!!!!!!! I just don't understand anything but again who am I, who cares what I say.

  • henry

    Obama and the ObamaNation are through! This is his total end! The possibility of an extinction event?

    It's hard to say exactly what's going on in the Gulf right now, especially because there are so many conflicting reports and unanswered questions. But one thing's for sure: if the situation is actually much worse than we're being led to believe, there could be worldwide catastrophic consequences.

    If it's true that millions upon millions of gallons of crude oil are flooding the Gulf with no end in sight, the massive oil slicks being created could make their way into the Gulf Stream currents, which would carry them not only up the East Coast but around the world where they could absolutely destroy the global fishing industries.

    Already these slicks are making their way into Gulf wetlands and beaches where they are destroying birds, fish, and even oyster beds. This is disastrous for both the seafood industry and the people whose livelihoods depend on it. It's also devastating to the local wildlife which could begin to die off from petroleum toxicity. Various ecosystems around the world could be heavily impacted by this spill in ways that we don't even yet realize.

    There's no telling where this continuous stream of oil will end up and what damage it might cause. Theoretically, we could be looking at modern man's final act of destruction on planet Earth, because this one oil rig blowout could set in motion a global extinction wave that begins with the oceans and then whiplashes back onto human beings themselves.

    We cannot live without life in the oceans. Man is arrogant to drill so deeply into the belly of Mother Earth, and through this arrogance, we may have just set in motion events that will ultimately destroy us. In the future, we may in fact talk about life on Earth as "pre-spill" versus "post-spill." Because a post-spill world may be drowned in oil, devoid of much ocean life, and suffering a global extinction event that will crash the human population by 90 percent or more.
    Obama may have just done to us, what a giant meteorite did to the dinosaurs.

  • http://besthoustoncriminallawyer.wordpress.com/ Sal Stremcha

    It has been crystal clear for a very long time that Obama has a core set of beliefs that he religiously (no pun intended) sticks to. The issue here is, he doesn’t seem to realize that his ideas have shattered everything they have touched repeatedly throughout history. It’s alright… if we survive until next year, the difficult road to Reconstruction -I use that word on purpose- can begin.

  • Larry D. Crumbley

    Hey Granite Face,
    He was the one that said he would take responsibility for the problems down in the Gulf of Mexico. I say as a citizen of this nation, and a person that gets sick to my stomach when people just do not get it say if all the jerks on the left can jump on the former President for not being in New Orleans, and it was clearly shown that the Gov., and the Mayor of New Orleans never asked for no Federal help until after the storm for quite a while. Couple that with what these so-called entertainers said about the President-(BUSH)-and they make me sick to my stomach, and my heart. WHERE are they now? Where are they NOW?