you’re likeable enough, mr president ;-)

Aug. 8, 2010: “We were walking through a locker room at the University of Texas when White House Trip Director Marvin Nicholson stopped to weigh himself on a scale. Unbeknownst to him, the President was stepping on the back of the scale, as Marvin continued to slide the scale lever. Everyone but Marvin was in on the joke.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Time: Three out of four American voters – 74 percent – like President Barack Obama, but a narrow majority disapproves of his policies, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today….

Given four choices to describe their feelings about Obama, American voters say:

* 41 percent like him personally and like his policies;
* 33 percent like him personally, but don’t like his policies;
* 1 percent like his policies, but don’t like him;
* 19 percent don’t like him or his policies.

Meanwhile, read these figures and weep, GOP:

…voters oppose cuts in the growth of entitlement programs to reduce the budget deficit:

* 70 – 25 percent against cutting Social Security;
* 72 – 25 percent against cutting Medicare;
* 59 – 37 percent against cutting Medicaid.

By 64 – 32 percent, voters say raising income taxes on those earning more than $250,000 should be part of any budget deal.

By 49 – 40 percent, voters oppose cutting federal funding for National Public Radio and by 53 – 43 percent they oppose cutting it off for Planned Parenthood.

15 Responses to “you’re likeable enough, mr president ;-)”

  1. 1 Proud of Obama
    March 3, 2011 at 10:33 am

    I like him…I really, really like him! Actually I LOVE him.

  2. 3 sherijr
    March 3, 2011 at 11:01 am

    Okay so.. (glass half empty girl here).. 52% don’t like his policies???? What does that even mean?

    • March 3, 2011 at 11:32 am

      They are pretty bizarre figures, sherijr! Whatever about those who remain unconvinced about the policies, I think that 74% is pretty key. I remember reading a few articles about this a while back – just because people like the President doesn’t, of course, mean they’ll vote for him, but it indicates that they’ll at least give him a chance, that they’re open to persuasion. Well, that’s the theory any way. And with the economy picking up (see today’s figures) there’s a good chance that the likeability will turn in to support.

      As for the 19% who don’t like the President or his policies …. well, now we know how many people are Teabagger-friendly.

      • 5 Chi
        March 4, 2011 at 9:03 am


        “Policies” = code word for any and everything…

        He’s black; He never asked or got my permission to run and win the presidency; He hasn’t reversed 30+ years of damage instantly with the wave of a magic wand; he defeated my preferred candidate who would have hired me or appointed me to some choice board position or ambassadorship or other access to power; He hasn’t sought me out for advise, pointers or my perspective and I’m crushed and my ego seriously bruised and even when I rage at him, flogging and disrespecting him publicly to get his attention, he still ignores me; he hasn’t made my pet cause his priority; he hasn’t taken me dancing, made me breakfast in bed, paid off all my credit card bills, my car note and mortgage; He hasn’t joined me on vacation, mopped the floors, washed the windows and made the beds…

        But worst of all, he does President exactly as it should be done – with dignity, integrity, calm, decency, brilliance, joy, humor, respect, focus and all without ever losing himself or losing sight of what ultimately is most important – his wife and daughters.

        Heaven forbid he succeeds where every other President has failed all the while enjoying the love, respect, admiration and a deep connection to people all across the world…

  3. 6 hopefruit2
    March 3, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    I would imagine that many of the 52% who don’t like his policies are single issue voters who have an axe to grind on one or two particular issues. The question was poorly asked to begin with, because if the pollsters broke down the specific policies that people don’t like, they would probably get a lot of contradictory information. Some people are also dishonest, and for political reasons, they will claim to not like the President’s policies as a guise for other issues that they have.

  4. 7 Proud of Obama
    March 3, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    How can you not like the policies that rescued the economy, has jobless claims at their lowest levels in three years, has the stock market at 12,000 for months, saved the auto industry, gave you a tax cut and passed health care legislature that will save money and lives?

    Either these folks are not very bright or they are dishonest and just don’t want to admit what they really don’t like about the president. And we all know what that is.

    • 8 hopefruit2
      March 3, 2011 at 6:12 pm

      Exactly, we’re thinking the same thing..just read the last sentence of my previous post!

    • 9 Sue in Minnesota
      March 3, 2011 at 10:07 pm

      Americans write checks with their mouths that their brains can’t cash.

      Generally speaking, I think Americans tend to be delusional. I seriously doubt, the 52% polled that do not like his policies could even begin to speak with any authority or clarity as to what PBO’s policies are or their collective impact. They lack reliable knowledge/understanding of the issues, government processes, and the number, strength and influence of aggravating forces. Adding another layer to my already gross generalization, IMO Americans are inclined to skepticism, they are afraid to trust that government can work both effectively and efficiently.

      Although, personally challenged by the legitimacy of polls, I’m glad to see 75% of Americans like President Obama. From my perspective, what’s not to like!

  5. 10 V C prezOfan2
    March 3, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    Seriously speaking, what’s not to like – his warmth? his looks? his ‘smarts’? his accomplishments? his smile? his family? his obvious empathy for those who are among the less fortunate? his…? Well, whatever 19%…I flat out LOVE him, and ‘I’m not the only one. I hope some day you’ll joins us’, BUT it’s alright if you don’t. BECAUSE, your dislike will not blunt his intelligence, his accomplishments, his warmth, his looks, his standing around the world, etc. IT WON’T IN FACT ALTER THE BRILLIANCE OF THE MAN! Your opinion doesn’t really matter – so there!

  6. 13 zizi
    March 3, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    The reason we have these funny percentages has to do with the media freeze on covering the facts about what this administration has accomplished.This is the bizarre world we live in where the megaphone is controlled by one party and one party only. It is the reason the Repugs can distort and lie and get away with it with impunity. Sad really.

    The reason an overwhelming number of people personally like him is because when they do get the chance to hear him they like his approach. But there is no reinforcement or continuity of bias free information for the voter. Sad, sad.

    • 14 EDP4BHO
      March 3, 2011 at 9:01 pm

      So sad, and so true!

    • 15 Chi
      March 4, 2011 at 9:39 am

      Spot on Zizi…

      The media is far too busy seeking out any “former Obama” supporters who can express their “disappointment” with great disdain, rage on air and bash and denigrate the President…

      It especially helps if they are part of what the media hopes will be “Obama’s former solid Hollywood support”…

      Jokester/know-it-all/attacker de jour…? Matt Damon… Matt fucking Damon…

      Mr Damon who I never knew even supported this President, is the latest one to deride the President while trying to show just how much smarter he thinks he is than President Obama…

      I always figured Matt Damon for a jerk, just never really realized how much of an amusingly self-important and roaring a%@*hole he was…

      It has all indeed been most eye-opening and I’m so grateful for the revelation of who all these creatures really are…

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