‘obama is the gop’s worst nightmare’ (updated)

Brynja Hammer smiles at President Barack Obama during a visit to the Oval Office on her eighth birthday, August 21, 2009. Byrnja’s father Mike is spokesman for the National Security Council. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Politicususa: Republicans’ … only hope for defeating President Obama short of an act of God is to drive up his negatives, but a new AP/GfK poll shows that not only are Obama’s approval ratings remaining steady at 53%, but an incredible 84% said that the president is a very likable person.

The numbers in the AP/GfK poll show an electorate that is still not happy with the direction that country is going …. but something very interesting happens when you look at Obama’s approval numbers. They aren’t going down. Obama’s job approval rating is still at 53% which is where it has been since January….

….The one point that emerged from this poll is that America really, really likes Barack Obama. When asked to evaluate how well Obama understands the big issues facing America, 68% believed that he understood them at least somewhat well. 60% believed that Obama understands the problems of ordinary Americans. 61% believed that he will keep America safe, and 59% thought that he understands their problems. 57% called Obama a strong leader, and most tellingly a whopping 84% said Obama is a likable person.

It is tough for a lot of people to get 84% of their friends and family to call them likable, much less the entire country. Needless to say, these are not the numbers of a future one term president.

….Until the jobs all come back and there is a chicken in every pot, Obama will still hover around 50%, but even that small majority would be more than enough easily defeat any of the slugs that the GOP may be forced to run against him in 2012.

…For the Republicans, 2012 has turned into a Nightmare on K Street. One, two, Obama’s coming for you.

Full article here


Ah, I was relieved to see this on Media Matters today because when I read AP’s own report on their own poll last night I thought my eyesight must have been failing me. As Media Matters put it: “.. how badly does the press not want to focus on Obama’s solid approval ratings? So badly that even the AP buried the lede in reporting on its own poll.”

It’s true! In their very own report on their very own poll, AP simply mentioned in the third paragraph of five that “in the AP-GfK poll over the past month, Obama’s approval rating has held steady around 50 percent”.

Around 50 percent? You have to actually go to the AP-Gkf website and open up a PDF to discover that the figure is 53!

Back to Media Matters: “The AP can’t even be bothered to spell out Obama’s approval rating in the latest AP poll. (It’s 53 percent. But the AP goes with “around 50 percent.”) And no, that’s not even the lede. Instead, Americans souring on the economy is the lede. But I guarantee you if the AP poll had the president’s approval rating dropping to 42 percent, the way the Quinnipiac poll did, the AP would have hyped that in the headline and the AP poll would be making headlines today.”

You couldn’t make this stuff up!

“Shh! New AP Poll Has Obama Approval Rating At 53% – “There’s no need to distract the press regarding the latest findings from the AP-GfK poll. Y’know, the one that has Obama’s approval rating at a robust 53 percent.

Don’t distract the Beltway press corps, let alone the right-wing blogosphere, because they’re still obsessing over yesterday’s Quinnipiac poll that had Obama down to a 42 percent approval rating. Those results, as we noted, were instantly dubbed to be very important.

It’s true the Quinnipiac poll didn’t really resemble many other reputable survey results issued this month. And it’s true virtually every other poll measuring Obama’s approval rating in March found him hovering around the 50 percent mark. But that didn’t matter. The Quinnipiac findings were news and the AP’s are not. Why? Because good news for Obama isn’t really news.

So shh, please don’t wake the press and disturb them with news of the latest AP finding. Please don’t interrupt their fascination with the 42 percent approval finding when a new poll has Obama more than ten points higher than that.”

36 Responses to “‘obama is the gop’s worst nightmare’ (updated)”

  1. 1 obamalia
    March 31, 2011 at 9:24 am

    “America really, really likes Barack Obama. ”
    That statement gives me goosebumps. And to think that in the beginning of his presidential campaign, I felt like I was the only one rooting for him among my family, friends, co-workers. Most were for Hillary and McCain.

    I remember a video during the campaign where Obama relates a story of a woman who whispered to him “I’m going to vote for you.” Obama asked “Why are you whispering?”

    • 2 cuphalffull
      March 31, 2011 at 10:07 am

      I absolutely love the campaign quote. Somewhere in my middle aged brain is a faint memory of it. Thanks for bringing it back to the front where I can enjoy it all over again. Just speaking for myself, I stopped “whispering” the day I went to hear him speak at a local high school gym. After that I kept showing up at early campaign organizing events until someone gave me something to do to help him get elected. Haven’t stopped since.

  2. 3 Trinisamba
    March 31, 2011 at 9:25 am

    Well it is about time that Americans start appreciating this President because he is the best thing at this time. The rest of the world (and by the way there is a world outside of the USA) surely appreciates him.

  3. 4 CTGirl
    March 31, 2011 at 9:26 am

    I walked in my office singing, afterall tomorrow is Friday 🙂 but let me tell you this post made me laugh out loud, especially this: ” One, two, Obama’s coming for you.” 🙂

  4. 7 Carolyn
    March 31, 2011 at 9:28 am

    This number thrills me too. Once people see him in person, or talk to someone who has, they KNOW that he is not what he is portrayed as by Fox, Limbaugh, Palin, etc. He is genuine,and genuinely cares. He is smart and can take care of many things concurrently. He is not linear…he is global in approach. This has been a big adjustment for the country…but I think we’re making it.

    • 8 majii
      March 31, 2011 at 9:32 am

      I think it was a smart move by the president to circumvent the national networks and go directly to the local teevee stations for interviews. This way, the people living in different areas of the country get to hear things from the president’s own mouth without having to listen to the “interpretations” of what the pundits “thought” he said/meant.

      • 9 cuphalffull
        March 31, 2011 at 10:11 am

        Totally agree with you. It also makes me happy to think of the excitement of local television crews who get a chance to be “respected, empowered and included”. I love Rachel Maddow’s efforts to bring local news people on whenever she can to tell the stories she is featuring from their localities. Low and behold the local journalists are more professional and treat their reporting with more integrity than the national celebrity “journalists”.

    • 10 Proud of Obama
      March 31, 2011 at 9:33 am

      Morning all! Carolyn, your comment makes me think of one made by Merle Haggard the country singer who received an award from the President. (I forget which award.) Anyway, he said something like when he finally met PBO he realized he is not at all like the haters portray him. It’s astounding to me that the haters just refuse to accept the decency of our President.

      But 84% of people really, really like him. Take that haters and professional left.

  5. 11 majii
    March 31, 2011 at 9:29 am

    The GOP knows that the president is a huge threat. That’s why the party has spent the past 2 + years united in their attempts to bring him down, he remains above the fray, and they become more frustrated by the day. Everyday there’s a new “hit” piece on him on Fox Snooze and in rw media. Fox is losing viewers, Beck is losing radio programs, and Palin is being marginalized by her own party. That hopey changey thing is working out just fine for me!

    • 12 cuphalffull
      March 31, 2011 at 10:01 am

      I thought last night’s piece on Jon Stewart’s show (Daily Show) was very interesting. After skewering the Republican field itself for its attempts to appeal to their “base” (there’s another meaning for that word as an adjective that might fit) he brings up the idea that there’s always the tried and true Obama bashing as a strategy. He does this at the same time he pretends to yawn, as in “been there done that”. The idea that the President has been unfairly “bashed” at every opportunity (which is actually the truth)hopefully has gotten to the point where its going to enter the public meta-cognition and will carry a heavy price tag. Those that engage in it will be summarily castigated. Anyway that’s my prediction. In my opinion, the cognitive dissonance between the reality of the President, (his decency, his demonstrated ability, his sincerity, his consistency) and the vilification of him by his opponents has begun to reach the critical level where average voters can see the slander for what it is. Further, I think propaganda and scapegoating will now produce the opposite of the intended effect. I also think this will happen on both sides of the ideological divide.

      • 13 Proud of Obama
        March 31, 2011 at 10:04 am

        I think you’re right. The bashers have become a complete joke. More and more folks are tuning the bashers out.

        • 14 cuphalffull
          March 31, 2011 at 10:14 am

          Not only that, I think they will reject them. I love the irony that PBS is now seen as the most trusted source of news and Fox not so much. So they targeted PBS and now people are tuning in to it more and trusting it more. You can fool some of the people all of the time, well..you know the rest.

  6. 15 cuphalffull
    March 31, 2011 at 9:41 am

    I have been thinking about Wisconsin lately and how important it is in understanding the President’s standing among the voters. I am going to skip over the decency of the President, his intelligence, his sincere concern for us as a country and as individuals. I am going to talk about being representative. I read an article from the International Crises Group talking about one of the problems Pakistan faces is that their government is not “representative” of its people. Then I thought about Wisconsin and my freshman Republican rep in Indiana and the attitude problems he has considering he is in a purple district. I have been just getting to this idea in my own neural left hemisphere for a long time. If people are elected through voter suppression or disenfranchisement, if they are elected by a disinformation campaign (propaganda), if they are elected because there is an abuse of power or influence like flooding election campaigns with corporate funds, if they are elected by a concerted effort to divide and conquer the voters, the means determines the end. The end is that those elected are unrepresentative. In order to deal with that those leaders must do one, two or all of the following things 1)obfuscate (hide what they intend to do so voters can’t fairly evaluate the effects on them), 2) scape goat (try to find someone or another group to shift blame to because what they are doing is very unpopular) 3) repress (try to find a way to force unpopular things on the voters against their will, violating the spirit and sometimes the letter of the law.) What I believe is clear is that the President was elected by popular vote, that he has pursued the objectives he very obviously put in front of the American people when he was running for office which were popular objectives and representative of the direction most voters wanted desperately to go. It is also clear to me that the President refuses to scape goat or repress. (hence the frustration coming from bullies on any side of the argument). Thing is, he wouldn’t, but he also doesn’t need to. He is representative of the majority of voters in our country because he was elected in the right way. However, as an object lesson, we can watch Wisconsin, my state of Indiana, and others and see the end when the wrong means are used to get people elected.

  7. 16 Proud of Obama
    March 31, 2011 at 9:41 am

    A quick scan and I don’t see media coverage yet on this poll. Can we Tweet and email this out to our do-nothing, know-nothing, republican shilling MSM?

    • 17 EDP4BHO
      March 31, 2011 at 9:49 am

      In response to your statement, I am listening to a local FM music station, actually Tom Joyner, and Cybil announces a new poll showing that PBO’s numbers are at his lowest since his Presidency. Also, she did not state the poll. So, I think it is prudent that we fire back at programs generally pro-Obama to get their information and facts straight. This avowing of false information is unhealthy for the upcoming campaign season, and we all need to be vigilant. We have some really lazy-ass people dishing what amounts to dirt.

  8. 18 StR
    March 31, 2011 at 9:42 am

    When they try to smear President Obama, they end up hurting themselves – Huckabee proved this. Newt, Huckabee and Palin all attack with silly garbage and they drop. The glaring message is to attack on policy, but that won’t win teabagger support.

    One problem is that President Obama’s likability/favorability does not seem to help out the Dems as a whole. This opens the door for the GOP to run hard against Dem incumbents in the Senate to take the majority back there. President Obama will have coattails, but I don’t think they’ll extend to Missouri, N.Dakota or Montana.

    • 19 Proud of Obama
      March 31, 2011 at 9:58 am

      That’s because these stupid dems keep going against the President. If they stand with him, the people will stand with them. I love the story from the Chicago mayor’s race where this mother drilled it into her young daughter that she needed to vote. The mother was supporting Carol Mosely Braun and thought the daughter would vote for her. She was shocked when the young daughter told her she had voted for Rahm Emanual because “He worked for President Obama and President Obama says he’s ok.” This President has coattails. But the dems have to support him AND work their tails off. They cannot sit on the sidelines and expect PBO to do all the work. They must run their own campaigns.

      • 20 cuphalffull
        March 31, 2011 at 10:17 am

        I left a comment on another board to that effect. I said truthfully, I no longer ask what President Obama can do for me because I trust him now. I ask what I can do to help him accomplish “our” goals.

        • 21 Audrey
          March 31, 2011 at 7:40 pm

          Amen, cuphalffull! What can I do to help President Obama accomplish the many daunting goal our country and world need addressed!

  9. 22 Kelly
    March 31, 2011 at 10:53 am

    Very good and factual article. Obviously this won’t be all over the newspear. *sigh* Anyway….The harder corporate media gors at this POTUS, the more they twist the truth with their dishonest “news” and continue their hand wringing tactics the more I appreciate and respect President Obama.

  10. 23 m
    March 31, 2011 at 11:29 am

    I keep thinking that a strong 2012 republican presidential candidate hasn’t come to the surface yet because they all know there is such a slim chance of anyone beating PBO. I wonder who would want to put in that amount of time and money and energy when the likeliness for success is so very slim!

  11. 24 Asher in Boston
    March 31, 2011 at 11:56 am

    Weeeeeeeeeeell, this is interesting. The naysayers and haters will always end up with egg on their faces. These RW idiots and the PL think that the everyday people cant think for themselves and we should hang on to their lies and made up facts. Now, suck on it idiots. We the President’s supporters arent going to take it laying down. The poor Repugs have to be pulling out their hair now. And also, the majority of Americans arent as easily fooled as these baggers think. They know a good thing when they see it and that good thing is Potus.

  12. 25 LYNN
    March 31, 2011 at 12:18 pm


    • 26 Proud of Obama
      March 31, 2011 at 1:40 pm

      We just need to keep reminding people how as governor of Minn, Pawlenty was against any infrastructure improvements and as a result a bridge collapsed killing people. And he left his state in debt. And he has zero foreign policy experience. World leaders love President Obama. In a short time he’s built outstanding relationships with countries that we had strained relationships with. And have you heard Pawlenty speak? Listening to him is good if you have insomnia.

  13. 27 anniebella
    March 31, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    I like the President,and I think he is doing a good job considering what he has had to deal with, considering the crisis this economy was lefted in by G.W.. And let us not forget the two wars which was lefted to him. Have I agreed with everything he has done, no. But I trust him. I like him, I love the First Lady, and I think they have a wonderful family.

  14. 28 anniebella
    March 31, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    Lynn…I don’t think anyone will be taken for granted. Like a outstanding championship team President Obama and his team will be ready for everyone, he will not over look anyone, not even that boring ass Pawlenty.

  15. 29 tally
    March 31, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    Can I please have that little girl’s outfit in an adult size 4, shoes 7½….?

    • March 31, 2011 at 1:34 pm

      😆 You’re a hooooooooooooooooooot!!!!!!!

      • 31 tally
        March 31, 2011 at 1:40 pm

        😀 Seriously though, how cute is that outfit??? And the look on his face is beyond priceless. It’s like that 8-year old just said something an adult woman would say that is so wicked smart it blows every man in the room away. LOOK AT HIS FACE!

        I’d love to know what she said.

  16. 32 Fred
    March 31, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    The smart candidates like Jeb Bush are sitting this one out. If Romney was smart he would do the same.

    My worry is 2016. I can’t bear the thought of another Bush in the WH. Jeb speaks fluent Spanish and the hispanic vote is probably going to be the deciding factor in 2016.

  17. March 31, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    I just read an article where the Republican Party has cancelled a debate of the republican candidate, reason: lack of viable candidates. That is tooooooo funny. Now what I’m seeing is a “lack of courage” to go up against and LOSE their credibility for losing to that Black guy in the White House. (John McCain did it and he will go down in history as the guy who let that Black man beat him for the White House now.) Anyone that runs will be risking this, politically, as they would see it, unless it is Herman Cain. We just might NOT have a
    Republican candidate. Now that would be interesting. Gads this is funny!!! Our President is brilliant, he is tall, handsome and in 2.5 years he is totally in control of what’s going on in the world. (And he looks great on the world stage.) I’m stoked!

  18. 35 Audrey
    March 31, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    I not only LOVE my President, I trust him completely and have every faith in him and his extraordinary ability to lead and deliver outstanding results that are in the best interest of our nation and the world!

  19. 36 Titti
    April 1, 2011 at 6:06 am

    The world also likes and respect Prez Obama. It is a rarity in this day and age for politicians to say something and mean what they say during campaigns. He has proven time and time again that he not only has the best interest of America at heart but also the world’s.

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