In the never-neverland inhabited by the White House and its shrinking pool of pundit loyalists, the president did fine on Syria and the public likes Obamacare. No, really. That’s the party line.
When the president says it’s only Beltway insiders who care about “style” carping he supposes that a myriad of polls are all wrong and that foreign powers shaken by the display of indecision and willingness to disregard our own policy (“Assad must go” is no more) are delusional, I guess.
Polls across the board show the same set of public perceptions: The president’s poll numbers for handling of foreign policy are way down, his handling of the Syria situation rates even worse, and his overall approval rating is near or at all-time lows.
On Syria only 29 percent in the Fox News poll approve of his performance, 29 percent in the USA Today/Pew poll, 28 percent in the NBC/Wall Street Journal poll and 36 percent in The Post/ABC News poll.
Overall, he gets only 47 percent job approval in The Post/ABC News poll (the lowest in over a year), 40 percent approval in the Fox News poll (tied with his all-time low), 45 percent in the NBC/Wall Street Journal poll and 44 percent in the USA Today/Pew poll.
Are Americans foolishly grading on “style” or are they simply more honest than the pro-Obama spinners?
As for foreign leaders and their people who must assess their own security needs based on what they see the United States doing, one need only look at the vote in the British Parliament and public opinion in Israel and elsewhere to understand how little weight this president carries.
Pundits who always think the president is swell are perfectly entitled to think he did swell on Syria. It’s just not representative of people who don’t always think Obama is doing a swell job.
Moving on to health care, polls across the board show the president’s health-care legislation is as unpopular or more unpopular than ever. That’s how Obamacare gets a RCP average approval of 38 percent approval and 52.2 percent disapproval.
Obama’s loyalists argue that a lot of people just want to “fix” Obamacare. But the fixes people are more inclined to favor resembles the repeal and replace approach of Republicans. In the Fox News poll, for example, Obama reached an all-time low of only 38 percent for handling of health care while only 34 percent approve of Obamacare and 54 percent want to to back to the pre-Obamacare health-care system. That’s not fixing; it’s pulling it out by the roots.
Likewise, in the CNN poll, voters disapprove of Obama’s handling of health care by a 55 percent to 42 percent margin. A total of 39 percent say they favor all of the all or most of it while 57 percent say the opposite. Again, if the “fix” means scrapping all or most of Obamacare, the American people would approve.
And finally, the NBC/Wall Street Journal poll:
Forty-four percent of respondents call the health-care law a bad idea, while 31 percent believe it’s a good idea — virtually unchanged from July’s NBC/WSJ survey.
By a 45 percent to 23 percent margin, Americans say it will have a negative impact on the country’s health-care system rather than a positive one. . . . And 30 percent of respondents think it will have a negative impact on their families. Just 12 percent think it will be positive and a majority — 53 percent — don’t believe it will have an impact one way or another. [A] a whopping 73 percent of respondents say they’re already satisfied with their coverage.
White House spinners who say voters don’t want to get rid of Obamacare in whole or in part aren’t being forthright. What voters do object to is the way the right-wing presents for getting to that goal, namely shutting down the government.
Conservatives who think their shutdown gimmick will be popular had better think twice. Their strategy is hugely unpopular. However, liberals who think the bulk of Obamacare is popular had better think twice. Their policy is hugely unpopular.