Obama Approval Rating At All Time Low

Who or what should be blamed for this? The Japanese earthquake has been blamed already, but, perhaps we can blame the Virginia earthquake?

As concerns about the struggling U.S. economy grow, a new CBS News/New York poll finds that President Obama’s overall approval rating has dropped to 43 percent, the lowest so far of his presidency in CBS News polling. In addition, his disapproval rating has reached an all-time high of 50 percent.

Views of the president’s job performance are marked by a striking degree of polarization along party lines — the vast majority of Democrats approve (78 percent), while even more Republicans disapprove (89 percent) of how he’s handling his job. But only 37 percent of independents approve, with 54 percent disapproving.

The big point is the independents. Lemming-like Democrats will vote for Obama, and generally give him high marks, no matter what. But, it is the independents who will make or break his re-election bid.

The poll also found that 39 percent of Americans say the economy is fairly bad, and another 47 percent say the economy is very bad – the highest percentage since April 2009. Meanwhile, 13 percent say the economy is fairly good and just one percent say it is very good.

In addition, 72 percent of Americans think the country is on the wrong track — the highest percentage so far since the president took office. Just 23 percent think the country is currently in the right direction.

As for Mr. Obama’s rating on the economy, just 34 percent approve of the way he has handled the economy, with 57 disapproving. And on the issue of job creation, 40 percent approve and 53 percent disapprove.

In the poll, just one in four Americans thinks Mr. Obama has made real progress fixing the economy, with 68 percent saying they do not think he has. Americans are more skeptical now than they were a year ago, when 35 percent said he made progress.

Do they have any good news for Obama? Any? Because the economy will not get better as long as he is pushing his same old tired plans and ideas

As for Mr. Obama’s latest proposal to lower unemployment, the American Jobs Act he presented to Congress last week, the public is split. While 64 percent say they have heard about the bill, Americans are divided as to whether the plan will actually create jobs. Nearly half of Americans are at least somewhat confident that Mr. Obama’s proposals will create jobs and stimulate the economy –12 percent are very confident and 36 percent are somewhat confident. But about the same amount — 47% — are not confident his plan will do that.

There is a wide partisan divide on views of the jobs plan. Four in five Republicans don’t have confidence that the plan will create jobs – while about as many Democrats do. Fifty-two percent of independents are not confident.

Well, I guess there isn’t any good news. Which means it is time for……more speeches! That’ll do it.

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