CommunityFDL Main Blog

New Poll Shows Most Americans Think Economy Still in Ditch

barbed wire ditch

barbed wire ditch by docman

The most recent ABC News/Washington Post poll (PDF) found that 57 % of Americans based, on their own personal experience, don’t think the economy has began to recover. Only 42 % feeling it has began to recover and among that group 81% feel the recovery has been weak.

The fact that so few Americans actually feel the economy has recovered highlights the point Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg has been making about the serious failure of Obama messaging over the past few years. Obama keeps claiming he got the country “out of the ditch” but the reality is a large majority think we are still in the ditch so his boast falls flat.

Given the terrible state of the economy Obama’s overall job approval rating in the poll stand at a rather impressive 47% approve – 49% disapprove, but on the issue of economy his rating is a dismal 40% approve – 59% disapprove.

While Obama is still looking decent for re-election in the poll, I believe this is mostly an illusion creating by the lack of real campaign against Obama. Unless conditions changes I suspect these economic problems create the real potential for a sharp drop in Obama’s numbers once the Republican party began a true campaign. If Republicans can day after day leading up to the election can stick to the classic theme “are you better off than you were four years ago?” while pointing to falling home prices, high unemployment, and shrinking health benefits, it could cause Obama’s overall job approval numbers to quickly start looking like his economic approval numbers.

This weakening economy is a serious liability for the Obama campaign and there doesn’t seem to be any policy to turn things around on the horizon.

CommunityElections

New Poll Shows Most Americans Think Economy Still in Ditch

barbed wire ditch

barbed wire ditch by docman

 

The most recent ABC News/Washington Post poll (PDF) found that 57 % of Americans based, on their own personal experience, don’t think the economy has began to recover. Only 42 % feeling it has began to recover and among that group 81%  feel the recovery has been weak.

The fact that so few Americans actually feel the economy has recovered highlights the point Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg has been making about the serious failure of Obama messaging over the past few years. Obama keeps claiming he got the country “out of the ditch” but the reality is a large majority think we are still in the ditch so his boast falls flat.

Given the terrible state of the economy Obama’s overall job approval rating in the poll stand at a rather impressive 47% approve – 49% disapprove, but on the issue of economy his rating is a dismal 40% approve – 59% disapprove.

While Obama is still looking decent for re-election in the poll, I believe this is mostly an illusion creating by the lack of real campaign against Obama. Unless conditions changes I suspect these economic problems create the real potential for a sharp drop in Obama’s numbers once the Republican party began a true campaign. If Republicans can day after day leading up to the election can stick to the classic theme “are you better off than you were four years ago?” while pointing to falling home prices, high unemployment, and shrinking health benefits, it could cause Obama’s overall job approval numbers to quickly start looking like his economic approval numbers.

This weakening economy is a serious liability for the Obama campaign and there doesn’t seem to be any policy to turn things around on the horizon.

Previous post

Romney/Obama: Alec Baldwin Wonders What's Missing

Next post

Margaret Thatcher Refuses to Meet with Sarah Palin Because She's "Nuts"

Jon Walker

Jon Walker

Jonathan Walker grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He is an expert on politics, health care and drug policy. He is also the author of After Legalization and Cobalt Slave, and a Futurist writer at http://pendinghorizon.com

141 Comments