POLITICAL observations & opinions

* President Obama’s support among Dems and Independents remains as high as it ever was

Posted by Lew Weinstein on February 24, 2009

NBC’s Mark Murray and Chuck Todd report on FIRST READ this morning …

  • According to the latest Gallup poll, President Obama’s approval rating is now at 63%, which is down five percentage points from his initial rating in January. 
  • Also, his disapproval number has doubled from 12% in January to 24% now. 
  • But be careful if you’re trying to draw a dramatic conclusion about this slight downward tick. 
  • The only group of voters that has moved away from Obama are Republicans, who went from 41% approval in January to 30% now. 
  • However, Democrats’ approval has remained steady (88% then, 89% now). And — perhaps most importantly — so has approval among independents (63% then, 63% now).


Republicans are engaged in a disgraceful campaign to try to gain political advantage from President Obama’s efforts to rescue the country from the mess George W. Bush put us into. It’s not working, and it won’t work.

Any reasonable person knows the unprecedented complexity of the problems Bush left for Obama means that no simple solutions are available. Also that any solution tried may have elements to it that are less than perfect. But we also know that we must move forward aggressively, and that is what President Obama is doing.

Republicans who “JUST SAY NO”, such as the misguided governors who say they will refuse stimulus money in their states, and Senators and Representatives who refuse to participate meaningfully in the bipartisan opportunities being offered to them, will pay a huge price with the American people, who know clearly that President Obama is their best and only hope.

read the FIRST READ post and many other useful articles at …  http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2009/02/23/1805411.aspx


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