Monday, February 09, 2009

Americans Trust Obama, Republicans Not So Much

So far the American public is giving President Barack Obama their approval for handling the government's efforts to pass an economic stimulus bill, while they don't believe the Republicans in Congress have been doing a very good job. In a new Gallup Poll the Repugs receive an approval rating 31%, in fact fifty-eight percent of the public openly disapprove of the GOP’s actions.

This is really surprising.

You might have read how Think Progress released a report showing that Republican members of Congress outnumbered their Democratic counterparts by a ratio of 2 to 1 on the cable news shows. Apparently these Republicans and their talking points haven't been very persuasive. This is surprising because not only have conservative Republicans been dominating the discourse, but their talking points have been largely internalized by journalists covering the debate.

Let's hope this is not a outlier, and that the American public is paying attention.

Now a new CNN poll found similar results to the Gallup poll.
Seventy-six percent of those quesioned [sic] in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Monday give President Obama a thumbs-up when it comes to the way he's performing his duties, with 23 percent disapproving of the way Obama's handling his job as president.

While Repuglicans have been exceedingly pleased with their actions over the last few weeks, the American public is not.

Three out of four say that President Obama is doing enough to cooperate with Republicans in Congress, but only 39 percent feel that congressional Republicans are cooperating enough with the President.

Six out of ten approve of the way Democratic leaders in Congress are handling their jobs. But only 44 percent of those questioned approve of the way Republican leaders in Congress are performing.

Republicans may like to act as if they are not concerned with public attitudes, but they are. Republican leadership is the biggest set of cowards you have ever seen, and they will start feeling the heat. Watch them begin to fold this week.

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