Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Americans Lose Faith in 'Hope' and 'Change' (Shocking)

The latest Washington Post/ABC News poll is a major blow to the White House just four months before crucial mid-terms in November. According to the poll, “nearly six in ten voters say they lack faith in the president to make the right decisions for the country”, and two thirds “say they are disillusioned with or angry about the way the federal government is working.” A staggering 58 per cent of Americans say they do not have confidence in the president’s decision-making, with just 42 per cent saying they do.

The unpopularity of the president is hurting his party’s prospects in Congress, and prompting many voters to seek a greater balance of power in Washington. By a margin of 56 per cent to 41 per cent, “those most likely to vote in the midterms prefer the GOP over continued Democrat rule”, which could spell disaster for Democrats in the House of Representatives, with significant losses in the Senate as well.

Concerns over the economy are likely to dominate the November elections, and the Post/ABC News poll shows a clear majority of Americans disapproving of the President’s handling of the economy. Barack Obama’s approval rating on economic issues stands at just 43 per cent, with 54 per cent disapproving. Even a third of Democrats now view Obama negatively on the economy. On the budget deficit, Obama receives a striking 56 per cent disapproval rating. Overall economic confidence remains low, with just a quarter of Americans agreeing that the economy is improving in the face of poor job growth, high unemployment, a stale housing market, and a volatile stock market.

Most polls point to a conservative revolution hitting Capitol Hill this November, with the White House likely to face a greatly strengthened opposition in Congress. This is partly due to widespread disillusionment with incumbent politicians and a strong anti-Washington mood across the country. But the most important factor is rising anti-Obama sentiment, and mounting opposition to his big government economic agenda, not to mention widespread concern over his health care and immigration policies.

A significant majority of the American people have now lost faith in President Obama and his big spending message, and are nervous about the towering mountains of borrowing and debt that threaten to sink the US economy. The Obama White House is facing a major crisis in public confidence, and as this latest poll shows, the outlook for this November looks even worse.


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