Few (if any) professional pundit can analyze polls (and demographic data) better than Michael Barone, whom I have dubbed the Hephaestus of punditry for sharing with the master craftsman of Olympus an attention to detail. In his latest piece from his new berth at the Washington Examiner, he analyzes the latest polls on the President’s job performance. They show that while the public continues to approve of Mr. Obama, they are wary about his policies.
Simply put, Americans don’t want to move in a more statist direction and prefer the free market to the federal government as the solution to our economic problems:
. . . despite the financial crisis and current economic distress, there has not been a drastic shift in American voters’ views of the balance between the market and government. The economic failures of the 1930s and successes of the 1940s convinced Americans to trust government more and markets less; the economic failures of the 1970s and successes of the 1980s convinced Americans to trust markets more and government less. These results show that American voters remain suspicious of centralized government power over the private sector and that they have great unease about the enormous far-larger-than-Bush’s budget deficits which experts project the Obama programs will produce.
Read the whole thing!