American voters disapprove 48 – 42 percent of the job President Barack Obama is doing and say 50 – 41 percent he does not deserve to be re-elected in 2012, both all-time lows, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.
Looking more deeply into these numbers, Ed Morrissey “officially” calls “the post-New Year bump in Barack Obama’s job approval ratings finished“:
Quinnipiac’s Peter Brown notes that the post-election bump has entirely dissipated, and puts the blame on Obama’s handling of “the budget deficit, the economy, foreign policy, health care, and energy policy.” That leaves out the Lily Ledbetter Act, of course, as the White House will surely point out in a press release, but otherwise comprises just about every priority issue voters have. It shows in the crosstabs, where Obama only gets a 39/50 job approval among independents.
At the same time Gallup reports that “Obama’s ratings on being a strong and decisive leader are down a total of 21 percentage points since taking office” while only “36% say he has a clear plan for solving the country’s problems”. It won’t help him to back the big-government policies beloved by his party as a poll by the Tarrance group shows that Americans oppose the kinds of policies he has put forward to solve those problems:
“The American worker is also seen as receiving a hit from more regulation, with 59% agreeing that ‘additional federal regulation on businesses put the average American worker at risk of job loss.’ Also, a majority (56%) agree that ‘additional environmental regulation has a negative impact on local communities through tax increases and job loss,’” according to a write up from the pollster.
Americans, the pollster found . .
. . . also believe regulations have an impact on their pocketbook. Nearly three quarters (72%) agree that “additional environmental regulation increases the price of energy for things like gasoline and electricity.” Another 68% agree that “more environmental regulation increases the price of everyday items like food and clothing.”
Seems that the American people understand that liberal regulation, while well-meaning, has a negative impact on the economy.