Today’s headlines shout out that the public’s faith and trust in President Obama has turned sharply down. From ABC:
“The president’s job approval rating has fallen to 42 percent in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll, down 13 percentage points this year and 6 points in the past month to match the lowest of his presidency. Fifty-five percent disapprove, a record. And 70 percent say the country’s headed seriously off on the wrong track – up 13 points since May to the most in two years.Other ratings of the president’s performance have tumbled as well. He’s at career lows for being a strong leader, understanding the problems of average Americans and being honest and trustworthy – numerically under water on each of these (a first for the latter two). His rating for strong leadership is down by 15 points this year and a vast 31 points below its peak shortly after he took office. In a new gauge, just 41 percent rate him as a good manager; 56 percent think not.”
Wow. Not only that, but a whopping 63% of the public—“by nearly 2-1, 63-33 percent”—disapprove of Obama’s handling of implementation of the new health care law! And…wait, what???
33% of the public approves of the implementation of Obamacare?
Based on what, exactly? The nifty website? The cancelled policies? The revelation that the administration knew months ago that the website wouldn’t be ready—and launched it anyway? Are they impressed with the President’s candor, his “I’m responsible but don’t blame me” apology, or the fact that his “fix” appears to violate the Constitution, throws a monkey wrench into the way his “signature” law is supposed to work, and is pretty much impossible? What is there to approve of? Please tell me. I’m fascinated.
Perhaps the 33% are satisfied because they have a secure healthcare plan, and the fact that the rollout has been a complete disaster won’t affect them.
1. HA!..and 2. Unethical. It’s fine if millions of your fellow citizens feel lied to and screwed, but hey, you’ve got yours, right?
That just can’t be it. Maybe the 33% approves of complete incompetence because they don’t really follow the news, and unlike the 4% of American slugs whose answer to the poll question was “Health care law? What health care law?”, they think they are informed, when in fact they are clueless. This is also unethical. This is a democracy, dammit: do your job and pay attention.
Support for the President I can understand. There is almost always a good argument for supporting a President. A lot of those polled still like President Obama; I can understand that too. I wish I could like him myself; I used to, not too long ago. I might even like him again, if he shapes up and faces the reality of his own shortcomings, and stops blaming everyone else. I can understand continuing support for Obamacare, too. It would be great if the law works. It would be great if the government were capable of administrating it efficiently and well.
It would be great if I could flap my arms and fly to Billings, Montana.
The implementation of Obamacare, however, has been a 100% disaster that not only threatens the health insurance of millions, but their health, the nation’s economy, and the credibility of this government of the United States. The disapproval should be 100% as well—there is no responsible argument or justification for answering that poll question in the affirmative. Can a democracy function when 33% of the public is cognitively challenged, willfully ignorant, or incapable of competent analysis?
I guess we’re finding out.
Graphic: Heads, tails, others