January 14th, 2010
by Tom Bevan, Real Clear Politics
Obama doesn’t care what the people want, he wants to push his radical agenda
Today’s Quinnipiac poll shows that only 36% approve of the way Obama is handling the issue of “creating jobs” while six in ten disapprove. Incidentally, that’s a net 6-point decline for Obama on this question from just one month ago.
Forty-seven percent of those surveyed in the Quinnipiac survey – including a majority of Indpendents – say Obama has not spent enough time tending to the economy.
In the most recent CNN poll, the economy is the number one issue of importance to those surveyed by an order of magnitude, as it has been in every poll taken since President Obama entered office. Yet solid majorities in the CNN poll disapprove of the way Obama is handling the economy (54%), unemployment (54%), and the deficit (62%).
Ditto the most recent CBS News/NY Times poll, where 44% say “the economy and jobs” are the most important problem facing the country and 47% disapprove of the way the President is handling the issue of the economy.
After a full year of almost exclusively focusing on health care – an issue that only 10-15% of voters say is most important to them to begin with and only 38.7% of the public now approves of the bills being rammed through Congress – it’s no wonder 50% of voters in both the CNN and the Quinnipiac polls now say they do not believe President Obama shares their views on the issue of most importance to them.
Put another way, President Obama demonstrated during his first year in office that he either didn’t understand the concerns of the electorate or, worse still, he ignored those concerns to pursue his own agenda.