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They’ll probably blame it on Bush

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By John Barnhart

    President Barack Obama is not having a good year as his approval rating in polls continues to sink.
    His poll ratings fluctuate from day to day in Rasmussen’s daily presidential tracking poll. However, his approval has been on a steady downward trend since February when his approval reached his second term high, topping 55 percent. His most recent tracking poll number puts his approval at 47 percent.
    His slide in popularity is even more striking when you look at the strongly approve vs strongly disapprove numbers. The two percentages were roughly even from right after the election until this past February, the best he’s done since the summer of 2009. Since then his strongly approve numbers have shown a strong and steady downward trend while his strongly disapprove numbers have risen. There is now quite a gap between the two with substantially more people strongly disapproving of his performance than strongly approving.
    It’s obvious that President Obama’s efforts to bully Republicans on a number of issues have backfired on him. It’s also obvious why members of his own party have not been afraid to defy him on some issues, such as his gun control agenda. They are more concerned about what their constituents feel on issues than President Obama's agenda. It appears that the cupboard is bare when it comes to his store of political capital.
    ObamaCare hasn’t helped him either. There never was much public support for this nightmare that President Obama ramrodded through Congress in 2010. A Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll taken on the subject shows that the percentage of people who think ObamaCare is a good idea has been steadily shrinking for the past year while the percentage who think it’s a bad idea has been on an upward trend for the last two years. According to the most recent poll, taken over May 30 through June 2, 38 percent of those polled say their family will be worse off under ObamaCare while only 19 percent said their families will be better off.
    About the only good news President Obama has, as far as polls are concerned, is a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll taken at the beginning of this month. It indicated that a majority of those polled don’t see President Obama as being personally responsible for the IRS and Benghazi scandals, or the scandal surrounding the Justice Department’s secret subpoenas of Associated Press reporters’ phone records.
    However, the poll also has bad news for the president. When asked about all three controversies, a majority of those questioned responded that these incidents are making them doubt the Obama administration’s honesty and integrity.
    This does not bode well for President Obama’s ability to defuse the latest controversy that erupted when a computer geek working for a National Security Agency (NSA) contractor revealed the extent that the NSA is spying on us. The NSA is indiscriminately, and secretly, scooping up our communications records on a vast scale — phone calls, e-mails and other digital information.
    President Obama has assured us that nobody is actually listening in on our phone calls or reading our e-mails. Of course, we can trust him when he tells us that. Would President Obama lie to us about something like that?
    The polls that indicate that a majority doubt his administration’s honesty when it comes to the IRS, Benghazi and AP phone records scandals are evidence that the public is reticent to accept President Obama’s assurances concerning NSA snooping.
    So, what is the Obama administration going to do about this? Perhaps, judging from the way Rick Howell’s Liberal Agenda concluded last week, they’ll probably try to blame it on George W. Bush.