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Bryan Preston


March 19, 2012 - 11:01 am

Not good numbers for the president.

On energy, 58 percent say Obama’s policies will result in gasoline prices increasing, while just 20 percent expect them to cut prices — and by a 46-percent-to-36-percent margin, voters believe they will cause the United States to become even more dependent on foreign oil.

Voters’ wide-ranging pessimism comes as gasoline prices have risen sharply, which often dampens attitudes among U.S. voters toward those in power, and as opinions remain sharply divided on the president’s healthcare law.

At this point in the story, it’s worth a link to this video from May 2008. That’s when Barack Obama candidly admitted that he wanted gas prices to go up.

That wasn’t the only instance of the then senator publicly cheering on pain at the pump. Here he is, doing it again.

And here he is, announcing a plan to cause electricity rates to skyrocket. Then after he was elected president, who did he install as secretary of energy? Academician Steven Chu, who also wanted to jack up gas prices. Chu has since walked those comments back, but has the XL pipeline been approved? Has the administration unleashed drilling on federal lands?

There’s no conspiracy theory here. Personnel is policy, as they say, and this president and his energy man both wanted higher gas prices. They have gotten higher gas prices. Mission accomplished! A little gas pump activism can go a long way to giving credit where it’s due.

In other negative numbers for The One, half expect the Supreme Court to strike ObamaCare down, and a large majority believe he is making America’s debt problem worse. Because he is.

The poll indicated that 49 percent of likely voters said they expect a court ruling that is unfavorable to the Affordable Care Act, while just 29 percent think it will be upheld and 22 percent aren’t sure.

On economic issues, 62 percent of voters say Obama’s policies will increase the debt, while 25 percent think they will cut it, and by a 48-percent-to-38-percent margin, voters believe those policies will increase joblessness rather than put people back to work.


Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.
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