As you know, I don’t waste a whole lot of electrons talking about polls on this blog. But sometimes you get hit over the head with a whole bunch of numbers all at once, and you’ve got to stop and say “Ouch!.”
So why do President Obama’s poll numbers keep sliding? Sure, unemployment isn’t helping. But it also turns out that the American people think the President is
bat-shit crazy slightly out-of-step with their concerns:
On a series of fronts, Obama is moving against headwinds:
• By more than 2-1, Americans say the United States shouldn’t close the terrorist prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, as Obama has promised.
• By 49%-44%, they oppose passing a health care bill in Congress this year, which he calls critical.
• A majority are against holding the trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in New York, and nearly six in 10 say the self-proclaimed 9/11 mastermind should be tried in a military rather than a civilian court. That’s at odds with the decision announced this month by Attorney General Eric Holder.
And from the same USA Today story is this item:
Nearly half of those surveyed endorse deploying thousands of additional U.S. troops, while four in 10 say it’s time to begin withdrawing forces.
When things get sticky at home, Presidents often embark on a little foreign adventuring to boost their appeal. But opinion is already so divided on Afghanistan — and increasingly bitterly so, it would seem — that nothing short of a sudden and total (and impossible) victory will turn those numbers around.
So I guess what I’m trying to say, Mr. President, is that it sucks to be you.