Just what a beleaguered nation is crying for after the abysmal failures of Barack Obama: A fresh new face on the political scene who’ll help clean up his mess and move us in a bold, new direction. Having sunk to a new low in a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, government dependents are fed up.
Foreign crises and domestic economic unease have eroded President Barack Obama‘s public standing, sapping his ability to respond to overseas conflicts and weighing on fellow Democrats heading into the midterm elections.
As clouds gather abroad, a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll finds Mr. Obama’s job approval rating at 41%, matching a previous low. Approval of his handling of foreign policy hit a new low of 37%. Both numbers are driven in part by conflicts largely outside the president’s control, including a new wave of sectarian violence in Iraq.
This latest dip in Mr. Obama’s approval runs contrary to signs Americans agree with his policies on climate change and education, and as a divided Republican Party remains far less popular than the president and his party. Despite misgivings toward Mr. Obama, the survey showed the public sides with him and his fellow Democrats on a range of issues, including immigration, education and the environment. (Interactive: Poll Results)
Great, some of the numbskulls are still drinking the climate change Koolaid. They’ll never learn, will they?
At the same time, Americans seem to be losing faith in Mr. Obama’s ability to accomplish his goals, with 54% of those polled saying they no longer feel the president “is able to lead the country and get the job done,” compared with the 42% who said he could. And 41% said his administration’s performance has gotten worse over the past year, compared with the 15% who noted improvement.
This obviously calls for more big government to help ameliorate the problems. Meanwhile, the failed president is cratering among Hispanics:
Another ominous trend for Democrats heading into a midterm election that tends to swing on turnout: Mr. Obama has lost significant altitude among core constituencies such as Hispanics and younger Americans. The share of Hispanics who see Mr. Obama favorably and approve of his job performance has dropped from 67% in January 2013 to 44% in the latest poll.
Clearly, they’re racist.
“It all comes back to one word: leadership,” said Democratic pollster Peter Hart, who helps conduct the poll with Democrat Fred Yang and Republican Bill McInturff. “He may be winning the issues debate, but he’s losing the political debate because they don’t see him as a leader.”
Anita Windley, 30, who voted for Mr. Obama in 2008 and again in 2012, doesn’t think he’s doing enough to help people in her New York City neighborhood. She complains that jobs are still hard to find and the local schools are subpar. “It’s time for somebody new,” she said, “like Hillary.”
Sigh. As if the elitist snob Clinton would lift a finger to help.
H/T Philip Klein.