Editor’s note: This is another in a series of “WND/WENZEL POLLS” conducted exclusively for WND by the public-opinion research and media consulting company Wenzel Strategies.
Possibly raining missiles on Syria, immigration, gun control, college-tuition programs, propping up a sagging Obamacare, NSA spying, pursuing the “global warming” campaign – these all are part of President Obama’s plans for the remaining years of his second term.
But will anything actually be accomplished?
Probably not, according to a new poll that reveals a majority of Americans give Obama negative ratings and reveal that “Democrats are in real danger of losing ground to Republicans.”
The national telephone survey of registered voters is from Wenzel Strategies, and was done Aug. 23-28, carrying a margin of error of 3.67 percentage points.
“Barack Obama’s job approval rating remains well below 50 percent, as just 41 percent give him positive marks for his work as president, and 57 percent give him negative marks,” Fritz Wenzel told WND. “At this level, especially into a second term with a politically split Congress, Obama has greatly diminished influence over Congress when it comes to pushing any agenda.
“Even his own party is split in its evaluation of him, as 28 percent of Democrats give him negative job performance marks.”
Among Democrats, only 48 percent gave their own party’s leader excellent ratings when asked how they would assess Obama’s job performance.
Another 23 percent said good, but 13 percent said only fair and about one in seven, 15 percent, said poor.
Among Republicans 74 percent said his performance is poor and nearly 52 percent of independents agreed.
“It has become widely apparent by now that Obama is much more interested in campaigning across the country for his favored agenda instead of sitting down to work out solutions with congressional leaders, and this latest job approval number may well be an indication that Americans are tired of his rhetoric,” Wenzel said.
“What is particularly tough for Obama is that, among that key swing group of independent voters, just 34 percent give him a positive job rating, while 65 percent of moderates give him negative marks.”
He continued, “I always pay attention to those in surveys who register a strong opinion one way or another, and on this question, it is important to note that those who give him the most negative job approval rating possible outnumber those who give him the most positive job marks possible by 20 percentage points – a remarkably negative reading.
“While 27 percent give him an excellent rating, 47 percent give him poor marks,” he said.
“Obama’s legislative agenda is going nowhere under these circumstances, and indeed, as we look ahead to the midterm elections next year, Democrats are in real danger of losing ground to Republicans.”
The last poll on Obama’s job performance, taken in May, revealed his job approval was at 44 percent, while 54 percent gave him negative marks for his work.
At that time,Wenzel reported, “Those with intense opinions of his job performance are decidedly tilted to the negative, as 26 percent saying he is doing an excellent job, but 44 percent say he is doing a poor job.”
Wenzel warned then that the bottom line for Obama “is that it is growing more unlikely that public opinion will ever improve much, if at all.”
In this week’s results, even 21 percent of those who call themselves “very liberal” gave Obama a “poor” ranking. And there definitely was a touch of race in the results for Obama, who once publicly stated if he had a son, he’d look “like Trayvon,” the black teenager who allegedly attacked a neighborhood watch volunteer and ended up being shot and killed.
Among whites, 19 percent gave Obama an “excellent” evaluation, while among blacks, it was 57 percent. At the other end of the scale, only 12 percent of blacks gave Obama a poor evaluation, while 55 percent of whites did just that.
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