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Obama's Job Approval and Health Care Reform Have Fallen To A New Low

Original post made by Losing Traction on Aug 12, 2009

Overall, 48% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the President's performance. That matches the lowest level of total approval yet recorded. Fifty-two percent (52%) now disapprove.

Support for the health care reform plan proposed by President Obama and congressional Democrats has fallen to a new low. Just 42% favor the plan while 53% are opposed. Other data shows that 51% fear the federal government more than private insurance companies. Forty-one percent (41%) fear the insurance companies more. Overall, 32% favor a single-payer health care system for the U.S. while 57% are opposed.


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Comments (14)

Posted by Heather, a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Aug 12, 2009 at 2:18 pm

He's sinking faster than the Titanic! But then again, people were also ill-informed and believed the Titanic was unsinkable. I wonder how low it will get before his one year mark?


Posted by dublinmike, a resident of Dublin
on Aug 12, 2009 at 5:53 pm

Heather, I think you're happy. But, his declining ratings were expected...

But, the thought of McCain running the country and saying everything is fine is not the way to run this country while in trouble. Geez, just look at what Pres Bush did (not did not do). And, Palin would still be in training and wouldn't be of any help.

I liked McCain, in spite of his hot temper and callous comments about people, and would have voted for him in 2000.


Posted by Really Sad, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 12, 2009 at 6:24 pm

Heather,

"He's sinking faster than the Titanic! But then again, people were also ill-informed and believed the Titanic was unsinkable. I wonder how low it will get before his one year mark?"

It's sad to think that people want the President of the United States to fail based upon party lines and right wing extreme anger, which would have been the case NO matter who won. That being said, the people would have never voted in a Republican this time and what would you expect?

If Obama were to fail miserably, that would that we as a Country would fail miserably in the bigger picture and we can't afford that at this point.

However the rating decline, all things considered were totally expected, regardless and mean very little. Must I remind you of Bush'ratings?

It would be really cool if all the energy spent hating Obama were channeled by those opposed, into getting off the crouch couch and DOING something productive for the betterment of society as a whole.


Posted by Pete, a resident of Downtown
on Aug 12, 2009 at 7:35 pm

Really sad,

I believe Heather is doing something and that something is standing up for what is right and her right to voice her opinion. I think many now who care about america want this guy to fail. I certainly do because if he is successful we will become socialist or in his view marxist and that is something I do not want him to be successful in doing. His act is getting real pathetic. Did anyone see that little 11 year old girl who was picked at random to ask a question in New Hampshire yesterday? Turns out she was again another plant and the daughter of a woman who works on his campaign and his payroll. Pretty transparent huh?


Posted by JJ, a resident of West of Foothill
on Aug 12, 2009 at 7:38 pm

If your numbers are correct, I know that some of those 53% opposed to the healthcare reform are simply misinformed, or are just determined to oppose anything Obama is trying to do for our country. I do hope that people get the facts and that we get a healthcare plan for all
American citizens and their families. So many uninsured children, so many people having to file bankruptcy in order to treat their illnesses and injuries. I have a great healthcare plan--I am grateful, but I couldn't afford it if I lost my job!
It's true Obama is spread too thin--just consider the mess he took on. He is working extremely hard to make things better for Americans. I think he's the best thing to happen to our country in decades.


Posted by Courtney, a resident of Foothill Farms
on Aug 12, 2009 at 8:31 pm

J.J.,

Obama is creating the mess and the mess he is creating is going to be with us for decades if not generations. He is the President and needs to start showing some level of leadership and must not blame his predessors nor more than Bush blamed Clinton for 911 or Clinton blamed Bush one or etc. If you read even his own projections in 10 years 12,000,000 will still be uninsured. everybody agrees that the system needs to be fixed but not by destroying everyone.


Posted by JJ, a resident of West of Foothill
on Aug 12, 2009 at 8:42 pm

I was wondering how long it would take to get that response. I disagree. Obama is doing a great job and I'm so glad he's President.


Posted by Really Sad, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 12, 2009 at 8:43 pm

Hey Pete..

<I certainly do because if he is successful we will become socialist or in his view Marxist and that is something I do not want him to be successful in doing. His act is getting real pathetic.>

Obamas approval rating is 49% and "ratings" have a major margin for error. They are defiantly opinions from people who mostly have very little experience with the inner workings of Politics and no experience with just how complex the political arena is.

I do know for certain that after the election, the world economy, Our National economy and more specifically, the California economy was and still is in shambles.

Therefore with the loss of jobs and homes, fear of loosing ones job and no raises, all people are hyper critical and on the defensive as well, unlike any other time in our most recent history.

Weather YOU, or anyone else likes it or not, the Obama Team has contributed greatly to our economy NOT sinking LOWER and that was a major feat in itself.

Do you or anyone else REALLY believe that they was or could have been any totally 100% ideal candidate or politician for that matter?

How about a MAJOR POLITICAL REFORM, so that those in a position of power and representing the citizens are not pandering to special interests.

I seriously doubt that McCains or Clintons ratings would have been any better at this point. I do know that IF McCain would have won the election, you wouldn't have seen the media or the "liberal Democrat citizens spewing hateful rhetorical comments and or making up garble that is just plain garbage and unfounded all over gods creation.

"Passive Liberals" don't tend in the modern era to be hateful and violently aggressive for the most part. Republicans and or conservatives are JUST THAT in modern times, Violently Aggressive and ANTI AMERICN. This is not only ruining the Republicans chance of winning the next election, but putting out a horrible message to the WORLD
about our society and our radical political division and inability to communicate effectively. Some Republicans and conservatives are acting borderline barbaric and becoming a national security threat. If the Dems were doing what your party is doing at present you all would be saying we were Marxist and Anti American, so what's up with that?

PEACE Out Dude!


Posted by Really Sad, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 12, 2009 at 8:54 pm



Posted by JJ, a resident of the West of Foothill neighborhood, 1 hour ago

"If your numbers are correct, I know that some of those 53% opposed to the healthcare reform are simply misinformed, or are just determined to oppose anything Obama is trying to do for our country. I do hope that people get the facts and that we get a healthcare plan for all"

JJ, the sad thing is that senior citizens in mass numbers are the most vulnerable to the lies and deciet that the right is spreading.
For gods sake, they ask for town hall meetings and transparent discussion, but are focused on shutting down or disrupting these meetings and or their representative off.


"American citizens and their families. So many uninsured children, so many people having to file bankruptcy in order to treat their illnesses and injuries. I have a great healthcare plan--I am grateful, but I couldn't afford it if I lost my job!"

80% of Americans that have health insurance like it, but these are people that have not had to jump though major hoops in the time of medical need. Doctors, nurses and those in the heath care field know that medical care at present is RATIONED in a major way and that INNSURANCE companies DO DECIDE what treatment anyone gets. Not only that, but their is major fraud and waste in the current health care system.


"Its true Obama is spread too thin--just consider the mess he took on. He is working extremely hard to make things better for Americans. I think he's the best thing to happen to our country in decades."

Ya think? The greatest minds in America could NOT unravel the financial crisis and melt down a year ago and still can barely keep us from sinking lower, but there IS HOPE and signs of improvement as I speak. Do I think Obama is terrific? No! Do I think is has the ability to do a good job and that he is doing a better job than McCain and Pailin would have? Absolutely!


Posted by Courtney, a resident of Foothill Farms
on Aug 12, 2009 at 9:34 pm

I am very sad that he is our president and even more sad that some people like him as it just shows that they have no idea what our government is truly about and that is not to interfere in our personal freedoms. Things getting better? Where? Obama said if we passed stimulus unemployment would not get above 8% and is currently 9.5% and expected to go over 10% nationally and this does not even include the people who have now given up. Interest rates are now flat meaning there is no growth. Mortgage relief was supposed to help 6-8 million americans by now but only 200,000 have gotten money. War in Afghanistan is being fought to a draw and we are taking more dead in the last two months than the previous 3 years. Israel is getting ready to pound Iran because they will not negotiate with Obama. North Korea just snubs their nose at us. Hugo Chavez and Daniel Noriega give Obama books and laugh at him. Last but not least China now carries most of our debt and is threatening to drop our dollars and go with the euro. Yep looks like things are getting better..........right!!!


Posted by mark, a resident of another community
on Aug 12, 2009 at 10:28 pm

Can anyone think beyond what is presented as the news by the media and/or Washington. The problem with health care is the outrageous profits that the insurance companies are stealing from us, with Washingtons' blessing. Can you say lobbiest.

Here is something I found today on the web:
In the past 13 years, more than 400 corporate mergers have involved health insurers, and a small number of companies now dominate local markets but haven't delivered on promises of increased efficiency. According to the American Medical Association, 94 percent of insurance markets in the United States are now highly concentrated, and insurers are thriving in the anti-competitive marketplace, raking in enormous profits and paying out huge CEO salaries. Profits at 10 of the country's largest publicly traded health insurance companies rose 428 percent from 2000 to 2007. In 2007 alone, the chief executive officers at these companies collected combined total compensation of $118.6 million—an average of $11.9 million each. That is 468 times more than the $25,434 an average American worker made that year. Moreover, the health insurance industry invests more in buying back its own stock and rewarding its shareholders than in improving system operations, reducing premiums, or in developing ways to pay doctors and hospitals fairly.

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This is what needs to be fixed. Obamacare is a fraud. WAKEUP!!!


Posted by HE DIDN'T SAY THAT, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 12, 2009 at 10:46 pm

" Obama said if we passed stimulus unemployment would not get above 8%"

His administration said that if that if stimulus package wasn't passed, unemployment would likely go above 8%. They never said that it wouldn't go above 8% if it didn't pass. Get you facts straight.


Posted by Nope, a resident of Old Towne
on Aug 12, 2009 at 10:54 pm

We don't need facts, because we are the chosen ones! As long as Hannity, Limbaugh, Gingrich, Beck and others say it is, IT IS!

We are on a mission for and fron God Himself!

We are gods in our own RIGHT! Did I say that? Yep! We are the superior people!


Posted by Libs lying again, a resident of Danville
on Aug 13, 2009 at 8:48 am

Referring to a Jan. 9, 2009, report called "The Job Impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan" from Christina Romer, chairwoman of the president's Council of Economic Advisers, and Jared Bernstein, the vice president's top economic adviser.

Their report projected that the stimulus plan proposed by Obama would create between three and four million jobs by the end of 2010. The report also includes a graphic predicting unemployment rates with and without the stimulus. Without the stimulus (the baseline), unemployment was projected to hit about 8.5 percent in 2009 and then continue rising to a peak of about 9 percent in 2010. With the stimulus, they predicted the unemployment rate would peak at just under 8 percent in 2009.

But in June, the unemployment rate was 9.5 percent.

In the past week, the administration has acknowledged its projections were wrong.

Here's what Romer herself said in a July 2 interview on Fox: "None of us had a crystal ball back in December and January. I think almost every private forecaster realized that there were other things going on in the economy. It was worse than we anticipated. What the private forecasters are saying now is that they do anticipate that the economy will start growing again in the second half of the year, and that usually, then, employment and unemployment start to respond shortly after that. So I think that is a realistic expectation."

Biden also acknowledged the discrepancies in a July 5 interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos.

"The truth is, we and everyone else misread the economy," Biden said. "The figures we worked off of in January were the consensus figures in most of the blue chip indexes out there. ... And so the truth is, there was a misreading of just how bad an economy we inherited. Now, that doesn't — I'm not laying — it's now our responsibility. So the second question becomes, did the economic package we put in place, including the Recovery Act, is it the right package given the circumstances we're in? And we believe it is the right package given the circumstances we're in."


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