There are some interesting findings from a polling organization’s research of Obama voters. Public Opinion Strategies has found that among focus groups conducted in Denver, Colorado and Richmond, Virginia there may be problems for the President this November.
In 2008 President Obama won a majority of the national vote due to his strong performance among Independents. As a result, he began his presidency with a deep reservoir of goodwill among swing voters. However, due largely to his fiscal policies, his support among this demographic has deteriorated significantly.
After three-and-a-half years of his presidency, these Obama Independents still like the President, even though many disapprove of the job he is doing. Yet, the President’s personal likability does not prevent many of these Independents from drawing some important conclusions. First, Obama has not delivered on their expectations of his presidency. Second, in spite of what the media is trying to say, they do not believe that things are getting better or have gotten better since 2009. It appears as though these swing voters are tuned into Obama’s record. They are negative about the economy and when asked about credit for any improvement, it is something they haven’t even considered.
Other findings from this study of Obama swing supporters are that they do not approve of Congress’ performance either. It is premature for politicians to claim that the economy is improving. There is deep frustration of perceived abuse of government benefits such as welfare and unemployment benefits. These voters are also not happy with the high cost of energy and the President’s blocking of the Keystone pipeline. This plus boondoggles like Solyndra make Obama appear as “just another politician.” Many say that when it comes to energy policies and high prices President Obama seems beholden to environmental groups.
When asked specifically about Obama, these swing voters like him, but such is not the case for his policies. The things they like about the president are his speaking ability and personal traits. They are no longer convinced that the president is leading in the right direction or has the right policies.