It appears the reaction Obama gave to his recent drubbing at the polls has not helped his image. Andrew Malcolm at the LA Times reports:
President Obama has passed the Big 4-0 - going the wrong way.
Turns out voters were not simply satisfied to spank the Democrat and his party in the Nov. 2 midterm elections with historic losses in the House of Representatives.
Obama's job approval rating as calculated by the Zogby Poll has now sunk to 39%, a new low for his 22-month presidency that began with so much hope and excitement and poll numbers up around 70. As recently as Sept. 20, his job approval was 49%.
A whopping 60% now disapprove of his job, up from 51% disapproval Sept. 20.
Obama now trails in hypothetical 2012 matchups against Republicans Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and the next Bush, Jeb.
And, oh, my! Lookee here! Obama has even fallen into a statistical tie with none other than Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor. How embarrassing that is because other polls have shown a majority of Americans believe she is unqualified for the presidency. So it appears many have now decided, on second thought, Obama looks that way too.
Obama began losing the support of independents in the summer of 2009, as he responded to polls showing voter concerns focused on the economy by staging 59 town hall meetings on healthcare. Independents were a crucial part of his coalition win in 2008 but have now dwindled to 39%.
This goes back to what I was saying when it became clear that Obama was not interested in changing course. He can continue to shove his fingers in his own ears and pretend the American electorate is with him when it's not, but that is not going to transform him into a successful president.
His presidency rides on his ability to swallow his pride, admit he misread the results of his own election in pursuing an uber-left path, and change course immediately. These recent numbers bolster that assessment.