“94% of voters say the economy is in bad shape; 66% say it is 'poor'; 5% say it's in 'good' condition” (I’ll have what that 5% are smoking!)
By Dell Hill via Daily Mail
“President Obama’s popularity is plummeting, with more U.S. voters disapproving of his job than approve it, according to a recent poll.
More than half of U.S. voters believe he is performing badly in his role as the country's leader compared to 48 per cent last month.
And although Obama has predicted unemployment will continue to drop, nearly all voters – 94 per cent – say the economy is in bad shape.
Unpopular: Obama, pictured speaking about jobs during a tour of a building renovation near the White House earlier this month, is losing favour among voters
He announced during a television interview that the number of people out of jobs could drop to eight per cent by next year’s election – the lowest since he moved into the White House in 2008.
‘I think it’s possible,” Obama told CBS’s 60 Minutes in an interview set to air on Sunday.
It comes after the national unemployment rate fell slightly last month to 8.6 per cent. It had been stuck around 9 per cent between April and October.
But Obama does not seem to be under any illusions that his popularity is dipping, adding: ‘No matter how well we’re steering the ship, if the boat’s rocking back and forth and people are getting sick and if you’re asking, “Are you enjoying the ride right now?” Folks are going to say, “No”.
Out of work: President Obama has predicted that unemployment, which currently stands at 8.6 per cent, could drop to eight per cent by next year's election
‘People are going say, “You know what? A good captain would have had us in some smooth waters and sunny skies, at this point”.
‘And I don't control the weather. What I can control are the policies we’re putting in place to make a difference in people’s lives.’
WHAT DO VOTERS THINK?
- 44% approve of Obama's job performance; 51% disapprove
- This compares to 48% that disapproved in November
- 19% of Democrats now disapprove of the job he's doing, compared to the average of 11%
- 94% of voters say the economy is in bad shape; 66% say it is 'poor'; 5% say it's in 'good' condition (Dell’s Note: I’ll have what that 5% are smoking!)
- 48% believe Obama's policies for the economy are good and should continue; 47% say they should be stopped
- 53% of voters think the economy will be better a year from now - down from 66% at the start of 2010
Based on Fox News Poll with 911 respondents, 5 - 7 December
The increase in disapproval is due at least in part to Democrats, according to the Fox News Poll.
His average disapproval among his own party is 11 per cent – but this month it rocketed to 19 per cent.
The poll also found 66 per cent of voters deem economic conditions as ‘poor’ – the highest percentage for the rating in the poll.
But voters are split evenly over whether the president is dealing with economic struggles in the right way. Forty-eight per cent believe his agenda will help the economy, while 47 per cent say it will damage the country and should be stopped.
And 53 per cent of voters think the economy will be better a year from now, down from 66 per cent in early 2009.
In excerpts from his interview with 60 Minutes, Obama was asked whether he underestimated how difficult it would be to fix the U.S. economy when he became president in 2009.
‘I always believed that this was a long-term project,’ he said, adding it would ‘take time’ to reverse ‘structural problems in our economy that have been building up for two decades’.
He added that ‘it was going to take more than two years. It was going to take more than one term. Probably takes more than one president’
Struggle ahead: Obama, who spoke in an interview on 60 Minutes, said it would take more than two years to reverse 'structural problems in our economy'
While unemployment is dropping, eight per cent is still considered high, with around four or five per cent expected as ‘normal’.
Some independent economists have suggested the rate will likely be between 8 and 9 per cent, leaving millions unemployed over the long run.
The Fox News poll quizzed 911 randomly selected registered voters across the country between December 5 and 7.”