‘Obama’s Approval Rating Has Hit The Lowest Level EVER In CBS News Polling’ – That’s A Quote From CBS

America won’t actually be safe until Obama sees a giant crowd of millions of Americans banging on the gates of the White House and he decides he’d better flee the country like many of the banana republic-style dictators have done before him.

March 12, 2012 6:30 PM
Poll: Obama’s approval rating sinks to new low
By Stephanie Condon

CBS News Poll analysis by the CBS News Polling Unit: Sarah Dutton, Jennifer De Pinto, Fred Backus and Anthony Salvanto.

(CBS News) President Obama’s approval rating has hit the lowest level ever in CBS News polling, according to the latest CBS News/New York Times survey. The drop may be partially attributable to rising gas prices.

Just 41 percent of Americans approve of the job Mr. Obama is doing as president, according to the poll, conducted from March 7 to 11. Another 47 percent disapprove of his performance, up from 41 percent last month.

Mr. Obama’s approval rating was 50 percent last month.

The average U.S. price of a gallon of gasoline has jumped 12 cents over the past two weeks. The poll found that most Americans, 54 percent, believe gas prices are something a president can do a lot about.

Americans have historically felt that a president can control gas prices, though experts attribute changes to a variety of factors, many outside of a president’s control. They also felt this way when gas prices spiked during the administration of former President George W. Bush.

Chart - Are Gas Prices Something the President Can do a lot About (Credit: CBS)

When asked Tuesday by CBS Pittsburgh affiliate KDKA whether he can impact gas prices, Mr. Obama said, “Understandably people are frustrated when gas prices are going up, and there are things we can do, but they’re not going to result, provide results overnight.”

The president noted that the U.S. has reduced its dependence on foreign oil under his administration and that fuel efficiency standards for cars are being raised. The administration is exploring other ways to reduce prices, but Mr. Obama said the biggest contributor to the current high prices is rumors of war in the Middle East.

“Which is part of the reason I said a couple weeks ago let’s stop with the loose talk about war,” he said. “Because a lot of what’s driving this is people’s concern and fear that there might be major disruptions in the Middle East oil markets.”

Attacks from the Republicans running to replace Mr. Obama may be having an impact on his approval rating as well. His disapproval rating has risen to 89 percent among Republicans (from 82 percent last month), and more independents now disapprove of his job performance than approve. Though Mr. Obama’s approval rating among Democrats remains high, it has dropped seven points – from 85 percent last month to 78 percent today.

Of the four remaining GOP candidates, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has hit Mr. Obama particularly hard on high gas prices, promising on the campaign trail to bring down the price to $2.50.

Jim Ritterbusch, president of an oil trading advisory firm, told CBS News there are no quick fixes.

“It’s become somewhat of a political football,” Ritterbusch said. “But none of the candidates or the current president can flip a switch and drive gas prices down to $3 a gallon.”

Mr. Obama’s job rating on the economy remains about the same as it was last month – 39 percent approve, while 54 percent disapprove.

The economy and jobs remains the most important problem facing the country today, according to 51 percent of Americans. Three in four Americans think the economy is at least somewhat bad, including 30 percent who say it is very bad.

More Americans, 30 percent, say the economy is getting better; 24 percent say it is getting worse. The public’s economic outlook was slightly better last month, when 34 percent said the economy was getting better.

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Just 20 percent of Americans feel their family’s financial situation is better today than it was four years ago. Another 37 percent say it is worse, and 43 percent say it is about the same.

While his rating on the economy is about the same as last month, Mr. Obama’s rating on foreign policy has dropped 10 points. Now, just 40 percent approve of his handling of foreign policy, while 41 percent disapprove. This is the first time since the killing of Osama bin Laden in May 2011 that more Americans disapprove than approve of the job Mr. Obama is doing handling foreign policy.

Amid speculation that Israel may consider attacking Iran to stop its nuclear ambitions, Americans are split on the president’s handling of the situation in Iran: 42 percent approve, while nearly as many – 39 percent – disapprove. Nineteen percent don’t know.

CBS Radio News’ Rob Mank contributed to this report.


This poll was conducted by telephone from March 7-11, 2012 among 1009 adults nationwide.

878 interviews were conducted with registered voters, including 301 with voters who said they plan to vote in a Republican primary. Phone numbers were dialed from samples of both standard land-line and cell phones. The error due to sampling for results based on the entire sample could be plus or minus three percentage points. The margin of error for the sample of registered voters could be plus or minus three points and six points for the sample of Republican primary voters. The error for subgroups may be higher. This poll release conforms to the Standards of Disclosure of the National Council on Public Polls.

As we speak, both Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum lead Barack Obama, according to most-reliable pollster Rasmussen:

With Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney adding to their primary wins Saturday, the latest Rasmussen poll shows both of them capable of posing a challenge to President Barack Obama in the November election.

According to Rasmussen’s poll of likely voters, the updated numbers show Romney ahead by five points in a hypothetical 2012 battle with the president. While Romney sits at 48 percent to Obama’s 43 percent, Santorum sits at 46 percent to Obama’s 45 percent. His one-point lead over Obama is Santorum’s second time ahead of the president.

Romney, Rasmussen reports, is the only other candidate to lead the president more than one time in the polls.

Obama’s approval index history shows a swing in his approval numbers, from 44 percent strongly approving of the president’s performance in January 2009, to 25 percent strongly approving now. The new numbers show that 44 percent strongly disapprove of the president’s performance, up from 16 percent in January 2009. Obama’s presidential approval index rating is -19.

Hopefully, this will at least shut the pie holes of the talking head fools who have asserted that “Obama is unbeatable.”

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8 Responses to “‘Obama’s Approval Rating Has Hit The Lowest Level EVER In CBS News Polling’ – That’s A Quote From CBS”

  1. Free Market Capitalist Says:

    Like I’ve stated before, higher gas prices will only aide efforts to get obama out of office. Nobody likes paying high gas prices, but, in this case, the higher the better. Hopefully, the Conservative Republican base will utilize this to help win the presidency and take over the Senate.

    As you’ve stated in previous blog posts, this administration is actually subtely seeking higher fuel prices to further their green agenda, which, at this point, will only result in the destruction of our already fragile economy. Besides, at this stage, there really is no viable alternative to oil and the only solution that exists is to produce enough to offset the rising demand from the emerging countries. Also, it would help if our government would quite debasing the value of our currency.

  2. Michael Eden Says:

    Free Market Capitalist,

    We’ve got Obama on the video record saying he wants high gas prices but only hopes the increase will be “gradual” so that the American people will act like the proverbial frogs in the water on the stove and not react.

    We’ve got Obama’s handpicked energy secretary – BEFORE OBAMA PICKED HIM SO OBAMA KNEW WHAT CHU STOOD FOR AND WANTED THE SAME THINGS – saying that his goal was to get American gas prices to rise to the 400% higher levels common in Europe.

    We’ve got the cap-and-trade system that Obama tried to force through Congress but couldn’t even get DEMOCRATS to go along with such radicalism that would have driven oil right out of business along with the coal industry that half of all Americans count on for electricity. Obama himself personally said that energy rates would “necessarily skyrocket” under his plan.

    And this guy wants lower gas prices? Yeah, right.

    I hope that oil CONTINUES TO “NECESSARILY SKYROCKET” for two reasons: 1) it might drive Americans to their sobering senses and keep them from making the stupidest decision in America’s entire history; and 2) sky-high prices are exactly what this foolish nation deserves for electing Obama, and we ought to eat what we voted for right away.

    Obama, meanwhile, is desperately trying to prevent Israel from attacking Iran before the election. ALL he cares about is getting re-elected. If he does, then he won’t give one DAMN about either Israel OR American gas prices and the suffering he causes.

  3. Tyree Dawson Says:

    Hopefully, this will at least shut the pie holes of the talking head fools who have asserted that “Obama is unbeatable.” Your last line was unprofessional. I would’ve gotten a C if I turned the paper in my political science class.

  4. Michael Eden Says:

    Tyree Dawson,

    You know what, Tyree? It just so happens that I have absolutely no intentions of turning that article in to any political science class.

    I’m writing a blog, not “academic papers.”

    Do you know what I care about? Whether or not the statement you quoted and judged as unworthy of turning in to your next college class is TRUE. Not that “truth” is something people like you ever bother with or anything.

    “Professional”-minded people have the capacity to be able to judge something by the criterion by which it ought to be judged, rather than by some asinine standard that has nothing to do with anything.

  5. Tyree Dawson Says:

    I should’ve remembered the right is against college.

  6. Michael Eden Says:

    Tyree Dawson,

    Unless you truly and genuinely believe that everything in this country should revolve around college and be graded by professors, your demagogic assessment is simply completely asinine.

    Personally, I graduated from college a number of years ago and I did what most grown-up people did and MOVED ON WITH MY LIFE.

    Too bad you’ll never have that much maturity.

    Btw, to whatever extent that “the right is against college” – not that my response to you had a damn thing to do with that hypothesis – here are a few quotes that ought to help underscore why that would be:

    “How can we ever know how many children had their psychological and physical lives irreparably maimed by the compulsory inculcation of faith? Religion … has always hoped to practice upon the unformed and undefended minds of the young… If religious instruction were not allowed until the child had attained the age of reason, we would be living in a quite different world.” – Christopher Hitchens

    “If scientists can destroy the influence of religion on young people, then I think it may be the most important contribution we can make.” – Steven Weinberg

    How much do we regard children as being the property of their parents? It’s one thing to say people should be free to believe whatever they like, but should they be free to impose their beliefs on their children? Is there something to be said for society stepping in? What about bringing up children to believe manifest falsehoods? Isn’t it always a form of child abuse to label children as possessors of beliefs that they are too young to have thought out?” – Richard Dawkins

    “[S]ome children are raised in such an ideological prison that they willingly become their own jailers… Parents don’t literally own their children the way slaveowners once owned slaves, but are, rather, their stewards and guardians and ought to be held accountable by outsiders for their guardianship, which does imply that outsiders have a right to interfere.” – Daniel Dennett

    “Parents, correspondingly, have no god-given license to enculcate their children in whatever ways they personally choose: no right to limit the horizons of their children’s knowledge, to bring them up in an atmosphere of dogma and superstitition, or to insist they follow the straight and narrow paths of their own faith.” – Nicholas Humphrey

    Kenneth Miller admits that “a presumption of atheism or agnosticism is universal in academic life… The conventions of academic life, almost universally, revolve around the assumption that religious belief is something that people grow out of as they become educated.”

    And philosopher Richard Rorty argued that secular professors in the universities ought “to arrange things so that students who enter as bigoted, homophobic religious fundamentalists will leave college with views more like their own.” He noted that students are fortunate to find themselves “under the benevolent Herrschaft of people like me, and to have escaped the grip of their frightening, vicious, dangerous parents.” He said to parents who send their children to college, “we are going to go right on trying to discredit you in the eyes of your children, trying to strip your fundamentalist religious community of dignity, trying to make your views seem silly rather than reasonable.”

    Oh, and here’s another reason as presented by a lesbian academic:

    Jonathan Haidt, who studies the intuitive foundations of morality and ideology, began his presentation by asking his colleagues where they placed themselves on the political spectrum. It turned out that 80% of the audience identified as liberal. Only a few dozen identified as centrist. And only three out of the 1,000 academics in the auditorium identified themselves as conservative.

    And another oh, as that article references something said in the New York Times:

    Anywhere in the world that social psychologists see women or minorities underrepresented by a factor of two or three, our minds jump to discrimination as the explanation,” said Dr. Haidt, who called himself a longtime liberal turned centrist. “But when we find out that conservatives are underrepresented among us by a factor of more than 100, suddenly everyone finds it quite easy to generate alternate explanations.”

    Given that liberalism is fascism, and fascists literally PURGE conservatives from universities, maybe one could understand why “the right is against” [fascist] colleges.

  7. Reaganite Republican Says:

    Very enlightening, linked at RR:

    Team Obama/Progs Scheming to ‘Overwhelm the System’ 
     with Bewildering Level of Voter Fraud/Intimidation

  8. Michael Eden Says:

    Reaganite Republican,

    Thanks for the link. It’s worth viewing for the cartoons alone!

    I completely agree: as someone who tries to document Obama scandals, there are so damn many incredibly dishonest and immoral things going on seven days a week thirty days a month and twelve months a year that it is impossible to keep on them all. Obama is like a firehose of evil.

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