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BLITZER BLOG: Poll numbers should alarm Dems
October 17th, 2011
03:59 PM ET

BLITZER BLOG: Poll numbers should alarm Dems

Las Vegas (CNN) – There are some numbers in our new CNN-ORC International poll that should seriously worry President Obama and the Democrats.

Republicans are right now a lot more enthusiastic about voting in the next election than Democrats. Some 64% of Republicans say they are extremely or very enthusiastic compared to only 43% of Democrats.

There were similar numbers in the 2010 mid-term elections and we know how well the Republicans did in Congress, including re-taking the majority in the House.

Democrats, by contrast, were much more enthusiastic in 2006 and 2008, and that certainly showed in the elections then.

But for the president, there may be an even more alarming number.

Among all voters, 59% think that President Obama’s policies will fail compared to only 36% who say they will succeed.

In 2010, 47% thought the president’s policies would fail. And back in 2009, only 32% thought the president’s policies would fail.

You see the trend, and it’s not good for the president’s re-election prospects.

There is still plenty of time for the president and the Democrats to turn this around. But that won’t be easy unless people start seeing some light at the end of the economic tunnel.

NOTE: Wolf Blitzer is anchoring “The Situation Room” from Las Vegas ahead of Tuesday’s Western Republican Debate, moderated by Anderson Cooper at 8 p.m. ET on CNN.

RELATED STORY: CNN Poll: Record high say Obama's policies will fail

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  1. Terry

    Gimmee an O! Gimmee a B! . . . more cheerleading for the Dems from the dwindling-audience mainstream media.

    October 18, 2011 at 9:49 am |
  2. rush

    I hope he fails!!

    October 18, 2011 at 9:48 am |
  3. Paul

    You Democrats AMAZE me in your blind support for this man who has done NOTHING but demagod Republicans (remember him telling John McCain that "I won, get over it" and what he did to slam Paul Ryan who truly is the ONLY politician to put together a plan that could actually be sustainable (although it should have cut military spending as well). Yes, Mitch McConnell said he wanted Obama to be a one term President, and please don't tell me that Al Gore or John Kerry didn't feel the same thing in February 2001. Bush's tax policies INCREASED revenues to the USG. The "rich" are paying a greater precentage of income taxes NOW before the tax cuts. I'd like to ask Obama one question. How much is the "fair share" that any American, rich or poor, should be able to keep of what he earns. How much is enough before the government has to live within it's means?

    October 18, 2011 at 9:45 am |
  4. Eli

    Obama has had his chance. He is way out of his league. He is certainly not to blame for everything but the economy is bad, unemployment is sky high, the misery index has matched its 1981 peak and the national debt has risen by 50% in less than three years. And now he wants the Congress to pass a "jobs" bill that is nearly identical (but about half the size) to the stimulus bill he signed in 2009, and for which even Obama now jokes about "shovel ready jobs".

    If he weren't such a narcissist he would for the good of the country step aside and let someone else more qualified in the Democratic Party seek the nomination as LBJ did without causing the Party to collapse (Mark Warner, Hillary Clinton, Evan Bayh). But, alas, it's all about him.

    October 18, 2011 at 9:43 am |
  5. MK54

    It's Blitzer that alarms me. His contributions have become so anti-Obama that he stinks of Tea.

    October 18, 2011 at 9:43 am |
  6. QED

    There was no gridlock in Congress during Obama's first two years when, along with his Liberal cronies in Congress, he chose to pursue the legislation and agenda he chose. He succeeded, in spite of any shred of bipartisan support, to push through a huge deficit busting stimulus and a huge budget busting socialization of healthcare. The voters spoke in 2010 and tossed a historic number of Liberals out of Congress. Each time, the voters spoke.

    The fact that Liberals are playing 'cry me a river' now is of their own making because of the agenda this ideologue chose.

    And no, there isn't time for Obama to change the dynamic. In a little over a year, the independents and conservatives in America will take back the country.

    October 18, 2011 at 9:40 am |
    • QED

      As for polling that says voters dislike GOPers at a greater clip, ask yourself this question:

      After 20% total unemployment for over two years, who are the indies going to vote for predominantly? The guy whose socialized medicine was completely rebuked by the Supreme Court? Whose stimulus was a complete failure? Who, in spite of his empty rhetoric, successfully continued his predecessor's Anti Terror policies and is now bombing countries and sending in troops with no oversight? The guy whose cabinet smells of incompetence?

      Rhetorical question. Pardon.

      October 18, 2011 at 9:44 am |
  7. Rogelio

    Obama will be re-elected and the House will turn in 2012. Time to take the Republican corporate sucking dogs out of the House. They don't work for the middle class. What was that Boehner, expire the tax cuts and lose American jobs. What a sham of a man spouting the same lies.

    October 18, 2011 at 9:40 am |
  8. eddie the geek

    Well the first thousand days have been a complete failure, why do you think that's going to change now?

    Had Obama been the sort of president he said he'd be (post-partisan, post-racial) instead of the divider he's become (has America EVER been more divided, along class, race, party lines?), he'd have been much more successful. But alas, he lied to get elected. He is an extreme left idealogue and he is bent on imposing his complete faith in government on the American people, perhaps because he can't distinguish government from America.

    Hopefully the American electorate will learn much from the failed Obama experiment. For instance – truly examining what a candidate has always stood for, what a candidate's credentials and experience are, and what a candidate's vision for America is. We were hoodwinked. May that never happen again.

    October 18, 2011 at 9:39 am |
  9. Vince

    No Democrat is enthusiastic because the election is more than a year away. Check back in once Democrats are forced to imagine a Cain or Romney presidency.

    October 18, 2011 at 9:21 am |
  10. Jerry

    You NObama spiked Kool Aid drinking zealots, you are the ones that will be in for rude awakening come 2012.

    OK, ok, you NObamamites may NOW come out of the woodwork!

    October 18, 2011 at 8:57 am |
  11. Fred

    They voted for change, and all they got were the same stupid policies of the previous administration. No wonder the change didn't work. It never happened.

    October 18, 2011 at 8:56 am |
  12. Jerry

    Whoopi do, Wolfie finally says something that makes some sense.

    October 18, 2011 at 8:50 am |
  13. tomasina

    The 20012 battle cry .... ANYBODY but Obama. I'd vote for the neighbors dog before Obama !!!

    October 18, 2011 at 8:40 am |
  14. v3rlon

    I am disappointed in the president I voted for. I see both parties working harder to represent their parties (in particular the extremists) than the American public. Cries of Obstructionism only go so far. Obama had the house, the senate and the will of the people, but failed to passa budget, failed to close Guantanamo, failed to withdraw from Iraq (so far), extended the patriot act rather than getting our civil rights back, and invaded yet another middle eastern country had no business in (if we fight for human rights, why don't we care about human who aren't living on top of oil reserves?). Of course, all of these arguments could be pointed at Bush also. He had both houses and the will of the people in 2001. Instead of trying to secure the borders from terrorists the government let into the country, he decided it would be better to treat every American getting onto an airplane like a criminal. In 2012, I doubt I will be voting for a president I like. I will simply try to select the one that will do the least damage.

    October 18, 2011 at 7:59 am |
  15. Philmore

    Until we can elect people who are more interested in running the country than getting votes for the next election nothing is going to change. I think most in Congress are good people, but the few and powerful in the Democrat and Republican establishment have them under their thumbs.

    October 18, 2011 at 7:45 am |
  16. John

    I consider myself a independent and for me I could not support Obama when he is offering more of the same ideals that have already been around once and have failed. I am not in support of more Government funded jobs. His Health plan is falling appart because his people failed at its logistics. His ideals are not steering this Country into prosperity. I do not have a lot of conviction in much of the Republican candidates. But at least their ideals take a different direction which sounds better when you consider they involve less Government, more even taxes, better targeted regulation. Its clear American's want Government but they do not want to pay for it.

    October 18, 2011 at 6:43 am |
  17. Greg56

    People are pessimistic about politics, period. We don't have faith in either party because the system is completely dysfunctional. The goal in politics has become manically focused on winning elections and raking in more campaign money instead of solving societal problems. We the voters are to blame as well because we want quick, painless fixes and are easily swayed by thoughtless campaign slogans. The problems are much too big to be solved quickly and painlessly.

    October 18, 2011 at 6:39 am |
  18. JPNAmerican

    Republicans want Obama to fail so they can rule the government so the republican businesses don't hire, they block everything they can policy wise, they slander, do whatever it takes no matter what the costs or who(like America) suffers as long as they win the election. And when they do, the Democrats do exactly everything the Republicans did just so they can win the next election. This has to stop. Only when all Americans work together can we build a prosperous nation and restore America to its former glory.

    October 18, 2011 at 4:26 am |
  19. mike

    America elected Bush twice and after 2 years America voted the tea baggers in and they collapsed the economy again. Now America wants to get rid of the last fireman and re hire the arsonists. I think Americans are to blame for there problems. Stop voting against your best interest or stop complaining. Obama can't get anything done because the party of NO would rather destroy America than to let it succeed under Obama.

    October 18, 2011 at 2:48 am |
  20. Mark

    Silly People! Any Democrat's, not just Obama's, policies would fail. Till Democrats sweep the Money-Loving-Republicans out of Congress once and forever, this country will be stalled for 2012, 2016, 2020, 2024, long shall I go with this stagnation, 2032 (around the time when we all will have learned the Chinese, Portuguese, Russian, and Hindu languages to get a job!!!

    October 18, 2011 at 2:18 am |
  21. Everyone Calm Down

    Try to keep some facts in mind.

    President Obama inherited a country which was already in a steep recession, and was faced with many extreme political divides. It is unreasonable to expect that whatever policies he could enact in a short amount of time could possibly result in an immediate turnaround of an economy that had fallen into complete disarray. Speak about experience all you want, but I'd rather have a president who can galvanize the people of the nation and has proven to be among the nation's greatest scholars. It's hard to look at Rick Perry, who had a 2.5 GPA at Texas A&M, when our current President had a 4.0 at Harvard Law.

    And those who say he hasn't accomplished anything. On what basis? He kept his promise to start the closing of Guantanamo Bay. He repealed Don't Ask Don't Tell. He passed the bailout, the stimulus, the Affordable Health Care Law. He finally defeated Osama Bin Laden and Anwar Al Awlaki. You can see hundreds of enactments and signings he's completed even on Wikipedia. Why don't you read up a little on our president's tireless work.

    If Obama isn't reelected in 2012, it will be a sad sad day for our nation. Considering the pathetic field the republicans have laid out, even with the extremely uneducated voters tea partying, he will win once again. Decades from now, he'll be looked at as one of the greatest presidents of all time, and the republican party will forever be looked upon as the people who stood as an obstacle to progress.

    October 18, 2011 at 1:33 am |
  22. descarado

    During his twelve year tenure as a professor of Constitutional Law, Barack Obama never published ONE single article. As a Senator, he voted "present" almost without exception. What does anyone who acquires their operating information from reading expect of this man of many empty suits?

    October 18, 2011 at 1:00 am |
  23. caeser

    I think the reason Democrats are skeptical has more to do with the genial manner the President continues to show towards Republicans as they become ever more obstinate in their attitude.Obama still has my vote he is the only rational adult.

    October 18, 2011 at 12:18 am |
  24. Pretzel Fender

    Obama is sort of a flop. He has plenty of intelligence, charisma and speaking ability. But he lacks imagination, toughness and shrewdness. His ability to choose staff is poor. He simply did not have the experience to become President. If he were white his name might have been tossed around as a Vice Presidential nominee.

    October 17, 2011 at 11:34 pm |
  25. SiriusVH

    Given that GOPsters have done their best to prevent Obama from implementing his policies, it is hard to imagine how his policies could fail. Until Obama can actually get his job plan passed, what policies are we talking about?

    And it is now almost a year since the Bush tax cuts have been extended. According to GOP theology (not to say mythology), that should have given incentives to the 'job creators' to created jobs. Are we getting yet another proof that, contrary to religious beliefs on the right, tax cuts do not create jobs?

    October 17, 2011 at 10:55 pm |
  26. Jim Monaghan

    Seems the United States aren't so united anymore – except against the Federal Government

    October 17, 2011 at 10:48 pm |
  27. tcaros

    A right wing strategy is to cause failure and then benefit from it. The Bush's were good at failing and then profiting from it. That's an old trick the blue bloods learn early.

    October 17, 2011 at 10:45 pm |
  28. Allen

    The GOP is really against America...400 bills blocked in the Senate 300 in the House – between 2009 – 2010. Then they have the gall to blame the Democrats for failure? I don't understand why any GOP candidate runs for government office when they hate our government so much! They are trying to destroy it...they are a self fulfilling prophesy. They say government is a failure – yet it is so because they make government fail by not allowing it to work properly.
    Wake up and smell the coffee. Obama didn't do this, what is happening is the culmination of over 30 years of bad tax policy & the GOP trickledown economics that did not work. Throwing money at the rich will not fix our breaks for the rich will not fix our problems. Paying a bonus to a manager who cuts costs by shipping our jobs overseas will not solve the problem. What will solve the problem is common sense fairness. Start paying workers what they are worth; quit wasting millions of dollars on bonuses for CEO’s.

    October 17, 2011 at 10:40 pm |
  29. Phil

    Actually, it doesn't matter who the President is because Republicans will do anything to sbotage a Democratic President and Democrats will do the same to a Republican President. Congress and both parties only care about power and that translates into only caring about their own interests and those of the big campaign contributors. Like corporate heads who send American jobs overseas and layoff workers from profitable companies because he/she will make 50 million instead of 30 million, the middle class is screwed no matter who is inoffice. They all lie and the people are dumb enough to believe them.

    October 17, 2011 at 10:37 pm |
  30. tcaros

    Wolf is a millionare. He benefited his career during big pappy Bush's Desert Storm. In fact, it made a name for good ole german Wofie. So, as you can see what party he slants for, Republican. The good ole rich club who starts wars for proifts.

    October 17, 2011 at 10:35 pm |
  31. Judith in California

    The Dems will turn out and vote for Obama because the alternative his horrifying: a Corporate Corpse in a Suit; an insane Pizza man; and a Texan who is even dumber than Bush.

    October 17, 2011 at 10:05 pm |
  32. T-Bone

    There is no need to worry. The elections are one year out, and the reterds don't even know who they are going to put against the Dems. As soon as the Dem's know who we are going against I bet you are going to see the Dems come out in full force. So I take this artical like reterds take about creating jobs.

    October 17, 2011 at 9:51 pm |
  33. Reality1

    Democrats have lots of excuses for Obama's failures.... but those excuses are failures too.

    October 17, 2011 at 9:50 pm |
  34. Jimbo

    I believe this news pleases Mr Blitzer intensely, he seems to derive a certain pleasure in finding bad new for the President. Fortunately for America the President will be reelected. The Tea party and its subsidiary the GOP have offended so many main stream middle class Americans and the list continues to grow. Anger and hatred can take the tea and gop only so far. The party of no ,the party of pinky promise pledges, the party of Grover, the obstructionist party , the corporate puppet party is running out of people to blame for our temporary problems. AS for the President being unable to get things done for America its not for lack of trying. try being the quarterback, lineman and receiver all at the same time.Thanks for nothing GOP if you can't help then get out of the way.

    October 17, 2011 at 9:48 pm |
  35. karen

    Things must be bad if you dems believe that CNN is biased and against Obama! LOL That made my night! Can't be happier about 2012 coming!!!!!

    October 17, 2011 at 9:36 pm |
  36. don

    Ah..."Wolf", don't get your self over-excited over nothing. Repubes SHOULD be worked up... they are going through a particularly messy and distrubing primary. Dems will not have any of this to deal with and are pretty much resting until the general election. Wolf, you DO understand out election system, correct? Try to pull yourself together, bro.

    October 17, 2011 at 9:08 pm |
  37. Al-kc

    Wolf I am sick of polls. Poll from 400 to a thousand people and that is supposed to represent the country. II am voted for over 40 straigt years and have never been polled. People in the inner city are not polled, college students are not polled, people in nursing homes are not polled and on and on. Polls are a way for pollsters to make money. 1,000 people don't represent all the voices in the country.

    October 17, 2011 at 8:58 pm |
  38. Sam

    If Obama didn't keep folding like a lawn chair Dem's might be a little more enthusiastic. The Dem's
    just keep letting the GOP frame the debate. They should have plenty to say, but don't/

    October 17, 2011 at 8:40 pm |
  39. Edward R Morrow

    Polls are ok . But the final poll is the vote. Yes poll says thi snow about Obamas policies failing. But what about his Policies as compared to whatever the GOP trots out.We are a year away for goodness sake. Look how fast Perry and Bachmann numbers fell. Amercians want it fast and now. Quick fix, quick coffee, drive in food. Americas debt of it's citizens is out of control, so why should we expect to hold our goverment liable for goverment debt? We want everyone else to bite the bullet except us.

    Obama would get many votes if he proposed no pay increases for congrss and cut his earnings and reduce Congress's benefits. if he does that, you 'll see alot of votes go his way and teabaggers as well.

    Wolf good article, both sides said you were slanting it against them, so I guess you are right on target afterall.

    October 17, 2011 at 8:30 pm |
  40. pgraham52

    Since 1956 the margin of approval for a sitting President went negative 3 times. 1976 Gerald Ford -2.1, 1992 G.H.W Bush -5.5, Carter 1980 with negative 9.7 margin. All lost the election. Your boy Obama now running a negative 23. What do you think is going to happen with numbers like this. See ya.

    October 17, 2011 at 8:29 pm |
  41. mike

    pres obama will likely be re-elected because he is generally liked by the majority..the NO party has not offered anything other than saying NO..i wish i had the platform to ask this GOPers questions...let the best politician win..thats the truth like it or leave it....

    October 17, 2011 at 8:27 pm |
  42. Scooter

    The obvious solution to this problem is more massive tax cuts for the super rich.

    October 17, 2011 at 8:27 pm |
  43. tocnwth

    What is the republicans proposal to create jobs, besides giving more tax cuts to the rich.

    The rich now have been giving about every tax cut imaginable, so the only thing left is to not tax any money that any one makes over a million dollars.

    Just keep on giving the rich tax cuts and let the 5 lawyers on the supreme give foreigners spend unlimited amounts of money to influence ANY AND ALL OF OUR ELECTIONS-–THAT MAKES US THE ONLY COUNTRY IN THE WORLD THAT LETS FOREIGNERS GIVE MONEY TO LEGALLY INFLUENCE ELECTIONS OF ANOTHER COUNTRY,

    October 17, 2011 at 8:27 pm |
  44. commonsenserules

    anyone gonna vote for the best candidate for the job and not along party lines or are you all party lemmings? cmon sheeple...

    October 17, 2011 at 8:24 pm |
  45. Redscorpionetc

    As an independent who voted for Obama last time...I say let him have the White House. Just make sure that Republicans take the Senate back and hold the House and MAYBE we can get something done.

    October 17, 2011 at 8:21 pm |
  46. Renee Marie Jones

    Obama is hopeless. It's funny, conservatives call him a "liberal" but he always does what the conservatives tell him! The Republicans have just moved so far to the right that by now Ronald Reagan would be officially labelled a socialist.

    There's no hope. The Republicans win and the economy is destroyed. Obama wins and he'll destroy the economy to appease the Republicans. Either way, we are dead.

    October 17, 2011 at 8:20 pm |
  47. CaliforniaBC

    Maybe the poll needs to delineate between people who think the policies will fail on merit and those who think they will fail to PASS Congress.

    There may well have been confusion there and should be changed for next time.

    October 17, 2011 at 8:19 pm |
  48. Kip (Portland, Oregon)

    I think the explanation is simple. It is early and despite some sparring the real race has not really started. At this point we don't know who will be on either the national Democrat or Republican ticket. I really hope that Obama thanks Biden for his VP service and dismisses him and asks Hillary Clinton to be his Vice President. That would position her nicely to run for President in 2016. My father also used to say any political contest is not a race between Jesus Christ and whomever the opponent is on the other side but it is always a race between two flawed mortals. After listening to the debates and seeing the really bizarre group of candidates the Republicans have put forward to date I don't think Obama has much to worry about. America is not going to vote for President - Mormons, smug politicians, dumb jocks, politicans with too much history, sad old isolationists, rabid religous zealots or those with zero experience governing.

    October 17, 2011 at 8:18 pm |
  49. Jim

    well there isn't that much for them to get excited about. They guy they voted for who promised change has failed to produce results.

    October 17, 2011 at 8:13 pm |
    • lucianne

      He failed because of Tea Party/GOP obstructionism and their obsession with social issues like abortion and gay rights, aas well as sound-bite foolishness like not increasing the debt ceiling and balanced budget amendments, instead of actually working together fo rhte benefit of the country. There is probably a reason that the least educated, poorest white folk are Republicans, while the better educated, more well off are Democrats. Some of us would call it evolution if we were inclined to be flip. So when the unemployment benefits and other social programs go away, the Republicans will be the ones to suffer. Unemployment among college graduates is something like 4%. Rock on, smart guys.

      October 17, 2011 at 8:24 pm |
    • Scott

      Agreed. There isn't much to get excited about on either side. Can anyone honestly say they're enthusiastic about the future of this country?

      October 17, 2011 at 8:39 pm |
    • auruin

      this article had no mention of the fact that republicans are in the middle of a primary election... wait until the election is between two people... then we will see a peak in interests from the democrats...

      this just seems too obvious to miss.... but then again, there really is not much of a story here without adding a touch of sensationalism... i guess the reality of the situation is not news worthy.... thus not profitable...

      October 17, 2011 at 9:40 pm |
    • alexsmith

      yes thanks to the GOP.

      October 17, 2011 at 9:47 pm |
    • LittleOurkie

      If you are a Republican all you care about is wrecking Obama and helping the rich. You have no interest in governing or moving the country forward. The GOP will bring untold misery to millions and damage the country just to advance their agenda. This was made plain when they held the economy hostage. The GOP are terrorists, plain and simple.

      October 17, 2011 at 11:48 pm |
    • mattski


      October 18, 2011 at 9:10 am |
    • chefdugan

      He doesn't have any policies, that's the problem. He is finding out he can't talk his way out of the dilema and doesn't have a clue as to where to go next. I don't blame Congress. This thing is serious enough to require strong leadership, not a big mouth and he just comes up short. I don't think we have even begun to see the effects of the housing crisis and unemployment. These wall street demonstrations are just the tip of the iceberg. People are really, really angry and there are bad times ahead. Creadance Clearwater had it right – there's a bad moon arising.

      October 18, 2011 at 9:46 am |
    • TAK

      He didn't fail. He was blocked at every turn by bigoted mental midgets.

      October 18, 2011 at 9:48 am |
    • sri

      oh yeah?
      He has a magic wand doesnt he? Or may be because 'God' is not on his side.
      Shut up and respect Obama. He is the only savior. He is smart. He is bringing the troops back. He is doing erverything he can to create more jobs. If many Toms,Dicks and Harries can become presidents twice; this man surely can...and must.....for the betterment of all of us.

      October 18, 2011 at 9:51 am |
    • Enzo

      He's produced amazing results, right down the drain. Everything he has done has been wrong from jumping on the cops at the Cambridge incident, to supporting the wrong side in Honduras coup, giving more TARP money, failing to close Gitmo, bombing Libya, Obamacare, Fast and Furious gun scandal, betrayal of Israel, bowing to every foreign leader he can. Obama has been a complete and utter disaster as president.

      October 18, 2011 at 10:40 am |
    • jeff milligan

      ...kind of hard to produce results with the GOP's ability to stop all progress and not respect the majority vote in congress that the constitution's authors intended. The ONLY super-majority (60 in a chamber of 100) mentioned in the Constitution is for treaties, fact, the authors so decried the tyranny of the majority...even the president is elected by plurality- the guy w/the most votes wins, 50% or not. So, if the filibuster rule were gone, the senate would have been able to deliver a lot more legislation to his desk. If one vote is to make a difference, then it should be the 51st, NOT the 60th...

      October 18, 2011 at 10:56 am |
    • Namaan Jaharaman

      But in many ways the president has delivered change to our nation, but people are fearful of the changes he brings. He has changed our ability to find jobs in the private sector. He has changed employers ability to hire new workers, and invest in new technologies. Businesses are devoting more energy to keeping up with policy than they can devote to innovation, and growth.

      This is what Obamanomics looks like. Liberals just don't understand why it leads to unemployment, poverty, and food stamps. And no there is not plenty of time for Dems to turn this trend around. There will be the usual ebbs and flows of excitement and poll numbers during the campaign season, but for the most part the jury has already decided on whether or not to send Obama back to Washington.

      October 18, 2011 at 12:13 pm |
    • Scotty G

      Obama can't and won't be able to pull the country together to move forward. We need true leadership and its not coming from obama + he mirrors bush on this economic issues! what gives?

      October 18, 2011 at 12:25 pm |
    • f

      Now to the 'other' Obama story today. Obama's teleprompter was stolen (?) today. How that happens is beyond me. So there is somebody nefarious enough to steal the presidents things with Secret Service all around him and his belongings. How close was the thief to Obama ?? Nice work on security detail !

      Also, because Obama has no teleprompter, he will not be making any public appearances today. He doesn't know what to say !!!!!

      October 18, 2011 at 1:30 pm |
      • wowzers1245

        Id love to see you try to give a speech to half of america without something to go on

        October 18, 2011 at 3:29 pm |
    • Anne

      Jim, you would not know a good President if God himself was the President. What are you doing on a CNN site? I thought all of you people only watched Fox.

      October 18, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
      • Jordan

        Why are you pointing fingers and acting like a scorned child? Obama IS doing a POOR job in office. This is supposed to be a Capitalist/ Republic and now we've all become socialists and supporters of the welfare state. Everyone needs to step up and take responsibility for themselves and their actions and that includes this terrible president. It's not about sides any longer, whether you Democrat or Replublican it doesn't really matter. Both parties have now merged into one party and it's called BIG GOVERNMENT. The only difference between the two parties is one wants less war and more welfare and the other wants more war and less welfare; everything else is pretty much the same. So let's not act childish here. Let's realize we're facing a huge problem, come together as a nation and Vote for RON PAUL.

        October 18, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
      • Heartlandman

        Anne, you shouldn't be intimidated by the prospect of diversity of thought. Embrace it like all other diversity and who knows, maybe your mind will open and you'll be checking off Cain's box behind the curtain.

        October 18, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
      • Scott Walker

        Anne, what results exactly has he produced?????????

        October 18, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
      • 0 for 4

        Got Bin Laden. Yes?

        October 18, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
  50. Henry Plantagenet

    Typical CNN. You left out the part where poll respondents expect Obama to fail - but they also blame the Republicans for obstructing him.

    Interesting story today - today's media is so slanted that Obama gets only one third the positive coverage that Republicans, even whackdoodles like Bachmann. get from the press. And it's largely because of people like Wolf, Borger, Gergen, who never miss an opportunity to blame Obama for the consequences of Republican crimes and follies.

    October 17, 2011 at 8:11 pm |
    • AL Independent

      Henry Plantagenet

      "Typical CNN. You left out the part where poll respondents expect Obama to fail – but they also blame the Republicans for obstructing him.

      Interesting story today – today's media is so slanted that Obama gets only one third the positive coverage that Republicans, even whackdoodles like Bachmann. get from the press. And it's largely because of people like Wolf, Borger, Gergen, who never miss an opportunity to blame Obama for the consequences of Republican crimes and follies."

      Are you really going to say the media is against the President? They did everything in their power to make sure he was elected, and have done nothing but stand behind him for the most part. At some point, they had to report the fact that the public has lost faith in his policy. And typical lefty loon... Let's blame the Republicans for obstructing him. You always conveniently leave out the fact that the Democrats had control of BOTH houses of Congress from 2006 (when the housing market crashes) up to 2010 and had the White House for the last 2 years of that term. They could have passed ANYTHING they wanted and the Republicans couldn't do a thing to stop it. The argument of blaming Republicans is old, tired and unoriginal. There hasn't been an actual year long budget passed by Congress since 2007. No one in Congress is going to look out for your best interest. And this country was not designed for them to. It was designed for them to not be able to not get much done, leaving you to take care of yourself.

      October 17, 2011 at 9:05 pm |
    • don

      Excellent points, Henry!

      October 17, 2011 at 9:09 pm |
    • hogwash

      Look, Obama has had 1,000 freaking days to turn us around. Quit blaming Bush and start taking responsibility. Annoying Democrats! HOW CHILDISH! It's Bush's fault! BUSH BUSH!

      When a party that is in power accuses the minority party of being the problem, then they're confessing that their own party isn't strong enough to rule in the status quo.

      October 17, 2011 at 9:34 pm |
      • Namaan Jaharaman

        Any president must overcome the obstacles to pass his agenda. This requires leadership. When the president cannot muster the leadership skills required to overcome the the obstacles raised by the opposition party then he has been defeated. The public has obstructed Obama's agenda because he has been unable to convince the public that his agenda is going to take us where we want to go.

        The way the public defeated the presidents agenda is by empowering Republicans to stand in his way.

        All of the obstruction people are whining about has been intentional, and it is the result of democratically elected obrstuctionists who are carrying out the will of the people who showed up to vote in 2010.

        October 18, 2011 at 7:11 pm |
    • Brian

      Is this guy clinically insane? Or just willfully ignorant?

      October 17, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
    • NCBookworm

      Interesting that you missed the part where the Democrats held both houses of congress for two years. Blame the Republicans only works if you aren't paying attention. Hum, it looks like you were sleeping or maybe you are just promoting a lie for your own purposes.

      October 18, 2011 at 6:12 am |
    • Chris

      Really? Only a quick response for you,

      Whats your excuse for his first 2 years???

      October 18, 2011 at 7:54 am |
    • CO in TI

      spot on

      October 18, 2011 at 8:43 am |
    • Joe

      The article explicitly says "presidents's policies". It has nothing to do with congress.

      October 18, 2011 at 9:14 am |
    • Don

      There are very few things funnier to me than a liberal lashing out at the media for being biased.

      October 18, 2011 at 9:39 am |
    • eddie the geek

      Henry, Henry, Henry. The Republicans only control the House, and they've only controlled it for NINE MONTHS! Do you really think that blaming the GOP for all of Obama's misfortunes is going to work? Do you really think that it is true? What did Obama do for two years with BOTH houses of Congress, and why is it that the American electorate took away control of the House? HMMM??

      October 18, 2011 at 9:42 am |
    • Hollywood Hick

      Uh, "blame" the senate. Obama's "Jobs Bill" was DOA with Reid. He knows the president is unpopular, and he's trying to salvage whatever majority he currently has in the senate. Even for democrats, voting for anything Obama proposes is a risky proposition. Get ready for a rout in 2012.

      October 18, 2011 at 9:48 am |
    • ps613

      Oh dear lord help us. The media created the Obama myth. Now you want to blame the same media because the President’s policies have failed? Look if the stimulus worked the Repubs would have been blown out of the water in 2010 and would have been relegated to a minor party. The stimulus failed because of the economic principles it relied upon.

      The president has failed and it is time for him to go.

      October 18, 2011 at 9:56 am |
    • Tonelok

      @Henry Plantagenet
      Maybe there are just trying to make up for the 2 years of political slant toward Obama? It's a presidential race, of course people care more about who might change the company in a year than what can be done now.

      October 18, 2011 at 10:06 am |
    • Chris Stopp

      Dear Henry,
      LOL!!!! The media is slanted AGAINST Obama? You are a comedian! The poll shows that people think his policies won't work and that margin continues to grow, what does that have to do with Republicans? This guy is hurting the economy further with each passing day and the American public is FINALLY realizing that big government liberalism does not work. It really is as simple as that.

      October 18, 2011 at 10:20 am |
    • RoboBobo

      I guess the extreme comments you think they are effective? I personally am sick of the extreme comments.

      I turn off the moment someone is not really discussing anything real, and its obvious they are just using pejoratives to vent rage.

      If you meant to be effective, you weren't. try again.

      October 18, 2011 at 10:38 am |
    • Steve

      You crack me up. Obama's fawning press coverage in the first two years was so over the top, it had to be adjusted a little. Even the press eventually has to wake up to this utter failure. The reason the electorate voted repubs into office in 2010 is they WANTED obstruction of Obama's policies. I grant you they don't want a total shutdown, but they did not want President Obama's policies continuing the way they did for the first two years. Finally, the tingle in the leg that the press used to get over Obama is starting to fade and they are taking a realistic look at this President who may go down in history as either the most incompetent or the second most incompetent (after Jimmy Carter) President.

      October 18, 2011 at 10:47 am |
    • Americanaiko

      Silly, silly man. No amount of whining will cover up the unmitigated (if way under reported) fact that you putz's have had control of this piece of crap government for 4 years....2006-2010 for those of you in Rio Linda.

      Your drivel about who's doing what will again be washed away in 2012. When those elections make 2010 look like a close call.

      October 18, 2011 at 10:52 am |
    • Gary

      You certainly were not complaining with the major media were all but bent over when Obama was running for President. He got three times the positive coverage from the major media than McCain did. If they are giving more to the Republicans right now....DUH......there is the Republican nominiating process going on....they did the same thing when it was Clinton vs Obama. As for Obama's own problems....the Republicans have not even been able to block him since the 2010 midterms so what are you talking about. The House has passed three major bills and I don't see Obama jumping on Reid to get to them though they have been sitting on the Senate Floor (which by the way has not passed an annual budget in now 865 days) but yet he harps on passing his bill which was already turned down with the help of two DEM Senators and there were others who voted to bring it to the floor like Ind Lieberman who said once on the floor they would not supported either. Obama was not ready to be President but too many people bought his yack yack yack. He did not even deal with the jobs issue and basically gave the small business owner the middle finger until he could see that it is killing is reelection prospects. This is ALL ABOUT nothing else!!!

      October 18, 2011 at 11:39 am |
    • Jack

      What the heck papers and news reports are you watching? The media hides, defends, and flat out does not report half the stuff the president does or says. They refuse to see the forest for the trees where he is concerned.

      October 18, 2011 at 11:42 am |
    • lsjogren

      Obama is liable to lose in 2012.

      A Republican President will be a crapshoot. But everyone knows that under four more years of Obama the economy will simply continue to deteriorate.

      I think the public will take a gamble on a better future over a guarantee of a dismal future.

      October 18, 2011 at 12:07 pm |
    • Stan Thompson

      Could I have a drink out of that bottle in your back pocket Henry? You're obviously drunk if you believe the media in general and CNN in particular, slants their political coverage Republican!

      October 18, 2011 at 12:20 pm |
    • Americaneedsrealists

      What planet do you get your news from, it certainly cannot be within this solar system.

      October 18, 2011 at 12:42 pm |
    • manderson367

      Here's where a lot of people on the left seem to miss the boat. It's not supposed to be an "all of nothing" style of Government. Obama and Democrats have been approaching everything as a "My way or else" style of Government since they took office. For the first year they didn't even ask for any Republican input on the stimulus or Obamacare because they had the votes without them. What the President needs to do is talk with both Republicans and Democrats to put together legislation that both sides can live with. After all, he is supposed to be representing all Americans. But that would require leadership and humility and Obama is sorely lacking in both.

      October 18, 2011 at 12:47 pm |
    • Bill bong

      The measure of a good leader is the ability to bring two divergent points of view together in compromise in order to move the country forward. Clinton was able to do this.

      Obama fails this measure.

      October 18, 2011 at 1:08 pm |
    • Matt

      Are you kidding me! The media is slanted so far to the left that a communist is considered to be the middle of the political road for them!

      October 18, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
    • ranroddeb

      Your assertions are laughable and are true only in your self created delusions

      October 18, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
    • Lonny

      I am so sick of hearing about Republican blocking this or that. First, its was all Bush's fault, then its was a Republican House. America... Face it, Obama had the opportunity with a completely stacked deck(House and Senate ) and he blew it. I guess when Romney, Paul or whomever gets elected in 2012, they can blame everything on Obama.

      October 18, 2011 at 1:28 pm |
    • Suzanne

      You have got to be kidding! The media, the big networks, CNN and MSNBC are clearly in the tank for Obama. The news is so biased, so slanted it is truly disgusting.

      October 18, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
    • WilliamFL

      Were you asleep from 2008 through 2010? Obama controlled everything. I only wish that Republicans could have obstructed the Obama trainwreck and my healthcare premiums would cost half what they do now ( and I have less coverage to show for it)!

      October 18, 2011 at 1:41 pm |
    • Ando

      Oh sure, blame somebody else. Obama can't even get his new jobs plan past democrats in the senate. And as far as the "bias" against Obama in the media, I do remember the same media calling him a sort of god during the last election.

      October 18, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
    • docbonz

      They are all to blame duffus. Unfortunately the guy at the wheel gets the blame. It doesn't matter who put the thing in the ditch 3= years ago now. Belly up nObama fan. get off the couch and take some responsiblity.

      October 18, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
    • Geechee

      You are, as most Dems, delusional.
      Virtually every independent study of media coverage shows an overwhelmingly positive slant for the Left, both in terms of coverage and content.
      It doesn't matter, though.
      The folks who had a deathgrip on the microphone since the Fifties have seen their audience share decline for the past two decades.
      We no longer have to rely on Liberal shills masquerading as "journalists" to find the truth. It's as close as the Internet.
      That's why your side is going to get massacred (again) in 2012.

      October 18, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
    • Ghandi

      What planet do you live on. The Dems have spent us into oblivion with a little help from the Repubs. Obama made many promises and has not kept even one other than to promote the Homosexual lifestyle most Americans find repulsive. So where do you get your info? It has to come from another planet.

      October 18, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
      • wowzers1245

        Jeeze people.. Really? Bush spent 7 trillion of your surplus, then went ahead and tacked another few trillion onto the deficit & yall B & moan about tiny stimulus packages in comparison, that you say didnt do anything, yet it's as if my entire city is being remodeled. Idk, I'm just trying to figure out where your heads are at, cuz it's like we give a guy 8 yrs (bush) to destroy our country, then give someone else 3, almost 4, yrs to fix it. I just dont see the logic. & ya maybe the health care bil wasnt perfect by any means, but did you know most of that bill i's designed

        October 18, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
    • IndependentinWI

      Awwwww, that's a shame. May I remind you about the "blame Bush" mentality of the media that got Obama elected in the first place. Can't have it both ways – the media got Obama elected, you can't now complain when they are not falling all over the chosen one. Now you understand how conservatives feel, since the media is still completely biased to the liberal viewpoint.

      October 18, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
    • repshak

      Yes, blame it on Bush forever!
      You are in denial, man. Your idol is a complete failure!

      October 18, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
    • jfk1971

      Honestly? You are accusing CNN of a conservative bias? That is rich.

      October 18, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
    • Dubaflub

      Yeah, I just love the part where those evil, mean bad and nasty Republicans had enough votes to obstruct Obamacare & Porkulus. Now that the troika of Obama, Reid & Pelosi can no longer just shove legislation down our throats, the Republicans are obstructionists? I have a novel idea. Maybe if Obama would try to negotiate proposed legislation with the Republicans, he would start down the path of being a real leader.

      October 18, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
    • Robert

      And don't forget Bush! That rascally Bush guy also made Obama into a communist and then made him ram through policies that will destroy the ecomomy, all against the will of the people. And those Republicans must have made him support an Occupy movement that is run by other antil-capitalistic communists and supported by Nazi's and anit-semites. Those tricky dicky republicans, you just gotta what them.

      October 18, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
    • Jenny

      You are a true Obama believer: it is always somebody else's fault.

      October 18, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
  51. M.A.

    A dangerous game of gridlock and desire for power and control at any cost is being played. We'll reap what we sew. What needs to happen, will. What doesn't, wont. Trying to have it both ways expecting prosperity all without doing those things conducive to it just plain and simple does not work.

    October 17, 2011 at 8:10 pm |
    • Christienne

      I have always voted Democrat, and I suppose I will have to this election. But a large part of me wants the Republicans to win this one. Why? The GOP has been filleting President Obama alive since he was a candidate, obstructing him at every opportunity at the expense of the American people for the sake of winning in 2012. They have created a great big stinking mess, and I want them to own it. Let them take the helm and steer the ship away from the rocks. Knowing them, they will steer the ship into the rocks. If we think that these various Occupations are a minor nuisance now, just wait. The best way to initiate change is to have the Republicans assume the majority. Holy unintended consequences, Batman.

      October 17, 2011 at 8:27 pm |
    • Steve

      Just realize that 2010 was only the first step in the realignment of the political landscape. 2012 will finish the job and we'll be able to get something done. President Obama has energized the conservative movement like no conservative could have ever done.

      October 18, 2011 at 10:48 am |
    • Heartlandman

      M.A. – The gridlock is fine. All of the policies put into place in the last three years have been repeats of ones that have failed in other times and other places. There is no true example of a stimulous, a nationalized health care program, a nationaliztion of 2/3 of the auto industry, etc. that has worked...anywhere. Europe is finally coming to the realization that government attempting to control human behavior never works out well. Prohibition was a dismal failure and so was communisim. Look at China to appreciate what can happen with an economy when the government shifts control to the private sector. Until Obama and the rest of the Democrats' socialist "progress" can be reversed, gridlock is just peachy with me.

      October 18, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
  52. CaliforniaBC

    59% may say his policies are failures BUT they think even less about the republican policies.

    October 17, 2011 at 8:10 pm |
    • Texas Mike

      CaliforniaBC states:
      59% may say his policies are failures BUT they think even less about the republican policies.

      1) Prove your assertion. It sounds like mere conjecture based on your own biases.
      2) Republicans aren't in power right now. It's Obama who's doing the damage and who must suffer the electoral consequences next year. I can't wait to vote.

      October 17, 2011 at 10:51 pm |
    • Guest

      I know how badly liberals want this to mean that we like Democrats more than Republicans but it just doesn't. Both parties are horrible at governing. They're two sides of the same stupid, broken coin and it's time for something else.

      October 18, 2011 at 1:16 am |
    • poet756

      LOL keep telling yourself that and maybe you will start to believe it. Just look at the elections in 2009. Va and NJ governor's election and a republican won a senate seat in Ma, the bluest of all blue states. The elections in 2010 speak for themselves and here in 2011, the landslide election in Nv and a much more troublesome election in NY shows that even the bluest of blue districts are having trouble voting for democrats. And Nov 6th, 2012 will be tryouts for the new game show, "Are You Smarter Than a Community Organizer?" The answer will be yes.

      October 18, 2011 at 8:20 am |
    • KonaGolden

      Yes, and California is so smart.....$250 Billion in unfunded liabilities, businesses leaving, 12.6% unemployment. We should, of course, listen to their political wisdom.

      October 18, 2011 at 10:11 am |
    • Brian in DC

      I guess we'll see n Nov. 2012. It will come down to how many Govt relied upon Ind/Libs Obama can pay off.

      October 18, 2011 at 10:32 am |
    • Steve

      How are those democratic priorities working out in California for you? I live in California and am so grateful that our legislature is worrying about tanning salons when our economy is going into the toilet.

      October 18, 2011 at 10:50 am |
    • Tony V

      Heh heh, that's funny... no really... that's pretty funny

      October 18, 2011 at 11:00 am |
    • Ando

      Hey that wasn't in the article! Oh yea, thats right, YOU JUST MADE IT UP! So much for Obama and the "spend our way out of debt" plan.

      October 18, 2011 at 1:57 pm |
    • Geechee

      Perhaps you'd like to look at last week's Gallup, which shows Obama losing to a GENERIC Repub by almost 8 points.
      Hasta la vista, baby.

      October 18, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
      • mhuitt

        And now Herman Cain is running ahead of Obama in matchup polls by 2%.

        October 18, 2011 at 7:18 pm |
    • Ron

      The downturn began when the do nothing dims took over in congress, then Prez Zero came in and just made it worse. 60 more seats in the house, at least ten in the senate and fumigating the White House after the trash is thrown out

      October 18, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
  53. Jim in Alabama

    Well Wolf, just as Rick Perry was leading the ReTHUGlican field a week ago, sh-t happens because now, cain is neck in neck with Romney, and Perry is third, so things change! If Americans are smart, they'll figure out that it's the republicans now who are fighting progress and job creation with their political games and obstructionism rather than the democrats, and all for political gain. Do we want selfishness above American jobs? If so, vote republican and relive the Bush years again, because Republicans never change their rich loving, anti middle class agenda. If you vote for them, you deserve what you'll get. SCREWED AGAIN!

    October 17, 2011 at 8:08 pm |
    • Mary in Alabama

      Wow, Jim, will I really get what I had during the Bush years if I vote Republican? Well, let's see...what did I have? Well, my husband had a job then and we were middle to upper middle class. Now neither of us have a job and we are lower middle class. It's a no brainer. Give me the Bush years. I'm votin' Republican, and preferably Herman Cain or Ron Paul. Cut the taxes on corporation and small businesses. Pull back burdensome regulations that choke off expansion sending jobs over seas. Let the people keep a little more of what they earn. Do all of these things and bring back our jobs. More than one group of people are angry about what's going on in DC, and while we may not protest or go to rallies, we do vote. .Enough said!

      October 18, 2011 at 12:33 am |
    • Guest

      Crafting "jobs" bills designed to fail for the sole purpose of creating election-year issues isn't obstructionist? Put the kool-aid down and back away slowly.

      October 18, 2011 at 1:17 am |
    • What

      The first two years of Obama were democratic held House AND Senate. They should have passed EVERYTHING your great leader wanted. This past week...a DEMOCRATIC held Senate shot down his jobs bill. Get your facts straight.

      October 18, 2011 at 5:12 am |
      • Loren

        Uhm, no. How about you get YOUR facts straight? The REPUBLICANTS FILIBUSTERED the President's jobs bill. The Democrats couldn't get the bill to the floor because of the filibuster. While the Senate is majority democratic it is NOT a filibuster proof majority and the Repubnicants took advantage of that in a repellant manner, and now are pushing this fallacy that Democrats obstructed the bill WHICH THEY DID NOT.

        October 18, 2011 at 7:22 pm |
    • hopesail

      Jim, the Bush bashing is getting really stale. When you keep that going, you are basically saying that Democrats are impotent. We are three years into this president's term and liberals keep complaining about the previous administration. Man up and take responsibility for the state of affairs, which are abysmal!

      October 18, 2011 at 6:41 am |
    • ps613

      If the trillion dollar stimulus package failed, why on earth would we do the same exact thing except on a smaller scale?

      The president's policies have failed and it is time for him to go.

      October 18, 2011 at 9:59 am |
    • jim in ohio

      Why is it that if you agree with liberals you are brilliant, but if you have conservative beliefs you are stupid, nuts or misinformed?

      October 18, 2011 at 10:07 am |
    • Ancient Texan

      The Bush years were great with the DOW hitting 14,000 and unemployment averaging 4.9% until Nancy and Harry came to power in 2007. I'd love a repeat of the Bush years.

      October 18, 2011 at 10:16 am |
    • Steve

      Sorry Jim, I would rather work for my paycheck than be on welfare. I vote Republican because I want to get the government out of my way as much as possible so I can live my life. Do you realize that President Obama is the most successful food stamp President in history? I guess we should give congratulations to his success.

      October 18, 2011 at 10:52 am |
    • Obama Supporter

      Relive the Bush years again? That would be an improvement from where we are today. I was a dedicated liberal who supported President Obama and believed that he and the Democrats would change things for the better. But all they do is blame Bush. Even the natural disasters were blamed on Bush. How did I allow myself to be so blind to reality. Bush was hated so much by we liberals and yet our choice for his replacement has done the same things and worse than what we hated Bush so much for. Now its the Republicans' fault? Wall Streets' fault? Capitalisms' fault? Corporations' fault? Do we mean the unionized corporations I marched for? Its never Obama's fault or the Democrats' fault? I see clearly now that I was so wrong and I'm terribly ashamed for it. I wish I could meet President Bush someday and deeply apologize to him. I am disassociating myself with the hypocracy of liberalism and the current Democratic establishment.

      October 18, 2011 at 11:38 am |
    • Namaan Jaharaman

      If Obama gets a second term there won't be any middle class left.

      The further stratification of the classes is what you get when government grows so big that the middle class worker can't find a job to support the government. Your blind hatred towards conservative fiscal policy is foolishness. We do need policies that allow the wealthy to invest, and hire people so we can have a vibrant middle class. That is the conservative model. It has worked and will work again.

      October 18, 2011 at 12:17 pm |
    • mikaman3000

      You do realize that Obama's jobs bill didn't even get all the Democrats in the Democratic controlled Senate to pass it right ?? Even Democratic strategists on MSNBC admitted to the fact that the reason there were not more Democrats who voted against i,t was because they knew it had no chance to pass in the first place. They said that if there was a chance for it to pass, there would have been far more Democrats voting No. They also said that the only reason the Democrats put it up for a vote was to try to paint the Repubs as the Party of No. Please stop being fooled by the games that both sides play. Just makes you look like a lemming. INDEPENDENT FOR LIFE

      October 18, 2011 at 12:26 pm |
    • Americaneedsrealists

      Umeployment was near 3-4 % for the bush years until the dems took back congress

      October 18, 2011 at 12:44 pm |
    • Bill

      Of course if you want jobs paid for by the taxpayer that run out when the middle class is broke, then vote Demoncrat.

      October 18, 2011 at 1:07 pm |
    • Joe Rioux

      The saying is, "neck and neck", not "neck in neck".

      October 18, 2011 at 1:11 pm |
    • BobbaFett

      Re thug lican! HA! Great one! Any others?

      October 18, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
    • f

      I don't know how you got "SCREWED" in the Bush years. I bought and sold 3 houses for a profit on each, had my choice of good jobs and my stocks and 401K went up for a long time. That's your idea of screwed? I wouldn't dare try to leave my job now for another one or try to buy or sell a house and y 401K is still recovering after 3 years fo Obama. NOW THAT'S SCREWED !!!

      October 18, 2011 at 1:34 pm |
    • Ando

      Every dem in congress voted for the Bush invation of Iraq (his biggest mistake). Dems play the class warfare card while they pander to Warren Buffet and give trillions to the rich who messed up the economy in the 1st place. They say "what about the least amoung us" while subsidizing abortion and selling guns to Mexican drug cartells!

      GOP 2012!

      October 18, 2011 at 2:03 pm |
    • ProfessorMS

      Nice choice of language. Aside from the vitriol, I find your assertions highly inaccurate. The Democrats had control of the House, the Senate, and the White House, they could have done ANYTHING they wanted to. Anything. They didn't even bother to draft or pass a budget. After the 2010 correction, the House has passed an awful lot of bills that would absolutely help the country, only to be "obstructed" (shut down) by the Senate and/or the White House.

      I should also point out that the economy started going south in 2007 when the Democrats took control of both houses of Congress. Presidents don't write budgets, Congress does. (Specifically starting in the House, clearing the Senate and finally approved (or not) by the White House) But, you go ahead with your name-calling and hate-spewing, don't let pesky little things like facts get in your way....

      October 18, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
    • Heartlandman

      You're right Jim. How could we ever consider anyone but Obama or another Keynsian / Marxist? We need to just keep piling on the debt at an average of 4.3 billion a DAY as we have average since Obama took office. We are all sooo going to enjoy the hyper inflation that the excess debt will be bringing our way. Been grocery shopping lately Jim?
      It's already started. Lord how he has played you folks for fools.

      October 18, 2011 at 4:05 pm |
  54. kyle

    Occupy Wall street should protests him. he bait out bank and get big donor "1 billion campain target". GE does not pay any tax, and GE's CEO is his job adviser. Occupy Wall street open your eye

    October 17, 2011 at 8:07 pm |
    • MarcusAurelius

      Dude, get some English tutoring. Your syntax hurts my eyes. ARE YOU HERE LEGALY....?(!!!!)

      October 17, 2011 at 10:12 pm |
    • Allen

      GOP supporters are really clueless. They keep voting for people who go against their own best interests!

      October 17, 2011 at 10:34 pm |
    • Gary

      According to the latest releases Wall Street is contributing to republicans at 5 times the amount they are giving to democrats. Our biggest single problem in this country right now is the relationship between big business/money and our politics. Nothing in this country is going to improve until we get the big money interests out of our politics. The Tea Party was partially right. We need to take back our government but not from the Dems. We need to take back our country from the wealthy and big corporations and then maybe the people will once again have a true voice in what we want our country to be. Join the fight. getmoneyout dot com.

      October 18, 2011 at 10:48 am |
    • TucsonDean

      Bush bailed out the banks before president Obama was elected. And the president gets far less of his donations from big corporations than Republicans.

      October 18, 2011 at 11:30 am |
      • mhuitt

        That is patently untrue.

        According to OpenSecrets dot org that Democrats have recieved 53% of all Wall Street donations this election cycle.

        The top two Congressmen to receive Wall Street funds are Schumer and Gilldebrandt (both are NYC Senators, Democrats).

        October 18, 2011 at 7:23 pm |
    • Ando

      Dude I couldn't agree more!

      October 18, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
  55. Tex71

    Democrats feel less optimistic because of the success of the monolithic GOP boycott of the democratic process since Obama's election. Dems feel less enthusiastic because it is harder to build than to destroy. Nonetheless, Dems will show up at the polls to make sure the nation stays its course until the steam has run out of the right-wing effort to sabotage America.

    October 17, 2011 at 8:07 pm |
    • sheil

      I agree....the dems will show up. They are sick to death of the filabusters and Republican antics! The numbers aren't showing it now but they will!

      October 17, 2011 at 9:50 pm |
    • sonic10158

      hypocritical democrats are mad that the GOP won't let Obama win. The democrats did the EXACT SAME things under Bush starting after the 2006 midterms, but it was perfectly alright then, now the GOP are doing the same game, but now it's not ok?

      October 17, 2011 at 11:51 pm |
    • What

      Written like a true Obamaton.

      October 18, 2011 at 5:14 am |
    • 9fingers

      Tex71, who had both houses of Congress for two years and crammed healthcare reform (a true monstrosity bound to bankrupt this country) down our throats rather than working on other and more important issues, like the economy. Quit drinking the koolaid.

      October 18, 2011 at 9:47 am |
    • eddie the geek

      For two years, the Democrats controlled BOTH houses!! The GOP took control of the House earlier THIS YEAR, and that was only because the voters REPUDIATED the president and his party for their record of the first two years. What fruit did the first two years produce? A failed stimulus bill that was nothing more than a payoff to unions and other cronies, a gigantic increase in government spending and regulation, and a new unfunded entitlement that is wildly unpopular. But you want to blame the president's woes on the GOP!!??

      October 18, 2011 at 9:53 am |
    • Recondaddy

      Hilarious. Democrats had both house of Congress AND the White House for two years, yet you still blame Republicans for the failure of your messiah. Grow some stones, would ya?

      October 18, 2011 at 10:23 am |
    • OGR99

      Monolithic boycott of the democratic process? How so Sir?

      October 18, 2011 at 10:29 am |
    • Steve

      Americans threw the democrats out of the Congress, because of Obama's policies. Do you actually think Republicans should turn against the people who elected them just be nice to the President? The republicans are doing exactly what I want. They are attempting to stop the increased taxation and regulation of President Obama and that makes me very enthusiastic about the next election. Dems had two years of TOTAL CONTROL and it was an unmitigated disaster.

      October 18, 2011 at 10:54 am |
    • Heartlandman

      "Democrats feel less optimistic because of the success of the monolithic GOP boycott of the democratic process since Obama's election. Dems feel less enthusiastic because it is harder to build than to destroy. Nonetheless, Dems will show up at the polls to make sure the nation stays its course until the steam has run out of the right-wing effort to sabotage America."
      What absolute hogwash! When Republicans are brought into the White House for a photo-op and McCain is told "Uhh- John. I WON the election" was that a boycott? When they were locked out behind closed doors when the stimulous scam was being concocted was that a boycott? How about when the "Affordabler" (That's a good one!" Care Act was being rammed down our throats against the will of the vasty majority of people and Reis elected to use the nuclear option to pass it in the Senate with less than 60 votes, was that a Republican boycott?
      Try to understand that Bad, wreckless and/or crazy ideas should be voted down. That's what 2010 was all about. Obstructionist Congress? You bet! That's what they were put in there to do. To stop the ridiculous levels of spending as much as possible, to stem the socialist tide and to hold into account the elected criminals who lied through their teeth to get their agenda passed.
      Nuff said?

      October 18, 2011 at 11:47 am |
    • BL

      way to repeat democratic talking points without thinking.

      October 18, 2011 at 12:23 pm |
    • Namaan Jaharaman

      Not everyone who voted for Obama in 2008 is stuck on stupid. You really blame Republican obstructionism for Obama's failure? That is outrageous. He and his party owned both chambers of congress and the presidency for 2 years. Republicans were elected to a landslide victory in the house in 2010 exactly for the purpose of halting democrat overreach. Stop belly aching about Republicans doing what they were sent to washington to do. They were sent to remind Barack Obama and the Democrats that there are people who do not believe runaway spending and increased debt will lead to prosperity. To remind them that expanding entitlements costs jobs, and inhibits our ability to compete in the international labor market. We sent over 80 new congressmen and women, to make sure that the people who Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and Barack Obama ignored for 2 years finally had a voice in the process.

      And you have the audacity to complain about obstruction? When someone is leading our nation to fiscal calamity we can and ought to have men and women of character stand firmly opposed to them.

      October 18, 2011 at 12:24 pm |
    • docbonz

      Both parties are to blame. Try coming to the middle of the road not left or right but correct, For the people. I would continue getting God out of our lives too, so that we can really go down in flames. Get principled not political, it worx.............

      October 18, 2011 at 2:02 pm |
    • BostonDawg

      the nation will stay its course? well if transferring trillions of dollars to people that have done absolutely nothing to earn it means staying the course, well then of course we are doomed.

      We are in a very strange place in America today – it goes something like this and many, and unfortunately a growing number, think it is a zero sum game – so two teams play a game – one wins and one loses.... so if I am successful that means you can't be or if I lose you will win......

      How about this? If I am successful by going to school, not dropping out of school at 40%, fathering 70% of kids out of wedlock, work hard, have faith, etc. then that means you have to be the other person – drop out of school, start a family at 16, and work for minimum wage and then blame those that are successful while you and the mother of your children become criminals and perpetuate your own stereotypes.

      The reality is that everyone has the same opportunities and as a result of very poor decisions made by an increasingly larger percentage of people, the country is absolutely doomed.... why? in America today, someone has to be blamed for one's inadequacies and or poor decisions..........

      The progressive party believes in progress... progress toward becomine a third world country......4 more years ought to do it.....

      October 18, 2011 at 4:08 pm |
  56. Enlightened4

    Pretty normal for polls to reflect Obama's FAILED POLICIES on EVERY Front.

    October 17, 2011 at 8:04 pm |
    • str8whtguy

      What failed policies? You mean the ones he came up with that were shot down by the GOP congress, and never given a chance to succeed? Every policy initiative, no matter how sensible, presented by Obama to congress, is voted down by the GOP House, simply because they don't want to see him succeed.

      They don't care about Americans, they just care about regaining the White House, and stuffing their pockets again with our money.

      October 17, 2011 at 8:46 pm |
    • str8whtguy

      Duh, Obama's policies, by and large, haven't had a chance to fail OR succeed, because the GOP House rejects everything he proposes, no matter how sensible. Let's see them come up with anything better, instead of just looking for ways to get him out of office. Let's see some real productivity for a change.

      October 17, 2011 at 8:52 pm |
    • O = One and Done

      Well, when you promise hope and change and get NOTHING, then this is what you can expect from the media.

      October 18, 2011 at 12:31 pm |
  57. john

    I agree tha tObama is the only serious candidate from any party visible on the horizon. Say what you want about the economy, nothing the Republicans are proposing will produce any result for years, if then, in part because it is the same remedy that GWB promoted. Why, in the face of the failure of his economic policies, leading to the largest drop in home values and job loss and bank failures, would we go back to them?

    If you don't like what Obama proposes, then come up with something credible that will put people back to work in the next 12 months.

    October 17, 2011 at 8:04 pm |
    • GI Joe

      He is not a dictator. The House (republicans will bring the country down to get rid of him). That tells me he is on the correct track.

      October 18, 2011 at 12:53 am |
    • KonaGolden

      Obama is the antithesis of the answer. His massive spending didn't "keep unemployment under 8%", in fact it's far worse. GDP is an anemic 0.7%, deficits and debt are far worse, and unemployment is predicted to remain above 9% for the next 12 months.

      If you think big government spending programs on infrastructure, higher taxes is the answer, then don't read Ohanian & Cole's research on FDR's policies and their effect on the Great Depression. The facts will confuse you further. If you actually have an open mind, google "UCLA, FDR study".

      October 18, 2011 at 10:21 am |
    • David

      Cain did. It's called the 9-9-9 plan. Look into it.

      October 18, 2011 at 10:51 am |
    • SickofSocialism


      Bush warned us of the impending home crisis and tried to do something about it but Barney Frank and Chris Dodd circled the dem wagon and stopped him. The home lending mess is DUE TO THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY, not Republicans. Of course there is nothing for dems to get excited about. 2012 will go down as the worst defeat since 1980 for any party and I can't wait.

      October 18, 2011 at 11:15 am |
    • BJ

      You fail to mention that Obama has made everything worse.

      October 18, 2011 at 12:24 pm |
    • Namaan Jaharaman

      Paul Ryan could do it. Perry, Romney or Cain could do it. It is not too difficult to create an environment that encourages business investment and expansion. You just have to turn away from the politics of class warfare and let people with deep pockets get back to the business of hiring and creating a profit.

      Economics is not rocket science. But a vibrant growing economy always seems unfair to progressives because people who work hardest and are creative reap more of the benefit than people who aren't as hard-working or innovative.

      You can have a progressive economy or you can have a growing economy. They are mutually exclusive.

      October 18, 2011 at 12:29 pm |
    • Ando

      I didn't like Bush at all when he was president, but Obama is just making the same mistakes Bush did but overspending and starting stupid wars in the mid east!

      October 18, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
    • Ted

      Sorry, but the seeds of the economic collapse were planted during the Clinton Administration. Look at what percentage of homes were purchased with less than 5% down before Clinton took office (almost none) and since (peaked at over 40%!) It was the democrats who decided that home ownership was a right for all, regardless of sketchy credit history or lack of sufficient down payment. And the predictable result was exactly what happened – too easy to walk away when you have such little invested in your home.

      October 18, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
    • RealAmerica

      The Republicans did, and they continue to, but they are busy defending America against the failed Marxist in the White House.
      Whats not "credible" is this mis administrations wealth redistribution policy.

      October 18, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
    • BostonDawg

      It is not the governments' role to suggest how the economy will be fixed in the future and that is why the democrats decided it was not worth it to further burden yet unborn American taxpayers with another half trillion dollars of debt...... the markets decide how the future will unfold, when the government intervenes only bad things happen..... if FDR's white house, right before the double dip recession of 1936 his finance minister said essentially we have spent just about every single penny we could possibly spend and it is not affecting the growth and future of the country.... what it did usher in though is the complete elimination of personal responsibility for one's own future and that began the slide toward the end of America..... 4 more years of Obama gets us there a lot quicker. However, if people could somehow it is the responsible of the individual to pull themselves up by their bootstraps, and provide for themselves in the long run is there even a remote possibility.

      There is not one American alive today that will see the debt ever reduced let alone eliminated but for some reason that is the America that you want.

      October 18, 2011 at 4:13 pm |
  58. Sasha

    I'm so sick of these polls Wolf. One day it says this, then the next week there is a poll contradicting the previous one. I know you guys need news, but really? The real poll will be in November 2012. That's when it counts! Let's find something else to report on like the WARS and Soldiers dying. There is a plethora of madness in this word to report on.

    October 17, 2011 at 8:02 pm |
  59. kyle

    When president has all (congress, senator in 2008 and 2009), what did he do "Obama Care" and blame Bush. Now he still have senator floor, but he still blame congress and GOP Even they control only one branch of gov. What is a joke!!!! just blame!!!! blame!!!! and blame like a child. Someone else fault but not him. 4 trillion debt in three year is not "patriot" per his word. It told us what is his personalilty, he is a child with no father, will be not take any responsibility. Weak up America!!!!!

    October 17, 2011 at 8:02 pm |
    • Ohreally??

      First of all GE DID pay taxes. Look it up on a reputable site, not the NY Times. You even get to pick the site. Even after it was disproved the NY Times never redacted on the story. Way to go poli-journalism. When America "weaks up" hopefully they will understand that something for nothing is an impossibility. Ask somone from a European coutry about VAT. 17-23% tax on almost EVERYTHING you buy. Do some math and you'll notice the spent tax differential on an annual income of 45-50k comes in at about what a healthcare plan costs already. In some cases it's more expensive, but yeah keep blaming others for OUR failing. The corporations only buy the people WE elected. Meaning we should have elected someone who doesn't take bribes, given under the auspice of 'donation', if they still exist that is.

      October 18, 2011 at 7:21 am |
    • bravado in boston

      you seem to have omitted a very important part about your statement that "Obama has the Senate Floor." The Repulicans have the ability to lock everything up in a Filabuster, without ever coming to the floor. The republicans have enacted more filabusters in the last two years than the Senate has had in many years combined. So yes, while the Dems may have a majority, they do not enjoy a Super Majority and therefore, all work stops because of the use of the Filabuster.

      October 18, 2011 at 8:13 am |
    • AC

      Weak up America? I think you're lost and need to go back to Faux.

      October 18, 2011 at 11:21 am |
    • SCPAPA

      Kyle, just what I wanted to say. They forget Obama had super majortiy in congress and did nothing, The Dems owned congress since 2006 and all they do now is blame Bush. Sooner of later the media and Dems will have to realize the nation is not as stupid as they think we are . They really do know who to blame, as evident in the 2010 elections

      October 18, 2011 at 12:09 pm |
    • DO you realize

      Kyle do you realize that of that 4 Trillion in debt ~2 Trillion of it was the PAST costs of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan because good ole GWB refused to account for the costs of the wars his administration chose to wage?

      October 18, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
    • BostonDawg

      It was a democrat member of congress that recently concluded that the "class" act within Obamacare would cripple the future wellbeing of the government for a short term gain that would provide insurance for millions of irresponsible people. The repeal of Obamacare is beginning and it is starting with his own party. His signature accomplishment, the only one that has his name on it, the one that he spent 17 months – being transparent by blocking out the republicans and locking a dozen democrats behind closed doors – will be repealed, starting with his own party. So while the walls around Rome crumbled he worked diligently to add 40% to the country's debt, when he leaves office in 15 months he will have increased the country's debt by 50% – more than the prior 20 years combined and he will have the last laugh.

      It is his one and only goal to saddle the country with as much debt as humanly possible so that at some point the wealth Americans or the Americans that will be living in a third world country 50 years from now will be forced to pay it back. Fortunately, third world countries routinely have their debt forgiven...... the only problem is that the whole world will be laughing at the demise of America and will not be willing to forgive the debt...... welcome to your America.

      October 18, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  60. camaro guy

    He never stopped campaigning or impugning. Had the majority in both houses of Congress for two years. Even when his party had control of both houses, he couldn't get a budget passed. After the slaughter of Democrats in 2010, even the ones still standing won't vote for his bills. So very Pathetic....

    October 17, 2011 at 8:02 pm |
    • Jon

      There is a reason why bills are not getting passed. If you took 3 seconds of your life to look up some actual facts. The House of Representatives led by the moron Boehner have majority control. That's why everyone is making a fuss of Republicans. If Democrats had control then nobody could blame republicans. But alas, America would probably be in better shape.

      October 17, 2011 at 11:35 pm |
    • Jon in Rochester, NY

      You obviously don't know how congress works. He didn't have a super majority and some of the Democrats are of the blue dog type from the south (Democrat in name but Republican in ideals). When only 60 votes are needed to keep legislation from coming to the floor then a slim majority isn't really a majority. The first bailout came from Bush in the fall of 2008. Obama wasn't even elected yet. Look it up.

      October 18, 2011 at 6:51 am |
    • mmars

      I agree! And he is just now addressing the job market? He campaigned knowing full well that the economy was dead. That is why he was elected. So what did he do? Sat around and blamed someone else with no plan of his own. He is a failure. No ability to lead. His only 'accomplishments' are the things he handed over to congress to deal with.

      October 18, 2011 at 11:11 am |
  61. Larry L

    COuld America really put Republicans in the White House after the Bush Administration all but destroyed America? The Republicans in Congress have worked tirelessly to obstruct any progress doing nothing but protecting the rich and offering no ideas. How much can conservatives distort reality?

    October 17, 2011 at 8:02 pm |
    • Ray

      It may very well be impossible to distort reality more than you do.

      October 17, 2011 at 9:12 pm |
    • Ancient Texan

      The Republicans have passed bill after bill (not obstruction) and they are TABLED on Harry Reid's desk, not even voted on. Get real, we know who the obstructionist are!

      October 18, 2011 at 10:21 am |
    • KonaGolden

      Larry, Obama has doubled the debt, increased unemployment, slowed growth, all strictly by the numbers.

      Let's look at Obama's last budget. In February, he submitted his proposed budget to Congress. It ignored the recommendations of his own Debt Commission, added $10 Trillion to the Debt, and was voted down in the Senate,

      Talk about not understanding reality, are the Unicorns blocking your vision?

      October 18, 2011 at 10:25 am |
    • GordoTaco

      to answer your question Larryposs – "how much can reublicans distort things?" – a lot less than all of the kool-aid drinking kneepad wearing libs that hang out around here. Just once – I would love to see a posting (regardless of whether I agree wi it or not) that speaks to the great accomplishements of O (that didnt involve just giving people stuff with borrowed money) – rather than blaming bush and republicans. he had two years in complete control and now has two out of three pieces. this is no different than the challenges other presidents face – yet I have never heard so much whining and complaining. talk about the solution – stop alking and talking about the problem as you see it.

      October 18, 2011 at 10:41 am |
    • Ric

      Yeah OK... Bush and the GOP destroyed america? why dont you get a clue and understand it was hard left marxist policies pushed by the dems that caused the housing market to collpase, then the banks followed. The ENTIRE recession is the fault of the democrats.

      October 18, 2011 at 11:21 am |
    • Namaan Jaharaman

      When the Economy tanked, and the housing bubble burst We had a big government Republican in the White House, and Liberal Dems in charge of both houses of congress. I advocate getting rid of Obama, and not going back to the situation we had starting in 2007.

      Let's have a fiscally competent conservative in the Whitehouse, and as Speaker, and as Majority leader of the senate.

      Nice try lumping all Republicans together.

      And by the way which policies exaclty did Bush employ that led to the recession? Be specific if you can.

      October 18, 2011 at 12:33 pm |
    • Joel

      Um, once again, another comment which completely ignores that this president had a congressional super majority for the first two years, a period where he couldn't even pass a budget for goodness sakes! The obstructions were implemented by the American people in response to this presidents policies, mainly a health care law which nobody wanted and will make health care more expensive not less and out of control spending – Obama in 2.5 years outspent all 8 of Bush's, and he is on pace to outspend ALL past presidents COMBINED!!!!!

      Republicans have controlled 1/3 of government for the last 10 months....Wake up and educate yourselves people!

      October 18, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
    • Ando

      Obama did the same stupid stuff Bush did! Trillions in debt, a needless war, economy in the tank, no jobs. Stop blaming everyone else. Dems have the senate, presidency, and a majority vote on the Supreme Court on most issues. Not to mention, dems in congress went allong with all of GWB's stupid policies anyway.

      October 18, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
    • Brian

      What happened when the GOP weren't there to "obstruct" the Democrats? Voters got a taste of Democrats Gone Wild!, and produced the "shellacking" of 2010. In 2012, the voter will speak once again. Sorry Dems, that's reality–no spin can make it any different.

      October 18, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
  62. camaro guy

    He never stopped campaigning or impugning. Had the majority in both houses of Congress for two years. Even when his party had control of both houses, he couldn't get a budget passed. After the slaughter of Democrats in 2010, even the ones still standing won't vote for his bills. Pathetic....

    October 17, 2011 at 8:01 pm |
  63. timeitis

    this is a ridiculous poll – there's no way to judge the level interest that far in the future. both sides will be at a fever pitch a year from now given the billions each side will spend. If you want to do a poll – do it on jobs – the tea party – or the occupy movement – things that are happening today. How about Warren vs. Brown in Mass. – that election has greater political reprecussions than this nonsense.

    October 17, 2011 at 8:01 pm |
  64. jeff

    I think many of the Democrats had their heads in the sand when Obama took the reign with regards to our economic troubles. A president can only do so much and no matter who took office many of us we're going to struggle. How much better do you think we would be if a Republican had been in his place. Our corporate system has fundamental flaws and combined with a downward economic spiral there really are no quick fixes a four year termed president could fix. I don't think it matters at this point who wins the next election with regards to the economy and Jobs. America can't compete with the rest of the world for jobs. If we don't have jobs for lower-class people such as manufacturing to start spending money again this catch-22 we're in will continue. Let's be honest, politicians are pretty clueless or just unable to make things right. People want to have a job a house and stuff to be reasonable content like our parents. Wake up America, the masses are starting to voice. The don't know what to protest because it's really a mess we have. Let's stop pretending that a Democrat or Republic winner is going to make one bit of difference. Does anyone out there really have any answers?

    October 17, 2011 at 8:00 pm |
    • Ray

      There is both uncommon sense (a very good thing these days) and honesty in your comments. Of course the sense and honesty are only obvious to those who are not hell bent Republican or Democrat. To your point about President Obama's successful election, I agree; the majority of his supporters voted for him 1) because of race, 2) because of the poorly fought war in Iraq, 3) our domestic economic standing was tanking badly, 4) he resonated a message of 'hope is only available from a Democrat.' Personally, I tend to vote for moderate conservatives, which usually spells Republican. The sad thing is that the liberal media, religious bigots, and "head in the sand" Republicans combined forces to see that the truly qualified and capable Republican candidate was not nominated. That was another reason why Mr. Obama was elected president...he was not faced in the general election with a qualified opponent capable of implementing either the "change" for good that we were all calling for, or of turning the economy around by restoring its proper foundation. Then to your points about "How much better do you think we would be if a Republican had been in his place?" and "Does anybody out there really have any answers?" My answer to the first question is: Likely no better at all if it had been just any "Republican" .... I couldn't see us any better off if John McCain were president today, and certainly no better off economically or in the religious tolerance arena if Mr. Huckabee had been elected. I simply had to sit that general election out – my first time in 8 presidential elections – because the majority of my fellow Americans were so caught up in all the wrong "moments" that they would not put the slogans or bigotry or race aside and see each candidate for what they were actually skilled and capable of doing...leaving us with a final choice between NO candidates qualified to do what needed to be done. My answer to the second question is: Yes. Absolutely. Mr. Romney is the very best qualified candidate for the challenges this nation faces at this time. I'm in awe at the blindness of this country's voting adults to have missed the opportunity to elect him the first time. The media continues to try to convince us (and apparently they are succeeding with many) that what he did with healthcare in Massachusetts should frighten us. Only ignorance or idiocy would cause someone to believe that nonsense. Mr. Romney faced a "State issue" and resolved it from a "State perspective" within the framework of a State's right, obligation, and power to do so. That achievement should speak volumes – positive volumes – to ANY voter, recognizing that it was accomplished in cooperation with a legislature that did not agree with everything Mr. Romney believed would be best for the people of their State. He was absolutely right in resolving his State's issue with his State's executive powers. He continues to be absolutely right in telling voters that the issue of "universal" healthcare is NOT an issue within our federal government's rights to decide. It does not belong to Congress. It does not belong to the President. And it certainly does not belong to the Courts. It is a constitutional right belonging to the individual States of the Union. That is precisely how Mr. Romney has said he will continue to treat it if elected president. You didn't raise that issue though. You were spot on to point to our unemployment and desperate need for JOBS that will help us recover from our personal economic crises and restore this great nation's economic stability and the world's confidence in our global leadership. There is only one candidate available to us.....still....that has proven the understanding, experience, and skill to lead our nation to do exactly what we need most to do at this time in our history. It amazes me that voters are still undecided. It twice amazes me that a Reagan style landslide isn't overwhelmingly evident right now. Others are qualified to lead .... but not to lead this nation, facing the challenges of this time. I hope, and yes, pray, that the voters of this great nation will set aside the media's biases and consider the realities and consequences of President Obama's administration, study and compare the realities of the visions, experience, and skills of the candidates seeking to take his place, and then make a commitment to see the candidate best qualified to lead and persuade our Congress and our citizens to restore the JOBS, economic stability, COOPERATION, and respect that we have lost. I promise you that all who do this will vote for the same candidate, and there will be a landslide victory not seen since President Ronald Reagan's second election. God bless you for seeing the real issues, and God bless America!

      October 17, 2011 at 11:25 pm |
    • Matt

      De-fund – deregulate – and allow the states to handle their own matters. Back away from foreign add for a few years and audit every Fed. Dept. and do away with waste.

      October 18, 2011 at 8:27 am |
  65. James

    ACORN should have taken those fake Mickey Mouse write-in's a little more serious....he would couldn't have done worse and who doesn't love Minnie?

    October 17, 2011 at 8:00 pm |
  66. nonpartisan

    Why be alarmed about elections? I'm alarmed now and things couldn't be worse in congress. Representatives on both sides of the isle are out of touch.

    October 17, 2011 at 8:00 pm |
  67. Scott

    It's important to assess why people think Obama's policies will fail. Is it because they believe that Republicans will never let them succeed?

    October 17, 2011 at 7:55 pm |
    • KonaGolden

      No Scott, it's because we've tried them and they failed before. If you spend $821 Billion on a problem with no success, why would you throw another $447 Billion at it doing the same old things?

      Are you incapable of analyzing programs from the recent past and making informed, intelligent decisions or are you just a propagandist?

      October 18, 2011 at 10:29 am |
    • Americaneedsrealists

      Obama's policies stand on their own. You cannot spend your way out of debt. His policies failed in the last century why bring them back. All of the people who hate Bush; at least under Bush we had non existent unemployment and a record number of consectutive quarters of growth. Maybe if Congress had listened to him about Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac we would not be in this mess. Instead we allowed Frank and Dodd to continue the idiotic proposals of the Clinton era when it was decided everyone should own a home whether they could actually pay for it or not. Housing crisis is what brought this country to its knees and all those involved walked away scott free. Sorry that most people will not see it.

      October 18, 2011 at 12:54 pm |
  68. rick

    3 years in is too early to tell? uhhhh on what planet?... I voted for him in '08 I can tell you I won't be in '12

    October 17, 2011 at 7:55 pm |
    • BOOGIE

      He does not need your vote.

      October 17, 2011 at 10:07 pm |
    • Cimba Kunta

      I know 20 people in our 30 person office that voted for him (or will admit it) in 2008 and have stated they will definitely NOT vote for Obama in 2012. I will not vote for him. He's definitely a one term president.

      October 18, 2011 at 12:54 pm |
  69. Enuff

    I wonder what the reasons given were , if there was a follow up question that asked. I saw another recent poll indicating that people think Obama's policies will fail due to lack of cooperation from the right in getting them implemented. So, the reason for the opinion would be very important in this case.

    October 17, 2011 at 7:53 pm |
    • jay

      As for any policy, success based on cooperation of the other party. Its obvious that 59% saw partisan politics. I would like to see the Republican plan before voting.

      October 17, 2011 at 8:28 pm |
  70. Ken

    I love how CNN tries to sugar coat this. The numbers are "similar" to 2010. Ahem .. then current numbers are worse for Obama than in 2010. In 201 it as something like 60% versus 45%. So the Conservative base has grown more enthusiastic and the liberal base less. But rather than point out the continued erosion since 2010, we'll call it similar. Nice one CNN. And the kicker is 59% of people do not believe Obama's policies will succeed. For a President to have 59% of people believe his policies will fail is panic time as the election cycle approaches. While the vast Republican field is generating loads of ideas and ways of thinking, forcing the candidates to change and find what the voters want to believe in, the lack of a challenge for Obama means he's going into 2012 with the same old same old policies. And when 59% of people don't believe what is coming out of your mouth, your chances to win reelection get close to nil.

    October 17, 2011 at 7:49 pm |
    • str8whtguy

      Exactly which GOP ideas and proposals are you referring to? I've heard none so far, at least none that have a shred of common sense, except beating up on Obama's proposals.

      October 17, 2011 at 9:00 pm |
  71. j mann

    Sorry, the light at the end of the tunnel was turned off due to high energy costs and bad economy.

    October 17, 2011 at 7:48 pm |
  72. Elevenore

    Dems in the private sector aren't 'enthusiastic' about voting for the Prez again because he has not fulfilled a lot of our initial ideals regarding policy. Are we really going to not vote or go the other way, though? Of course not. What Obama really has to worry about is replacing his money pool with donations from the 99%, and not the 1%. THAT is going to be insanely difficult, if that continues to be ignored by mass media as the REAL source of the problem.

    October 17, 2011 at 7:48 pm |
    • KonaGolden

      Who are the 99%? The top 10% pay 70% of the taxes. It's a nice sound bite, but it's not fact.

      Here's a fact: Obama's last budget submission ignored the recommendations of his own debt commission, added $10 Trillion to the debt, and was voted down in the Senate, 97-0.

      Now, tell us again about Obama's great plans.....

      October 18, 2011 at 10:31 am |
  73. Who Dat Dem Saints

    Some one should ask the Republicans " Are you so hell bent on making this President a one term President that you refuse to agree on anything at the countrys expense?" This should be a poll question as well and i bet you, the poll results will show 70% thinks this is why we are stalled and nothing is getting done. All good ideas are pushed aside. Wake up America, ask yourself could your household run like this? Demand better, demand action, and demand results today!!!

    October 17, 2011 at 7:48 pm |
    • Kim

      Well said.

      October 17, 2011 at 9:28 pm |
    • KonaGolden

      maybe the Poll should ask "The President spent $821 Billion on a failed Stimulus that did not keep unemployment under 8%. Should we spend another $447 Billion to do the same thing or try something different?"

      or maybe "Since his election in 2008, Obama has stated his number one priority is jobs and the economy. Do you think he waited until his third year in office because he's: A. Incompetent B. Incompetent C. Incompetent or D. All of the above"

      October 18, 2011 at 10:36 am |
    • Jeff

      The shrill blame coming from Democrats indicates they are totally out of ideas.

      They say "why go back to failed policies?" That is a very good question. They should ask themselves why we should return Obama to office since all his proposals have failed.

      Obama tried stimulus spending. He promised us that unemployment owuld be a 6% today fif we spent $800 billion that we did not have. We gave him a triillion dollars, he pissed it away, and we now have 9% unemployment. That is the very definition of FAIL.

      So what is his jobs plan? The exact same proposals that failed the first time. "Spend another half trillion we don't have and everything will be fine" Obama cries. That is what did not work the first time. Why repeat a failed policy?

      What has worked hsitorically? Reducing tax rates. The record is clear. When Mellon reduced rates in the 1920s, the economy boomed for the better aprt of a decade. When Kennedy redcued rates in the 1960s, the eocnomy boomed ofr a decade. reagan reduced rates in the 1980s, and the eocnomy boomed for two decades. Clinton reeduced capital gains rates in the 1990s, and thee conomy grew substantially as a aresult. Bush's rate cuts took effect in 2003, and the economy grew at a 4% rate for 50 months thereafter.

      Growth is the key. The key to growth is lower tax rates. That is what has worked. Reduce rates, flatten the structure, eliminate exemptions and deductions that favor specific inductries and misdirect capital.

      The other thing we nneed to do is drmaatically reassess our regulatory structure. We are the most expensive country in which to do business, largely because fo our regulatory regime. Reduce corporate tax rates, make our regulations competitive with those of other coutries and we will attract manufacturing to this country.

      October 18, 2011 at 12:07 pm |
    • Namaan Jaharaman

      Much is getting done. We are preventing an economically illiterate president from taking us further down the road of indebtedness and credit downgrading. At the same time the house is very busy voting on a number of measures to scale back job limiting regulations.

      We are all better off having the divided government we see today, than we were two years ago. Republicans are hell bent on making Obama a one-term president because they know tyhis man is such a rigid idealogue who refuses to listen to the American people that he will never adopt any pro-growth policies.

      He is addicted to class warfare and until he reduces the bureaucratic burden on the private sector, we cannot see unemployment go down. If you want food stamps and 9% unemployment... vote for Obama.

      If you want to have a job, and have hope for the future vote for the Republican nominee.

      If you want to see the US head towards a European style debt crisis vote for Obama.

      If you want to see a leaner, more effective government vote for the Republican nominee.

      If you want to see your employer call you in to a meeting where you learn they can no longer afford your position or your contract, vote for Obama.

      If you want your employer to call you in to a meeting where they ask you if you have any friends who have skills they need to fill a new position, then you should vote for the Republican nominee.

      October 18, 2011 at 12:45 pm |
    • Duane - St. Pete FLA

      the Bucs beat da, Obama had two years with a SUPER MAJORITY (both the Sente and House) for two years......he had all the time in the world to get something done and choked. Obama is in over his head and needs to go.........

      October 18, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  74. huxley

    The Republicans promised jobs in 2010, but haven't delivered even one single Jobs bill. As soon as the electorate wake up to that, they won't support another Conservative candidate who is more concerned about making abortion illegal, than living up to his campaign promises to create jobs.

    October 17, 2011 at 7:47 pm |
    • Bob

      Yes they have. It's called the "Real American Jobs Act". Maybe you just don't want to see it. Remember Paul Ryan's plan? You may not have agreed with any of it, but it was also a plan out of this mess. Educate yourself.

      October 18, 2011 at 9:53 am |
    • KonaGolden

      Democrats controll the Presidency and the Senate. Republicans have put forward 6 plans, none brought to a vote by the Senate. Are you really that ignorant or are you just a propagandist?

      October 18, 2011 at 10:39 am |
    • Namaan Jaharaman

      Most people realize that the Republicans cannot accomplish a great legislative body of work while only controlling half of the legislative branch.

      Democrats were given from 2007 to 2010 to wreck our nation. It will take Republicans a little bit longer to fix it. To that end though it is worth noting that in the current legislative session the Republican house has voted 7x as much as the senate and much of the focus has been on jobs agenda.

      They are struggling getting things through the senate though as Harry Reid desperately wants to convince the people that House Republicans are doing nothing to get America back to work. This is a lie, and judging by how ardently libs on the site are clinging to this mythology, it is clearly a lie that you desperately wish to be true.

      October 18, 2011 at 12:52 pm |
    • docbonz

      That is the nObama platform mun, not conservatives. Jam things down the throat of Americans against their will, then blame the other party for all the country's woes. Assmazing, both parties put party before people, wake up. nuff said

      October 18, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
  75. Ted

    Wolf, if the economy is still in a shambles when Mr. Obama faces the voters next November it will be an electoral disaster on the scale of Jimmy Carters defeat in 1980. Mr Obama is even faltering in California. Unfortunately he no longer can run as an exciting new unknown, and has no choice but to campaign by blaming his record on Republicans. That leaves him very little room to maneuver with the electorate, so right now his situation is almost impossible and every congressional democrat knows it.

    October 17, 2011 at 7:47 pm |
    • Namaan Jaharaman

      Yes I predict it will be an electoral disaster, but not on the scale of what happened to Carter. The red/blue state breakdown is a lot more rigid today than it was in 1980. Obama will get at least 180 EVs, and probably closer to 220. But this is an electoral disaster for a president who won with over 35o, and has had a fawning media try to conceal his every pimple for the past 3 years.

      October 18, 2011 at 12:54 pm |
    • cal usa

      In 1980, we got a slick candidate with a message that people bought. Do you see any one in the current field of GOP wannabees who is doing that? Every one of them is promising to give us the third George W. Bush term that we rejected when McCain offered it in 2008. As the old saying goes, don't compare Obama to the Allmighty, compare him to the alternative.

      October 18, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
  76. Griff

    ""Why isx it, it's so difficult to get the facts, into the heads of others? If Barack Obama ran a business todat, he would make all year because of his popularity. But the following year his sales would be down, and he would have had to invest most of his previous profit into the business. He would continue to lose sales, because those that bought the first year don't have the money anymore. It will be the same in 2012! He their money/savings the first time!",

    October 17, 2011 at 7:46 pm |
  77. Ernie Banks

    Obama has been blaming everyone else for the past 3 years. The President is supposed to take responsibility for the situation and do something. Obama doesn't know how to do that. We need leadership, not partisanship.

    October 17, 2011 at 7:45 pm |
    • BOOGIE

      You only can lead when people wants to be led. At this time in America's history we as a nation has not taken responsibility for our greed. We expect all the answers will come from GOVT, sorry. I can tell you know, you better come up with a new solution because it does not matter which party you are in. The fact is, America was built on free labor and now we cannot compete with the rest of the world. Therefore, do not blame the President, that blame should be placed on your forefathers.

      October 17, 2011 at 10:14 pm |
  78. Jim

    Well since all the GOP cares about is money. How much has Obama raised? more than all of your Fox puppets combined, which I find very surprising since we all know that Wall Street and the multinational corporations plan on giving their money to the people they know will reward them with more favors ..... GOP ...... Greed over people.

    October 17, 2011 at 7:42 pm |
    • KonaGolden

      Wall Street backs winners, wouldn't you? Or maybe you go to the track to bet on the losing horse. Yeah, that's it.
      Wall Street donated hugely to Obama in 2008. Obama's performance, based solely on the numbers, is atrocious. It's not greed, it's survival.

      October 18, 2011 at 10:42 am |
    • John Avritt

      Are you aware of the fact that Obama (up until recently) received the most money from Wall Street than ANY other president? he even got more than GW Bush who was the second highest. Before you start ranking about me being a Repulican, stop there. i am an independant that believes in looking up facts before commenting.

      October 18, 2011 at 12:50 pm |
    • Americaneedsrealists

      Actually in the last election cycle Obama received huge sums of money from both corpoate America as well as wall street.

      October 18, 2011 at 12:59 pm |
  79. Jeff in NC

    What democrats and Obama should be worried about is what happens if his jobs bill get enacted and there is no improvement in the economy. I hope Congress passed his bill and lets Obama hang in the wind.

    October 17, 2011 at 7:42 pm |
    • EJM

      We already did that, Jeff in the so-called "stimulus."
      Remember, Obama said we had to have that right away, no questions asked, in order to keep unemployment from going over 8%.
      He got exactly what he wanted, and it failed.
      People know Obama's policies will fail because they have.

      October 18, 2011 at 11:06 am |
  80. D

    Forget political parties. Focus on helping your fellow human being.

    October 17, 2011 at 7:39 pm |
    • BostonDawg

      Exactly forget party politics while 10% of the people pay 75% of the taxes...... of course the taxes are something that they have to pay and most don't and the taxes are a given and they should be required to given more.............

      October 18, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
  81. Jose

    Wolf, Democrats do not need to turn anything around. You and your colleagues need to turn around your reporting. People will never see light at the end of the tunnel because the Replublicans, especially those in the US Congress, will nevel allow it. The President alone does not have the power to turn on the light at the end of the tunnel by himself, and you know it and therefore you should report it the way it is. The Replican strategy of keeping the economy down, no matter the consequences to the people, just so that they can regain Presidential power is downright unpatriotic, deserves complete repudiation and you need to start calling it the way it is. That's the way we will see light at the end of the tunnel.

    October 17, 2011 at 7:38 pm |
    • Michael Vacanti

      I totally agree. Can't believe anything like this ..... right wing behavior, would ever fly in the America I know.

      October 17, 2011 at 8:42 pm |
    • DaveC

      Jose, your BFF Obama and the democrats had full control of both houses and the presidency for 2 years. They could have passed a budget and didn't, they could have created any type of jobs bill they wanted and didn't, they could have passed anything they desired those first 2 years and the only thing they did was force a health care plan down the throats of all americans that is going to be defunded as soon as the Supreme Court votes the must by insurance rule out of the bill. Quit being like Obama, blaming everyone but him. He is suppose to lead, not blame everything he encounters on everyone else. He hasn't taken responsiblity of anything while in office. He will be a 1 termer...

      October 17, 2011 at 10:53 pm |
    • Ando

      Obama can't do it on his own? What happened to "Yes we can!" and Obama is a "sort of god"???

      October 18, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
      • BostonDawg

        Ask not what your counry can do for you but what you can do for your country..... well unless of course you are part of the 75% of America that take money from the government..... and are still looking for more. 52% of the country works and only 53% of those 52% pay any about three quarters of the country is supported by one quarter..... but somehow that is not enough!!!!!

        October 18, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
  82. Lizzie

    What do you mean he has not started campaigning , he never quit.

    October 17, 2011 at 7:36 pm |
    • DaveC

      That is all he knows how to do. He sure isn't leading this country as our President. He is in the same category as Jimmy Carter. No way he will get a 2nd term. That would be another 4 years wasted on trying to get this country back on track.

      October 17, 2011 at 10:56 pm |
  83. Jerry Freedman

    The media coverage of the campaign looks more and more like the coverage of a football game. If we had less of this "he is winning oops now he's losing, can he turn it around" and more analysis and explanation of what is happening and why, both media and we as consumers would be better off.

    October 17, 2011 at 7:33 pm |
  84. Liberal Socialism is Anti-American

    The Democrats liberal agenda to control the citizens of America through their use of socialized programs is a failure. The American way is to stand on your own two feet and take care of yourself, not to trade freedom away for a little bit of security. President Obama should be worried, as should all the Democrats. We, the American Citizen, have had enough of your bankrupting, unConstitutional, anti-American ways. Your time is over. We can not wait for November, 2012.

    October 17, 2011 at 7:32 pm |
    • Jean Sartre

      You will just have to wait for 2012... and then, you will just have to swallow hard, just like Linda Lovelace...

      October 18, 2011 at 12:02 am |
    • louise

      Republicans only worry about minuscule programs for the poor and elderly costing them money, but lets continue to give subsidies to BIG CORP. AMERICA, BIG OIL, AND PEOPLE LIKE MICHELLE BACHMANN WHO GET FARM SUBSIDIES AND SUBSIDIES FOR HER SO-CALLED PHONY CLINIC, THIS IS ONE YOUR PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES.....PEOPLE NEED TO WAKE UP AND STOP BEING SO BRAINWASHED BY FOX NEWS. what makes the Republicans so mean? You never complained about the monumental amount spent on a useless war that was a LIE....GET A CONSCIENCE.....

      October 18, 2011 at 12:39 am |
  85. Derek Amarpreet

    The government needs to be overthrown, and in it's place it should be forbidden to be Democrat or Republican.

    October 17, 2011 at 7:30 pm |
    • Mike

      (You stop that, the trick doesn't work if you lift the curtain and reveal the secret.)

      Nothing to see here, people, go back to arguing Democrat vs Republican, that's what we want you focused on....

      October 18, 2011 at 8:03 am |
    • Ando

      Tempting idea, but probably not the wisest...

      October 18, 2011 at 2:14 pm |
  86. CheeseSteak

    Here's the forecast...
    Herman Cain wins in '12. Goes to a G20 summit in Tokyo and accidently farts while bowing to the Chinese premier. Offended, Lin Cho Chow Zhow calls in the national debt and Cain is forced to issue God Father Pizza vouchers to the American People who are now living in refridgerator boxes. Cain is declared the best President of all time by the Tea Party who have to disband because their last pickup truck was reposessed.

    October 17, 2011 at 7:29 pm |
    • NoMoreObama

      We already seen what your BFF Obama can do and I think Cain, if elected would really make it visible just what Obama didn't do for this country while in office. Obama is a dud and the only thing he knows how to do is campaign and talk. He is a no action president and will never make it to a 2nd term.

      October 17, 2011 at 10:59 pm |
    • BostonDawg

      The single most fundamental problem that these blogs and other things that I read leads me to one simple thought....... Americans have come to believe the government is the solution...... it never has been and never will be.

      There was a time when people that had faith, worked hard, took advantage of their edcuation, and believed in family, etc. were considered the backbone of America.... now they are considered extremists and radical....

      Now however if you are an 18 year old girl with 3 kids by 3 different fathers, two of which are in jail and the third is dead because one of the two in jail killed him are considered a family of four.

      The demise of family, ethics, morals, and personal responsibility has destroyed this country and of course you want this to be perpetuated and encouraged.......

      EVERYTIME YOU START TO FIND YOURSELF USING THE WORD GOVERNMENT JUST TRY TO FIND YOURSELF USING THE WORD TAXPAYER...... they are actual people you know...... people that get up and go to work everyday, study hard, work hard, etc. I KNOW, THESE ARE NOT YOUR KIND OF PEOPLE BUT GIVE THEM A CHANCE......

      October 18, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
  87. Fred (Canada)

    Although I am not an American I always watch political events in the US because they will have global impacts. I kind of feel sorry for Obama as he was destined to fail frrom the beginning. I do not say this because I feel he does not have the capabilities. I believe people were so tired of the last couple of years of the previous administration and the wars etc that the electorate wanted a new change. The problem as I see it is that the public almost looked at Obama as a saviour and the expectations were just too high to achieve within the political and economic climate. I hope the American people will give him a second term to try and turn things around and I hope the political climate becomes less polarized and that the elected officals work in the interest of your nation not their parties.

    October 17, 2011 at 7:27 pm |
    • KonaGolden

      Fred, All Obama had to do was show improvement. He failed. He's exploded the debt, raised unemployment, divided the nation even more. His narcissitic personality has prevented him from actually doing the work. He just makes speeches, tries to be loved, and fails to lead. He doesn't deserve a second term and we don't deserve to suffer through one.

      October 18, 2011 at 10:47 am |
    • mg

      This has to be one of the most succint, intelligent evaluations I have read on the board. I agree completely.

      October 18, 2011 at 12:32 pm |
    • Namaan Jaharaman

      Yes Fred, people did view Obama as a savior, but the Obama campaign really nurtured this image of him, and they also nurtured the idea that he was going to be this post partisan leader who was so smart that he would take ideas that worked whether they were conservative or liberal and govern intelligently.

      None of this hyp has panned out. He is highly partisan, and he seems to be economically illiterate. The odds were stacked against him, because he is not the leader we were supposed to believe him to be.

      October 18, 2011 at 1:05 pm |
    • ChihChing

      I am sorry, you are not in America and you don't understand what is going on. Obama spent all three generations money in 2 years and now asking for another stimulus bill which we all know will be failed as the first one. We don't want this spending-dividing-arrogant-in-cheif to keep dstroying America.

      His HealthCare bill and stimulus bill 1 are both destructive. The country is seeing clearer of him and won't let him get by this time in 2012.

      October 18, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
    • cal usa


      Americans have an unfortunate tendency to assume that we elect a philosopher king who can wave a magic wand and fix all that is wrong. In addition, Republicans have discovered that we have very short political memories and are using that to deflect responsibilty for their mismanagement of the country. We now have a coalition of racists, ideologues and religious fanatics using scorched earth tactics to oppose any change in direction. Their gamble is that we will blame the President and put them back into power so they can finish us off. Hopefully, we're not as dumb as they think...

      October 18, 2011 at 2:05 pm |
    • Ando

      If you want him, you can have him!!! Please Canada, take Obama!

      October 18, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
  88. vivianm

    Nobody could succeed when the Republican dominated congress won't even give you a crumb of victory, even at the peril of the U.S. economy. BUSH GOT EVERYTHING RUBBER STAMPED, and he was an absolute idiot!

    This, my friends, is the America we live in today. Brought to you by MONSANTO!

    October 17, 2011 at 7:26 pm |
    • NCBookworm

      Vivian-wake-up. Don't believe everything you read on CNN. The Republicans don't control congress. As a matter of fact, the Dems had control of both houses for the first two years of this presidency and all you got was another entitlement program that will cost trillions (Obamacare).

      October 18, 2011 at 6:24 am |
    • Bob

      Democrats control the White House and the US Senate. Democrats controlled the House from Jan 2007 until Jan 2011. Obama had a supermajority in the Senate and control of the house for 2 years. Your math does not add up.

      October 18, 2011 at 9:57 am |
    • Steve

      Monsanto is running our country? That's a new one for me. Vivian, please remember that for the first two years, President Obama and the democrats had complete control of the government. Obama couldn't even get his democratic allies to buy in to his policies except for health care and that's why they were thrown out in 2010. You can blame republicans, you can blame Monsanto, but the people spoke in 2010 and we are going to speak even louder in 2012

      October 18, 2011 at 10:58 am |
    • KonaGolden

      Vivianm, Please explain how Democrats who controlled the House, Senate and Presidency solved the problems when they had the chance. Now please explain how Republicans are the problem when Democrats controll the Presidency and the Senate. can you explain why Obama stated Jobs & the economy were his number one priority, yet he waited until his third year in office to address the issue? Or maybe yoy can explain Obama's budget submission to Congress this past February. The one that added $10 Trillion to the debt, ignored the recommendations of his own Debt Commission, and was voted down in the Democrat controlled Senate, 97-0.

      Think! Even kittens open their eyes at some point.

      October 18, 2011 at 12:23 pm |
    • Ando

      Hey, I know what Obama's slogan should be in 2012: "Not as bad as the guy who isn't running!"

      Although, I don't think he has anything on Herman Cain or Newt or Bachman, or even Perry for that matter

      October 18, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
  89. rudedog

    The dems need to show how bad things would be if not for Obama's plan- Bailout of GM with those thousands of jobs, unemployment extensions that kept the unemployed fed. We would be in worse shape without his leadership.

    October 17, 2011 at 7:25 pm |
    • EJM

      Bailouts are part of the problem.
      The Occupy Wall Street crowd is protesting the cozy relationship and influence of corporations on the government.
      Last time I checked GM was a corporation.
      So is GE, whose CEO Immelt is Obama's 'Job's Czar' and pays no taxes, while he exports jobs to China.
      Obama's crony capitalism aka venture socialism has failed.
      Do you see any 'green jobs'?
      Can you spell Solyndra?

      October 18, 2011 at 11:15 am |
    • KonaGolden

      You are in bad shape because of what Obama has done. He is following the same policies and programs FDR did to end the Great Depression. The only problem with that is it didn't work. FDR's policies added 7 years to the Great Depression according to UCLA economists Ohanian and Cole. (Google "UCLA, FDR study"). The economic indicators all clearly show these programs aren't working, yet you support spending even more for failed programs. Money you, your kids and your grandchildren will have to pay back...likely to China.

      October 18, 2011 at 12:18 pm |
    • Ando

      I think you right! They should start by making you pay back all the debt they amounted in the last 3 years.

      October 18, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
  90. chris

    all it will do is make the DNC, Obama campaign, and liberal media increase the class warfare rhetoric. desperation.

    congress refuses to do anything Obama's way. Obama refuses to do anything congress' way.

    i sure hope Obama supports OWS more. it's a lost cause.

    October 17, 2011 at 7:23 pm |
  91. blake

    Have failed. Will fail. Marxism doesn't work.

    October 17, 2011 at 7:22 pm |
    • AngryVet2

      Your comments just show that you failed political science in high school. It is that simple, please refrain from embarassing yourself by revealing how little you know of government.

      October 18, 2011 at 8:43 am |
  92. Hunter

    We most certainly are better off with Obama than we would have been with a Republican president. The country may not be totally happy with Obama, but if they know what's good for them, they will still re-elect him. The alternative would be disastrous.

    October 17, 2011 at 7:22 pm |
    • Lee McBride

      Aw cmon, how could it get more disastrous? Are you for real?

      October 17, 2011 at 8:27 pm |
    • KonaGolden

      Really? We're better off with Obama? The numbers don't lie. Unemployment much higher. Deficits sky high. Incurred more debt in 3 years than the Nation in 232 years. Obama's last budget, submitted in February, ignored the recommendations of his own Debt Commission, added $10 Trillion to the Debt and was voted down, 97-0 in the Senate.
      He doesn't deserve 4 more minutes, let alone 4 more years.

      October 18, 2011 at 10:51 am |
  93. Really

    The strongest rallying cry for the Dems will not come from Obama, but from the Tea Party. If the GOP had left this alone, they would sweep the election. However, the Conservative "use Jesus to avoid taxes" crowd has pushed too hard and awakened the left, and their left of center moderates. As a result, they have awalened a giant who is going to kick their pious butts. Just cause Dems don't vote, doesn't mean they wont fight.

    October 17, 2011 at 7:20 pm |
    • KonaGolden

      As a Tea Party supporter, I can clearly state they are not about avoiding taxes or no taxes, they are for limited government, limited taxation. Tea Party folks are not Anarchists. Also, I am not religious, though I see value in many main stream religions. Just out of curiosity, where did your values come from? You know, values like not killing, not stealing, not lying on the witness stand......

      October 18, 2011 at 10:55 am |
    • Steve

      What do you mean that just because dems won't vote doesn't mean they won't fight? Are you referring to the increasing violence in the OWS movement? Or, are you threatening that the unions will increase their violence to try to disrupt the upcoming elections? Nothing would surprise me. But our great nation has an amazing ability to rise above violence and gang mentality. It's called voting.

      October 18, 2011 at 11:00 am |
    • duke

      lol what a tool

      October 18, 2011 at 11:17 am |
    • Bert Swenson

      Ed, the sleeping Giant is not liberals or socialist it's conservatives 2 to 1 Americans are conservatives. Perhaps you should consider Venezuela or Cuba to hang your hat? Nobody fights there that lives to tell about it!

      October 18, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
  94. Pepinium

    Democrats ought to embrace the Occupy movement and show that they are aware that radical changes are needed but substantial majorities are needed in both houses of Congress to be able to implement them. Forget about the Republican's screams about "class warfare". Class warfare has been taking place in this country ever since the Reagan presidency and, as a result, the middle class is disappearing in this country and the evidence for THAT is all around us.

    October 17, 2011 at 7:19 pm |
  95. Engineer in Raleigh

    I'll vote for Obama again, but I'd be a lot more enthusiastic about it if he'd stop trying to work in a "bipartisan" fashion with the GOPers and teabaggers in congress, who would rather wreck the economy than see him re-elected.

    October 17, 2011 at 7:18 pm |
    • BOOGIE

      Totally agree

      October 17, 2011 at 10:16 pm |
    • gary c

      I totally agree. I will vote for him again, but I want him to do less bending to Boehner-Ryan-McConnell and more standing up for his base ( and all Americans). PUSH BACK! Tell the R leadership "MY WAY OR THE HIGHWAY!" Give them a BIG dose of their own medicine. Executive order the closing of loopholes in the tax code and use the savings to fund YOUR programs. And FIRE that useless Eric Holder. Stop suing the states and Close Guantanamo. Bring all troops home by 12/31/11 from Iraq. They don't want us there and never did. Save a couple of million a week like that and I'll get out and beart the drums for you again. But, continue the meek negotiating you have been engaged in at your peril. At some popint, enough is enough!

      October 18, 2011 at 10:48 am |
    • KonaGolden

      Obama has already wrecked the economy. It was bad to start, but taking the 232 years of the nations debt and doubling it in 3 years is not success. GDP at 0.7% is not success. Spending $821 Billion to keep unemployment below 8%, but have it closer to 10% is not success.

      Governments do not create wealth or jobs. Governments can only confiscate wealth from private business and individuals. To fund a government job requires taking that money from job creators.

      Even kittens open their eyes at some point.

      October 18, 2011 at 12:13 pm |
    • Duane - St. Pete FLA

      Obama had a SUPER MAJORITY for TWO YEARS.....what did he do with that???? shove down Obama care while everyone was out of move.....

      October 18, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  96. Brian

    Thank god the Republicans don't believe in global warming... they'd be trying to blame that on Obama too. If people have lost faith in Obama's policies it's only because the GOP has been saying nothing other than that the Obama policies have failed - whether there's any truth in the matter or not.

    October 17, 2011 at 7:17 pm |
    • tcaros

      The Republicans were very clear from the start; if Obama succeds they will lose again. That's why they are throwing everything they got to prevent success. The American people have to be smart enough to put the Republicans out of power for a very long time.

      October 17, 2011 at 10:44 pm |
    • GordoTaco

      sorry Brian – the truth is that they all failed. there is no more kool-aid (except the generic brand from China)

      October 18, 2011 at 10:43 am |
    • KonaGolden

      Republican's believe in Global warming. We just don't believe the less that 2% of man made CO2 is clearly the cause, when nature puts out the other 98%. The fact it now appears solar radiation plays a larger role is another contributing factor. Nobel Prize winner and Global Warming Physicist Dr. Ivar Giaever, resigned from his post on the committee because they blindly start with a conclusion and try to make the facts support it, not the other way around as in real science.

      October 18, 2011 at 11:59 am |
    • Duane - St. Pete FLA

      no no....that's Bush's fault!!! lol.....isn't that what Obama and the rest of the liberals are thinking?

      October 18, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  97. KBL

    Why won't a single Republican / Conservative / Right-Wing commentator come right out and speak the truth: President Obama's policies have not succeeded, because President Obama's policies have not been enacted. The only thing that has succeeded so far is the Republican / Conservative / Right-Wing's sole goal of ensuring President Obama fails.

    October 17, 2011 at 7:17 pm |
    • KonaGolden

      Are you really that much of a propagandist? Let's look at two examples:
      First up – Stimulus. $821 Billion to keep unemployment from exceeding 8%. Yup, Republican's stopped that useless program......oh wait, no they didn't, but it didn't work. Can you say Solyendra?

      Next up – Obama's budget. In February of this year, President Obama submitted to Congress his proposed budget. That budget ignored the recommendations of his own debt commission, added $10 Trillion to the Debt, and was voted down in the Senate, 97-0. Republican's control 97 seats in the Senate? Wow, and I thoughjt Harry Reid and the Democrats were in control.

      You know, even kittens open their eyes at some point. You might want to try an open mind, facts, and reason.

      October 18, 2011 at 12:05 pm |
    • Joel

      Are you serious?!? This president had a congressional SUPERMAJORITY for TWO YEARS!!! The republican house has been in office less than a year. Wake up!

      October 18, 2011 at 1:30 pm |
    • scieng1

      Some of us call the $trillions in new regulations and added costs to hiring people the success of Obama. No one has obstructed him in this. He has done it. Maybe you missed the first two years of Obama's rubber stamped authority, and fail to see the massive costs that are crippling our economy now. Those of us trying to grow our businesses see it clearly.

      October 18, 2011 at 1:46 pm |
  98. Mike

    I am sure Wolf and all at CNN are happy with these polls. You can almost hear the glee in his voice. But just wait. All the people who believes President Obama will be a one term President will be in for a rude awakening. Americans are not the dumb people the Republicans think they are and they already know who is killing every bill the President is trying to push through to get people back to work. They know the wealthy and their mouthpieces like FOX and the bias coming from CNN and god knows all the smut put out there on the President will not work in 2012. Four more years, Four more years, thank God almighty 4 More Years.

    October 17, 2011 at 7:16 pm |
    • mike

      Four more years of Obama, and it will no longer be the USA. It will be the like any other European country: no need to be responsible because the government will take care of every need. We'll be run over by illegals, and being anti-gay will get people in jail.

      October 17, 2011 at 8:16 pm |
    • tcaros

      You've hit the nail on the head.

      (btw- good ole wolfie made his career duirng big pappy Bush's Desert Storm war.)

      October 17, 2011 at 10:42 pm |
    • dan in albuquerque

      What the poll actually says is that they don't expect Obama to have success in getting Republicans to vote for anything with his name on it. Polls show that about 2/3 of Americans like his jobs bill and positive approach. It also means they will throw out some incumbent Republican and TP reps next year as Obama wins his second term by caring about the middle class, the unemployed, the elderly and the uninsured.

      October 18, 2011 at 12:00 am |
    • poet756

      From your letter it's obvious that the democrats have the useful idiot votes locked up but the truth is Obama's socalled jobs program is a joke. There is about 160 billion in union bailouts which will result in huge kickbacks for his campaign, but what in the jobs bill will create jobs? The infrastructure bank will take at least 18 months to 2 years just to set up and an additional 6 to 12 months before the first project gets approved, but more importantly than that Obama claims that most of the money will come from private sources. Since he will be raising taxes on venture capitalists, that seems very unlikely. Venture capitalists know 1 out of every 3 dollars they invest will be a loss so higher taxes reduce their chance to make a profit. Venture capitalism is what made Microsoft, Apple, Home Depot, the companies they are today. Killing venture capitalism appeals to extreme leftists but it kills jobs, not creates them. The tax credit for hiring new employees is a joke. No one is going to hire someone for a 4 thousand dollar tax credit. That's already been proven from stimulus #1. And every election since Obama was elected has been a referendum on Obama and the answer has been rejection of his job killing and energy deficient programs. Republicans were elected to stop Obama and his reckless spending and sweetheart deals for his contributors.

      October 18, 2011 at 8:35 am |
    • KonaGolden

      ABO 2012 OMG!

      Mike, minds are like parachutes, they only work when open.

      October 18, 2011 at 12:07 pm |
    • Namaan Jaharaman

      Please stay tuned for December 2012 when there will be a post on the blog by a guy named Mike, belly aching about how dumb the American people are for not voting for Obama.

      October 18, 2011 at 1:29 pm |
  99. Andrew Smith

    Given Wolf Blitzer's brilliant analytic skills and his unerring ability to say very little in a great many words, we should simply assume the coming election is already decided. Whatever excuse for a GOP candidate emerges should be installed in the White House without going through the torture of the political campaign! In all seriousness, "enthusiasm" at this juncture is meaningless. Wait until next summer before you make any assumptions, because the Republicans have a candidate (Obama, whom they HATE) to focus upon, Democrats have no idea which objectionable right-wing nut will be seeking to replace the President. When we know that, enthusiasm among Democrats will rise dramatically. To compare enthusiasm in a non-presidential year to that of a presidential election year is simplistic nonsense.

    October 17, 2011 at 7:15 pm |
  100. ed

    The only light at the end of this tunnel is an oncoming train.

    October 17, 2011 at 7:11 pm |
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