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BLITZER’S BLOG: For Obama, numbers matter
November 15th, 2011
04:10 PM ET

BLITZER’S BLOG: For Obama, numbers matter

By CNN’s Wolf Blitzer

(CNN) - There are many advantages an incumbent president has in seeking re-election. The power and perks of the White House are significant.

But those advantages certainly don’t guarantee a second term. There have been many one-term presidents.

I was thinking about that when I reviewed the latest CNN-ORC International poll numbers on President Obama’s job approval. Right now, 46% approve of the way he’s handling his job; 52% disapprove.

That has been steady for months: 46% in October; 45% in July, August and September.

We went back and looked at how other incumbent presidents were doing a year before their respective bids for re-election. The results can be illuminating.

President George W. Bush was at 50% approval in November 2003 and defeated John Kerry a year later.

President Bill Clinton was at 52% approval in November 1995 and defeated Bob Dole a year later.

President George H.W. Bush was at 56% approval in November 1991 but was defeated by Bill Clinton a year later. The deterioration of the U.S. economy during that year certainly undermined Bush’s chances. Remember James Carville’s famous slogan: “It’s the economy, stupid.”

President Ronald Reagan was at 53% approval in November 1983 and defeated Walter Mondale a year later.

President Jimmy Carter was at 38% approval in November 1979 and was defeated by Reagan a year later.

President Gerald Ford was at 41% approval in November 1975 and was defeated by Carter a year later.

Finally, President Richard Nixon was at 49% approval in October 1971 and defeated George McGovern a year later. (Unfortunately for Nixon, he was later forced to resign because of the Watergate scandal.)

The bottom line for President Obama right now: He needs to improve his job approval numbers over the next year. If he wants to be re-elected – and he does – he will probably have to increase that 46% to closer to 50% or higher.

Still, much will also depend on so many other factors including the Republican nominee.

RELATED: CNN Poll: Obama ranks low among recent incumbents

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  1. Kim M Hunter

    Wolf, you argue for Obama to win a second term. Yet you and Hilarry Rosen ( with her $2000.00 dress siting next to you ) and Joe John grill Newt because you all do not like him. He is brillant compared to Nancy Pelosi, who would be lucky to puch holes in doughnuts. And you love to rack him because he made some money? Did not YOUR president make millions with his book? And do you remember that our current President never made a business? Never was an executive of any kind? Never had to make a pay/roll? All he really did was run the student newspaper at Harvard and then went to Chicago ( that pristine chamber of democracy) and started his career as a politican. Some genius. And yet you and your friends all gang up on Newt? Is that fair? Most of the time it is you and Gloria and Joe attacking him over and over. Could you not at least have one strong Republican to repulse your concerted fight? I think you and CNN are afraid so much of Newt because he will make swiss cheese in any debate with either Nancy pelosi or the president. How about that? Just a little bit of the truth, which CNN use to be good at.

    November 17, 2011 at 7:58 pm |
  2. Griff

    "no! No! no! The Republicans are trying to find an alternative to Obama!"

    November 16, 2011 at 8:48 pm |
  3. Griff

    "With my limited equipment access of todays world, and that distant knowledge in communications; I still feel I surprise you! So imagine what I could do with your accessable-equipment! There are millions just like me, and in so man y countries!"

    November 16, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  4. Red

    Obama doesn't have to do anything, the GOP candidates are ruining themselves. Cain, yea right. Perry, he forgot. Bachmann, hahahaha. All of them are jokes. Romney has the best chance of winning, but he is only at what, like 20%?

    November 16, 2011 at 12:03 pm |
  5. joshua

    the only numbers that matter are the 2012 numbers and Obama has lost his democratic base and has no chance or swinging independents back to the liberal agenda. You don't screw the American people with your socialist agenda and expect to get their vote in the next election. Jimmy Carter part 2 is just as bad as Jimmy Carter part 1.

    November 16, 2011 at 9:31 am |
  6. Angel Bethany

    Where was Obama when OWS 1st amendment rights were trampled on??? I voted for this man but he was not there for us and we will not soon forget that.

    November 16, 2011 at 8:25 am |
  7. annie s

    Don't count him out. This President has actually been a resounding success in most of his endeavors, and without the obstructionist Republicans, our economic recovery would be stronger. It's a matter of getting the truth out there, controlling the message and educating the American people. Besides, the Republicans have nothing to offer.

    November 16, 2011 at 8:03 am |
  8. makomAni

    The Obama Plan is the Destruction of America. The Actions show it. His words show it. The results are showing it. The People see it and have REJECTED OBAMA AND HIS POLICY. The People don't want a compromise. The People want the Destructive Policy of this Demonic Obama Administration STOPPED. Obama and his Administration are of a Demonic Nature. Obama is what we call the Anti-Christ. Deny Obama and you will Destroy him. Look and you will understand what he is trying to do to America. To Follow Obama is to Worship him. near term end is with him

    November 16, 2011 at 7:47 am |
  9. Bernice

    President Obama supporters are sitting back waiting letting GOP spin in circle. We really couldn't care less about these polls, all we care is, when can we vote!

    We're very much keeping up with what's going on, those of us that don't we will have them up and ready When they're needed! BELIEVE THIS!!
    Right now, GOP candidates are Pres. Obama's best campaine defense! LOVE those GOP debates!!! LOL!!!

    November 16, 2011 at 4:48 am |
  10. alex

    how long are liberals going to blame bush? yes, george w bush's administration got us into this mess, but all obama has done is continue bush's spending on an exponential scale. you can't spend your way out of debt. if you personally were in debt 100000 dollars and only made 20000 dollars a year, how would you pay off that debt? prioritize. take out a loan? no. thats what obama did. he throws money away like its going out of style. stimulus packages don't work on a country our size. if you wanted to do an effective stimulus, plan on spending 10 trillion. thats what it would take. anyone can see that amount is absurd, so don't even bother with stimulus
    bottom line, if we can't elect someone like ron paul who understands this and adresses it, the least we could do is elect a republican congress. that way obama is in check. just like clinton was. and bush. he can still be president. just not this socialism-pushing liberal idealogue that he wants to be. bring him back down to earth.

    November 16, 2011 at 3:49 am |
  11. Not fooled

    His ratings are low because the repubs have set up roadblocks to everything he has tried to do to put people back to work. When they say they disapprove of the way the country is headed they are really talking about the do nothing repubs that have taken over Congress since Nov. 2010. Before that when the Democrats were in control we were getting a boatload of stuff done. Now since January I think every post office has been named and that's about it.

    November 16, 2011 at 2:30 am |
    • Javier

      A meal I will never forget took place 20 years ago, on a three week trip to the Soviet Union. After a long fgilht from Siberia, we arrived at our hotel in Tashkent,Uzbekistan, ushered into the diningroom, and served our meal little metal bowls of broth and bones. No meat just greasy bones ( probably goat, but we called them donkey bones we may have been right). After much complaining, the bowls of bones were replaced by bowls of rice with a bit of meat. The meat might have come off those same bones, and may have been reserved for some dignitaries that were attending a conference at the hotel. They appeared to be having a much better meal than us complete with wine and female companions who were making the dinner an enjoyable time for the dignitaries , and providing entertainment for us as we watched them.The next morning we also noticed that the waiters, when clearing the tables, merely emptied out the used coffee and tea cups and replaced them, without washing , on the table for the next group of unsuspecting diners . The dignitaries had not yet appeared, no doubt the result of a very late night . I often wondered if their coffee cups would at least be washed.Our entire trip had memorable meals, though memorable for oddity, not quality. When we ended our trip in Helsinki, we celebrated with a meal that included $8 soup a LOT for 20 years ago and we delighted in the food as if we had been starved for weeks. Not far from wrong.

      November 11, 2012 at 6:59 pm |
  12. Derrick, Atlanta

    I wonder if they've normalized these numbers with congress' record low approval. Seems we've reached a new paradigm.

    November 16, 2011 at 2:07 am |
    • edsr of Dallas

      THINK before you write. Write at a layman's level. You want to impress? Impress with good judgment!

      November 17, 2011 at 12:00 pm |
  13. truthfl1

    Obama was in Hawaii giving another campaign speech and said 'HERE IN ASIA" Wow! This clown grew up in Hawaii and thinks Hawaii is in Asia? He knows nothing about Geography, or anything else but community organizing. How did America elect this failure in an empty suit. Traveling around the world on Air Force One for 3 yrs, doesn't even know where he came from. Maybe he meant he 'can SEE Asia from Hawaii.
    He is a laughingstock now, his time is almost up.

    November 16, 2011 at 1:04 am |
    • edsr of Dallas

      Obama is not uneducated nor is he brilliant. He is very common and you would expect common remarks from a common person! Not a fault! It is just genuinely HIM! He just does not have the credentials to be where he is at this time! It is the fault of the voters and not Obama! A little catch phrase is all it took to hoodwink the voters! YES WE CAN?! NOBODY asked the necessary question...........yes we can WHAT?

      November 17, 2011 at 12:05 pm |
    • Klaus Daimler

      I'm from Croatia, and even I know Hawaii islands are not geographically located in North America. Truthfl1, pls check the facts before laughing off someone.

      November 18, 2011 at 8:15 am |
  14. Jose

    How can this idiot Mr. Blizter can stand and say that barrack obama can win. This president will has failed us all. And this super committee is the worse in history. I think that Obama wants the super committee to fail. Its not congress has failed its the libral senators in the senate that is doing the failures and i see them as a do nothing senate. The hell to Mr. Reed and Polosi. If Obama gets re-elected for another term in office, all you liberal are not going to be happy. You want to stay the way things are, then its on the liberals on this one. God help us all.

    November 15, 2011 at 10:55 pm |
    • edsr of Dallas

      Don't blame Wolf Blitzer.........he is just doing his job. He is a newsman and probably a writer........WHO....WHAT....WHEN.....WHERE....HOW......................are important to a writer. He is simply doing his job. You want to blame somebody....blame the voters.....there are MORE far left bleeding heart liberals in this country right now than you could possible count! America has changed....for the worse.....we need to go back to our grassroots......we need to go back to square one......and figure out WHO...WHAT....WHEN.....WHERE....HOW! You might want to throw a WHY in there for some strange reason!

      November 17, 2011 at 12:13 pm |
  15. WHOOSH

    At the end of the day BHO will still be the POTUS. Remember your numbers in 2008? They were seriously skewed as the are today...just sayin

    November 15, 2011 at 9:57 pm |
  16. kt

    Obama's the best you got...face up to it..the GOP has turkey's for candidates.

    Polls are a reflection of a moment in time, people change their minds on a whim.

    November 15, 2011 at 9:53 pm |
  17. citizen

    How can 46% of the population approve of Obama's job performance.

    No matter your political persuation, Obama has been an utter failure and is simply not getting the job done.

    November 15, 2011 at 9:09 pm |
  18. NoTags

    I believe Obama will be re-elected not because he has been a great President, but because the public see's the GOP/tp as obstructionists who have blocked or attempted to block everything he has tried to do.

    From the very beginning the GOP made it clear that their #1 priority was to make Obama a one term President. It seems that in the past 2 1/2-3 years the GOP has been fixated on this "mission" and ignored governing.

    I also believe in 2012 we will see the Senate remain in Democratic control and most likely the Democrats will win enough seats to again control the House.

    November 15, 2011 at 8:25 pm |
  19. Sonny

    Some folks have turned blind to the magnitudes of problems bequeathed on Obama on taking office. They’ve nonetheless forgotten the extraordinary steps he took to avert the total collapse of our economy. This President has done well considering what he inherited. Besides, the GOP hasn’t adduce or proffer any meaningful antidote to forging our economy forward. This, we’d remember at the polling booth.

    November 15, 2011 at 8:24 pm |
  20. ChuckC

    No, GWB did not inherit a stable economy – the economy was slowing down from the 2008 tech bubble bursting that resulted in the US being in a recession 2Q2009, then the double-whammy of 9/11. Poof! There goes the surplus. But, we can't have FACTS cloud the arguement.

    We got through then with unemployment under 5 percent. GWB's last 3 years, the tax receipts were higher than Clinton's best number. But, can't have FACTS cloud the arguement.

    November 15, 2011 at 8:21 pm |
  21. edsr of Dallas

    Wolf....I don't believe there is any hatred for Obama in this country......the word HATE is too strong and should not be used. Some people may dislike what he has not done and also the promises he did not keep and his connection with Rev Wright was not fully explained although he attended that church for 20 personal feeling is that not only is Obama not qualified for that office, I don't believe either party has a qualified candidate.Plus I am totally dissatisfied with his performance to date. That is all. I don't dislike the man. I am indifferent toward the man.

    November 15, 2011 at 8:17 pm |
  22. Heyyou

    1. Nixon chose to resign; he was not forced as the article states.
    2. The numbers they gave are all over the place–meaningless drivel.

    November 15, 2011 at 8:11 pm |
    • Get Real

      I fully agree with your second point. Furthermore, no previous President has been faced with correcting a huge recession, decades of massive outsourcing of jobs, global economic collapse, a useless dysfunctional Congress, insufficient tax revenues, skyrocketing healthcare costs, the Arab spring, winding down two wars, etc,etc.
      Yet, some claim that he has achieved nothing.

      November 15, 2011 at 8:45 pm |
  23. MK54

    Obama's numbers are quite impressive considering the economic and political challenges he has faced. Unlike his Republican challengers, the support he has retained appears to be quite solid. Republicans will be forced to make a choice that will split the party. Once that happens, Obama figures to gain strength. If the economy starts gathering steam, Obama will win easily.

    November 15, 2011 at 8:08 pm |
    • glyder

      his numbers should improve,at least compared to the republican canidate.whoever that turns out to be.the msm will do what they can to either bolster obamas image or tarnish the gop canidate.or both.just like in 2008,the lies the media tells are sometimes in what they choose to omit.

      November 15, 2011 at 8:23 pm |
    • edsr of Dallas

      My opinion is that Obama did not face up to economic and political challenges in his first three years.......he has committed both economic and political failures. End of story.He will NOT get my vote a second time. He has created a credibility gap....just as you could do at your job....1) Punctuality,,,,,2) TRUST...........two very important attributes Mr Obama does not have.

      November 15, 2011 at 8:28 pm |
    • Howard

      obama's current trip is another slippery obama attempt to run away, and temporarily take the heat off himself, for massive screw ups, like Solyndra, and Fast n' Furious. Claiming that his trip will open foreign markets, and thus create more American jobs is a joke. Thanks to obama, unions are already over paying American workers to a level that makes them uncompetative with their Asia Pacific counterparts ... and, makes the propects of under paid Asian workers buying over priced American goods a pipe dream ... not to mention adding in the cost of freight to get the American made goods thousands of miles away, to their Asian sales outlets. But, like with most of obama's sweeping promises and platitudes, obama hopes that enough suckers will once again buy into his B.S., in order to get himself relected ... because a BILLION dollars, may not be enough to buy the Presidency this time.

      November 16, 2011 at 12:32 am |
      • edsr of Dallas

        Don't delude yourself. Like most voters you don't realize how WILEY this guy can be! He has learned quickly in Washington the one negative trait all politicians seem to have.........HOW TO PASS THE BUCK and not take responsibility for ones actions!

        November 17, 2011 at 12:08 pm |
    • Jasie

      No part of the economy has improved under Obama. In fact, he has been the most anit-business president ever. Take a look at Boeing in SC, Gibson, oil, coal, Keystone, Solyndra...

      November 16, 2011 at 8:19 am |
  24. James

    Obama has no numbers–Not on this site anyway–We can only hope it stays that way–He will come up with something to make him look wonderful and great along about September-October of next year–No mater what it costs us–

    November 15, 2011 at 8:07 pm |
    • edsr of Dallas

      Here is a man sitting in the Oval Room who has NEVER served our country yet...he is the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces......this bothers me it would ANY veteran! The result is I would NEVER follow him anywhere! As for his creating invisible good he has performed.......nonsense...this man has no transparency....the people demand transparency! He does not get my vote again! He has learned one political attribute very well....HOW TO PASS THE BUCK!

      November 15, 2011 at 8:32 pm |
  25. John Herzog

    His numbers are a little low, but the GOP field is "possibly" the least qualified, least liked group in history and no one stands out of the group....Romney may be the best in terms of intelligence, and debating skills, but the right will do anything to find a different candidate....He is trying his best to sound conservative, but he has changed his tune so many times that even the GOP doesn't respect him, in fact they dislike him.....Obama could win this one at 46%, unless the GOP finds a new candidate.

    November 15, 2011 at 8:06 pm |
    • FIELD1stSGT

      And you think Obama is qualified? HO HUM.

      November 15, 2011 at 8:15 pm |
    • edsr of Dallas

      I agree with you 100%. We need a very successful businessman with solutions to come out of nowhere and to run as an Independent and who easily gains the trust of the American people. There are no candidates right now on either side who appeal to me as a voter. Obama even less. The unknown businessman I speak of does NOT have to be a foreign relations expert! You can find a cabinet member for that challenge. But...domestically we need solutions or this country will simply implode economically! We need a man or woman candidate who makes no promises but does the job.

      November 15, 2011 at 8:37 pm |
    • concerned joy

      This GOP field the "least qualified" in history? Give me a break! Obama had virtually NO qualifications! And the shape this country is in is proof of that.

      November 16, 2011 at 11:56 am |
      • edsr of Dallas

        I agree....Obama is the MOST unqualified President we have EVER had....personally I would like to see a successful businessman as President and I also believe NOW is the time for a lady to be President because of the economic problems. Voters can shove aside the two who are Republican BUT I would have confidence in a Palin-Bachmann ticket moreso than another Obama-Nobody ticket!

        November 17, 2011 at 11:35 am |
  26. vodknockers

    0bama is a one termer...because

    Operation Fast & Furious
    Light Squared
    Siga Technologies
    Failure to lead by the will of The People
    Failure to enforce Federal immigration laws
    Skirting Congress with unelected 'czars'
    America's Downgrade causes OUR investments to tank
    30% loss in value of our homes
    17.1% Real Unemployment
    Highest Food Stamp usage in history
    Suing AZ., and Al. and SC. and Boeing.
    $800B for 'shovel-ready' Stimulus jobs that produced NO JOBS
    Dept. of Interior under contempt of court and over 100 investigations
    No Energy Policy...Oil & Coal production anemic
    No Foreign Policy other than alienate our allies
    Acorn / Union cronyism paybacks
    General Incompetence from a totally incompetent Cabinet
    Taking No responsibility while Blaming everything else


    November 15, 2011 at 8:06 pm |
    • DoninSD

      And why is he on the sidelines instead of engaging the defict reduction commitee? Has he no ideas at all?

      November 15, 2011 at 8:31 pm |
    • edsr of Dallas

      No doubt Obama has negatives all around him. There is NOTHING positive about him politically as a leader. I would wager though he is one heck of a sweet guy to play golf with or shoot baskets or just have down for dinner. He is NOT an unlikeable guy but he is just NOT qualified for the position of President!

      November 15, 2011 at 8:40 pm |
    • natrldiver

      You state everything the awake and aware citizens already know. Unfortunately, the left has continued to make Obama their savior in hopes that his socialist agenda will spread the wealth. Just like the 99% – OWS idiots, they want a piece of the American pie without the effort. The youth of America and the left wing do not believe in responsibility or accountability. Instead they believe in entitlement without payment of service.

      November 15, 2011 at 8:42 pm |
    • kt

      some of the issues you list would have occurred had any other candidate been elected as President...some started long before Obama took office..

      November 15, 2011 at 9:46 pm |
    • RJ

      Amen-I totally agree! Why people can't see this is beyond me! Goes to show you how stupid Americans really are if they vote for him again.

      November 15, 2011 at 11:33 pm |
    • Not fooled

      You do realize that most of this is the result of Bush's policies and the recession that followed and that Obama inherited it. Solyndra and Fast and Furious started under Bush admin. The downgrade was the repubs political brinkmanship according to Standard and Poor. The stimulus produced or created 2.9 million jobs and the American Jobs Act would have produced 1.9 million more but the repubs blocked it. Bush had more czars. No foreign policy? LOL. Change the channel.

      November 16, 2011 at 2:40 am |
    • annie s

      You ignore many truths in your list, among them,,, the fact that there have been more deportations of illegals under this President so far than under Bush's entire two terms.....that every President since the God of Republicans Ronald Reagan has had "czars"....that the organization that downgraded our credit laid it directly on the doorstep of Republican refusal to raises taxes.... that the stimulus in fact created or saved close to 3 million jobs.... that Obama's foreign policy has been a resounding success... that most of the economic woes you list happened under the Bush Administration or as a direct result of it.....and that he HAS done the will of the people. I'm a "people" and I'm quite pleased.

      November 16, 2011 at 8:12 am |
    • Dano558

      Thank you.

      November 16, 2011 at 9:24 am |
      • edsr of Dallas

        You CANNOT list ALL of the problems that Obama has created! Most people do not realize how many sub problems have been created by his main problems he created. I am NOT an OBAMA hater like some people purport to be BUT he certainly is NOT Presidential in any way shape or form! I recall a photo of HE and HIS wife and kids sitting in the planning room eating popcorn with shoes off and coke cans on the planning table watching a sports event on TV! Is THIS the image we want to give the world of a President of the United States? This is NOT Motown....this is the White House in Washington DC! This is NOT Chicago or Detroit! Obama may be a sweet guy on the golf course or shooting baskets with but we have to draw the line on DIGNITY! Dignified he is NOT! You may laugh at this but I truly believe that Jack Cafferty would make a finer President than Barack Obama and I MEAN this SERIOUSLY! At least Jack has some serious dignity! Jack Cafferty is ALSO a thinker and has common sense! These two qualities evade Obama. On top of that I TRUST Jack Cafferty MORE than Obama! TRUST is extremely important for one to be a Head of State!

        November 17, 2011 at 11:46 am |
    • Shan

      2012 OBAMA

      November 16, 2011 at 9:39 am |
  27. clint kemnitz

    When obama took office he could have cut spending got this country back on track he didn't shame on him

    November 15, 2011 at 8:04 pm |
    • edsr of Dallas

      True but he is not totally to blame....that is why you have advisers and cabinet members. He has surrounded himself with a bunch of people who draw straws to see who goes to the bathroom next. In short....his advisers and his staff both stink! The man depends on others all the time! If I were him with his lack of personal experience I would not be able to sleep. Truthfully he is what he is.....a Junior Senator!

      November 15, 2011 at 8:44 pm |
    • Get Real

      You mean that he should have not saved the automotive industry or the banking sector? Don't you remember 'too big to fail'? Should he have allowed the loss of 700,000 jobs per month to continue? How can people be so forgetful?
      The automotive industry is stronger and more competitive. Wall Street is back.
      One problem is the lack of jobs.
      Our jobs have been outsourced for decades because of lack of regulations and will be very difficult to get back. But, Obama is out there negotiating fair trade agreements with Asia, with no help from the party of NO.
      Voters need to make them the party to GO!

      November 15, 2011 at 9:03 pm |
  28. edsr of Dallas

    Wolf.......judging from the present lineup of GOP hopefuls it looks like Obama does not have a problem with getting his second term. The GOP does not have anyone strong enough to beat him but...if some really good independent crops up out of nowhere.........then there is a shot.

    November 15, 2011 at 7:49 pm |
    • Get Real

      The GOP has the upper 1%, who can donate unlimited funds through superpacs to flood the airwaves with anti-Obama propaganda, thanks to the SCOTUS. Public perception is simply a matter of exposure.

      November 15, 2011 at 9:08 pm |
    • Aces Full Mike

      Bill Ayers, Van Jones, Jeremiah Wright, Francis Fox Piven, International apology tour, 2,000 page health care bill that took a year to pass only after bribing his own party members, redistribution of wealth, divisive class warfare rhetoric while he takes more campaign cash from Wall Street than anyone else, 9% unemployment and now Solyndra – the "put the Community Organizer in charge and see what happens" experiment is over.

      November 15, 2011 at 10:33 pm |
      • edsr of Dallas

        In your entire paragraph you hit on the ONE key reason we have problems with this administration! That is REV WRIGHT! You are what you eat! You are who you hang around with ! There was a movie a long time ago with Edward G Robinson playing the role of a DA........he told one of his suspects....."when you play with dirt you can throw it away but some will always rub off on your hands"! That is the legacy of Obama and Rev Wright! He went into Washington with a NEGATIVE agenda and never realized it!

        November 17, 2011 at 12:18 pm |
  29. Pra veen Gupta

    I think that OBAMA will win in a landslide next year. Because republicans are against middleclass, against women's rights, against Gay/Lesbian rights, against union. This will be a biggest organized labor victory ever. Republicans have no idea what they are up against???? OBAMA MANIA

    November 15, 2011 at 7:42 pm |
  30. descarado

    During his twelve year tenure as a professor of Constitutional Law, Barack Obama never published ONE SINGLE article. As a Senator, Obama voted 'present' almost without exception. For those of us who consider universal healthcare to be a cornerstone of a civilized society, Obamacare is a Frankenstein zombie of mismatched body parts that will be ruled unconstitutional if we are lucky. Obama is an small man of many empty suits who has no skill at governing so he spends his time campaigning on the taxpayers' nickel.
    In 2012, the American people will take away the keys to Air Force One from this imposter.

    November 15, 2011 at 7:42 pm |
  31. stormy123

    I think the economy will improve much more than people expect precisely because of a number of smaller things Obama has put in place and changes in the shift of economic balance globally. You will see big pickups in manufacturing next year because of China's reversals and trade policies and energy pushing income back home. Anyone with a college degree and who is over 25 years of age (ie the experienced) has a 4.5% unemployment rate right now! WOW! And US businesses have made RECORD PROFITS last two years and sitting on $2 trillion in cash! The economy aint that bad....its the perception, actually. And Obama is the reason its coming back. Dubya and the Repubs created the recession in Dec 2007 and Americans have NOT forgotten that fact, nor the blocking of bills and no taxes for the rich. Plus you have so many morons running in the GOP. All this combined I predict take Obama over the top and a win in 2012. But we still have a year to go....a lot can happen!

    November 15, 2011 at 7:42 pm |
    • Ron


      Who controlled Congress in 2007? Bush deserves some of the blame, but whoever is in control of Congress has far more of an impact on the Economy. So the collapse was more the fault of the Dems than the Repubs. Now the fact that it is NOT recovering has a lot to do with what Obama and Congress did and didn't do his first couple of years in office. Obamacare was a crusade that distracted everyone from focusing on the economy, and it's elements made the economy worse by scaring businesses and investors. And the vast majority of the Stimulus deal was also a crusade to put a bunch of money in the pockets of special interests.....very little actually got built and very real permanent jobs were created. So when they had a chance to take quick, meaningful action, they instead focused on politics.

      November 16, 2011 at 10:09 am |
      • Ron

        ....sorry, meant to say very FEW real jobs were created

        November 16, 2011 at 10:10 am |
  32. Cassandra Chu

    ... Obama and Clinton would be more popular if they didn't let the Israelis run American foreign policy....

    November 15, 2011 at 7:38 pm |
  33. Jerry

    What else did you expect!? A president that; when America needs his full attention, goes gallivanting through nine states and nations while continuing to criticize our country as lazy, etc., etc., at every stop. The only lazy people in America are the people that he's been buying with regular monthly welfare checks, food stamps and other taxpayer funds. The same people that are NOT and will NEVER look for work and just sit home on their duffs enjoying the good life, while the rest of us are considered the REAL slaves by this administration.

    This president has made a mockery of the US constitution and the Republicans don't want to confront him for fear of being maligned as racists.

    In the meantime, Bobble Head Pelosi (now the Princess) and other elected officials continue to illegally enrich themselves, while most WORKING Americans continue to live from paycheck to paycheck.

    America, get ready and well informed for 2012! This is not transparency; this is shameless lying. Can you imagine the funds that would be saved if your president, his entourage and Michelle's stayed home minding the country's needs and issues!?

    Stay tuned...

    November 15, 2011 at 7:34 pm |
    • eapst28

      Jerry... you have been quite receptive to political marketing. It sounds like you root for your pols like a fan roots for their favorite team. All I ask is that you take another look at your "opinions". Ask yourself, "how have I come to these conclusions?" Then ask, "how has Obama 'walked all over the constitution'?" But first you must read the constitution and understand it in a practical sense. Feel free to make historical comparisons and accept the truthfulness of your findings, even if that truth is not comforting to your current sensibilities. I suspect, with this newfound objectivity, you may still vote Republican. However you may stop hating the other team so much. No one wants to make you their slave, not Obama, not Pelosi, not Boehner.... none of them. They are all frail humans like you and me. They don't lay aroused at night, fending off sleep with visions of subjugation and the destruction of America. Your cartoonish view of politics is pitiful. So, please take my suggestion and revisit your view of things.

      November 15, 2011 at 8:35 pm |
  34. Grand Oil Party

    I predict that the Super Committee will fail and try to get Obama to extend the date until after the election and instead he will allow the automatic cuts and will win reelection by going against Congress.

    November 15, 2011 at 7:19 pm |
  35. us1776

    The thing Obama has going for him and that everybody hates all the GOP candidates even more.

    He'll get his second term with ease.


    November 15, 2011 at 7:14 pm |
  36. ellis

    People on the right say he hasn't done enough he could stop a depression and it wouldn't be good enough o wait he did
    Every one on the right repeat after me we lost to a black guy get over it

    November 15, 2011 at 7:10 pm |
  37. Don

    I see a landslide coming. Oboma 2012

    November 15, 2011 at 7:04 pm |
  38. Tushar

    I also want to add that it wasn't the worst economic crisis since the great depression, it was actually worse than the great depression and I give a lot of credit to President Bush from preventing it from actually happening. America would have been devastated by now if Bush had not acted on the 700 Billion dollar bailout deal which by the way was strongly opposed by none other than the Republicans. All planes would have stopped flying, ATMs would have stopped spewing money, trucks to take supplies to supermarkets all over the country would have stopped, millions and millions of jobs would have been permanently lost and the whole nation would have descended into chaos in very little time. I am not being dramatic, this was the reality facing Bush in 2008. The Republicans today are urging you to vote for measures that will clear the way for all those mistakes to be made all over again because like in gambling, if you time it right, you can make a fortune and the smartest people have learnt that from the 2008 situation. The core revamp of the financial system is necessary and that means more regulation for atleast another decade before the gambling habits die. I say Obama has not done enough on this front and yet you have Republicans clamoring for reducing regulation. What a bunch of retards. Don't let their sound bites fool you from the lessons our recent history should impart.

    November 15, 2011 at 7:00 pm |
  39. Sam Mazarella

    The President doesn't make the economy, the economy makes the President. Our current meltdown wasn't 10 years in the making, it was 60 years in the making. Like it or not, fair or not, Obama is the bag-holder, and will get the blame. Until our country finds a leader who inspires, it will me more of the same, regardless of who is in the White House.

    November 15, 2011 at 7:00 pm |
  40. BlackDynamite

    The biggest factor is what can the GOP produce in opposition. What do they have to offer?

    The answer: Not enough gas to fill a paper bag

    November 15, 2011 at 6:59 pm |
  41. Goodguy1

    Electoral Votes....a bad system

    November 15, 2011 at 6:54 pm |
  42. jerry

    the polls don't really indicate the debth of trouble this administration is in...they have failed domestically and in foreign policy...yes, they have gotten a lot destroying America and the middle east..north Africa, and eastern europe.

    November 15, 2011 at 6:54 pm |
  43. Tushar

    In this day and age, anyone supporting the Republicans is an idiot. They are completely out of touch with reality. Obama should have done more than he has done despite the excuses. But the rhetoric from the Republicans is insane. Firstly they have their heads deep inside corporate asses and cannot see that corporations have been failing on their social responsibility for years now – whether it is local hiring, fair share of tax payments, capital investments, charities or environment, corporations have done squat for the communities for a very long time. The financial system which took us on the verge of chaos in 2008 due to de-regulation is now stringently opposing regulation with the Republicans supporting them. Does it seriously take less than 3 years to unlearn the lessons taught so horribly in 2008? And the imaginary connection between tax breaks and job creation has to stop. Not a single major corporation will tell you that they would create more jobs if the government cut taxes basically because re-invested money does not get taxed in the first place. I am not saying that Democrats are great but given the alternative, it is a total no-brainer at this point. How the Republicans got control of congress is totally beyond me. Do people think for themselves anymore in this country?

    November 15, 2011 at 6:50 pm |
  44. rudamus

    Is there any history of a sitting president not being nominated by his party, excluding those who declined to run, for a second term??


    November 15, 2011 at 6:47 pm |
  45. Paul

    Say what you want about Obama but at least he is trying to do the right thing. The Republicans are just voting no, no, no and obstructing anyway they can. They promised jobs and nothing. They promised if Obama kept the Bush tax rates the jobs would come–again nothing. The Republicans are the ones that should be voted against in the next election. They have put party over country and that is wrong.

    November 15, 2011 at 6:42 pm |
  46. Jack

    I have been unable to find out if there has been any history of a sitting president not being nominated by his party for a second term. I am excluding those who have chosen not to run for a second term.

    Thank you in advance

    November 15, 2011 at 6:39 pm |
  47. mike

    Obama is ruining America as fast as he can, and unfortunately the next president will pickup wherever he leaves off. America is ran by elitists, not Americans, this will never change unless you elect someone who the media hates: Ron Paul. The media hates him and ignores him because he's truly the only anti-establishment candidate.

    November 15, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  48. rs1201

    Our country is on the wrong track and we're going down fast. Obama has absolutely no clue as to what to do next. He's no Bill Clinton...nor is he Mitt Romney. Obama should just go back to Chicago and pickup where he left organizing...that's where he belongs...and definitely not at the White House as President of the United States.

    November 15, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  49. Jim Thomas

    Whoever votes these bunch of idiots back in will deserve everything bad they get.We need everybody to be replaced if not by votes then impeachment and recalls.This includes city,counties,states,and federal.Our country is in shambles because of crooks and dummies in our gov.,but also very bad CEO's of companies.Total replacement of all is very important.Jim Thomas Phx.Az.

    November 15, 2011 at 6:08 pm |
  50. Guest Oregon

    It's said the jobless don't vote. Obama had better hope this is true. This nation could begin celebrating if unemployment was truly 9%.

    November 15, 2011 at 5:55 pm |
  51. tamara reina

    Numbers matter only to the elect president, but to the general public no it just a status quote

    November 15, 2011 at 5:55 pm |
  52. SeeThroughRepublicans

    The Republican strategy has three components:
    1. Figure out how to blame the Bush recession on Obama.
    2. Pray that Americans have amnesia.
    3. Do everything in their power to stop Obama from acting to repair the damage and then criticize him for not getting anything done (imagine a football team where half of the players tried to throw every game and then blamed the coach for their losing record!).

    November 15, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
  53. Jane

    You don't suppose that the 24-hour drumbeat of hatred for Obama has anything to do with these numbers, do you? The other incumbents mentioned here didn't have to deal with Faux News bending the truth every minute of the day, and Rush wasn't as big a deal back then as he is now. IMHO.

    November 15, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
    • Angela Calabrese

      I agree. President Obama deserves reelection. I feel as though many of these people are blind to what has been going on in this nation over the past 3 years, and there is a collective amnesia about the prior 8 years of the Bush Administration.

      November 15, 2011 at 9:30 pm |
  54. MTATL67

    I read a poll that has President Obama at 51% and Congress at 7%. I don't believe in polls as I have said. You can get a poll to say that a rock is more important than the sun. The main obstacle to recovery is the Republican in Congress. They have not helped to improve anything. I read poll number 6 days ago that President beats Mitt 53% among Latinos, 86% blacks, 59% youth. With the shrinking Caucasian voting block and the clear racist laws passed by Arizona and Alabama and Georgia states. The fact that none of the current GOP candidates show or express Presidential qualities. I don’t know the demographics these poll organizations are using but it clear it is not communities or areas of the young.

    November 15, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  55. Change

    Well, if President Obama's approval or disapproval (don't know what is the difference, duh)rating is down or low or on the decline of whatever you pollsters wish to call it, do you also take into consideration what the president inherited from the previous administration? Particularly two wars and the worst economic crisis in America since the Great Depression? Secondly, did you take into consideration the delibarate roadblocks and policy delaying ploys by the GOP and their Tea Party to stall progress and see to it that the President fails? I guess not! And what was GWB's approval this time around even though he inherited a surplus and stable and thriving America from President Clinton?

    Let's face it, more has been accomplished by the Obama administration in three years than that accomplished by any eight years administration in US history. But unfortunately because our President is African-American he is being judged and evaluated by a completely different set of rules. Nevertheless, God is on President Obama's side and I know that when all is said and done, President Obama will be re-elected by a landslide in 2012 despite all the propaganda and lies and divisiveness by the right to divide this country.

    November 15, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
    • MTATL67

      I ask every Obama-hater these questions. What as the Congressional Republicans done to help? Can you name person they helped to get a job. What community have they helped to rebuild after the various disasters? Name a small business that they helped to open?

      November 15, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
      • edsr of Dallas

        The previous administration was bad and this administration is bad. As for the war that George Bush started without true cause....Obama has proliferated it plus he has rattled a saber toward Iran and became involved in Libya. Obama is no better than Bush and Bush is no better than Obama!

        November 15, 2011 at 8:21 pm |
    • Jose36

      It doesnt matter if the previous admin caused this, Bob. The numbers show that the president isn't doing well, not if the previous prez caused the mess.

      November 15, 2011 at 6:07 pm |
    • rs1201

      you're trying to excuse obama's incompetence by using the race card...despicable!!!

      November 15, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
    • mike

      Obama got us into Libya and ripped up $500,000,000 on Solyndra. His race has nothing to do with it, but of course that's the only pathetic argument you have left. Good riddance Obama.

      November 15, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
    • Paul

      of course ... Obama got real smelly in-heritage from the GOP and Bush ... but people are stupid (why voting for Bush otherwise in the first place?), so they can't think past 3 weeks .. and the GOP is blaming Obama for an economy he indeed saved from full depression, but still is depressing for many millions of people .. who happen to be stupid people and so will blame him and fall and perhaps even vote for the very politician who caused the economic disaster.
      See, stupid is anyone who causes damages to other without any personal advantage or even to his/her own damage.
      Vote for Bush/GOP, lose your job, vote for Obama get some of the jobs back .. for again for GOP and lose those few jobs that were left ... if this sin't stupidity, then what else is that? IN the end, the people get what they earned ...

      November 15, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
    • ck1721

      Your lack of facts or perspective is astounding. Your obsession with the President's skin color shows your ignorance as to what he has/has not done over the last 3 years. The economy and failed international policy will do to him what it did to Jimmy Carter, and we will elect a Conservative in 2012.

      November 15, 2011 at 6:40 pm |
    • iceman44

      If God is on Obama's side, then He (God, that is) certainly isn't doing him (Obama, that is) any favors. As for Clinton leaving Bush with a good hand, check out the documentary "Inside Job". Slick Willie, with his Treasury appointments and policies (see Larry Summers), is as much to blame as anyone for our current crisis. Keep drinking the Kool Aid.

      November 15, 2011 at 6:46 pm |
    • grif99999

      BO didnt inherit the mess we are in. He wasnt an outsider before getting to the WH. He was a member of the Senate and helped to create the mess. I find when the race card is played it is usually because there are no points to be made. You can cite your source about more getting done in 3 years than any 8 year administration in history right? If you cant you shouldnt be making such broad sweeping claims.

      November 15, 2011 at 7:25 pm |
    • James

      You are dillusional. You are probably the racist as well. Look at the facts. Nothing of substance has been accomplished. Nothing.

      November 15, 2011 at 7:36 pm |
    • Daleb

      His approval rating has nothing to do with race. He has done virtually everything wrong in dealing with the economy: Spending money we do not have, funding economically unsustainable energy projects, placing more burdens on businesses with his healthcare fiasco, and even yesterday killing a pipeline that would not only provide immediate jobs and improve our energy security but also put money in the hands of our biggest trading partner who would not doubt spend most of it with us. The class warfare is yet another example. In a desperate attempt to garner a few votes, he is attacking the jobs providers. These are the only people capable of digging us out of the economic situation we are in, and he quite willing to destroy them. The man is a nice guy but his philosophy is an absolute disaster for any American that actually wants to work as well as every senior with savings accounts which are rapidly dwindling in value.

      November 15, 2011 at 7:49 pm |
    • bg

      Just give it up goof. You'll be blaming the next 50 years on Bush/GOP/Martians, etc. And playing the race card frankly just shows your ignorance. It's funny how the most racist folks are the ones that constantly bring up racism.

      November 15, 2011 at 7:56 pm |
  56. cbr

    This article implies that President Obama should follow the polls and his presidency should be based on poll numbers and not on what is right. Mr. Blitzer, you are way off base on this one. You should be allowing the President to handle matters after consulting with his cabinet and advisers. He will win or lose based on what is happening within the United States and how he has handled the situations.

    Congress has thwarted nearly every move he has made. The Republicans are following the lead of Mitch McClonnell and sitting on their hands and doing nothing. They are being paid a salary to do this and no one is complaining. How typical is this reporting! There is nothing that involves sex or scandal. So instead we are bombarded with stories about Penn State.

    President Obama should and will do what he believes to be correct and I will judge him on that on election day.

    November 15, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
    • John in Washington

      O.k., and that's why the Republican lead House of Representatives has passed/submitted 35 job-creating bills to the Democrat controlled Senate where Harry Reid uses terms like "dead on arrival"... CBR, you really need to get your facts straight before spout-off or just regurgitate something Obama said on one of campaign stump speeches. However, like Change who posted before you, I doubt you ever had an independent thought of your own.

      November 15, 2011 at 6:42 pm |
    • Danny Irving

      Interesting, Wolf. I think it is important to also recognize that the American people as a whole agree with his proposals, other than the healthcare bill. If you actually break those numbers down, he is in the 60-70 percent range for each issue. The problem is he can't get anything done.

      November 15, 2011 at 7:53 pm |
  57. Thinkforyourself, OK

    Hopefully the American people have had enough of Obama's American Socialist Experiment. Many of the youth who followed the Pied Piper in the last election have moved on and seen for themselves what a BAD President is, just as many of us who voted for Carter in '76 saw the light by 1980.

    November 15, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
    • Kate Johnson

      ....and just who are these young people going to vote for? Romney? Gingrich?

      All I can say to that is that you must have an active fantasy life.

      There isn't a Republican candidate that's running right now that has even a tiny bit of cross aisle appeal. They're all too far to the right.

      November 15, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
    • JIMBO

      It is pretty obvious that YOU are not thinking for yourself–You sound just like the "fake news" network.

      November 15, 2011 at 6:36 pm |
    • Paul

      Socialist? You wouldn't know real socialism if it hit you. Obama is just right of centre. It just feels like socialism to you because the right is INSANE right wing.

      November 15, 2011 at 7:28 pm |
    • James

      Amen – Amen.

      November 15, 2011 at 7:36 pm |
    • notafag41230

      how nice it is to see that somone actually knows what they are talking about

      November 15, 2011 at 7:56 pm |
  58. ArizonaYankee

    Right Wolf, for Obama the numbers matter. but like Obama and you in the media, the country don't matter, just the numbers. What a flaming socilist you are Wolfie.

    November 15, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
  59. paul

    It may be useful in some ways to compare these numbers, but it also feels as though the hyper-partisan atmosphere of today's political scene needs to be factored into their interpretation. This may be naive or myopic, as I won born in the 80s, and wasn't alive for most of these political eras, but all of the numbers I've seen on the matter seem to suggest a widening ideological chasm between american citizens, combined with an alarming geographical sorting by ideology, where at this point, many more regions in America will vote >~70% towards one party. One has to wonder, if this type of trend keeps up, how much rarer it will be to see presidents with sustainable high approval ratings, which would seem to require at least marginal support of those belonging to the opposing party? Perhaps those days are gone, and as our communities become more ideologically sorted and more extreme in their views, and our politicians more extreme to pander to these demographics, we may just live in a fractured society where no politicians can capture the hearts of both ends of the spectrum. The new norm may be having a president who gathers strong support from one wing of their party, is a disappointment to subsets of the more extreme wings of their party, and is universally despised by the opposing party, generating approval numbers in the low 40s. However, it may very well be that those who disapprove of the president within their party are so increasingly partisan that they still may never consider voting for a candidate of the opposing party.

    November 15, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
  60. midwestmoderate

    You can't trust any of these "polls". If people would spend the time to actually look at the results they would notice that a percentage of the people who disapprove of President Obama is because he has not been LIBERAL ENOUGH. Individuals who believe that will ultimately end up voting for him in 2012 as they will not vote for a Republican candidate. It would be nice for news organizations who do these polls to actually discuss ALL of the results and to not just hand pick what they think will get the most attention.

    November 15, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
  61. Ray

    You can fool all of the people some of the time and some of the people all of the time. The fact that Obama gets aqny rating above zero proves it.

    November 15, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
    • MTATL67

      Don't believe in polls as I have said. You can get a poll to say that a rock is more important than the sun. The main obstacle to recovery is the Republican in Congress. I am in my first home and not afraid to spend money instead of hording it thanks to President Obama. The GOP have not helped to improve anything. Preventing the collapse of the Auto and Banking industries not good enough. Tell me what has Congress and the Republicans done. Name one person the GOP has put back to work. Name a community that they helped rebuild. Name a small business they helped to open.

      November 15, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
      • edsr of Dallas

        You are trying to paraphrase Abe Lincoln.........what he said was..."you can fool some of the people some of the time but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time"........he also said...."the best way to defeat your enemy is to make him your friend".......and that is exactly what Obama did with Hillary Clinton!

        November 15, 2011 at 8:23 pm |
  62. bob

    Numbers matter? Not really. What matters is the group of insane, out of touch nimrods the Republicans are running against him. The only two in the lot that are reasonably stable and have a grasp of the policies are Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman (who is really just Mitt Romney light). And neither of them is really electable by the conservative right since religion matters more to them than actual qualifications. Cain lacks any understanding of foreign policy, Bachman is nuts, Perry is an idiot (a candidate for those who thought W was to smart for the office), Ron Paul can't win the republican base, Gingrich is past his prime... I mean really, where are the good candidates? There are lots of good, intelligent, experienced republican politicians out there, but none are running... I wonder why? They ran the B team this year because they know they are most likely going to lose because of their obstructionist policies over the last 3 years, because the Tea Party has made insanity almost a litmus test to even get on the bill, and because their approval ratings are even lower than Obama's due to their obstructionist policies in congress for 3 years and 245 filabusters now. Name on thing the Republicans have done in the last three years versus all the things they have prevented. Talk about the party of no. Who needs numbers when the competition is giving thmeselves daily self inflicted sucking chest wounds.

    November 15, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
  63. Patriot Awesome

    Considering who the Republicans are putting up for election, I don't think Obama has anything to worry about. All he'll have to do is replay samples from the Republican debates.

    November 15, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
  64. striker

    So what you are saying is that there is no correlation between approval ratings and getting re-elected, and that the opposing candidate affects the outcome? Thanks Captain Obvious.

    November 15, 2011 at 4:33 pm |

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