01 September 2009

Independents Disapprove Of Obama

I admit that I've never been a big fan of the so-called "independents." Sure, I get that you vote for the person and not the party. And yes, there are some Republicans that I wouldn't support if St. Peter promised to give me a day running the pearly gates ("Hey, aren't you the guy who cut me off in traffic? Looks like the lake of fire for you.") But claiming you're an independent to me just speaks to a lack of fundamental philosophical grounding. As warped as their world view may be, at least liberals have one.

But "independents" do serve a purpose beyond making the beer run while the thinking people at the party have a fun-filled ideological debate. The uninformed undecided can provide a barometer for the emotional response to a candidate, and the emotional response to Barack Obama has gone from messianic to "what in God's name is this guy thinking?"

The left-loving CNN is suddenly in the uncomfortable position of divulging that the majority of "independents" now disapprove of Barack Obama.

Fifty-three percent of independents questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Tuesday say they disapprove of how Obama's handling his duties in the White House, with 43 percent in approval. That result marks the first time in a CNN poll that a majority of independents give the president's performance a thumbs-down.

And before you attribute the Chosen One's decline solely to his hapless health care plan, think again.
"Among all Americans, his rating on health care has dropped 13 points since March. Compare that to his 16 point drop on the deficit and 17 point dip on taxes and it looks like there is growing discontent with Obama's overall domestic agenda — not just his health care policy."

Oh, and we can't even stop with his domestic agenda. According to the same poll, opinion of his handling of "Afghanistan also fell 18 points since March."

So it could be that those who refused to study his record and examine his associations before the election are now finding out the hard way who Barack Obama really is.