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RNC Communications - January 20, 2012

A Look Back At The Optimistic Start Of The Obama Presidency

One Thing Hasn’t Changed, Americans Aren’t Satisfied With The Direction The County Is Headed

February 2009: 23 Percent Of Americans Say The Country Is Headed In The Right Direction, Compared To 68 Percent Who Say It’s Headed In The Wrong Direction.  (The New York Times/CBS Poll, 1154 A, MoE 3%, 1/12 – 17/12, Trend  2/2 – 4/09)

January 2012:  29 Percent Of Americans Say The Country Is Headed In The Right Direction, Compared To 66 Percent Who Say It’s Headed In The Wrong Direction. (The New York Times/CBS Poll, 1154 A, MoE 3%, 1/12 – 17/12)

Obama Has Struggled With Voters Nationwide

February 2009: 65 Percent Of Americans Approve Of Obama’s Job Performance As President, While Just 20 Percent Disapprove. (Gallup, 1,500 A, MoE 3%, 2/1 – 3/09)  

January 2012: 45 Percent Of Americans Approve Of Obama’s Job As President, While 46 Percent Disapprove. (Gallup, 1,500 A, MoE 3%, 1/21 – 23/09)  

At 44 Percent, Obama’s Job Approval Rating “Is Below The Approval Rating Of Seven Out Of Eight Previous Incumbents At A Comparable Point Their Presidencies.”
  “Obama's job approval rating has averaged 44% in Gallup Daily tracking since the start of January. That is below the approval rating of seven out of eight previous incumbents at a comparable point in their presidencies.” (Lydia Saad “Obama Faces Challenging Re-Election Climate,” Gallup, 1/16/12)

Voters Say Obama Hasn’t Accomplished “Much” As President

52 Percent Of Americans Say Obama Has Accomplished “Not Much” Or “Little Or Nothing” As President. “Slightly more than half the respondents — 52 percent — say Obama has accomplished ‘not much’ or ‘little or nothing’ as president, while 47 percent offer a positive assessment of his record.” (Jon Cohen And Dan Balz, “Electorate Is Sharply Split Over Obama, Poll Finds,” The Washington Post, 1/18/12)

  • Only 12 Percent Of Americans Say Obama Has Accomplished A “Great Deal” As President And 35 Percent Said He Has Just Accomplished A “Good Amount.” (Washington Post-ABC News Poll, 1,000 A,  MoE 3.5%, 1/12 – 15/12)

Despite  High Expectations

February 2009:  65 Percent Of Americans Say Obama Has the Same Priorities For The Country As They Have, While 28 Percent Say He Does Not. (The New York Times/CBS Poll, 1154 A, MoE 3%, 1/12 – 17/12, Trend 2/18 – 22/09)

January 2012: 44 Percent Of Americans Say Obama Has The Same Priorities For The Country As They Have, While 50 Percent Say He Does Not. (The New York Times/CBS Poll, 1154 A, MoE 3%, 1/12 – 17/12)

Americans Are Let Down By Obama’s Efforts To Fix The Economy

February 2009:  55 Percent Of Americans Approve Of The Way Obama Is Handling The Economy, Compared To 24 Percent Who Say They Disapprove. (The New York Times/CBS Poll, 1154 A, MoE 3%, 1/12 – 17/12, Trend 2/2 -4/09)

January 2012: 40 Percent Of Americans Say They Approve Of The Way Obama Is Handling The Economy, Compared To 54 Percent Who Say They Disapprove. (The New York Times/CBS Poll, 1154 A, MoE 3%, 1/12 – 17/12)

54 Percent Of Americans Don’t Feel That The Economy Has Begun To Recover. (Washington Post-ABC News Poll, 1,000 A,  MoE 3.5%, 1/12 – 15/12)

  • 36 Percent Say The Economy Has Begun A “Weak” Recovery While Just 9 Percent Say It Has Begun A “Strong” Recovery. (Washington Post-ABC News Poll, 1,000 A,  MoE 3.5%, 1/12 – 15/12)

84 Percent Of Americans Say They Are “Not As Well Off” Or “About The Same” Financially Since Obama Became President. (Washington Post-ABC News Poll, 1,000 A,  MoE 3.5%, 1/12 – 15/12)

  • Only 15 Percent Of Americans Say They Are Better Off Since Obama Became President. (Washington Post-ABC News Poll, 1,000 A,  MoE 3.5%, 1/12 – 15/12) 

Obama’s National Drag Doesn’t Skip Ohio

Quinnipiac Poll: Just 44 Percent Of Ohio Voters Approve Of Obama’s Job Performance, Compared To 51 Percent Who Say They Disapprove. (Quinnipiac Poll, 1,610 RV, MoE 2.4%, 1/9 – 16/12)

  • Just 45 Percent Of Ohio Voters Say That Obama Deserves Reelection, Compared To 51 Percent Who Say He Hasn’t Earned A Second Term. (Quinnipiac Poll, 1,610 RV, MoE 2.4%, 1/9 – 16/12)

53% Of Ohio Independents Disapprove Of Barack Obama’s Job Performance. (Quinnipiac Poll, 1,610 RV, MoE 2.4%, 1/9 – 16/12)

  • Just 45 Percent Of Ohio Independents Say They Have A Favorable Opinion Of Barack Obama, Compared To 50 Percent Who Say They Have An Unfavorable Opinion. (Quinnipiac Poll, 1,610 RV, MoE 2.4%, 1/9 – 16/12)

Quinnipiac Poll: 39% Of Ohio Republicans More Enthusiastic Compared To 24% Of Democrats. (Quinnipiac Poll, 1,610 RV, MoE 2.4%, 1/9 – 16/12)


 


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