‘HOPE AND CHANGE’ BECOMES HOPE FOR CHANGE
Once, the nation was all about “hope and change.” Now, the White House simply hopes for some change upon confronting these numbers of woe: 54 percent of American voters disapprove of the job President Obama is doing, 39 percent approve. And of interest to Democrats who suggest there’s a Republican “war on women” afoot? Well, even the ladies have soured on the White House, with 51 percent disapproving of Mr. Obama’s job performance, according to a new poll from Quinnipiac University.
Some folks remain happy: 75 percent of black voters and 79 percent of Democrats approve of Mr. Obama. Some remain vexed: 91 percent of Republicans disapprove. The poll also notes that for the first time, 52 percent overall say the president “is not honest and trustworthy.” Another 46 percent think Mr. Obama “knowingly deceived” the public during the early rollout days of Obamacare.
“Like all new presidents, President Obama had a honeymoon with American voters, with approval ratings in the high 50s. As the marriage wore on, he kept his job approval scores in the respectable, though not overwhelming, 40s. Today, for the first time it appears that 40 percent floor is cracking,” says Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.
“Any Democrat with an 11-point approval deficit among women is in trouble. And any elected official with an 8-point trust deficit is in serious trouble,” Mr. Malloy says. “President Obama’s job approval rating has fallen to the level of former President George W. Bush at the same period of his presidency.” tech glitches that have frustrated Americans,” declares Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus.
“The larger reason Obamacare has failed is because it was conceived based on a lie that Americans could keep their health care plans and has failed to address our No. 1 health care problem in America: soaring costs,” Mr. Priebus adds. “Reasons 1 million and 1 million and 1 why the federal government should not be running our health care.”
Says Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republican: “Only full repeal and replacement can begin undoing the damage this law has done.”