‘HOPE AND CHANGE’ BE­COMES HOPE FOR CHANGE

The Washington Times Daily - - Politics -

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.”

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