From The Pirate’s Cove:
By William Teach | July 9, 2012 – 8:50 am
I’m shocked, shocked I tell you, that most think Obama is ruining the country. And I bet some people are surprised by this poll. They might have listened when Obama said that he wanted to “fundamentally transform America” during his hopey changey run for the White House. And they might have paid attention to his background, policy offerings, and political experience
(The Hill) Two-thirds of likely voters say President Obama has kept his 2008 campaign promise to change America — but it’s changed for the worse, according to a sizable majority.
A new poll for The Hill found 56 percent of likely voters believe Obama’s first term has transformed the nation in a negative way, compared to 35 percent who believe the country has changed for the better under his leadership.
The results signal broad voter unease with the direction the nation has taken under Obama’s leadership and present a major challenge for the incumbent Democrat as he seeks reelection this fall.
Amazingly, 92% of Blacks feel that the country has changed for the better, which is strange considering the unemployment rate for Blacks is 14.4%.
A bit more at the link.
The President’s re-election campaign has clearly taken an “attack Romney” message, trying to persuade a majority of the voters that former Governor Mitt Romney (R-MA) would be bad, bad, bad! for the country, and the reason is obvious: if President Obama tries to do something really radical and run on his own record in office, he loses. His partisans try their best to explain away the President’s record, blaming as much of the negative as the can on former President Bush, but it really isn’t working: when you have to explain someone’s record so it doesn’t seem so bad, you have already lost.
And The Hill poll shows the one thing that can’t be explained away: a majority of probable voters believe that President Obama has the country going in the wrong direction. Whether that wrong direction is still somehow the “fault” of President Bush doesn’t really matter; even if it is, President Obama hasn’t changed it, hasn’t fixed it.
The President’s tactic of trying to tear down Governor Romney might work: negative campaigning has certainly worked before. But if this election is decided on President Obama’s record, if it is a decision by the voters on whether the President deserves to be re-elected, he’ll get a four-year-earlier than planned start on his presidential memoirs.