Washington Examiner

Obama is moving America Right
Washington Examiner

Liberals may be forgiven for looking at the latest public opinion surveys and wondering if they somehow stumbled into the Valley of Death instead of Obama’s promised paradise. Obama’s domestic program is exceedingly unpopular. The public disapproves of the president’s bailouts, stimulus, health care reform, and cap and trade policies, not to mention his decision to close the terrorist prison at Guantanamo Bay. When George W. Bush returned, bloodied and bruised, to his Texas home after eight years in the White House, 43 percent of Americans surveyed by Scott Rasmussen « strongly disapproved » of the job he had done. Today, after less than a year in office, 46 percent express the same intense level of opposition to Obama.

But it’s not just Obama who has generated a massive shift, particularly among independents, against what the Pew Research Center’s Andrew Kohut calls « activist government. » Only a fourth of all Americans approve of the direction Obama and Congress are taking the country, according to a Gallup survey. A similarly dismal proportion approve of the job being done by Congress under the leadership of Reid and Pelosi. Nearly three-fourths of those surveyed prefer that Congress do nothing to reform health care rather than take final action on either the Senate or House versions of Obamacare. And 79 percent of Americans view government corruption as the most important issue facing the country. That can’t be encouraging to a president who learned his politics the « Chicago Way. »