One poll after another reveals how unhappy America is with President Obama’s policies and decisions. Those in the White House tasked with monitoring the polls and reacting to them, must feel like they are taking body blow after body blow.
In recent weeks, polls have shown large approval rating drops among Democratic voters; that he has lost the support of most independents and middle-class voters; that two ‘large turnout’ groups (young voters and African American voters) from the 2008 elections that helped put him in office have become disenfranchised and have indicated most will not vote in 2010 and possibly 2012; multiple polls show President Obama’s approval rating in the mid 40′s and not only his lowest, but the lowest of any president at this point in a Presidential term; and, a poll released yesterday showing that only 32% of Americans feel that Obama’s health care plan is a ‘good idea’.
Every day, it seems a new body blow is delivered in terms of backlash from American voters to the Obama administration.
Now, a Gallup poll shows that 64% of Americans oppose the closing of Guantanamo Bay and moving the terrorists to US soil:
Americans remain opposed to closing the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba and moving some of the terrorist suspects being held there to U.S. prisons: 30% favor such actions, while 64% do not. These attitudes could present a significant roadblock for President Obama at a time when he seeks congressional approval to move terrorist suspects from Guantanamo to a converted state prison in northwestern Illinois
Bruce McQuain from QandO has this take on this newest poll:
I think perhaps the promise to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba – a supposed symbol of American shame – and the subsequent inability to do so is symbolic of how inept, to this point, this administration has been. President Obama, while a candidate, had a guaranteed applause line each time he promised to close the facility. The left had so thoroughly demonized it that it was prime red-meat for every campaign rally. And, in fact, Obama signed an executive order on his first day in office ordering it closed.
And here we are, a year later, with the facility still open and the administration still dithering about what to do with the inmates. In the meantime, the American public has come to realize that it is the inmates that are the problem, not where the inmates are incarcerated. Closing Gitmo doesn’t solve a thing. In fact, the public realizes, it forces some very unappetizing choices – like housing those we deem to dangerous to our country to release not in some isolated prison on a island far away, but in the heartland of America.
All of the recent polls and public backlash lead us to this question: Is President Obama and the Democrats in Congress that out of touch with America, or do they realize and except that what they are doing is a ‘suicide mission’?