December 29, 2010

CNN Poll: Plurality of Public Thinks Obama's Policies Will Fail; Fewer People Are Even Hoping He Succeeds
— Ace

Four words: We hope he fails?

Not really "we" because 61% of the public says they want Obama's policies to succeed; but that's down a big 10% since the December before last.

President Barack Obama enters the new year with a growing number of Americans pessimistic about his policies and a growing number rooting for him to fail, according to a new national poll.

But a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Wednesday also indicates that while a majority of the public says Republican control of the House of Representatives is good for the country, only one in four say the GOP will do a better job running things than the Democrats did when they controlled the chamber.

Sixty-one percent of people questioned in the poll say they hope the president's policies will succeed.

"That's a fairly robust number but it's down 10 points since last December," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "Twelve months ago a majority of the public said that they thought Obama's policies would succeed; now that number has dropped to 44 percent, with a plurality predicting that his policies will likely fail."

Only 44% think his policies will succeed. That's something, I guess.

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1 Because people are afraid to tell the pollsters they want Obama to fail.

Posted by: Quilly Mammoth at December 29, 2010 10:41 AM (Khawf)

2 It's sad so many Americans are now un-American.

Posted by: Dr Spank at December 29, 2010 10:42 AM (1fB+3)

3 Remember Rush was attacked ruthlessly for saying he hoped Obama would fail.

Posted by: Quilly Mammoth at December 29, 2010 10:42 AM (Khawf)

4 Only 44% think his policies will succeed. That's something, I guess.

Hey, as long as he comes through on paying for my mortgage with his stash I'll give the man a chance.

Hmm...it has been taking him a while to get around to doing that, hasn't it?

Posted by: One of the 44% at December 29, 2010 10:45 AM (7BU4a)

5 but the new survey puts his approval as a person at 73 percent.

They almost like me as much as that handsome devil in the mirror.

Posted by: Barack Obama at December 29, 2010 10:46 AM (7BU4a)

6 I hope he fails so badly it drives him to the nut house with tears running down his coke encrusted cheeks.

Posted by: Ronster at December 29, 2010 10:46 AM (Ikn3z)

7 Hey, as long as he comes through on paying for my mortgage with his stash I'll give the man a chance.

Hmm...it has been taking him a while to get around to doing that, hasn't it?

It's been two years so far and I have yet to get my promised skittle shitting unicorn.

Posted by: CUS at December 29, 2010 10:47 AM (wOGfT)

8 Only 44% think his policies will succeed. That's something, I guess.

I'll take squish votes against him because the squish thinks that O can't get the job done.

Posted by: MikeTheMoose© at December 29, 2010 10:48 AM (0q2P7)

9 He definitely succeeded in deep-throating that snowcone.

Posted by: USS Diversity at December 29, 2010 10:48 AM (DLxD/)

10 But do they think his policies will fail in the sense that they will make America more communist (i.e., succeed by The Messiah's definition), or do they they think his policies will fail to make America to make America more communist?

Posted by: Fa Cube Itches at December 29, 2010 10:48 AM (xy9wk)

11 Remember Rush was attacked ruthlessly for saying he hoped Obama would fail.

Posted by: Quilly Mammoth at December 29, 2010 03:42 PM (Khawf)

So, ever wonder why the State Media never asked if the opposition hoped Bush would fail? You know, while the Democrats were trying to intentionally lose the war?

Posted by: 18-1 at December 29, 2010 10:48 AM (7BU4a)

12 But do they think his policies will fail in the sense that they will make America more communist (i.e., succeed by The Messiah's definition), or do they they think his policies will fail to make America to make America more communist?

Posted by: Fa Cube Itches at December 29, 2010 03:48 PM (xy9wk)

Uh, are the answers in the back of the book?

Posted by: Some Public School Graduate at December 29, 2010 10:48 AM (7BU4a)

13

Only 44% think his policies will succeed. That's something, I guess.

That can be good or bad, depending on how you define "succeed."

Posted by: Cicero at December 29, 2010 10:49 AM (QKKT0)

14 He definitely succeeded in deep-throating that snowcone.

Posted by: USS Diversity at December 29, 2010 03:48 PM (DLxD/)

Yes, yes he did.

Posted by: Kal Penn at December 29, 2010 10:49 AM (7BU4a)

Posted by: Ben at December 29, 2010 10:50 AM (wuv1c)

16 Yes but will those 44% bother to show up to vote the next time around?

Posted by: laceyunderalls at December 29, 2010 10:50 AM (pLTLS)

17 I hope Obama fails because that will mean that America has won and will survive.

Posted by: Bosk at December 29, 2010 10:50 AM (pUO5u)

18 What do folks mean by succeed? Succeed despite their true intent? BTW, I still hope he fails.

Posted by: eman at December 29, 2010 10:50 AM (ZTPeW)

19 Yes but will those 44% bother to show up to vote the next time around?

Posted by: laceyunderalls at December 29, 2010 03:50 PM (pLTLS)

Uh, you mean like the first Tuesday in, uh, 2012, right?

Posted by: Your Average Obama Voter at December 29, 2010 10:51 AM (7BU4a)

20
If only we had Conservatives who could articulate the beauty of conservatism...

then 100% would hope Obama fails.

Posted by: Soothsayer at December 29, 2010 10:51 AM (uFokq)

21

BTW, I still hope he fails it's predictable that he failed.

/kind of how I see it.

Posted by: laceyunderalls at December 29, 2010 10:52 AM (pLTLS)

22 The respondents are just angry that Obama extended tax cuts for the rich. 

Posted by: Big Fat Meanie at December 29, 2010 10:53 AM (3iMgs)

23

The problem is in defining "success".  Some Obama people would define success in socializing america more - i.e., everyone getting the same crappy outcome. 

I think the people polled here used the reasonable definition of "success" in that they believe Obama's policies will make more people worse off in America.

I think it is reasonable for people to hope that does not happen, which is why 66% still hope that Obama's policies succeed - i.e., make more people better off.

the problem is, they have a much different definition of success than the far left and Obama.  In Obama's world, success would be making everyone more "equal" - so if everyone is equally worse off, he has been successful and that is what his policies aim to accomplish.

Posted by: monkeytoe at December 29, 2010 10:53 AM (sOx93)

Posted by: Soothsayer at December 29, 2010 10:54 AM (uFokq)

25 Speaking of FAIL:

Here's a Youtube video a New Yorker took of 3 sanitation trucks sitting outside a Dunkin' Donuts for hours while Mayor Mike said they were putting in superhuman efforts to clear the streets

Mike Bloomberg Fail - NYC Blizzard Workers at Dunkin Donuts for Five Hour Break

Posted by: kbdabear at December 29, 2010 10:54 AM (vdfwz)

26 Remember Rush was attacked ruthlessly for saying he hoped Obama would fail.

I have a vague recollection about some flap on this issue. But the card marked with a ♠ in my desk says ...

"Due to a dangerously large circular firing squad that formed subsequent to certain comments made by certain radio personalities, a Val-U-Rite mindwipe has been issued. This card indicates you were effected by the wipe. Remember to get your liver enzymes checked at 3 and 6 mo to ensure no permanent side effects other than memory loss"

Posted by: MikeTheMoose© at December 29, 2010 10:54 AM (0q2P7)

27 15:  That's it.  I'm with the earlier thread.  Pave Delaware and make it a parking lot.

Posted by: AoSHQ's DarkLord© at December 29, 2010 10:54 AM (GBXon)

28 Posted by: Soothsayer at December 29, 2010 03:51 PM (uFokq)

We have them.  Many of them have just been "disqualified" by our loving overlords with the MFM, and the rest aren't interested in running.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) at December 29, 2010 10:54 AM (8y9MW)

29 The President is doing a wonderful job.  If only whites were not such racists.

Posted by: Average Black Voter at December 29, 2010 10:55 AM (Bs8Te)

30 4 out of 5 dentists surveyed would recommend sugarless gum to their patients who chew gum.

Posted by: Trident at December 29, 2010 10:55 AM (Q1lie)

31 I hope Obama Succeeds Bush for no more than One term.

Posted by: garrett at December 29, 2010 10:57 AM (ayOSk)

32

@20: "If only we had Conservatives who could articulate the beauty of conservatism...

then 100% would hope Obama fails
."

Not really sure that that is the problem.  There have been some pretty good advocates of conservative thought; however, at the end of the day, a large percentage of the American public routinely says: DO NOT WANT! WANT FREE SHIT!  Hell, only a relatively small percentage of ostensibly conservative pols actually follow conservative thought. 

Posted by: Fa Cube Itches at December 29, 2010 10:57 AM (xy9wk)

33 Okay.  But what CNN failed to tell us is what Presidential Hopeful Mike Huckabee had to say.

Posted by: Fritz at December 29, 2010 10:58 AM (GwPRU)

34

Apart from whether you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as president, what do you think of Obama as a person?

Would you say you approve of him or
disapprove of him?

Approve 73%  Disapprove 22% No opinion 5%

So 73% of this country approves of a person who voted for legislation that allowed doctors to leave babies who survive abortion attempts to die alone in a hospital closet.

That makes me want to vomit.

What the fuck is wrong with people?

Posted by: Warden at December 29, 2010 10:58 AM (HzhBE)

35 Bamboozler's presidency turned the night he said that the white cop acted stupidly in arresting his black friend. That was the beginning of the end. Another straw was his utter fecklessness with regards to the oil spill. Actually, I don't know why I bothered posting this. It seemed relevant.

Posted by: The Mega Independent at December 29, 2010 10:58 AM (471nn)

36

That's it.  I'm with the earlier thread.  Pave Delaware and make it a parking lot.

Delaware is a Paradise.

Posted by: Joni Mitchell (SUCKS) at December 29, 2010 10:59 AM (ayOSk)

37 So 73% of this country approves of a person who voted for legislation that allowed doctors to leave babies who survive abortion attempts to die alone in a hospital closet.

I have no idea what you are talking about. Hey, when does the new DWTS season start?

Posted by: Your Average Obama Voter at December 29, 2010 11:00 AM (7BU4a)

38

FEDS LAUNCHING CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION INTO CHRISTINE O'DONELL CAMPAIGN SPENDING

You little people are not allowed to run for office.  You will be fined and prosecuted if you can't take a hint.

Posted by: Follower of Cthulhu, former republican at December 29, 2010 11:00 AM (F/4zf)

39 Actually "succeeding" means nothing at all to this group.  Getting votes from people who think he will succeed or want him to succeed is all they care about.  Any poll is meaningless, but you knew that.  If 100% of those 41% or 100% of the 66% vote to continue this path to ruin, they will have "succeeded" in their mind. 

Posted by: dfbaskwill at December 29, 2010 11:00 AM (71LDo)

40

@30: "4 out of 5 dentists surveyed would recommend sugarless gum to their patients who chew gum."

Those guys are fucking retards - they're driving their own customers away.  I wholeheartedly endorse rolling gum in extra sugar and high fructose corn syrup before chewing to all of my patients who chew gum.

Posted by: The 5th Dentist at December 29, 2010 11:01 AM (xy9wk)

41 What the fuck is wrong with people?

98.7% of them have never heard of the Born Alive Act and will never hear of it due to the duplicitous media.

Posted by: The Mega Independent at December 29, 2010 11:01 AM (471nn)

42

You little people are not allowed to run for office.  You will be fined and prosecuted if you can't take a hint.

Bubble, Bubble...

Posted by: garrett at December 29, 2010 11:01 AM (ayOSk)

43 That was the beginning of the end. Another straw was his utter fecklessness with regards to the oil spill.

Posted by: The Mega Independent at December 29, 2010 03:58 PM (471nn)

Yeah, his functionalness then really was awesome. And the guy managed to articulate the whole time - this is like the American Dream man.


Posted by: Joe Biden at December 29, 2010 11:02 AM (7BU4a)

44 "Only 44% think his policies will succeed" How'd my beloved country get so damned stupid? That's it, abolish public school, save us all some money. They can't get any stupider for not going to school at all.

Posted by: cali grump at December 29, 2010 11:03 AM (hL0k8)

45   There have been some pretty good advocates of conservative thought; however, at the end of the day, a large percentage of the American public routinely says: DO NOT WANT! WANT FREE SHIT!

Hey, we voted for Hope, We voted for Change. And most of all we voted to get stuff from Obama's stash.

Posted by: Peggy Joseph at December 29, 2010 11:03 AM (7BU4a)

46 Eventually it will become clear that what he wants to do isn't good for us, and more people will disapprove. A lot of people are still operating on hope and hate of Republicans.

Posted by: blaster at December 29, 2010 11:04 AM (MrMxG)

47 Not really "we" because 61% of the public says they want Obama's policies to succeed;

Well that answers my question on how many Americans are congenitally retarded.

Posted by: Unclefacts, Confuse A Cat, Ltd. at December 29, 2010 11:06 AM (eCAn3)

48 and hate of Republicans.

Posted by: blaster at December 29, 2010 04:04 PM (MrMxG)

"Good...your hate has made you powerful. Now fulfill your destiny and take your place at my feet!"

Posted by: George "Pappy" Soros at December 29, 2010 11:06 AM (7BU4a)

49

Sure he actively supports infanticide and thinks a woman having a baby is "punishment" and he took his young daughters to a racist hate church for 20 years and he is good friends with an unrepentant domestic terrorist.

And he's fond of joking about the Special Olympics.

But he seems like a pretty good guy, personally.

Posted by: Warden at December 29, 2010 11:06 AM (HzhBE)

50 As easy a shot as it is to take, it has nothing to do with people being shallow or sheep or only caring about celebrity. The bottom line is if the media told even 10% of the truth about liberals and Democrats, then liberals and Democrats would never be elected to dogcatcher, let alone high office.

Posted by: The Mega Independent at December 29, 2010 11:06 AM (471nn)

51

Posted by: Warden at December 29, 2010 03:58 PM (HzhBE)

it speaks volumes to folks who would, and did, vote for a man, based soley on the color of his skin, never once looking at his voting record, and who would not listen when it was brought to their attention.  

Posted by: pitchforksandpowder at December 29, 2010 11:07 AM (GStPL)

52 If by succeed, you mean make America more prosperous and safer, I doubt 44% believe that. I think it's more likely that 20% or so believe it and 24% know it's baloney but don't care, and will root for their man no matter what.

Posted by: Amos at December 29, 2010 11:08 AM (gDWoG)

53 @34: "So 73% of this country approves of a person who voted for legislation that allowed doctors to leave babies who survive abortion attempts to die alone in a hospital closet.

That makes me want to vomit.

What the fuck is wrong with people? "

The Left wants to make humans extinct.  Once you accept that premise (and many do, at least tacitly, whether they realize it or not), the methods of bringing it about are relatively inconsequential.

Posted by: The 5th Dentist at December 29, 2010 11:08 AM (xy9wk)

54 I'd love it if Obama were the most successful President in American history.

Unfortunately, since most of his economic policy is comprised of ideas proven to be UNsuccessful over many years of prior attempts, I'm not too optimistic he's going to do the about-face necessary for success here.

Ditto for his foreign policy.


Posted by: looking closely at December 29, 2010 11:08 AM (PwGfd)

55 Sixty-one percent of people questioned in the poll say they hope the president's policies will succeed.

Hope?

That's like saying you can drop a rock and hope it will float to the sky this one time instead of falling. Like injecting yourself with a quart of nuclear waste and hope it will cure your baldness. Like trying to stuff six dead hookers into a trunk that's designed to only hold two and hope it will still shut.

Hope has nothing to do with it. Reality is not amenable to changing based on what you hope for.

Whether these latest daylight robberies will "succeed" or not is not a guess. Actions have predictable consequences. The relationship between State action and economic effect is no great mystery. If the people running the State didn't know the relationship between cause and effect ahead of time, then they wouldn't initiate the causes in the first place.

Posted by: Phinn at December 29, 2010 11:08 AM (hSSfI)

56 I remember back in the day people supported Jimmy Carter because he was a "good person" - the fact that he was an incompetent jackwagon did not compute. Obama still says he wants to do things for the American people and break free of the old ways and all that other crap. Some people who bought it originally are going, hey, waitaminute, that isn't what he sold us. Others are uninterested in knowing. 12% of the electorate are giving him a pass because of the color of his father's skin. That's free money for him right there.

Posted by: blaster at December 29, 2010 11:09 AM (MrMxG)

57

Sure, he publicly called his grandma, who raised him, a typical white person and practically branded her a racist to the entire nation.

Then skipped her funeral.

But otherwise, he seems an affable enough fellow.

Posted by: Warden at December 29, 2010 11:09 AM (HzhBE)

Posted by: laceyunderalls at December 29, 2010 11:10 AM (pLTLS)

59

Sure, he unapologetically throws expensive White House parties for celebrities and plays golf every other day while the country struggles through the worst economy since the Great Depression.

And sure, he sets the White House thermostat to 75 degrees while lecturing the rest of us about our consumption.

But he seems pretty cool nevertheless.

Posted by: Warden at December 29, 2010 11:13 AM (HzhBE)

60 "3. In general, do you hope that Barack Obama's policies will succeed or do you hope that his policies will fail?"

Worthless question. Define the "policies." Define "success." Define "fail." Differentiate the Obama's stated, hypothetical policy versus the actual, tangible policy. It's one thing to say your for "balancing the budget." It's another to realize that in practice, Obama is for exponential increases in Federal spending along with oppressive taxation and the overreach of government that entails to reach this rhetorical "balance."

Seriously, a poll too simplistic to mean anything. I don't think even evaluating a trend of nonsense yields, eventually, sense. Garbage in, garbage out.

Posted by: AnonymousDrivel at December 29, 2010 11:13 AM (swuwV)

61 CNN Poll = worthless

Posted by: Vic at December 29, 2010 11:16 AM (M9Ie6)

62

Sure, he and his wife regularly enjoy the finest food, clothing and 5 star hotels in the world while his half brother lives in a hut and his illegal aunt lives off the American taxpayers, but so what?

That doesn't say anything about his character.

Posted by: Warden at December 29, 2010 11:16 AM (HzhBE)

63

@55: "Like trying to stuff six dead hookers into a trunk that's designed to only hold two and hope it will still shut"

Look, that one is child's play....

Posted by: Asplundh tree grinder at December 29, 2010 11:17 AM (xy9wk)

64 I hope the country succeeds. Obama's policies are leading to failure. Pass the fiddle.

Posted by: kansas at December 29, 2010 11:17 AM (mka2b)

65 Of course, you have to wonder what it is that people think his policies are supposed to do. If you listen to the happy talk that spending a trillion or two extra dollars will "save or create" jobs and all that happy horseshit, of COURSE you have to hope that he succeeds. But it seems hardly likely that "monetizing the debt" and all that is going to have a good outcome - obvious enough to some that it seems inescapable to conclude that the intent is to create the bad outcomes. So if you think that, of COURSE you have to hope that he fails. Not a lot of people want to think that the President of the US actually wants a bad outcome for the US, but, you know, when the guy says the US is excpetional the way Greece is exceptional, well...

Posted by: blaster at December 29, 2010 11:17 AM (MrMxG)

66 so these incompetent brain dead liberals(BIRM) seem to basing their liking of his policies on whether he's a good person or not? Interesting that these same hypocrite motherfuckers wouldn't do that for Bush.


Posted by: Unclefacts, Confuse A Cat, Ltd. at December 29, 2010 11:17 AM (eCAn3)

67

Sure, he skips press conferences to go eat ginger bread cookies at White House parties, but so what?

Ginger bread cookies are good in case you haven't noticed.

Posted by: Warden at December 29, 2010 11:18 AM (HzhBE)

68 PS   This highjacks me when I come here and Kasperky and Malware bites find nothing. http://$pixelhost/serve/fb/pdc

Posted by: kansas at December 29, 2010 11:18 AM (mka2b)

69 Warden,

Here's an even simpler one:

He lies.

But that doesn't make him a bad person, does it?

Posted by: AnonymousDrivel at December 29, 2010 11:21 AM (swuwV)

70

@55: "Like trying to stuff six dead hookers into a trunk that's designed to only hold two and hope it will still shut"

Look, that one is child's play....

Posted by: Asplundh tree grinder at December 29, 2010 04:17 PM (xy9wk)


Wood chippers are all well and good, if you've got the time to drive to fucking hell-and-gone for a little me-time, but for those of us on a tight schedule ... well, they make a real mess of your TV room, is all I can say.

Posted by: Phinn at December 29, 2010 11:25 AM (hSSfI)

71 Folks who hope Obama succeeds are also hoping that Santa Claus exists and they can fix government debt problems by printing more money. 

Posted by: drfredc at December 29, 2010 11:36 AM (/+GW9)

72 65 Of course, you have to wonder what it is that people think his policies are supposed to do.

Unicorn skittlez for everyone!!!  That are not white of course.

Seriously, the people that voted for him have no idea what the outcome of various economic policies are.  Recently, PrezBo discovered that raising taxes in a recession (or anytime) can lead to job loss and reduction in economic activites and refrained from doing so.  It is just amazing to watch the POTUS finally get some education in basic HS economics.

Posted by: NC Ref at December 29, 2010 11:39 AM (kExDH)

73 It is just amazing to watch the POTUS finally get some on-the-job training education in basic HS economics.

Posted by: NC Ref at December 29, 2010 11:40 AM (kExDH)

74 His policies have succeeded unfortunately.
Chronic Unemployment exceeds 18%,
Deficits beyond 25% of GDP
Capital investment at historic lows
Income redistribution vis a vie ObamaCare (Except for Congress)
Excessive executive office power grab, reducing overall level of democracy
Nationalization of some industries based on "emergencies" and "crises"
Reduction of personal privacy rights in the name of fighting terrorists



Posted by: Joe Bidenmytime at December 29, 2010 11:41 AM (3REH5)

75

Depends on what the meaning of the word succeed is.

I don't think a majority wants America more socialized, but I'm pretty sure that's Obama's definition of success.

Posted by: Randy Jackson at December 29, 2010 11:44 AM (V6CZ8)

76 As always, we need to take the personalization out of it.  It has never been a case of rooting for Obama's policies to fail; they will fail because they are the wrong policies.  That's what produced a GOP House and near-Senate parity two months ago.  The degree to which this trend will continue in the next two years will be determined by how hard The One tries to double-down on the same failed policies via imperial executive regulatory usurpations, and how hard the Republicans battle against them.

Posted by: JASmius at December 29, 2010 12:00 PM (VS0P/)

77

You little people are not allowed to run for office.  You will be fined and prosecuted if you can't take a hint.

Posted by: Follower of Cthulhu, former republican at December 29, 2010 04:00 PM (F/4zf)

Especially if you decide no one will notice if you keep a million of your $7.3 million campaign haul.

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