Polls show Obama is 5 times worse than Jimmy Carter on economy

Sep 09, 2011

Two new polls today find that only 1/3 of the American public feels that President Obama deserves re-election while five times more Americans think Obama has done a worse job fixing the economy than Jimmy Carter, the nations worse president before Obama.

Washington Whispers contributor John Zogby says his new polling is “spirit-crushing for the depressed White House. It was a very bad week for Barack Obama. Our polling shows his job approval at 39 percent and dropping and 33 percent says he deserves re-election, both the lowest numbers of his term, while the percentage of voters saying the nation is on the wrong track reached a high since he took office at 75 percent,” he said.

With job growth at zero and Obama sinking, Zogby says there was even more pressure on Obama to hit one out of the park in his jobs speech before a joint session of Congress. But the job’s speech turned out to be a campaign slogan as he repeated more than 30 times, “pass this bill now” But the bill was proposed specifically so it would NOT pass in order to later blame Republicans during his 2012 reelection campaign. Many Republicans saw through yet another of Obama’s radical community organizing tactics. But only time will tell how effective Obama’s underhanded methods will take him in the 2012 election.

“As so often happens, something with little policy importance, the scheduling of his jobs speech to Congress, becomes a bigger deal by strengthening the media theme that Obama is weak and easily pushed around by the Republicans. He needs to come out swinging in that speech to regain a passing grade,” said the pollster. [See editorial cartoons on the economy.]

But the public’s view, like wet cement, may be setting when it comes with their dissatisfaction with the president’s handling of the economy.

The latest Washington Whispers Internet poll finds that nearly half the nation thinks Obama has been the worst at fixing the economy in modern times. Carter, is seen as more than five times better than Obama on fixing the economy. [See 7 ways Obama can gain credibility on jobs.]

We posed the question this way: “Many recent presidents up for reelection have struggled with troubled economies and growing unemployment like the current situation. Which of the following was the worst at fixing the economy?”

President Obama – 47 percent.

George H.W. Bush – 40 percent.

Jimmy Carter – 8 percent.

Ronald Reagan – 5 percent.

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