Obama: The Most Polarizing President...EVER!!!

Discussion in 'Politics' started by Maverick74, Jan 30, 2012.

  1. Maverick74



    Obama: The most polarizing president. Ever.
    Posted by Chris Cillizza and Aaron Blake at 06:30 AM ET, 01/30/2012

    President Obama ran — and won — in 2008 on the idea of uniting the country. But each of his first three years in office has marked historic highs in political polarization, with Democrats largely approving of him and Republicans deeply disapproving.

    For 2011, Obama’s third year in office, an average of 80 percent of Democrats approved of the job he was doing in Gallup tracking polls, as compared to 12 percent of Republicans who felt the same way. That’s a 68-point partisan gap, the highest for any president’s third year in office — ever. (The previous high was George W. Bush in 2007, when he had a 59 percent difference in job approval ratings.)

    In 2010, the partisan gap between how Obama was viewed by Democrats versus Republicans stood at 68 percent; in 2009, it was 65 percent. Both were the highest marks ever for a president’s second and first years in office, respectively.

    What do those numbers tell us? Put simply: that the country is hardening along more and more strict partisan lines.

    While it’s easy to look at the numbers cited above and conclude that Obama has failed at his mission of bringing the country together, a deeper dig into the numbers in the Gallup poll suggests that the idea of erasing the partisan gap is simply impossible, as political polarization is rising rapidly.

    Out of the ten most partisan years in terms of presidential job approval in Gallup data, seven — yes, seven — have come since 2004. Bush had a run between 2004 and 2007 in which the partisan disparity of his job approval was at 70 points or higher.

    “Obama’s ratings have been consistently among the most polarized for a president in the last 60 years,” concludes Gallup’s Jeffrey Jones in a memo summing up the results. “That may not be a reflection on Obama himself as much as on the current political environment in the United States, because Obama’s immediate predecessor, Bush, had similarly polarized ratings, particularly in the latter stages of his presidency after the rally in support from the 9/11 terror attacks faded.”

    Our guess is that Jones’ latter hypothesis is the right one — that we are simply living in an era in which Democrats dislike a Republican president (and Republicans dislike a Democratic one) even before the commander in chief has taken a single official action.

    The realization of that hyper-partisan reality has been slow in coming for Obama. But in recent months, he seems to have turned a rhetorical corner — taking the fight to Republicans (and Republicans in Congress, particularly) and all but daring them to call his bluff.

    Democrats will point out that Republicans in Congress have played a significant part in the polarization; the congressional GOP has stood resolutely against almost all of Obama’s top priorities. And Obama’s still-high popularity among the Democratic base also exacerbates the gap.

    For believers in bipartisanship, the next nine months are going to be tough sledding, as the already-gaping partisan divide between the two parties will only grow as the 2012 election draws nearer. And, if the last decade of Gallup numbers are any indication, there’s little turnaround in sight.

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  3. Now how to blame this on Bush....
  4. Did ya see what Boehner said, something to the effect that Obama is like someone from different planet.

    For believers in bipartisanship, the next nine months are going to be tough sledding, as the already-gaping partisan divide between the two parties will only grow as the 2012 election draws nearer.

    It'll be worse if he gets re elected.
  5. pspr


    If Obama does NOT get re-elected, the insane people are going riot.

    If Obama DOES get re-elected, the sane people are going to riot.
  6. Really dumb people can relate to George W. Bush, so with the US progressively dumbing down its electorate over time he somehow got elected TWICE !!!

    If Americans want to know why their country is losing ground relative to the rest of the world ( still the top dog but the trend is bad ), ask yourself why you elected George. Most people outside of the US can't understand why.

    The outstanding bill from George is still being paid and will be for some time. Obama may not be perfect but he's a darn site better then almost every President you've elected for two decades.

    I'm not partisan at all, I'm Canadian. I just want a better world.
    George W. Bush was one of the more evil leaders the world seen in a century, he's not a Hitler or a Stalin but he makes the next cut. Probably evil due to ignorance but it doesn't bring back all those innocent lives he cost the world, the hardships of many others, and a US economy that struggles to regain form.

    Praising Bush would be like admiring your old boss that fired you on a whim.
  7. +1,000
  8. Disagree...

    George Bush was a terrible, TERRIBLE president.

    And unfortunately, Odumbo is 10 times worse.

    America has been very unfortunate* to elect 2 of our history's worst presidents back-to-back.

    :( :(

    * Or, is that stupid/foolish/greedy?

    We all want a better world, of course. Seems to me Odumbo's impact on Canada is mostly neutral... but history will reflect his impact on America as DEVASTATING!
  9. Easy breezy......Bush handed Obama the worst mess since 1929, and two wars. It took Bush 8 years to screw it up, it will take Obama 8 years to clean it up.

    Hope that helps:)
  10. 377OHMS


    Yeah, I remember Obama promising to unite the country and get republicans and democrats to work together to improve our economic conditions yada yada yada. All lies I guess.

    I suppose we should not be surprised when it turns out that a presidential candidate was lying in order to get elected.

    Gotta disagree with the part about congressional GOP members standing resolutely. They sold out those who elected them about as quick as they could. Its easy to imagine the end of the GOP with maybe some kind of new party being formed.
    #10     Jan 31, 2012