The Hill writes today, “Two-thirds of likely voters say the weak economy is Washington’s fault, and more blame President Obama than anybody else, according to a new poll for The Hill. It found that 66 percent believe paltry job growth and slow economic recovery is the result of bad policy. Thirty-four percent say Obama is the most to blame, followed by 23 percent who say Congress is the culprit. . . . The results highlight the reelection challenge Obama faces amid dissatisfaction with his first-term performance on the economy. . . . The poll, conducted for The Hill by Pulse Opinion Research, found 53 percent of voters say Obama has taken the wrong actions and has slowed the economy down.”
And last week The New York Times reported, “Declining confidence in the nation’s economic prospects appears to be the most powerful force influencing voters as the presidential election gears up, undercutting key areas of support for President Obama . . . according to the latest New York Times/CBS News Poll. . . . In a reversal from the Times/CBS Poll in April, more Americans say they disapprove of the way Mr. Obama is handling his job, 46 percent, than say they approve of it, 44 percent, although the difference is within the poll’s margin of sampling error. . . . Asked which candidate they believed would do a better job handling the economy and unemployment, 49 percent said Mr. Romney, 41 percent Mr. Obama. The drop in Mr. Obama’s economic approval ratings is consistent with a downturn in the percentage of Americans who believe the economy is getting better. While 33 percent said they saw improvement in April, 24 percent say they do now.”
Americans can easily see that the economy is not recovering the way it should be, and certainly isn’t living up to the predictions President Obama made about it based on his policies.
As Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell explained recently, “The President’s top priority for the past year hasn’t been creating jobs; it’s been saving his own. And his advisors seem to think that if they create enough scapegoats, he’ll slip by in November. That’s why he’s spent the past year trying to convince the public that somehow his predecessor is more responsible for the economic failures of the past three and a half years than he is. That all the bailouts and the trillions in borrowed money and the government takeover of health care and the onslaught of bureaucratic red tape and regulations are somehow irrelevant to the fact that we’re mired in the slowest economic recovery in modern times That we’re just one more stimulus away from an economic boom; that the fact that we’ve had unemployment above eight percent for 41 straight months has nothing to do with the policies he put in place in his first two years in office. That all these massive pieces of legislation he touted were somehow hugely historic, and yet at the same time completely unrelated to the joblessness, uncertainty, and decline we’ve seen almost every day since.”
“The sad truth is,” Leader McConnell said, “the President isn’t just ignoring the economic problems we face, he’s exacerbating them. And he’s running us headlong into the cliff that’s fast approaching in January.”