Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Obama Worse Than Bush? Hogwash!

Obama: Worst President in Modern Times! proclaims an NBC article citing a recent Quinnipiac University poll.

In fact, the headline of that poll at the Quinnipiac University site states:

Obama Is First As Worst President Since WWII, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; More Voters Say Romney Would Have Been Better

From NBC News/Reuters:  "President Obama loosens his tie in the heat before delivering remarks on the economy at the Georgetown Waterfront Park in Washington."

The righties are, of course, gleeful, for they were intent on destroying this man and his Presidency from Day 1.  Of course, Presidents usually poll worse when they are in office and better as people forget the misery they blame on that particular President.  Thus, Obama's legacy is far from decided, despite what the righties want us to believe. 

The Ignorant and Brainwashed Americans

I see this poll (and others that show similar results) this way:  This is another example of the dumbing down of the American people and the brainwashed ignorance of that population.  How could anyone consider "Obama worse than Bush", a man who pulled us into a trillion dollar war that cost tens of thousands of lives (both American and Iraqi lives) on lies? And Reagan the best?  What's wrong with this country?

"I don't believe in polls."

Now many people who lean left/Progressive/Democratic are quick to express skepticism of this poll and mention that it is only "one poll" or say that they "don't believe in polls."   Sigh.  Many of those same people do definitely believe in climate change and decry those who don't believe in climate change as being "not scientific" or "flat earthers".  Yet they don't believe in the statistics that underlie polls.  Sigh again.      

I think it is always important to know what the "other side" is thinking and what kind of effect they are having on this country. When we don't look at polls, we wind up with a 2010 election. I remember people saying that they "didn't believe in the polls" before the 2010 election, when the polls started to swing strongly to the Republicans. The polls were right. The Republicans took the House by a storm and the Dems were routed. (The polls also changed dramatically from summer to fall as rightie money poured into the races.)


I think it is outrageous that a large chunk of the American population are unhappy with Obama, despite Obama pulling us back from the brink of total financial collapse, saving the automakers, presiding over the addition of 9 million jobs, moving us towards equality for LGBT people, limiting our entanglements in foreign wars, reducing the deficit, etc. etc, DESPITE constant Congressional obstruction, despite Republicans that were insistent on destroying his Presidency from Day 1, even if it meant keeping the American people miserable.

The poll mentions that Obama's approval rate is now somewhere around 40%. Even if you quibble about a few percent in terms of "not believing a poll", that's still a very poor approval rating for a man who has accomplished so much with so much opposition. It doesn't say much for the intelligence or knowledge of the brainwashed American people.
If this was just one poll, we could easily ignore it. But it isn't. Obama is getting hit in poll after poll this spring. Saying that we shouldn't pay any attention to polls is to me, someone who has spent some time studying statistics and polling, akin to saying that, because we've had a cold winter, "I don't believe in global warming."

The issue isn't the polls; the issue is the brainwashed ignorance of the American people.

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