Barack Obama … A Politician of Change … Partisan Gap in Obama Job Approval Widest in Modern Era


Barack Obama … The Bipartisan New Hope … No You Aren’t

Barack Obama campaigned on the promise of changing the bipartisan culture in Washington, DC. However, President Barack Obama, “international man of change,” as hardly been a uniter, bit instead Obama has become the biggest partisan divider of any president in history.


Pew Research Center

For all of his hopes about bipartisanship, Barack Obama has the most polarized early job approval ratings of any president in the past four decades. The 61-point partisan gap in opinions about Obama’s job performance is the result of a combination of high Democratic ratings for the president — 88% job approval among Democrats — and relatively low approval ratings among Republicans (27%).

By comparison, there was a somewhat smaller 51-point partisan gap in views of George W. Bush’s job performance in April 2001, a few months into his first term. At that time, Republican enthusiasm for Bush was comparable to how Democrats feel about Obama today, but there was substantially less criticism from members of the opposition party. Among Democrats, 36% approved of Bush’s job performance in April 2001; that compares with a 27% job approval rating for Obama among Republicans today.

Americans really need to put on their thinking caps and fully understand the meaning of this poll. Obama was supposedly elected for “change” and that he was a man for all people. Obama represented a change from the so-called partisan GWB years. However, Obama in just over 100 days has managed to have a 4 point higher partisan job approval gap than George W. Bush at the same point and time during his first administration.

Compare 2009 to 2001 when GWB went through the “hanging chad” election with Al Gore and so many Democrats suffered from early onset of BDS, “Bush Derangement Syndrome”. Would not one think that there would have been a greater partisan divide then?

I guess that is what occurs when the President who is elected is the most left leaning socialist in the history of the United States. It also occurs when a President borrows trillions of dollars, personally interferes in the hiring and firing practices of private corporations,  and handling an economy that will bankrupt America. Exit question, if Americans knew how partisan Obama would be, would they have voted for him?

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  • Comments

    15 Responses to “Barack Obama … A Politician of Change … Partisan Gap in Obama Job Approval Widest in Modern Era”

    1. j fyrste on April 6th, 2009 3:09 pm

      Oh noes, GOP voters, the party of the southern strategy turn out not to be very fond of the first black POTUS! How very surprising! Which is not to say that everyone who opposes the Obama Administrations policy is a racist. But everyone knows that when you lie down with dogs you get fleas. It’s kind of cute though that the conservative response to the fleas is “OMG flea infestations rise to epic levels under divisive Obama administration.”

    2. Rugosa on April 6th, 2009 6:22 pm

      Short answer to your question: yes.

      Long answer: Bush was bad for the people, the economy, the country, and the world. It’s hardly surprising that voters gave a hearty F to him and the horse he rode in on.

    3. katablog on April 6th, 2009 8:19 pm

      #1 j: funny how you are so quick to cry racism when it is a particular race that indeed shows up in the polls but it’s the race where 90% approve of O rather than the race of those that disapprove that’s so striking.

      #2 Short answer: worse

      Long answer: Bush may not have been a “wonderful” president and there’s no question that there’s a striking difference between O and Bush. You see it took Bush 8 years, a war in Iraq and 9/11 to drive the deficit to 1/2 a billion dollars.

      O has been able to double Bush’s debt in a mere 3 months and will be at over $1 trillion (that’s 100,000 billion) by the end of 1 year.

      On top of the humongous debt that O is creating for your grandchildren, his defamation of America in Europe along with a deep bow to the Saudi King, Obama is breaking the law at a record pace.

      BILL MOYERS: To hear you say this is unusual because you supported Barack Obama, during the campaign. But you’re seeming disillusioned now.

      WILLIAM K. BLACK: Well, certainly in the financial sphere, I am. I think, first, the policies are substantively bad. Second, I think they completely lack integrity. Third, they violate the rule of law. This is being done just like Secretary Paulson did it. In violation of the law. We adopted a law after the Savings and Loan crisis, called the Prompt Corrective Action Law. And it requires them to close these institutions. And they’re refusing to obey the law.

      How’s that for 3 months?

    4. Scared Monkeys on April 6th, 2009 10:21 pm

      #1 put the crack pipe down.

      At the first chance you fools cry racism. That will be your downfall as people are getting sick of the BS.

      The fact of the matter is that Barry O is more divisive than GWB. Sorry Keebler is you can’t handle the truth.

      The candidate of change is nothing more than a fabricated MSM image.


    5. Carpe on April 7th, 2009 2:43 am



      This is 2009, my Zom-bots. Get with the program,
      or we shall remove your thinking device.

      We now have a DOTUS.

      Despot of the United States.


      2 a: a ruler with absolute power and authority

      If he continues to get away with what he has been able to get away with in just the past few months,
      what would stop him from eliminating the need to
      have free elections in the future?

      Answer: Probably not much.

      … and yet the people are more concerned about
      Michele’s sleeveless dresses, Britney’s latest
      ex-boyfriend / stalker, and the Octo-Mom’s mini-van getting a car seat thrown through the back

      The only shots fired, were at police officers
      and people to weak to even be able to protect

      Now that really is the ultimate in WTF? moments.

    6. Carpe on April 7th, 2009 2:55 am

      In 2009, growing sprigs out of a Chia-Pet
      has been deemed racism.

    7. SUPER DAVE on April 7th, 2009 7:30 am

      POTUS: as far as this description for your boy president,is used to describe the antichrist in several books.
      i think it fits him well.! there can be no racism toward obi wan obama , he is supposedly black & white!

    8. j fyrste on April 7th, 2009 11:55 am

      So number katablog and fearful primate, is it your position that the GOP’s southern strategy had nothing to do with race? Also, did you not note the caveat that people can disagree with the Obama administration without being racism? Because it looks like our arguments boil down to- me: there is some racism in the US; you: no there isn’t. Which one of those seems more likely?

      Carpe, there are likely meds that would help you out. Also, JEI, the makers of the Chia line put out fine products.

    9. SUPER DAVE on April 7th, 2009 3:10 pm

      obama’s website caters to groups calling themselves marxists/communists/ for obama. now what kind of American president would stoop this low ?
      i did say American. obama is (not) an American and cannot be trusted. he is a destroyer as we are all witnessing now.

    10. Carpe on April 7th, 2009 4:49 pm

      j fyrste

      Meds make you post like a liberal. Liberals
      miss large chunks of information, and the more
      subtle things, like core issue points for instance.

      thanks for caring, I pass.

    11. dennisintn on April 7th, 2009 11:07 pm

      i find it awfully hard to believe that 88% of democrats are that damned dumb or blind to what his intentions are, and where he’s trying to lead the u.s. i think the white house skunkworks is at it again.

    12. Connex Enviromental on September 22nd, 2009 3:37 pm

      This whole situation is getting out of hand. We need to remember what is trying to get achieved…

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