Tuesday, July 13, 2010

This might be drama

The lede paragraph to a Washington Post report states:

Public confidence in President Obama has hit a new low, according to the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll. Four months before midterm elections that will define the second half of his term, nearly six in 10 voters say they lack faith in the president to make the right decisions for the country, and a clear majority once again disapproves of how he is dealing with the economy.

Here's the full report.

The poll comes at a time that Democrats remain unsure as to whether they can hold onto their majority control of the House after November's midterm elections.

There is an irony, as Politico.com's Martin Kady II notes, in the Democrats' popularity problem. He reports:

Democrats are suffering from a disconnect with voters - even as they rack up legislative accomplishments on the Hill, their polls continue to drop.

Today's headlines tell the story: Democrats are celebrating getting the likely 60th vote on the biggest overhaul of financial regulations since the Great Depression, yet they are bottoming out - along with President Barack Obama - in polls. Even as Democrats actually move major chunks of the agenda they promised in 2008, most voters now say they want someone else to control Congress.

The perceptions about the economy and the party in charge, ahead of the mid-terms, are starting to harden, which is why more and more Democrats are fretting about losing control of the House.

Perception. Indeed.

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