Today’s Rasmussen Report shows that the President’s Approval Index has returned to pre- State of the Union levels with an index score of -17. The new poll shows that 43% Strongly Disapprove of the President’s job performance as opposed to only 26% that Strongly Approve. The President also tied his lowest overall approval rating of only 44%.
On major problems the Republicans lead Democrats on trust factors:
Economy: D = 42% R = 46%
National Security: D = 40% R = 49%
War in Iraq: D = 38% R = 46%
Immigration: D = 36% R = 43%
Education: D = 36% R = 40%
Health : D = 37% R = 49%
Social Security: D = 35% R = 45%
Abortion: D = 32% R = 46%
Taxes: D = 34% R = 50%
Currently, the Republicans continue to hold 7% advantage in generic ballot and appear to be well positioned to regain seats in the Fall.
While the President appeared to receive a lift after his economy focused State of the Union, Americans are overwhelmingly rejecting the administration’s Keynesian approach to the economy. Keynesian economics is a theory that says, “it’s best to increase deficit spending in tough economic times.” A recent Rasmussen telephone finds that 70 % of Americans disagree, with 59% saying that “Keynes had it backwards” saying that increasing the deficit will further damage the economy. In fact, 56% Americans “believe that cutting the deficit is the way to go”. The rejection of increased deficit spending crosses party lines. Only 21% of Democrats favor continuing to increase the deficit.
The majority of Americans, 83%, say “the size of the federal budget deficit is due more to the unwillingness of politicians to cut government spending than to the reluctance of taxpayers to pay more in taxes”. At this point, most Americans believe that lowering taxes is more important to jump starting the economy than a balanced budget with higher taxes – even if that means not dealing with the deficit immediately.
According to Rasmussen’s research, “only 35% of voters realize that the majority of federal spending goes just to defense, Social Security and Medicare”. “These figures highlight a massive failure of leadership from both Republicans and Democrats among the nation’s political elite,” says Scott Rasmussen, president of Rasmussen Reports. “Given the amount of political chatter about the budget in recent years, it is almost beyond comprehension that neither party has seen fit to highlight the basics so that the American people can make reasoned choices on the fundamental issues before them.”
So the question is – President Obama are you listening? The will of the people is clear. They want reduced spending and lower taxes. They want more jobs and they believe that the free market is the answer to solving that problem. The priority is jobs not health care.
Don’t tell us that the economy is growing stronger because we are bleeding slower. We are still losing jobs; more people have become discouraged and quit looking which is the only reason the unemployment rate dropped to 9.7% in January. Officially there are 14,728,371 unemployed but the real number is 24,968,317 with 38,755,453 receiving food stamps.
Conservatives need to keep the heat on. The Republicans are not necessarily the answer as they have proven in the past. Hold everyone accountable!
Restore the Republic, Restore the Free Market Economy – Reject the Agenda of the Progressive Left, Reject Big Government and Keynesian Economics!
“If we can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people, under the pretence of taking care of them, they must become happy.” – Thomas Jefferson, letter to Thomas Cooper, Nov 29, 1802
“The principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale.” – Thomas Jefferson, letter to John Taylor, May 28, 1816