Since shortly after his inauguration, President Obama has never had high approval ratings. Nevertheless, even as one failure mounted upon another, those who told pollsters they approve of his performance have been about equal to those who disapprove, and Obama somehow managed to win re-election. Only in recent days, with the Obamacare fiasco, has his overall approval rating begun to dip below 40%.
Yet if we look behind those numbers, we see a broad revulsion against Obama and his policies. This has been true, to one degree or another, in poll after poll. It is summed up in these numbers from Rasmussen Reports, based on surveys, some of which were done within the last few days, while others go back as far as June. No doubt Obama’s numbers would be lower in some areas if those polls were re-run today, but still, the numbers are striking:
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