After six messy weeks – defined chiefly by the partial government shutdown and troubled roll-out of the federal government’s healthcare exchange website — President Barack Obama’s reputation with the American public has faltered in some ways, but not in others. Most notably, for the first time in his presidency, fewer than half of Americans, 47%, say Obama is a “strong and decisive leader,” down six percentage points since September.
Now my friends I will not purpose to be a liberal leaning piece of the mainstream-media mob. However, does anyone notice how cordial even the folks at Gallup are reporting: “defined chiefly by the partial government shutdown and troubled roll-out of the federal government’s healthcare exchange website…” literally takes just about all culpability away from Obama and shoves it all around? Yet, there are those of us who are simply not buying.
There is however a striking bit of truth in this parody. Of the first part, most people naturally think – and espouse, defined chiefly by the Republican effort in the partial government shutdown. Sadly second, is the notion of the troubled roll-out of the federal governments healthcare exchange website?
Let us look at the reality in stauncher terms shall we? If the “Buck stops here” at Obama’s desk, we will believe there are many people who have taken serious shrapnel. Some have even been left behind.
Similarly, the share of Americans who view Obama as “honest and trustworthy” has dipped five points. Exactly half of Americans still consider Obama honest and trustworthy, but this is down from 55% in September and 60% in mid-2012 as Obama was heading toward re-election.
Americans’ confidence in their chief executive to manage the government has also waned five points since September, to 42%. However, this level is similar to 44% in June and 45% in June 2012.
Well we believe that Obama’s productivity would certainly rise if he were to concentrate more on Domestic and Foreign affairs.