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March 08, 2010

Poll: 51% Think US Less Respected Around World Than It Was Under the Fiend Bush

Obama had enjoyed pretty much only two political advantages: The idea that it's All Bush's Fault that we're in a deep recession, and the idea that somehow, just by being so awesome and cosmopolitan and urbane, he'd make America stronger aboard with "soft power" respect.

Well, we're down to one advantage.

These numbers, by the way, are from the Democratic polling firm Democracy Corps, co-founded by James Carville.

A majority of Americans say the United States is less respected in the world than it was two years ago and think President Obama and other Democrats fall short of Republicans on the issue of national security, a new poll finds.

The Democracy Corps-Third Way survey released Monday finds that by a 10-point margin -- 51 percent to 41 percent -- Americans think the standing of the U.S. dropped during the first 13 months of Mr. Obama's presidency.

"This is surprising, given the global acclaim and Nobel peace prize that flowed to the new president after he took office," said pollsters for the liberal-leaning organizations.

On the national security front, a massive gap has emerged, with 50 percent of likely voters saying Republicans would likely do a better job than Democrats, a 14-point swing since May. Thirty-three percent favored Democrats.

"The erosion since May is especially strong among women, and among independents, who now favor Republicans on this question by a 56 to 20 percent margin," the pollsters said in their findings.

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The Democrats' gap on national security has widened on several other fronts:

• "Keeping America safe": Democrats now trail by 13 points (34 percent to 47 percent.) The gap was just 5 points in July 2008.

• "Ensuring a strong military": Democrats trail by 31 points (27 percent to 58 percent.)

• "Making America safer from nuclear threats": Democrats trail by 11 points (34 percent to 45 percent,) "despite the president's strong actions and speeches on steps to reduce nuclear dangers," the pollsters said.

Nothing but bad news for Democrats in the poll.

Oh well. I'm sure Democrats can reverse these trends by attending informal schools where they're taught how to sound tough on national security issues.

Thanks to AHFF Geoff.


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