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April 02, 2010

CBS: Obama at 44% approval

Well, this is the least surprising news of the week:

Last week, President Obama signed historic health care reform legislation into law -- but his legislative success doesn't seem to have helped his image with the American public.

The latest CBS News Poll, conducted between March 29 and April 1, found Americans unhappier than ever with Mr. Obama's handling of health care - and still worried about the state of the economy.

President Obama's overall job approval rating has fallen to an all-time low of 44 percent, down five points from late March, just before the health bill's passage in the House of Representatives. It's down 24 points since his all-time high last April. Forty-one percent of those polled said they disapproved of the president's performance.

When it comes to health care, the President's approval rating is even lower -- and is also a new all-time low. Only 34 percent approved, while 55 percent said they disapproved.

It's not surprising because this approval rating is a direct result of how poorly the White House has managed its public image in the wake of the bill's passage.

Independents, for the most part, hate the health care bill. Despite that, the White House chose to have a self-congratulatory signing ceremony that resembled a political pep rally. To make matters worse, the press secretary smugly dismisses any criticism or public opinion rather than answer questions from the press. Capping this perfect storm of bad PR is the president himself, who continues to go out on the road to sell this wreck of a law while mocking those who have legitimate concerns about it in a fashion thatís unbecoming of his office.

The president and Democrats in Congress seem to believe that if they tell us how awesome this law is often enough, eventually we'll come around to their point of view. Instead, their rhetoric seems to be having the opposite effect - people didn't want this passed and are beginning to react to the arrogance shown by the president and his allies as they try to convince us to eat the crap sandwich they created.

(h/t: Hot Air)


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