The Washington Post and ABC News are out this morning with another dreadful poll for Obama, the kind that spur speculation that he’ll just quit and let Hillary run.
He won’t, of course. He still thinks he has magical powers. He’ll need them.
As you can see from the graphic below, the numbers are as bad as you would expect, but a couple of things pop out.
First of all, just about as many people – 77 percent – think the country is going in the wrong direction as did when Obama assumed office in January 2009. There’s no way to spin this. It’s a stunning failure.
And an incredible 81 percent of Americans think the Obama economic program has not worked – that it either has had no effect, or that it has actually made things worse.
It’s difficult to get 81 percent of people in a poll to agree that Saturday comes before Sunday, and yet Obama has not, as far as we know, cashiered a single economic adviser. Some have left for personal reasons, and others, like Treasury Secretary Geithner and National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling, are right where they were or, in Sperling’s case, have had a senior role since the beginning.
The Post and ABC also asked a very interesting question, the response to which demonstrates that a large number of people believe Obama is out of sync with their beliefs. While 56 percent say they want a smaller government, only 18 percent believe Obama does. This might be the most worrisome result of all for Obama’s political operatives.