From The Wall Street Journal:

Less than a year after Inauguration Day, support for the Democratic Party continues to slump, amid a difficult economy and a wave of public discontent, according to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll.

The findings underscored how dramatically the political landscape has changed during the Obama administration’s first year. In January, despite the recession and financial crisis, voters expressed optimism about the future, the new president enjoyed soaring approval ratings, and congressional leaders promised to swiftly pass his ambitious agenda.

In December’s survey, for the first time, less than half of Americans approved of the job President Barack Obama was doing, marking a steeper first-year fall for this president than his recent predecessors.

Also for the first time this year, the electorate was split when asked which party they wanted to see in charge after the 2010 elections. For months, a clear plurality favored Democratic control.

The survey suggests that public discontent with Mr. Obama and his party is being driven by an unusually grim view of the country’s status and future prospects.

A majority of Americans believe the U.S. is in decline. And a plurality now say the U.S. will be surpassed by China in 20 years as the top power.

Democrats’ problems seem in part linked to their ambitious health-care plan, billed as the signature achievement of Mr. Obama’s first year. Now, for the first time, more people said they would prefer Congress did nothing on health care than who wanted to see the overhaul enacted.

“For Democrats, the red flags are flying at full mast,” said Democratic pollster Peter Hart, who conducted the survey with Republican pollster Bill McInturff. “What we don’t know for certain is: Have we reached a bottoming-out point?”

The biggest worry for Democrats is that the findings could set the stage for gains by Republican candidates in next year’s elections. Support from independents for the president and his party continued to dwindle. In addition, voters intending to back Republicans expressed far more interest in the 2010 races than those planning to vote for Democrats.

But public displeasure with Democrats wasn’t translating directly into warmth for Republicans. Twenty-eight percent of voters expressed positive feelings about the GOP — a number that has remained constant through the Democrats’ decline over the summer and fall. Only 5% said their feelings toward the Republicans were “very positive.”

And in one arena, Afghanistan, Mr. Obama appeared to have some success in winning support for his planned troop surge. Liberals remain largely opposed to the strategy, but in fewer numbers compared with before Mr. Obama made his case in a speech at West Point. Overall, by 44% to 41%, a plurality believe his strategy is the right approach.

Still, the survey painted a decidedly gloomy picture for Democrats, who appear to be bearing the brunt of public unease over joblessness and Washington’s economic policies. Thirty-five percent of voters said they felt positive about the Democratic Party, a 14-point slide since February. Ten percent felt “very positive.”

And some idiots on the left — redundant. I know! — are actually crying because they think they were had by you-know-who! Poor babies!

I can’t wait for next November!

5 thoughts on “Oopsie!”

  1. ha ha. McCain and Palin would have been 10X’s better than this Muslim doofus. They’ll learn and come 2010 and 2012, real conservatives like Palin, Santorum, and [crossing my fingers] Glenn Beck will get this country back to where real Americans can love it again.

  2. I still can’t figure out why most of the liberals I know still love this guy and are supportive of the clowns in congress.

  3. Honey, some people are just more susceptible to mass hypnosis/brainwashing. There is no rationale involved, just a Pavlovian knee-jerk reaction to any left wing cause. So we have a prez who was offered up as an idol, and the drones blindly worship. It’s that simple, and yet the consequences are that much equally disastrous. As Humberto says, unreal.

  4. Alley Kat,
    That’s true of some. But most of the people I’m talking about are otherwise highly intelligent and do not live their lives as they vote. It would not bother me if these were simple followers who don’t know how to think. The truly scary thing is how where politics is concerned they lose all sense of reality and think I am the brainwashed one. They truly believe that they are on the right track.
    How does this happen so easily to smart people?
    That question was asked about Germans. I am witnessing it today.

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