Less than one year into the Obama Administration, unequivocal public opinion polls are saying a lot about his leadership ability, and may be providing an early clue into what might come to be his legacy.
Namely, unlike leaders such as Ronald Reagan or Franklin Roosevelt, he is turning the public away from his worldview, rather than persuading it to join him.
By now we’re well-familiar with Obama’s steady decline in public opinion polls. In fact, he stands lower than any President at this point in his tenure. But the latest Rasmussen poll shows something broader, which is good news for those of us who advocate individual freedom, but bad news for Obama.
By an enormous 66% to 22% margin, Americans state that they prefer less government and lower taxes to stronger government with higher taxes. Amazingly, the tone-deaf White House and the Pelosi/Reid Congress continue to advance bigger government (ObamaCare, carbon cap-and-tax, new regulations over the struggling economy,etc.) and higher taxes (increase of the death tax, higher income taxes, healthcare penalties, etc.) despite these unequivocal results.
By a 62% to 21% margin, respondents also say that lowering taxes is a better way to create jobs than more federal “stimulus” is. This is remarkable, considering the degree to which Obama, Pelosi, Reid and liberal pundits scapegoat lower taxes and less regulation as the alleged cause of our economic difficulties. They’re obviously not making the case, and are losing the battle of ideas.
Furthermore, 62% believe that it would be better for the rest of the world and our allies to follow America’s lead, an all-time high. In contrast, a tiny 8% report that America should increasingly follow our allies’ lead. This again contrasts with Obama’s apologetic international demeanor and submission to new global constraints upon the U.S., especially on the heels of his Nobel Prize and Copenhagen boondoggle.
But more broadly, these striking results show that Obama is failing miserably at the task of persuading and leading Americans toward his point of view and policy agenda. He presumably has several years to reverse this reality, but we may already be witnessing the early elements of the eventual Obama legacy.