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Should failing grades on deficit, jobs and economy cost Obama a second term?
August 16th, 2012
02:54 PM ET

Should failing grades on deficit, jobs and economy cost Obama a second term?

By CNN's Jack Cafferty:

President Obama has some serious "issues" when it comes to the economy... and that might translate to "issues" come Election Day.

A new Gallup poll shows Americans continue to give the president failing grades on the economy, jobs and the deficit.

The president gets high marks for his handling of "terrorism"– 58 percent... and fair marks on "education" - 49 percent... and "foreign affairs" - 48%. But that's where the good news ends for him.

On immigration, Mr. Obama gets just a 38 percent approval rating... and it's downhill from there.

His worst marks come on "creating jobs" at 37%, the "economy" - 36%, and the "federal budget deficit" - 30%.

It's not hard to see why many Americans feel this way... with unemployment above 8 percent for 42 months in a row now and annual deficits topping $1 trillion dollars.

This poll also shows that the president's ratings on the economy are much worse than those of prior two-term presidents.

President Obama's 36% approval on the economy compares to 46% for George W. Bush, 54% for Bill Clinton and 50% for Ronald Reagan.

The bottom line here is millions of Americans continue to suffer under a weak economy, and if they don't get the sense that President Obama is improving their economic lives, it might be a tough sell come November 6th.

Here's my question to you: Should failing grades on the deficit, jobs and the economy cost President Obama a second term?

Tune in to "The Situation Room" at 5 p.m. ET to see if Jack reads your answer on the air.

And we'd love to know where you're writing from, so please include your city and state with your comment.

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  1. Pat in Michigan

    No Jack .It should cost every member of Congress THEIR JOB. it will take 4 yrs. to ferret out the incumbents but they all must go.Change is scary but so is the end of the United States.

    August 16, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
  2. Ron

    President Obama does not have failing grades on the economy. He gets an "A" for having done as much as he has to help us recover from the Bush disaster, in the face of Republican opposition at every turn, even when they thought the President's ideas would be good for the Nation.

    August 16, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
  3. Overby

    With his track record, in the private sector he would have been shown the door a long time ago.

    August 16, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
  4. JD in NH

    He should get a second term. The economy is improving slowly and given the magnitude of the problem he inherited it will probably take a decade or more to recover. It doesn't help that every bill that might have helped the economy improve has been either voted down, tabled or filibustered by Republicans. From day one their mission has been to bring down Obama, not work to improve the economy.

    August 16, 2012 at 3:03 pm |
  5. Rich McKinney, Texas

    That is a tuff call Jack. Obama did not create the failing economy. He inherited it from the republicans along with 2 wars. When your dealt a bad hand you have only a few choices. You can either fold or you can bluff. So far all Obama has done is bluff. Unfortunately the economy has called his bluff. That is what this election is all about. Do you gamble on the republicans once again or do you continue on the same failing course.

    August 16, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
  6. sarah

    You bet your bottom dollar!!!

    August 16, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
  7. Jeff In Minnesota

    If he doesn't get things turned around, then yes, he needs to be held accountable for the lack of jobs and a lackluster economy. Seems the President's "lead from behind" strategy has finally caught up with him. Leadership means being out in front on issues, not at the back. He's gone back to blaiming everyone else, even Bush 43 again. Sorry, you had four years and you squandered it on health care and everything else and lost focus on what matters most, jobs and the economy. And for this, you think you deservee a second term. I don't think so unless you can turn things around between now and November.

    August 16, 2012 at 3:06 pm |
  8. Linda

    Nope. Itwas the Bush Recession that crashed the bad economy and Republican obstructionism that allows the poor economy to linger. Meanwhile, Wall Street thrives. Vote out the obstructionist!

    August 16, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
  9. Ed in Harrisburg

    Here's the problem Jack, neither Romney or Obama can fix this economy, it's too far gone by now. Only the American people can fix it by living within their means and creating their own jobs. Don't wait for the rich or anyone. We live in the wild west now and it's every man, woman, child and senior for themselves. The only options we've been given is either owing our souls to the company store or living with government sponsored services. There's no middle ground with a decreasing middle class....

    August 16, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
  10. Reggie53

    If a company keeps failing does the company keep the CEO or do they not try to replace him/her? What that company does is to replace the CEO. Well Obama is failing our country with his policies so the American people have to right to vote him out and allow somebody new to do the job. If you want a profitable company or country that is the route to go and it should also apply to the presidential office.

    August 16, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
  11. Steve, Clifton, Virginia

    In all fairness, if we hold the President responsible for the lack of jobs and a failing economy, we must also hold a Congress responsible as well as they publicly pledged to cause him to fail and make him a one term President.. Lets just completely and thoroughly clean houses...i.e White House, House of Representatives and the U S Senate. Short of a total cleaning, then give the president another 4 years with a new Congress that places the country's best interest ahead of their own personal agendas.

    August 16, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
  12. Wilhelm in Las Vegas

    well here we are with yet ANOTHER Frank Luntz style "push poll" question.

    "It's ALL Obama's FAULT that the economy is in the dumper" when the TRUTH is it's gotten BETTER, although it's been slow going, since he took office. it was BUSH POLICIES that ballooned the deficit, let Wall Street run amok and encouraged outsourcing jobs to foreign counties by giving them tax breaks. AND it's the REPUBLICANS that have blocked EVERY jobs program Obama has proposed.

    ask people in the auto industry just how "bad" Obama has been. IF the country had followed Mitt Romney and the Republicans plan, there wouldn't even BE an American auto industry now and millions MORE people would be unemployed.

    August 16, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
  13. BrainTurnedOff

    What's the alternative? Noticed that Romney/Ryan talk about deficit and medicare, not so much about jobs anymore?
    Romney is a business man, not an economist, Ryan is a budget hawk without caring too much anything else, especially about the economy. Not good signs for a Romney/Ryan first term.
    Besides, Obama didn't do too bad in the aftermath of 2008 given the situation in Congress.

    August 16, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
  14. Bob in Ohio

    No it shouldn't. If Bush got a 46 and Reagan got a 50, then they must have forgotten to grade Obama using the same curve. That ought to bring him up to about a 55, more than enough to warrant a second term.

    August 16, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
  15. Ed from California

    No, it should not. But, it should cost Speaker Boehner, Majority Leader Cantor and Senate Minority Leader McConnell their jobs....along with every member of their Teapot Party with their jobs, too. After-all Jack....It's the House that proposes and passes bills to help us all, not just the 1%! Mr, Boehner,"Where are the Jobs"??

    August 16, 2012 at 3:14 pm |
  16. Martha Brooks

    Perhaps...but a better question might be: would Romney/Ryan "plans" for the economy actually be a good thing for the average American voter? They would likely be better for business, profits and Wall Street, but would that translate into "better" for everybody else? HONEST answers to those questions – not swayed by ideology – should guide the voter in November and not anyone's "grades."

    Martha, Rew, PA

    August 16, 2012 at 3:14 pm |
  17. Dan - Phx

    I don't know, how many corporations is he the CEO of that are sending all of our jobs overseas?

    August 16, 2012 at 3:14 pm |
  18. KB and JB central Florida

    economy, jobs and the deficit – that's pretty important stuff – and topics that should be debated – altho' rumor has it, he is demanding that some of that not be allowed in the debate-? or did I imagine it yesterday?
    in any case, even he called it (paraphrasing: "if haven't done it, should only have one term") ...well, here we are – the biggest spin in the world can't make it right!

    August 16, 2012 at 3:14 pm |
  19. rex in portland, oregon

    I keep hearing from republican ads how Obama controls the economy, the issuance and creation of jobs, and everything that anyone says in the campaign. I am convinced that hearing such crap from the republicans does not make it true. I constantly hear that Obama has made the economy "worse", that he has sent jobs overseas by the millions etc etc garbage upon garbage lies filth and I wish the lies would stop.

    Considering Obama inherited the worst mess ever created by a political party and by 30 years of a false-premised economic system, Obama has done a magnificient job. To even insinuate that we should return to the party controlled disaster that is/was bushism/reaganism/romneyism and do away with the federal government (Ryanism) to appease the rich is insanity.

    August 16, 2012 at 3:14 pm |
  20. Richard Hill/Colebrook,NH

    Not really Jack. The GOP Congress has blocked all of Obama'a attempts to put people back to work. So much so that I now call them; Grand Obstructionist Party and Guardians Of Priviledge because of their continued demand to give "Tax Breaks To The Rich", at all costs!

    August 16, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
  21. calaurore9

    Even though he inherited a mess, he owns it now. So, I suggest a wag-the-dog event in October.

    Carol in Northampton, Ma

    August 16, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
  22. Jenny Sills from Rome Georgia

    YES!! Will it I do not know.

    August 16, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
  23. Michael Bindner, Alexandria, VA

    No, because the Republicans have been sabotaging the economy by not letting public employment rise (or even stay the same). We have infrastructure and public employment needs that could be met without calling it make-work. States need some additional funding that their political systems and their local economies won't make up in taxes – and federal aid is appropriate so they can – yet Congress says no. If anyone should have to face the consequences of the economy, its the do nothing (or worse, sabotaging) Republican House.

    August 16, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
  24. Rich McKinney, Texas

    When Obama took office he made many promises. He inherited 2 wars and about 5 trillion dollars in debt. America took a big gamble on Obama and so far it has not paid off. Instead of bringing the country together he has driven us apart. We are now a few trillion dollars farther in debt and that number is growing exponentially under his leadership. Instead of his reducing the deficit as he promised he has increased it. America can not afford 4 more years of this kind of leadership.

    August 16, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
  25. Sarah/Dumfries,VA

    No,i have been unemployed too & i have seen that there is no easy way out,there is nothing he can do if the racist like you & in congress wont work with him,please dont read only the bad comments, GOD will get you all Obama 2012

    August 16, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
  26. pete

    Absolutely not! Three years into the worst recession since the 1930's, with the Republicans roadblocking every effort to restore the economy...and you want to blame OBAMA?? And maybe put back in charge the very people that destroyed the economy in the first place??? THAT is the definition of insanity – doing the same thing that created this mess over again, and then expecting different results. WAKE UP, FOLKS!

    August 16, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
  27. David of Alexandria, VA

    Yes. But not as much for his failking grades on performance as his lack of a clearly articulated vision to really get the economy cooking again. This after three and a half years, for heaven's sake! No budget in all that time and the best he can muster is tired old populist rallyhing cries like "everyone pays theri fair share," and "everyone gets a fair shot." SDhould the economy cost him his job? Well, certainly his job performance shoudl cost hoim his job I'm not ready for 4 more years of that.

    August 16, 2012 at 3:18 pm |
  28. jk in MN

    No it should cost the Republicans in Congress theirs. Americans need to remember, the President can propose a program. Congress has to pass the legislation. The GOP leadership and others like Newt Gingrich met on Obama's inauguration day and plotted to obstruct everything he proposed to make him a one term President. I say that's treason when it harms the economy and they should NOT be in congress ever again! They should not get rewarded for this behavior and frankly America can't afford another run of GOP controll of Congress and the White House. That's where most of this deficit everyone is now so worried about came from.

    August 16, 2012 at 3:18 pm |
  29. Barb

    NO, because Romney-Ryan would make the situation worse.... less taxes for Mitt and his rich buddies.

    August 16, 2012 at 3:19 pm |
  30. Jane in CA

    When other (ie white) presidents worked to correct economic downturns, they usually had the support and assistance of at least a part of the opposition party. Both parties would agree that the situation needed fixing, and work together to correct it. That was not the case with president Obama. The Republican party declared on day one that they would do whatever it took to create a failed administration, and if that meant creating a failed country, then so be it. Everything they insisted on had been shown to slow economic growth, not speed it up. Things were good for the 1%, so it didn't matter about the rest of us. That will not change if they win the presidency now. On the contrary, they will make it so much worse, that we will have a lost century, and may never lead the world again, in anything except poverty.

    August 16, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
  31. Cee, La.

    When i consider the alternative.....No.....

    August 16, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
  32. Charles in Greensboro, NC

    Yes, Obama has failed and the Republicans in Congress are making Obama a one term President no matter the cost to this country. That has always been their main focus...not jobs, not the economy, and certainly not the deficit. If Romney is elected President in November, I guarantee you that Congressional Democrats will use the same tactics on him. Americans will intimately pay the price for these political games!

    August 16, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
  33. Thom Richer

    No. That would be blaming everything on one man and we all know that is not even close to the truth. It all comes down to the Eternal War(s) instigated by the Bush/Cheney thugs, a spineless do nothing corrupt Congress, a greed ridden Corporate America, the Bush/Cheney war(s), and the Bush?Cheney war(s). Let us not forget the Eternal Bush/Cheney War(s), either.

    Thom Richer
    Negaunee, MI

    August 16, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
  34. ken, atlantic city, nj

    Yes he is a total failure. No hope no change except for welfare recipients who don't have to work, and illegal aliens who can now stay another two years and take jobs away from unemployed american citizens.

    August 16, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
  35. Tonybottomline

    Not according to my calculus; My calculus is that Romney would do worst than Obama, on the economy: Of course, as always, it's all about the lesser of two evils.

    August 16, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
  36. tom in chico.ca,

    many of Obam'as feeble reform attempts have been a dissapointment,but going backward to right wing fantasy isn't going to fix anything either. Both sides have no clue how to improve our economey.

    August 16, 2012 at 3:30 pm |
  37. Robert

    As a Canadian, watching your election process with curiosity and in credulousness, I fear that nothing will ever be accomplished in your country again! I have never seen such petty back-stabbing, rudeness and what appears to me to be a vaguely veiled racism! The old white boys club has hated that Obama was ever elected, and have done everything in their power to remove him from office. I truly hope that there is some intelligent life in your country, because I'm certainly not seeing it from the candidates. God help you all!

    August 16, 2012 at 3:30 pm |
  38. Tom in Desoto, TX

    The obstructionist republicans have been a hindrance to the economy since day one of Obama's administration. A recent poll showed Congress with a 10% approval record. It's obvious what the population thinks of them. PS: Obama is NOT part of the Congress.

    August 16, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
  39. Karl in Flint, MI

    I'd say 99.44% of his "failures" are on the GOP congress that has made it their primary job, from his first day in office per Mitch McConnell, to make him fail and from the lack of them doing anything else, I'd have to say they have been successful. Only thing is, Obama hasn't failed, it's the American people that have failed to get anything constructive out of the GOP congress and will probably put the bulk of them back for two more years.

    August 16, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
  40. Ivan, Marion,Ohio

    No, you can compair the last four years to a kid in a class room ,the kid is recieving bad grades,and the reason is there is no one in the class room trying to help him.Do you kick the kid out of school no, what you do is put him back into class and then make sure there is someone there to help him get better grades.

    August 16, 2012 at 3:33 pm |
  41. chuck coastal n.c.

    It should not cost him,what the numbers show me is that the Republicans are the ones which should be worried about there jobs.With a house and partical senate which is determined to do anything against him,that he has done a pretty good job.It would be much better if the two parties would put the country first,as that what they were elected to do and the country would be better off. But that is what worries the Republicans so much. What we need is to get red of the lobbist in Washington.... that would be a strat to getting back to both parties coming together.

    August 16, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
  42. Al from Orlando,FL.

    No. He inherited a very complex job. The first four years were used to act as a training period. Now he is able to
    serve the people with and without good input from congress. For example, ending two very expensive wars.

    August 16, 2012 at 3:35 pm |
  43. RickFromDetroit

    I would like to say yes, but I am afraid that we will go from bad to worse. Obama still thinks that trickle down economics will save us, when what we need is trickle up economics. The Romney plan looks like he is planning more of what we currently have and his tax plan will reduce consumer spending where it is needed the most while it will increase consumer spending where we don't need it.

    Both candidates appear to be counting on Corporate America to spend the $2 trillion dollars they stole from the Obama stimulus 3 years ago and this could kick start the economy in their favor, depending on "when" and "where" they spend it. Obama has catered to the college bunch since he took office and judging from the increase in TV Commercials lately, it appears that Corporate America is stimulating his favored areas of the economy, however this is not helping the overall economy.

    With two Republicans on the November Ballot, we don't have much of a choice of what the next four years have to offer.

    August 16, 2012 at 3:35 pm |
  44. James Templeton

    When you consider that the President has a house full of Republicans who thrive to block everything he has tried to pass to repair our economy regardless what it cost the public the President needs another term and we need to clean house if you know what I mean.

    August 16, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
  45. bob, ontario, canada

    Jack, maybe Obama has been given failing grades on the economy, but what would ensure that Romney, if elected could do better. He will be implementing basically the policies of the last Republican president, George W. Bush. How would that be better than what Obama has been doing? To be fair, the president's economic policies have been thwarted by Republicans at every turn plus much of the global economy's poor performance and how it has affected America is beyond his control. What new economic policies has Romney proposed lately that are new and innovative that has any chance of immediately alleviating the current job and employment doldrums? Americans would probably face a greater risk to their future with a Republican president.

    August 16, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
  46. James - Alexandria, VA

    No it should not cost the President a second term. He is not the issue Congress is. I can honestly say to you that it is an embarrassment to say I live in this country.

    August 16, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
  47. Loretta,Orrville,Oh

    NO, He is trying to clean up the mess the opposition made.We sure don't want them back to make it worse.

    August 16, 2012 at 3:38 pm |
  48. Dee from PA

    People need to wake up to the fact that the situation we are in will not be fixed overnight. This depression was very serious as it affected so many economic sectors. The Great Depression didn't resolve itself in 3 years either. It took decades to get to the place we are now. The economy is doing better than it was 4 years ago I have not forgotten how bad it was. My retirement fund lost 1/3 of its value in Sept. and Oct. and everything was out of control. Our society expects everything to be resolved immediately and that is unrealistic, we need to be realistic. I rather see it slowly get better, than take a chance of Romney throwing us right back into the black hole with his policies.

    August 16, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
  49. Mike in Minneapolis

    No. Obama inherited the Titanic, and the GOP has done everything in their power to make sure that he not be able to save the ship. Not only did the GOP abandon ship, they sabotaged us by letting our credit rating downgrade. Most of us know that the GOP did not mention the debt or the deficit once before Obama was elected. Traditionally, to them the debt and deficit don't matter when a republican is in office.

    August 16, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
  50. Brad, Portland, OR

    Times are tough, we still haven't gotten out of the Great Bush Recession, and Obama hasn't been perfect, especially with Congressional Republicans obstructing him at every opportunity.

    But Mitt Romney is way worse, and we have to pick Obama or Romney to be the next President.

    August 16, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
  51. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    It is Gallups opinion that he is failing and I don't agree. Did they ask only members of our failed Congress, ie GOP members? The GOP ran this country into major debt, the market was less than 7,000, jobs were being lost at depression levels and the only thing they cared about was and still is "war". I hope he wins this year and lets the tax cuts expire and ends the war.

    August 16, 2012 at 3:41 pm |
  52. Rich McKinney, Texas

    Jack politics is like a card game. If you sit down at the high stakes table and ante your money to play the game you can not blame the dealer or other players because you get bad cards, You sat down and you put up the money. The only one to blame is yourself for playing the game. Obama started bluffing over 3 and a half years ago and the other players, ( the economy) called him on it. Now he has to show his hand or fold. Unfortunately America will be the loser of Obama's gamble. They are the ones that backed him.

    August 16, 2012 at 3:41 pm |
  53. Elizabeth From Toronto

    Why? Only stupid people would vote for anyone else. No one especially Mick Romney, can help the US economy until the members of the US Congress and Senate start working and making real compromises about steps to get the US economy producing something!!!

    August 16, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
  54. Nurse143 in Shelton CT

    The economy is the fault of those congressmen and senators who decided they'd rather see Obama fail, than Americans succeed. If the 2010 empty promises that won GOP seats and failed to fix things is recognized, and the heinous attempts to squash voting in key states is overcome, we may win back both houses and be able to fix what W did.

    August 16, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
  55. Jay Daniels

    President's failing grade, as alleged, is due to a congress who is more intent on stalling and not working with him for the express purpose of derailing his reelection campaign. Can't speak for all Federal Agencies, but the one I worked for has not had an approved congressional budget for the past 3 years. Can't plan and resolve issues when you are working at levels that are 4 years old, or may need to be downsized, and even abolished, unless congress gives us a budget to work with. President Obama's plan to fix the economy will never work unless he is given budgets by congress to follow. When I went to school, it wasn't the teachers fault if the student received a failing grade. Come on congress, quit working against and start working with the President so we can effectively address these problems. It's really hard to believe that these are grown men who promised us to work on our issues rather than theirs.

    August 16, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
  56. Eric

    Are you kidding, of course they should. Being a nice guy is not a reasonable criteria for re-election.

    August 16, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
  57. Susan Mason

    It will not make a difference to me. I plan to vote for him, because I realize that he has done a lot of good for our Country, and the policies of the Bush administration took them 7 years to drive our economy off the cliff. President Obama has done the best he can under some very difficult circumstances and a Repuplic Congress who refuses to compromise, or do anything to help the economy. The failing grades belong to the Repuplic Congress whose main objective is to obstruct this President.

    August 16, 2012 at 3:46 pm |
  58. gary milwaukee wisconsin

    I'll take the approach that all politicians take..." I don't look at the polls ", and on election day vote for the guy I like.

    August 16, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
  59. Gigi Oregon

    No. After the Republicans time in office in 1929 with over 25% unemployed President Obama looks pretty good, yes, Pretty good. You would think Republicans would want to sheepishly think about that period of reign. Ten long years. History has a way of repeating it's self...especially when we don't learn from it. Everyone wanted to be a Capitalist and not work...just sit back and enjoy the "Good life"...

    August 16, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
  60. Gary H. Boyd

    Yes Jack, the deficit, jobs and the economy should cost Obama the election. Each is in terrible shape and frankly getting worse. This administration talks a good game but can't produce results. A mountain of debt, millions unemployed and a genuinely weak economy add up to some very unhappy voters. America needs a businessman in the White House - not a community organizer.

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    August 16, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
  61. METALWORKER

    Who said they are failing. Who is doing the gradeing.
    It seems that jobs are down here but the market is higher than i 2000.
    Depends who you are. TV station and talkshow hosts are for the most part, doing well

    August 16, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
  62. Sandstone

    "Yes! Really he belongs in Grade 6, and should be given all the help possible to get back there."

    August 16, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
  63. Susan from Ca

    Not if it means getting Romulus and Remus as an alternative.

    August 16, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
  64. tRiKsTeRgOd

    Is this a trick question? All I've heard from day one is "It's Bush's fault", and obama was going to fix things, give us hope, be a uniter. No one in the Lame Stream Media vetted him because they turned into his Press Agents. He's an arrogant, thin-skinned, Socialist trying his best to destroy America from within. Should I grade him on what he is supposed to be graded on in an election year? Again, is this a trick question?

    August 16, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
  65. Jerry Jacksonville, Fl.

    With what he got from the Republicans, I think Obama has done a good job stopping the job loss, and trying to get the budget back to a desirable level. It has been 52 years since a Republican President has balanced the budget what in the hell do the American people expect of Obama. All I see is the Republicans running off at the mouth like someone with a bad case of diarrhea spouting what they will do but no solutions whatsoever

    August 16, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
  66. Dale N.M.

    The way I understand it Obama was a community organizer and leader, he has no common sense about the economy and completely disconnected from the real world yes he needs to go.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
  67. Eric H. (Ohio)

    II think most informed people put the majority of the blame for the faltering economy on Congress and the obstructionist. Namely the republicans, the Tea party, and Grover Norquist.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
  68. Doug Ericson

    Well yes of course it should, but it won't, because the Republican Establishment is more behind President Obama this year than its own nominee, Mitt Romney, because they want, no way, no how, to have a Republican in the White House, 2012-2016. How do you tank an election? Easy, you have all your heavy hitters sit out the nomination process, and let a self funded trust fund pretty boy bullie the rest of the weak candidates out of the field. Then you sit back while Mr Moneybrains picks Popeye for VP. Ain't no thing. Doug, Pepperell, MA.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
  69. Jerry Jacksonville, Fl.

    The Republicans wouldn't have had enyone elected to office since 1952 if it had depended on them reducing the deficit. No Republican President has even come close balancing the budget, in fact their hero Reagan was the first President to have a trillion dollar deficit.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
  70. Brian Samuels (Chicago)

    It took 8 years to create this mess, why should we only give Obama 1 year to fix it. I say only 1 year because that was when Mitch McConnell and the Republican Congress pledged their only objective was to make Obama a 1 term President. And ever since then this lame duck Congress spent the remaining 3 years blocking, watering down, and played politics with any legislation Obama has tried to do since then. It's disgusting! If Obama got a 'D', Congress should get and 'F'. And none of them should get another term.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
  71. Don Desaulniers (Belleville, Canada)

    President Obama certainly deserves a failing grade on the deficit, which has alarmingly mushroomed under his watch. However, from an observation point way up north in Canada, he really has done pretty well on jobs and the economy, both of which areas could have rapidly disintegrated over the past four years. Instead, he has at least maintained the status quo with modest improvements.
    President Obama genuinely appears to care about a just society and looking after everyone in it. The Republicans, on the other hand, care only about the rich and powerful, and even if the raw numbers after four years of their brand of governance happened to show statistical improvement, ordinary Americans would not have shared in those gains.
    If I were voting, I'd certainly choose not to make the rich even richer while watching the poor and elderly get thrown out in the cold on their asses. What good is a better growth percentage to someone whose personal situation is rendered much worse by a hardhearted capitalistic philosophy?

    August 16, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
  72. Donna Wisconsin

    Absolutely no! When is the blame going to fall where it should be placed?? CONGRESS!! Remember–the DO NOTHING CONGRESS!!! The Party of NO just because it is Obama?? Wake up, people!

    August 16, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
  73. Sam Hills

    This is a President who inherited the worst situation than any of his pedecessors. When the President took office in 2008:
    1. There were three wars started by the Republicans- Iraq, Afganistan and Alqeida. Today the Iraq war has ended, Alqueda is DECAPITATED, and Afganistn is under control. These are the sources of the deficit which Republicans are trying to shift the blame on President OBAMA as one who brought the deficit.
    2. The Nation was under the brink of Depression with auto industries at the verge of collapse and the housing markets in a big bubble due to the Republicans lack of regulations. Today the fear of depression is lifted and the auto industries are back not ony to life but are booming. The housing markets are rising again and the wall street is now on leash due to good regulations put up by this President.
    3. The Americans prestige overseas was at a cross road. Americans were afraid to declare their nationality when they are abroad. I remember some Americans had to pretend that they were Canadians when they were in the middle East, Africa or Sout East Asia. Today all heads are high as Americans when travelling through those countries.

    We all know what the economic situation around the world has caused today and the Congress headed by the Republicans have refused to pass the President economic plan just to ensure that President Obama is beaten in the polls.

    My conclusion is that you don't change the captain in the middle of the sea. The economy has created a lot of jobs under President Obama and will create more when he is re-elected and when the Republicans won't drag their feet in passing his economic proposals in a bid to block his chances in the polls because he will not be running again.

    More over you can't trust Mr Romney who has refused to reveal his taxes because of the shady deals he made in the past. How can America have a President who hides his money outside and refuse to be open himself up? This man is shrouded in secrecy and the best thing to do is to send him to become the head of his MORMON congregation where he can marry ten wives according to their article of faith. Who knows if he has wives in Cayman Island and Barbados where he has his offshore accounts?

    August 16, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
  74. WR Jones, NPR, FL

    President Obama's failings are not the real problem, his troubles stem from his treatment of the American voter. Obama seems to think we can be convinced to vote for him through fear and division, hope and change have all been sucked out of his campaign, replaced with divide and conquer. I watch as the President segments the populace, labels us, and then offers each of us a piece of what he thinks will buy our vote. I see the media acting as damage control, apologists, and ignoring this President's failings based on the vested interest each of them has in this election, many are minorities, many feel they must play a part in getting the President reelected, many are foolishly tarnishing the very job they hold near and dear, all to allow a failing President to keep his job at the risk of ruining their own.
    The answer to the question is yes, his failings should cost him the election, but with the help of those in the media and the path they have chosen to play advocate for Obama it will be much tougher for the American people to make an educated choice in November, and perhaps allow the President to grab another four years of fail.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
  75. Aaron (Spartanburg, SC)

    Sure it should, Jack. That is if the American people are foolish enough to think that "deficit reduction" is the answer to a staggering economic growth. Its true that most of our pocket books are just as empty as they were when Pres. Obama took office, but any economist will tell you that Presidents have limited power when it comes to creating jobs, etc. But if we elect a man who wants to cut taxes and spending I fear things will go from "not great" to horrific. Lesser of two evils?

    August 16, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
  76. A Southern Lady - North Carolina

    No. The lack of jobs that enhance the economy is laid directly at the feet of the Tea Party Republicans in the House, led by Paul Ryan, the Republican VP choice. They have said "No" to everything the President has tried to do to create jobs and spur the economy. Strange that we never heard a word about it when George Bush was in office spending money we did not have on wars and tax breaks for the already wealthy. Mitch McConnell made it perfectly clear the day the President took office that the Republican goal was to not work with the President and make him a one-term Chief Executive knowing full-well that this will hurt the President and hurt the county as well. Right there is where the finger needs pointed for the failing grade on the deficit, jobs and the economy. The Republicans should not be rewarded for purposly damaging the country. Their behavior has been shameful.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
  77. Dan from Stewartstown PA

    Jack, that is like asking if a failing student should flunk because his teachers played hookie or stayed in the teachers' lounge. If not for the negative machinations of the unelected, but very powerful Grover Norquist, maybe Congress and as a result, the President might be basking in the glory of great accomplishments.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
  78. Cres from Florida

    SHOULD those failures cost him? Absolutely, but as long as Romney and the GOP continue to just beat up on Obama
    and not tell us how he will specifically do things better other than the same old rich get richer philosophy, most intelligent people aren't going to buy a pig in a polk.

    Romney doesn't even have a prayer at this point with women and seniors. Add that to the failed economic policies of the
    W administration that got us into the mess in the first place, it's like "do we want to continue to go slowly forward for
    everyone, or take steps backward for all but the rich".

    August 16, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  79. eric

    What else should we use as a gauge?

    August 16, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  80. Nora H G Corpus Christi

    When you are handed a clean slate, a balanced budget, strong economy, no wars and a perfect situation like Obama was , Oh wait that is not what happened, shame on him for not cleaning up a mess as fast as everybody wanted. So now if Romney should win, that means in 2 years he will make all things better again. 2 years? Yea that was when the rumbling about Obama not giving us what he promised started.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  81. Marilyn from Powell, OH

    You know, Jack, I think we could get out of this is the Republicans had not made a decision to deny him any accomplishments they could block. I don't even know why Obama is running for a second term. I would tell them all to take a flying leap.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  82. Ethan, North Carolina

    I don't know if it should but it definantly will and it will help Romney and the third party candidates in the process.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  83. Bob in Kansas City

    Tell me this, how is one guy held "responsible" for not creating jobs when the private sector and most govt. agencies across the spectrum are free to hire, fire, outsource and use technology at will?.....

    August 16, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  84. Dott. Giorgio in Italy

    No, and a thousand times no. America, wake up, you're still fast asleep, and you've fallen and you can't get up! Without Barak Obama in the next 4 years, you will keep on sinking to never foreseen depths, Consider this fine black president and his love for the poor and middle classes, the main hope for an American comeback and a possible future. See the Light!

    August 16, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  85. Gabriel

    No of course not! No one can do better.....This goes to show how racist America still is!

    August 16, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  86. Curtis in Philadelphia

    Only if the House and Senate get failing grades as well; he's the president, not King and cannot do it all himself in our system of government, no matter how completely broken and dysfunctional our system may be.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  87. Mike G

    Should failing grades on the deficit, jobs and the economy cost President Obama a second term?

    I just don't know if this is a serious question. If it is, I find CNN's commentary laughable. Three years ago today, President Obama said of his plan to fix the financial crisis that “if I don’t have this done in three years, then there’s going to be a one-term proposition.” Therefore, according to the man in question, yes it should cost him his job.

    I rest my case.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  88. Phyllis G Williams

    Should failing grades on the deficit, jobs and the economy cost President Obama a second term?

    If a person is doing all they can to rescue situations on an impossible job,
    is being successful, has not failed to press on, and you banish that person,
    it would serve you right to get whatever else you choose.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  89. bonnie from NJ

    No way! You have fell for the Republican's, "make him a one term president" hook, line and sinker. They have done everything possible to make him look like a failure so they can get their person back in power and we can go back to the policies of the Bush years. The policies that destroyed the economy with the unfunded Bush tax cuts and 2 needless wars. Most people know who destroyed the economy and it wasn't Obama.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  90. Vick, Orange Park , FL

    Congress (read this as the GOP) has prevented the President from doing anything and we haven't fired them! So the answer is the President gets a pass.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  91. Eric

    Absolutely not. President Obama is coming under a great deal of criticism due to a simple misallocation of blame. Romney and Ryan are coming alone and pretending that they can control the economy. The fact of the matter is that the economy takes its ups and downs and government can only try to soften the blow. Obama has done his best but the economy is still in its "down" from President Bush. Furthermore, people seem to be placing blame on President Obama when Obama has gotten a congress that seems to be increasingly determined to prevent passing anything.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  92. Ed from MD

    Not at all, approval ratings are based on opinions, opinions of Americans with questionable sanity. Seriously, 30% of people approve of the federal deficit spending? Cut that 30% out across the board and boot the guy out for straight F's

    August 16, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  93. Mycroft Lake Travis Texas

    Nah Jack, Because all the failures you mentioned and many that you haven't, can all be attributed to that scorge of Presidency known as Bush 2. The hole that President put this country in was huge. We as United States Citizens, should never forget about Bush 2 and how his ties to Big Oil, was responsible for the murder, maiming and torture of millions of innocent people that had nothing to do what so ever with 9/11, but merely had a dictator that signed a contract with Russia to sell Oil for $20 dollars a barrel. President Obama, although its true, his major mistake was not doing anything about ending 'Scooter Libby Justice"(White Collar Crime), even thought he promised he would, at every campaign stop during his last run for President, is really only guilty of that. It is huge, but may be the powers that be won't allow him to do anything about it. We can only speculate how much futher down the road our country would be with the White Collar Criminals and War Criminals behind bars. One thing for sure we wouldn't be dealing with another round of Carl Rove's perpetual lies and mudslinging this election. True we should all know better by now, but there are still some people that listen to Rush Limbaugh , Glen Beck, Sean Hannity, Bill Orielly and other Gop maniacal mouth pieces, that it just kinda makes us sad, knowing that we still have so many mental challenged people still out there.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  94. Ralph Nelson

    He does not having failing grades on jobs and the deficit. The Congress does. His stimulus package was too small, the Republican Senate via Filibuster blocked anything bigger. The package was less than 6% of the GDP. The European market, the world's biggest economy elected Conservative leaders who were advised by Republicans to make drastic cuts in spending which deflated their economies, they now suffer 10-24% unemployment. The Europeans did not join with Obama, as they had with President Reagon to stimulate the world economy (which brought us out of the worst recession of the last century 1981-84 caused by Supplyside economics). Deep cuts in federal spending to reduce the deficit would/well simply make the deficit worse. Ask the Europeans they just tried the Romney plan and got a recession. You need to stimulate, restructure the economy, to reduce the deficit (like Clinton did).

    August 16, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  95. TOM Tucker

    Obama FAILED!!! Good by Barack!!! Time for someone new!!!

    August 16, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  96. Ann from Charleston SC

    Those failing grades may cost Obama a second term, but they shouldn't. Voters who have been paying attention during the last four years know that the Republicans set out to make Obama a one term president, and they have blocked everything he tried to do. And, may I add, the economy is in better shape now than it was at the end of George W. Bush's term. Obama has made some progress in spite of the Republicans unconscionable behavior.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  97. Cathy B

    No because most of it is because Congress has refused in any way to move this country forward. That is like asking why a train did not make it to the station on time when the engineer is still waiting for the help to hook up the train cars!

    August 16, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  98. Yves, Potomac, MD

    No. 36% is still way better than the approval rating for Congress. The President cannot do much without Congress uniting and doing something first. Half of Congress was determined to see the President and the Economy fail. We have the President and the Federal Reserve to thank for the Economy not doing worse than it is. Unfortunately, interest rates are now close to zero and sequestration is about to throw another wrench into the system.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  99. Ray in Knoxville

    It probably would, Jack, if the Republicans had a plan other than doing the same thing we've done for the past 30 years. It also probably would if the Republican led House of Representatives wasn't rated as the worst Congress in living history, the same House which has given us the GOP VP nominee.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  100. Billiy

    St Cloud, MN. NO, We as Americans have a very shot memory, What did he get to start with, and what is he working with, we want instant repair, not something we have to work for or at. I lost my job in 2008, now I am working at what I did before and making the same money It took time and energy not overnight success.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  101. Jason (Lebanon, PA)

    If Romney wins, I'd say a week after his inaguaration, this question will come about for him but you would include "staggering" between should and instead of saying "a second term" it will say "his 35 more months at being president."

    August 16, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  102. ArtInChicago

    The world economy is bad Jack. Yes, Brazil and China are doing fairly well but even South American countries had issues for decades and even with the low wages for labor, China is having problems. Not sure much can be done until this interdependent world economy improves.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  103. Baby in Florida

    Yes. He claimed to have all the answers but has only made matters worse. He spent too much time on his personal agenda and wars we have no business in. Time to let somebody else have a crack at it.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  104. Michael, from Smiths, Alabama

    No, because it obviously didn't revent G.W. Bush from winning a second term...and I use the term 'winning' losely, too

    August 16, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  105. chris

    yes and to put a topping on the failed cake obamacare needs to be repealed and obama be replaced in nov

    August 16, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  106. Terry in Virginia

    I voted for Mr. Obama in 2008. He inherited one heckuva mess BUT instead of hope and change, he continued many of the policies of George W. Bush which got us into this mess. He spent most of the first part of his term on healthcare, his Legacy issue. Anytime a Republican sneezed, Mr. Obama caved and gave the GOP what it wanted. That's not compromise; that's just foolishness from both sides of the aisle - Americans should be very angry at their representatives who put Party before Country. The good news for Mr. Obama is that Romney is a flawed candidate. The bad news is so is Mr. Obama. Someone needs to stand up for the middle class and poor, stand up to the Big Banks and Wall Street, bring back Glass/Steagall, and just say "no" to more bailouts because there will be more bailouts because the banks and Wall Street are doing business as usual, that same business that destroyed the economy for the rest of us. So, does Mr. Obama deserve re-election? No, because he took his eye off the ball of unemployment and the economy to pursue his Legacy issue. But does Romney deserve election to the Presidency? No. He, too, is part of the problem, a big part of the problem. Because I feel that there is no real choice in this election, I'd rather stick with Mr. Obama and hope he changes and doesn't revert to working on his Legacy if he wins re-election because workers are in crisis mode while Washington remains tone deaf to our cries for help.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
  107. Pat in Rutherfordton, NC

    Considering the grades given to Bush for his performance in 2007 and 2008, the grades for President Obama for the last three and a half years have been pretty good. Obama will win in November because Americans are much smarter than they're sometimes given credit for being. The economy is growing, albeit slow, it is growing; and there is so much more the President of this country has to carry on his shoulders than just the economy. If you were a fly on the White House wall when the dreaded 3:00am phone call comes in who would you want to see emerge from the residence bedroom heading toward the Situation Room, Obama or Romney? And, considering the debacle we witnessed when Romney made his overseas trip recently, who do you want dealing with foreign leaders for the next four years. Americans will consider these and many other issues between now and November 6th – like who sincerely has the well-being of the people at heart - and on November 7th, President Obama will still be President of this great nation.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
  108. Kevin in CA

    Normally the answer would be yes. However, given the proven track record of catastrophic Republican leadership and their promises to eviscerate all social safety nets – the answer in this case is no, it shouldn't cost Obama a 2nd term !

    August 16, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  109. lardoggy

    I voted for him in 08,what a mess we have now.I'm a small business owner,I know now I made a mistake when I voted for him but it sounded so good in 08.Obama your time is done,time to go.Non-partisan voted for 35 years now.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  110. Gene in Ga.

    Obama's charisma has not brought results. One promise that he made came true, my utilities went up. The rest of his policies that were implemented cost money. So, based on his performance I think they should be replaced.
    Plato had this to say a couple of thousand years ago. Better a little which is done well, then a great deal imperfectly.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
  111. Lisa fronm Long Island

    Only if Mitch McConnell never existed.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
  112. Kim , Dodge City, Kansas

    It shouldn't cost him the election, it should cost all the Republican congressmen their jobs for not helping the President overcome these problems. The moment Mitch McConnell announced that the sole job of Republicans was to oust Obama, it was clear to millions of voters that Congress, and specifically Republicans in Congress, could care less about the huge problems facing our country. Their one and only, all consuming desire, was a virtual political assasination of the Presidency. They don't care about America, they don't care about anyone but their wealthy overlords, and they most certainly don't care about the American citizen.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
  113. Rick Seifert

    No... Look how long it took to get America out of the LAST GREAT RECESSION...Based on that Obama is doing great even without the help of congress the past two years...

    August 16, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
  114. Anthony from Swedesboro

    The blame will always remain on one doorstep, Jack, the recalcitrant republican congress who always vote in lockstep against anything that may make Obama appear as a leader. The whole game was concocted days after Barack took office. It's a fool's vendetta and the republicans will repent in November!

    August 16, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
  115. Bryan - CO

    It will cost GOP house members who are up for relection. The grand ole party of NO will only say yes if Romney is president. And the Bush era will come back even worse.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
  116. s in fl

    He's actually doing a stellar job considering he's been trying to carry the dead weight of half of his "Team Of Rivals" through this ordeal. Whats the alternative at this point? Just hand it over to Mr. I've Got A Secret?

    August 16, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
  117. Carl

    Jack,
    I think our once great country is overdue for a honest and competent politicial leader. Romney, Obama, Biden, all garbage, in my opinoin! The bush family was probably the worst we've ever seen, and it doesn't get any better from here. The Dick Cheney, is the most corrupt and self serving politician I think I have ever known, he is the Devil!!

    August 16, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
  118. calvin

    yes also his lie's his class war fare his poor way of keeping top storys hidden and give illals the right to stay and trying to take state right a way his people havbe work rarder at getting illegal thr right to vote then any goverment we had.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
  119. Larry in Houston

    Should failing grades on the deficit, jobs and the economy cost President Obama a second term?

    Answer : Yes – he will lose to Romney /Ryan. (even though I'm voting Democrat)

    To be perfectly honest, I think obama should "kick back" and enjoy all of the conveniences the white house has to offer. Just imagine : cooks / waiters / and staff – constantly waiting on you, at your every whim, and all you have to do is snap your finger, and somebody will come running. I would order up filet mignon and margaritas practically every nite. and I would take advantage of the bowling alley that's in the white house. I would go bowling every nite, and invite my friends, especially since I've only had a few more months to live there.
    Vote Democrat – 2012 ( for the working Middle Class people)

    August 16, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
  120. Arthur from Massachusetts

    Who said he has failed consider the deep hole he found from the Bush years, its a miracle he saved the auto industry, passed a great health care bill gave several tax cuts, killed OBL and would have done more if the do nothing Republican Congress would have not spent their energies on obstruction and making him a one term President. After all he started with a minus 10% grade so reaching the mid 30's to 40's is actually adding the -10% is better than 50%. Not failure just limited success. God save America if R/R get ahold of things

    August 16, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
  121. paulieshere3

    You know the other day I was cleaning some furniture and I found a newspaper section dated August 23, 2003-- I thought it would be interesting to look at the stories and prices compared to August 2012. Did you know that at the time our nations defecit was only $480 billion dollars and projected to double to $1.5 trillion by 2004? Do you know what it was when Bush left office Jan 2009? It was $4 trillion. Do you know what it is now that Obama is about to be voted out of office along with Mr. Biden here? Its 16 trillion dollars and rising!!!

    August 16, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
  122. Jim in Denver, CO

    Jack,
    No. The reason for those failing grades are not to be blamed on him. The blame needs to go squarly on the Republicans and their "Party of No" stance. They have done everything they can to tank the economy and make this a very devisive election so that they can "make him a 1 term president".

    In my opinion Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, Eric Cantor and any of the other ones who will not cooperate and compromise should be the ones worrying about being re-elected come November. Enough is enough.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
  123. TED_KENNDY

    No..keep him...just another LOSER in GOVT

    August 16, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
  124. Invisible in the bottom 48, Norfolk VA

    Why should Obama be judged on things out of his power! He's facing a Republican led congress blocking his attempts to actually TRY to turn the economy around and "Job creators" not being able to see how all working people in America (no matter the job, title, or position) generate the wealth in America. The problem isn't just unemployment, over 90% percent of Americans work. The problem is that most Americans(48%) are still poor and low income. For the last 40 years "Big business" has decided labor is expendable. They don't value the boots on the ground, just the loafers in the boardroom.

    August 16, 2012 at 5:02 pm |
  125. Emma in Baltimore

    The last president to inherit as bad an economy and unemployment rate was FDR. After a decade of Republicans in the WH we hit the Great Depression, and after 8 years on another Republican in the WH, we came pretty darn close to hitting a Great Depression again. FDR was able to turn things around with his New Deal and bigger government. Now Obama is hamstrung by a do-nothing Congress insisting on smaller government. Without Congress' cooperation, it'll take more than one term for him to turn things around. At least he's headed us in the right direction.

    August 16, 2012 at 5:02 pm |
  126. Ed from Colorado

    Obama can't do much without the help and approval of Congress. If we get rid of the Repub Slugs in Congress and get Obama some help, we would make good progress. Not much can be done when the main job of the Repubs is to make Obama a one-term President, Senator M.M. If the voters don't like what the Majority DEMs do, the let the next party take over in the next election. That really worked well during the last Administration, didn't it?!

    August 16, 2012 at 5:03 pm |
  127. Terri from Blountville, TN

    If there were better candidates than Romney and Ryan, perhaps. Republicans are not willing to work with Democrats, yet the President is getting all the blame. I agree the buck stops at the top, but at what point will the do nothing congress actually take responsibility for their actions? When Republicans start condemning those in their party who promote anger and mistrust like Michell Bachmann attacking Uma Abedin. If Romney/Ryan would be a man and condemn her, I might have a little respect for them. Also, don't say agree to not discuss business, can't discuss his time in office, can't discuss his taxes, what can be discussed?

    August 16, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
  128. Bob D, Morristown, NJ

    On the economy, Obama inherited the worst downturn since the great depression that took 13 years to recover from. Now:
    - Corporate profits are at record highs
    - Stock prices are near their 2007 record highs
    - Corporations are sitting on over $1trillion in cash
    - 750,000 private sector jobs losses per month converted to 75,000 to 160,000 job gains per month.

    Unemployment rates are the most lagging indicator of economic activity, and take the most time to correct, still they have dropped from over 10% at their peak.

    On the deficits, the prior administration squandered trillions on unpaid for tax cuts for the wealthy, two off budget wars, Medicare expansion, military budget increases and congress won’t let Obama do anything about these (except for the wars).

    August 16, 2012 at 5:08 pm |
  129. IO, Alaska

    If the gridlock in congress is not fixed,and both parties refuse to compromise, tough times will continue no matter who is president. besides it might be worth asking what a first term for Romney would cost the country.

    August 16, 2012 at 5:08 pm |
  130. Thinks2010

    No. The responsibility for the failing grades is shared by President Obama and the Congress and the Democratic and Republican parties. Of all of them, President Obama is the one who made the greatest effort to work with the others to turn things around for this country. Congress has been too busy fighting among themselves, playing games of one-upsmanship and trying to score political points with their bases to address the deficit, jobs and the economy. The Republicans have followed through with their stated top priority of ensuring President Obama is a one-term president by opposing him at every turn to the point that they have voted against things they initially supported simply because President Obama has agreed to them. Congress has proposed legislation they knew would go nowhere, inserted poison pills in bills to kill compromises, and passed bills and laws without funding in an effort to look like they are trying to follow the will of the people and work for the common good while they were, in reality, pursuing their own selfish agendas without regard for the good of this country. The parties have done nothing but stir up division within government and among the people of this country. If the President deserves only one term so does Congress. Unfortunately, we cannot vote out all of Congress at once as their terms are staggered. I'm sure the founders set it up this way to maintain a mix of parties and experience in Congress to provide stability in government, but they must not have foreseen or even dreamt of such a dysfunctional do-nothing Congress whose focus is so turned in on itself that it has lost all sight of what is important and good. Until the members of Congress refocus on the needs and good of this country and off of themselves, no president stands a chance of accomplishing much of anything unless his party holds both houses. Sadly, even that would most likely lead to disaster since the parties have been so successful in creating false divisions in this country that a unipolar government would not serve this country well and would leave about half the populace feeling disenfranchised and enraged. Until our politicians realize that once they are in office they are to represent and serve all the people of this country and not just the narrow plurality that put them in office, this country is doomed to continued dysfunction and disintegration.

    August 16, 2012 at 5:10 pm |
  131. Mark in BC NV

    When you push socialism over managing the country's ills, he should be fired. Why wasn't Obama vetted as much as Romney or Ryan is being done now? Oh that's right, he's black, a liberal, a democrat, and can walk on water.

    August 16, 2012 at 5:11 pm |
  132. Ken in Pinon Hills, California

    If it should cost him his re-election it should also cost the re-election of Congress.that has 10 percent job approval.

    August 16, 2012 at 5:13 pm |
  133. Don McPhail Toronto

    You can't blame Obama for the two wars he inherited from Bush anymore than you can blame him for having to start his term standing in one of the biggest financial hole ever. The only good thing Bush (probably the worst president your country has ever had) did was to leave him with a Fed Chairman who had studied the the thirtys. If you could get abortion, the church and guns out of your politics you might even suggest President Obama should receive an award for the remarkable job he has done trying to lift your economy back to level ground.

    August 16, 2012 at 5:14 pm |
  134. Jenna Roseville CA

    Should failing grades on the deficit, jobs and the economy cost President Obama a second term?

    Jack why should he have "failing" grades at all. Let's talk about each point of yours:

    DEFICIT:

    Increased when president Obama added the Unfunded wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Unfunded Medicare Part D, the Unfunded Tax Breaks for the wealthy, the Unfunded Tax Breaks for BIG OIL, the Unfunded No Child Left Behind program. These were all committed by GW Bush and the Republican Majority Held House and Senate. These items HAVE to be PAID FOR.. Don't get me wrong, I know that Obama has added to it too, but let's be fair Jack, according to Dick Cheney "Deficits don't matter"

    JOBS:

    30 straight months of private sector job creation, a JOBS BILL blocked by the Republicans that would have put MILLIONS of Americans back to work and tackled our crumbling infrastructure. And correct me if I am wrong the Republicans promised Americans JOBS if we elected them and 2010 and they have NOT created a single one.

    ECONOMY:

    Considering the rest of the world our economy is going far better than most. I am not saying it it great, but is a lot better than most. Our economy, which is consumer driven, would do far better if Americans were back to work. Too bad the Republicans are only concerned about KEEPING their jobs verses DOING their jobs. 61 Bills passed into law by the Republican Majority Congress verses 2000 Bills Passed by the Democratic Majority Congress screams volumes.

    Considering all that Obama has accomplished with one hand tied behind his back by Republicans I would give Obama more than a passing grade AND he is getting MY VOTE for a 2nd term in office.

    Jenna
    Roseville CA

    August 16, 2012 at 5:15 pm |
  135. Guy - Texas

    Voting present as was done in the Senate has not entrusted us as Americans to believe he can lead us through an international crisis. Spending close to $7 trillion in less than 3 years show he has no financial restraint. His socialistic type policies show he only wants people to have more dependence on the governement.

    In short, he needs to go. His CHANGE has resulted in us that work for a living to loose ours. Gary Johnson even looks better than President Obama! Obama seems to be a good person....personally and that is his only saving grace!

    August 16, 2012 at 5:15 pm |
  136. drake mallard

    romney is worse than obama

    Romney's campaign is based on the notion that because of what he did at Bain he understands the economy. It's perfectly reasonable to examine what his experience at Bain really taught him. After all, Bain wasn't in the business of creating jobs, it was in the business of making money

    The high unemployement is due to people like romney out sourcing that's why middle class Americans are suffering so much

    August 16, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
  137. Tommy

    It already has :)

    August 16, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
  138. Rich

    A choice between a guy who tried and a group of obstructionist.
    What is Congresses approval rating at the moment and who is their Republican "intellectual" leader?

    August 16, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  139. Jan in Wa. State

    He can't do it alone. I blame the republicans in Congress. It IS their fault nothing is moving forward.

    August 16, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  140. Denise

    Obama has not failed...The GOP has by electing Romney.
    Denise
    Salt Lake City, UT

    August 16, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  141. Ken Wayne

    I drank the Kool Aid by voting for Obama, sorry, I can stomach anymore of his drink,

    He will be gone in November.

    August 16, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  142. Dolores Surprise AZ

    He has spent almost 4 years trying to clean up bush,s mess and congress has blocked him at every turn. Congress should go NOT Obama

    August 16, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  143. Pete, NJ

    Who determined a failing or passing grade? Another GOP Sound Bite! If they repeat the lie often enough, it might stick, But the economic curve was going down under Bush and has been going up under Obama. I never expected a miracle from Obama but at least we are going in the right direction.

    August 16, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  144. Jerry in Colorado Springs

    Just how many people respond to these polls anyway? Are they telephone polls? If so – who answers the phone these days? The economy is getting better – it will take time and Americans don't like to wait.

    August 16, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  145. Clare Jay

    It probably should, but I am hoping the Republicans will lose big and this good and decent man will be rewarded with a Democrat House of Representatives. The Republicans have done everything to not cooperate and seem content to let this country go down the drain. Also, why should the American people reward a flip flopper like Mitt Romney the White House. Some one should put him on the roof of his car and drive him back home to one of his homes.

    August 16, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  146. Dabsy

    CNN is looking to boost it's ratings,the question should be, it should be fair to compare Mitt's record on those variables when he was a governor?
    It took 8 years to get into this mess, it will take longer than 8 years to clear the mess.

    August 16, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  147. ladyatheist

    Under Bush the economy was temporarily bouyed by a housing boom financed on shaky foundations. For long-term growth and stability there's no substitute for manufacturing things in the U.S. that people in the U.S. and elsewhere want to buy. Romney sent jobs overseas, not goods. I don't see how he would be an improvement.

    August 16, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  148. stephen hapke

    With a do nothing Congress, a Republican party that vowed to make him a one term president, and a Republican candidate paying 13% in income tax on $20 million in income who tells us to trust him that he paid taxes every year of the last 10 and if we elect him he's going to help the middle class and not his rich friends-why would we get rid of Obama? Are we suppose to vote for the 'green' candidate?

    August 16, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  149. Admiral Ackbar

    I don't believe that the failing grades should I cost Obama a second term. The fact he has done nothing but campaign since he was sworn in should cost MR. obama a second term.

    August 16, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  150. Darin Travis

    You are asking the question wrong Jack. What (you and the Republicans) are basically saying President Obama has failed to clean up our mess. President Obama got handed a no-win situation and gets a great grade for not letting GW Bush's crap drag us further down than it did.

    August 16, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  151. Name*MM

    Obama does not deserve a 2nd term!!!

    August 16, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  152. William J

    Jack,

    I agree with Obama's grades across the board because I'm unemployed and company ads still read "those unemployed for more than 6 months need not apply". Very disconcerting to see Obama bashing republicans rather than making friends and trying to close job deals. Senator Ted Kennedy always reached out as does Senator McCain for the most part. We need a new Kennedy and we need a new POTUS because Obama is more interested in big things than he is the poor or the middle class. How could he say he stands with us and not reach further across the aisle???

    William in Cedartown GA

    August 16, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  153. stephen

    no.. obama is way better than romney. it will take time to recover from george bush's deficit he left behind before he left office. There have been a record number of filibusters being used that has caused the stalemate not allowing much needed reform bills to pass thus keeping the economy in the tank, thus making the population believe that Obama is doing nothing. When they openly come out and say that their job is to make Obama a 1 term president they should have been impeached immediately. Their job first and foremost is to Uphold the Constitution of the United States..Blame the republicans for the deficit..

    August 16, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  154. Mary Ann

    Absolutely. He must be held responsible for promises definitely not kept. All politicians should be. The President has had at least two full years of total control of Congress – - where are the results?

    August 16, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  155. Michael

    It took George Bush 8 years to destroy this economy. Do you think it can be fixed in 4 years

    August 16, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  156. kay, ecorse mi.

    No. But the media should be charged for failing to inform the public. On the economy: Manufacturing in this country is at it's highest point since 1996. The economy instead of losing hundreds of thousands jobs a month, gained 160 thousand jobs last month. On the deficit, the wall st journal reports that this president has seen the lowest govt. spending since hoover. Now contrast that with any republican president in recent memory and see whose policies come out on top. The only knock against this president is that he lets media and republican lies take root and fester until perception outweighs reality. Not a very glowing reflection on the media either!

    August 16, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  157. Name*Josh

    Now Jack I know first hand the economy is getting better,me and and my wife honarable left the military so I can get a job in my field and she can utilize her G.i bill.Now I make middle class wages with govt help to support my wife,son,and the one on the way thanks Obama

    August 16, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  158. D Spears

    NO! I trust President Obama to continue in a positive recovery direction. I also expect that those congress members that cannot do their job to get voted out.

    August 16, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  159. Name*Jackson

    He has no help from the other side, at least he had done a lot for my family so they're ready to vote for him Mitt is a liar he can't even show his tax return why should my family vote for a man like Romney

    August 16, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  160. gord

    going with rombush will end the same–obama needs a congress that will work with him,not against him

    August 16, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  161. Leroy new mexico

    What it should trigger is a total overhall of congress

    August 16, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  162. Cal in CA

    No! You can't erase 8 years of Republican created disaster in less time than that planned disaster was created. A lot of the perceptions are due negative advertising and a media that lives for broadcasting negative and often very inaccurate stories. If America really wants to put the deathknell in their kids future, vote Romney.

    August 16, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  163. Gary, Iowa

    Why would anyone have high approval ratings when all is heard as how bad things have been, and not remember just
    what was inherited. The fact the economy has started to turn around when more than half of the crew are rowing in a
    different direction. So, if you like the way things were under Bush – just wait – Mitt & Paul would love to double down on
    those policies. How did that work out with the rich son of a rich politician running the show. Can you say "THE GREAT
    RECESSION"? A minus 8.9% GDP in 4th quarter of 2008. Of course, Obama's fault.

    August 16, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  164. Patrick

    He said he would cut the deficit in half during his first term. He didn't. "It's over Johnny"

    August 16, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  165. Bill

    Jack you have a knack for posing loaded questions. Who said these were "failing grades"? In fact, why are you using a schoolroom metaphor? These are complicated issues. The president inherited a massive mess brought on by the previous 8 years. And now we expect him to clean it all up in 4 years? How magical do you think this guy is? Let's give the same 8 years we gave to the guy who screwed it all up.

    August 16, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  166. jim love

    Why don't you tell why the economy is why it is the way it is. the republican leaders swore to stop everything Obama tried to pass to make him a one term president.

    August 16, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  167. Derek R.

    It absolutely should cost him a second term. I don't know what delusional state the American public is in if it does not. Definition of insanity: Doing the same thing with repetition expecting different results. Wake up America.

    August 16, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  168. tim

    Obama has failed. Not onl;y is he a fauilre by my standars he is a failure based on his words. He promised immigration reform and failed to do so even though he controlled the house, senate, and the presidency. He has yet to reach the unemployment level he promised. He said if he did not turn the economy around that his presidency should be a "one term propostion" these are just a few of the many lies obama told. And now he has a new set of lies he is selling to the american people. I mailed in my voter registration today i have switched sides and im voting for romney. Sorry but i can't defend obama anymore.

    August 16, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  169. Andy in NY

    Of course. Whenever we face great challenges, we need great strength. Obama is a weak leader, whose primary strengths are his speaking skills and position. That's just not enough.

    Honestly, I don't care if Romney walks on all fours. He's competent and has a record of delivering measurable results. I'll take results over speeches any day!

    August 16, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  170. Jack, Lancaster, Ohio

    Mr. Cafferty:

    I know this is a capitalistic country and the dollar is supreme, even over the U.S. Constitution. But failing leadership grades long preceded Mr. Obama (and I did not vote for him) including the economy, education (no child left behind-the unfunded mandate to the stataes),m drug wars not won, pan global wars not won, financial corruption wars or regulation wars not won, campaign finance regulations not won or controlled, and the volumn on my TV is still out of control ! They all get an "F" from me, okay let's call it an "F" for failing ! We need the first write-in candidate to win and clear the path for this, so far a moron could not do worse.

    August 16, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  171. Karl

    Jack, if the president were single-handedly responsible for turning around a world economic crisis, I'd say yes, it should cost him. But what too many people forget, with typical knee-jerk reactions, is that this president faces more than the U.S. economic crisis. He faces a crisis in congress unlike any we've ever seen in our history. When on party pledges as one united pact to obstruct a president for four years in order to gain power back, there's not much any president can do. I'd like to see the public opinion on congress on the same question. I think you'd get far worse numbers, especially on the party of obstruction. Check it out.

    August 16, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  172. Christopher Wilson

    While it may be convenient to blame the president, I think he has little control over the condition of the economy. The economy is more affected by global events, actions of congress, conditions inherited from prior administrations, and yes, supply and demand in a relatively free market. To blame Obama or any other president is just scapegoating.

    August 16, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  173. DC2000

    Considering those are the only areas a president should consider when making decisions, yes it should cost this sorry excuse for a president his job. Considering Obama's background he's not really knowledgeable in finances or economic issues and his egotistical attitude keeps him from seeking the legitimate help to make good decisions and this makes him a poor leader in any setting. I truly believe his whole purpose for desiring to be president of the United States is to shred it to pieces and create something in his own Marxist image.

    August 16, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  174. Wilma Strong

    As it has been stated many times before, it took more than four years to get into this mess, why is it expected (by some), and George Bush certainly used his two terms to screw things up, that President Obama clean it up in three-and-a-half years? Double Standard... How about a focus on all that President Obama has accomplished–I am sure people would be surprised since there is no attention given to those things.

    August 16, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  175. Priscilla

    Not when you consider the alternative. Obama is doing fine considering the mess things were in from the start. The whole world economy is faltering, and given another term we will be set right by the Obama team (followed by Hillary in the next administration)

    August 16, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  176. Richard in Atl

    Congress has blocked everything this President has tried to do. Talk about racism american is the land of the free. Everyone knew it going to take years to recover. As you stated on Wednesday Congress is all time low. Get out and vote 2012.

    August 16, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  177. Cathy P.

    No. The GOP since day one of Obama's term have implemented a plan to do nothing to move this country forward and have been fighting him every step of the way. I believe the exact plan was to insure he was a one term president. The economy and jobs are only going to improve when the middle class gets more money for discretionary spending and that is not going to happen with tax breaks for the richest and tax increases for the rest of us. Trickle down does not work, but a strong middle class does and that is where the focus needs to be. These politicians needs to grow up and start doing what is best for the country and NOT what their party, the lobbyists or the puppet master want. It is sad that most people believe the rhetoric and do not think for themselves, Obama was handed the biggest mess possible and has done quite well in cleaning it up.

    August 16, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  178. Janet B. Holley

    If voters will investigate the "real" reasons for the increased debt, poor economy and a lack of new jobs instead of believing all of the political rhetoric on the airwaves, they would gain a better understanding of who and what are truly responsible for these problems. President Obama is, and has been, doing all he can to improve all of these issues however Congress refuses to do what is best for the citizens of this great country.
    The largest contributors of the national debt are the Bush era tax cuts, the wars in Iraq and Afganistan and the economic downturn and they will continue to increase the national debt if allowed to continue through 2019.

    August 16, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  179. Patrick

    No, I don't think it should cost him another term. He has been lucky to pass and do the things he has wanted to do, since the Republicans were bound and determined to ensure he never was allowed to pass anything. Every time he tries to pass something, the Republicans do not even care what it is, they just care it is President Obama who wants to pass it. During a conversation on CNN with Obama's Senior Adviser, it was told by the adviser that on the swearing in day of Obama, all the Republicans got together to plan how they could block anything and everything he tried to pass. They have had it out for him all this time, and never once had America's best interests in mind. Just like not wanting to raise taxes for the richer people (who most of the richest people in America are Republicans). Obama is willing to pay more for taxes, why won't they. Oh I forgot, it is because if their taxes were raised, it would mean they might not be able to buy a new bentley or a new mercedes. Poor poor rich people. I am on unemployment and am trying to find a new job and barely making it; yet, the rich people buy new cars and everything and refuse to pay more taxes. To end my post, I WILL be voting for Obama again. I think he actually has done a great job with what he was thrown at him and with the fact that Republicans had it out for him from day one to make sure they did anything they could do for him to fail.

    August 16, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  180. Paul Dudley

    If you or I performed our job with the same results of Obama we would have been fired long ago. Its time to stop blaming past administration because its Obama's administration that has increased the deficit by a trillion dollars each year. Obama is the leader however he fails to lead. This country needs a change now so this country can be one of strength again around the world. American has gone down the wrong path with the current administration and they deserve the blame. So Obama, who I voted for four years ago, will not get my vote ever again and does not deserve a second term. Lord help our country is he does get reelected.

    August 16, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  181. Stella (NV)

    Oh Jack, don't you know that a "Failing Grade" in politics (especially in this cycle) is indicative of a miseducated public?

    Who else is there to blame but the media; I mean, we know more about the Kardashians than we do about the Republican led House of Representatives Jobs Bills... oh that's right, there AREN'T any!

    Sure got a steady supply of useless anti-choice and "End Obama Care" votes though!

    August 16, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  182. CaffertyGOP

    No for the following reasons:
    1) Because your question is straight from the GOP playbook. You need to go to a school that teaches objectivity.
    2) Because the GOP wrecked the economy in the first place and hence cannot be trusted to fix it. And,
    3) Because no ONE person alone is responsible for the failure of the economy. How about the GOP congress or companies keeping Trillions of $$$ offshore?

    August 16, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  183. Darrell Abrams Florida

    Jack, Its seem Americans forget the bad 8 years under George Bush, and before that NAFTA passed by our congress. Can anyone remember when Ross Perot sad if NAFTA passes there will be a big sucking sound out of this country. Well its happen, and theres no one to blame but the people we vote into office. Change Congress Change America, its not Obama.

    August 16, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
  184. richard h. gilmore - California

    About the economy etc. costing the president his job, one should consider that congress votes to spend the money. The congressmen and women with (R) behind there name have blocked a record number of bills to help people without jobs. The voters should use the (R) as Remove from office for doing nothing!

    August 16, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  185. Richard Thomas

    I believe the President will struggle to keep his job. I did vote for him last time as I bought into "Change you can believe in " Well I'm still waiting. From what I have seen, it is my contention that the President is weak and inefective, you can't keep blaming the previous administration when you have had a full term to get something going. We don't have time for 4 more years of the same thing, the country is languishing and needs leadership. Unfortunately I don't see it anywhere.

    August 16, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  186. Tom from Orlando, Fl

    Absolutely not!! The republicans in the congress either filabusted his initiatives in the Senate or simply didn't take them up in the House. Give him a Democratic House and super majority in the Senate and we will see improvements accross the board quickly. And who wants to go back to the failed policies of 8 years ago anyway.

    August 16, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  187. Flyingwolf from Manchester, NH

    Pres. Obama creasted a program where the 6 evil banks had to refinance the mortgages they had bought. On
    tv my evil bank was supposed to send me into into I was supposed to refinance my mortgage at a lower cost. However they never sent me any information. It was only thru some internet searching I was to encournter the info I needed to reduce my monthly mortgage payment by about 160 dollars. Pres Obama is cool! the banks are evil!!

    August 16, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  188. Nancy Beaver

    We voted for change in 2008 – due to our do nothing Congress we didn't get any changes that we wanted. They said no to everything. The dust had not even set yet from the BUSH ERA which brought us to our knees and not that many have been able to stand yet from that horror story. Due to just these two things I think OBAMA has done an unbelieveable job holding this country together. Just think what he could do if we vote in a working CONGRESS!
    I am still standing by President Obama – We still need change – mainly in Congress! Nancy/Tulsa

    August 16, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  189. Brian in NJ

    Although BO inherited this economic mess, he has failed to move the economy in the right direction. I believe he expended too much energy & political good will on Obamacare. NJ unemployment has hit a.n all time high, with little relief in site. He should be replaced, along with most of Congress.

    August 16, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  190. william james

    If it do then the Republican in Congress have done their job. That is to make the President a one term president, cause they sure were not trying to help him

    August 16, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  191. Ralph

    Jack, this country relies on the current administration to rally congress and fix what is wrong. If there is no activity then there is no opening for another term. The blame game is old hack, this president has no ideas and no leadership skills to pull this country out of the mess it is in. The voters will make the decision in November.

    August 16, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
  192. Mac from Lakeland, Florida

    How do I know that Obama has really failed? All I know is that my wages are low and my prospects are few. But I knew that under Bush as well. So how do I know? I need the truth. I need numbers about the government's revenue and expenses so I can decide for myself – but there's no where to get that. Every source of the information I need gives it freely – but at the price of the informant's agenda. The power of the people to do elect competently depends on accurate information. And the only one's who have that dole it out for the price of their spin. So, how do I know?

    August 16, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
  193. Tom Crago

    IIf all those people who've started saving more of their money since the housing meltdown would simply recognize that spending less is what's slowing down the economic recovery, there'd be no need to look for a politician to blame for high unemployment. Obama's not creating the problem. Why throw him out for simply being in office when people woke up - and started saving?

    Tom in Colorado Springs

    August 16, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
  194. charles haMPTON

    NO,he should not. When you have a party hell bent on making sure he does not get a secound term and at the cost of american lives I think not. We need to be talking about the GOP or the party of NO. They do not care about lives only their pockets.

    August 16, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
  195. Name*Lucio Nuñez Salinas

    What do you expect when the other guys on the other side of the isle will NOT work with you to fix the economy.....STUPID?

    August 16, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
  196. Jim

    Anyone dumb enough to think Obama has destroyed this economy has been smoking to much GOP crack. Right now there are two Bills passed in the Senate that could become law that would create jobs right now, but because the Tea Party/GOP wants Obama to fail they would rather see the economy and families fail and blame it on Obama. How American can that be when a group can filabuster a bill that would create jobs for Americans yet turn around and blame the other guy for a weak economy.

    August 16, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
  197. Gordie

    Jack,
    The president did all that was expected of him. He pushed ideals, demanded for implementation of the ideals, be-littled certain individuals with the hopes of them passing the ideals and in the end was still rejected. Some would say he should have done it in his first year but then we would be hearing how he was not bi-partisan and did not try and work with the other side

    August 16, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
  198. Christopher, Okmulgee OK

    No, it shouldn't. The state we're in is solely the doing of the right wing taking over the house. They have blocked just about everything Obama has tried to do, things that would improve the economy and unemployment. The right can't afford to do what's best for the country, because that might enable Obama to get re-elected. All they SAY is "Jobs Jobs Jobs", but they don't do a thing about it. The only thing the house does is IGNORE jobs bills, name post offices and court houses, and talk about their favorite sports team. Just how many times do they have to vote to repeal Obamacare before they'll get their collective arses together and do what's RIGHT for this country. They're just a bunch of little brats that didn't get their way so they're throwing their temper tantrums.

    August 16, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
  199. Gail, Plano TX.

    Absolutely not! It is Congress' responsibility to create jobs! And lest we forget? Congress created the deficit. The President has had nothing but negative press lately. You guys have to step up to the plate and stop being afraid of Romney. Have you forgotten how much you liked Barack Obama 4 years ago?

    August 16, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
  200. Charlie, Cincinnati

    This is something that has been on the minds of most of us for some time. After careful thought, while the President is the leader, the blame belongs on Congress and the recession that he inherited. Unemployment had already began its climb and was approaching 8.2% within weeks of him taking office. You can't stop a recession, you can only try to slow it down and ride it out. Most people suffered, the 2% hardly suffered. Track the path of Sept 2008 when the stock market nearly crashed to today's numbers 13,250. Look at Europe and China, they are also in the same boat, the only difference is they didn't have members of Congress who publicly announced on the day that the President took office that nothing will pass that would make this President look good and they will do everything in their power to make sure he is a one term President. They didn't just hurt him, they hurt the American People. Shame on Congress.

    August 16, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
  201. tom jacksonville fla.

    Clinton left bush a surplus. The repub and bush spent that pluss billions more not counting there trip Iraq.. no not resident Obamas falt. Tom in fla.

    August 16, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
  202. Paul

    Yes, he has failed in all areas of leadership for this country. Although he has tried and put in place ideas, it is obvious that his leadership style is not what we need. In fact, it looks like he has no new ideas just more of the same lame ideas that have not worked....he is in a pickle. He can't offer new ideas without risking looking like his current actions have failed. So he offers nothing, but attacks and blame. Time to go Mr. O....sorry just not a good run.

    August 16, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
  203. Will C.

    No. We should be spending more time pointing out the failure of the Republicans who obstruct everything the President try to do to get this economy going.

    August 16, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
  204. Robert in Fullerton, CA

    People should look around and think occasionally. MOST of the worlds economies have been on the rocks or at least suffering for years, for instance Europe, China has slowed too. We don't live on an island, what happens here effects the world as does problems globally hinder our economic growth. It is a global economy we live in, anyone who will stand ther and tell you "I will create jobs ....." is lying to you. Mitt wants to fire government workers to "create his jobs"; apparently he's very good at firing and floating jobs overseas. Obama needs to correct his mistake on illegal aliens and try to work down the deficit that was handed to him by airhead bush. Congress seems to be America's biggest hinderance to recovery, they ONLY vote for party.

    August 16, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
  205. Steve

    Yes. Obama should be gone. If he was President of a private sector company he would have been fired after his 1st or 2nd bad quarterly performance. Get someone new in there to turn this country around!

    August 16, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
  206. I'm a Rose

    No, it should only cost the republican side of congress their jobs. OBSTRUCTIONISTS.

    August 16, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
  207. Jim - Charleston SC

    No Jack! If "ya'll" would report on real news rather than a comment that overwhelmingly your responders disagreed with you and Wolf then the people would be better served. Congress should loose their jobs as Obama has put many good proposals out there only to be blocked by congress in many ways. They either filabuster or try to attach something about abortion, obamacare etc. instead of passing a clen bill. The minority leader stated his job was to make sure that Obama is a one term President and they are hell bent on doing that no matter how much they hurt job, deficit and the economy. They are willing to hurt people every day until they "try" to win their battle to get rid of Obama. CNN and the media need to be reporting these "facts" daily until the people really know whom is at fault. Our whole situation could be so much better if it was not for them denying people proper representation. I hope the media gets down and real and honest very soon. Time for a real in depth report you are so good at doing and showing repeatedly.

    August 16, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
  208. Brent

    No Jack, the American people need to have a good hard look at Congress's inaction, the banks and themselves!!! The american people along with the previous administration are the reason that this country is where it is!! Greed, greed, greed and far too much credit used, trying to be something they aren't! For the last couple of years every american who was able to pay off credit cards, cars, houses and other personal debt has been trying to do so, thereby not spending as much in the local economy, less spent equals less products or services sold. Less sold more layoffs!!! And guess what! This is a world problem, not just an american problem. Government can't help when the rest of the world is in the same boat! Americans need to stop blaming everybody else and give some credit to an administration that has been trying to fix the county's and every individuals problems with a Congress that has been obstructionist at best!

    August 16, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
  209. phillp noble

    Obama pulled us from the economic hole created by the republicans. Obama needs a second chance to finish, voting in Romney can only bring blame game for the next four years.

    August 16, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
  210. Liz Rhode Island

    We need him more than ever. Think back to 2008-we might have had a real depression with bread lines and European unemployment. Maturity,wisdom,a large heart without the large egos we have seen in the Congress–that is why America will vote for President Obama again. Only another fraudulent election will keep him out.

    August 16, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
  211. Michael in Albuquerque, NM

    He did put together plans to improve these issues, but they were rejected by the republican congress. Remember, all appropriations and laws come from the congress, not the executive branch. Whe Obama offered a way out of the ditch, the republicans wanted to drive us back in to it.

    August 16, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
  212. Mike

    Absolutely not. This is nothing more than a Republican plan to take the subject away from the twin millionares of Ryan/Romney. Joe Biden is more qulified than Ryan/Romney combined!!
    Mike In Irvine, CA

    August 16, 2012 at 5:37 pm |
  213. Bill from CA.

    Obama does not have a clue how to get anything passed to improved the economy. He is a very weak leader, gets very poor advise, and is not willing or able to work with anyone but his own ego. We must get that egotistical do nothing OUT! We also NEED term limits to get all dead weight in Washington OUT OF THERE. The law makers serving the public should regard it as a short term privilege, not a lifestyle by getting rich while in office and talking out of both sides of their face to maintain that lifestyle.
    THROW ALL THE DO NOTHING BUMS OUT!!
    ~Bill

    August 16, 2012 at 5:37 pm |
  214. A CNN Viewer in Nevada

    Mr. Cafferty,
    The American people are well aware that the GOP and Tea Party Members in the House and Senate have been obstructionists to any well-meaning agenda and legislation that President Obama has desired to put forth for the good of the country. The GOP and the Tea Party Members have been stoking the flames of racism and division, they have tried to devalue the legitimacy of President Obama as a person and the Office of the Presidency since he holds this seat, and they have been willing to gut all hopes and opportunities for the American people just to gain political seats and an advantageous climate for their corporate and lobbying friends. They have not swiftboated President Obama, but rather the GOP has swiftboated the American dream for so many: people are hungry, people are homeless, and people need help. Patriotism does not mean gutting the soul and conscience of America just to meet their political objectives. God help us all.

    August 16, 2012 at 5:37 pm |
  215. Greg

    Yes, accually the country is starting to up swing. Yes, builders and construction jobs are starting to break ground and hire people, but Wall Street's bean couters are in the rears. And, the Twins don't want to acknowlege any light, at the end of a rough tunnel.

    August 16, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
  216. rock from Michigan

    Yes. he should not get a second term with jobs and the economy this bad. it will only get worse because he does not have a clue as to how to "create sutainable" jobs. Private industry must just be sick.

    August 16, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
  217. Jim

    Jack,

    "Should failing grades on the deficit, jobs and the economy cost President Obama a second term?"

    First of all, Obama is not "failing" in any of your categories. Second, the difficulties in all of these areas were inherited from Bush, as YOU well know, and have been exacerbated by the deliberate and unceasing sabotage inflicted by Republicans in Congress. Why don't you get off your anti-Obama rants and at least TRY to sound non-partisan.

    Jim
    Reno, Nevada

    August 16, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
  218. Nora

    No, I say give him four more years, if everyone is honest President Obama has not had a lot of yeah's from across the isle. A president is only as effective as congress and the senate will allow him to be.

    I have NEVER! witnessed so much hate towards a President in my life, these people would be willing to sell their soul to Satan if it would keep President Obama from being re-elected. If they do, I hope he taps them on the shoulder as soon as they get what they want an make them pay up.

    Besides, we should at least give him as long to fix things as we did for them to get out of hand.

    Nora

    August 16, 2012 at 5:39 pm |
  219. Cathy from Florida

    Why would I vote for a man who refuses to release his tax information?

    Obama inheirted the failed economy and the Republicans have done everything they can to block his efforts. They should feel shame for what they are doing to this country. They say they want to save America.... what they want to save are the perks for the wealthy.

    August 16, 2012 at 5:40 pm |
  220. Joseph

    Americans have a very very short memory. 8 years or even 4 years of big business first and tax breaks for the very very wealthy (aka Romney) will start to virtually sink this nations economy. Obama inherited a total trickle down economic ideology mess and has done a lot, to only start putting this behemoth of an economy on the right course. Any household making 100K or less per year and voting for Romney is totally confused, naive, and uninformed !!!

    August 16, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
  221. LennyB

    The value of stocks is based on what people think they are worth, and that is based on their confidence in the company, and their overall feelings of wellbeing. It is the job of a good leader to inspire and install confidence in those he leads.

    I do not see that leadership, though his oratory paints a positive picture, his actions paint a different picture.

    August 16, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
  222. Harry

    Trust me...I speak from Wisconsin...Our voters in the Badger State decided to keep our governor Walker (after his recall election win) so he could keep his promise to create jobs (250,000 new jobs and 10,000 new businesses by 2015.) Many who did not vote for him voted for him in the recall so he could keep his promise. Now, let's give Barak Obama his full eight years to fulfill his promise. President Obama compromised and gave up his desire for a single payer plan and the Republicans agreed, but added a four year transition period. We are only in the first year and the full Affordable Health Care Obama Plan need three more years at the request of the Republicans. Once the insurance savings kick in and business begins to save money, then one will see just how magnificant, marvelous and truly blessed and brilliant our President is.
    In the words of one of my high school coaches..."I kid you not." If the Affordable health plan was administered in one year and not over four, then there may be more credence for one term, but not now...let's give this affordable health care plan its' proper due.
    Thank you very much!

    August 16, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
  223. Hopefull

    People looking to give Obama another (4) years are looking for a "FREE TICKET".

    August 16, 2012 at 5:43 pm |
  224. Jay Sweeney

    Fox News is best suited for questions like this.You have made no reference to the situation the President inherited, namely, the worst recession since 1929! Give your question some context Jack. Obama started out in a hole and today the U.S is doing far better than all the other developed economies. Facts are stubborn things Jack.

    August 16, 2012 at 5:44 pm |
  225. m1k3

    Who says failing? It depends who and how you ask. President Obama will be reelected for his accomplishments: monthly increases in jobs since the third month of his term; the first health care reform since 1966; recovery from the hole that George Bush left.

    The failing grades go to the Republican obstructionists who vowed on inauguration night to wreck the country if that is what it took to make the President look bad. On the heels of the last Republicn wreck, from 200-2008.

    August 16, 2012 at 5:44 pm |
  226. Sally in Switzerland

    Yes. In the real world, failing grades don't get you a diploma, do they?

    August 16, 2012 at 5:48 pm |
  227. Michael Boykin

    I don't think a second term is warranted and should be replaced. Like old plumbing, this administration is not improving with age.

    August 16, 2012 at 5:48 pm |
  228. Paul in DC

    Ranking Bush ahead of Obama for superior economic performance is like calling Nero a musical virtuoso. The truth still is that the Obama Administration saved the US and the larger international economy from a repeat of a 1930's style economic collapse, whose sheet music was faithfully plaid by the noted virtuoso. Did I also give credit to the second fiddles in this concerto? A financial system and business community that wants to be free of any government oversight in order to really strut its stuff and where greed can be optimized. If left to the devices of these backup fiddlers, we would all be using oxygen masks in order to breath during our daily activities just to keep businesses like the old Detroit humming while they practice their unquestionable wisdom.

    August 16, 2012 at 5:51 pm |
  229. Greg

    YES, I have never seen a person give their all and with all their might, for the country that we hold fast to our heart.

    August 16, 2012 at 5:51 pm |
  230. Benjamin

    Why should we? When the Republican candidates were asked, how long will it take them to fix the economy and bring down the unemployment rate if elected? They kept projecting to balance the Budget in 10 years. Obama has just been in office under 4 years, and they expect him to snap his fingers to do magic in days, or less than 4 years while they kept selling the snake oil treatment in 10 years. Why shouldn't we allow Obama the same 10 years as well, before the insult on American intelligence by the new Republican (Candidates) snake-oil sales men.

    August 16, 2012 at 5:51 pm |
  231. Cesan

    I am not pleased with the economy but, I don't trust Romney who refuses to release his taxes. Romney is only concerned about increasing his wealth and that of the nation's 1%. I'll vote for the President who we know cares about all Americans.

    August 16, 2012 at 5:53 pm |
  232. duowu123

    The republican in congress did not give the president the chance to improve the economic.They opposed to every good plan good he had .All because they wanted him to fail and become a one time president. Shame on them, not the president

    August 16, 2012 at 5:55 pm |