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August 20th, 2009
05:00 PM ET

Why are Democrats' and Obama's approval ratings falling?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

As the debate over health care rages on... the American people are increasingly souring on President Obama and the Democrats. A new poll shows the president's approval rating at 51-percent - the lowest of his presidency and down from 61-percent two-months ago.

The Pew poll shows the Democratic Party now has a favorable rating of 49-percent... also down from 59-percent in April and 62-percent in January.

When it comes to the Republican Party - public opinion has remained steady all year at about 40-percent.

Meanwhile it looks like the American people aren't buying into calls for bipartisanship. The poll shows 63-percent of those surveyed say the president and Republicans are not working together on important issues... that's up from 50-percent who felt that way in June.

Although more people blame the Republicans than President Obama for this lack of co-operation, the poll shows a growing number are now faulting the president. 17-percent of Americans say Mr. Obama is to blame... that's up from seven-percent who felt that way in February.

Meanwhile a separate Gallup poll shows the Democratic-led Congress' approval at 31-percent... the lowest reading since February.

With health care eclipsing all else in Washington this summer - it seems as though the president and the Democrats are losing favor with the American people. It will be interesting to see what happens to these numbers if the Democrats decide to "go it alone" like we've been hearing.

Here’s my question to you: Why are the Democrats' and President Obama's approval ratings falling?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Scott from New York writes:
The answer is quite simple: Obama promised the moon and the stars. There is an old saying regarding managing expectations: under-promise and over-deliver. Obama has seriously over-promised things that no one can deliver. His ratings will continue to fall.

Shaun from Cary, North Carolina writes:
Why? Because many independents voted for President Obama, and they are independents for a reason. They can see through the unilateralism in the Congress.

Joe from Eden Prairie, Minnesota writes:
Not falling. Just realigning with the reality that high-minded presidents come and go, but the Washington Beltway is forever.

Rick writes:
Very simple, at last the American public is seeing the truth: the Democrats are a tax and spend machine bent on socialism. All one has to do is read the text book definitions of socialism and you'll see it for yourselves… Bottom line, they used the liberal media and a "blame everything on George Bush" strategy to get elected. They have a socialist agenda that’s definitely not good for America.

Marie from Woodstock, Georgia writes:
The president is losing in the polls because he is working on difficult issues and trying to solve them. He has tried to include Republicans but they are more interested in his failure so they can gain politically.

Ralph from Chicago writes:
Because Jesus Christ’s approval ratings would fall: two wars, 10% without a job, your home is worth 30% less, no overtime, no health care, and city and states taxes going up.

Michael from Lynnbrook, New York writes:
They are not. Everyone is on vacation and the pollsters just can’t get to the Caribbean islands right now to get the real numbers.

soundoff (201 Responses)
  1. camille

    Because the democratic congress is leaving the health care reform on the back of the president instead of standing up to the special interest and debunking some of these republican lies being spread. The are so busy trying to avoid obama's waterloo that they have become thie president's benidict arnolds

    August 20, 2009 at 5:07 pm |
  2. Bruce - Delaware

    Because both parties are identical?

    August 20, 2009 at 5:07 pm |
  3. anon

    I thought this was fairly simple. it's either A: because the American people, rightly or wrongly, disagree with the President's agenda regarding the mid east, health care, etc, or B: the American people are upset that the President isn't making good on his promise of change as quickly as they'd like. This isn't rocket science Jack, it's just politics. and not very good politics either.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:07 pm |
  4. Shaun

    Why? Because many independents voted for President Obama, and they are independents for a reason. They can see through the unilateralism in the Congress.

    Cary, NC

    August 20, 2009 at 5:07 pm |
  5. Cosmo

    Democrats do this to themselves every time they get into power. Internal squabbling, and in this case an inability to communicate a clear concise message about the key issues ruin their ability to run this government. I can not for the life of me understand why it is so hard for the President and congress to do two things 1)articulate the key components of the health care reform plan, and 2) strike down the factually incorrect and outright slanderous accusations about health care reform. If, as a supporter of the President and this plan in general, I feel that he has been unable to do those two things, then people who are still undecided will be doubly impacted by confusion that has been sown. In the absence of clear leadership, people will be willing to believe the fearmongers.

    Cosmo

    August 20, 2009 at 5:08 pm |
  6. Scott Arden

    It really is a quite simple answer as to why Obama's approval rating is sinking. He promised the moon and the stars.

    There is an old saying regarding managing expectations: Underpromise and overdeliver. Obama has seriously overpromised things that no one can deliver. His ratings will continue to fall.

    New York City

    August 20, 2009 at 5:08 pm |
  7. Lance Coardill

    No surprises here. This is change, all right. Just not the change that the realists among us signed up for nor wanted. The history of the (hopefully one term) Obama presidency must still be written, and I can only pray that my daugther, the incipient historian, can afford to buy ink 12 years from now when the true effects of "change we can believe in" are known to all, Kool Aid drinkers or otherwise.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:08 pm |
  8. Dawn from Kansas City

    Their ratings are falling b/c they aren't listening to the American people! They are cramming and ramming legislation through without reading it and they are spending money as if there's no tomorrow. Who wouldn't be worried about a government like that?

    One last reason could be is that the government is getting too big for its britches and people are tired of the government butting in where it doesn't belong. It screws up everything it touches anyway.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:08 pm |
  9. Brian

    because crying baby always gets milk.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:08 pm |
  10. man = his policies

    Obama has never reached out to republicans (or moderate democrats). His stance has been, join me or I will attack and ridicule you.

    His numbers are falling because he is a typical politician that has put his ideas above the needs of the American people. His spending has been out of control, the stimulus has been a waste, and the government has grown into sectors it doesn't belong.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:08 pm |
  11. Jon

    Jack- It's pretty obvious: the Republicans' scare tactics are working and the Democrats are weak in their responses. Pres. Obama is too intellectual, not enough fire in his belly, and–bad idea–to let congress formulate the bill. Obama needs all his troops to fight back and also to simplify the bill and–How 'bout this idea: Get the money needed for the reform by a Supertax on the greedy Health Insurance Companies' profits! I'm in Kannapolis, NC.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:09 pm |
  12. Grace J.

    The Democrats in the House and the Senate have NO BACKBONE!
    They are allowing these same Republicans, who gave President Bush a free hand to destroy this country, to sabotage every plan president Obama puts forth–even when they know he was elected on these promises and many of these Democrats were pulled in on his "coat-tail."

    August 20, 2009 at 5:09 pm |
  13. nogaye ka

    because the honeymoon is over and Obama is showing his true capabilities.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:09 pm |
  14. Richard-Missouri

    It's simple – EVERYONE knows that universal healthcare is not financially viable without raising taxes. Funny how Dems keep wanting to raise taxes, but many of them keep getting caught avoiding them. What hippocrites! Public healthcare can not be paid for, and even if the Dems can convince SOME folks it can be paid for, MOST know the price tag being quoted is likely low, and if these clowns get a bill passed, we are all going to get socked with footing the bill. People are getting tired of working to pay for the benefit of everyone else (e.g. – socialism). Even the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) says the numbers don't add up, and that everyone can not be covered. Also, everyone knows the Dems are not concered about anyone's health; they only care about their power and staying in office. Also, folks know the government can't run anything well. They will certainly botch healthcare if they are in charge. I think folks are figuring out that Repubs were bad, but Dems are worse.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:09 pm |
  15. Rick

    Very simple, at last the American public is seeing the truth...they are a tax and spend machine bent on socialism....all one has to do is read the text book definitions of socialism and you'll see it for yourselves.

    Additionally, Obama's racist shoulder chip is showing through clear as a bell...did he not jump to conclusions with Professor Gates?

    Why would any of us want the government to run anything? Show me the models of success in government managed programs: Social Security? USPS? Fanny Mae? Freddie Mac?

    Bottom line, they used the liberal media and a "blame everything on George Bush" strategy to get elected. They have a socialist agenda definitely not good for America.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:09 pm |
  16. rob klein

    Their approval rating is falling because they are tone deaf to the American public. When Dems characterize Americans who are against their health care proposal as "evil", the public is rightly repelled. By characterizing every proposal as pitting good vs. evil, Obama and the Dems alienate more and more Americans who are fearful of the tyranny of the righteous.

    Rob Klein
    Deerfield, Il

    August 20, 2009 at 5:09 pm |
  17. Michael Lowe

    Obama's falling approval numbers, the recession, partisan politics - they're all caused by the same thing: Americans are greedy.

    We borrowed and spent our way into a huge economic whole. We expected Obama's stimulus to magically make us all rich again at the snap of a finger. And now, Republicans and Democrats - and those other Democrats - all want something for themselves and could care less what anyone else wants.

    Plus, everyone knows the Democrats are trying to kill old people, so that doesn't help Obama either. (What kind of idiot would really believe that?)

    August 20, 2009 at 5:09 pm |
  18. Meg Holzhauer

    Because they are liars.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:09 pm |
  19. Jack Hobbs

    The miss-information that is being spread.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  20. Patrick, Seattle

    Because people are scared of change.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  21. Charles Stewart III

    Because the American people are realizing that Mr. Obama is not a superhero as he seemed at the Inauguration.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  22. N Monger

    The reason is simple, president Obama and the democratic congress are trying to work with the republican in bettering this nation but the republican will do anything to bring this president down and destroying his many agenda, and if it mean tearing this nation apart they will do it.. And so they are putting out a lot of untrue propaganda etc damaging the good job this president want and trying to do and some citizen are misled and believe the republican lies.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  23. Corbin

    They are polarizing both conservatives and liberals, alike. Never seen a party do that. They are definately not listening to liberals. But conservatives are upset anyway because their precious movement is over

    August 20, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  24. harry G

    Their ratings are falling because the Democrats in Congress are fighting each other over health care and they have been spending money like it grows on trees. As for Obama what did you expect? The media put him on a pedistal and the only way his ratings could go is down. Add to that his inability to even explain his health care plan that he left up to congress to craft which makes no sense to anyone. Last and probably the main reason is that people are tired of this recession and as each day passes this recession is shifting from a Bush recession to an Obama recession.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  25. Brandon A.

    I think the short answer is that the smear campaign being waged by the Republican Party is working. Since President Obama took office ( and even before), the Right has been overly critical and done little more than oppose (and complain against) practically everything that he has tried to do. And, in my opinion, for no other reason than to undermine him and the Democratica Party after taking a beating in recent elections. They are waging a politcal battle in an attempt to restore their reputation, and they are doing so with very little regard to what is actually in the best interest of the American people.
    But if you want a little deeper theory as an answer to this question, try this one on for size: the election of President Obama, as historically important as we all agree that it was, still happened due to some moderates being swayed by his charisma and ability to communicate. Some of these people may not have bought-in 100%, and let’s be honest: some may have deeply hidden racial issues. So I think that it’s possible that these are the people who now, after only a little over 200 days into his presidency, are giving-up and defaulting back to their moderate (or even Left-leaning) attitudes. Many of these people are probably legacy Conservatives, and even someone as charismatic as President Obama will struggle to completely de-program them.

    Brandon
    Houston, TX

    August 20, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  26. Tsakonas

    The people aren't seeing progress from the Stimulus yet, job loss is still uncomfortably high, and the right wing nut cases have done a brilliant job of spreading misinformation about health reform to the point of inciting panic. No matter how many times a rumor is debunked, it never fails that someone shows up to the town hall that didn't get the memo. Haven't the conservatives done enough to this country?

    August 20, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  27. Marty

    Two things Jack,They fell asleep at the p.r. wheel, and were not consistent with their messages.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  28. G. T. German

    Jack, I feel that the Democrat's ratings are in the toilet for a variety of reasons. Forty per cent of the country are non-thinking Republicans and about that number are non-thinking Democrats and President Obama is trying to alienate everyone by being pragmatic and sensible. You can't lead a country that way. Give me a break, Barack, show a little ignorance.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  29. Paul

    The fact that moderates, including moderate Republicans like myself, helped elect President Obama has been mistaken as a mandate to shove several left leaning items down our throat. Any resistance or questions lead to a scolding and a lecture.
    Plus the rush to shove in healthcare reform scares the heck out of me. When has anything the government done in a hurry been good.
    In the midst of the healthcare debate and the recession, interjecting himself in the Professor Gates arrest didn't make the President look good either.

    Paul
    Dallas, Texas

    August 20, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  30. Rick

    How does that song from the 80's go? Lies Lies Lies Yeah-Ah. They're Gonna Get Ya.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  31. Dave in Illinois

    The ratings are falling as the smoke and mirrors of the Presidential campaign have disipated and people get to see that the promises were empty words that the Democrats are twisting to fit their highly partisan power agenda. The people are realizing that they haven't elected a leader, only charismatic individual who reads a great speech.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  32. mark childress

    Jack, Let some corporate consortium spend $150m advertising against YOU for a month and see how much bloom is left on YOUR rose.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  33. Esteban

    Everyone needs to relax. Remember that the Bush administration left the country in the worst economic crisis since the depression. Just because Obama is president does not mean the country will turn around in six months. Recall that it took World War II to bring the U.S. out of the depression. The American people need to be patient and realize that these tough economic times will take a lot of work and of coarse time to improve. Rome was not built in a day.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  34. Edward Walrod

    Well lets see the Democrats are loosing popularity so fast because they are unable to lead effectivley even with a giant majority in congress and President Obama doesn't elaborate on his plans at all and has somehow managed to split his party in half in less than year since he has been in office at least under the republicans we got stuff done. Pathetic.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  35. Nuwan

    Because there are many Americans who would simply submit to the misinformation without finding facts.

    Nuwan from Houston, TX

    August 20, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  36. Mel, Portland Oregon

    Because the Change Obama promised turned out to be something we don't believe in.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  37. Alan in Louisiana

    Because the American people know that it was the previous Republican Administration was the ones that accomplished 3 things. 1. Made and made this recession worse, 2. Created a riduclous war in Iraq, 3. And tortured prisoners of war. Now the people are looking to a better future, a future of hope and change, good change!

    August 20, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  38. Pat Akin

    I don't think the approval rate is falling. I do not have much faith in polls. I took a non-scientific poll of my neighbors, most of whom are Republicans or Indepents and older, and Obama's approval rating here in my neighborhood is very hign.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  39. Jim from Denver, CO

    I think pretty much everyone's numbers go down when there is a big fight like there is now. A lot of mud is getting tossed around. I for one am glad he cares more about getting things done than being popular. His numbers will go back up once people start to see that all the things being said to scare everyone aren't true.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  40. Annie, Atlanta

    Our "fair and balanced" media playing to the ignorant with the lies of the Republican Noise Machine . Let’s present hate speak as truth, instead of actually telling the truth. It’s the American capitalist way, and it pays well based on the increased income for the top 1% over the last 8 years.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  41. Jorge

    Democrat's and Obama's approval rating is dropping becuase everyone is starting to see the wolf under the sheepskin.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  42. bob in woodland park, co

    The GOP old standby of fear and misinformation are proven tools. They are using them again on the easily influenced, easily frightned masses. It's not about substance, it's about winning back seats in the next election.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  43. Judith Burton

    The Dem/Obama approval rating is falling because they are not listening to the American people.....who are not as dumb as the folks in Washington seem to think. At the end of the day, someone is going to have to pick up the tab for this year long spending spree....and that someone is the American taxpayer. That taxpayer wants a VOICE in how the money is being spent and NO ONE IS LISTENING.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  44. Mario Calderon

    The obvious reasons which the media & politicians refuse to mentioned. Mr. Obama promised real “change”. Even thou some people might have felt Dems were the lesser of two evils but they had "hope". But yet he keeps compromising with Republicans even thou Republican’s public approval ratings are at an all time low. He has sold out & sided to corporate interests & that’s including health care “reform” who he sided with the insurance companies. On the issue of peace, he will continue the wars in the Middle East (Afghanistan). He is still keeping most of Bush’s agenda on the so called “war on terrorism” like torture & the NSA spying on Americans. When the next elections come-it will be a low turn out just like the one in today’s Afghan elections. The people will not vote & not out of fear, but out of disgust. Mr. Obama just threw away his presidency.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  45. Lisa B

    Why? Because this country is sadly full of dumb people who cannot think and research for themselves, and who, shockingly and disappointingly, allow themselves to be used as weapons against their own self-interest. An because Republican lawmakers are unabashed liars who out to be ashamed of themselves every day when they wake up and look in the mirror. They make me sick, which is unfortunate since I have such crappy health insurance.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  46. Me

    Because the President and Democratic party are double talking, untrustworthy power grabbers! No they are using "blackmail" against "certain" insurance companies. Why not start out by Auditing the Fed Reserve and investigating the pay of the Board of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, bring Medicare out of Bankruptcy, make Socil Security solvent and then look into Healthcare. By the way, the Pres and Dems keeping touting choice/competition.....if we have no choice/competion then why did 50 insurance companies receive the "blackmail" letter.....

    August 20, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  47. Jesse

    I think that President Obama and the democrat's are losing approval because they are not focusing on the real problems in America right now. He should be focusing on the economy and getting back American jobs.

    Jesse from London, Ontario Canada

    August 20, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  48. Joe

    The answer is simple, it's because so many lies are being spread and so much money is being put up against the dems health care reform that public opinion is bound to go down. The dems are playing the policy game while republicans just play politics.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  49. Mike Nelson

    Jack: It's the BLUE DOG'S. They have rabies.

    Mike
    Mauston, Wisconsin

    August 20, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  50. Gabriel Mazzeo

    Americans are used to Instant Gratification. The credit card problems have proved that. Obama must be given a chance, at least a year, for his ideas and policies to take hold. TV programs that propose this question are obviously interested more in ratings and controversy than in helping the country get back on track.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  51. Mark

    Mr. Cafferty. The answer to your question is simple. People are FINALLY beginning to see the REAL Barack Obama and the far left agenda he has ALWAYS supported. We need health care reform but not in the form of a Government program crammed down the throats of Americans. I believe Americans are starting to really understand the difference between the right and left wings of our 2 parties rather than just identifying with Liberal and Conservative. People wanted change, they voted for it! I did too but people don't want the kind of change Obama REALLY has in mind.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  52. Fred Tondalo

    Because Jack the Dems and the President are trying to GET SOMETHING DONE. Whenever a President has tried with a Democratic Congress to get real legislation and groundbreaking legislation done they suffer for it temporarily.

    Just look at the history of Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and the integration of Blacks into the military under Truman. The President at the time always looses polling numbers but I ask you ...would America undo what the past Democrats have done to improve life in this country especially for the middle class? I think not.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  53. Gary in Oklahoma

    We're not sure who's President .. Pelosi or Obama. He lets her write all this disjointed legislation and then she sends him out in front of the cameras to defend her quirky bills. The public senses weaknesss; he needs to get a set of gourds and start showing some leadership.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  54. Kelleen

    Because Americans have a strange form of political ADD and have no patience for a cabinet and party who is actually trying to make a change. If it is not instant, it must be bad.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  55. Jerry

    They are not listening, The democrats have their own personal, and political agenda's they want to accomplish before being thrown out of office. Jerry/ Iowa

    August 20, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  56. Mark (Newburgh, NY)

    Because once again, the Democrats cannot provide a united front (unlike the Republicans) and the Republicans have done an outstanding job of blocking just about everything that the Democrats have tried to accomplish, and blaming the Democrats for it. Obama will not be able to accomplish his goals of bipartisanship...to paraphrase Barney Frank, trying to negotiate with them is like trying to negotiate with a dining room table. The Democrats will have to go it alone if health care reform is ever to happen. Once in place, it will become so popular that it will be political suicide to try to repeal it.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  57. Ron Ouellette

    Jack,
    Because the party of NO, the obstructionists and their lobbying cronies and the millions they have spent have taken root. The
    people in charge failed to recognize that this could and would
    happen and were relying on their high numbers leading up to
    this time. Hopefully they will NEVER let their guard down again
    especially in view of the fact that the Insurance Lobby has all
    the money in the World and they want to keep it, and, the broken
    Republicans will continue to say NO til hell freezes over.
    Ron – Florida

    August 20, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  58. wherearethejobs

    The ratings are dropping, not as much because of all of the healthcare discussions (if I can call them that), but because people are losing jobs, and there is simply no one focusing on the economy – the healthcare issue is really a diversion from our day-to-day stress, which is real – and we are sick of hearing about this when the last crisis, the Recession and jobs loss, and the Recovery Act, still haven't played out and provided any real assistance.

    That's why the polls show lower numbers – we are sick of the bickering and the short-attention span of these people, regardless of party affiliation.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  59. Donna schindler

    The reason President Obama's approval rating is falling is because he is trying to be bipartisan and work with the Republicans. The Republicans are so backwards and bipartisan they will never approve of any thing he does no matter how wonderful it is. The Democrats want him to go all the way with the rest of his campaign promises and view him as giving up too much. I think he really has tried to reach out to Republicans in many ways. But it is not a good thing if it means we will have to give up a Public Option for Healthcare, and have more of the same. We cannot afford this fiscally OR physically, period.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  60. Steve

    The numbers are falling because people like to see progress and progress has been slow coming.

    They see a recession (albeit an inherited one) and they see the healthcare ruckus. Things will turn around: The Democrats will pass healthcare reform, the economy will improve and the 90% of the unspent stimulus money will re-appear in the federal coffers soon enough…

    The Cool-Man is running the show and he’s doing fine.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  61. E W

    . Why in the world can the press or the dems blame those "mean uncoperative Republicans" when the Dems own a philibuster proof house and senate not to mention they have the white house too.
    We have never in this country had one party with so much unchallengable power as we have now. It's a dictatorship until November 20210 and hopefully not so afterwards.
    Come on people, think about it, you've been duped! if anything goes wrong or right these next few years only party can be blamed.
    THE DEMOCRATS!

    August 20, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  62. Migel

    Simply because Americans are gullible and are being persuaded by all of this corporate PR being put in place by millionaire conservatives that are simply trying to proctect their own behinds and fortunes! If the healthcare bill is passed along with the greenhouse one a good amount of people stand to lose a lot of money by not being able to scam innocent Americans anymore!

    August 20, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  63. schmeckel

    They are not getting anything done. They have the white house and both houses and still argue the republicans are in the way. This makes me happy because I usually side with republicans but if I was a democrat I would be through the roof.

    They are fighting among the ranks. On one hand Obama will say no more legislation if it adds to the deficit. The blue dogs will not vote for the public option because they say it is not deficit neutral. Now the left wants to disown the blue dogs for being responsible.

    They provide no information on health care. The only information we receive is just their attempts at debunking false rumors. We have no idea who is going to pay or how much it will cost. Even when they debunk false rumors, they make moves that make people think the rumor may hold some water. Example: The death panel, I thought this was a ridicules rumor but then the democrats quickly removed the section from the proposed bills and said they did not want anyone to misinterpret the intent. I am not the sharpest tool in the shed but that does not make any sense. I don’t believe anyone in their right mind would include that, but now I have to second guess if they removed it.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  64. ps

    Jack, If I shout lies loud enough and often enough and the media keeps talking about my lies, you'll have a very hard time getting your points across. If I then went out and polled people what they believed and apprve, how would they answer? That is what is happening to President Obama right now. Every claim shouted about at the town hall meetings has been debunked, yet we hear more about death panels, even though their existence is based upon lies, than what is actually in the health care reform bills.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  65. Richie

    Hillsboro Oregon - Well, I personally am mad that single payer is not on the table. It is clearly what is needed to reduce the 35% overhead. Turn the money employers currently spend on health insurance into tax income. Use that to pay for basic care for all. Let the health insurance companies offer add-on insurance. Everyone can win.

    With the bills currently under consideration, everyone loses.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  66. Steve, Portsmouth, NH

    The numbers are falling because people like to see progress and progress has been slow coming.

    They see a recession (albeit an inherited one) and they see the healthcare ruckus. Things will turn around: The Democrats will pass healthcare reform, the economy will improve and the 90% of the unspent stimulus money will re-appear in the federal coffers soon enough…

    The Cool-Man is running the show and he’s doing fine.

    Steve
    Portsmouth, NH

    August 20, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  67. Tony Fremont, Ca.

    Jack,
    Fifty percent of the Country are Dems. We laready know they want Obama's Health care reform plan. Approximately twenty five percent of the country are Independant voters. We already know half of those (12.5%) want. Approximately twenty five percent of the country are republican voters. And we'll say realistically, less than 5% of those voters want Obama's health care reform. But...for the sake of my point....let's say 0% of Republicans want Obama's health care in the entire country. As such, this would mean 62.5% of the country wants Obama's health care plan. Since the health care reform issue has come to our attention for the August recess in Congress, polls have been taken by media organizations every 4 or 5 hours. We've already taken more polls since Obama became President than during Bush's entire Presidency. My point is the illusion being presented about Obama dropping in the polls because of health care reform is just that.....an illusion.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  68. Pat Wynn

    The answer is simple: Democrats didn't elect Hillary.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  69. Marge from Hibbing Minnesota

    It is mostly because the health care industry who funded the republicans and their thugs in disrupting the town hall meetings are gaining. Most of America wants Health Care. But the campaing of lying emails, misrepresentations sent out by health companies and their republican enablers are scaring people.

    Most intelligent Americans know the difference that elders will not have to go blind in one eye before they are helped with macular degeneration. But the people targeted by these emails are elderly and do believe.

    Look at Sarah Palin knowing she was lying about the "death panel", when she set aside a day in Alaska to do the same thing that the counseling panel was supposed to do...it is this sort of thing that is bringing down the progress and the democrats.

    AND THE REPUBLICANS THAT POSED AS DEMOCRATS AND CALL THEM SELVES "'BLUE DOGS"' DID NOT HELP. They are enabling the republicans and people also, believe that they are democrats and believe what the republicans do.....they are dogs...low down dirty republican dogs. And everyone of them should be swept from the party. If Emanuel succeds in getting any money to them for re-election, the donations to the democratic party are going to start drying up. Why should a few people who represent the smallest states and the smallest number of people have the clout to do this to our party....

    August 20, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  70. Mary Peterson

    I think it's because Americans are starting to wake up. Realists before will know this was going to happen, but the rest of the public – who was made promise after promise and believed it are starting to see that the timetable Obama gave, wasn't realistic at all. With the dealers sinking under C4C denials, and Obama's reason for the stimulus being pushed through so hard was to stop unemployment at 8.5% (another oops), the ideals of Obama are starting to materialize into mud. – Colorado Springs

    August 20, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  71. Rich Orwell, Castro Valley, Ca.

    "Bipartisanship" is a joke. Obama and the Dems were elected to effect change. They have the numbers in Congress to make it happen. Their favorables are dropping because they allow the Repubs to halt the progress they promised. Come on, get it done!

    August 20, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  72. Pops

    Because Obama has had 7 months to fix this country and he hasn't. What a slacker!

    August 20, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  73. john

    because he is doing nothing visible to people. He should done things like immigration reform as top in his agenda. Atleast he could claimed that he revamped atleast one system. with the current health care & energy bills there is nothing he will be able to gain short term. only losses.
    He should work day and night now to get the immigration reform done.provide incentive to businesses and consumers like cash /clunker program

    August 20, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  74. David Berglund

    Hi Jack:
    You are the best. It depends on who they are polling. The Rasmussen poll is 1000 likely voters. The Health Care issue has the Media spinning everyone's heads. People are showing up at Town Hall Meetings believing President Obama is a Nazi and the elderly are headed for the gas chambers. These same people think Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid are pure evil. So you see Jack, civics and rational discussions have been replaced by a media and Internet propaganda program that just pushes buttons.
    Thanks,
    Dr. W. David Berglund

    August 20, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  75. Dave from Canada

    The health care bill. Or more specifically, all the money that has been spent in opposition to it.

    Look at a calendar and any tracking poll. Ever since there has been a fight about the health care bill, Democratic approval has been sinking. But so has Republican. It's attack politics, when this kind of politic strategy is happening approval for all parties is dimished.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  76. EugeneWiese Midlothian,Va.

    That's their problem . Gene

    August 20, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  77. Kyle

    Jack:

    There are many reasons I think the Democrat's/Obama's ratings are falling: lack of unity, perceived lack of toughness, etc. But maybe if they used: "If we don't pass this, national security will be at risk.", with every proposal they might get something done. Seemed to work for the former administration.

    Los Angeles

    August 20, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  78. Ed-Chicago, Il

    The President's approval ratings are falling because of caving in to the far left of the party as to health care reform despite the non partisan CBO clearly stating his objectives would not be met and the deficit would swell. He is particulaly losing the elderly as he shifts funds away from Medicare.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  79. Shari

    Well,of course it is very hard to debate with lies. The Republicians have np morals at all. They will say and do anything to satisfy their insurance co. friends. They work for corp. and do not care about American people.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  80. Bill - Tampa

    The democrats are spending too much money, too quickly. There are too many issues being tackled at once and people don't really have the confidence that government can really handle that.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  81. Rob

    Because of the onslaught of blatant lies and fear-mongering by those in the RushPalican party. It's that simple. – Rob in New Jersey

    August 20, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  82. Ed from Montana

    Many Americans are just stupid Jack. They'll believe anything if they hear it lound enough and long enough.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  83. Christine Lewis

    Why are Democrats' and Obama's approval ratings falling? Because you say they are.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  84. Bob, Emerald Isle, NC

    Because Obama's team are not successfully handling the gullible and paranoid people who are being egged on by health industry and political neer-do-wells. Other gullible people see the crazies and think there must be something to it.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  85. Ned Barker

    They can not define "Heath Care Reform ". If they want reform they need to define what it entails in a straight forward that can be reviewed and understood by the American public. As it stands now no one knows what it means.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  86. Tony Fremont, Ca.

    Jack,
    Fifty percent of the Country are Dems. We already know they want Obama's Health care reform plan. Approximately twenty five percent of the country are Independant voters. We already know half of those (12.5%) want. Approximately twenty five percent of the country are republican voters. And we'll say realistically, less than 5% of those voters want Obama's health care reform. But...for the sake of my point....let's say 0% of Republicans want Obama's health care in the entire country. As such, this would mean 62.5% of the country wants Obama's health care plan. Since the health care reform issue has come to our attention for the August recess in Congress, polls have been taken by media organizations every 4 or 5 hours. We've already taken more polls since Obama became President than during Bush's entire Presidency. My point is the illusion being presented about Obama dropping in the polls because of health care reform is just that.....an illusion.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  87. Alicia

    Hi Jack,

    If it is true that his approval ratings are down according to polls it is due to the lack of presenting a clean, cut, and clear plan on healthcare, also backtracking on the public option, in addition, to the division in the democratic party.

    By nature, I am an "optomist" but the republicans and democrats have ran this country in the ground and they will continue to run it in the ground. Also, I would like to add that the American people really need to educate themselves on the issues and quit relying on lies, rumors. Also, members of congress should stand up and do the right thing even if it cost them their political future because even if they lose an office they still will be better off than most americans.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  88. Sharon in Canada

    Because the American people are expecting President Obama to wave a 'magic wand 'and fix the economy, health care, the banking system, etc, etc in less than 7 months which of course is impossible!!!! Give the guy a break!! He is NOT SUPERMAN, nor has he ever claimed to be.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  89. Bob

    The polls need to take the question further to seek the root cause. The President's and Democrats' approval ratings are not falling because people are becoming more disenfranchised with their message, but because change is not coming fast enough. I think their approval ratings will surge when and if they push their agenda through Congress even if that means without Republican support.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  90. Dicky Neely

    Hi Jack,
    There has been a relentless attack on President Obama and the Democrats since he took office. Congressional Republicans have shown no interest in what's best for the country but instead focus on how to bring the President to his Waterloo.
    The Republicans are hell bent on proving Abraham Lincoln was wrong when he said "You can fool some of the people some of the time. You can fool some of the people all of the time. But you can't fool all of the people all of the time"
    The Republicans believe they can fool all of the people all of the time.
    Dicky Neely
    Corpus Christi, Tx.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  91. Scott O'Canada

    They're falling because nobody is standing up and knocking heads. Agreed, the intellectual approach has been a breath of fresh air but you still gotta stand tall and start kicking some collective ass. It's the American way. Obama and the Democrats approval ratings will bounce once they finally take a stand on the health care issues. I don't recall a president who was more popular after his first six months than he was immediately after being elected anyway. Just like a new marriage, the honeymoon is now over.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  92. AndyZ Lynn, MA

    Indecision! Nancy Pelosi! Indecision! The 60 Democrat Senators in the US Senate! Indecision! The Democrat majority in the House! Indecision! Nancy Pelosi's personal agenda disregarding the US of A! Indecision! Either do something or be voted out of office! Indecision!

    August 20, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  93. Charisse Brown

    The honeymoon is over, and change we can believe in sounds sexy but not something we really want. Its a lot easier to romantize leadership until they really decide to lead. We are not accustomed to a President actually working to make America and all citizens better, we prefer tomaintain the status quo... C. Brown, Chicago, IL

    August 20, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  94. Nick D. Neighbour

    Maybe BECAUSE Obama tries so HARD for "bi-partisanship"?
    It suggest that, he DOESN'T have the "Courage of his Convictions"!
    Personally, I just don't get it!
    Aren't the two Parties SUPPOSED to be in OPPOSITION?!
    Why doesn't America have just ONE Party?
    The "Republicats"?
    Nick. N.
    Pasadena. CA.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  95. Pat Wynn

    The answer is simple: Democrats didn't elect Hillary,
    Pat, Nampa, Idaho

    August 20, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  96. Lenore in Kansas

    They are falling because of all the lies and distortions calculatedly put forward by the Republicans and fat-cat lobbyists to discredit health-care reform, and just about everything else this administration is doing. The media propaganda blitz just goes on rubber-stamping the right-wing agenda as usual. Even so, 77% still favor a public option for health insurance. You can't fool all of the people all of the time, but they can sure try.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  97. Samuel Coffin

    Approval ratings are falling for two reasons. Number one, Republicans have banded together to vote against ANY reform. Let me repeat, ANY reform. Yet Obama, because Democrats continue to believe that Republican house members have any interest in making the RIGHT choice, must waffle a bit on his pledge to have a public healthcare option. Number two, people are sick of Democratic banter. If he tried and failed to deliver what he promised, namely, a public healthcare option, blame would fall on those who voted "nay." But with this spineless watering down of the bill, blame will fall on all Democrats and on the unthinking selfishness of the Republican congress.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  98. Hananiel, cincinnati, OH

    Because you can fool some of the people some of the time, but not all of the people all the time . Even if all of the media unabashedly foists its liberal bias on the people, people will eventually figure out what is going on. What? Hope, change and butterflies held together with grit, spit and bubblegum will not a government make? Lets vote the scoundrels out ...

    August 20, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  99. Rodney Gomez

    Jack, the dems deserve loosing in the pools because they are bunch of "girlly men " says Gov of California, who waits for the fired Republicans to put up their "scare tactics" before they can do something. We the people gave them the mandate to do the nations business alone in November of last year.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  100. Dan in Chester, WV

    Because GOP / conservatives are more effective at lying than the Democrats are at telling the truth.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  101. jules from hartford,ct

    he is losing support because he did not stay on message, and he waited too long, the minute he says he is going to do health care ...the American people like when things are explained to them in lay mans term not all of us is well learned, if he had done that a lot of people who have understood what he is saying and counteract some of the miss information that is out there and his message would not have been polarized and espcally seniors would have understood what he is saying, i'm not saying everyone would agree but at least normal people would have understood and act like they are acting now.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  102. James Boyd

    JACK,

    The reason why the President and the Dems ratingS are falling is because of the lies and smear tatics that are being floated around by Republicans.

    You know, nobody talks about this point, but at least the nation gets to debate important things like healthcare and Gitmo. When the Republicans controlled the Congress and the Presidency, WE NEVER TALKED ABOUT ANYTHING...NO NATIONAL DEBATES...ITS ABOUT TIME WE HAVE A PRESIDENT THAT IS TRYING TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT OUR PROBLEMS

    August 20, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  103. Sean

    The American public is starting to see how bad politicans have come. The many media companies including the associated press are wrongly spinning thier articles to make it seem like republicans are the reason for the stalemate but in fact its the special interest groups within the party. Republicans have thier own problems to deal with. What I think needs to be done is a voting out of all incumbents regardless of party affiliation to get politicians to care about the American public and not the special interests groups that support them financially. One final thing would be a press that told the facts without the spin and sensationalism to get the story sold.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  104. Michael

    No matter how they try and spin it, Obama and the Democrats supporting this bill cannot explain with any degree of credibility how they intend to pay for this program.

    They state that 2/3 of the funding will come from eliminating government waste. Why do we need a healthcare program as an impetus to cut waste?!?!?!?! Even with this "newfound" money there still isn't enough, and the deficit continues to mount.

    Frustrated in Denver, CO

    August 20, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  105. CW Stiver

    The Republican Hate machine is getting their job done. Most of the American people would rather hear lies than the truth. Prove to them that a rumor is just that, and they will turn their minds back to the lies.
    Millions of these people are using SS, and letting Medicare pay for their By-pass and other surgeries, not realizing that the same Republican hate machine almost derailed these also.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  106. Dave from Canada

    I beleive this is all overblown. It seems to me the more unhappy/mad/furious at the president the more likely you are to answer a poller's telephone call and spend twenty minutes venting about your feelings. If you are pessimitic, indifferent, or mildly hopeful about health care reform, you wouldn't spend your time talking to poller. You've get better ways to spend your time. I know I do.

    I believe that most Americans fall in the latter category.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  107. Tony Fremont, Ca.

    Jack,
    Fifty percent of the Country are Dems. We already know they want Obama's Health care reform plan. Approximately twenty five percent of the country are Independant voters. We already know half of those (12.5%) want health care reform. Approximately twenty five percent of the country are Republican voters. And we'll say realistically, less than 5% of those voters want Obama's health care reform. But...for the sake of my point....let's say 0% of Republicans want Obama's health care in the entire country. As such, this would mean 62.5% of the country wants Obama's health care plan. Since the health care reform issue has come to our attention for the August recess in Congress, polls have been taken by media organizations every 4 or 5 hours. We've already taken more polls since Obama became President than during Bush's entire Presidency. My point is the illusion being presented about Obama dropping in the polls because of health care reform is just that.....an illusion.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  108. David M

    The reason their poll numbers are slipping is due the American people not being informed on major issues, the big one being health care. The American people seem to get their information by word of mouth instead of finding it for themselves. Knowledge is power and its quite obvious the American people are lacking in that area.

    David M
    Castries
    St. Lucia

    August 20, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  109. Joe

    Who can say? Maybe because folks are realizing that getting 535 members of Congress and the Executive branch to cooperate is about likely as fusion-powered toasters.

    Besides – health care is looking more and more expensive and has become so complicated that people are just throwing their hands in the air. Wouldn't it be lovely if Congress could assemble important legislation that wasn't so long and complicated that even they admit (and painfully so with lots of hemming and hawing) that they don't have the time to read it all the way through? K-I-S-S, folks. That's right Congress – keep it simple stupid. Of course I can hear it now (as we all have from video of these town hall meetings and snips of morning radio shows with our representatives); "You folks just don't understand how complicated the process is." - That's why their approval ratings are in the can. It's never a good idea to treat your boss ("We the People") in a condescending manner. And maybe if they would simplify it, the process would move along faster and (gasp!) save us money.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  110. Jason d

    Their ratings are falling because everyone sees them failing to accomplish any of their goals. If I had to give them a performance review at this time it would be 'Complete failure to achieve any of the objectives for which they were elected.' And then I'd fire them and replace with someone else who can do the job.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  111. Scott

    Expectations were inflated. People were excited about reversing and reforming nearly a decade of bad "Bush" policy, but now that this opportunity becomes reality, the hard choices require sacrifice. Change, which Obama promised and is now delivering on, is a double-edged sword: inspiring, but also frightening. Obama's election campaign exploited the former, but now his rivals are exploiting the latter. Ultimately though, the changes being proposed are necessary, and the Dem's need to do a better job of getting their postive message though the fear-mongering of their opposition.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  112. Pablo in Arlington Texas

    Jack
    because the folks who oppose the change, pricipally the insurance industry and the GOP, have hornswoggled a gullible public once again. Lincoln was right. It is possible to fool some of the people all of the time (those would be the dedicated Fox viewers) and all of the people some of the time.

    Pablo
    Arlington Texas

    August 20, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  113. robert

    because they think the american public is stupid and that they are untouchables. They all live by a double standard. Case in point, the nazi outcry that is coming from the left. Bush was painted with this and the stalin brush for most of his presidency but not one word from the other side about how it should be stopped. But now its unamerican and disgrace to do that to Obama. They keep talking down to people and not actually reading or saying what is in half of these bills. A bunch of bullet points repeated over and over doesnt make for a good idea or good explaination. Blaming republicans is a far reach now. Dems control everything and have no one to blame but themselves. Congress has lost complete touch with the american people. And thanks to the 24hr news cycle and endless campaign mode they only do what is going to get them to the next cycle. They have forgotten that these issues are going to effect generations of Americans and a go at it alone , blame game, self interst isnt going to help anyone.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  114. Greg in San Francisco

    Because many Americans didn't realize the change would start with them... They want more, for less, without having to get off the couch... Shame, shame.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  115. Brian from Denver

    Why? WHY? Well, Jack, the Democrats for the first time in years have a lock on the White House, the Senate, and the House. Yet instead of taking advantage of this enormous and rare opportunity, they are squabbling among themselves like a bunch of Republican idealogues. They should be embarassed and ashamed.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  116. Bryan Sutherland

    Because the so-called blue dogs are out of line and President Obama and the Democratic leadership are not cracking the whip; time to put the carrot away and bring out the stick. The voters can decide who the real democrats in Congress are during the next election cycle and if it turns out those so-called 'blue-dogs' can't be team players, they must be on the wrong team; let them run as 'progressive conservatives' in the next election!

    August 20, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  117. Rick

    Jack,

    Everyone, including myself, had very high hopes that President Obama, just by arriving in Washington, could magically undo years of entrenched bi-partisanship. Sadly, that was an unrealistic expectation and 10% of those who had voted for him are now realizing this fact, and now are blaminig President Obama based upon this unrealistic expectation. Once these 10% of waffling independant voters realize that their expectation was unrealistic the 10% drop in the polls will rebound.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  118. keith

    The polls dont show 20% of america's opinion about anything. only the political junkies do polls. go to the streets and ask "real americans" what they think instead of going by the POST or the TIMES which nobody reading any more.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  119. joann seay

    My husband and I have adequate health ins. In the past, insurers won't even speak with him because of a chronic condition. I have minor chronic problems, but because I am 62, even after paying $12,000 a year, when cobra ended, they dropped me as fast as they could get the denial letter out. We all need Obama's public option plan. We, especially the republican's call themselves the party of christians. I can't believe we as people believe that hypocritical bull. Senator's bank accounts just keep getting bigger. Why has no one evey asked why they all become so wealthy. Could it be that they don't care about anyone except what's in it for them. If we stop being so selfish and those of us who can give more start acting more like christians, maybe everyone, I mean everyone, will be better off.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  120. RGB in MN

    Approval is falling for 3 key reasons:
    1- There has been no effect on the economy from the Stimulus spend of $800 billion.
    2- NAtional Debt – Each Obama initiative is priced at a trillion $. Citizens know that the spending spreee will result in increased taxes or less services provided to our elders or providers to same.
    3- He just does not have the national or state experience in the trenches. Ambiguous, in-decisive, nebullous are adjectives of a lawyer, not a President.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  121. flexx

    How can anything get done if THE G.O.P.>> GOT ZERO PLANS...doesnt agree with him on anything>??? i blame the Republicans....OBAMA is doing fine!

    August 20, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  122. bobby bouquet

    No one wants government in every part of their lives. It:s all about big government taxes, spending, climate control, stimulas bill. Now Rep Waxman wants to stick his nose into private business of insurance companies. Enough already

    August 20, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  123. kurt

    At least when the Republicans do something (very questionable things for the last 8yrs) they are all in together. We were hoping for change but the Democrats look look the the Dems of old, they fracture when toughness and unity is needed to thus becoming an ineffective bunch.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  124. Paul Ablon

    The democrats are losing favor for the same reason they always lose favor. They can't get their own house in order. Enough with the bipartisan b.s. George Bush and the Republican Congress did not care if the Democrats did not like what they did, they just did it.
    The Democrats need to do the same. The problem is that they can't even agree on what should be done. The demise of healthcare reform is the result of the now familiar Democratic party imploding from within.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  125. Bryan

    The reason people are coming to the realization that The democrats are no better than republicans, is because they have seen both sides in power within the past few terms. You put Bush in with republicans, you got A blundered Iraq war and uncontrolled spending. Since then The democrats have been in power and now with Obama in power, and what we get is even bigger spending and elected officials hearing people against healthcare state their views with emotion, and they claim they know best and that even though social security, the post office, medicare and medicaid have all went broke no way will this big government program bankrupt our country. What we need is more choice in our government maybe a third party that means what they say and say what they mean, or one of the two partys actually go back to the values and philosophy that the Founders of the country set, Which is a balance of power between the Federal government, state government and THE PEOPLE.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  126. Andy

    People got what they voted for....smoke and mirrors and Democratic liberalism. Only now are people realizing this.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  127. Arpit Dave

    Dallas, TX

    Because they were elected to take on the big money interests such as the banks and insurers and instead appear to simply be caving in.

    It really is that simple.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  128. Bob Sessler

    because we are spending ourselves into insolvency and printing money like there is no tomorrow. Every government program is basically bankrupt...the post office, medicare,medicade, social security, government pensions, AMTRAK etc.. We cannot afford another bogus government program!! There is no budget in government..only excess spending programs... spending money like drunken sailors!!!

    August 20, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  129. Mike

    Because the truth always comes out in the end.
    More proof that politicians lie their way into office only to fall flat on their face when it comes time to fulfill their obligations and deliver on the promises they made.
    Problem is people keep falling for this same line of BS every election.
    What did these people think Obama was? Someone different? Someone special? He is a politician and therefore he is scum.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  130. JOHN, MINNESOTAX

    Hope is a campaign promise that can never be delivered.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  131. Steve Ellis

    A couple of reasons..don't forget, 47% of voters did not vote for him, and 35% of voters are either wingnuts who will never like him and outright racists; the real hard core. The other thing is that with the economy the way it is, may people are dissatisfied with the country in general and now that he's been in office for 6 months, he's feeling the wrath of this overall dissatisfaction. The economy is not great, we have two troubling wars and we're piling up huge deficits.

    None of these problems are necessarily Obama's doing, but he's got the job now and he becomes the target. His poll numbers will improve as the economy improves and we all get some good news. Every president goes through this, and most recover (of course except Bush)

    Hollywood, Florida

    August 20, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  132. Rita Louise

    The candidate Obama promised that the negotiations over health care would be transparent and broadcast on CSpan. The President Obama tried to push another bill through before even our representatives had a chance to digest it. The present administration has taken to calling anyone who asks questions an unruly mob. This is not surprising if you heard the disdain in his voice at his Organizing for America pep rally today. Astoundingly arrogant.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  133. Justin

    People are starting to figure out Obama isn't a whole lot different from Bush, in the grand scheme of things. He's an inexperienced, naive, ideologue who spends money that he doesn't have, in an effort to further his unrealistic, utopian ideals. The media is on his side, Congress is on his side; there are no checks to his blind ambition. People were convinced Obama was so different from Bush because he possesses a vocabulary beyond a 3rd grade level and can speak eloquently in public... but we're finding out the hard way that he's not so different from the last clown we had in office, when it comes to results. Since we are $11,732,312,397,079 in debt, we should be slashing public services and federal programs rather than adding to them. Obama and Bush seem to think Americans, and even Iraqis, are entitled to everything... as long as China is paying for it.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  134. pam

    The dems are failing because everyone feels they are caving to the right wing fringe. Dems and Obama need to step it up and not give.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  135. Marc Lindemann

    I believe it's due to the complete ignorance of the American people on many accounts. Disinformation is the word of the decade.Sadly the greatest benefit of reform will be to the the middle class and poor on many issues, but many fail to see the point. If I hear the word "Socialist" one more time I'll puke. Definition: Socialist- Anyone not a Republican.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  136. Claudia Bill

    The Democrats' and the President's approval ratings are falling because people expect miracles! He inherited a huge mess in so many respects, and I don't believe we should expect it all to just go away in a few months. He has tried to be up front with us and has let us know it is going to take time to "fix" our country's problems.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  137. jerry chupka

    One of the biggest reasons is because is when the american people read about people like sara Palin and other republicans telling outright lies about the presidents plans over and over again no wonder the people are against it .

    August 20, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  138. Gloria Johnstone

    Hi Jack, I think the President and the Democratic Party are going down in the polls because the Republicans are organized with their tea parties and are using every occasion to spread lies and disinformation about the health care bill. They also hate Nancy Pelosi but can't tell you why. I think the President should do as Democrats were doing in the past–strike back and fast. Rep. Barney Frank is speaking up. Good for him.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  139. joey tunez from seattle

    Simply put, more republicans are involved in the polls now. they have finally found their battle cry in this healthcare debate are going to do everything they can to make this his "waterloo" as one rethuglican put it.
    little do they know democrats are doing everything they can to make it D-day for the republicans.
    WE WILL HAVE HEALTHCARE REFORM UNDER PRESIDENT OBAMA.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  140. Ken, Southern California

    Jack, every president goes through the honeymoon stage. The problem is that we elected the man to do a job. Instead of being a slug like the last guy and not doing anything, we finally have a President that hit the ground running and he is producing results. This of course has shocked people because they are not used to such a thing. The GOP has not helped with the consistent lies, and disinformation. The loss of the election is still stinging and they just can't get around to getting over it and working with this administration as a team. Coupled with the denial in racism, there is that hard to swallow fact that a african american actually got elected as president. I have seen this administration consistently ask the GOP to work with them on solutions and issues. Instead, we have a groupo of people pouting like a bunch of 5 year olds. Please relay the message and tell them to please grow a pair and act their age.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  141. Ryan

    Simple. The independent voting bloc in this country is what voted Obama into office. The brutal truth with this scenario is that this independent voting bloc is center-right.......not leftist. You wont see a whole lot of Nancy Pelosi/John Boehner types in this voting bloc. They are diverse but free-thinkers and can usually figure out whats really going on. Which is, healthcare reform is 100% politics. This plan thats proposed will not help anyone after 5 years for various reasons. Its the system and its infrastructure thats broke. The current piece of legislation is like baking a cake, then trying to reform the fork you're about to use to eat it with the overall purpose to make the cake "taste better." Make sense? Yeah, I dont think so either. Neither does what the Obama/Bush admistration and the congress has done in the past 18 months.

    Here's a tip for healthcare reform:

    Go back to the drawing board and START OVER! Check your ego's at the doorway and hang your "party hats" on the hook when you first walk in. Thank you. Now can we get something meaningful accomplished?

    August 20, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  142. Scott

    When it comes to the Republican Party — public opinion has remained steady all year at 40%? That may be what's wrong period. Governors one after another either quitting on their electorate or quitting on their families, only to enjoy the good life. And you can't say all that complaining you've seen in the media has been steady either, quite scary year so far from the RNC side of things.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  143. Miguel

    Go it alone? They have majorities in the House and Senate and cannot gather their own party to pass a healthcare bill. The reason why that is Mr. Cafferty is that the healthcare bill being considered stinks worse than last week's garbage. Although we as Americans want to take care of our fellow man, we still want the feeling of Independence and Freedom, and the healthcare debate has been anything but.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  144. Danuta Guziewicz

    I think the Democrats in Congress would do well to get rid of Nancy Polosi as a leader. As long as she is in power, with her liberal agenda, the health reform is in question.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  145. Sam

    Whay else is expected from the people? The Dems in the house cannot agree with the Dems in the Senate. C'mon people all we want is a fair shake on this issue.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  146. Sonya Roberts

    n a word, swift-boating. Except that the new wolf under the bed is "public option." We-The-People in our wisdom evidently want to be kept safe from the threat of decent health care and dwindling profits for the insurance companies, I mean they've already proved their good faith by fighting the extension of hospital stays for a double mastectomy from overnight to three days.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  147. EugeneWiese Midlothian,Va.

    The American People are ill advised by the party of no and they believe the Republican lies.. A little misinformation goes a long way. Gene

    August 20, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  148. Elizabeth, Clarksville, Tennessee

    Fearful that the Dems and Obama are going to destroy the current system in order to have everyone covered is driving the ratings down for the President and Democrats. Most Americans are not opposed to health care reform, but the thought of rationed health care and no choices scares them. The fear tactics are working to destroy this administration and their wish for health care reform. We need the Democrats that are on board with this bill to speak up quickly and forcefully in support of a long needed overhaul in order to regain the trust of the American public. Elizabeth Edwards on Larry King yesterday was a knowledgeable spokesperson and made some good points in response to Gov. Tommy Thompson who has taken up the rhetoric that is against health care reform. With her health problems, she still is fighting for all of us.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  149. Patrick

    I think the reason why President Obama and the Democratic Party is losing approval is because people are starting to think that the public option in healthcare reform might be dropped. I don't think it is a good idea because eventhough it might please their conservative counterparts, it sacrifices a very important advantage of the future healthcare system. Competition to the private insurance companies who seems to have a monopoly-like grip on people's health.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  150. Travis

    Jack, when it comes down to it, Americans are terrified of change, and the unkown, we want it, we know that we need it, but we are terrified of it when it's in sight. Also, most of us in this country are very gullable, I mean can you belive that there are people in this country who associate Health care reform with Hitler's Nazi party? I think what this country needs the most is a history lesson.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  151. Hhhmm

    Because they aren't doing what they said during the election.

    Passing a 1000 page bill without time to read it. Then not spending the money for over six months....doesn't sound like any government I'd trust. How could you trust them?

    Trying to spend more of our money before fixing the existing problems..

    August 20, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  152. Terry from Illinois

    I see the Republicans being successful in spreading lies just like they did in the 1990's when Clinton tried healthcare reform.
    Jack, the question should be "would the no voters for government-run healthcare being willing to give up Medicare when reaching 65 years old since they do not want government-run healthcare?

    August 20, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  153. Ken in NC

    One reason their approval ratings are falling is because people are believing the Republicans when they say Obama is going to "Pull The Plug On Grandma". The main reason their approval ratings are falling is that Democrats have poor vision. They are mistakenly shooting themselves in the ass rather than Republicans.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  154. Fox

    The president is a figurehead. If things don't go well or are represented as not going well then the figurehead takes the hit because he is the most visible one available. The facts have little to do with the perception of the person.

    Fox from Moscow, Idaho

    August 20, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  155. Jon

    Hi, Jack, it is easy to understand why Obama and DAMs's approval ratings are falling faster than ever. What Obama and DAMs are preaching since January of this year are practising socialism in almost every political, social and economical policy in this country. Our country was founded by our forefathers as a free, democratic and capitalist country. Every citizen has to work hard and responsible to achieve their American dreams. Instead of working for American people, Obama and DAMs congress work together to undermine our constitutional principles. People are not going to accept that without a fight. That is why!!!

    August 20, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  156. Fran of Huntington, NY

    The Republicans are up to their swift boating, lying, selfish, serve themselves and not the people they work for, political, protect my money selves again. The media discusses death panels as though they were valid. (Gotta love Barney Frank!) And then all those deaf or are they ignorant people who believe all the fear tactics. Don't they ever learn? Of course their popularity is dropping. And in the end, we the people will suffer, or maybe truth will prevail and we'll all live happily ever after.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  157. Karen

    It's fun to watch the Dems commiserate on your website. Okay, okay, stay on topic. Why Americans are souring: Because our president is spending like a drunk sailor on shore leave! Cash for clunkers: failure. Stimulus in the billions being frittered away. Health care "reform" he can't or won't explain. He has all of the news agencies pulling for him with all their might, but the public simply isn't buying it anymore. Middle class tax payers don't trust him. Elections do have consequences. President Obama is flailing. Already.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  158. Ernst

    thats easy to answer. He bailed out Wallstreet and now he wants everyone to trust the government to run there healthcare. He refused to reveal who visited the white house prior to the new energy legislation. where is the transparancy? I want my vote back. never voting democrat or republican again. Vote them all out next go around.

    O yeah and 68 thousand americans in afghanistan. Anybody who knows there history must realize that this country can not be occupied. The russians must be rolling over in laughter because were sending more troops to the same country they couldnt occupy.

    The only thing this pres cares about are useless wars and Goldman Sachs.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  159. Louis Mallia

    I don't know that the approval rate is falling. I think we, the people, are getting impatient.
    The Republicans have always been against Change: 40 Hour Week, overtime pay, minimum wage, right to organize, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, workmen's compensation, unemployment benefits. I can go on and on. All these laws passed with a fierce opposition from Republicans.
    The Democrats we elected for change better start heeding what we, the people, elected for. Change, Change, Change. YES WE CAN.
    Democrats need to start minding the people's will and forget about getting any cooperation from the Right. The Blue Dog Democrats better shape up and start supporting the President. We elected them for one specific Reason.......CHANGE.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  160. sally conchewski

    Simple, a total lack of leadership by the president and the democratic congress, as well as an unswerving unwillingness to accept that what people in this country really want is representatives that want to represent the people, not ingnore them to pursue self serving interests that have nothing to do with really reforming healthcare or anything else.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  161. Ruth, From Florida

    I want the Democrats to step up and over the Repubs and get the whole health care packaged passed as soon as possible so it will be in the works before the 2010 hullabaloo. We have had the party of "No" with us for the last 8 1/2 years, they don't care about the middle class. (If they did they wouldn't be telling all of the lies about health care.) They won't work with the Dems on anything. Go for it Democrats, let's get this passed and on the books.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  162. Ed from Amish Country

    What in this country ISN'T being manipulated (2000 Election, Fox News, Wall Street Journal (i.e. Fox News in print form), so why not an approval rating survey... that's small potatoes, after prior 8-years we've all endured.

    Suggestion... re-instate of the 'Fair & Balanced' Reporting Act!

    August 20, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  163. Douglas Dubick

    The President, Congress, and the Senate do not represent the values of their constituents. They and previous "leaders" have lead the country to a financial, moral, and constitutional disaster. Our leaders represent only the special interests that put them in office and their own greed and lust for power. I have no confidence in them as the ruling class of elitist that they have become. They are a scourge.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  164. gloria richards

    American citizens want decisive action on health care reform. If the Democrats let the Right knock down Obama's health care plan, both the President and his party will appear weak and unable to govern. If it is really possible for the Democrats in the House and the Senate to pass the health care reform bill without the Republicans, then they should do so and get on with the business of putting the economy back on safe ground. If this country cannot find a way to curb the greed of for-profit health care providers, we slip further and further into economic ruin.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  165. Dana in Austin Tx.

    The approval rating is falling because Dems have not been able to effectively combat the lies told by the greedy and self-serving health care lobbyists.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  166. Todd

    The dems and Obama are falling because this is not the hope and change Americans thought they were going to get. Spend spend spend. It has to stop. We could save trillions by laying off Congress. Let's let the House know what an unemployment line feels like in 2010. When revenue goes down you have to find ways to do with less, not go on a spending spree. This Congress could not stand up to Bush on the bank bailout and it will not stand up to Obama.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  167. chick

    Why? DUH! Because the NUTS are being allowed to make all the decisions!! In my mind, citizens of the United States (at least the country I know and love) should, after a fair and proper election, should support their new President. I have seen NO support from these crazies, and, quite frankly, I think the media is the biggest "pot stirrer." I am becoming more and more ashamed of my country!

    August 20, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  168. David L. Jackson

    The histerical voter frenzy has worn off, now it's time to live with the results. This empty suit we have for a president while a good talker is cluesless as to what the real issue is. It's not free health care, providing health care is not the governments job. That's daddy's job. Get the economy moving, get people back to work, do away with welfare. If you don't won't to work fine, you don't eat

    And I'm from Georgia

    August 20, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  169. Suzye

    Why, Jack?

    It's simple. They aren't being honest with Americans.

    A trail of broken promises are scattered all over the place. Take off your blinders. Too many Media folks are out of step with reality.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  170. Gene Grimshaw

    Some Americans are falling for the some old misdirection tactics that Republican leaders employ so often and so successfully. The GOP will be handsomely rewarded by their insurance company sponsors. Regrettedly, the people will be rewarded with the same greedy health care system that currently punishes our family budgets and the national economy.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  171. Barthel Spierings

    It seems to me that this matter of health care is completely blowed out of proportions.
    I do not agree that the illigal aliens also should be covered under the plan either, but in general, and such compared to many European healthcare systems, our present system is way overburdend with unneccessary expense in favor of the Insurance companies and the drug manufacturers. They do not care for the little man as long as they can feed their belly with the millions and perhaps billions of dollars!
    Furthermore, I cannot see anywhere, where the goverment will decide whether you can get service or not.. This is humbug!!

    August 20, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  172. paula new york

    Change is hard. People fight it even if its in their best interest. All the non truths about health care have hurt the democrats approval ratings. This is all part of the process and I think a good bill will be passed and people will settle down.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  173. jimmy

    There approval rating is falling because we want them to passed a health care reform bill that has good rules. We do not want them listening to the lying republican. So the sooner they get it done the less their approval ratings will fall. And if the do not put up a good bill whether it pass or not, they will be voted out.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  174. Brian

    It seems that the Democrats and Pres. Obama keep Lying to the American people, Care for more for illegal immigrants than Americans, Keep calling Americans names, spending Future American's money before they are even born, If they are going to make America A dictatorship country. Could they atleast start with illegal immigration like N. Korea did with the 2 journalists whom crossed their border illegally. Atleast then they would have a moment of Respect from the majority of Americans. Americans are tired of being taxed to work, taxed to spend, taxed to save.....while illegals do not get taxed, able to support their families back home while Americans can not support their families here in America........We have had 2 world wars.........Are we on the way of having two 4th of july's? Americans are starting to feel like animals backed into a corner-what choice do they have but to come out fighting?

    August 20, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  175. Michael McDowell from Ft. Hood Texas

    Jack when you have an electorate with the IQ of my right foot, who believe every lie or made up story that is shoveled down their throat, it is easy to see the wishi-washiness of Americans. Americans are like three year olds who believe in Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy and every fairy tale that is told to them by their representatives in Washington, and hacks like Limbaugh, Coulter, Beck, and Hannity who bellicose their garbage just to sell books and get ratings for FOX. Until Americans start to think for themselves and examine the truth, instead of what is force fed to them trends like this will forever haunt our country!!

    August 20, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  176. Bobby louisville, ky

    There approval ratings are dropping because noone has any patience. The man has been in office 6months and everyone expects the countries problems to be Fixed already. President Obama was left with a huge mess. Years of pitiful economics by both parties will take many years to reverse. That's assuming our government is capable of that.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  177. John

    The Republicans got away with the Swift Boat lies, even though they were debunked almost everywhere. They expect to be able to get away with these lies as well, and they may be right.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  178. Objective Thinking

    My honest opinion on why his approval rating is falling is because he campaigned for several things but is wavering / forgetting about some of them.

    1. The most recent example is the public option. While he hasn't taken it out, the fact that he downplayed its importance is a change in emphasis from before, when it was touted as the main element of his health care reform plan.

    2. On the subject of transparency, the fact that he promised a 5-day waiting period for bills before signing them. He broke that promise. Bye-bye transparency hopes.

    3. On the war in Iraq (the reason why he stood out from other Democrats), he ended up with a plan to stay in Iraq until fall of 2010. Bush had already signed a treaty with the new Iraqi government stating that American troops would be gone by 2011, so that's hardly a change. We expected to be out sooner than this, or else we would have gone with Hillary instead of Obama.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  179. Mari, Salt Lake City, Utah

    Hi Jack,

    I don't have an ounce of faith in the polls. Prior to the Obama-McCain election the polls showed a "close race" and Obama won with a far greater margin than Bush 2000 or Bush 2004!

    Keep in mind that the Pollsters can not reach those of us with only cell phones. Which also happens to be the younger crowd, since its the older folks that still have the majority of landlines!

    And........ Obama's been in Office........ a MERE EIGHT MONTHS! Give the man a break! He inherited an enormous DISASTER!

    August 20, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  180. Bill

    The Approval ratings are falling because people are finally paying attention to detail. It is all to easy to talk about hope and change and bipartisanship and not actually have to put in it policy. The other reason is Obama's cult like following during the election is gone. The voters that had never turned out to vote before and probably won't vote again have tuned out. They didn't care what policies would be put in place, they just wanted hope and change. Now the people that care and the people that read and watch the politcal games are back in and back in in a big way. You can't force feed the American public, fool us once(Stimulus Bill)..... The Health Deform (I know Reform) Bill will never pass now that people know what he has planned.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  181. Tim Ward

    Because people are falling for the well coordinated fear based Republican Party and Insurance Corporation efforts to thwart health care reform. It is making Obama and the Democrats look weak, and perhaps they are. They need to stand up and fight back. Obama needs to close this sale and move on.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  182. Teresa NY

    The info stating the President Obamas approval rating if failing is a bunch of bull. This president is doing great and he will always have my approval as long as he continues the way he is now.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  183. Liz

    The democrats approval rating has dropped because of the scare tactics supported by the republicans and big insurance companies who are against national health care. We Americans need to spend time reviewing the facts more objectively and not just accept the quick commercials as truth. I have employer subsidized health care and my insurance company keeps refusing to pay the bills because of preexisting condition even though I have always had insurance but it was with a different company.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  184. Gary from Columbus, OH

    Jack, We are all feeling like we used to in January, following a Christmas spending spree. The bills are coming in and we are wondering what we really bought that was worthwhile. Note I said, "used to" as many of us stopped that nonsense. But not Congress – not only do they not have buyer's remorse, but they say let's keep spending. Why?

    August 20, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  185. W. Williams

    The approval ratings of the President are falling because he has wavered from the resolve he showed as a candidate for the office. In his efforts for bipartisanship, he has allowed the Republicans enough access to divert his agenda and exert far more influence on the debate than they should in their minority position in both houses. The presidents efforts to be the "good guy" has given both Republicans and some Democrats in the Congress the impression that his kindness is indeed weakness.
    It is obvious that the Republican's only agenda is the appearance of defeating President Obama at every turn. By turning the healthcare debate into a rant socialism, Hitler, birthplace, and all the other foolishness and lies that fill the airways today, nothing will get done and Limbaugh will have his wish; that this President fail.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  186. Ralph Nelson

    Health care. We are seeing the Jimmy Carter effect in which the Democrats attack their president, can't lead, and fail to relize they are the "management" party and need to manage and lead the nation because Republican economic theory is garbage. But the Congressional Democratic leadership is undisciplined and fails to lead, preferring to look at a tree in the valley rather than manage the forrest from the hill top. Ralph, Yakima, Wa.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  187. Greg

    What he said +++++!

    August 20th, 2009 5:11 pm ET

    The fact that moderates, including moderate Republicans like myself, helped elect President Obama has been mistaken as a mandate to shove several left leaning items down our throat. Any resistance or questions lead to a scolding and a lecture.
    Plus the rush to shove in healthcare reform scares the heck out of me. When has anything the government done in a hurry been good.
    In the midst of the healthcare debate and the recession, interjecting himself in the Professor Gates arrest didn’t make the President look good either.

    Paul
    Dallas, Texas

    August 20, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  188. T. Bagger

    Yes Obama was elected in a bad economy. And he was elected to address issues in Iraq and Guantanamo bay.

    So why is he so single-mindedly pushing a health care "reform"??? Most of us are satisfied with our health coverage, but we would all like to see Obama focus his energy and political capital on the issues he was elected over.

    He should drop health care and get to work on those issues!

    August 20, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  189. Steve In Tampa

    They never had a plan to actually do anything but win the election, and ram a pre determined agenda through.... Problem is, they made the agenda based on a strong economy.... You can't take a career community organizer, and first term senator with no military experience (militant does not count), and expect him to be able to lead the world's most powerful nation... This is above and beyond his training and pay grade.... Wheels are off the wagon now.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  190. noreen

    Maybe because the people are listening to protesters instead of the leader of their country and they can't make up their own minds on what is right. Ignorance plays a part when you hear Mr Obama instead of President Obama, I have never heard any American call any other president Mr. I hear it in cnn too much. What ever happened to respect. Too many expect to see things fixed and back to normal.They thought the war in iraq to be over in weeks. The poeope are not in reality, and they wonder why it's hard to do anything in Afganistan. Well they were in a couyntry at war that shouldn't have happened. It took 8 years for President Bush to break America so give this man you voted in, a chance to try to get you all out of this mess. Maybe taking money from the space program might help.When this world is over it isn't going to matter what is up there.
    Noreen
    Canada

    August 20, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  191. Rick

    Why is the focus on Obama's dropping poll numbers and not on the fact that Republicans are flat out lying to the American people for their own personal gain. They don't just have "differences of opinion or method" which one might expect but rather are purposely scuttling Health Reform and in so doing, screwing all Americans to get themselves re-elected.

    Its sad. Its unpartriotic. Its what is wrong with the US system, and its what Obama is trying to change.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  192. Jane Beirne McGuire

    Ratings are falling because Obama and congress are not taking care of AMERICANS first. We are still the best nation in the world, that is why everyone from other nations want to come here. I'm from Ireland Legal, and I know what their Health system is like, terrible. England the same. Say no to health reform now! Jane B McGuire, New haven Conn.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  193. Elizabeth Spring Hill, TN

    The problem with ratings are all these block headed moron conservatives who are stirring up lies and scare tactics that cannot be reasoned with. In regards to health care, congressmen (and women) are out doing what they should be doing by discussing a "possible" bill with the public. People are following this horrible trend of not listening and streaming and shouting at the represenatives. No wonder folks cannot understand health care reform or any change for that matter. Therefore, ratings drop.

    Elizabeth
    Spring Hill, TN

    August 20, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  194. Lleonard

    PEOPLE HE HAS ONLY BEEN IN OFFICE 6 MONTHS PEOPLE.
    I just hope he stop trying to be bipartisan. The Republican are doing nothing but chopping off his hand everytime. President Obama you have my support and confidence.

    Change takes time but like it or not Republicans look out it is coming.
    President Obama is still over 50%.

    SIDE NOTE: When President Bush was in office, Republicans said polls did not matter but now they are quoting them everyday. STRAIGHT HYPOCRITES

    August 20, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  195. Monica

    The democrats and President Obama's numbers are falling because we voted them in expecting certain things to get done! I want this president to show some guts and do what needs to be done! I understand wanting to work with republicans as a "team" but they are clearly not willing to do that. So be it!!! They have made their feelings known – they are not willing to pass reform the Americans want – they are more interested in saying NO to anything and everything! They follow Rush Limbaugh around by the nose to their own detriment! Now the Democrats just need to stick together and pass reform without them! I completely agree with Roland Martin's commentary – if we don't get things done it's because the Democrats can't stick with an agenda without fighting amongst themselves!

    August 20, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  196. Daniel in Florida

    The reason why the polls are going south with the Democrats and President Obama is simply due to the lack of "change" they promised during the campaign season. What have they really accomplished in 7 months besides escilate the war in Afghanistan and balloon the national debt, not to mention completely failing to shutdown Guantanomo? The American people didn't expect that the "change" they would be seeing would be the attempt of this adminstration to nationalize the banking, automotive, and healthcare industries and now they're letting their displeasure come out in these town hall debates. President Obama now has a choice to make: push through this healthcare bill without Republican support and end up losing a majority in Congress in the 2010 elections or try and pass a centrist bill and loose the respect and support of his progressive base. The ball's in your court now Mr. Obama.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  197. ralph rudd

    They're even more arrogant than the Republcans. They don't listen to the people who elected them. We need a third party for the working people of this country. These two parties steal from our children and their future to take care of their special interests.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  198. Courtney

    The Obama administration & democratic members of congress are painting all those not in favor of health care reform as part of a "mob" or as Nancy Pelosi so ridiculously stated,"Astroturf". With this divisive language, it is easy to see why even moderate democrats are offended. Freedom of speech should be encouraged by our leaders, not ridiculed and dismissed. No wonder the tide is turning and most Americans are less than impressed with our current leaders.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  199. keith

    well Jack, the reason is Americans are easily bamboozled by media and all the confusing information out of Washington. If Obama had stuck to his guns Americans would have had universal healthcare that would have almost equaled the rest of the modern countries in this world. Too bad, you lost big time.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  200. James in Canada

    Dave in Illinois has said it all: Obama is weak, has always been. It's starting to come out more and more each week.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  201. stan eric

    Dem's & Obama's pop ratings falling because of the the ultra deep pocketed insurance lobby and the ultra languid, out of touch PR firms democrats have hired.. It seems most american's get their news from sound bites and photo opps. No wonder our educational system is so far down the ladder as related to other industrialized countries. Little money equals minimal intelligence and/or abilty to think, especially if any abstrct thinking is needed. This is certainly reflected time and time again. Or is it just the August heat?!!! Soft brains melt easily.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:23 pm |