What does it mean for President Obama that Americans' dissatisfaction with the economy has skyrocketed since 2008?
January 25th, 2012
04:00 PM ET

What does it mean for President Obama that Americans' dissatisfaction with the economy has skyrocketed since 2008?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

As President Obama heads out to campaign for re-election, he has his work cut out for him.

A new Gallup poll shows Americans are "broadly dissatisfied" with the state of the nation on many issues – and in some cases, that satisfaction has dropped off a cliff since 2008.

The most toxic issue for Americans? The economy, which also happens to be the top issue on most voters' minds.

Only 13% of those surveyed in this poll say they are satisfied with the state of the economy. 13%.

Most ominously for Mr. Obama, that's a 23-point drop since January of 2008, the year before he took office.

This is the lowest rate of satisfaction and the biggest decline in the last four years for any of the 24 issues Gallup measured.

Up next: Fewer than 3 in 10 Americans are satisfied with both the moral and ethical climate in the country and the size and power of the federal government. There's been a double-digit drop in satisfaction for both these issues since 2008.

There's more: Most Americans are also dissatisfied with the level of immigration into the country and with the nation's efforts to deal with poverty.

No surprise there with more than 46 million Americans living below the poverty line and a record number on food stamps.

On the plus side, Americans are most satisfied with the overall quality of life in the U.S. along with the nation's security from terrorism and its military strength.

But if you buy the election year admonition, "It's the economy, stupid," then where President Obama is concerned, it's a problem.

Here’s my question to you: What does it mean for President Obama that Americans' dissatisfaction with the economy has skyrocketed since 2008?

Tune in to the Situation Room at 4pm to see if Jack reads your answer on air.

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

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  1. Jenna Roseville CA

    What does it mean for President Obama that Americans' dissatisfaction with the economy has skyrocketed since 2008?

    It means that he needs to CONTINUE to work on getting AMERICANS back to WORK. It also means that REPUBLICANS need to work WITH president Obama instead of working against him to make this happen. Americans are NOT stupid, they see the the GOP has been protecting CORPORATIONS and the WEALTHY at their expense and their lead in Congress is going to be SHORT LIVED.

    Roseville CA

    January 25, 2012 at 1:00 pm |
  2. DaleW in MA

    It means that the Republicans and George Bush screwed the economy up more than anybody could imagine. It doesn't help that these same Republicans want to hinder anything Obama does more than they want to help non-wealthy, non-donor everyday Americans.

    January 25, 2012 at 1:05 pm |
  3. ImALibertarian

    It means they've been in the dark for the past 80 years.

    January 25, 2012 at 1:05 pm |

    It means that Obama's 'song and dance' routine at the State of the Union last night was a Joke! The main theme of the speech should have been 'I just wasted four years, so what the hell....might as well waste another four.'

    January 25, 2012 at 1:13 pm |
  5. David R Bebeau,Springfield Missouri

    Jack,This is simple and easy to understand,yet Obama just does not or does not want to understand.As much as I like the guy,it does not change the facts "THE REAL FACTS"..............Nothing is going to change until the nanny state
    government gets out of the way and quits micro managing every breath we take.Companies are NOT going to hire until they have some solid footing.Those facts have never changed period.More spending is NOT the answer and our debt is far more dangerous than Iran..............yes Jack,our debt is mind boggling.UNTIL THOSE 3 THINGS CHANGE THE ECONOMY WILL NOT CHANGE and class warfare is not change.

    January 25, 2012 at 1:16 pm |
  6. MasterWooten

    Hopefully that his four year experiment will be over soon.

    January 25, 2012 at 1:17 pm |
  7. Larry

    It means he will continue to work the problem. Come on Congress get behind the President.

    January 25, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
  8. Loren

    Our dissatisfaction with the economy will be meaningless for Obama if he can keep people buying his hope and the Republicans can't offer a reasoned economic plan, other than opposing anything the President wants done. While independent support for the President has waned, without a real alternative, voters will be left with a "devil you know" choice and I suspect that a fair number of independents would continue with Obama rather than accept a jingoistic Republican candidate such as Gingrich is turning out to be. While Romney appears milquetoast, he appears more palatable to independents than Gingrich would.

    January 25, 2012 at 1:21 pm |
  9. Bill of New Mexico

    Obama! review LBJ's case in 1968!

    Obama, quit wasting time campaigning.

    Start working for your country.

    Give your Party a break.

    Walk the talk!

    January 25, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
  10. Wilhelm von Nord Bach

    it means Obama and the Democrates need to point out that the REAL reason why the recovery is "sluggish" and that is Republican OBSTRUCTION esp in the Senate. I think it's going to come down to "who's side are you on?" in the general election. Romney and Gingrich have proved they are only for the 1% while Obama and the Democrates are fighting for the 99%.

    people are frustrated BUT when the average voter, and esp seniors, find out that the Republicans want to do away with Social Security and Medicare, which they PAID INTO their whole working lives, I doubt they will vote against their own interests (unless they are "Faux" News viewers or Rush "Limburger" listeners)

    January 25, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
  11. JD in NH

    It means Mr. Obama has been stuck with a "do nothing" Congress that can't agree on the color of the sky. Republicans ran on jobs, jobs, jobs in 2010, but have yet to produce. The House, led by Mr. Boehner, seems only to be able to name post offices (which they hope to privatize). The Senate is tied up with filibuster after filibuster after filibuster. If dogcatchers had to get through the Senate, they'd be filibustered by the Republicans. It's a shame the President gets the blame for all of this.

    January 25, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
  12. MNResident

    It means that all those trillions in bailouts and stimulus were really just money down a drain. But hey, President Obama got his vacations to Rio, France, and Hawaii, so he's feeling good.....

    January 25, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
  13. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    I don't think it means as much as Republicans would have you believe. People realize George W left a big crater hole in the economy. They also realize Congress wasn't much of a help to get things up and going again. That is why they have the lowest rating of any other Congress. I think their dissatisfaction with the economy doesn't rest on the shoulders of Obama alone. They realize there is plenty of blame to go around.

    January 25, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
  14. Bert from L.A.

    Hi Jack, President Obama addressed your question by pointing out it was Republican economic policies that caused this economic mess in the first place. Add that to the Republican obstruction to Obama’s correcting their mess and you have the reason American's are so dissatisfied with the economy and why Obama will win by a landslide in November.

    January 25, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
  15. tom bulger, Canandaigua, NY

    It means the country is in agreement with him.

    The 1% delighted with the status quo won't be able to successfully Super PAC their Swift boat campaigns this time. Colbert has given the heads up, and traditional journalists are beginning to challenge false statements.

    January 25, 2012 at 1:45 pm |
  16. Bill Frohlich, Northport NY

    President Obama's re-election chances are very slim, he has not delivered on the economy as promised. It does not really matter why; he over promised and under performed.

    January 25, 2012 at 1:45 pm |
  17. Carl


    Obama didn't start this huge mess by himself, but he's done nothing to help fix it either.

    January 25, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
  18. John from Alabama

    Jack: In 2008, most Americans thought the economy would improve by the end of 2009, but the recession that began in 2007 had a much deeper impact on our economy. We are just now starting to see improvement in the economy. Americans are not very patient when it comes to the economy, but they will wage 2 wars for over 10 years. Go figure. We will see better days ahead, but only if we are patient enough to wait for business and industry to spend money hiring people. In addition, for a great job people might have to re-train themselves for new technologies.

    January 25, 2012 at 1:50 pm |
  19. Conor in Chicago

    It means this election will come down to who independents think is more responsible for our continued economic troubles: Obama or the Republicans.

    Dems are going to vote Dem and Reps will vote Rep. That much is clear in this hyper-partisan period we live in. But Independents always hold the key to presidential elections for 2 reasons: Some of them are hyper-rational and refuse to commit to an ideology, and some are easily swayed by disinformation and misinformation. If enough independents are convinced that our continued economic woes lay solely at Obama's feet then we will have a President Romney or Gingrich. If enough independents are convinced that our economic woes are the fault of a Republican party that did everything it could to subvert progress in the aims of sabotaging a successful Obama Presidency, they will give him another chance as a signal to the Republicans to get out of his way.

    I have no idea what's going to happen. Americans are traditionally low information voters who vote with their emotions instead of the their brains. With that in mind, it's impossible to predict the outcome without knowing who the Republican nominee will be.

    January 25, 2012 at 1:50 pm |
  20. Dr. Giorgio in Italy

    America's rising dissatisfaction with the economy became more evident in 20008, but fear of job loss and poorer quality of life patterns began occluring by the year 2000. Republican strongholds have kept president Obama from carrying out reforms to improve the economy, create jobs, block the banksters money laundering and theft, and Wall Street's criminal behaviours. Military spending in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and North Africa has been detrimental. Obama now vows to significantly slim down the military. Obama has tried to serve all Americans with needed health care. The evils promoted by capitalism have come to outweigh it's benefits! Pope Ratzinger stated that man needs to protect his humanityand,charity,and ethics are most important in survival. Obama is trying to spread the wealth more evenly and intelligently, and thus create more job oppurtunities commensurate with the talents and hard work of the individual. Sociopathic and narcissistic greed always fail..

    January 25, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
  21. Francis Natera

    Easy, We don't believe anymore on congress. Why? The Guy Puts the easiest plan to make quick money, example ; Let's tax the rich. But yet again it's something republican cover there ears to here. It's more like when you are talking to your son and, he puts both hands to his ear just so he won't hear what you have to say. I never liked politics but republicans make me want to succeed them .........

    January 25, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
  22. Adam Harris

    Unfortunately, it means a tougher re-election campaign for the incumbent President. Average voters today, those who don't have quite a grasp on the methodology and process of economics, will blame President Obama for the state of the nation's economy. If they want to find the root of the problem, just study the period from 2001-2008 under George Bush. Take a look at what Obama has attempted to do, and we can see a real endeavor to get this nation back on its feet. But Republican ideology has placed an almost immovable roadblock in front of possible progress. Thanks to the Bush Administration, impatient Americans who don't understand that it takes more than 2 years to recover from 8 years of economic destruction, and the 112th "do-nothing" Congress that was put in place by those same impatient and unenlightened voters, President Obama will have his work cut out for him this year.

    Adam H
    Ruston, Louisiana

    January 25, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
  23. Mitoosense Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    If we didn't have Obamacare, ,Dodd- Frank and the pending Dream Act supported by Obama.... If he had done nothing as reported I would vote for Obama... Only If he fired Eric Holder, Tim Geithner and Ben Bernanke...... AND put one, just ONE Banker in Jail...

    January 25, 2012 at 1:53 pm |
  24. Richard Texas

    Jack believe it or not it really means very little in the grand scheme of things. The republicans have no one to beat him anyway. They keep trying to reinvent the wheel instead of getting someone competent to lead their party. These same old hacks and washed up has beens keep running every 4 years with absolutely no chance in hell of getting elected even if they are lucky enough to be the nominee. The sad thing is once again it comes down to the lesser of two evils. The evil you know and the evil you don't know. What a choice America is left with.

    January 25, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
  25. Carla W. from Alabama

    It means that someone set a house on fire, and the First Responder got blamed.It means that people forget who caused this mess and who inherited the insurmountable task of cleanup. It means Dubya is enjoying BBQ, while Obama chokes on 8 years of his toxic leftovers.

    January 25, 2012 at 1:55 pm |
  26. Gary H. Boyd

    It is a validation of the fact that Americans vote with their pocket books Jack. Money talks and B.S. walks. When the economy's down and people are out of work they are inclined to dump the guy running the show and for the past three years that's been Barack Obama. Despite having had a majority in both Houses of Congress for two of the past three years, he's gotten little accomplished. Many are beginning to believe he's all "blow" and no "go".

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    January 25, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
  27. HJ - Saint Paul, MN

    The recession started in '08....

    January 25, 2012 at 1:59 pm |
  28. Pete in Georgia

    In his delusional mind it means HE is right, as always, and the majority of America is dead wrong, without a clue. This is how and why Dictators exist.
    What's horrifying is that he has duped 45-50% of voting Americans into believing his insanity.

    January 25, 2012 at 2:01 pm |
  29. Tom (Atlanta)

    Jack. The guy is a brilliant public speaker. I doesn't matter whether he is before the Berlin Wall or the US Congress. But, I really think he struggles with understanding the realities of how our system works. Maybe it's because of his background but the country isn't made up of good guys and bad guys like he would lead people to believe. We have met the enemy and they are us. In his mind the problem is "those bad guys"; "they should simply do as I say and things would be ok". I don't think it has entered his mind that he could have it wrong, and he is contributing to the slow recovery. With or without Obama's policies America will over come this challenge. The only question is how long will it take us to right the ship, 4 years or 40.

    January 25, 2012 at 2:04 pm |
  30. ken, atlantic city, nj

    It means that all obama's talk about hope and change was just political bull. It's easy too pick up the phone and have the military assassinate people in other countries but not so easy to bring hope and change to main street.

    January 25, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
  31. Jared Schwartz

    I think it means that he needs to reframe the question and make his re-election campaign about the progress he has made and the work that still needs to be done. The majority of Americans voted for him because we beleive in the America he wants to create yet the Republican controlled Congress keep him from accomplishing these goals because the Tea Party left injects their extremley conservative views into the discussion and take a my way o r the highway approach. He needs to call these people out and make them targets in upcoming elections as political terrorists. He needs to ask Americans for help in giving him the tools to fight for the majority. And as we saw last night he needs to pound home the need for tax reform.

    Windham, NY

    January 25, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
  32. Ed from MD

    It means nothing. The poor keep looking to the rich to fix the economy but the rich don't see any problems with it.

    January 25, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
  33. Ken from Pinon Hills, California

    If the public understands how the economy got into such bad shape, they will look at the President differently, and it will mean little. He inherited the mess that has fueled their dissatisfaction. If they have been attuned to events of the last few decades they will recall out of control government borrowing and spending. Their memory will recall the reckless give away of America’s once dynamic manufacturing industry costing millions of their jobs, for example.
    Given that, it means the dissatisfied who are aware of the situation, may look to the President for help, who is trying to help, with Congress that seems unwilling to help.

    January 25, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
  34. B

    It means this guy has no clue what he is doing. Can't wait for some more shovel ready jobs and Solyndra type investments with our tax dollars. But the Sheeple are too stupid to listen to reason to other alternatives.

    January 25, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
  35. Cathy

    Seems toi me Jack, that you are repeating the same questions over and over again- do you not have anything else to talk about?

    January 25, 2012 at 2:11 pm |
  36. Kim , Dodge City, Ks

    It means that he inherited an economy destroyed by eight years of failed Republican policies, followed by four years of of Republican obstrutionism. Clearly, he hasn't been able to benefit from a Congress that puts the best interest of the country ahead of political gain. And that's because that particular Congress doesn't exist. He hasn't been perfect, but then again, he hasn't had any help either. Congress is the failure, not the President.

    January 25, 2012 at 2:13 pm |
  37. Duane Spencer

    It means that The President needs to do actions not words,to fulfill all rest of previous pledges in 2008,to show He "walks the Walk, not Talks the Talk" to take from Religious saying.

    January 25, 2012 at 2:16 pm |
  38. Brad, Portland, OR

    After the wild Wall Street party the Republicans hosted under Bush, they crashed the economy and Obama had to take us to the hospital to heal. Medicine like the stimulus package, and Dodd-Frank, may have been bitter, but it was necessary for us to recover.

    Convalescing is never fun, especially compared to a wild party, but maybe we'll learn something from this and not give the economy's keys back to the Republicans.

    January 25, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
  39. Greg McCarthy

    Jack, It means that the GOP's only job which they have created to date,meaning,their job was to make Obama a 1-termer,may be succeeding. God Help Us if the GOP gains majorities in Congress and the White House. As for iimmigration,Obama has deported more illegals to date than 8 years of dublyah,but people don't seem to let facts speak for themselves. The next 10 months of commercials concerning which politician has offended us the most by (pick an issue) should be quite disgusting,with PAC's now leading the way. Anything goes,and I'm sure it will. Greg M. FL

    January 25, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
  40. Bill in PA

    Sadly, the human brain is hard wired to love; bigger, meaner, tougher, and the "money persons" with billions to spend create the image of "my candidate with beat the snot of ours" and the 2500 radio hate and lie spewers also have an effect. Remember, Jack, half the population has a below average IQ and could not even tell who is running or why.
    President Obama will need a lot of support from those able to think things through and see the disaster that is possible with the right-wing-nuts.

    January 25, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
  41. Steve, Clifton, Virginia

    It means that President Obama must constantly remind Americans that he resurrected the U.S economy in 2009 from a depression and that his predecessor's actions to stave off a depression, which were continued by Obama, towards the end of his administration were necessary. President Obama needs to manage the expectations of the American people by constantly explaining to them that the residual affects of the great recession will be with us for a while and that in some cases the fate of our economy is in many ways dependent on what's happening in Europe. President Obama needs to just be as direct, honest and straight forward with the American people on how fragile our economy is right now and identify some specific things that the American people can do to help heal and sustain the recovery of our economy. This has to be a national intiative in which every citizen can be a participant.

    January 25, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
  42. barbara in nc

    Wonder what we would think of YOU if you wanted to do a positive story, but had more than 200 people at CNN (Mgmt) telling you that you couldn't, and they would block all your efforts to do it anyway, and THEN complain that you didn't do what you said?

    See how asinine that question is? Don't post this, it might give other lefties some idea of what hypocricy really means.

    January 25, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
  43. Ed from California

    For the president, probably nothing. But, for John Boehner and his Kochplican Party, plenty. I'm going to be very surprised if there are any Republicans left in both houses of congress after November. Jack, just like Nancy Pelosi....Boehner's in charge of the checkbook that the US uses to write checks, or chooses not to write checks for all of the govt's business. It's just that, Boehner....gives tax breaks away to the "Job Creators". The problem is that we have to borrow that money from the treasury, who in turn borrows from communist China, just to make up for the that give-a-way to the Rich. Mr. Boehner, Where are the jobs??

    January 25, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
  44. bud rupert

    Barak Obama or anybody else who happened to get elected President in 2008 would have the same levels of dissatisfaction. Having said that – what does it mean for him you ask....The President will be re-elected.

    January 25, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
  45. Ron WPAFB

    It doesn't mean anything about the President. Unlike you Jack, the American People know the economy wasn't destroyed by him, it was the GOP!

    January 25, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
  46. Dave, Orlando, FL

    It should mean that he is toast. Unfortunately, we will be faced with a choice between the most ineffective president we’ve had since before Washington and a devil hell bent on putting the final nails in the coffin of the middle class. Pick your poison.

    January 25, 2012 at 2:33 pm |
  47. Terry

    From Michigan: Of course there will be dissatisfaction among the majority of Americans when we know that there is now way in hell one person (Obama) can keep banging his head against the wall trying to get things done with a do nothing Congress. You can re-deal the cards over and over, but the outcome will never change. I think most of us have figured this out Jack. They've got him in a quicksand dilemma and nobody's going to throw him a rope.

    January 25, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
  48. Doug Ericson

    Theres nothing Obama can do about the Economy, because Wall Street will not let him do anything. Wall Street writes the Laws, and Congress just passes what they want. 1983. Collateralized Mortgage Obligation. (CMO). Wall street didn't even need Congress for this one, they, ( Solomon Brothers and First boston), just made them up. 1986. Tax Reform Act. Real Estate Mortgage Investment Conduit. ( REMIC). 1999. The Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, (GLB). Also known as The Financial Services Modernization Act of 1999. This was the Congressional repeal of much of Glass Stegal. Somewhere along these lines Wall Street began selling pooled mortgage securities and bet them into the ground untill Congress had to bail them out. There is not a soul in Congress who has suggested banning this practice. Forget about it. We are toast. Doug, Pepperell, MA.

    January 25, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
  49. Pete from Florida

    It means that he will probably suffer in the November election due to a large part of the electorate not understanding who & what really caused our economic problems, which began over a year BEFORE he took office, and why we are having such a difficult time resolving those problems, which is, Republicans blocking every effort to do so. Republicans decided in January of 2009 that if they did everything possible to make Obama fail and keep the economy in the ditch, it would benefit them politically, And it has worked. Many voters now blame Obama for the problems that the Republicans created and have refused to help solve. Short answer, an ignorant misinformed electorate will blame Obama for Republican malfeasance.

    January 25, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
  50. curtis in philadelphia

    What does it mean Jack? It means he's lucky to be facing either Romney or Gingrich in November and even luckier if Palin jumps in or gets the nod at an open convention. Damn lucky.

    January 25, 2012 at 2:42 pm |
  51. Cy Gardner

    I blame Wall Street. The banks have bribed enough congressional prostitutes to get theft legalized. Much of the freedom that Romney and the GOP strive to give to the poor, persecuted CEOs and money changers consists of keeping it legal to steal. I feel cameras, corporations and politicians crawling into my private life from every direction. It is harder and harder to keep from being victimized by some greedy company or another. But the rich, they are different from us. They want to obey no laws and pay no taxes. I don't see the President as being completely on their side the way the Republicans are. He's fighting to make this country better. The Republicans are fighting to make their donors richer. I see the difference. cy from arlington, va

    January 25, 2012 at 2:43 pm |
  52. Richard Swartz

    Last night shows were reruns so was Obama's State of the Union Address.

    January 25, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
  53. David in Indiana

    What bill, to help the economy, has President Obama vetoed? To focus blame only on the President, is to forget our other elected officials responsibility, on this issue. For that matter, we the electorate have put them there on our behalf. There is plenty of blame to go around. Look at yourselves, America.

    January 25, 2012 at 2:48 pm |
  54. calaurore9

    It means it's time to 'wag the dog'. Iran?!

    Carol in Northampton, Ma

    January 25, 2012 at 2:48 pm |

    Between folks like you and the GOP who constantly mischaracterize this president's intentions, and the GOP in particular, who fight him every step of the way, it's no wonder. That being said, when the Dems held the majority in both houses, we got stuff done, in spite of the osbstruction. This president is HELPING people, instead of engaging in wars that KILL people and run up the national debt. If you look at polling, approval for Repubilcans in congress is near 20%, Dems at 36 percent, and President Obama between 44-49 percent. That says it all.

    January 25, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
  56. Janne from NC

    In his mind it means a sure shot at reelection since none of the problems with the economy could possibly be his fault or responsibility. You forget, according to him Bush caused it, the republicans continue it and the American people are too stupid to understand it.

    January 25, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
  57. s in fl

    It means he's sent 3 years pussyfooting around with sworn "arsonists" trying to get them to help put out the fire they started. And all they want to do is get him fired.

    January 25, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
  58. Dan5404

    It means we are in a deep recession. almost a depression, that was caused largely by the Bush wars and tax cuts. But, other factors were years in the making and anyone with half a brain would know you can't fix that in three years, even if you had some cooperation and compromise from the GOP, which he has not had. I believe the American voters know they have to get rid of the obstructionists, then Obama's moderate success can really grow and get the economy rolling again.

    January 25, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
  59. David of Alexandria VA

    It means he has failed the American people on many fronts. In the middle of the economic storm, he spent all his time passing a health care bill so unpopular that he could not even mention it in the State of the Union. And it appears that he is going to spend most of his next year campaigning for four more years of the same. Economy, Energy, Immigration, Entitlements, and Deficit are the five horsemen of our appocolypse. None got solved, most were not even on his radar enough to get a plan out in front of us. I for one have the audacity to hope we change him.

    January 25, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
  60. Terry in Virginia

    The economy cannot be ignored although both parties have tried hard to do that after the past two elections. Where are the jobs? Where are the infrastructure improvements? Where are the indictments of the crooks who brought down the economy? And why hasn't the tax code been revised already, at least to change the definition of "taxable income" to include all monies someone takes in, including capital gains, at the same rate as wages? The good news for President Obama is that the GOP has no candidate who can beat him at the moment. The bad news is his SOTU address was more of the same ole, same ole - hollow words, no action. If a real leader came along in a third party, he'd beat both traditional parties by a landslide.

    January 25, 2012 at 2:59 pm |
  61. Ed from Texas

    It shouldn't mean anything if voters remember who was at the wheel when the national car went into the ditch.

    January 25, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
  62. Michael Bindner, Alexandria, VA

    It means he either must do something about housing, something more than simply offering refinancing, or he may lose, despite the pathetic GOP field.

    January 25, 2012 at 3:06 pm |
  63. Arlene, Roselle, Illinois

    Jack, where have you been the last few years. The president has had to deal with a Congress that
    has a view that running for office is better than going to work. These people are the most incompetent
    bunch of lawmakers that I have seen in a long, long time.
    No wonder its so easy to blame one person than the 535 people in Congress.
    The most toxic issue is that these people don't want to work together and looking at the big picture
    why would anyone want the job of President when everyone is after your a_ _ .

    January 25, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
  64. Larry Feierstein-Denver

    With only 13% happy with the economy, there are 90% unhappy with the Republican party. SO, now we just build on both. Get the economy going and make sure Newt is the candidate. We elect the person who will do the least amount of damage in 4 years. Obama wins!

    January 25, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
  65. davontoomuch

    Wolf, the economy has been growing for the last 3 years...basically, the dissatisfaction comes from people misinformed. Getting the economy back to where it was will take YEARS. Something Obama supporters and critics fail to realize. This is no quick fix to this problem.

    January 25, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
  66. Pat in Michigan

    President Obama has not blocked the Congress from doing their job.It is Congress who wriote the laws that shipped our jobs overseas. It is Congress who write the tax loopholes that allow American industries to hide their profits overseas .It is Congress that is the problem Jack not some guy we elected to prove america wasn't racist .The economy is NOT his fault. It is the result of a corrupt Congress.Toss these thieves out!

    January 25, 2012 at 3:20 pm |
  67. Karl in Flint

    As for dissatisfaction with morals and ethics, that is pretty much plastered all over the GOP candidate's clown car. As for the economy, if by "game on" the president means he will be actively calling out the GOP and pointing fingers to explain their obstructive attitude and lack of plausible ideas to get the economy back on it's feet, By November the American voter will hopefully have a better idea why we are where we are. The number of bills the GOP house has sent to the senate is a misrepresentation of fact. The GOP bills have been for building bragging numbers and haven't been voted on because they aren't worth the paper they are printed on. Perhaps this will be addressed, too. What are the GOP ideas in reality.

    January 25, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
  68. Ron WPAFB

    It doesn't mean a thing about he President! Unlike you , Jack, the American people remember who destroyed the economy. They remember who de-regulated the banks. Just like most Poll questions you don't ask the right questions. Who does the AmericanPeople blame for wrecking the economy? And when you ask them who they trust more to fix it, guess what, Jack, well, you already know the answer!!! You're just trying to fill Air Time.

    January 25, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
  69. Miriam G Mendes

    II'd be surprised if more people believed the current economic situation is just fine! Of course, the US economy is in poor shape. The important thing to consider about these numbers, however, is to know how much people do trust Mr Obama's propositions are the right ones to solve the problem. Do they believe, on the other hand, that GOP candidates are presenting better ideas? Do they believe GOP candidates are providing new and refreshing policies that will bring the situation under control, and not just indulging themselves with the very same policies that ultimately led this economy (and the rest of the world's for that matter) to a recession?! It's not about how the economy is perceived NOW, but how people believe it can be fixed in the years to come!

    January 25, 2012 at 3:25 pm |
  70. Miriam G Mendes

    oopss...forgot to include this: ' Miriam G Mendes , Rio de Janeiro, Brazil' 😉

    January 25, 2012 at 3:26 pm |
  71. Jk from Minnesota

    It means the voters have their usual amnesia about the job losses that were happening before Obama took office and that corporate bailouts first started in the Bush Administration. Add in the the fact the GOP did not want the President to succeed and did everything they could to NOT help the ecomomy and it's a wonder Americans are dissatisfied with the economy. Congress is supposed to be passing legislation that the country needs – not the President. All he can do is propose it.

    January 25, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
  72. Sylvia from San Diego

    Hopefully that he will be given his walking papers in November. Maybe he will understand what it means to live on unemployment for a while......

    January 25, 2012 at 3:33 pm |
  73. Nancy

    because the mess that president obama got from the idiots called george w. bush and dick cheney. they drove this economy into the ground with 2 wars(one that we had no business even starting), tax breaks to their muilit-millionare friends, and anything else that helped the 1% and hurt the 99% of us. president obama has done more to help our economy come back from that disaster and still we need to do more. but until the party of NO IS GONE people will be disatisfied because the recovery is not happening fast enough. just to remind everyone, he said on election night in november 2008, that this recovery will take time, it will not happen overnight. and he was right.

    January 25, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
  74. Thomas, retired army Chicago, IL

    Mean he better have a good report in other areas. He ned to show Americans the good things he has done to deflect from the so called horrible economy. The rich is getting richer. So where is all the distress in the economy? Maybe it is another lie told by the republicans.

    January 25, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
  75. Jim Thomas

    The biggest problem is obama and his band of dummies.The whole bunch needs to be voted out.They have done nothing except give themselves raises,which they donot deserve and fight among themselves.Our country is in big trouble and they have not done nothing about it except screw it up more.We need Ron Paul or Newt.Not Romney,he cannot be trusted.Jim Thomas Phx.Az.

    January 25, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
  76. Tom in Desoto, Tx

    It means Republicans enjoyed and cannot wait to get back the Bush agenda of lower taxes while borrowing drive the country further into debt. Instead of working toward a recovery they continue to be detrimental to the American people as a society. Republican candidates call for Romney to release his tax returns so they can bash him for his wealth, the same wealth created by unnecessary tax cuts republicans enjoy cutting. The pot calling the kettle black. Apparently people want, enjoy, and look forward to more debt like the Bush regime started.

    January 25, 2012 at 3:41 pm |
  77. Randy

    Nothing. Obama and his pretend enemies have the same agenda...to strengthen the corporate wealth class for an upcoming global crash and hope the people don't revolt violently. But like everything else from a fascist state, they've protected themselves with the signing of their indefinite detention legislation he signed over the holidays. That way if the riff raff get out of hand they'll declare martial law.

    January 25, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
  78. Pam in NY

    It really is not that significant because most people know it would be worse if the GOP took the reins. It's totally depressing.

    January 25, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
  79. Michael "C", Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: No man is an island---there is enough blame for dissatisfaction to go around--and honestly-–and regardless who wins the election--–there will enough dissatisfaction left over-we all need to look into the mirror and ask the question--why do we keep electing the same inept idiots expecting different results?

    January 25, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
  80. Alex from CT

    It means he's in for a tough sell for re-election. However, given that his tactics worked in 2008 of promising 'change,' with no real definition of what that change meant, I'm sure he can figure out some catchy new slogan to distract the people from his budget's $1.3 trillion deficit, or his expansions of our military presence in the middle east, or his failure as a leader to get congress to agree on anything.

    January 25, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
  81. Al in Delaware

    It means that you will continue to Obama Bash for the rest of the year just like you started on Jan 20 2009. It must be noted thst you fail to mention that polls show most Americans sitll blame Bush for the mess that we are in. It also means that the Republicans will stand on the sidelines and throw spit balls like they have done since Jan 20 2009. Unlike you and your obstructionist cronies most Americans realize who dug this hole and have not done a blasted to help pull us out. I don't like to name names, but their initials are GOP.

    January 25, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
  82. Warren Miller

    George Carlin had it right.
    The American Dream..."You have to be asleep to believe it."

    January 25, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
  83. John B.

    What it means Jack, is that too many people still want instant gratification. It took years to get us into this mess and it will take years to get us out of it. I also think that things right now would have been a whole lot better if the Republicans had spent the last three years helping the Administration instead of undermining it at every opportunity.

    January 25, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
  84. Jerome Almon

    Hopefully it means that he does not get re-elected. The State of The Union speech was more of the same sub-mediocre false hoods that we Americans get from ALL our politicians. His statements defy the facts and the real world. Bottom line he has put his re-election above the American people-he is a politician FIRST and a statesman last. What if the soldiers fighting our wars put their lives back home ahead of their SWORN duty (the same sword duty the President swore at his innauguration he would uphold)? Although I am African American and President Obama was sworn in on my birthday, I will not be casting a vote for him in this election, and in fact will be working against him in this area, too much is at stake for the country to waste 4 more years that we do not have on, politicians and their scams and flat out lies.

    January 25, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
  85. rex in portland, oregon

    Dissatisfaction comes mainly from Fox and CNN constantly pounding the current state of the economy without enumerating the causes of the downturn. A quick glance at the decade of the 2000's will suffice to explain why we are broke as a nation; the government is broken; the rich are richer; the poor are poorer; interest rates are waaaaayyyy too low; and the US is truly hated around the world. Just a glance once in a while, Jack, just a glance at the wars, at the total lack of control of corporate greed, at the lawlessness of corporations, at the insanely low income tax rates, at the further detriment of the tax rules during the 1990s 2000s, at the acceptance of the demise of the middle class, at the destruction of opportunities to participate in union activity, and at the commplete and total unwillingness of a minority of the people in the USA to participate in exercises of democracy, will explain the state of the economy.

    Nothing, however, can explain the state of politics. Not to me nor to you. Fox and CNN try to justify the flow of assets and power to the upper crust as "democracy in action" (bullshit), "normal" economics (voodoo crap), "free enterprise" (horse pucky), "rewards for hard work" (dreamworks) and various other tag lines which sound good in 30 second sound bites. You tout the 1st. amendment as a right to buy votes. You demean the intelligence of all people everywhere by accepting as a truth that corporations are people (or anything other than a tax shelter for persons with high income). You cannot conceive of an alternative to trickle-down busted voodoo reaganistic economics. You promulgate incessantly the fiction that "only growth based" economics works and is needed. The networks have forgotten what news is and unceasingly entertains its audience with sponsor oriented propaganda. You accept payment for broadcasting – without any truth filters ar all – advertisements which are libelous and false. You make it easy for radical thought to be labeled as "truth', "necessary", "legal", instead of someone's opinion. It is not hard to see why politics has become a tool for the greedy, a road to riches, and a rallying cry for the minority.

    It IS the economy stupid. Tell us: here is WHY. Quit absolving history from the state of affairs.

    January 25, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
  86. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    We as a nation are in serious trouble in the economic arena and everyone is blaming each other. The GOP's mission is to make the President one term at all costs and they seem to be winning. They all need a new job at the local burger place for minimum wage to see if they can make ends meat.

    January 25, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
  87. Mr D

    It means that talking isn't getting the job done. So, let's listen to another four years of talking and see where that gets us. We all like someone blowing in our ear.

    January 25, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
  88. Larry in Houston

    Hello Jack – First of all, I want to say I was impressed with his SOTU speech last nite, and although I Did agree with about 98% of it, it was well spoken.

    What does it mean for President Obama that Americans' dissatisfaction with the economy has skyrocketed since 2008 ?

    Answer : He's going to have a very difficult time trying to get re-elected, and trying to work with a "stop" congress, it's an uphill battle. You've noticed I didn't say "do nothing" but I said : a "stop" congress – he didn't say anything about the 16 trillion – but whomever it is that gets IN next yr – they will also have an uphill battle – by the time election rolls around in 2016 I'd say we will be in hawk for closer to about 20 Trillion, Jack. I've also noticed Ben Stein is starting to agree ( Just a teensy weensie little bit w/ Obama ) which is when I about fell of my chair.

    Larry in Houston

    January 25, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
  89. Susan from Idaho

    It means if they wanted a magician they should have elected Houdini. He was left an ocean of debt with a mop to clean it up with. Does Bushwacked ring any bells with these folks?

    January 25, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
  90. m. oliver

    Jack, the GOP thinks we American do not understand what we hear and see.We know Bush got us in this mass. We know that GOP has done everything to make Obama look bad and they think we American can not see what they are doing to this country, My question to is when is the American poeple going to get mad and clean the house of represenetive out.

    January 25, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  91. Ray in Knoxville

    Jack, it's not just President Obama's problem, the approval rating for congress is at historical lows. In these tough times, you have a Republican presidential field that includes a millionaire who built his fortune by leveraging his way into other companies and gutting them for profit, and who has also said he like firing people, you have a current member of congress, a former speaker of the house who has so much baggage and so much ego that even respected Republican policy makers say they can't support him and you have a former senator who is far, far to the right of the majority American voters. The election may seem dim for the president, but it looks worse for the average American.

    January 25, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  92. john from Oklahoma

    Can we outsource our Federal government?

    January 25, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  93. Beth

    Can you get any more negative?

    January 25, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  94. Paul - North Carolina

    It means that if things don't get any better Obama could be in trouble come November. But all indications are that things are getting better; it's just a matter of when and how much. Then again, even if things don't improve, are there really that many intellectually challenged Americans who will give control back to those who created this mess in the first place? Let's hope not.

    January 25, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  95. Val

    A lot has happened since Obama took office and it's NOT all his fault!

    January 25, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  96. Keith from Saint Louis

    it means very little unless the alternative to President Obama is perceived better. So far, I don't think the country is conviced the alternative is better.

    January 25, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  97. Wallace

    Obama, its time to abdicate in favor of Ron Paul.

    January 25, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  98. Mark Morgan

    It means that he has work to do. Its not WHO is in office, but rather WHAT courage is displayed by that individual. I think O'Bama has figured some things out now. He knows that bipartisanship is a myth, alot like peace in the middle east, baseball players who don't cheat, former Speakers who don't lobby, Venture capitalists who don't leud companies...you get my drift. I am willing to play along for another 4 years and finish this ground breaking presidency. I think we owe our president that much.

    January 25, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  99. Terry

    Jack, It means nothing. The Republicans are discredited with their do-nothing antics and Obama has enough idols to send him back. Country will coast another four.

    January 25, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  100. Paul E

    What an inaccurate poll. In Jan of 2008 the economy hadn't fallen off the cliff. A better poll would have been comparing Jan 2009 before Obama took office versus the present.

    January 25, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  101. mario

    time to kick boehner out

    January 25, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  102. John L

    It means that there is a good chance that he will be replaced by something that will lead only to more problems and make the situation worse -an administration that will only make the rich richer and the rest of us continue on our merry way "down the tubes" we have such short memories

    January 25, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  103. Gigi Oregon

    .I"m one of the disappointed in the mess our country is in. But it's not President Obama"s fault. Maybe your not asking the right questions. I voted for McCain for president, even though the Republicans had made a mess of the eight years under President Bush while in office. I wanted a change but not the change we ended up with, an uncooperative republican congress. What is going on in the United States who are these dis-respectable elected Republican representatives who are behaving in arrogant and ignorant behavior because they lost the election. These are not responsible persons to clean up a mess that happened over a eight year period of time 2000-08. The disrespect observed by the world to the newly elected president was humiliating to me. Who did they think was listening only the gullible. More and more I realized the Republicans are their own worst enemy. And the behavior they have demonstrated these past weeks in the debates for the next nominee has been outrageous. The bad behavior will follow them all the way to the election. If President Obama doesn't win the election on their bad behavior alone it will surely tell the world how far we have morally fallen. Everything the republicans want is dishonorable in the sight of our Godly heritage. The forefathers found our country on principals of fairness and honor. They did not write about oppressing the poor, foreigner, and lawlessness and corruption of our government leaders, with just a wink of the eye from people. And now oppression on the masses with taxes higher than the rich. I don't think Obama will have a hard time winning the Republican are handing it to him. Or maybe God will truly bless America and he will win by a landslide.

    January 25, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  104. Robert from Virginia

    It's trouble for President Obama. He didn't start the fire but, he can't seem to put it out. I think people jump to the opposite side of politics in desperation of trying to get things straightened out. Then again, the republicans put a lot of fear in people saying they want to cut so many things. I don't think the economy will get any better by cutting things. No, we can't cut our way to prosperity.

    January 25, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  105. Wayne H in FL

    It means that the #GOP will have a hard time convincing voters to return to the Bush policies which put us in this mess. The Obama policies have starting moving things in the right direction although extremely slow. Heck, even the GOP don't like their choices, can you blame them?

    January 25, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  106. David A Whitaker

    Jack this country was and still in a economic mess, no President can change hat has happen in this country in a short period of time. Under the given condition I think the President has done A GREAT JOB

    January 25, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  107. Ralph

    It means little since the mainstream media and nearly half of voters who pay no taxes are content with him.

    January 25, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  108. robbi

    From what I have observed, we will no longer give a president a second term or chance to make everything he has tried to accomplish reach fruition. Sadly, if we don't I feel we may never see things change. How is one man w/a congress against him supposed to be able to change or improve things in 4 short yrs.

    January 25, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  109. Rocko

    It means we have to support President Obama and to vote out republicans in the houe and senate that caused the problem, and who refuse to help to fix it.

    January 25, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  110. April

    I hope Americans are wise enough to see that our President is fighting to improve our shrinking middle class but partisan politics continues to keep us in this state of despair. Oh yeah, and the pathetic greed of corporate America and their lobbyist mouthpieces.

    January 25, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  111. leonore

    Gallup is very biased toward Republicans....I look at their polls every week...they are consistent...and you Jack, why don't you look for something positive, instead of the constant negativity.

    Leonore, from New Jersey

    January 25, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  112. Bob, St. Thomas PA

    What it means Jack is that the general public is starting to understand what Ron Paul has been talking about for the last thirty years.

    January 25, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  113. Uche for Conway AR

    It means great news for him. If the economy is heavy on voters minds and they see the possibility of any of the republicans running for office with the same rhetoric that got us in the same mess we are in. Tax breaks for the wealthy DOES NOT create jobs, only middle class demand does,.. I know this coz i own a small business. Jack when you see Obama tell him i don't need a tax break, i just need customers and i will in return hire more workers,...Its as simple as that

    January 25, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  114. Jim

    Let's put the blame where it's deserved - on the "do nothing" Congress. President Obama is the one person who has been working hard to improve the economy. There are too many "nay sayers" in the Congress. The answer from Newt and Mitt is to repeat the errors of the past. Let's stick with Obama and kick out some members of the "no" party.

    January 25, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  115. D.Wilson

    D.W. St.Louis, MO
    It means he will have a tough time getting reelected. Due to the make a large majority of people do not Understand how Goverment works. CONGRESS makes the rules the PRESIDENT then say's yes or no to the rule, and even if he say's no the CONGRESS can overide the NO if they can get together enough votes. To blame the Obama for all this mess is Crazy. Most of the problems in the economy started BEFORE he was elected. He has tried to fix some of it and has been HOGTIED by congress all most every step of the way. CONGRESS is to blame for the sate of the economy more than the President. Just look at balancing the budget FIASCO

    January 25, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  116. Natalie

    Jack it means opportunity. Opportunity to use his intelligence, knowledge, people skills and strong work ethic to destroy the naysayer ultra conservative right wing nut job machine. President has been the "whipping boy" since taking office being blamed for everything from the economy to immigration policy failure to the mole on some random Republican's behind.
    Being the altruistic, people's president that he is he will make this negative a positive by continuing to pull the cover off of the right wing unpatriotic, christianism practicing hypocrits who in truth hate the very thing this great nation stands for: Freedom to be left alone and unpersecuted by those who feel themselves to be the voice of God.

    January 25, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  117. Greg in Miami

    I think if the poll taker reached Mr Obama himself he'd reply that he is dissatisfied with the economy. Why is this result a surprise. We are digging out of a huge hole, it will take tame to recover, the same way it is easier to gain weight than to lose it. What i want to know is, who are the 13% satisfied with the economy? They must be rich politicians, lobbyists, doctors or worst of all historians.

    January 25, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  118. Bob in Dallas

    I think we are trying to put a gauge on an economic downturn not many people alive have ever experienced.
    I'm not happy with the situation, but I am dealing with it. I just hope it improves so my daughter who is 21 can enjoy her youth like I did in the 60's

    January 25, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  119. Bodhi Jones

    Jack, pointing out that a majority of Americans are unhappy with the state of the economy under Obama's Administration seems a bit ridiculous to me... You could point out that a majority of the worlds population is unhappy with the state of their economy. This is not Obama's doing this is the fault of a broken system world wide, and I can absolutely guarantee that it will be far worse with a Newt or Mitt Administration... a scary thought.

    January 25, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  120. David Howard

    I don't think it means much at all. He has proposed many ideas to fix the economy but for some reason there is always a problem and it never gets passed. He is trying to bring equality to America, something that this country has been pretending to have since the start of this nation. From the looks of it rebublicans and some democrats doesn't want things to be equal. Obama is trying to help everyone, but when republicans say they are looking out for Americans they are simply talking about wealthy white Americans. I think that Obama shouldn't worry about anything because the majority of people out here knows the truth but they arent the ones who get to get interviewed in polls.

    January 25, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  121. Holden Are.

    It means that people still think Obama is a good speaker, but finally are listening to what he is saying and what he has promised. Words aren't enough for Americans anymore.
    Ogden, UT

    January 25, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  122. Bill in South Carolina

    It means the news media needs to do a better job reporting facts. For example, the Republicans say, "it's jobs, jobs, jobs" but of the top 20 worst states in terms of unemployment , Republican Governors control 15. If Republican policy is so good, how come they have such dismal job record rates is in states they control?

    January 25, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  123. Steve Russell


    Duh!!!! Obama is the worse president in the history of the U.S.! Jimmy Carter can rest easy that Obama has taken his place in history. The state of the economy will ensure he will be a one term president.


    Steve Russell

    January 25, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  124. Clark Elliott


    People should be dissatisfied with the economy. At the same time, people also should recognize that a global recession is not entirely within the control of President Obama. For a lot this country, however, Greece is not a country, just a food group and they do not recognize anything beyond these borders. Imperfect as he is, Obama is still the best and safest choice for 2012. He is the only one with an actual plan to help the middle class, improve manufacturing and repatriate American wealth. Reinvestment and redevelopment in this country will improve the economy and that stability will help the global economy as well.

    January 25, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  125. David Douglas

    Americans must realize that it was W that created this economic mess period with two unpaid wars and cuddling with his rich cronies. Obama has tried to work with the Party of NO but they are not listening. Their sole objective, as stated by these i****s is to get Obama out of the White House instead of working for the American people. Anyone who can't see that needs eye drops and their ears cleared.

    January 25, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  126. RickFromDetroit

    It means that after 3 years the President still has not figured out he is stimulating the wrong areas of the economy. With 49 million Americans below poverty and 97 million low income wage earners, the President may try to pump stimulus checks into these two groups so they will go on a spending spree, but the President still insists that the business sector needs tax cuts. Tax cuts to the business sector are funneled into Wall Street Profits and completely miss the anemic parts of the economy. NOTE: 49 + 97 = 146 million BROKE Americans or about 45% of the population. Duh!! Why aren't the Consumers Spending?

    January 25, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  127. Tommy Ames from Seattle

    Obama cares little about Americans and jobs. The only thing Obama is good at is making speeches but he can't delivery. As I watch how Obama is handling the Fast and Furious gun running case involving Eric Holder I see that Obama lost all respect for the land of laws. God help us !

    January 25, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  128. Nelson in Somerdale NJ

    It means that the Republicans have done their job preventing the economy from recovering and creating enough of a distraction that we forgot that it was them that trashed it in the first place.

    January 25, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  129. Cee.Louisiana

    it means that some people are buying all the doom, gloom, and despair, you, the right wing nuts, are feeding us....collectively we are not very smart... we believe everything negative that comes down the pike......whichin itself is dangerous......it robs us of self confidence......but not I Jack things are getting better.....

    January 25, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  130. mike sey, Ottawa

    What it means is that Americans are running all over the place looking for scapegoats ... The Chinese, Iranians, immigrants, Liberals, Cubans and Canadians for the fact that the world has changed

    January 25, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  131. Rick in Montana

    It means too many people watch and believe the crap on the Fox Nonsence Channel

    January 25, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  132. Mr. M from Florida

    What this means is Americans are still hurting financially. Although there have been some gains in jobs, the unemployment rate is still at 8.5%. Quite frankly, government isn't the answer to solving all of our problems. Republicans and Democrats have dropped the ball respectively which is also the reason why Congressional approval is so low. President Obama said in his state of the union address "Washington is broken." Since this is the case, Americans should put competent individuals in office who have their best interests in mind and not the interest of their party. It is critical for Americans to think independent and hold our leaders accountable to the standards they vow to uphold.

    January 25, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  133. DonnieH. Bay St Louis Ms

    It means the media doesn't do enough reporting of facts. The media also fails to hold people accountable for lies and false accusation levied at the President. Sure your poll is based on dates from 2008 until. Which doesn't take into account the fallout during 2009 (Obama's first year in office) from Bush's policies and who's economy was still in freefall. From 2010 on you see growth in nearly all sections of the economy. But what does the media want to focus on? Sensationalism and grandiose bravado. All the media ever highlights are negatives and unsubstantiated accusations.
    Of course the Gop are going to make these outlandish claims. Every time there is election the Gop use the same playbook. Start operation THE SKY IS FALLING! As usual the Republicans are running a campaign of fear. "We must do something to get this "Socialist, Marxist, Communist Kenyan who is a secret Muslim sent by Saul Alinsky, Bill Ayers, and George Soros. They want to kill grandma and indoctrinate our children before imposing radical unprecedented change all while having a deep seated hatred for white people and attending racist Jeremiah Wrights church and thats why we have to get rid of him. Really? This propaganda is nothing new. What is new is how the media, no offense, refuses to call them on their lies and deviations from facts which just perpetuates the behavior.

    January 25, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  134. Jim Roker

    Well Jack

    What it all means for the President all depends.

    For those of us that live in the real world, and understand the damage that was done by tax cuts, and gutting regulations, we can't possibly let him go. The only reason we did not descend into a full depressions was his stimulus, and virtually all economists agree on that.

    For those that live on the Republican planet who somehow believe that their polices WORKED despite abundant real world evidence to the contrary, they will never vote against the interests of their corporate overlords.

    For the folks in the middle it depends. If the so-called "liberal Media" can successfully make them believe the messages beamed from Republicanland, we all get the same crap that put us hear in the first place. Otherwise the middle wakes up and votes their own best interests – they kick every single Republican and all of the "moderate" (read a bit right of the center Democrats out of office.

    Unfortunately my bet is that that the liberal media does its work well, and we all get flushed down the crapper.

    January 25, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  135. Andrew E. M. Baumann

    What of the dissatisfaction with the economy?

    Cafferty's analysis that it is somehow a huge problem for re-election is a perfect example of how the interpretation of statistics often have little to do with the statistic themselves.

    First, having satisfaction of the economy at 13% is a _good_ thing. It means that the people of the U.S. are paying attention, and are willing to speak out against the currect state of affairs. True change only occurs when people are upset enough to act toward true change, which requires a very high degree of dissatisfaction. Policy during a period of economic disaster should be in part aimed at getting people yelling out the window "I'm mad as hell, etc. etc." If the populous is not upset, then where lies any impetus to change?

    Second, dissatisfaction with the economy does not mean dissatisfaction with leadership. I think the general populous recognizes that the causes of the present issues predate 2008. That one stat on itself means nothing about current policy, leadership, etc.

    January 25, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  136. Lynn

    I don't blame President Obama, but I do blame the Bush Administration for putting 2 wars on credit, and millionaires tax cut during time of war. What did you expect?

    January 25, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  137. Jerry Greer

    I think Jack that if you used the base year of 2009 the year OBama took office, your percentages would be different. Any reason for that Jack?
    Jerry Greer
    Incline Village NV

    January 25, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  138. Thinkforyourself, OK

    It has been 1001 Days since the Democrat Senate passed a budget. Can't blame that on GWB. Republican House passed many bills, but they are being held up in the Senate.

    January 25, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  139. dave in nashville

    Corporate and Shareholder greed is the problem, they don't pay most of their people enough to live a better life and yet without them, the business fails. They can't take it with them either, be fair.

    January 25, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  140. Jeani Thomas

    It means that the American people have no patience & want instant gratification. Grow up people, this president is hamstrung by the lunatics on the right & is trying and I think doing a good job in spite of all of the obstacles he faces. I am 70 yrs young have seen a lot & do not think that we can always have everything we want. Live in Sparks, Jack you know how to pronounce" Nevada".

    January 25, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  141. Lisa Illinois

    It means he has more work to do. This mess was made over many years and sadly it's going to take more then 3 years to fix it.

    January 25, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  142. Chris in North Carolina

    Economic recovery doesn't happen over night. Obama has been doing his best to get control of this run-away train. Progress IS being made. Congress is the problem. I'm voting out all incumbents come election time.

    January 25, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  143. Mike from Illinois

    It means that despite Obama having warned them during his campaign, Americans have still become too impatient and fallen victim to the dominant "gotta-have-it-now" ideology of immediacy. They still don't seem to understand that the problems he inherited CAN'T BE FIXED in only four years. People should have known better, and that given the circumstances, we were electing a two-term president in 2008.

    January 25, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  144. Holden Are. Ogden, UT

    It means good speakers make good politicians, but people want someone who is a better president than a speaker. We are sick of promises and then hiding from them.

    January 25, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  145. Curt Brasier


    We can rest assured that Mitt and Fruit Newton will make a big issue of it. Of course neither will cop to the fact that the economic solutions we so desperately need have been blocked by the do-nothing Republican lunacy. Oh well, there's always Canada!

    Best Regards,

    January 25, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  146. JAB

    It means he is lucky the GOP took the house in 2010. Their stalling has done as much as he has done to bring us where we are now.

    January 25, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  147. William from Texas

    Any economist would tell you that the economy doesn't operate in three year cycles, this mess was created years, perhaps decades ago, and exacerbated by Bush. That being said the dissatisfaction with the economy doesn't mean a lot especially because the economy is slowly turning around but that fact isn't convenient for republican politicians' talking points which dominate the news. But I suppose perception is reality for most Americans, therefore he would lose votes, that is IF the republican field wasn't so laughable of course.

    January 25, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  148. Charlie from TX

    It should not mean anything to Obama, but it should mean a lot to the American people. Americans have a hard time facing the fact that it's time to make some hard sacrifices because we have been living like a rock star for far too long with our charge cards and didn't pay attention to the corporate corruption because they kept us entertained with their products. Obama put it best that everyone has to do their part and I will continue to work at a job I do not care much for, for pay I'm not too happy with, to pay off bad debt that I put myself in like so many Americans.

    January 25, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  149. Lois

    I feel Americans are proud to have a President as caring as President Obama. Since he has been President, the haters have tried to block his every move. There are some people who will never support him because of the color of his skin. Most Americans realize that. For someone who holds office and put their hate before the Country is sad. We have to remember God is still in control. You should have been taking these surveys when Bush was in office. It is sad what he and Cheney did to this great country.

    January 25, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  150. JD

    Your survey did not ask "who do we blame". Obama is the one working to get us working, to get the economy on track, get us out of and keep us out of wars. He has improved the view and trust in America, lost in the previous years. While the GOP has worked to crush his every effort. They know that a bad economy is their best shot at the White House and the best way for the rich to get richer. They say they hate his health care, yet they do not say why. Do we really want health insurance and big business making the rules, telling us what and how they will conduct themselves. I am looking forward to a Democratic sweep, so maybe then things can get done.

    January 25, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  151. Tony from Southport

    I am so tired of liberals continuing to blame former president Bush because an incompetent community organizer was given a chance to govern and he failed. George W. Bush has class and stays out of the limelight. He gives this man a chance to do his job, and stays silent as he is constantly vilified. Barrack Hussein Obama has a job and he wants to keep it, though he is incapable of doing it. A man would admit his failures and try to work with others to correct mistakes. This man is arrogant and should be replaced in November.

    January 25, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  152. chris

    It means the constant barrage of negatvity since he took office from the party of white America is working. Who was that that said, "If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it". The other side of the aisle won't be able to get elected if they don't succeed in convincing us that this is the worst things could ever get, and only buying their snake oil AGAIN can cure it.

    January 25, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  153. WR Jones, New Port Richey, FL

    The people of the USA have awakened to the facts, we cannot run this country on batteries, wind or Dilithium Crystals, which were used by TV fictional characters to propel vehicles through space.
    I sometimes think these "greenies" watch too much Star Trek since they all are trying to get us off gasoline to some imaginary fuel, seemingly ignorant that it does not yet exist except in TV Sci-Fi.
    I heard the President last night attack those who used to work with the oil companies to reduce the prices, while we all struggle to fill our cars tanks with gas and get to work he thinks I have a wind mill on the hood of my car. Gasoline is the bright pink elephant in the room and Obama just steps around it every time he makes a speech.
    Our economy is in ruin because of a President that wants to shove "green' down our throats.... success be damned, he will do what his base wants, and they want this country to run on Star Trek fuel, too bad it's fiction, like the notion $4.00 per gallon gas is okay and that when it's $7.00 it's even better.

    January 25, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  154. Ed in California

    It means that Americans have awoken to the realization of just how bad Bush left things. Obama has done his best to stave off what seemed like certain economic collapse due to his predecessor's economic policies.

    Please SIR, may I have another crust of bread now?

    January 25, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  155. nckey

    It means that many people don't have patience. Why didn't these people get upset on your site when the economy was losing 750,000 jobs a month under President Bush? The only persons that weren't afraid to ask these questions under President Bush were Dan Rather and Keith Olberman. Finally, it takes time to get back, because the economy was so deep.

    January 25, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  156. Marc S

    He has an uphill battle that he will probably win.

    January 25, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  157. Katt

    First of all the President is not Mr. Obama , second CNN is beginning to sound like FOX to me . Who are all these people that have been polled , me nor none of the club's organizations or etc. have ever been polled ! Thth's just like never seeing any of the media reporters , reporting from a Black diner's or bar's when ever speaking with voter's ! These seem to be just one sided opinions ! As far as I am concerned , their is no contest here, The President has done more than what could have been expected of him by any "sane people" with all that he was handed and with the " no" help and all hendurance he has recieved from the Republican's , I salute him ! You can combine all of the Republican's together with one body and one brain ,and they will never ,ever be as smart, as eloquate , as classey and talented as President Obama , I rest my case !

    January 25, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  158. Ron from NEBR.

    It means that the American people are not really upset with the President as they are with are mafia congress. If we, The People, were to insist on campaign reform along with term limits, this Country would be in much better shape . Congress has made this a party isssue over and above the true good for the people of this great Nation. Greed, Greed, Greed and more Greed has ruined this country. Our economy has skyrocketed only because the rich are not close to be rich enough and will pay out big money to make sure someone gets elected to continue their theiving and thuggery ways of greed and power. The people are damn tired of all of it!!!

    January 25, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  159. Raoul

    I believe the question should be: What happened in September 2008 to make Americans question the strength of the economy? Certain banks fell, and government intervention under the George W. Bush administration was needed to prevent them all from failing. All this after two Wars without the raising of taxes to pay for them. None of this happened while Barack Obama was President, and why is it germane? I am tired of hearing President attached to the negative news of this economy when his administration's actions have grown the economy and added jobs.

    January 25, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  160. Tracey from Philly, PA

    It means he better hope Newt Gingrich is the Republican nominee.

    January 25, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  161. Mycroft Lake Travis Texas

    Sadly Jack , It means that major new medias have been all about the Republican Dog and Pony Show vs reporting any substantive real news. I like many of my fellow Americans wonder why can't any of these news medias report, for example the scientific data of climate change or stories of Iraqi vets, their take on what was going on over there. I did manage to get one higher ranking service man on the Colbert Report during an interview mention that he saw the mass graves of Iraqi people that he implied were Saddam's victims. I remember under Bush 1 our country bombing Iraq for forty days and nights, and I don't think after that, there was much time to give all the casualties a decent burial. I wonder was there any attempt to do any forensics on those victims in the mass graves to determine actual cause of death or was that high ranking serviceman just speculating as to the death of those Iraqis. Saddam was hung months after capture without one American Journalist even interviewing him to ask him important questions like , if you had weapons of mass destruction, where did you get them ? Hence, what we are getting from major news networks isn't real news but a bunch of poppycock, meant to entertain the masses and keep certain cooperate powers in power, leaving a high percentage of American Citizens in the dark as to any substantive facts or news.

    January 25, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  162. Bob Kistler

    My wife and I often stated that 8 years of the Bush administration economic policies would result in damage that may never be repairable, 4 years could have probably been undone. It is well documented the Bush tax cuts are a huge contributor to the national debt issue. That being stated America’s economic woes run far deeper and the original seed was likely planted when we went off the self-regulating gold standard. The financial crisis likely would not have occurred if we had been on the gold standard and Glass-Steagall Act would not have been repealed. Repeal of Glass-Steagall and many other regulations led to mortgage unbacked exotic investments, and credit default swaps to name two highly risky investments. President Obama’s economic policies are far from ideal and have added to the national debt. It means that Obama need to lay it all out to the American people, take them from point A to point Z and why many of his economic policies were enacted in order to protect all out economic collapse. It is not his fault that for decades Corporate America has out sourced (sold out) middle class America in the name of greed.

    January 25, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  163. deb

    President Obama has worked hard to turn this economy around. Jack you need to get some new questions? All you do is President Obama bash. You sound like an old grouch

    January 25, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  164. Nancy, Tennessee

    It means that the economy was in the tank when Obama took office and it is hard to fish something out of an abyss when someone at your back side is telling you what you're doing wrong but not offering any better solution. This Congress has sat back and criticized the handling of the economy, but willing to do nothing to improve it. On election day we need to hold someone accountable, but it's not the President. It's the obstructionists that need to go!

    January 25, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  165. Dale from Harrison Arkansas

    How can voters blame the president for the failing economy when thy effectively tied his hands when they gave him an ultra-conservative House Of Representatives, who,by their own admission, have no plans except to keep Obama from being re-elected.

    January 25, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  166. Jim-Charlotte NC

    It will mean that this time next year Republicans will be in charge of the White House, the Senate, The House and the Supreme Court (or course they already own that one). What that means that by the end of January next year we will have 100% employment, no government debt and eveyone will have everything they ever wished for. America will own the world.

    January 25, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  167. Annie, Atlanta

    It doesn't bode well, in light of corporate owned media drumming it into our heads, despite evidence to the contrary, that he's anti-capitalism. Add to that the whiny Republicans in our faces every day by a margin of at least 3-1, and it won't bode well for any of us. Republicans with the same policies that sunk us in charge again would be a nightmare come to life. But we voters aren't known for paying attention long enough to do what's best for us.

    January 25, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
  168. Politics

    It means that Gallup Poll of 13% for POTUS is pious bologna considering the fact that the economy has been picking up. Gallup must be polling only the GOP's and must subject its polling system to scrutiny. Gallup picked 13% to match the Romney tax rate and scorn POTUS.

    January 25, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
  169. Victor - Connecticut

    Hi Jack,

    I believe this means nothing for the President. The people out here has been watching and are not as dumb as the Repubicians candidates would like us to be. I never in my life time have I seen a worst crop of Republicians candidates as this montley crew.

    Victory should be a breeze for President Obama, oh wait a minute they did vote "W" into office, at least once.

    January 25, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
  170. Pete/Ark

    It means he'll have to speak plainly...who's at fault...why...and what can be done about it. Presidents being "plain spoken" went out of style with Truman...he needs to give us a reason to say "GIVE"EM HELL BARRY!".

    January 25, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
  171. Thom Richer

    It means the sins of the past administrations have come to fruition. Time is not a friend to the mistakes of those in the past and it is those that follow who suffer the blame.

    Thom Richer
    U.P. of Michigan

    January 25, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
  172. Alonzo

    The economy continuing to remain stagnated means trouble for Obama's re-election although he has worked tirelessly to improve it. For the average American, It means a continuing lack of opportunity, lack of resources, price increases on every front making it very difficult to have much if any sense of optimism. Obama is still however, the best man for the job; at least he seems to care.

    January 25, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
  173. Tony from Oakland California

    As it is well understood, Republican strategy assumes Obama's potential failures are their potential sucesses. Except, the economy, now, in 2012, is better than it was Jan 20, 2009 at Obama's Inauguration. Now, we can play political "theater" by being optimistic or pessimistic all we want with polling of questions. However, the simple fact stiil remains, the economy right now, after 3 years of Obama, is better than it was after 8 years of Bush in November, 2008. The media never seems to mention this simple fact. They get too "caugh"t up in the statistical results/polls of focus on questions covering narrow topics for political pundits and spin for political advantage. Instead, let's ask the question, in a broader context. Is our economy healthier today than it was in November 2008, as George Bush was leaving office??? I think Conservatives are too afraid to admit the answer is, "yes". Do we all wish the economy was even better??? The answer is, "yes".

    January 25, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
  174. Jim-Charlotte NC

    The citizens of this country will give the Repuublicans complete charge of all phases of government and their first action will be to make the Democratic Party illegal.

    January 25, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
  175. Chris from Mississippi

    It means that President Obama will have to show the middle-class that he is our only hope. Which shouldn't be hard to do when you consider the republiCANT options.

    January 25, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
  176. Ray E. (Georgia)

    It means that people have been voting wrong over the last 75 years. But hey, what do I know?

    January 25, 2012 at 4:58 pm |