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Americans Like Obama About as Much as They Like Russia

Jedimentat44 / Foter / CC BYJedimentat44 / Foter / CC BYPresident Obama can't seem to catch a break from the American people, particularly when it comes to his leadership throughout the Crimean crisis with Russia.

CBS News reports on a nationwide poll it conducted:

While a majority of Americans (56 percent) support U.S. sanctions against Russia, they are less pleased with President Obama's handling of the situation between Russia and Ukraine overall. Forty-six percent disapprove of how Mr. Obama is handling these events, while fewer—38 percent —approve.

Looking more broadly at the president and the United States' image in the world, more Americans now say the image of the U.S. has grown worse (43 percent) since Mr. Obama became president, rather than better (32 percent). One in five thinks his presidency has had no effect.

To be fair to the president, the situation is complex and opinions are bound to be conflicted as a reflection of that.

But other data from the CBS poll rubs salt in the wounds. Americans like the president about as much as they like Russia. Although the number is dropping, “42 percent of Americans think of Russia as either an ally or friendly to the U.S.,” while 51 percent consider Russia unfriendly or an enemy. Obama's overall approval, by comparison, is 43 percent and disapproval is 50 percent.

Other polls give the president slightly higher ratings. Gallup reports that Obama has 45 percent approval and Rasmussen puts it at 46 percent.

The poor perception of the president may also be a result of domestic baggage, like the rollout of Obamacare and the economy. CBS highlights that Americans have negative outlooks about both.

Oddly, although Russians' rights are being clobbered as much as their economy thanks to their government's imperial desires in Crimea, President Vladimir Putin's domestic support is at a three-year high.

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  • Heroic Mulatto||

    So what you're saying is that Americans dislike petulant authoritarians regardless of country of origin.

  • Snark Plissken||

    Oddly, although Russians' rights are being clobbered as much as their economy thanks to their government's imperial desires in Crimea, President Vladimir Putin's domestic support is at a three-year high.

    Their rights and standard of living are mostly getting clobbered thanks to an almost complete absence of the rule-of-law. Crimea is something that bolsters their confidence and Putin the strongman is seen by many as better than a weaker strongman who would let corruption get even worse.

  • Real American||

    What happens when Obama declares a national emergency and cancels the 2016 presidential election?

  • Archduke von Pantsfan||

    you mean like Boooooosh was always about to do?

  • Palin's Buttplug||

    Bush couldn't wait to get out.

    He left our economy in shambles and Cheney was following him around in a wheelchair near death. Iraq was a failure and he was despised.

  • NealAppeal||

    ...Cheney was following him around in a wheelchair near death.

    5 years and still kicking is a long time to be near death.

  • Palin's Buttplug||

    Full heart transplant - he got a 12 yr old girls heart.

    She was probably healthy when sacrificed.

  • Snark Plissken||

    Let's forget about those 12-yr-old girls Soros sent to the gas chamber. That was a long time ago, time to move on. Get it? Move on? That's a funny son.

    soros.org

  • Brandon||

    So he was exactly like Obama.

  • Grand Moff Serious Man||

    At least Putin got shit done with the Olympics and annexing Crimea.

  • Rich||

    And he beat Obama to implementation of Compulsory Health Insurance.

  • Lord Humungus||

    ah, I remember the Bush days when he slumped into the 40s, and later, the 30s. He was constantly derided as being a buffoon and an idiot (which he is).

    But somehow Obama still gets treated with kids gloves, and most of the MSM reporting still acts like he is the most popular thing since the invention of sliced bread.

  • Palin's Buttplug||

    Other polls give the president slightly higher ratings. Gallup reports that Obama has 45 percent approval and Rasmussen puts it at 46 percent.

    http://www.pollingreport.com/BushJob.htm

    Dubya fell to a low of 20% approval during the Financial Meltdown. Other polls had him in the low 20s.

  • John||

    Look, shreeky showed up to suck Obama's cock again. Isn't that cute.

    Amazing how shreek only makes an appearance when doing so allows him to defend Obama. It is almost like he is some retarded sock puppet or something.

  • Palin's Buttplug||

    I enjoy reminding you TEAM RED sycophants about how bad Dumbya was.

    20% - roll in that shit you POS partisan.

  • Snark Plissken||

    Whereas being a Soros sycophant is peachy-keen.

    "these ten months of the Nazi occupation were the happiest times of my life...We led an adventurous life and we had fun together."

    "I felt no guilt at all"

    "I loved the smell of burning Jew in the morning"

    soros.org

  • creech||

    How can this be? 20%. That would have to include a crapload of Republicans no?
    But wasn't the narrative that Republicans, Tea Party dissidents in particular, had nothing bad to say about Bush and only got angry when Obama was elected?

  • Palin's Buttplug||

    No public repudiation of Bush at all.

    The Tea Parties were formed in Feb/Mar 2009.

  • Snark Plissken||

    No public repudiation of Bush rounding up Jews at all.

    soros.org

  • tarran||

    It's how the fucking neural net works!

    Someone says something about Obama, it posts some snippet of text chosen based on word counts that happens to say something positive about Obama or negative about Bush, and then people respond to it!

    If you guys were only to respond to posts where it said something good about Bush, in 6 months you would have it shrieking atheist-fags and calling Obama a chimpanzee whenever anybody commented on Bush.

    It literally has no concept of what it is saying. It's an undesigned variant of Eliza!

  • John||

    But isn't it written into the net not to ever say anything good about Bush?

  • tarran||

    There will be a non-zero weighting to any possible comment, event "Rompety Strompety Pumper Poo".

    If that garnered an unusually positive reaction (positive being defined, of course, in terms of the quantity of reactions not the quality of them or the ideas contained therein), it would be far more likely to do it again.

    My guess is that you could train it to say anything given adequate time and a complete lack of life.

  • Jordan||

    Someone says something about Obama, it posts some snippet of text chosen based on word counts that happens to say something positive about Obama or negative about Bush, and then people respond to it!

    ROFL! Somebody needs to upgrade the Tu Quoque 2000.

  • UnCivilServant||

    Since Russia's boot isn't the one currently standing on me, I like them more than I do Obummer. Mind you, this is a relative measure.

  • Sudden||

    Pretty fair assessment.

  • AlmightyJB||

    Exactly

  • SusanM||

    President Vladimir Putin's domestic support is at a three-year high.

    The same is true about Kim Il Un - what's your point?

  • Adam330||

    In your mind, "Do you think of Russia as either an ally or friendly to the U.S." = "Do you approve of Russia"? Seems like a stretch to me. Seems the real headline is that the "42 percent of Americans [who] think of Russia as either an ally or friendly to the U.S.” are so oblivious to reality.

  • Aresen||

    "I like Russians" =/= "I approve of Putin"

    Also:

    "I like Americans" =/= "I approve of Obama"

    and

    "I dislike Obama" =/= "I approve of GWB"*

    *Note: I was against the invasion of Iraq when Hillary Clinton voted for it.

  • paschn||

    Please. If I were polled I'd have to say I like Putin/Russia MORE than the blow-flies in D.C. As for Russia's freedoms taking a blow;

    No more Posse Comitatus

    No more Habeas Corpus

    Our cops being trained by a foreign (labeled terrorist by Judge Goldstone working under the auspices of the U.N.) government on how to "deal with" domestic terrorists.

    The sponsoring of and passing into law, (nearly unanimously) The National Defense Authorization Act.

    The continued groveling by our legislatures to a foreign lobby, (AIPAC), working on a resolution to release Pollard, (a U.S. born citizen caught funneling thousands of documents to our "friends" in Israel, some of which dealt with nuclear tech), "home" to Israel.

    On the cusp of passing a bill into law which would allow Mossad... oops, Israeli civilians to come and go as they please w/o benefit of visas or passports.

    Working on legislation to punish U.S. companies that find it distasteful to deal with an apartheid state, (Israel).

    So, tell me again how Russia's rights have taken a beating.

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