I used to have a bumper sticker that read: “Hopium – feels good until it wears off.” The O was stylized as the O that Obama used in his campaign logos. The bumper sticker eventually peeled and dried up in the hot Southern sun until it fell off, as if it were a picture of Obama’s waning and arid popularity.
With Mr. Obama deploying military troops to Iraq, failing to find compromise with Congress and seeing major defeats in the Supreme Court, voters continue to sour on him.
Quinnipiac found 45 percent of voters say the country would have been better off if Mr. Romney, the 2012 GOP nominee, had been elected, while just 38 percent say Mr. Obama remains a better choice. Even Democrats aren’t so sure — just 74 percent of them told the pollsters Mr. Obama was clearly the better pick in the last election.
Voters also rate him the worst president since World War II, topping even his predecessor, President George W. Bush, who had left office with terrible ratings.
“Over the span of 69 years of American history and 12 presidencies, President Barack Obama finds himself with President George W. Bush at the bottom of the popularity barrel,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.
Nearly half of voters told the Zogby poll that Mr. Obama is “unable to lead the country.”
I’m not confident that Romney would have left on much better terms with voters than Obama. Like Obama, Romney was the political celebrity of the GOP. He was propped up by the Republican Party establishment despite his unpopularity with conservatives. He had the hair, the right “presidential” image, the ability to lie and dodge questions effectively. He had it all. If Republicans had won the White House in ’08 or ’12, the GOP base would feel a sense of euphoria for a time until reality set in. It always happens this way, because most voters in America don’t care about principals. They care solely about image and making sure their team wins.