Obama Hurting Senate Democrats

New Poll Shows Obama Hurting Senate Democrats

The results of a recent poll gave more bad news for President Obama and Senate Democrats in the upcoming mid-term election.

The latest Allstate/National Journal Heartland Monitor poll, conducted from April 9-13, 2014, showed the President’s overall approval rating at just 41 percent. That’s near the lowest level ever recorded in the 20 Heartland Monitor polls taken since 2009.

Traditionally, voters’ attitudes toward the incumbent President play a bigger role than those towards Congress to shape the results of mid-term elections. And these attitudes towards Obama and the nation’s direction remain somewhat chilly.

27 percent of those polled believed the country was going in the right direction, while 62 percent said the country was going in the wrong direction. However, there’s still a big racial gap on this question. 41 percent of minorities said the country is moving in the right direction, while only 22 percent of whites believed this was the case. Among whites without a college degree, only about 1 in 6 thought the country was going in the right direction, about half the share of whites with a college degree.

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Voice of Reason May 05, 2014 at 09:31 AM
I actually don't believe that Obama personally is hurting the Senate Democrats in question, it's actually the dynamics that put them into office in the first place. If you look, these Senators were first elected in the Euphoria of "Hope & Change" in 2008 that swept Democrats into control of the Presidency, House and a Filibuster-Proof Majority in the Senate, which made the passage of Obamacare a reality (but not "Immigration Reform" which the President curiously still blames on Republicans, for the benefit of Low-Information Voters). Many of the Democrat Senators elected that year were from traditionally Republican states like LA, NC, AK, and AR. Combine that with the general dissatisfaction with the Obama Administration as noted in this article, and several swing states also suddenly become part of the equation. While the Economy has grudgingly improved; the labor participation rate, foreign policy, IRS and "fast & furious" failures, et.al. have sent many of these Senate Democrat Incumbents running away from personal appearances with Obama on their behalf in an attempt to prove their independence.


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