If you havn’t been paying attention you might have overlooked the fact that in spite of all the critics flogging President Obama over decisions he has been making or lack thereof, his popularity is holding steady.
For the time being Presidential advisors are banking on consistency. This explains why, for instance, the administration is willing to alienate supporters of Arizona’s new immigrant law by directing the Department of Justice to challenge the law in the nations Supreme Court.
Its risky business. If the polls generally do not show a decline in the President’s popularity when other polls show that 60% of all Americans support Arizona it makes political sense to try to capture the declining Latino vote by attempting to stop Arizona from enforcing their new immigration law. Win or lose, Obama gets kudos for trying.
Gallop — “Hispanics’ approval of President Barack Obama’s job performance slipped to 57% in May, after falling from 69% in January to 64% in February. By contrast, whites’ and blacks’ approval of the president has been steady throughout 2010.”
Congressional mid-term candidates do not share the steady approval that is held by Obama.
According to Gallop “Americans who believe most members of Congress do not deserve to be re-elected support their position by saying representatives are simply doing a bad job, that they have been in office too long, that they are not making decisions based on what’s best for the country, or that they are too focused on self-interest, special interests, and partisanship. Relatively few cite Congress’ performance on specific issues.”
No matter what the polls are revealing today, American sentiment is traditionally slow to raise its ugly head. The actual truth about Obama’s popularity remains hidden until November 6th, 2012 when we shall learn if Obama’s political cards were a royal flush or he dealt himself a dead mans hand.
Mexicans who died trying to cross into the US Arizona border.