There's a lot of overblown talk right now about how President Obama has righted his political ship since the midterm election by helping to force through an abundance of mostly liberal legislation in the lame duck congressional session. A Rasmussen poll released yesterday presents a very different conclusion. The poll shows that, by a margin of 3 to 2 (39 percent to 26 percent), likely American voters who have a strong opinion about Obama's performance strongly disapprove of his performance – the exact same ratio (45 to 30 percent at that time) as on Election Day.
Among all likely voters (not just those who feel strongly), Obama's approval rating has moved from minus-3 points on Election Day (48 percent approving, 51 percent disapproving) to minus-4 points today (47 percent approving, 51 percent disapproving).
The good news for Obama, to the extent that it's anything to write home about, is that, as Rasmussen writes, "For the first time in ten months, the number who Strongly Disapprove of the president has remained below the 40% level for four straight days." The bad news is that the most recent 12 days also mark the first time in Obama's entire presidency that the number who "Strongly Approve" of him has remained below 27 percent.
For further perspective, two days after President Obama's nomination, likely voters who had a strong opinion approved of him by a margin of just over 3 to 1 (44 percent to 14 percent). So, from his Inauguration Day to this Congress's adjournment day -- give or take a day or two -- the number of likely voters who strongly approve of Obama dipped from 44 percent to 26 percent, while the number who strongly disapprove of him rose from 14 percent to 39 percent. That's an overall swing of 43 points -- from plus-30 to minus-13 -- in the span of one Congress.
And the single biggest reason for it, Obamacare, is now tied to Obama like an anchor.