If President Obama is as popular as the national media claims, why isn’t Hillary R. Clinton a winner?
The plain truth is neither she nor he reigns in the majority of today’s actual popularity polls.
National polls claim the leader of the free world is perceived as doing a good job by an average 53% of those contacted.
Of course, these are the same pollsters who foretold a Clinton victory margin of between three and eight percent.
While the factoid on President Obama’s popularity did not receive much scrutiny during the election cycle, pundits are now examining it more closely in light of the resounding Electoral College defeat for Clinton and her party.
Foremost in the minds of critics is the makeup of the sampling group. During the campaign, pollsters admitted they had biased the population with more Democrats than Republicans. Also, minorities were represented in higher percentages than their numbers in the population.
As the election showed, these polls ignored a large segment of Americans who were white, non-college graduates, and non-voters in previous elections.
Judging by how they voted in this election, one can’t assume they think favorably about the President’s job performance.
In fact, when examining the paucity of data concerning the respondent make-up released with these presidential popularity polls, it is difficult to judge their accuracy when applied against the whole spectrum of Americans.
Given the President’s supposedly popularity, it did not translate into victory for Clinton.
Despite President Obama’s plea that Blacks support Clinton, Donald Trump managed to secure 17% of the black vote; almost 40% of Hispanic voters, and, crucially in Florida, nearly 90% of the Cuban electorate. Interesting figures given the President’s efforts in areas of interest to these constituencies.
Nor did he hold back, particularly in the Black Community. President Obama went all out for Clinton, realizing his legacy was on the line. Yet Trump did better than most previous Republican candidates.
Even before her nomination, President Obama cleared the way to her nomination and offered considerable campaign help in many ways to his former Secretary of State.
Every president elicits some opposition. President Obama did more than most to stir up anger against his policies.
The problem for Clinton was President Obama’s overriding desire to put forth a liberal agenda without rallying the American people to its benefits. By nature a lecturer rather than a compromiser, President Obama failed to bring other elected officials over to his side. Without them, he had no surrogates to explain his policies to voters.
Beginning with the Accountable Care Act, he sought to shove medicine down the throats of constituents and assumed they would approve after it made them better. Doomed to failure because it was a partisan bill without the compromises so critical to successful legislation, Obamacare also led to the highlighting of his other fatal flaw.
Early in his administration, the American people began to realize the fact President Obama lies. Throughout his administration, by word and deed, he has shown a marked preference for hiding behind words. Known for saying one thing and then doing another, President Obama has earned the distrust of voters.
They have demonstrated this doubt by punishing the Democratic Party to the tune of costing it some 20 Senators, 70 Representatives, 13 Governors, and nearly 900 state legislative titles. This record is not one a national party leader wants to leave as a legacy.
Since the first mid-term election, President Obama has presided over a steadily shrinking party and suffering from a loss of respect both at home and abroad. His failure to protect American interests abroad are at a pace in voters’ mind with his inability to produce jobs or economic growth.
Worse still in their minds is the apparent corruption within the national government and the over-regulation which many perceive as stifling growth.
Despite this picture, the national media wants readers and viewers to believe the man currently in the White House is beloved by a majority of Americans.
Remember these are the same polls predicting a Clinton victory in this past election. They were wrong then, and are probably wrong now about President Obama’s popularity.