Liberal Base Sours on Obama

Justin Sink, The Hill, September 26, 2014

President Obama’s poll numbers are plummeting in deep-blue states, such as New York and California, with core liberal supporters who have stuck with him through thick and thin beginning to sour on his leadership.

Obama’s decisions to punt on immigration reform, defend government surveillance and attack fighters in the Middle East have all alienated parts of the coalition that elected him to the White House twice.

The growing dissatisfaction on the left could limit Obama’s ability to help Democrats in the midterm elections and could threaten his political legacy if–as happened with George W. Bush–his party begins to abandon him.

The slipping support for Obama is most evident in a pair of recent surveys of Democratic strongholds. Just 39 percent of registered New York voters surveyed in a Marist College poll said Obama is doing an “excellent” or “good” job, down six points from June and the lowest level in the state since the beginning of his presidency.

Earlier this month, only 45 percent of California voters said they approved of how Obama was handling his job–a 5 percent decrease from June.

National polls also suggest a growing discontent.

A YouGov survey released last week showed the president’s approval rating at 40 percent, and that among Democrats, Obama had slipped eight points since June.


A Pew poll this summer found that, despite Obama’s efforts to explain and reform the surveillance programs, 58 percent of so-called “solid liberals” continued to oppose the NSA efforts.

Concerns about the president’s use of military force, meanwhile, have intensified with the rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Liberals largely elected President Obama in 2008 on the promise he would extract the U.S. from Middle East conflicts, and the prospect of a new military campaign is not sitting well with many of them.


That isn’t true on another issue that is weighing the president down in polls: immigration.

Since announcing that he would delay executive action on immigration reform until after the midterm elections, Obama’s numbers have plummeted with Hispanic voters. In an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, 47 percent of Latino voters approved of the president’s performance, down 15 points over the past 20 months.

The White House acknowledged the delay would be unpopular, especially with Hispanics.


Holding off on immigration is expected to boost some of the most vulnerable Senate Democrats, including Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Kay Hagan of North Carolina, and Mark Begich of Alaska. All had asked Obama not to act unilaterally on immigration.

But as Obama’s base abandons him, helping Democratic candidates becomes a tougher task for the White House. Although the president has attended a slew of committee fundraisers, he has yet to appear at a campaign event with any Democratic candidate this cycle.


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  • D.B. Cooper

    Do you honestly buy that statement? Minorities, gay whites, and indoctrinated white zit faces will support the Democratic Party without question.

  • First off, I take stories like these with a grain of salt. They’ll be right there voting Democrat, these “liberals,” like they usually do, once election day rolls around. That’s because hating white men is the most important thing of all to them.

    Now as far as immigration, it’s becoming perfectly obvious to me that Obama’s not going to any kind of executive action other than fluffy duff statements and principles, if he does anything at all. That’s because he does not need to: We found out today how he’s going to give the whole world amnesty: By giving them refugee status.

    • propagandaoftruth

      You are likely correct. But then…

      There’s always the ideologically weak and sometimes the wind it blows…

      Even a small shift in ballast can tip the whole canoe. Especially in turbulent waters.

      • But we read sort of these same kinds of stories all through 2012. Lamer cons were falling all over themselves celebrating that black voters were down on Obama. What happened in the end? Middle aged and elderly black women turned out even higher in 2012 than they did in 2008.

        • propagandaoftruth

          It’s the Whites and pseudo-Whites that are chipping away. Of course they must be replaced with brown butts that often don’t vote.

          We won’t know until it happens, but at some point the capacity for the demonrats to replace White voters will lag behind the capacity to replace with brownblacks…

          Glass half full, glass half full…lol…

    • WR_the_realist

      Actually I expect Obama to do exactly what he and Biden say he’ll do — offer a massive executive illegal alien amnesty after the November elections, so that fools who’ll don’t like illegal immigration will vote Democratic anyway.

    • SFLBIB

      “I take stories like these with a grain of salt.”

      I take them with a BAG of salt. They don’t ask the right question. “Do you think obama is doing a good job?” is not the right question. There is only one meaningful right question: would you vote for obama again if he could run?

    • SFLBIB

      One of the latest polls asked, “Does obama have a clear strategy for defeating ISIS?” The results: Yes 26% No 64%.

      This after obama admitted he had no strategy at all. Who ARE these people who make up the 26%?

      • 26% is low for a question that makes Obama look good or bad.

        What gets me is differential between approve/disapprove on the politics of Obama’s policies and Obama’s overall approval rating, the latter being a good 5-15 points higher than the former, depending on the issue. Then I remember that the black population of the country is in that range.

        • SFLBIB

          26% is probably his base who would literally crawl across two miles of broken glass just for the privilege of sticking toothpicks in his tards.In a sane world, it would be 0% because he stated that he had no strategy. Since he has a 26% support for essentially nothing in the way of effort, all those other questions are meaningless because there is no way to convert the responses to actual votes.

  • TruthBeTold

    His base may be upset but they’ll stand by him until the end. Most of his hardcore supporters believe he could work miracles if it wasn’t for Republican ‘hate’.

    He’s still ‘the One’.

  • Robert Binion

    If truly disgusted by acts of war you must shun blacks for theirs is a ceaseless campaign of carnage upon us. We racial realists are the last standing revolutionaries for peace. You’d think this would have been obvious even to lefty cultists, the handmaids of Hera when one of those Kennedy boys got a little too close to diversity.

  • Katherine McChesney

    Polls aren’t trustworthy.

    • Alexandra1973

      I think lots of times they’re self-fulfilling prophecies. Claim 70% of people like a particular object even though no one does, then suddenly everyone’s on the bandwagon saying they like it…they don’t want to be the odd one out.

  • dd121

    That’s pablum for the boobs. The lefties are going to continue to back him, no matter what.

    • propagandaoftruth

      The GOP should never depend on boobs alone to win an election. Didn’t work in 08.

      Poorly vetted boobs are a liability, not an asset.

      • WR_the_realist

        When the Republicans picked John McCain in ’08 they were relying 100% on the boob vote. It didn’t work.

  • Jefferson

    According to Gallup, Hussein Obama still has a 83 percent approval rating among registered Democrat voters. The majority of his liberal base has not soured on him.

  • OS-Q

    This is probably just an attempt to justify a “moderate” (paid-opposition) Republican candidate.

  • Those idiots voted for President Oogabooga because he was black.

  • Paleoconn

    The caramel messiah is melting.