Americans Say Obama Presidency Bigger Failure Than Bush’s, Too Liberal

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Aug 6, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Americans Say Obama Presidency Bigger Failure Than Bush’s, Too Liberal

by Steven Ertelt Editor
August 6
, 2009

Washington, DC ( — A New CNN/Time poll released today shows more Americans say President Barack Obama’s pro-abortion presidency has been a bigger failure than the pro-life presidency of President George W. Bush. The poll compared respondents now to those who reviewed the first six months of the Bush administration.

The survey found 51 percent say Obama’s presidency has been a success with 37 percent saying it is a failure and another 11 percent saying it is too soon to tell.

But, when CNN interviewed Americans six months into the Bush presidency, in August 2001, 56 percent said it was successful compared to just 32 percent who called it a failure. Another 7 percent had said it was too soon to tell.

The new CNN/Time poll also found Obama’s approval ratings at their lowest since he took over the White House in January.

Now, just 56 percent of Americans approve of the job Obama is doing compared with 40 percent who say they disapprove. That’s a respective five percent drop and three percent increase since the same poll last month.

The net 16 percent approval rating is down eight points from last month and down 37 from his rating in February.

The percentage of people who are thrilled that Obama is president has dropped 13 percent since January, while those who are depressed or unhappy has risen 15 percent.

The CNN poll indicated 65 percent of Americans say Obama is taking on too much as president and another 40 percent say his policies are too liberal.

When it comes to abortion and pro-life issues, Americans have not been supportive of Obama’s record.

Although mainstream media reports made it appear most Americans back Obama’s decision to make Americans pay for new research destroying human, life, just 52 percent supported Obama, according to a March Rasmussen poll.

During his first week in office, Obama reversed the Bush policy on foreign abortions known as the Mexico City Policy. That prohibited forcing taxpayers to finance foreign groups that promote or perform abortions in other nations.

A Gallup poll showed a majority of Americans disagreed with that decision.

It showed 58 percent of Americans opposed Obama’s pro-abortion decision while just 35 percent supported it and 7 percent had no opinion.

Breaking down the new poll further, Gallup asked respondents to state their opinion on seven major actions President Obama has taken since becoming president. Overturning the Mexico City Policy engendered more opposition than any of the other actions and it had the lowest level of support.

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