Tally Oh!

How is that Hopey Changey Thing going for its perpertrators? Marist has a new poll out.
The poll, conducted Feb. 1-3, showed just 44% of registered voters approving of Obama's job as president. 47% disapprove. But among indie voters, Obama's approval rating sits at a terrible 29%, while his disapproval rating is at 57%.
Ouch. What's driving the disdain?
Voters are disappointed in what they got with Obama's first year. The poll shows 47% believe Obama has failed to meet their expectations -- including a quarter of Dems, 65% of GOPers and 53% of indie voters -- while just 42% say he has met their expectations. 38% say Obama's policies are moving the country in the wrong direction, while 37% say they're making the country better.
Those are some hurting numbers, especially since it's a survey of registered voters, and those generally include the riff raff who are uninformed enough to think that Obama's doing well.
Obama's 44% job approval rating is the lowest he has scored in any non-internet poll since moving into the WH, according to a review of data compiled by Pollster.com.
Rasmussen surveys likely voters, so his numbers are usually tougher on the president.
Overall, 46% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the President's performance. Fifty-four percent (54%) now disapprove.
So, that's surprising that Obama would poll better among likely voters for Rasmussen than with registered voters for Marist. Other numbers from Rasmussen offer even more intrigue than favorability numbers.
Eighty-three percent (83%) of Americans, in fact, say the size of the federal budget deficit is due more to the unwillingness of politicians to cut government spending than to the reluctance of taxpayers to pay more in taxes.
That looks to me like the root of Obama's philosophical problem with voters - the economy is bad, and Americans are starting to get the idea that liberals only reduce a budget when forced to. People also don't like the idea of spending our way out of the recession.
Rejection of Keynesian economics is found across demographic and partisan lines. Republicans and those not affiliated with either major party overwhelmingly reject the notion that increasing the deficit is the right prescription in difficult economic times. Among Democrats, 21% agree with the Keynesian approach, and 47% do not.
All this might not be so bad for the president had he paid attention to matters at hand - the bad economy and high unemployment - rather than trying to push socialized medicine over the past year. Fortunately for him, the voters of Massachusetts sent him a powerful wake-up call.