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Could it be that President Barack Obama's Midas touch is starting to dull a bit, even among members of his own party?

Conservative House Democrats are balking at the cost and direction of Obama's top priority, an overhaul of the nation's health care system. A key Senate Democrat, Max Baucus of Montana, complains that Obama's opposition to paying for it with a tax on health benefits "is not helping us."
Another Democrat, Rep. Dan Boren of Oklahoma, tells his local newspaper that Obama is too liberal and is "very unpopular" in his district.
From his first days in office, Obama's popularity helped him pass the landmark $787 billion stimulus package and fueled his ambitious plans to overhaul the nation's health care system and tackle global warming.
Obama continues to be comparatively popular. But now recent national surveys have shown a measurable drop in his job approval rating, even among Democrats.

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Asked by grlygrlz2 at 1:50 PM on Jul. 19, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • A CBS news survey out this week had his national approval rating at 57 percent, and his standing among Democrats down 10 percentage points since last month, from 92 percent to 82 percent.
    With the economy continuing to sputter and joblessness on the rise, many of Obama's staunchest Democratic supporters are anxious for his agenda to start bearing fruit.
    "We are eager and impatient, so you're seeing a little bit of that," said Chris Redfern, chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party. "Elections have results, and those in the base are the most anxious to achieve what's promised in the election. That's why Democrats are showing some impatience in reaching our goal."
    Obama won Ohio, a key swing state, by 4 percentage points in 2008 over Republican John McCain.

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 1:51 PM on Jul. 19, 2009

  • But the one-time industrial powerhouse has been hit hard by the weak economy, and a Quinnipiac University poll released this month showed Obama with a lackluster approval rating of 49 percent.

    Article and TITLE came from the Associated PRess. Just wanting to get feedback/thoughts.



    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 1:52 PM on Jul. 19, 2009

  • The 52 bluedog Democrats ar not the only ones not voting for his Cap and trade and Healthcare. This house of cards is on it's way down. The rest of the year is going to be nothing but Obama, Hellosi and Greed bribing, cajoling and threatening to try and get their agenda fulfilled.

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 2:03 PM on Jul. 19, 2009

  • I am not suprised. The more sensible democrats are beginning to see where his plans will take us. The rest will follow him blindly off the cliff.

    Answer by Carpy at 2:04 PM on Jul. 19, 2009

  • Actually, a lot of the extreme left are pissed because he is being more moderate and leaning towards the middle. We as a country need a president in the middle. We can't have a president all the way to the right and we have seen recently what happens when our country is run by the extreme right....Obama is trying to clean their crap up now. He has been in office for less than 6 months, I have a feeling it takes longer than 6 months to clean up what the Bush legacy left us. I am a democrat and I have hope that he will continue to do the right thing.


    Answer by lucysmomrocks at 2:46 PM on Jul. 19, 2009

  • I have a feeling it takes longer than 6 months to clean up what the Bush legacy left us~lucys

    Being you believe the sitution we have today is all GWB's fault shows how OFF you are.

    Answer by tnmomofive at 2:49 PM on Jul. 19, 2009

  • Regardless of who's fault 'One' thinks it is~ Both parties have blame in the last 20 years that have led is to this point~Obama is only SPENDING to serve his liberal agenda. He and his liberal majority on the HIll are NOT working for the greater good of the American people as a whole.

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 2:56 PM on Jul. 19, 2009

  • Reagan's approval rating in 1983 was 24%! It took YEARS to pull out of that recession. It will take years to pull out of this one, too.

    Answer by californiamom55 at 3:47 PM on Jul. 19, 2009

  • I agree with californiamom55. We will pull out of this also. Americans want instant gratification.

    Answer by Grandmarga at 4:30 PM on Jul. 19, 2009

  • Both parties have blame in the last 20 years that have led is to this point -Grlygrlz
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    I don't agree with that Conservatives and Republicans have done nothing to add to this mess. We've been doing nothing but making sure this country is number one!

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:39 PM on Jul. 19, 2009

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