"Scott Rasmussen and Douglas Schoen find that “10.2% unemployment is a significant political event for President Barack Obama” that “could well usher in a particularly serious crisis for his political standing, influence and ability to advance his agenda.” They note that his current approval ratings are already low for a new president and suggest they will keep declining:
In a Rasmussen Reports poll taken after the House of Representatives passed health-care reform by the narrowest of margins last Saturday night, 54% of likely voters say they are opposed to the plan with only 45% in favor. Furthermore, in the all-important category of unaffiliated voters, 58% oppose the bill. That’s one of the reasons why so many moderate Democratic House members opposed it. The CNN poll also shows that in addition to health care, a majority of Americans disapprove of how Mr. Obama is handling the economy, Afghanistan, Iraq, unemployment, illegal immigration and the federal budget deficit. Put simply, there isn’t a critical problem facing the country on which the president has positive ratings.The bottom line is that the voters don’t like what Obama is doing and are unlikely to continue to give him the benefit of the doubt or, as he is wont to do, blame George W. Bush for all our ills. Therefore, Rasmussen and Schoen conclude, “unless Mr. Obama changes his approach and starts governing in a more fiscally conservative, bipartisan manner, the independents that provided his margin of victory in 2008 and gave the Democrats control of Congress will likely swing back to the Republicans, putting Democratic control of Congress in real jeopardy.”
Indeed, a political tsunami is brewing.