Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Look Out Below?

When "Obamacare" reveals itself as rationing of healthcare... when "Closing Gitmo" means terrorists treated like American citizens in the US court system... when "Green Jobs" is seen as you paying a lot more for energy... that's when Lord Obama's poll numbers will plunge. Or so goes the theory at least.
Is the very unpopular UAW bailout and O's takeover of domestic auto companies (save Ford) one of those tipping points?
Byron York at The Examiner thinks it just might be:

In a Washington Post poll in late April, just 41 percent of those surveyed approved of Obama's handling of the automaker problem, compared to clear majorities who approved of the job he was doing in other areas. According to a detailed breakdown of a Gallup poll from the same time, people in virtually every demographic and political category looked askance at the continuing bailout of the automakers.
People of all age groups disapproved. People in every region of the country disapproved. Men disapproved. Women disapproved. People with graduate degrees disapproved. People with less than a high school degree disapproved. People who go to church a lot disapproved. People who don't go to church at all disapproved. People who make more than $75,000 a year disapproved. People who make less than $20,000 a year disapproved.
Among Republicans, 72 percent disapproved. Sixty-six percent of independents -- a group key to Obama's success -- disapproved. The only group to approve of continued bailouts to the automakers was Democrats, by 57 percent to 42 percent. On the auto issue, at least, Obama is playing to his party base and little else.