The Total Absence of Leadership and Competence

Beware the Ides of March– Meltdowns, smack-downs, skyrocketing food prices, soaring energy cost, record deficits, crippling unemployment, declining revenues, insolvent entitlements and no plan to deal with any of the former has taken its toll on the Obama Presidency.

Just 22% of Likely U.S. Voters say the country is heading in the right direction, the lowest level of confidence found since before President Obama’s inauguration in January 2009.

According to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey taken the week ending Sunday, March 13, 72% of voters now say the country is heading down the wrong track, also at its highest level since before the inauguration…

And it only gets worse among those highly ballyhooed Independents.

…Confidence that the country is moving in the right direction is at just 40% among Democrats, down from 59% the week before Election Day. Only 10% of Republicans and 17% of voters not affiliated with either major political party share that view.

Fifty-two percent (52%) of Democrats feel the country is heading down the wrong track, compared to 88% of GOP voters and 75% of unaffiliateds…


…Sixty-one percent (61%) of Political Class voters believe the United States is heading in the right direction. Eighty-three percent (83%) of Mainstream voters think the country is going down the wrong track.

A plurality (46%) of black voters are confident in the nation’s current course, a view shared by just 19% of whites and 26% of voters of other races.

What does this downward spiral portend for President Obama’s reelection chances?

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows that 20% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Forty-one percent (41%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -21.

Only 39% of Democrats Strongly Approve while 72% of Republicans Strongly Disapprove. Among those not affiliated with either major party, 16% Strongly Approve and 39% Strongly Disapprove…


…Overall, 42% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the president’s performance. That’s just one point above the lowest level of approval ever recorded for this president. Fifty-six percent (56%) now disapprove of his performance.

President Obama’s complete absence of leadership and his propensity to vote ‘Present’ on all of the critical issues facing this great nation are rapidly destroying what little is left of his presidency.