(Washington, DC) – In 2014, pessimism abounds for Americans when they consider the state of the country and, more importantly, those who would lead the country. And any political leaders who are surprised by this revelation have been living under a rock during the past six years.
A poll by The Washington Post and ABC News from January 21-23 affirms the grim reality for those in power. President Obama’s approval rating stands at 46%, higher than his low in 2013 during the unfathomable rollout of the Affordable Care Act, but still low considering his approval numbers since 2009. Just 37% believe Obama is capable of making good decisions for the country’s future. And, thanks to the likes of Donald Trump and other rabid Tea Partyists, 20% still believe that Obama was born in Kenya.
Congressional Republicans might want to crow at Obama’s poor numbers, as they have been performing a character assassination on the nation’s first African-American president since his inauguration in 2009, but their numbers are actually worse. Their only solace is that Democrats in Congress share similarly low numbers. Twenty-seven percent believe Democrats can make good decisions for the country; for Republicans, the number drops to 19%. Overall, approval numbers for Congress are at 16%. In contrast, Syrians give President Bashar al-Assad a 20% approval rating, which is higher than the numbers for all Congressional leaders: Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH), 9%; House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), 10%; Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), 12%; and Senate Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), 8%.
Other numbers from the poll regarding other American leaders are very telling of average, ordinary, everyday Americans:
- 57% percent do not believe that Honey Boo-Boo is being subjected to child abuse.
- Justin Bieber’s approval numbers dropped from 74% to 47% after his drunken-drag-racing-in-a-Lamborghini arrest on January 23.
- Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman’s numbers have plummeted from 5% to 2% after his psychotic post-game tirade in the NFC Championship game on January 19. “His numbers were very low to begin with because, outside of Seattle, no one in America knew who he was until last Sunday,” said a pollster, speaking on condition of anonymity.
“But, no matter the numbers, these are the issues average, ordinary, everyday Americans care about,” said another pollster, speaking on condition of anonymity. “And that, in itself, is frightening.”
One final poll number: 96% of average, ordinary, everyday Americans believe that pollsters should be shot.