HolyCoast: The LBJ Option Must Be Looking Better and Better to Obama

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

The LBJ Option Must Be Looking Better and Better to Obama

Because his approval numbers are looking worse and worse:
Four in 10 Americans “strongly” disapprove of how President Obama is handling job as president in the new Washington Post-ABC News poll, the highest that number has risen during his time in office and a sign of the hardening opposition to him as he seeks a second term.

While the topline numbers are troubling enough, dig deeper into them and the news gets no better for Obama. Forty-three percent of independents — a group the president spent the better part of the last year courting — strongly disapprove of the job he is doing. Forty seven percent of people 65 years of age and older — reliable voters in any election — strongly disapprove of how he is doing his job.

Strong opposition to Obama has grown markedly since the start of the year.

In a mid-January Post-ABC survey, 28 percent strongly disapproved of the job Obama was doing. That number has steadily ticked upward — with the exception of a poll in early May that followed hard on the killing of Osama bin Laden — as the year has worn on and the economy has remained sluggish (at best).

And even as his strong disapproval numbers have steadily risen, his strong approval numbers have gone into a mirror-image decline.
What is the LBJ option? Deciding not to run for re-election, as LBJ did in early 1968. He could see he was headed for defeat and decided he'd had enough of the job.

1 comment:

Sam L. said...

Couldn't happen to a nicer guy.