Right now, we find that polls are not favoring their job performances on real issues that affect Americans. For example, the latest USA Today/Gallup poll shows than attitudes on the war in Afghanistan have changed.
Support for Obama's management of the war fell to 36%, down from 48% in a February poll. Now, a record 43% also say it was a mistake to go to war there after the terrorist attacks in 2001.
It was not a mistake to roust the Taliban. The mistake was thinking that we could convert the masses to a civilized century, where culture did not include the beating and maiming of women. Unless we get a plan to convert the people's brutal thought processes to a more peaceful tone, we are just spinning our wheels now.
Until Pakistan's feet are held to the fire (for not effectively policing the region that harbors the supply line of weapons and fighters), this is going to be a great lesson that the Soviets learned the hard way.
The decline in support contributed to the lowest approval ratings of Obama's presidency. Amid a lengthy recession, more Americans support his handling of the economy (39%) than the war.
It's not surprising that the report would seek to spin this a little. We cannot help but notice that this is a desperate attempt, if there ever was one. Three whole percentage points when they are this low is not that much of a gap.
The point is simple. If either these numbers listed in this post were significantly higher, it would indicate that Obama and the Democrats were doing a fine job with everything charged to their care. If there was less unemployment, less casualties in Afghanistan, a better strategy for winning it, and a better track record on fiscal responsibility, we would not be having this conversation and might even be discussing things like NFL training camps.
I have always maintained that polls are just polls. They have no real significance until an election is held. But we can also see trends as useful indicators of the real world and what is going on in it. And what we see in the latest rounds is a country on the decline at an alarming rate.
Certainly and surely, it will continue on that downward path if we do not effect a change in November. Do not let up your voices on the important matters. Do not allow those who ruin what is ours, to dictate the narrative in these coming days, because we all know they will become even more desperate.....as they sink even lower.