Barack Obama won the presidency by promising change that both Democrats and many independent voters could "believe in." The latest Towery Poll of the nation illustrates why his approval rating has plummeted. It also shows how far the president has to go to recover from what is starting to look like a disastrous presidency.
We asked 768 registered voters nationwide this question: "Regardless of whether you voted for or against President Barack Obama, would you say, with regard to the president's job performance to date, that ..."
-- He has performed better than expected: 26 percent
-- He has performed worse than expected: 42 percent
-- He has performed about as expected: 26 percent
-- Undecided/No Opinion: 6 percent
The data from this telephone Interactive Voice Response (IVR) survey have been weighted for age, race, gender and political affiliation. The poll has a margin of error of 3.5 percent. It was conducted the evening of June 9.
The polling firm that I head up, InsiderAdvantage, polls mostly political races. Those polls usually don't provide an opportunity to delve into the type of fun questions that explain what is behind the numbers that most polls reveal.
Towery Polls allow me the freedom to keep asking fair questions of a representative sample of the nation's voting population. At the same time, these questions often reveal answers that too many in mainstream media want to discredit or ignore.
And for the critics and skeptics, know that the last InsiderAdvantage poll of the 2008 presidential general election correctly showed Obama winning closely contested critical swing states such as Florida, North Carolina and Virginia.
Also keep in mind that the above poll results were logged before President Obama's Oval Office speech on the Gulf of Mexico oil-spill crisis. Anyone who doubts that the president has disappointed many who voted for him or otherwise have supported him need only review the commentary by the likes of Keith Olberman and Chris Matthews of MSNBC immediately following the speech. If the MSNBC crowd calls a Democratic president's speech ineffective, there must be plenty of dejection and disillusionment among the usually supportive fans of Obama.