I personally find very little that is likable about Obama. I listen to the State
of the Union speeches because I feel it is important to do so, but it's
just about all I can do to not turn off the TV. I can't quite put my finger
on what is so annoying about him, but it is there nonetheless. I do not trust
him, and I feel he has not been a good President. I know others will differ with
my opinion, but this is just that...my opinion.
This headline sums up exactly what is wrong with this country and why we are
STUCK in a recession.
If "likability" were the most important presidential characteristic,
I'd write in SpongeBob Squarepants. He seems very likable... and he's
also very sympathetic to the plight of us common folk.
People like O better than R because O understands them. Obama is the real
American story, about a mixed-race son of a single mother who pulls himself up
by his own efforts and thus understands the plight of the rest of us. Romney
cannot possibly relate to most of us. He was born in the end zone and thinks he
made a touchdown.
So the very people who voted for Taylor Hicks over Daughtry in American Idol
think Obama is more likable, so they vote for Obama. It's no wonder the
U.S. is dropping like a heavy brick compared to other nations in math and
irony guytry reading the other non obama written books on him and
you'll get a real perspective, great destroyer and the amateur
I'm currently not excited about a Presidency from either of them. I find
them to be about equally likable. I'd love if Romney would put forth a
concrete plan that featured pragmatic "money sense".Ron Paul
put it all on the line with a budget that literally cut $1 trillion -- and did
it without pulling the rug out from under anybody's social security or
other programs that you just can't cut first day. None of the other
candidates have been willing to do that.I really appreciate
Romney's business experience but I've seen very little evidence that
he's willing to *apply* it in this particular job. I expect things will
remain very similar regardless of which man wins this November.
This amazes me! It's a no-brainer! Do we vote for someone who is
"likable", but that has a terrible track record on the economy and
unemployment, or do we vote for someone that may not be as "likable" (I
hardly consider Romney as "unlikable"), but that has the business sense
and knowledge needed to get the economy turned around? Last time I looked,
being "likable" doesn't run a country, nor will it improve the
economy and turn this country around.I agree with CottageCheese,
electing someone because they are "likable" is exactly the reason the
country is where it is today. Electing Obama for another four years because he
is "likable" is going to sink us even further.
This just proves even more how stupid the general public is. We vote for someone
we "like" and not someone who is actually ready and able to fix the
There's other reasons to vote for one of these candidates. Maybe people are
voting on healthcare, or foreign policy, social issues, etc... or most likely
they're voting on a combination of issues. Maybe they think Romney is best
to run a business but that that doesn't actually translate to thinking his
economic policies are all that good for the middle class and the poor
(that's what my position is, I'd trust him to run a venture capital
firm but I think his economic policies are horrible).
The problem that I have about business is that I think their words don’t
mean the same thing to businessmen as they do to working people. For instance,
when business uses the word economy they are talking about the business
environment. When workers use the word economy they are generally talking about
the ability of people to pay the bills. Business and workers are
like the two sides of the same coin. They need each other but are facing in
different directions. If we elect a businessman president,
business will prosper and the welfare of workers will be diminished. And since
only businessmen can afford to campaign for election there is little chance of
electing any one else. Our only option is in choosing the businessman who
might be willing to see this nation continue rather than the man with the
business philosophy of grab all you can now and run to a new game when this one
is exhausted.I think the degree in which a person claims to be
conservative is a good indicator of the bad business philosophy
Rasmussen Reports has it Romney 47% of the vote, Obama earns support from 44%.
Five percent (5%) prefer some other candidate, and four percent (4%) are
undecided. It's been a tie at 46% for much of the year. Obama
has destroyed our immigration laws by ignoring them, or using an executive order
to over ride them (labor laws concerning unlawful aliens working). He has also
destroyed the Clinton era welfare reform and returned us back to the 70's.
Hillary needs to punch his lights out.
That explains why we are closing in on $16 Trillion of debt. When we make our
decisions based solely on "feelings". What we need is someone that can
look at the numbers and make decisions that gets the job done, without throwing
us off a fiscal cliff.I understand the bleeding heart and feelings
etc. But, you're not helping anyone when the country goes into a great
depression and 30-50% of the country is out of work and the other half is
working in poverty wages; while the leaders we elect fly around on airplanes we
pay for, golfing that we pay for, drink alcohol that we pay for, line their
pockets with our money, along with their wealthy friends who they will never
raise the taxes on or punish.Wake up America. Take off the rose
colored glasses and see what is happening.But, history has proven
that people will follow their leader, even if it's to their own death along
with their children and wife or husband. The whole time being lied to and told
that they are on the high and noble path.It's time to think
about dividing the nation.
The Presidents job is not to save his own job, but to save ours. Whoever runs
for President, should be prepared to make tough decisions, they should treat the
job as if they were one termers, i.e. make the tough decisions to get the
country back on track. Not make decisions that may get you re-elected for a
second term. However, if you do get re-elected irrespective of tough decisions,
more power to you.
@ RichardBA quick google search will find..."TIME
has described Rasmussen Reports as a "conservative-leaning polling
group""Rasmussen has received criticism over the wording in
its polls. Asking a polling question with different wording can affect the
results of the poll""Rasmussen's polling results
diverged notably from other mainstream pollsters""Rasmussen
conducted its polls in a way that excluded the majority of the population from
answering"So if Rasmussen is saying that Romney is winning, you
can bet that the exact opposite is true. I think most folks see
Romney as a heartless flip flopper CEO that will do whatever is best for
himself, NOT for the American people.Obama's poor job record?
Polls show that most Americans understand the situation he was put in. In fact,
the Dnews today published a poll that said that Americans believe that we are
better off economically today than 4 years ago.The economy is
recovering. Obama will win. Americans aren't ready to give the
keys back to the party who ran us off a cliff (the GOP). Romney's policies
is just exactly what Bush's were. We aren't ready for that yet. Sorry.
Unfortunately, I don't think likeability has made a good president the last
3 1/2 years.
The ONE thing GW Bush and the entire Republican Party has taught america....Polls don't matter.Votes don't matter.The
only thing that matters is this:The Electoral College needs 270 to
win it.President Obama - 333Mitt Romney - 215Say what you want, Believe what you want, Dream what you want, I'm gonna relax and enjoy the show.
@Counter Intelligence"I have yet to figure out what it is that people
"like" about Obama"1. He's presided over 28+
straight months of private sector job growth and needed only a year to get us
from freefall to gaining jobs. 2. Ended the Iraq war.3. Osama's
gone, Afghanistan has a withdrawal timeline.4. Libya conflict taken care
of with 0 US casulaties.5. I support healthcare reform, at least as a step
towards what we really need, single-payer. 6. I believe any deficit
reduction plan needs to include tax revenues in addition to spending cuts, Obama
agrees.7. Compared to the Bush budget for fiscal year 2009 Obama has
increased gov't spending at the slowest rate of any president since
Eisenhower8. DADT repeal, increased gay rights.9. I'm
pro-choice.10. I support alternative energy and environmental
regulation.11. I think the banks that caused the recession should be more
regulated, not less. 12. I think Medicare should not be dismantled in
favor of a different system that the Ryan plan calls for.13. Romney wants
to give a handout to the banks by returning to the old student loan system.
Yes, we all agree that Mitt Romney is good at making money for himself and his
investors. The question is: What is he going to do for people who are not in
the investor category? All he says is "Obama is no good, vote for me and
I'll do something about the economy!"But no one knows what
he plans to do. Perhaps outsource more jobs to improve corporate profits,
downsize and reduce costs for corporations by further eliminating jobs and cut
the economic safety net for displaced workers. This is his history. It's
the only information we have to go on.Whether people "like"
Obama more than Romney is a non-issue. From what I know and see about Barack
Obama, he appears to be very much I person I would like to know personally.
Romney is a bit stiff and I don't really know anything about him to say
whether I would want to want to know him.For those like Counter
Intelligence (Salt Lake City, UT) and others who have drunk the propaganda of
"Obama is too foreign and not like us", I suspect they wouldn't
like me either.
@Counter Intelligence, continued14. Obama wants to get big money/interests
out of gov't, opposes the Citizens United ruling.15. Wants military
spending cuts, not increases. 16. Supports jobs bills to help keep
teachers and first responders employed.17. Supports increased
infrastructure spending to keep our infrastructure maintained and create jobs
that are still needed so we can bridge the gap until the private sector can
fully make up for it. 18. Doesn't believe in the myth of trickle-down
economics. 19. Oh and yeah, Obama is much more capable of
relating/understanding the problems faced by the middle class than Mitt Romney.
So yeah I mean I guess likeability is a factor... one of over a dozen.
I still like Jimmy Carter...a lot. I think he's a very decent and
good-hearted man.But the fact is he was a lousy president. Likeable,
yes. But the country was sinking fast under his leadership. It would be a huge
mistake to have him lead this country again.The media will play upon
whatever feature they believe their candidate can best benefit by. And
that's why they're currently trying to play up the
"likeability" factor.But the fact is our current president
will rank as one of the worst in history--not for his likeability, but for his
handling of major issues during his tenure.And the worst thing we
could do is continue this mess.As someone said earlier, Spongebob
would clobber Obama in likeability. I'd recommend Mickey Mouse.
I think the conclusion for the headline might be a bit off, which is fueling
much of these comments. Notice that Obama also wins on the trust issue.
That's huge. The fact of the matter is, we cannot know all that a
President knows. That's the nature of leadership. If you can't trust
the man in charge to make the right decisions with the classified information in
front of him, what do you have? There's nothing in the poll that concludes
that it is the likeability all by itself. It's an element, sure. But so
are social issues, environmental policy, foreign policy acumen, etc. A lot goes
into a person's preference for President.
He, he, he the comments Mitts' aide made re:Anglo-Saxon heritage will not
help him gain votes in Nov. either. Mitt and GOP are spectacular train wrecks at
the moment which is a very good thing for people who truely love this great and
we really are a nation of dreamers!
In looking over the survey, I think the big issue is that Obama relates to
ordinary people better rather than just being a nice guy. Its the old Bill
Clinton line, "I feel your pain."
It's just amazing that Obama wins the category of "honest and
trustworthy." I guess people forgot what he told the Russian leader about
his "next term" and about all the "Change We Can Believe In"
garbage from his last election rhetoric. He is a good orator; I'll give
him that, but "talk is cheap" and he is trying to socialize this country
faster than anyone can imagine, along with the help of Pelosi and Reid. How can
people forget some of the incredible statements these folks have made over the
past 3 1/2 years and find them to be "honest and trustworthy?" It
boggles one's mind.....literally!
Maybe we don't know enough about Romney----particularly those who have
little understanding of what happens on an LDS mission in regards to personal
growth and development or serving as a Bishop or Stake President and serving
others, which I can discount as being unenlightened----but I'm afraid we
know TOO MUCH about Obama! (And his Chicago style of politics like having a tax
cheat for the Secretary of the Treasury, etc.) Trutworthy---Obama-----are you
A useless pole because it is "registered" voters. The only poll that
has any real meaning is "likely voters".
I wonder what our economy needs?1) someone with money sense2) someone who is fun to hangout with
The only thing we know about Mitt Romney is that he is going to make things
better for corporations and the wealthy. Than is Job One. Everything else is
secondary to that primary objective in a Romney administration. Of course, he
"believes" that the added wealth he provides to his major supporters
will eventually "trickle down" to the lower classes. Jobs will come
back (at lower wages and benefits, certainly) and American business will be more
profitable and we'll be back to "business as usual" with decreased
regulations and lower taxes on upper-income Americans.In this way,
Romney will find his "likability" index increase with his core
constituency although the social conservatives will probably not like him any
more than they do now. Since they will vote for "Anyone but Obama", in
their heart they continue to think, "Anyone but Romney!" Republicans have worked diligently to make Obama a pariah, but they ended up
with Romney as their Golden Warrior who they didn't expect and didn't
want. Most conservatives today can only stomach Romney because they have been
convinced to dislike Obama more. It's been a dubious strategy. Now they
have to "like" Romney more!
The Real MaverickTime is a liberal shield. They put their
"undocumented Americans" cover up, a few days before Obama made his
speech about giving adults 30 and under amnesty (allowing them to stay and work
is amnesty). It was too perfect to be coincidence. Any American that
pulls the rug out from under starving Americans and gives it to foreign
citizens, is not likeable. I look ahead, and see a better world for
my grandchildren with Romney. With Obama I see a President that can't work
with Congress. He is not a consensus builder, he uses his "executive"
order like a dictator. And he believes and is working towards an open border
country. One that will destroy this countries sovereignty. With Romney we might
get back to where we were, with Obama we are looking at the beginning of the end
of our country as we know it. Without enforced borders (including enforcement
inside the country for those that make it through) we are not a country anymore.
We are a dying civilization in upheaval.
The Real Maverickflip-flopper?"With respect to the notion
that I can just suspend deportations throughexecutive order, that’s
just not the case, because there are laws onthe books that Congress has
passed."-Barack Obama March 27, 2011
@toosmartforyou"I guess people forgot what he told the Russian leader
about his "next term""He said that it'd be easier
to get Congress to pass things like nuclear arms reduction treaties after the
elections are over. I'm not sure what's wrong with that statement
since it's completely factual. He got the new START treaty passed during
the lame duck session in 2010 after the elections. @Counter
Intelligence"I just disagree with you on many of them"That's fine, I just wanted to establish that people are supporting him
for more than "I think he's more likable".@Richard B"With Obama I see a President that can't work with Congress."What do you expect from a guy when the senate minority leader says his
number one priority is to make Obama a one term president and when tea party
members were voted in explicitly on a platform of obstruction? I can accept an
argument that says neither side is working well, but Romney won't change
that either. Democrats can use the filibuster just as well as Republicans can
now that Republicans have set a precedent for using it on everything.
Washington Post-ABC News Poll: Among those surveyed, 55 percent said Obama will
be a one-term president while only 35 percent say he will win re-election.Support for Obama among African Americans has dropped, plummeting 25
percentage points in the same Washington Post-ABC news poll.Bloomberg National Poll: More than 50 percent of Americans say they are worse
off now than they were two years ago when Obama took office, and two-thirds
believe the country is headed in the wrong direction. His putting
his re-election first by trying to buy votes, instead of doing what's right
shows he is not a very trustworthy person. You can add his lying about
immigration deportations also.
Everyone loves to hear what they want to hear. Tell me lies. Tell me sweet
little lies.Atlas Shrugged was written about this very situation.We are living it.
Each day closer to November elections bring out more and more desperation from
the lamestream press.They're committed to the re-election of
Obama, and obviously will do ANYTHING they can to make that happen.Sometimes its "polls" that only poll Democrats, sometimes its
"push" polls; i.e. "would you rather vote for Obama or have a root
canal" - surprise, surprise on the results!Sadly, many Americans
still put faith and trust in "polls".In most cases the
polling companies are being PAID to provide the results desired by a particular
If you're shackled with debt, you don't have freedom to choose.The Gadiantons are turning America into a Corporatocracy - an economic
and political system controlled by corporations or corporate interests.The 1% wants America shackled with debt. People in debt feel
hopeless.Hopeless people don’t vote.They don't want
people to feel empowered. So, I think there are two ways in which they
control the masses.First of all, frighten people, and
secondly, demoralize them. An educated, healthy, wealthy and
confident nation is harder to govern.They don’t want people to
be educated, healthy, debt-free and confident, because they would get out of
control." The top 1 % of the world's population own
80% of the world's wealth. It's incredible that people put up
with it quite frankly, but most of us are poor, we're demoralized, too many
are frightened.And therefore, many just think perhaps the safest
thing to do is to take orders from the beast they are in-debted too and hope for
Yes! Criticizing small successful business owners for "thinking
they're smart" and "being hard workers" is really likeable. Treating the American people like crooks is cool.
LDS Liberal,And Barack Obama is part of that one percent.I don't get you. You keep defending people in that one percent like:ClintonAl GoreTed KennedyObamaNancy PelosiHarry Reidetc.
@atl134Great Presidents can bring compromise and build consensus among the
legislature and parties to get things done. They know how to work with others,
they don't always get their way. But they make the effort. Obama doesn't play well with other people. He gets mad when opposed, and
instead of trying to work it out, he uses the back door to get his way. I want a
President that can work with others, even if they disagree. That man is not
President Obama Ended the war in Iraq Ended Don't ask,
don't tell Passed Healthcare reform so now Americans cannot be
dropped from their insurance Cleaned up BP Recalled half our troops
in Afghanistan Promoted jobs for Veterans Promotes marriage and
mongamy Put forth various jobs bill that the GOP House shoots down
And got Osama Bin Laden? His opposition? Sends jobs
overseas. No contest.
With the stimulus, Obama sent billions to China and Japan to build windmills,
than billions more to a bankrupt Australian company to build a windmill farm in
Texas.Billions more were sent to Finland, Mexico, Brazil, Pakistan,
etc, to build up their economies.Sorry folks, but this wasn't