America more polarized after 3 years of Obama

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He was supposed to be the post-racial President who would bring Americans back together. Instead, he’s “the most polarizing president. Ever.”
Those are not my words.

Those are the words of Chris Cillizza and Aaron Blake, writing in The Washington Post, Jan. 30, 2012:

President Obama ran — and won — in 2008 on the idea of uniting the country. But each of his first three years in office has marked historic highs in political polarization, with Democrats largely approving of him and Republicans deeply disapproving.

For 2011, Obama’s third year in office, an average of 80% of Democrats approved of the job he was doing in Gallup tracking polls, as compared to 12% of Republicans who felt the same way. That’s a 68-point partisan gap, the highest for any president’s third year in office — ever. (The previous high was George W. Bush in 2007, when he had a 59% difference in job approval ratings.)

In 2010, the partisan gap between how Obama was viewed by Democrats versus Republicans stood at 68%; in 2009, it was 65%. Both were the highest marks ever for a president’s second and first years in office, respectively.

What do those numbers tell us? Put simply: that the country is hardening along more and more strict partisan lines.

While it’s easy to look at the numbers cited above and conclude that Obama has failed at his mission of bringing the country together, a deeper dig into the numbers in the Gallup poll suggests that the idea of erasing the partisan gap is simply impossible, as political polarization is rising rapidly.

Out of the ten most partisan years in terms of presidential job approval in Gallup data, seven — yes, seven — have come since 2004. Bush had a run between 2004 and 2007 in which the partisan disparity of his job approval was at 70 points or higher.

Obama’s ratings have been consistently among the most polarized for a president in the last 60 years,” concludes Gallup’s Jeffrey Jones in a memo summing up the results. “That may not be a reflection on Obama himself as much as on the current political environment in the United States, because Obama’s immediate predecessor, Bush, had similarly polarized ratings, particularly in the latter stages of his presidency after the rally in support from the 9/11 terror attacks faded.”

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0 responses to “America more polarized after 3 years of Obama

  1. It was never the community organizer’s goal to bring this country together. His progressive agenda is his only goal.

  2. GREAT NEWS! aka obama opens campaign to a half EMPTY stadium in ohio. ROFL!!!!!!

  3. A house divided against itself cannot stand.
    Go figure.
    Divide and rule……………..the oldest game in town.
    He just likes to start fights and then really start grinnin’.
    LORD help us.

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  6. Same here, Terry. 🙁
    I also said “adios” to an acquaintance of 2 years, a friend of 30 years, and several members of my bio family. Obama is a mirror that reflects the true nature of his supporters’ intelligence, character, and soul.

  7. edward oleander

    The article seem to paint Bush(43) as even worse, and perhaps even the root cause of the continuing disparity. Yet all I see are all sorts of complaints about Obama here. All of YOU are why the gap stays high and even grows… Before you kvetch about polarization in “Amerika,” try assessing your own role in it.
    Obama tried. In the first part of his term, he had the supermajority he needed to ram through anything he wanted. He didn’t use it. He offered several concessions on health care even before debate began, to try and win some bipartisan support. The same went on other key issues. He got spit on by the GOP for his efforts, who took advantage of his willingness to negotiate and put up every roadblock they could muster.
    The blame for today’s divide rests mostly with the far right. Their track record speaks for itself.


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