Lower Expectations, is that even Possible?

by Datechguy | January 18th, 2013

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Lower Expectations, is that even Possible?

This head­line at First Read is sim­ply incred­i­ble:

Pub­lic low­ers expec­ta­tions head­ing into Obama’s 2nd term

Appar­ently Hope and chance is gone, the pub­lic has lost hope and doesn’t expect much change.

In addi­tion, more than seven in 10 are dis­sat­is­fied with the cur­rent state of the econ­omy, and just more than a third are either “very” or “fairly” con­fi­dent in Obama’s abil­ity to pro­mote a strong and grow­ing economy.

And 60 per­cent believe the com­ing year will be a time to hold back and save because of harder times ahead, ver­sus 34 per­cent who instead think it will be a time of eco­nomic expan­sion and opportunity

So let’s get this straight, Over sev­enty per­cent of the pub­lic are dis­sat­is­fied with the econ­omy, just over a third of the peo­ple are con­fi­dent in the president’s abil­ity to fix it, and 60% of the folks are bat­ten­ing down the hatches for rough weather.

Yet this man just two months ago won 300+ elec­toral votes?

What’s more this directly con­tra­dicts other aspects of the poll:

on Obama’s qual­i­ties as pres­i­dent, he gets the best marks for being easy­go­ing and like­able (61 per­cent give him high marks here), hav­ing the abil­ity to han­dle a cri­sis (55 per­cent), being com­pas­sion­ate (53 per­cent), being knowl­edge­able and expe­ri­enced (53 per­cent) and being a good com­man­der in chief (51 percent).

Bot­tom line, if this poll is accu­rate, the pub­lic doesn’t expect Pres­i­dent Obama to get any­thing done, but he’s a nice com­pas­sion­ate guy and that’s all that counts. “Yeah my con­trac­tor hasn’t fixed that wall, the roof still leaks and the patches in the wall are fail­ing, but I hate to replace him, he’s SUCH a nice guy.” What does this say about us as a nation?

I’ve said in the past that we get the gov­ern­ment we deserve and I really thought we deserved bet­ter. But look­ing at these poll results, we just plain don’t.

This headline at First Read is simply incredible:

Public lowers expectations heading into Obama’s 2nd term

Apparently Hope and chance is gone, the public has lost hope and doesn’t expect much change.

In addition, more than seven in 10 are dissatisfied with the current state of the economy, and just more than a third are either “very” or “fairly” confident in Obama’s ability to promote a strong and growing economy.

And 60 percent believe the coming year will be a time to hold back and save because of harder times ahead, versus 34 percent who instead think it will be a time of economic expansion and opportunity

So let’s get this straight, Over seventy percent of the public are dissatisfied with the economy, just over a third of the people are confident in the president’s ability to fix it, and 60% of the folks are battening down the hatches for rough weather.

Yet this man just two months ago won 300+ electoral votes?

What’s more this directly contradicts other aspects of the poll:

on Obama’s qualities as president, he gets the best marks for being easygoing and likeable (61 percent give him high marks here), having the ability to handle a crisis (55 percent), being compassionate (53 percent), being knowledgeable and experienced (53 percent) and being a good commander in chief (51 percent).

Bottom line, if this poll is accurate, the public doesn’t expect President Obama to get anything done, but he’s a nice compassionate guy and that’s all that counts. “Yeah my contractor hasn’t fixed that wall, the roof still leaks and the patches in the wall are failing, but I hate to replace him, he’s SUCH a nice guy.” What does this say about us as a nation?

I’ve said in the past that we get the government we deserve and I really thought we deserved better. But looking at these poll results, we just plain don’t.

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