The honeymoon is over.
Jim Geraghty at the Campaign Spot @ NRO has a brief analysis of the latest Gallup Poll on Obama’s performance:
The honeymoon is over; in fact, Americans are pretty much realizing… this is not the Barack Obama they knew.
The latest Gallup poll is full of astonishingly bad news for President Obama. This poll of adults shows majorities disapproving of his performance on every issue except energy policy and global warming.
Obama Job Approval / Disapproval
Energy Policy: 49 / 35
Terrorism: 45 / 47
Global Warming: 44 / 36
The Economy: 44 / 53 (chart)
Health Care: 40 / 53 (chart)
Creating Jobs: 40 / 55
The situation in Afghanistan: 35 / 55
I wonder what the comparable numbers are among registered voters and likely voters.
Maybe it’s a particularly anti-Obama sample. Perhaps Obama can come back. But I think he’s going to need more than big speeches on any one of these areas; he’ll need tangible results: killed or captured high-profile terrorists, real signs of economic growth, the unemployment rate to decline, some sort of health care reform that generates tangible benefits quickly, and a sign that our enemies in Afghanistan are being pummelled.
Indeed this is not the Obama they knew, but it is the Obama the we knew. Oh…and on those energy and global warming numbers: just wait until the public finds out about Climategate. You can fool some people some of the time, but you can’t fool all people all of the time.