From Hope To Cope

NBC has a new poll showing Americans don’t really expect things to improve in President Obama’s second term. At his first inauguration there was hope, now people are just trying to cope.

“If 2009 was all about hope, 2013 is about the ability to cope,” Hart adds of the public’s lower expectations about the economy and reducing partisanship in Washington. …

As for views 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).

His lowest marks come on achieving his goals (44 percent give him high marks here), working effectively with Congress (29 percent) and changing business as usual in Washington (28 percent). …

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.

“The poll reveals a lack of buoyancy in looking ahead,” Hart, the Democratic pollster, says. (Read More)

The poll really makes no sense, because his approval rating is still above 50% even though people don’t expect much good to come from his presidency. Da Tech Guy summarized it pretty well.

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. (Read More)

We all knew the bloom was off the rose, but this is insane.