Obama's go it along strategy is unpopular
A new Quinnipiac poll shows broad public dissatisfaction with President Obama and his legacy achievements. Just 39 percent of those surveyed approve of Obama's performance in office, while 54 percent disapprove. Just 40 percent approve of the Affordable Care Act, while 54 percent disapprove. And just 45 percent approve of the president's recent executive action on immigration, while 48 percent disapprove.The administrations refusal to consider REpubnlican alternatives left it defending this unpopular law alone and has done great harm to the Democrats. Obama is likely to continue that legacy for two more years.
There is a theme running through the numbers, and it is that unilateral action, whether by the president himself (immigration), or by a single political party (Obamacare), alienates a significant part of the electorate, including independents, and makes it hard for a leader to win the support of a majority of the American people.
The survey, of 1,623 registered voters, contains other revealing numbers. As far as Obama's approval is concerned, there is more evidence of a continuing Democratic gender gap problem: just 32 percent of men approve of Obama's performance, while 45 percent of women do.