View Poll Results: Wil near future president be able to maintain approval ratings above 50%?

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    Re: Will any near future presidents have high approval ratings?

    Quote Originally Posted by earthworm View Post
    The problem is with those who lean BACK, rather than FORWARD.
    No, the problem is with those that only lean forward. Maybe you should try to actually move forward instead of just leaning.

    Very few Americans are worthy of judging our President, so these polls should be assigned to the scrap heap.
    How do you propose selecting those that get to vote for the USA President since you have determined that the great unwashed are not qualified?

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    Re: Will any near future presidents have high approval ratings?

    Until we as citizens actually have a grasp on policy, the education to understand politics and economics, and reasonable expectations of our leaders... no, there will not be a truly popular leader. And it's not their fault. It's ours. For being idiots.
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    Re: Will any near future presidents have high approval ratings?

    Quote Originally Posted by Paschendale View Post
    Until we as citizens actually have a grasp on policy, the education to understand politics and economics, and reasonable expectations of our leaders... no, there will not be a truly popular leader. And it's not their fault. It's ours. For being idiots.
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    Re: Will any near future presidents have high approval ratings?

    Quote Originally Posted by earthworm View Post
    I only wish that this was not true, but it is ,in reality, all too true.
    But are the people that much better?
    Of course not, the people are, by and large, stupid, short-sighted and easily distracted. Not only do they elect these asshat politicians in the first place, they see what a crappy job they do and then the RE-ELECT THEM OVER AND OVER AGAIN! I find it funny when people, especially the far-right-wing, complain that the government isn't doing the will of the people. Sure they are, they got elected fair and square and they keep getting re-elected. People get the government they deserve and when the people are stupid and gullible, look at what we get.
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    Re: Will any near future presidents have high approval ratings?

    Of course presidents will be able to have high approval ratings in the future. It just depends on the circumstances. You're forgetting that Obama himself had an approval rating above 50% just a little over a year ago...but even if we don't count that and assume it was part of his honeymoon upon taking office, you don't have to look back very far to find other examples. From 2001 until early 2004, Bush had an approval rating above 50%. And I don't think partisanship has anything to do with it. Bill Clinton reached his peak approval rating (nearly 65%) during his impeachment - the ultimate exercise in partisanship.

    Even now, in the midst of the worst recession in recent memory and immediately after voters just punished the Democratic Congress, Obama's approval rating hovers around 45%. Is it really so difficult to imagine that if the economy was looking better, that his approval rating would be a few points higher and push him above the 50% mark?
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    Re: Will any near future presidents have high approval ratings?

    In a plutocratic state, elected leaders are basically figureheads existing mainly to exercise the passions and distract the attention of the public from how decisions are actually made. This doesn't rule out the ascendence of a dictator - in fact, it probably guarantees it - but at that point opinion polls hardly matter.

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