From the Washington Post:
A majority of Americans and even many Democrats consider President Obama’s tenure to be a “failure,” according to a new poll from the Washington Post and ABC News. The poll shows Americans say 52-42 that Obama has been more of a failure than a success. Among registered voters, the gap is even bigger — at 55-39 — with four in 10 (41 percent) saying they “strongly” believe Obama has been a failure.
Okay, pro forma stipulations: the question was binary. You either had to rate the President a success or a failure. And, to be sure, the 18 percent of liberals who feel “strongly” that Obama has made a hash of things are probably most upset that we don’t have single-payer health care (or at least employer-provided euthanasia), that our energy economy isn’t yet soy-based, and that we haven’t managed to turn over control of public school curriculum to the United Nations. Stipulated.
Here’s the question — and here I’m interested especially in what you’re actually hearing from people you know: do the voters who Obama has turned off see this as a failure of the man or the ideas? In other words, do they conceive of the problem as Barack Obama being overmatched by the office or as progressivism being inherently flawed?
The distinction may not make much difference now — either way the president is underwater — but it likely has serious implications for the future. What are you hearing?