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VITA HUSET:  President Barack Obamas popularitet har dalat. Idag ligger siffrorna kring 45 %.

När han tillträdde i januari 2009 hade han rekordhöga siffror på 68 % i en opinionsundersökning från Gallup.

Det var en siffra som ingen hade nått upp till sedan John F. Kennedy. Något har uppenbart hänt.

 Michael Scherer, Time Magazineförklarar

One explanation for Obama’s steep decline is that his presidency rests on what Gallup’s Frank Newport calls a ”paradox” between Obama and the electorate. In 2008, Newport notes, trust in the federal government was at a historic low, dropping to around 25%, where it still remains. Yet Obama has offered government as the primary solution to most of the nation’s woes, calling for big new investments in health care, education, infrastructure and energy. Some voters bucked at the incongruity, repeatedly telling pollsters that even programs that have clearly helped the economy, like the $787 billion stimulus, did no such thing. Meanwhile, the resulting spike in deficits, which has been greatly magnified by tax revenue lost to the economic downturn, has spooked a broad sweep of the country, which simply does not trust Washington to responsibly handle such a massive liability.

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As his poll numbers fell, Obama responded with his perpetual cool. His appeals to the grass-roots army that he started, through online videos for Organizing for America, took on a formal, emotionless tone. He acted less like an action-oriented President than a Prime Minister overseeing some vast but balky legislative machinery. When challenged about his declining popularity, the President tended to deflect the blame — to the state of the economy, the ferocity of the news cycle and right-wing misinformation campaigns. Aides treated the problem as a communications concern more than a policy matter. They increased his travel schedule to key states and limited his prime-time addresses. They struggled to explain large, unpopular legislative packages to the American people, who opposed the measures despite supporting many of the component parts, like extending health insurance to patients with pre-existing conditions or preventing teacher layoffs.

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Instead of shifting course, Obama spoke dismissively about Republican efforts to play ”short-term politics.” […] At the same time, the base voters Obama had energized so well in ’08 went back into hibernation. […] In a rich irony, many of the same groups Obama turned out for the first time in record numbers had suffered the most from the recession and were the most likely to tune politics out.

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