The Campaign Spot

52 Percent Don’t Think Barack Obama Deserves Reelection?

Here’s what ought to be the headline from CNN’s latest poll:

6. Do you think Barack Obama deserves to be reelected, or not?

Feb. 12-15, 2010

All Americans/ Registered Voters

Yes, deserves reelection 44% / 44%

No, does not deserve reelection 52% / 52%

No opinion 4% / 4%

Here’s a fascinating bit from the same poll:

Now I’d like you to describe Barack Obama as a person using those same classifications. Think about Obama’s personal experiences before he became president and his overall outlook on life rather than the lifestyle that all presidents have while they are in the White House. Thinking about the kind of person you believe Obama is, which would you say he belongs in — the upper class, the middle class, or the working class?

Feb. 12-15 2010

Upper class 45%

Middle class 42%

Working class 12%

No opinion 2%

I’m sure Obama and his supporters are recoiling from this in disbelief. Obama’s father split when he was born; he lived in some not-so-glamorous circumstances overseas; he was effectively abandoned by both parents before he was a teenager. He goes on and on about the student loans he had to pay off, and his credit card was getting rejected as recently as 2000.

On the other hand, he went to an elite private school in Hawaii; attended Columbia and Harvard, became a lawyer and a law-school lecturer, and was elected into state government at age 35.

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