Friday, June 15, 2012

Polls Show Obama Trouncing Romney

If the election were held today, Barack Obama would be reelected by a major landslide. See, you’ve been reading all the wrong polls. There’s no possibility of a close election, let alone a Romney victory. Here are the results of the polls from last week, in order from highest to lowest. The question asked was: “Would you like to see Barack Obama reelected?” Yes: 92%, 89%, 73%, 71%, 69% and 67%.

Now don’t quibble with me. I’m not sure if this was a poll of likely voters or merely preferences, but either way, it’s pretty stunning. So let’s take a closer look at the demographics of the polling. Also in order from highest to lowest, the poll responders are in France, Germany, England, Spain, Italy and last, but not least, the Czech Republic. In other words, if Obama were running for President of the Eurozone, he would be a shoo-in.

Is this another example of American exceptionalism? Maybe. After all, every American poll has the race as a small Obama victory, a small Romney victory, or “too close to call.” In other words, Obama would win by a huge margin, except that Americans aren’t Europeans. I find that to be an exceptionally good thing, don’t you?

Poland is a bit of a downer for Emperor Obama, however. Only 40% of Poles polled pulled for the prissy president. It may have something to do with missile defenses and Russia’s own prize prickly president Putin, but we can’t be sure. This is bound to bring Polack jokes back into vogue.

Pew Global Attitudes Project polls also found that in the same countries, the poll respondents can be as silly as a lot of Americans. In all the nations where Obama is highly popular, the overall opinion of the United States has slipped consistently each year for the past three years. Though the numbers are still better for the United States than they were in 2008, Bush’s final year in office, they have dropped consistently since the emperor’s coronation and lofty speechifying at the Berlin Wall.

Obama came into office proclaiming that the era of American unilateralism is over. The Euros liked that. But as Obama has acted more and more arbitrarily, or worse, ignored Europe’s demands, the United States is once again being perceived as arrogant. The old anti-Semitic joke about the Jewish people has been revised somewhat. “Individually, I like Americans, but as a group, they’re pushy.”

Interestingly, outside of Europe the reverse phenomenon has occurred. In the Islamic world, the favorable opinion of America has gone up, and its view of the president has gone down. George Bush actually had higher poll ratings in Pakistan, Jordan, Egypt, and Lebanon than Obama over the past two years. Guess there’s something to that “hell hath no fury” thing. Obama came into office practically begging Jihadistan to give him enough time to extend the caliphate to Washington DC. Instead he delivered a surge in Afghanistan and drones in Pakistan. During the “Arab Spring,” Obama did a whole lot of talking and very little acting.. That hasn’t sat well, particularly with the Egyptians.

Don’t get overly-thrilled by the results in the Islamic world, however. They still really, really don’t like the United States very much, so the increased favorability of the US and the decreased popularity of Obama are purely relative. When a people thinks its prime Western enemy has elected the first American Muslim president only to find out he demonstrates the same neglect toward Islam as he does for Christianity and Judaism, there’s bound to be a show of disappointment.

The Euroweenies seem to be doing the same thing a large number of Americans are doing. They like Obama personally, but can’t entirely explain why. They don’t support the US as much as in the recent past, but they don’t seem to be able to connect Obama to any of their decreased respect for America. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that unlike Bush II and Ronald Reagan, Obama not only enthusiastically supports world government, but is delighted to borrow more money from China to support the United Nations and Greek financial bailouts.

So until the Obama administration succeeds in passing the UN Resolution on World Voting in American Elections, he stands a much better chance of winning the top governmental spot in France or Germany than he does in America.

32 comments:

Tennessee Jed said...

Makes one wonder what they are thinking abroad. Personally, I think they want us to be as miserable as they are. "We are all Socialists Now" Time Magazine loudly proclaimed on it's cover after the bailout. The world media makes the American media look right wing so there's that, of course.

There was a pop song a few years ago with the lyrics "don't you wish your girlfriend was hot like me?" I think I hear the euro-weenies singing to the same tune "don't you wish your country just sucked like ours?"

TJ said...

"So until the Obama administration succeeds in passing the UN Resolution on World Voting in American Elections, he stands a much better chance of winning the top governmental spot in France or Germany than he does in America."

So can we please send him over there? Please??

And I really don't get how people can like him personally - I can't stand him.

StanH said...

The likeability crap with Barry is a false echo, emanating from racial sensitivities pounded into our subconscious for decades. This is something Rush hits on and explains it rather well, nobody wants to come off as racist to a pollster. He comes off as a conceited jerk to me.

As far as Europe is concerned, as others have said, misery loves company. However, to me the situation in Europe is a tinderbox waiting for a match. A quick perusal of history will tell you these countries have been enemies for millennia, and once the money dries up, look for civil unrest, nationalism, and the bullets will fly, WWIII?

T-Rav said...

Well, what else would you expect from the land that gave us Lech Walesa and Pope John Paul II? At least one European nation hasn't lost its mind.

AndrewPrice said...

Good for us they can't vote here.

rlaWTX said...

Now we know to where we will be footing the bills for his post-Pres vacations... hasta la vista

EricP said...

If our elections results are truly being tallied in Spain, oh, poor, poor naive Andrew. ;-)

LawHawkRFD said...

Tennessee: LOL You probably found the entire underlying cause of Obama popularity in Europe--misery loves company.

LawHawkRFD said...

TJ: I'm with you. Everything about him either infuriates me or annoys me. He's a pretentious liar and the biggest phony in my lifetime. And he's a sneaky, race-baiting hypocrite. There have been other presidents I really disliked, but this one turns my stomach. I was amused by Bill Clinton, though I switched parties after being a lifelong Democrat because of Hillarycare. I disliked his policies, but I didn't hate him. I hate Obama. And the very histrionic superficiality that causes others to like him is one of the main reasons I can't stand him. Hell, if he were a womanizer like Clinton at least I could believe he's human.

Jen said...

TJ,
I was thinking the same as you about sending him there, and then I read your comment. You beat me to it!

LawHawkRFD said...

Stan: Fortunately for me, while Baby Barack was just emerging from diapers, I was dodging redneck Sheriff's in the South during the civil rights movement. I learned early on that it's perfectly OK to have contempt for a black person who is evil, just as I can for an equally evil white person. I never suffered from liberal guilt, so I don't have to suffer from conservative guilt today.

As for Europe, let's not forget that Obama has taken a couple of jabs at Germany for being too harsh and not socialistic enough during the collapse of the Euro economy.

LawHawkRFD said...

T-Rav: Which explains why Obama treated Lech Walesa as a pariah at the Medal of Freedom ceremonies earlier this month, as well as his inexplicable refusal to grant religious exemptions from Obamacare mandates to the Catholic Church.

LawHawkRFD said...

Andrew: Obama has Eric Holder working on that. Denying Euroweenies the vote is a clear violation of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, at least in the South.

LawHawkRFD said...

rlaWTX: He'll probably be more expensive for the taxpayers as a vacationing ex-president than most sitting presidents while they're actually doing their job.

LawHawkRFD said...

Eric: Well, at least Spain has plenty of unemployed people available to count ballots by hand.

TJ said...

Jen - you know what they say about great minds - LOL!

LawHawkRFD said...

Jen: TJ's idea is excellent so long as it doesn't lead to Obama's coronation as Emperor of the Western World. But at least it might mean that the UN could move out of New York at last and relocate to Paris. Vive la France, Vive le Messie.

LawHawkRFD said...

TJ: Should we start circulating a petition? LOL

BevfromNYC said...

Once again the Dems think that Americans should give flying fig about what the rest of the world thinks of our President and who we elect. The only reason I can possibly think that this poll was taken was so they can use these numbers as a campaign talking point.

I don't care what France thinks. It angers me to no end and frankly I want a President who makes them all quake in their collective Ferrigamos that we may not save them from themselves once again.

T-Rav said...

Among the countries listed, the only one whose opinion I even halfway care about is England's. The rest are either semi-dependable enemies of ours or such internal basketcases their opinions don't matter anyway. I leave it to you to decide which category France belongs in.

LawHawkRFD said...

T-Rav: I always think of England a bit differently from the European continental nations. For one thing, Brits share a bit of that political correctness with many Americans that says you must like a black man regardless of his character or else you're a racist. I also think that the entire Anglosphere is one big happily dysfunctional family. We quarrel, we disagree, we take slaps at each other, but when it comes down to our family versus theirs, we tend to unite around each other. I tend to think that England's love of Obama is a great deal more apparent than real. In their heart of hearts, many Brits are saying to themselves: "Are our American cousins going to reelect that weak sister or a strong president we can take potshots at and pray for when we go to bed at night?" And remember, this is coming from me, who doesn't have a drop of English blood in his body.

LawHawkRFD said...

Bev: Having lived most of my life in the big pseudo-intellectual cities, I've always heard the plaintive liberal wail "why can't we be more like the Europeans?" Misunderstanding and/or misstating American exceptionalism has always been the default position of liberals. We often talk about liberal guilt, but it is accompanied by an American liberal inferiority complex. After all, the Europeans brought us Marx, Engels, Lenin, Hitler, Mussolini and Napoleon. The best we could come up with is the Founders, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.

Writer X said...

France can have him.

LawHawkRFD said...

WriterX: Even I don't dislike the French that much. LOL

T-Rav said...

You would think that a constitutional law professor would be able to come up with a better justification for this power play than "It's the right thing to do." I mean, since he's so smart and cerebral and everything.

StanH said...

This was written in establishment Washington tea leaves, both sides of the aisle, no surprise.

I still think an even trade would be good, we send twenty million of our welfare bums to Mexico, and we’ll keep the hard working Mexicans up here. A quarter the cost to house and feed them South of the border…win-win.

tryanmax said...

Whenever I hear the phrase "It's the right thing to do" I start working on math problems. Can anybody help me out with this one?

1 wrong + 1 wrong = ____________

LawHawkRFD said...

T-Rav: His view of the Constitution is that it's an impediment to the progressive agenda. Therefore, he will cite it when it's handy, and defy it when it's handy. Given his earlier statement this year, he has now done both on a single issue.

LawHawkRFD said...

Stan: Now that's a Dream Act!

LawHawkRFD said...

tryanmax: Math is so, well, inhumane. You must look at the big picture--the whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. Or something like that.

Anthony said...

The Obama immigration proposal is politically clever, if nothing else.

I wonder what group is going to be the beneficiary of his next proposal?

LawHawkRFD said...

Anthony: I agree with you. It is clever, and won't backfire the way his gay marriage announcement did. There is actually some logic to helping out young people who came here only because their parents dragged them with them. It's much, much more complicated than that, but the underlying concept is not the usual crazy "let 'em all in" immigration policy the Democrats have been pushing. It also deflects attention away from high-handed executive action (perhaps even unlawful action) for a political gain by focusing on truly sympathetic "victims" of a broken immigration system.

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