Two-Thirds Of Voters Say Obama Has Kept His Promise Of "Change", Although 56% Find He Has Changed It For The Worse

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Four months before Obama's reelection vote, the people have spoken, and agree that when it comes to Obama's first election promise of "Change", the president has kept his promise... with a twist. As The Hill reports, following a poll of 1000 likely voters on July 5, "Two-thirds of likely voters say President Obama has kept his 2008 campaign promise to change America — but it’s changed for the worse, according to a sizable majority. A new poll for The Hill found 56 percent of likely voters believe Obama’s first term has transformed the nation in a negative way, compared to 35 percent who believe the country has changed for the better under his leadership."


The results signal broad voter unease with the direction the nation has taken under Obama’s leadership and present a major challenge for the incumbent Democrat as he seeks reelection this fall. 


Conducted for The Hill by Pulse Opinion Research, the poll comes in the wake of last month’s Supreme Court decision that upheld the primary elements of Obama’s signature healthcare legislation. 


It found 68 percent of likely voters — regardless of whether they approve or disapprove of Obama — believe the president has substantially transformed the country since his 2009 inauguration.

Obviously, the split is by party lines:

The feeling that Obama has changed the country for the worse is strongest among Republicans, at 91 percent, compared to 71 percent of Democrats who support Obama’s brand of change.

Yet surprisingly...

Strikingly, 1-in-5 Democrats say they feel Obama has changed the United States for the worse.

Compared to the sentiment about Obama’s impact, fewer people see presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney as a candidate who will change the country dramatically if elected.

Still, 50 percent of people think Romney will bring a “significant” level of change — a finding that may reflect the desire among anti-Obama voters for a reversal of the president’s policies.

The question then is how will the critical independent block vote:

Independent of voter opinions about how the country has changed, The Hill Poll found an overwhelming majority of voters — 89 percent — view the choice between Obama and Romney as important in terms of the future impact on the country.


Almost half (47 percent) say they are paying more attention to this year’s election than the 2008 vote. Republicans are generally paying more attention than Democrats — 56 percent to 44 percent — to the 2012 campaign compared to 2008.


Among centrists, views are evenly split on how Obama has changed the country — with 40 percent saying the United States is better today and 42 percent saying it is worse off. Eighty percent of liberals think Obama has changed the country for the better.


There is a marked difference of opinion along racial lines, with just 29 percent of whites saying Obama has changed the country for the better compared to 92 percent of blacks.

So still more or less a toss up. However, one thing is certain. As we reported previously, when it comes to defending America from an alien invasion: "The two presidential candidates may be neck and neck in most (un)popularity polls, and according to some metaphorical sources are even the same person just with different Wall Street backers, but when it comes to the critical topic of resisting an alien invasion, Obama is far better prepared, according to two thirds of the population."

And that is really all that matters.

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Mon, 07/09/2012 - 13:39 | 2599122 zero19451945
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I was reading one of those Presidential polls and the question was like: "Who would you rather sit next to on an airplane?"

Are you fucking kidding me? Is that the most pressing issue on the minds of voters?

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 13:47 | 2599147 NotApplicable
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LOL, I haven't gotten on a plane since they set the Gestapo loose back in 1999.

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 13:59 | 2599192 Fukushima Sam
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Looks like we'll all be voting for Robamaney this year.

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 14:03 | 2599202 Bananamerican
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spooky fuckin' picture...truly.

Available in the ZH gift shop???

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 14:28 | 2599272 mikla
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Don't discount the, "Alien Invasion".

It's not priced in.

Kang to Earth Capital

Saviors of the world

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 14:33 | 2599324 sangell
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Looks like he had an 'ear job' and is going Michael Jackson on us.

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 14:09 | 2599217 Dr. Engali
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You may be voting for Robamaney this year, but I am writing in Ron Paul.

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 14:09 | 2599220 Vagabond
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Don't vote... don't participate in this farce of a democracy.

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 16:47 | 2599907 James-Morrison
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A "don't vote" is a vote for Obama.  I believe it is part of the campaign strategy.

I am writing in Ron Paul. 

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 13:55 | 2599172 Unprepared
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Au contraire, that's a very relevent question.


In all honesty, who would you rather sit next to for 5 hours listening to their BS? Honestly.

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 16:06 | 2599765 johnQpublic
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i'd rather sit next to a screaming baby than either one of those two assholes

besides, if i told either one of them what i truly thought i'd end up beat near to death by secret service before heading off for an indefinite stay at guantanamo

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 13:56 | 2599178 kridkrid
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I can't fathom how it is that so many people buy what is being sold.  Those poll numbers tell me EVERYTHING that anyone should need to know... the PURPOSE of the two party system is to keep people divided so that they can be conquered.  It's forking textbook: - This is nothing new.  And the stupidity of "who would you rather sit next to on an airplane" is no worse than "is the country headed in the right direction".  Neither asks for or encourages any sort of critical thought... both questions are meant to herd subjects.  All polls are meant to herd people and shape opinion.  Lambs being led to the slaughter... anyone who believes in either party is nothing more.  

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 14:00 | 2599195 overmedicatedun...
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if you think polls are facts well I have a diebold voting machine for you.

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 14:07 | 2599212 NidStyles
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Facts are things people believe to be true. In this case Polls are facts for the sheeple that do not understand how statistics work, nor how they can be misrepresented.  

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 14:22 | 2599274 kridkrid
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It doesn't matter if they are or are not facts... they will become facts, overtime.  Good pollsters can get whatever result they want... and if they don't certainly that can lie.  It's but one tool available to manufacture a result.  I was about to say "manufature consent", which is where is all eventually leads, but the tension created through "divide in conquer" is a necessary component.

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 19:32 | 2600422 i-dog
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"35 percent who believe the country has changed for the better under his leadership"

Absolute proof that there is a fool born every minute.

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 12:10 | 2602451 Joseph Jones
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I'd enjoy pooping in the face of either of them just as much as the other. 

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 13:39 | 2599123 Aziz
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Obama is all about change.

Taking the change in your pocket and giving it to banksters, lobbyists, and the military-industrial complex.

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 16:08 | 2599770 johnQpublic
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change you can decieve with

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 13:40 | 2599126 world_debt_slave
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time for a change from the change

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 14:50 | 2599397 Lucky Guesst
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time for coinstar


Mon, 07/09/2012 - 14:56 | 2599415 Lucky Guesst
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Mon, 07/09/2012 - 13:41 | 2599127 azzhatter
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How do 2 guys from such different backgrounds morph into the same cocksucker?

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 13:48 | 2599150 NotApplicable
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It's all of those finishing schools.

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 14:13 | 2599228 Peter Pan
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Obama and Romney ARE in fact part of the alien invasion.

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 13:45 | 2599137 Pretorian
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What a scam Bye..Bye democracy! First they scamed people by cheating results for RON PAUL now they brainwashing people about OBama. This 1% who fix the game are getting more and more stuppid.

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 13:50 | 2599157 NotApplicable
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I'd say as long as the even stupider voters keep participating, they are safely in the lead.

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 14:07 | 2599213 NidStyles
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Democracy is a scam in the first place, it's designed to be self-defeating. 

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 12:15 | 2602471 Joseph Jones
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Plato listed systems of government in descending order of quality.  He lists the US' form representative democracy exactly one step above dictatorship.

Of course Plato also wrote the law instituting the death penalty for "conventicle" (private religious gathering).   

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 13:46 | 2599140 Snakeeyes
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If we change towards Marxism, why is this good? My brother in law in an angry Marxist like Bill Ayers. He cannot articulate why wealth is so evil (other than he doensn't have any). He LOVES Obama and thinks he has fundamentally screwed America.

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 14:09 | 2599215 NidStyles
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You Borther-in-Law is just a moron. THere's no need to value anything he says. 

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 13:47 | 2599146 resurger
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Change, what change?

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 14:01 | 2599198 t_kAyk
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Change for the bus, gas is too expensive for my choomwagon. 

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 13:49 | 2599153 Nothing To See Here
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Obama never promised "Good change you can believe in". Blame it on the zombies who voted him in.

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 13:49 | 2599155 Comay Mierda
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damn that's a lot of people to fit into the FEMA camps

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 14:02 | 2599200 Unprepared
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Nothing the Grand Canyon Cemetery can't hide.

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 13:54 | 2599171 Atomizer
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If I wanted America to fail


Any questions?

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 13:56 | 2599176 Temporalist
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Oh come on Tylers put that picture of Mitrak Obomney enlarged on the page please!

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 14:09 | 2599218 Atomizer
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Can you have choom gang smoke discharging from his ear?

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 14:29 | 2599303 Temporalist
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Thanks ZH!  I would vote for that guy!

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 13:57 | 2599182 azzhatter
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If I had a son he'd look like Mittens

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 14:09 | 2599210 haskelslocal
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There is not two parties.

2/3 of Americans live on hope and dreams.

Jesus takes care of them and when they're left with nothing? They pray for everything to get better.

It is the way.

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 14:08 | 2599214 Grey-Ghost
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"71 percent of Democrats support Obama’s brand of change."

Fucking incredible. Do not get me wrong - supporters of the Repulsive wing of the Fascist Fraud Party (FFP) on power are the same.

Whomever supports either wing of the FFP is an idiot and deserves zero tolerance. Fucking incredible.

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 14:22 | 2599240 Dr. Engali
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71 % of the democrats are too stupid to realize how they are being screwed by "their guy". My guess is that number is pretty close to the same percentage of republicans who continued to support George Bush.

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 14:31 | 2599311 Temporalist
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71% of democrats and republicans prefer KY over Vasoline.

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 15:09 | 2599480 Shizzmoney
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This!  Our parents and grandparents, for the most part, are the ones who are brainwashed.  And this is proved by their share of the percentage of the total votes cast in these "elections".

The 29% in both lines of thinking, are usually either the ones who got screwed and didn't get help when Wall Street took all of their wealth, or young people (like me) who understand no matter who is in, we are fucking screwed. 

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 14:14 | 2599237 blunderdog
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I'm impressed that so many see a big change. That's got to be some kind of programming by the media.

As far as I can tell, Obama hasn't done a thing except for get that bullshit health-insurance bill passed.

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 15:10 | 2599486 Shizzmoney
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You forgot about the fact you can openly suck cock in the military now and not be discharged for it.

Not that's there anything wrong with that.  Gay militaries tend to be a lot of tough motherfuckers (see: Sparta).

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 15:41 | 2599646 blunderdog
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That's not true, tho.

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 15:13 | 2599497 Poetic injustice
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He also offered 400 billion work bill, but due to evil republicans it miserably failed *snicker snicker*

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