Yesterday, I complained somewhat loudly that the media was collectively ignoring Obama’s fall from grace in the polls, especially with respect to his handling of the economy. This morning, in a front-page spread, the Washington Post became an exception:
The afterglow of President Obama’s reelection and inauguration appears to have vanished as increasingly negative views among Americans about his stewardship of the economy have forced his public approval rating back down to the 50 percent mark, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
In December, just after he won a second term, Obama held an 18-percentage-point advantage over congressional Republicans on the question of whom the public trusted more to deal with the economy. Now, it’s a far more even split — 44 percent to 40 percent, with a slight edge for the president — but the share of those saying they have confidence in “neither” has ticked up into double digits.
We’ll see today how much traction this gets in the rest of the media. In his Wednesday edition of “The Daily Rundown,” NBC’s Chuck Todd mentioned the polling but that was about it.
Hot Air’s Ed Morrissey doesn’t expect Obama’s fall to last, but I’m not so sure. He’s pretty much returned to where he was in the year or so before the election: hovering around fifty in approval and the mid-to-high forties in disapproval.
Also, Obama’s Chicken Little-ing of the sequester ended up being a direct hit against his credibility. That’s something that can haunt a president for a very long time, especially if the GOP can effectively use it against him in the future. Of course, anything that requires the GOP to be effective is a big “if.”
Anyway, we’ll see how much steam Obama’s diminishing fortunes pick up in the rest of the media. The Washington Post usually leads the Narrative way, but I’m seeing nothing in the rest of the media showing that’s the case here. Oh, how I would love for the media to prove me wrong on this one.
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