Polls: People still like Obama, they just don't believe him 

Americans still like Barack Obama. They are closely divided on his performance as president, but last weekend's NBC/Wall Street Journal poll shows that 52 percent still have a positive impression of him. Only 34 percent have a negative impression.

But then there's this, from Rasmussen's Saturday poll, on three statements Obama made during his State of the Union Address:

The president in the speech declared that his administration has cut taxes for 95% of Americans...Most (53%) say it has not happened, and 26% are not sure.

The president also asserted that “after two years of recession, the economy is growing again.” Just 35% of voters believe that statement is true...

Obama claimed that steps taken by his team are responsible for putting two million people to work “who would otherwise be unemployed.” Just 27% of voters say that statement is true. Fifty-one percent (51%) say it's false.

In a previous poll, only 9 percent of voters expected Obama's spending freeze to have much effect.

The numbers suggest that if Democrats follow the Plouffe playbook and run on Obama's economic achievements (i.e., the stimulus package), their cause is probably lost, barring a major turnaround in the coming months.

More importantly, these polls taken together -- including the ones showing popular opposition to his health care reform bill -- suggest that people like Obama, but they don't believe him.

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David Freddoso

David Freddoso came to the Washington Examiner in June 2009, after serving for nearly two years as a Capitol Hill-based staff reporter for National Review Online. Before writing his New York Times bestselling book, The Case Against Barack Obama, he spent three years assisting Robert Novak, the legendary Washington... more
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