A rather surprising finding from the newly released CNN poll. Question three on the national survey of 1,136 adults (which includes an oversample of African-Americans) asks, “Do you consider the first six months of the Obama administration to be a success or a failure?”
Thirty-seven percent (37%) said they believe the Obama administration is a “failure,” while 51% consider it a “success” and 11% say it’s still “too soon to tell.”
An identical question was asked of the Bush administration in an August 2001 CNN/Gallup/USA Today survey. At the time, 56% said the Bush administration was a “success” while only 32% considered it a “failure.”
I can’t even be bothered to get snarky, there just isn’t any comparison between the shit the two Presidents had to deal with in their first six months in office and it’s terribly disappointing of Time to serve up a right-wing headline on a platter like that. The only thing that surprises me is that even in America – land of the impatient, judgemental, reactionary dumbshit – only 11% think it takes more than six months to figure out if a four-year term in office succeeds or fails. I get that people are really, really stupid but I at least would’ve thought we’d make it to 1 in 5.