What would it take to get Obama to work with Republicans?
by Don McKee
August 12, 2013 12:12 AM | 2168 views | 4 4 comments | 51 51 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Don McKee
Don McKee
What do you think is the better way for the president to deal with the problems facing the country?

1. By traveling the country and making speeches about his policies to voters or 2. by locking himself in a room with Republicans and working out solutions. Those two options were put before 1,007 randomly chosen registered voters across the country in a Fox News poll by Anderson Robbins Research and Shaw & Company Research.

Only 24 percent said Obama should be on the stump making speeches about his policies. But a whopping 63 percent said he should lock himself in a room with Republicans to work out solutions to the country’s problems.

That conjures up images of Obama trying to pick the lock on the door while Republicans demand cuts in federal spending, undoing Obamacare, taking action on the IRS targeting conservative tea party-type groups, the cover-up of the Benghazi fiasco and how to really fix the immigration problem, among other things that need serious attention.

Of course, the idea behind the question is that the president should be in Washington trying to work out something with Republicans if he’s serious about actually doing something. But, of course, he prefers to make speeches because he can have a friendly audience and can take potshots at the Republicans without being concerned about his audiences challenging him. As for working out a plan with Republicans on the economy and other issues, Obama wouldn’t get anywhere unless he was willing to make real spending cuts and forego raising taxes. And the Republicans probably are not going to give in on those issues.

Back to the poll. Obama has not exactly wowed the voters with his stumping for his policies on the economy. Seventy-one percent of the people polled said the president has been “mostly talking about the same things he’s been talking about” for the past several years.

Obama’s disapproval rating is up to 52 percent, the poll showed, matching the record high of September 2010. His approval rating slid to 41 percent from 46 percent at the end of July, the Fox News poll showed. In that vein, a Rasmussen poll released last week found that only 27 percent of likely voters believed the country was heading in the right direction.

As for Obamacare, the latest Rasmussen Reports survey showed 48 percent of likely voters want their governors to oppose implementing the invasive health care program versus 40 percent saying they want their governors to support implementing the program. Most people don’t want Obamacare, according to late July polls by Rasmussen and Fox that found 53 percent of people opposing while a CBS News poll showed 54 percent against it.

Despite opposition by the majority in those polls and earlier ones, Obama shows no interest in heeding the voice of the people. If he won’t listen to them, there’s no chance he will pay attention to what Republicans have to say — even if he was locked in a room with them.


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Hank Moody
August 12, 2013
I think the question really is what would it take for Republican's to work with Obama?

As for your polls, it is great to hear about how the public thinks that Obama should be locked in a room with Republicans to sort through our countries problems.....however there is nothing to suggest the petty Republican party would even enter the room.

We should poll the Republican Members and ask what percentage would be willing to work the President to solve issues. I think we would probably end up somewhere around 20%? The rest of them are too busy trying to shut down the government in a tantrum over Obamacare - the others still harping on about how he is not an American citizen.

an observation
August 12, 2013
It is simply unbelievable that ANYONE thinks that this man wants to work, period! He is lazy, incompetent, lacks leadership ability and is throwing our money away in handfulls by all the travel, speeches, and heaven knows, the endless vacations. Leave the Republicans alone, they are our last hope. The rest of us are just going to slog away, trying to make enough money to support this President and his spending habits. Poor America, in more ways than one.
Kevin Foley
August 15, 2013
@an observation - From that liberal rag Forbes:

Amidst all the cries of Barack Obama being the most prolific big government spender the nation has ever suffered, Marketwatch is reporting that our president has actually been tighter with a buck than any United States president since Dwight D. Eisenhower.
August 12, 2013
New CBS poll: 76% Disapprove of Republican congress and 56% of Republicans disapprove of Republican congress.
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