Well, it’s looking like our upcoming presidential election is turning out to be a bit decided. Yep – show’s over, no need to vote, go home and play sudoku or marbles or something because according to recent polls, Obama’s got this one in the bag.
Not to suggest that our presidential elections are really just a series of immensely profitable game shows for major media or anything, but the suspense/nausea over the fate of our country’s leadership is quickly subsiding. As Mittens Rom-Rom and friends continue to chip away at each other in a race even John McCain is sick of watching, the American public is becoming increasingly frustrated with the GOP’s attitude towards basically everything – and Obama is coming out ahead as a result and by no real miracle of his own.
In several national polls conducted by a myriad of independent companies, the president has inched his way to an impressive 50% approval rating over the past several months. Meanwhile, Republicans on the Hill have secured a steady (if atrociously dismal) 22% approval rating, not that the Democrats are doing much better at around 31%. This puts him at a solid 6% lead over GOP frontrunner Romney, who’s being steadily undercut in recent primaries by an increasingly popular Santorum.
These numbers come at a time when Obama has taken flak from both sides of the aisle for his controversial contraceptive bill – Democrats resented that he had compromised in the slightest to ease its passage, and Republicans are still pissed at the fact that he got elected in the first place. While the effects that this incident will have on Obama’s approval rating remains to be seen, it is still doubtful that the president will suffer much over social issues in this presidential election, especially when 98% of Catholic women in America rely on contraceptives and 52% of all Catholics support his measure.
Still, while the odds of a major change in public opinion over the next nine months are low, anything is possible in American politics. So keep scanning headlines for stuff to shake your head at, and maybe don’t put away that popcorn just yet.