The headline of a recent ABC News story says it all, “Trouble Looms for Obama, Democrats with Election Day 2014 Approaching.” The story highlights President Obama’s low approval ratings.
Barack Obama and his political party are heading into the midterm elections in trouble. The president’s 40 percent job approval rating in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll is the lowest of his career – and the Democratic Party’s popularity is its weakest in polling back 30 years, with more than half of Americans seeing the party unfavorably for the first time.
Even more troubling for Democrats is the lack of interest in the midterm elections among black voters. The New York Times highlights this observation based on a confidential memo to President Obama from a former pollster:
“African-American surge voters came out in force in 2008 and 2012, but they are not well positioned to do so again in 2014,” Cornell Belcher, the pollster, wrote in the memo, dated Oct. 1. “In fact, over half aren’t even sure when the midterm elections are taking place.”
Mr. Belcher’s assessment points to an urgent imperative for Democrats: To keep Republicans from taking control of the Senate, as many are predicting, they need black voters in at least four key states. Yet the one politician guaranteed to generate enthusiasm among African Americans is the same man many Democratic candidates want to avoid: Mr. Obama.
Because her husband is dragging down the prospects for Democrats in the upcoming elections, Michelle Obama decided to deal the race card during a recent speech in Philadelphia, PA.
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