Rasmussen has conducted a poll of how voters reacted to assertions Obama made about the economy and the results are staggering. Most voters simply do not believe the assertions Obama made about the economy by very wide margins.
On tax cuts:
... just 21% of voters nationwide believe that taxes have been cut for 95% of Americans. Most (53%) say it has not happened, and 26% are not sure. Other polling shows that nearly half the nation’s voters expect their own taxes to go up during the Obama years.
On the recession:
The president also asserted that “after two years of recession, the economy is growing again.” Just 35% of voters believe that statement is true, while 50% say it is false.
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.
On the spending freeze:
Regarding another initiative detailed in the speech on Wednesday night, just nine percent (9%) of voters believe the president’s proposed freeze on discretionary spending will have a big impact on the deficit.
The numbers get worse why party affiliation is taken into account. On all questions, only Democrats believe what Obama was selling and even then by small margins. The majority of Republicans and Independents simply were not buying any of it.
The only silver lining for Obama is that Democrats opinion of Obama increased after the State of the Union address. There was no change for Republicans and Independents.
The problem for Obama is that he is using very old Chicago style politics in a very new political era. Many voters on the right and in the middle have become much more active. They are now following political news much more closely than before. Simply trying to spin away bad news will not work anymore. Adding to Obama’s problem is that we are now firmly in the YouTube generation. Anyone with modest editing skills can string together past statements and prove a politicians lies with devastating effect. Remember the C-Span video?
For further details, read the whole report.
Graphic H/T: Mako Snark