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.