published Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Distaste for Obama grows in Tennessee

President Barack Obama discusses the continuing budget talks Tuesday at the White House in Washington. (AP)
President Barack Obama discusses the continuing budget talks Tuesday at the White House in Washington. (AP)
Do you approve of the job Obama is doing as president?

Disapproval of President Barack Obama has intensified, and Tennesseans are indicating that they are ready to throw their support behind any one of his main Republican rivals, a new poll by Middle Tennessee State University suggests.

Nearly two-thirds of Tennesseans say they disapprove of the way Obama is handling his job, up from 52 percent last spring, and the president’s approval rating has plunged to 30 percent, the lowest since he took office in 2009.

With dissatisfaction over the economy high, Tennesseans said they were more likely to vote for any of the three top candidates for the Republican nomination — former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former restaurant executive Herman Cain. More Tennesseans also said they trust Republicans to create jobs, and they opposed Obama’s proposal to raise taxes on wealthy households.

The results suggest Democrats may have a hard time competing next year in Tennessee, a state that they lost by a wide margin in the 2008 presidential election.

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esaletnik said...

Tennessee has only voted for three Democratic presidents since 1948. Why would they start now?

October 25, 2011 at 11:37 a.m.
chet123 said...

The poor working and middle class people in tennessee is too ignorant to think for themselves.....tennessee have one of the lowest income in the nation....always have been at the bottom....that why it call the volunteer state....employment have always been fill the employment gap tennessean enlisted in military(VOLUNTEER) feed their families...the churches teach to protect the rich and a result they vote against their own interest by voting the rich-man party..the republican party ha ha ha ....what dumb butts!!!

October 25, 2011 at 12:03 p.m.
najones75 said...

You write like you're included in the group you described, chet. Dumb butt? How old are you?

Imagine that...people putting the welfare of the country before their own interest. What a novel and rare idea. Maybe we have a chance to turn this thing around, after all...

October 25, 2011 at 12:13 p.m.
chet123 said...

You would think a man with a half-brain would figure this out....the middle class was not given to the people because they worked hard...the middle clas was fought for..thru labor unions, democracy..ect....after world warII.....thanks GOD for the greatest generation...the "Now" generation have no core value.....have let republican propaganda divided the working class with wedge-issues(abortion,religion,race)while our country loose millions of American jobs by way of NAFTA(North America Free Trade Agreement)to max profit for RICH AND GREEDY with cheap labor cost...but selling product at premiun cost....WAKE-UP tennessee and the South....wake -up you've been bamboozle once...which resulted in 600,000 american lives....for the rich and tennessee have a distaste?? so they yearn for being indentured servants?????....i must say again!! what dumb butt!!!

October 25, 2011 at 12:27 p.m.
chet123 said...

Sadly being a Tennessian i'm stigmatized as you are too najones....whether we like it or not

October 25, 2011 at 12:38 p.m.
JustOneWoman said...

Who wrote this? Another head in the sand-er? Almost half of Tennessee voted for Obama the first time around, and it will be more this time. Even hard edged Republicans have turned from the party. They may not vote for Obama but they sure have a bad taste of republicon in their mouth. People are waking up. People are seeing what the republicons are doing to our country. Treason is the word that comes to mind. Given time, the traitors will be held accountable to the law. History is not going to be kind to the republicons.

So, writer, you may say anything you wish, but it just aint so. We are not all dumb butts in Tn. And this Tn woman doesn't take kindly to being told what she thinks.

October 25, 2011 at 1:26 p.m.

Tennesseans recognize a phoney when we see one. Algore and Obama are two of the biggest political phoneys in over a century of national politics. Phil Bredesen was a two-term Governor so yes Tennesseans will vote for a Democratic Party candidate, provided he/she is worthy of the role.

chet and JustOne should have their Internet priviledges taken away at Moccasin Bend.

October 25, 2011 at 2 p.m.
LibDem said...

Somehow, I don't think President Obama is counting on Tennessee. I doubt he'll waste an ad here.

October 25, 2011 at 2:32 p.m.
chet123 said...

Libdem....maybe its because tennessee, alabama,georgia, mississippi,south carolina, louisana,Texas have been hi-jacked by so-call religous leaders like the Rev.Robert Jeffress who are bank-rolled by the Texas oil rich and greedy.....And they say the mid-east have radical religous Leaders....sorry to say this...but most institutionalized in the South(small churches are exceptional thanks GOD) churches are protector of Rich and Greedy....they have sold honest...when the last time you have heard a sermon on GREED....or the beattitude christ taught which was the corner stone of his teaching Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!.....this is why any democrat will have trouble in the South......who do you think build those MEGA churches(new age country clubs)ha ha ha

October 25, 2011 at 3:05 p.m.
prairiedog said...

The only happy ending likely to come out of this election for Al Gore is one he can obtain legally, for cash, at certain establishments in Nevada.

When a man who ran for President under the banner of one of the two main national political parties has to resort to making sleazy advances to massage therapists, COME ON! That's a LOSER.

Gore is a perfect example of what's wrong with politics in this country and with his partisan peers in particular. They are only interested in doing something for us if it serves their own perverted needs.

I do think that President Obama started out with good intentions, as did his voters, but they were all doomed from the start because you cannot understand anything about business when your only exposure to it has been through a law office. Lawyers are only one of the kinds of workers in this country who customarily charge up front. The others are the ones Al Gore can find at brothels in the Nevada desert.

October 25, 2011 at 4:33 p.m.
grantck said...

Gore is a very smart man. He may be a Billionaire, at least Multi- Millionaire by now with being able to convince people to buy into all the "green" projects he invests in. It has been reported his mansion with heated pools and lots of other energy users uses as mush power as 20 (Twenty) average homes.

October 25, 2011 at 5:24 p.m.
jimfromthebay said...

where was al gore mentioned in the article ? , hey , didnt he say he invented the internet ? c'mon... quote him verbatim and in context . cant ? keep patting yourself on the back for voting twice for bush and blaming obama for his malfeasance .

October 25, 2011 at 6:12 p.m.
brokentoe said...

Why ask the question, using polls, when you've already manipulated the answer? Polls can be very decpetive. As I suspect here, they're manipulating them ahead of time so if there are any questions or discrepencies they can refer back to these earlier polls. How can they say or know what each and every Tennessean feels about Obama when they only polled certain individuals in certain areas of Tennesse where they already knew the likely outcome? No one has polled me or anyone I know, live near or work with.

October 25, 2011 at 6:43 p.m.
skye said...

I agree with chet123. The public is easily led and manipulated to act against their own best interests. The Republican party protects the interests of the wealthy and the corporate world, but by pairing patriotism and God with the Republican party, the wool is pulled over their eyes. I laugh when the majority of downwardly mobile people become riled about the very idea of taxing the wealthiest 1% of the country (at their own expense), while Wall St. and the corporate world are stripping this country of workers rights seeing how much further they can push people down without them objecting. Throw around a scary word "Socialist" when you want to get rid of teachers and public education. Call services and enough workers to police corporations for compliance, or to over see whether children are abused in homes, etc. the "nanny state". Scare the foolish public into believing nonsense while society continues to become unraveled, while the middle class slides into obscurity and the wealthiest classes piles of cash rise. Will people wake up or continue in a stupor to not rally for their own interests? We shall see.

October 25, 2011 at 11:39 p.m.
onetinsoldier said...

And if Tennessee were required to write in their votes, x would win.

October 26, 2011 at 12:45 a.m.
GlacierClipper said...

Obama is a whinner. If he can't have his way he cries worse than baby with a messy diaper. His policies have kept the USA on a steady down hill slide, then he looks to place the blame on the Republicians and the former President Bush. Obama will leave his mark on his own test paper for history to grade. If voters vote for Obama, they surely vote for more difficult times ahead. Obama's track record speaks for its self....mostly failure to lead as an effective President.

October 26, 2011 at 1:23 a.m.
joneses said...

Obama's plan is to destroy the middle class as the middle class is the biggest obstacle to communism.

October 26, 2011 at 3:09 a.m.
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