Mar 12, 2012

Americans Aren’t Buying WH’s Rhetoric On Energy

SHOT: President Plans To Tout A Report Written By Administration Highlighting The Success Of His Energy Policies Today. “With gas prices sky high, President Obama will be spending part of his Monday making the case that his administration has made huge strides at reducing the United States’ reliance on foreign oil, while advancing clean energy technology. The president will sit down at the White House for interviews with news anchors from eight television markets to tout a new interagency report released this morning that highlights progress in U.S. energy policy under his watch.” (Aamer Madhani, “Obama To Tout Energy Policy Wins,” USA Today, 3/12/12)

CHASER: New Poll: 65% Of Americans Disapprove Of President’s Handling Of Rising Gas Prices. “Americans by a broad 65-26 percent disapprove of how the president is handling the price of gas, which has gained 49 cents a gallon this year to an average $3.79. Strong critics outnumber strong approvers by nearly 4-1. (Gary Langer, “Election Expectations Move Obama’s Way; Yet Rising Gas Prices Fuel GOP Pushback,” ABC News, 3/12/12)

65% Of Americans Are “Very Concerned” About Rising Gas Prices. “And it’s important: A vast 89 percent are concerned about the recent run-up in gas prices; 66 percent are ‘very’ concerned about it.” (Gary Langer, “Election Expectations Move Obama’s Way; Yet Rising Gas Prices Fuel GOP Pushback,” ABC News, 3/12/12)

Skyrocketing Gas Prices Driven Up President’s Disapproval Rating On Handling Economy To 59%.“The same poll shows that 59 percent disapprove of how Obama is handling the economy, up from 53 percent in polling data the news outlets released in early February, and up from 57 percent in mid-January.” (Ben Geman, “Poll Shows Trouble For President Obama On Gas Prices, Economy,” The Hill, 3/12/12)

Of The 59% Disapproving Of President’s Handling Of The Economy – 50% “Strongly Disapprove.” “Of the 59 percent that currently aren’t happy with Obama’s stewardship of the economy, 50 percent ‘strongly,’ disapprove, which is a jump of nine points and the most yet in a Post-ABC News poll, according to the survey.” (Ben Geman, “Poll Shows Trouble For President Obama On Gas Prices, Economy,” The Hill, 3/12/12)