- Posted October 12, 2012 by
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Election 2012: Your stories
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Polls show President Obama is the most polarizing president in US history
During the 2008 presidential campaign, then-Senator Obama promised to be a “uniter,” unlike his predecessor George W. Bush who was seen as a polarizing candidate. President Obama was supposed to be the great uniter. The most important promise president Obama made to the American people in 2008 election was that, He would unify a divided nation, he vowed to repair the political breach. To end the bitter polarization of American life, to do away with "slash-and-burn" politics that "tear us apart instead of bringing us together" -- above all else, that was the hope and the change he offered.
New poll out from Gallup shows President Obama failing to live up to that “uniter,” campaign promise. The 2012 partisan gap between Republican and Democrat approval ratings is up to 82% points, the highest gap for any president in the history of the United States
According to Gallup poll "Only 8% of Republicans, approve of the job Barack Obama is doing as president". That 82-percentage-point “uniter,” by party is on pace to be the largest Gallup has measured for a recent incumbent president in the final month before Americans vote on his re-election. George W. Bush had an 80-point party gap in approval, while the October gaps for other presidents were less than 70 points.
Gallup did not routinely ask presidential approval in October for presidents prior to Ronald Reagan. But Obama's ratings throughout his first three years in office have been among the most polarized Gallup has measured for any president.
Gallup show that President Obama's already highly polarized ratings are becoming even more so in his fourth year in office. Thus far, his ratings have averaged 85% among Democrats and 10% among Republicans, for a 75-point gap. That compares with gaps averaging 68 points during his second and third years in office and 65 points during his first.
President Obama's plan "unify a divided nation" never happened, Obama has been nothing like the healer-in-chief he promised to be. Early on he took the low road, inflaming resentments, demonizing his critics, and, yes, pitting red Americans against blue Americans. President Obama's defenders argue that he had no choice, going negative was his only option.
President Obama was going to unite the country, but all he has done is divide and pit one group against another. He pits the rich against the poor, blacks against whites, old against young, workers against management, unions against companies, home owners against bank.