Our Unpopular President

These numbers, from Gallup, are really quite stunning:

The only area where Obama scores reasonably well is national defense, where most people think he has continued the policies of his predecessor, George W. Bush. Other than that, after four-plus years, Americans have pretty well decided they don’t like what Obama is trying to accomplish. Tonight the president will push hard to legalize millions of illegal immigrants, an issue on which, as Paul noted earlier today, he seems to be within sight of victory. Yet, according to Gallup, his position commands only minority support at 46-48.

Things get worse from there. Americans strongly disapprove of Obama on gun policy (42-54), taxes–another major focus of tonight’s speech (41-57), the economy (a stunning 39-60), the Middle East (36-55) and the federal budget deficit (31-65). Lots of luck turning that around with another mind-numbingly dull State of the Union.

This raises once again the question of how on earth Obama was re-elected. For the moment, without rehashing that sad story, let’s just note that Republicans in Washington should not hesitate to oppose Obama’s unpopular policies with the utmost vigor.