Tough road to reelection

By Ken Feltman

Radnor follows evolving public opinion about President Obama. A comment made by a woman from Pennsylvania in a focus group shows the anxiety that many independents feel as they confront their disappointment with Obama’s presidency. “I liked him so much, I wanted him elected and felt so good about supporting him, but he’s turned out to be less capable than I thought.”

Many voters who supported Obama in 2008 now believe that he is indecisive and unprepared for the job. He has created the impression among these former supporters that instead of pitching in to find solutions, Obama hovers and criticizes those who are doing the work. He tries to shift responsibility by blaming others. And he is seen as possessing a bit of a mean streak.

Once an elected official loses the support of the committed, he or she has a doubly difficult task to get them back in the tent. In essence, Obama will need to convince these disillusioned moderates that he will not be as bad as the alternative. The Republicans may help him do just that, but Obama faces a tough battle – a battle that he is losing today.

(A version was published in Politico.)

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About Radnor Reports

Ken Feltman is past-president of the International Association of Political Consultants and the American League of Lobbyists. He is retired chairman of Radnor Inc., an international political consulting and government relations firm in Washington, D.C. Feltman founded the U.S. and European Conflict Indexes in 1988. The indexes have predicted the winner of every U.S. presidential election beginning in 1988, plus the outcome of several European elections. In May of 2010, the Conflict Index was used by university students in Egypt. The Index predicted the fall of the Mubarak government within the next year.
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2 Responses to Tough road to reelection

  1. Julian says:

    I hope you’re right!

  2. Panchu says:

    La Duce Vita est un web-documentaire en trois actes. Dans chaque acte, des films praicipnux constituent la trame principale. Des points d interactivit viennent ponctuer le r cit pour l augmenter avec des interventions de sp cialistes (historiens, philosophes, architectes, etc.). D autres petites vid os sont autant de fen tres ouvertes sur la vie quotidienne.

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