A new Wall Street Journal (WSJ)/NBC News poll, reported yesterday by Newsmax, shows that a majority of Americans now apparently share the dissatisfaction with President Barack Obama that gun owners have expressed since before he took office, though the issues span lots more subjects than Second Amendment concerns.
It matches today’s Rasmussen Reports daily presidential tracking poll, which shows the president has a 52 percent disapproval rating. This poll is different because it tracks the mood of likely voters.
Both NBC and the WSJ quoted Democratic pollster Fred Yang of Hart Research, who noted, “The public seems to have moved beyond the plaintive cry of ‘feel our pain’ to the more angry pronouncement of ‘you are causing our pain’.”
The poll, taken July 31-Aug. 3, found that 54 percent of the respondents disapprove of the president, and only 40 percent approve of his White House performance. His foreign policy work gets a 60 percent thumbs down. Results of the survey may be viewed here.
In fairness, the WSJ/NBC survey is pretty brutal on Congress, also. Overall, 79 percent do not believe Congress is doing a good job. Seventy-one percent believe the country is on the wrong track, and Congress must share the blame.
For gun owners, Obama has been creating heartburn for years, with his appointment of anti-gun Attorney General Eric Holder, his support for renewal of the ban on so-called “assault weapons,” and his administration’s willingness to work with gun prohibition lobbying groups. Obama supports a United Nations international arms trade treaty, many in the firearms community believe the president is helping a cover-up of Operation Fast and Furious by extending executive privilege to hundreds of subpoenaed documents related to that scandal.
As noted last October by the Canada Free Press, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms was alarmed about reports in Politico at the time revealing “weekly sessions on gun control…between the White House Office of Public Engagement and representatives from Michael Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Moms Demand Action, the Center for American Progress, Organizing for Action and Americans for Responsible Solutions.”
Gun rights activists see this as proof that the administration is working to undermine the Second Amendment, not just for today’s gun owners, but their children and grandchildren. As noted by this column yesterday, the administration has evidently closed its ears to the concerns of Second Amendment advocates.
Ironically, Obama’s time in office has actually been a boon to the firearms industry and concealed carry has skyrocketed during his tenure. Today there are, by some estimates, more than 11.1 million citizens with carry licenses and permits, including nearly 465,000 in Washington State, which is considered “blue” politically.
Many Americans see the president as detached. Gun owners, many of whom served in the military and/or have sons and daughters serving now, see the president as indifferent to the military, while he allows a flood of illegal immigration to pour across the southern border.
Whatever else gun owners may be, they’re taxpayers and bill payers, but many are finding it tough in the current economy. They are also voters. Mid-term elections are on the horizon. The results will demonstrate whether gun owners are merely talking a good fight, or are the fighters they claim to be.