With the bailouts and the health care debate behind him, American President Barack Obama now has to contend with the huge BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. One of the funnier things I’ve seen associated with his predicament is “drill, baby, drill” proponent Sarah Palin saying Obama’s in bed with big oil. Of course, as Governor of Alaska, or as Republican vice-presidential candidate, she wasn’t. Hmmm.
The latest popularity figures show 42 per cent of Americans approve of Obama’s performance. On the down side, the same poll shows most Americans have “come to believe that the political system is broken, that most politicians are corrupt, and that neither political party has the answers.” Furthermore, just 27 per cent believe Congress knows what it is doing and, most telling of all, when it comes to the economy, 41 per cent say that a group of people randomly selected from the phone book would do a better job than the current Congress.
Boy, wouldn’t you like to see some of those questions asked in Canada. Is it any wonder John Diefenbaker once said “dogs know best what to do with polls.”
Speaking of which imagine what Stephen Harper is thinking. The scandal plagued, anti-abortion, right-leaning, jet setting, redacted documents and MPs aren’t submitting expense accounts Prime Minister must be looking at Obama’s so-called “dropping” popularity figures with polling envy seeing how earlier this month 29 per cent of Canadians said they thought he was the best federal party leader to be Prime Minister. 29 per cent, people!
Of course, it’s still nearly double what Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff achieved at 17 per cent. Sad, sad, sad.
All in all, though, I’d like to see Canada adopt that approach referred to in the American poll. Instead of on election next time out Canadians need to cover their eyes and take a blind stab at the phone book. We couldn’t do any worse!