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Poll: Obama sure did follow through on that ‘Change™’ pledge

By Doug Powers  •  July 9, 2012 11:44 AM

**Written by Doug Powers

The good news for the Obama campaign is that, in spite of other promises that went by the wayside, a vast majority of Americans believe the president has delivered on his pledge to bring fundamental “change” to the country. The bad news is that the majority believe the “change” he ushered in took the United States in the wrong direction:

Two-thirds of likely voters say President Obama has kept his 2008 campaign promise to change America — but it’s changed for the worse, according to a sizable majority.

A new poll for The Hill found 56 percent of likely voters believe Obama’s first term has transformed the nation in a negative way, compared to 35 percent who believe the country has changed for the better under his leadership.

The results signal broad voter unease with the direction the nation has taken under Obama’s leadership and present a major challenge for the incumbent Democrat as he seeks reelection this fall.
The feeling that Obama has changed the country for the worse is strongest among Republicans, at 91 percent, compared to 71 percent of Democrats who support Obama’s brand of change.

Strikingly, 1-in-5 Democrats say they feel Obama has changed the United States for the worse.

What portion of that 35 percent saying the nation is moving in the right direction are or have been involved in solar upstarts? Just curious.

For many, the word “change” often has an automatic “something bad to something better” connotation (change the oil, change the furnace filter, change the baby) but it can work the other way around and still be change. Now that oil has lost its viscosity and the engine is close to seizing, the furnace filter is clogged and the baby’s diaper is overflowing with change, more are understanding this fundamental transformation isn’t all it was cracked up to be.

**Written by Doug Powers

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