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Poll: How Much of a Lame Duck Is Obama?


Poll: How Much of a Lame Duck Is Obama?

Political Insiders—including half of Democrats—say he's just passing time.

By Michael Catalini, and Peter Bell

Q: On a scale of 1-10 (1 being hardly at all and 10 being very much so), how much of a lame duck is President Obama?


(Cory Lum--Pool/Getty Images)1-3: 14%
4-6: 36%
7-10: 50%

Average: 5.5


"He is still commander in chief and the only politician/person who can command a world audience any day of the week."

"Prez is doing a remarkable optics job using executive actions to highlight congressional incompetence."


"A Do-Nothing Congress reinforces lame-duck appearance, even though many of Obama's domestic policies are popular. Not much POTUS can do about that."

"He's no more lame now than he was years ago because the Republicans haven't cooperated for six years!"

"The abdication of interplay by Congress has allowed him to use his executive authority in a way that increases his power without fear of public reprisal."


"Obama who?"

"LEADERLESS—he has been a lame duck since November 2010."

"When you play pool while Tel Aviv, Damascus, Baghdad, and Texas are burning ... you're a lame duck."

"The 22nd Amendment should be repealed; since FDR, second terms, including Reagan's, have been at best disappointing and at worst disasters."


Q: On a scale of 1-10 (1 being hardly at all and 10 being very much so), how much of a lame duck is President Obama?


1-3: 5%
4-6: 14%
7-10: 81%

Average: 7.1


"Ironically, losing the Senate would liberate Obama to cut some legacy-making deals."

"Never a lame duck on foreign affairs, and he can still raise money for Dems. Lotta time left on the clock, folks."

"Hard to differentiate between the lame-duckiness of the White House and the paralysis of the Congress. At least he still has the power of executive action."


"He is in over his head and paralyzed. May God help us survive the next two-plus years of his paralysis."

"A president's job is to lead regardless of how difficult the circumstances. Just imagine Washington or Lincoln or FDR or Reagan looking at their political adversaries and snarling, 'So, sue me.' "

"His low poll numbers and seeming unwillingness to work with Congress translates into a president shrinking before our eyes."

"It is hard to tell if he is a lame duck or just genuinely not interested in the work of governing—at least a lame duck attempts to fly."

"It's hard to command a bully pulpit sitting at 41 percent approval."

"Harry Reid is running the Hill for the Democrats."

"He's using executive orders to legislate. It will be a 9-10 if the D's lose the Senate."

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Democratic Political Insiders Jill Alper, John Anzalone, Brad Bannon, Dave Beattie, Andy Bechhoefer, Cornell Belcher, Matt Bennett, Mitchell W. Berger, Mike Berman, Stephanie Bosh, Paul Brathwaite, Donna Brazile, Mark Brewer, Ed Bruley, George Bruno, Bonnie Campbell, Bill Carrick, Guy Cecil, Martin J. Chavez, Tony Coelho, Larry Cohen, Jerry Crawford, Jeff Danielson, Peter Daou, Howard Dean, Scott DeFife, Jim Demers, Tad Devine, David Di Martino, Debbie Dingell, Monica Dixon, Patrick Dorton, Pat Dujakovich, Anita Dunn, Jeff Eller, Steve Elmendorf, Carter Eskew, Vic Fazio, Peter Fenn, Scott Ferson, Jim Fleischmann, Tina Flournoy, Don Foley, Jeffrey Forbes, Vincent Frillici, Gina Glantz, Niles Godes, John Michael Gonzalez, Joe Grandmaison, Anna Greenberg, Stan Greenberg, Pat Griffin, Larry Grisolano, Michael Gronstal, Lisa Grove, Marcia Hale, Jill Hanauer, Dick Harpootlian, Paul Harstad, Laura Hartigan, Doug Hattaway, Mike Henry, Karen Hicks, Leo Hindery Jr., Harold Ickes, Marcus Jadotte, John Jameson, Steve Jarding, Jonathon Jones, Jim Jordan, Gale Kaufman, Lisa Kountoupes, Celinda Lake, David Lang, Penny Lee, Chris Lehane, Jeff Link, Bob Maloney, Jim Manley, Steve Marchand, Jim Margolis, Paul Maslin, Keith Mason, Susan McCue, Gerald McEntee, Steve McMahon, Tom McMahon, Phil McNamara, David Medina, Michael Meehan, Mark Mellman, John Merrigan, Michael Monroe, Steve Murphy, Janet Napolitano, David Nassar, Marcia Nichols, John Norris, Tom Ochs, Tom O'Donnell, Jeffrey Peck, Debora Pignatelli, Tony Podesta, Jefrey Pollock, Jack Quinn, Larry Rasky, Mame Reiley, Ed Rendell, Steve Ricchetti, Will Robinson, Steve Rosenthal, David Rudd, Ryan Rudominer, John Ryan, Michael Sargeant, Stephanie Schriock, Terry Shumaker, Sean Sinclair, Phil Singer, Erik Smith, Doug Sosnik, Greg Speed, Darry Sragow, Ken Strasma, Doug Thornell, Jeffrey Trammell, Ed Turlington, Rick Wiener, James Williams, JoDee Winterhof, Brian Wolff, Jon Youngdahl, and Jim Zogby.

GOP Political Insiders Dan Allen, Stan Anderson, Gary Andres, Saulius (Saul) Anuzis, Rich Ashooh, Whit Ayres, Brett Bader, Mitch Bainwol, Brian Baker, Gary Bauer, David Beckwith, Paul Bennecke, Clark Benson, Wayne Berman, Brian Bieron, Charlie Black, Kirk Blalock, Carmine Boal, Jeff Boeyink, Ron Bonjean, Jeff Buley, Luke Byars, Nick Calio, Al Cardenas, Danny Carroll, Alex Castellanos, Ron Christie, Jim Cicconi, Jonathan Collegio, Rob Collins, Cesar Conda, Jake Corman, Scott Cottington, Jay Cranford, Greg Crist, Diane Crookham-Johnson, Fergus Cullen, Tom Davis, Mike Dennehy, Ken Duberstein, Debi Durham, Sara Fagen, Frank Fahrenkopf, John Feehery, Don Fierce, Mindy Finn, Carl Forti, Alex Gage, Bruce A. Gates, Sam Geduldig, Adam Geller, Benjamin Ginsberg, David Girard-diCarlo, Bill Greener, Jonathan Grella, Lanny Griffith, Janet Mullins Grissom, Doug Gross, Todd Harris, Steve Hart, Christopher Healy, Ralph Hellmann, Chris Henick, Terry Holt, David Iannelli, Ed Ingle, Jim Innocenzi, Clark Judge, David Keating, David Kensinger, Bob Kjellander, Ed Kutler, Chris LaCivita, Jim Lake, Steven Law, Steve Lombardo, Kevin Madden, Joel Maiola, Gary Maloney, David Marin, Mary Matalin, Dan Mattoon, Brian McCormack, Mark McKinnon, Kyle McSlarrow, Ken Mehlman, Jim Merrill, Lisa Camooso Miller, Tim Morrison, Mike Murphy, Phil Musser, Ron Nehring, Terry Nelson, Neil Newhouse, David Norcross, Ziad Ojakli, Jack Oliver, Todd Olsen, Kevin O'Neill, Connie Partoyan, Billy Piper, Van B. Poole, Tom Rath, Scott Reed, David Rehr, Tom Reynolds, Steve Roberts, Jason Roe, David Roederer, Dan Schnur, Russ Schriefer, Rich Schwarm, Brent Seaborn, Rick Shelby, Andrew Shore, Kevin Shuvalov, Don Sipple, Ken Spain, Fred Steeper, Bob Stevenson, Terry Sullivan, David Tamasi, Eric Tanenblatt, Richard Temple, Heath Thompson, Jay Timmons, Warren Tompkins, Ted Van Der Meid, Dirk van Dongen, Jan van Lohuizen, Stewart Verdery, Dick Wadhams, John Weaver, Lezlee Westine, Dave Winston, Ginny Wolfe, Fred Wszolek, and Matthew Zablud.

This article appears in the July 19, 2014 edition of National Journal Magazine as Political Insiders Poll.