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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

What America Thinks: Will Democrats Pay a Price For ‘Transforming America’?

Less than a week before his election in 2008, Barack Obama told the world, “We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.” Half way through his second term, it appears this is one campaign promise President Obama has delivered on. So how is the fundamental transformation of America going? We decided to find out what America thinks.

Four years after signing his signature domestic legislative achievement into law, dislike of The Affordable Healthcare Act is at its highest levels in months–with only 20% of voters considering the new law a success.

And there’s more. President Obama has found himself in hot water over the flood of illegal immigrants now coming across the southern border in unprecedented numbers–a crisis that 46% of American voters believe his administration encouraged through its policies and practices. Nonetheless, 54% of voters want to send illegals back to where they came from ASAP. Another 54% suspect President Obama wants them to stay.

Additionally, belief that the United States and its allies are winning the War on Terror has plummeted to a 10 year low among U.S voters, from a high of 62% in February 2009, just after Obama’s inauguration, to the current decade low of 27%.

President Obama suffered his worst month of polling for 2014 in July, with just 46% approval.

All of this disapproval showed on last week’s generic congressional ballot, where Republicans have jumped to a four-point lead over Democrats after trailing for most weeks this year. Is this a hiccup or a major change in the making? We'll be watching. Voters also put more trust in Republicans to deal with major issues like the economy, government spending and immigration.

Just 23% now think the country is heading in the right direction, the lowest level of confidence since October’s government shutdown.

For Rasmussen Reports, I’m Alex Boyer. Remember, if it’s in the news, it’s in our polls.