AceNewsServices – UNITED STATES – Nov.12 – A new Gallup poll shows that the majority of Americans don’t want President Barack Obama calling all the shots any more mail on-line reported.
‘Nation backs Republican agenda in new poll: Majority want lame duck Obama to play second fiddle to GOP-run Congress after Democrats lose midterm elections ‘
Americans say by a large margin that they’d rather Obama back off and let Republicans take the lead in the new Congress than the other way around.
The poll supports Republican claims that last week’s midterm elections were in fact a referendum on the president – an assessment the White House has forcibly denied both before and after the president’s party was walloped at the ballot box.
After his party’s candidates were demolished in the off-year elections and exit polls showed that a third of voters came out to send the president a message of opposition – compared to just 19 percent who said they were voting that day to support Obama – the president still vowed to forge ahead with his agenda, regardless of anyone else’s opinion on the matter.
‘My job over the next couple of years is to do some practical, concrete things as much as possible with Congress,’ Obama said during a post-election press conference last Wednesday.
‘Where it’s not possible with Congress,’ he said, I’ll do it ‘on my own, to show people why we should be confident and to give people a sense of progress and a sense of hope.’
But just 36 percent of respondents to Gallup’s latest survey said they wanted Obama to set the agenda moving forward. More than half, 53 percent, said they thought Republicans’ plans should be given more weight than the presidents.
The poll, taken after the election from Nov. 6-9, indicates that voters did indeed mean the midterm elections to be a realignment of leadership and priorities.