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Partisan clashes now—immigration push by Obama has sparked opposition by Republicans

New York Times 7 – 2 [“Mr. Obama's Immigration Promise” L/N]

In promising to end the chaos into which immigration has collapsed (''this administration will not just kick the can down the road,'' he said), Mr. Obama has laid out an ambitious goal. He urged Congress to help him pass a bill, particularly Republicans who supported bipartisan reform under President George W. Bush but who now have a united front against reform. But Mr. Obama's call to action applies not just to Congress but to himself as well. He neatly defined the obstacles to a comprehensive bill: the Republican senators who have abandoned bipartisanship and taken the extreme position of opposing any immigration reform that is common-sense and practical. But Mr. Obama has presidential powers, and he should use them. He has given the border more troops. Now he should seek to lift the burden of fear from peaceable immigrant communities. His administration is widely expected to bring a lawsuit soon challenging the deeply unjust Arizona law. Mr. Obama, a constitutional scholar, could have written the complaint himself, but his address did not mention a lawsuit.

Obama Unpopular – Polls prove

Obama's at 48% disapproval

FOX News 7/15 (Dana Blanton, Polling Director for Fox News, 7/15/10, " Fox News Poll: Obama Job Approval Down, Few Think Stimulus Helped ",

Most Americans see little benefit from the federal government's economic stimulus plan, as President Obama's job performance rating drops overall, and hits a new low among Democrats. A Fox News poll released Thursday finds that 43 percent of voters approve of the job Obama's doing, matching a previous low in early April. Two weeks ago 47 percent approved, and a year ago 54 percent of voters approved. His highest approval thus far was 65 percent in January 2009. Some 48 percent of voters disapprove today, which also matches a previous high negative rating. Click here to see the poll. The president's rating has been hurt by declines not only among independents, but also among his party faithful. The poll finds 76 percent of Democrats approve, which is the lowest positive rating he's received among this group. Two weeks ago 84 percent of Democrats approved. Obama's highest approval rating among Democrats was 93 percent a year ago May. Among independents, 40 percent approve today, down from a high of 66 percent in June 2009. Obama's average approval rating among Democrats was 87 percent in 2009 and is 81 percent in 2010. For independents, the president's average approval in 2009 was 53 percent, while for the current year it's an average of 41 percent. Some 13 percent of Republicans approve of Obama's job performance. That's about where it has been for the last year, though it is down from a high of 37 percent at the start of his term. Overall, the president's average rating for his term is 52 percent approval and 40 percent disapproval. The national telephone poll was conducted for Fox News by Opinion Dynamics Corp. among 900 registered voters from July 13 to July 14. For the total sample, the poll has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points. While President Obama's job rating is in negative territory, voters think he has had a more difficult job than former President George W. Bush had in the beginning of his term. By a two-to-one margin, more voters think President Obama (60 percent) has had a tougher job than former President George W. Bush (29 percent) had when comparing the first year and a half of each presidency. The 9/11 terrorist attacks occurred eight months into the Bush presidency.

Only 40% of people approve of Obama's policies

CBS News 7/13 (, 7/13/10, " Obama's Approval Rating on Economy Drops ",

Economists have declared the economic recession over largely over, but most Americans don't share their optimism, and they are increasingly blaming President Obama for their money woes. Mr. Obama's approval rating on the economy has tumbled five percentage points from last month, according to a new CBS News poll, with just 40 percent of those polled expressing full confidence in his actions. More than half of those questioned (54 percent) said they disapproved of Mr. Obama's handling of the economy. Last month, 45 percent approved. The drop in approval has been seen mostly among independents, just 35 percent of whom now say they approve. Three in four Americans think the effects of the recession will linger for another two years or more. Just 20 percent said they believed the recession's aftereffects would continue to weigh on their lives and livelihoods for another year or less. The public is generally more pessimistic now than in February. The national unemployment rate continues to hover just beneath the 10 percent mark, and it is estimated that many more Americans are underemployed - meaning they have given up looking for a full-time job, or are working fewer hours than they would like. The poll shows widespread concern among Americans when it comes to employment. Seven in ten Americans rated the job market in their area "fair" or "very bad"; only a quarter of those polled described it as "good". There did appear to be some optimism that the job market would improve over the next year -- but not a lot. While 28 percent said they expected the job market in their area to get better over the next year, twice as many -- 56 percent -- said it would likely remain the same. Another 14 percent predicted even fewer available jobs in the coming years.

Only 44% of people approve of Obama's performance 6/29 (UPI, 6/29/10, " Obama's approval rating down sharply ",

WASHINGTON, June 29 (UPI) -- The standing of both President Obama and the U.S. Congress dropped sharply in the month of June, a poll released Tuesday indicated. Only 44 percent of those surveyed by Angus Reid Public Opinion approve of Obama's performance, while 50 percent disapprove. His approval rating dropped 4 percentage points since a similar poll in May. Those opposed to the president are also more likely to feel strongly about him, with 31 percent saying they strongly disapprove compared with 14 percent who strongly approve of his actions. There is a sharp partisan divide, with 81 percent of Republicans giving Obama a negative rating while 77 percent of Democrats remain positive. The number of independents disapproving of the president's performance rose 7 points to 60 percent while those approving dropped the same amount to 35 percent. Fewer than one in five, 18 percent, of those polled approve of Congress's actions. Even among Democrats, only 36 percent were positive, down 9 points. Angus Reid surveyed 1,001 adults in its Springboard America panel between on line between Friday and Sunday. The poll has a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points.

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