Saturday, June 22, 2013

A new poll finds many Americans view Obama as 'incompetent' and a 'liar.'

There is a research organization that recently published the findings of an interesting 'poll.'  A poll is when an organization calls up many people to ask for their opinion on a topic.

The Pew Research Center called hundreds of American citizens and asked them to describe President Obama in one word (using one word).  Pew reported that a majority of callers referred to Obama as either 'incompetent' or 'a liar.'

At this time, based on other polls, it seems that the percentage of Americans who approve of Obama as a president is under 50%.  If the Republican Party had been able to provide a better candidate than Mitt Romney, Obama might have lost the last election.

The following article is taken from a very conservative website (since conservatives are very happy to hear this type of news).  

The article:

Vocabulary to help you understand the article:

incompetent - not capable of doing a job well; if someone is competent at a job, he can handle it or do it satisfactorily - incompetent is the opposite.

conservative - the opposite of liberal.  In America a conservative tends to be pro-business (in favor of business).  Liberals tend to want to regulate business and generate money from higher taxes while conservatives seem to prefer lower taxes and fewer regulations on business.  There are many differences between conservative and liberal values.  The Republican Party is a conservative party while The Democratic Party is a more liberal party. 

an impression - in this case an impression means the way a person feels about something.

knocking down the perception - eliminating a perception; getting rid of a perception.  Actually this conservative writer feels that Obama has not been able to get rid of the belief among some people that he is a socialist, but there are many people in America who stupidly believe that Obama is a socialist and this percentage of stupid people has not become any smarter.

civil liberties - the rights and freedoms in America that allow people to live their lives as they choose.

Independents - those who do not consider themselves to be Democrats or Republicans. 

Obama's legacy - how people will view Obama in the future.

holding relatively steady - not changing.

the poll queried - the poll asked.
Discussion/Writing:  Has your view of Obama changed over the past 6 years?  Has he done anything that has made you very happy?  Has he done anything which has upset you?

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