Posts Tagged ‘Bush vs. Obama’

Obama not yet as unpopular as Bush

October 13, 2011

As low as President Barack Obama’s approval ratings might sink, Americans say he’s at least better than former President George W. Bush, a new poll shows.

No, not yet

In fact, 48 percent of respondents said that Obama is a better president than Bush, says a Thursday Time poll.   Only 37 percent think that Bush performed better than Obama, while 7 percent put their performances at roughly equal.

While Obama’s approval rating is down to 44 percent, with 50 percent disapproving, many respondents still said they found him “tough” and empathetic.

Despite the fact that 81 percent believe that the country is on the wrong track, when asked whether “Obama is tough enough to be president during these times,” 50 percent of respondents said yes, while 44 percent said no.

Questioned about whether “Obama cares about people like yourself or not,” 59 percent said they felt he did, and 37 percent said they believed he didn’t.

Democrats were also deemed more able to deal with “the main problems the nation faces” over the next few years than Republicans.  Forty-two percent agreed with that notion, while 31 percent said Republicans were better suited.

The poll also revealed that the Occupy Wall Street movement was more widely supported than the tea party movement, with 54 percent of respondents saying they had a “somewhat favorable” or “very favorable” view of the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations, while only 27 percent said that same about the tea partiers.

The Time poll surveyed 1,001 adults, 83 percent of whom are self-described likely voters, between Oct. 9 and Oct. 10, 2011.


Hat tip to Outside the Beltway.

Obama deports more migrants than Bush

October 20, 2010


The federal government deported more illegal immigrants in fiscal 2010 (which ended Sept. 30) than in any previous year.  Nearly 400,000 illegal immigrants were deported.  While that is a lot, it is estimated that there are more than 10 million people residing in the United States who entered without proper documentation.  At the present rate, it would take 25 years to deport them all – assuming they weren’t replaced by additional illegal immigrants.

The Obama administration has continued to step up enforcement along the U.S.-Mexico border, and has expanded the Bush administration’s Secure Communities policy, which helps local law enforcement officials identify illegal aliens among people arrested on criminal charges.

The big bottleneck in immigration enforcement is the same under the Obama administration as under the Bush administration – failure to appoint sufficient numbers of immigration judges to process the cases.  Immigration judges are officials of the U.S. Department of Justice, not part of the federal court system.

Surveys by the Pew Hispanic Center indicate that illegal immigration fell nearly two-thirds in the past five years, but this probably is due more to the bad U.S. job market than enforcement.

What all this shows is that, for good or ill, the Obama administration’s policy on immigration is a continuation of the Bush administration’s policy.