Views about Barack Obama, namely the president's approval rating on the economy are at record lows. But the GOP is faring much worse. Perhaps his jobs speech will give him a new light on Thursday.
At any time in the history of polling Americans, there has always been a group or part of the population which has been down on a candidate about something. Perhaps never in the history has any political figure been given a 100 percent approval rating. The sitting president is no exception.
According to a joint poll by NBC News and the Wall Street Journal, the numbers about Barack Obama's approval rating dropped to record lows.
About 1,001 respondents were queried in random telephone calls about the state of affairs in the United States. Not surprisingly, as many as 60 percent gave the president a thumbs down, namely in how he manages the economy.
Overall, only 43 percent approved of the Commander-In-Chief's job and ability in stimulating the fledgling jobs and unemployment situation.
But on the GOP side, only 28 percent approved of the way the Republican Party is doing its job in Congress.
Perhaps the most numbing of the statistics gathered from the poll is that 54 percent of respondents think this about Barack Obama: He will experience a longer than expected set back, and will never recover in time before the 2012 elections, according to the same NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll.
Ironically, this is the same number former President George W. Bush had from potential voters following his handling of the Hurricane Katrina crisis in the Gulf Coast.
What does it all mean? There's no doubt the numbers gathered from a cross-section of people are noteworthy.
However, in the fast-moving events taking place on a daily basis (e.g. Dow Jones Industrial Average, Libya crisis, and GOP volatility), things can tip in the President's favor just from his jobs speech on Thursday.
He hinted at what is to come during a Labor Day speech in Detroit, Michigan, a state he won handily in 2008. But the times have changed, and it is a must-win state if he is to prevail in the 2012 elections -- or a bleak indicator about Barack Obama and re-election if he doesn't.