Obama's credibility on the economy has plummeted, and thus his overall poll numbers have sunk as well. According to the latest Pew Research poll, “Obama’s job approval measure has fallen eight points since December, from 55% to 47%.” This coincides with an increase in the percentage of people saying that economic conditions will get worse over the next year, which has risen to its highest level in eight years.
I personally think that the president overplayed his hand in a big way with his apocalyptic doom-and-gloom that he predicted during the battle over sequestration. His predictions turned up empty, the administration got caught, and thus Obama's credibility has suffered. This is why his administration has stooped to such lows as closing the White House for tours – to try and maximize pain and attempt to justify some of the President's apocalyptic predictions. But the decision to close the White House for tours has been viewed by most, even on the Left, as nothing but a political stunt, harming the president's credibility even further. Even the New York Times pointed out over the weekend: Obama Has Lost Advantage Over G.O.P. on Economy. It also doesn't help that Obama has yet to produce a budget. Maybe he can skip a vacation or two and get to work on that. I'm not holding my breath.
So what does the Anointed One do? He pivots from the economy and the budget to other issues like immigration and gun control. Similar to what he did to push sequestration, Obama is set to hit the road in the coming weeks in a PR campaign to push for gun control. The focus on gun control is important because it is an issue where Obama has more support. But that support is quickly eroding. A brand new CBS poll finds the following: “Support for stricter gun control laws overall has dropped since the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School. It stands at 47% today, down from a high of 57% just after the shootings. 39% want those laws kept as they are, and another 11% want them made less strict.” Meanwhile, Republicans in the Senate are gearing up for this fight. Senators Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and Mike Lee have sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, essentially saying that they will be willing to go as far as to filibuster any attempt to pass gun control. While the letter doesn't explicitly say “filibuster,” it reads that they will "oppose the motion to proceed to any legislation that will serve as a vehicle for any additional gun restrictions." Again what we are seeing are principled conservatives who are willing to fight to protect your rights, in this case your right to keep and bear arms.