Check out the results from this- of all places- CNN poll:
His overall approval rating stands at 46%, with 52% disapproving.
Among whites, his approval/disapproval is 36%/61%; among non-whites, it is 67%/28%.
75% of Democrats support him, while only 15% and- most troubling for him- only 42% of independents support him.
Women support him 48%/44%; men reject him 55%/43%.
What I take from that is, when it comes to Barack Obama, there is no middle ground. You are either smitten with him or reject him utterly. Is that not the definition of "divisive?
World English Dictionary
1. causing or tending to cause disagreement or dissension
Why yes...yes it is.
But is the news even that good for Mr. Obama? Perhaps not:
Interviews with 1,036 adult Americans conducted by telephone
by ORC International on November 11-13, 2011. The margin of
sampling error for results based on the total sample is plus or
minus 3 percentage points. The sample also includes 925
interviews among registered voters (plus or minus 3 percentage
points) and 480 Republicans and Independents that lean
Republican (plus or minus 4.5 percentage points).
Now perhaps I am misreading this but it appears to me that, if 1036 people total were surveyed and 480 of them were either Republican- or Independent-leaning, then they dramatically oversampled Democrats to the tune of 556 people. Remember- that 480 were split between Republicans and Independents. So if I am reading this correctly, the sample was 240 Republicans, 240 Independents....and 556 Democrats, or a split of (roughly) 21%/21%/58%.
"Fair and balanced" indeed.
The CNN story goes on to say that, at this point in their Presidencies, only the hapless Gerald Ford and the completely incompetent Jimmy Carter had lower approval ratings than does Mr. Obama- and they had to dishonestly oversample Democrats to get to even that level of support.
But there is a bright side to that little nugget of information: both Ford and Carter were one-term Presidents.
May history repeat itself.