Dan Bartlett, a trusted counselor to President Bush II, and Mark McKinnon, Bush/Cheney media guru and engineer of John McCain’s “comeback,” agree that President Barack Obama rocks.
Bartlett and McKinnon are CEO and vice chairman, respectively, of Public Strategies Inc., which released its latest Public Trust Monitor on April 14. Conducted with Politico, the Monitor found that trust in the U.S. government rose an impressive six percentage points to 63 percent from yearend '08 to March 31. Trust in corporations remained flat at 37 percent.
Two-thirds of respondents selected Obama to “identify the right solutions to the problems we face as a nation.” That’s an impressive showing, especially since Obama got the nod from 64 percent of Independents. Democrats gave Barry O. a whopping 93 percent trust score, while Republicans voted 31 percent.
The Democratic Party ranked next in the trust category at 52 percent. The GOP weighed in at 40 percent. There’s some pretty bad news for Rush Limbaugh, if the radio windbag has any aspirations for a run at the Presidency. Rushbo edged arch-nemesis Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi by a measly two-point margin 28 percent to 26 percent. Sarah Palin checked in at 38 percent.
PSI’s analysis finds that “President Obama is without peer in the public sector.” McKinnon, in a statement released with the findings, said the “uptick in public trust in government is largely the result of Democrats’ strong credibility and trust ratings for President Obama.” According to the poll, “the President continues to be the most considerable force driving policy.”
McKinnon has been a fan of Obama. The Texan made a high profile exit from McCain’s campaign once the Illinois Senator became the Democratic candidate for the top job. He wanted no part of dragging Obama into the gutter via a negative ad campaign. McKinnon took out John Kerry in his tussle with Bush, creating the “windsurfing” ad that depicted the Massachusetts Senator as a dilettante.
As reason for withdrawing from Camp McCain, McKinnon said Obama’s election “would send a great message to the country and the world.” McKinnon knew what he was talking about then.
The rest of the country has now caught on, according to PSI/Politico’s poll.