RUSH: You know Scott Rasmussen has on his polling site... He keeps track of something calls the Rasmussen Presidential Tracking Poll, the presidential approval index, and what he does is, he keeps track of the line of "strongly disapprove" and "strongly approve" of Obama and then comes up with the presidential approval index. Now, since Obama was inaugurated, his approval index has hovered anywhere from plus-20 to plus-2. Today, it's at zero. They're both at 34. Thirty-four percent strongly approve and 34% strongly disapprove.
The overall approval number is 54%, not in the sixties. It's 54%. That's just 1% over his vote percentage in the election. Now, I don't know what to make of this. This poll is different than the other polls out there. The other-government run polls, government-run media polls are all in the sixties with Obama. You know, it's tempting to take hold of a poll like this and say, "Whoa, it's finally starting to come together this tipping point!" But I'm not so sure. You know, I have an inherent -- not a distrust but an -- arm's-length on all polling data. Nothing against Scott Rasmussen here. I know he's an accurate and fair guy. So I don't doubt his results.
I just don't know that it means anything right now. But if it does, if it does mean anything, this happened five months into the Obama presidency. Now, the way Rasmussen tracks this, he says, "The president's ratings have slipped since GM filed for bankruptcy to initiate a new government bailout and takeover and only 26% of Americans believe that GM bailout was a good idea. Nearly as many support a boycott of GM products," and I know that's true! (laughing) I've been hearing from people left and right. Nobody wants to support an Obama company. For those of you for those of you that work at GM you have to understand the people angry are not angry at you. They're not angry at General Motors.
The people saying they don't want to buy anything at General Motors are not mad at General Motors. They don't want to patronize Obama. They don't want to do anything to make Obama's policies work! This is an untold story, by the way. Of course, the government-controlled media is not gonna report anything like this but there are a lot of people who are not going to buy from Chrysler or General Motors as long as it is perceived Barack Obama is running it, because people do not want his policy to work here because this is antithetical to the American economic way of life. The government does not own car companies; the government does not design cars, not in a country that works. So people aren't going to buy products from companies that Obama runs. (interruption)
What are you smiling at? You disagree with that? (interruption) Oh, you guys are... I love you people on the staff, but you are just too worried about me. Dawn is afraid that what I just said will be translated by the media, "Rush wants GM to fail." Did I say that? Did I say, "I want General Motors to fail?" (interruption) No, I didn't. (interruption) Well, yes, they can remove the... Yeah, they could clip it. They could remove the "did I say" pfft, and get, "I want General Motors," and I'm just telling you. You know, I'm looking at this poll. We've got... It's at zero here. He has 34% strongly approve, 34% strongly disapprove.
That's zero. His presidential approval index is zero. "In the Rasmussen poll his overall approval number is 54%, one percentage point above his 53% total of the vote," and Rasmussen said, "26% of the respondents in his poll are going to boycott General Motors products." I simply am pointing out here to people that work at General Motors it has nothing to do with you. It has nothing to do with your products. It has to do with the fact that these 26% don't want to patronize Obama. They don't want to patronize an Obama- or government-owned company because they don't want it to work. So if you say, "Yeah, but maybe the 26% want GM to fail." I would argue... Should I say this? If would argue that if Obama has to take it over and run it, could we just admit that it's failed?
RUSH: Pepper in Houston. Pepper, thank you for calling. Great to have you with us, sir.
CALLER: Rush, I -- mega dittos, first off. I just want to say, what you were just talking about there about not buying GM products because of Obama, it's exactly how I feel. I just... I have felt this way now for weeks. I have driven a Chevy Tahoe for several years. In fact, right now I've got about 150,000 miles on it. I won't even look at another one right now, and I just want to say thanks. At least somebody understands what's going on here.
RUSH: Well, I appreciate that, Pepper. Look, I know that you're out there. I think this is also why -- for those of you that work in labor unions -- I think you should understand here that one of the reasons why there may be... I don't want to say the word "animus," but why there may be opposition here to all that's going on here to build up unions and so forth is that Obama is behind it. You see, most Americans understand that it is not the America they know and love, that they understand, that they grew up in, where the government owns automobile companies. Tells CEOs what they can make and what they can't earn. Tells bondholders to go to hell. Tells people who have invested risky money in investments and then lose it all, "Just go away."
This is not how the America they understand operates so Obama is taking over all these industries, and the people in this country, Rasmussen says 26% say they're going to boycott General Motors products. The reason is because people do not want this to work. They do... (interruption) I know the story going on. This is about this schlub up in Wisconsin? (interruption) Yes, I know all about the guy. I know all about it. Look, that's not even big enough for me to worry about. That guy is such a Podunk, it's not even worthy of our time on the EIB Network. I wish you wouldn't interrupt me with this stuff. If you're going to interrupt me every time I'm on that stupid government-run channel, then I'm going to be doing nothing but reacting to the government-run channel!
All they do is run videotape of me and people complaining about me. We're talking about government run MSNBC. Some little Podunk Republican moderate liberal Republican was thrown out of his leadership post in Wausau, Wisconsin, some county there because he dared criticize me. And so this guy is now loved and adored by government-run media. Big whoop! This has been going on for three days. This is not even new news. This has been recycled. Anyway, the point is, be it General Motors, be it Chrysler -- whatever else Obama ends up controlling and running -- the American people are not going to want it to succeed. So I want all of you who work at General Motors and all of you who are members of labor unions to understand that the opposition to you is not because of you.
It's because of opposition to Obama and turning America upside down and 180 degrees out of phase from what America is.