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Fox News Poll: Obama’s Approval Hits New Low Dana Blanton Fox News March 6, 2014

President Obama’s job approval rating hits a record low this week, as a majority of Americans say his administration has mostly failed at growing the economy, creating jobs, improving health care and the country’s image. That’s according to a Fox News poll released Wednesday. For the first time in a Fox News poll, fewer than four voters in ten -- 38 percent -- approve of President Obama’s job performance. Fifty-four percent disapprove. Before now Obama’s worst job rating was 40-55 percent in November 2013. Last month 42 percent approved and 53 percent disapproved (February 2014). Approval of Obama among Democrats stands at 71 percent, near its 69 percent record low (September 2013). For independents, 28 percent approve, which is also near the 25 percent alltime low among this group (July 2013). And approval of Obama among Republicans hits a new low of five percent. Overall, a 59-percent majority thinks the White House has mostly failed at creating jobs, up from 52 percent who said the same in October 2012. Likewise, 56 percent feel it has failed on growing the economy. That’s also up from 52 percent. The greatest erosion is on improving America’s image around the world -- something Obama vowed to do once in office. In 2012, by a four percentage-point margin, voters felt the administration had failed to improve the country’s image. In the new poll that’s now a 26-point margin: 33 percent say mostly succeeded and 59 percent mostly failed. Obama also promised to have the most transparent administration in American history. Voters are again unconvinced: 59 percent believe Obama has mostly failed to run a transparent administration.

On health care, 36 percent say the administration has improved it, while 57 percent think it has failed to do so. The best of the issues tested for the White House is homeland security: 41 percent think the administration has mostly succeeded at making the country safer. That’s down from 52 percent who felt that way in 2012. More -- 48 percent -- think the Obama administration has mostly failed in this respect. Sixty percent or more of Democrats feel the Obama administration has mostly succeeded in each of these areas except transparency -- on that issue it falls to 47 percent. Majorities of independents say the White House has mostly failed in every area tested, including 68 percent who feel that way on improving America’s image. As the crisis in Ukraine escalated, the poll finds by a 33-56 percent margin, most voters disapprove of the president’s handling of foreign policy -- a new low for Obama on this issue. In December, 39 percent approved and 52 percent disapproved. On health care, 36 percent of voters approve of the job Obama is doing, while 59 percent disapprove. He receives an almost identical 36-58 percent rating on the economy. Meanwhile, just over half of voters continue to say it feels like the economy is getting worse: 51 percent feel that way, down from 55 percent who said the same in February 2013. For 34 percent it feels like the economy is getting better, up from 31 percent last year. Finally, the poll asks if things are better since Obama became president. Just 34 percent of voters think

the country is better off compared to five years ago, while most -- 60 percent -- disagree. In September 2012, some 45 percent thought the country was better off compared to before Obama took office. Fifty-seven percent of Democrats say the country is better off today, down from 81 percent who felt that way in 2012. The Fox News poll is based on landline and cell phone interviews with 1,002 randomly chosen registered voters nationwide and was conducted under the joint direction of Anderson Robbins Research (D) and Shaw & Company Research (R) from March 2 to March 4, 2014. It has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points for the total sample.


Obama Promises Illegals: Obamacare Sign Up Info Won’t Be Used For Deportation Daniel Harper The Weekly Standard March 6, 2014

In a joint town hall with Telemundo and Univision, President Obama made a pledge that his administration will not use Obamacare sign up data to deport illegal aliens: "Will we hear from you a pledge, a personal promise, that the information provided in the registration process will not be used for deportation purposes in this country?" "Absolutely," Obama said, putting his hand down for emphasis. "It's true that the undocumented are not eligible [for Obamacare], that's how the law was written, but if you are a U.S. citizen or you have a legal presence in this country, you are eligible," he said. "And none of the information that is provided in order for you to obtain health insurance is in any way transferred to immigration services. So that's something we've been very clear about. If you live in a mixed status family, then the son who could potentially be eligible for the children's health insurance program or some other mechanism to get health insurance, he needs to be signed up. And the mother should not be fearful that in any way that's going to affect -- of course I understand the fear." Obama blamed Congress for deportations. And he said he has already stretched his "administrative capacity very far" by taking immigration actions using "prosecutorial discretion," but that he was "very confident that was the right thing to do." The president finished answering this question by saying, "So, for everybody out there who's in a mixed family, there is no sharing of the data from the health care plan in to immigration services. You should feel confident that if somebody in your family is eligible, you should sign them up."

The questions were asked of Obama in Spanish and translated by an onsite translator. Obama Promises Illegals: Obamacare Sign Up Info Won't Be Used for Deportation VIDEO BELOW

NObamacare Surcharge Appearing On Restaurant Bills Across The Country Adan Salazar March 6, 2014

American’s wallets begin feeling the employer mandate sting The small business mandate doesn’t go into effect until 2015, but restaurants across the country are already passing the extra costs associated with having to offer healthcare to their employees on to consumers. Double D’s Sourdough Pizza in Denver recently started adding a five percent charge to customer’s bills in order “to pay for half of the health care costs of all employees, both full- and part-time,” according to CBS Denver. Double D’s owner Ted Dorr says he isn’t trying to make a political statement by subjecting patrons to the extra charge. He just wanted to be able to offer health care to his employees. A restaurant chain in Florida also recently began adding a one percent surcharge to its customer’s bills. According to CNN: The Gator Group’s full-time hourly employees won’t actually receive health insurance until December. But the company said it implemented the surcharge now because of the compliance costs it’s facing ahead of the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate kicking in in 2015.

A sign at the establishment noted, “The costs associated with ACA compliance could ultimately close our doors. Instead of raising prices on our products to generate the additional revenue needed to cover the costs of ACA compliance, certain Gator’s Dockside locations have implemented a 1% surcharge on all food and beverage purchases only.” Gator’s statement echoes remarks made by Denny’s franchise owner John Metz in November 2012. Metz was in hot water after he proposed the “controversial” notion of charging customers a five percent surcharge to help share the healthcare burden. “Although it may sound terrible that I’m doing this, it’s the only alternative. I’ve got to pass the cost on to the consumer,” Metz said at the time. And the République restaurant in Los Angeles last month also began charging its customers an extra three percent to help stay afloat. Under the guise of caring about people’s wellbeing, the Affordable Healthcare Act forces businesses with more than 50 employees to provide a healthcare option for their employees. “I don’t think it should be shoved in people’s faces like this,” a frustrated Double D’s customer told CBS Denver. Forced compliance is just one more way Obamacare is going to cost people jobs and in the process fleece the American people out of millions of dollars. Zero Hedge notes, “The bottom line decision for businesses: fire your workers, or pass through the costs to other consumers. Many have done the former, or converted full-time workers to part-time status. Increasingly more are opting for the latter. How long until the popular outcry that this latest ‘freebie’ by the government was anything but.” Obamacare Surcharge Appearing on Restaurant Bills Across the Country VIDEO BELOW


Fox News Poll: Obama’s Approval Hits New Low  

President Obama’s job approval rating hits a record low this week, as a majority of Americans say his administration has mostly failed at gr...

Fox News Poll: Obama’s Approval Hits New Low  

President Obama’s job approval rating hits a record low this week, as a majority of Americans say his administration has mostly failed at gr...