Political observers have noted the discrepancy, in opinion polling, between low scores for President Obama's policies and somewhat higher scores for likability. What is the difference? With Obama, for mainstream Americans, his likability most probably springs out of their desire to have an African American president and for him to be personally successful. They distinguish between his candidacies (in 2008 and now for 2012) and his political philosophy and policies. Most know little about his socialism and few have sufficient education about Marxism and its history to appreciate what it is about. And most voters, who voted for him, saw the social achievement of electing a black president as far outweighing the negative aspects of his ideology about which they are mostly confused. In the broadest sense, his likability is a reflection of electoral affirmative action. His low scores for his policies reflect the obvious fact that his policies would benefit few Americans, cost a lot of money taken from most of them, and represent a cooperative political governance between big finance and the federal government that protects the rich and powerful but not the 95% of Americans who are not "millionaires and billionaires". Eventually, hopefully sooner rather than later, Americans will figure out that it is psychotic self-deception to like someone who abuses you, takes from you, and hurts you, while lying to you about what he is doing; and his likability scores will fall.