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A new entry for Obama's 'unprecedented' list

Looks like we have ourselves a record-breaking President:

President Obama's job approval rating has fallen to 47 percent in the latest Gallup poll, the lowest ever recorded for any president at this point in his term.

Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford and even Richard Nixon all had higher approval ratings 10-and-a-half months into their presidencies. Obama's immediate predecessor, President George W. Bush, had an approval rating of 86 percent, or 39 points higher than Obama at this stage.

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said he doesn't "put a lot of stock" in the survey by Gallup, which has conducted presidential approval polls since 1938, longer than any other organization.

"If I was a heart patient and Gallup was my EKG, I'd visit my doctor," Gibbs said in response to questions from Fox. "I'm sure a six-year-old with a Crayon could do something not unlike that. I don't put a lot of stake in, never have, in the EKG that is daily Gallup trend. I don't pay a lot of attention to the meaninglessness of it."

The new low comes as Obama struggles to overhaul the nation's health care system and escalates America's involvement in the Afghanistan war. He is also presiding over a deep and prolonged recession, with unemployment at 10 percent.

"There's no doubt Obama's 47 percent is mainly a result of the continuing bad economy," said Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia's Center for Politics. "But there is also a growing concern about government spending and debt, and a sense that Obama is trying to do too much, too soon."

He added: "President Obama has reason to be concerned about his ratings. Even in tough times, presidents have usually been able to stay above the critical 50 percent mark in the first year, when the public is most inclined to give the new incumbent the benefit of the doubt."

Good thing he's such an intellectual... or he'd be in even worst shape eh?



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<a href="http://www.hist.um... (Below threshold)
Steve Green:

Historical approval ratings are interesting and telling.

Bush finished office at around 27% approval rating -- and a Republican almost got elected in 2008 despite that extremely low rating.

Kind of puts Obamas 47% in perspective. He's got a long ways to go to match Bush and therefore draw the Democratic chances in the 2012 election into question.

I'm LMAOROTF! I stated yes... (Below threshold)

I'm LMAOROTF! I stated yesterday that with the numbers posted by Gallup, Barry, Nancy and Harry will probably outlaw any future polls....or at least any that show Barry GOING DOWN!

Pretty pathetic attempt at ... (Below threshold)

Pretty pathetic attempt at straw-grasping there, Steverino.

Steve, I accept that Obama ... (Below threshold)

Steve, I accept that Obama has inherited a significant number of concerns. I am hoping that he is beginning to recognize that for better or worse they are now his to solve. I am not so sure what the relevance is regarding Bush's job approval rating at the end of his second term that you bring up. Rather I think a comparison among presidents ten months into their first administrations is valid. Don't you feel a high job approval rating early is a storehouse of goodwill that provides some buffer to the problems any administration is forced to confront sooner or later? I don't know about you but although I cannot argue that Barry inherited some bad problems I have never seen a president like him that has an unqualified gift for making bad situations worse. A poor job approval rating at this stage is not a good sign considering most people 6 months ago were aching to give him any benefit of the doubt.

"But there is also... (Below threshold)
"But there is also a growing concern about government spending and debt, and a sense that Obama is trying to do too much, too soon."

I don't know about too much too soon, I would say the Democrats are doing the wrong things in the wrong ways.

Focusing on Healthcare and Cap & Trade for example make no sense when we are in a deep recession. They aren't helping get out of it, and can reasonably be blamed for making it worse. Neither is going to generate job growth in the short term and even the promised "Green Jobs" are vaporware. Both are expected to increase government spending even more that it's doing now.

Stimulus I and now Stimulus II are the wrong ways of getting the economy going. The government hiring people to dig ditches is not going to get the economy going again. Having a Stimulus II to pay people to fill in the ditches is not going to do any better.

So Obamas approval gose bel... (Below threshold)

So Obamas approval gose below 50% I wonder how liberals feel now about him?

HA HA HA HA, "Its the econo... (Below threshold)

HA HA HA HA, "Its the economy stupid!" Or in Barrys case, the ineptitude at trying to make a square socialist peg fit into a round capitalist hole.

It dont work dimwit!

heh Steve ... the polls di... (Below threshold)

heh Steve ... the polls didn't ask about how bad things were or are ... it asked what people think of Obama's performance ...

If people thought Obama was doing the best he could with the "mess left behind" then he would still be polling in the 60's ...

The economy stinks, the deficits stink and apparently peoples preception of Obama's job performance does as well ...

Apparently Gibbs doesn't li... (Below threshold)

Apparently Gibbs doesn't like the Gallup numbers.
Via Ace

As someone mention, kids with crayons in the White House

and even Richard Nixon</... (Below threshold)

and even Richard Nixon

Why is this surprising? At this point in his term Nixon was a welcome change from an unpopular war president and was making noises about raising our popularity in the world...Watergate wasn't a household word, yet.

And none of this resembles Obama's situation and his subsequent failures...


Falze: One reason ... (Below threshold)
Lurking Observer:


One reason Watergate wasn't a common term was that, at this point in Nixon's first term, it hadn't happened yet.

Which is a point worth considering---it is only 10 months into Obama's term. If the economy turns around, if he scores some major successes, then he could be like Ronald Reagan, who also had low job approval scores and a bad recession at roughly this point in his first term.

Unlike Reagan, however, Obama seems to be doing everything in his power to prolong the recession. Raising taxes (even if Steve Green insists that they're not called that), making life difficult for small businesses (the true job generators in the US economy), hiking the price of power and fuel, none of this is exactly the way to ending a recession.

"Good thing he's such an in... (Below threshold)
Les Nessman:

"Good thing he's such an intellectual..."

W got better college grades than Barry, yet the trolls make fun of W.

Trolls, how did W get better grades than Barry E. Coyote, Supergenius?

By the way, I would like to... (Below threshold)

By the way, I would like to add that Gibb's schtick is beginning to wear thin. If things get even worse, his smarmy, condescending attitude and flippant answers are going to take a toll I'm sure. I can't believe this guy is the best the administration can do to defend Barry's progressively more apparent amateurish handling of the presidency.

Forty-seven Per Cent is the... (Below threshold)

Forty-seven Per Cent is the very best Gallup can spin up for its client, 0zero.

The only somewhat objective poll, of likely voters, is Rassmussen's.

And in that poll, on his short sharp spiral into history's garbage compactor, 0zero months ago reached 47%!

According to the general pi... (Below threshold)

According to the general picture presented by the Gallup examples, mediocre poll ratings early signify a more successful presidency historically.

The GW Bush polling trend alone makes the posited hopes and wishes (disguised) of Rick's source delusionary in the extreme.






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