Just a week before the New Year, Obama enjoyed his highest approval
ratings of 2012. According to Gallup, 58% of Americans approved of the
job Obama was doing. Survey results released today by
Gallup, though, show Obama's approval rating has plummeted to just 49%.
It is a dramatic drop, especially coming over a holiday period when
people traditionally pay little attention to politics. Four years ago,
at his first inauguration, a full 69% of Americans approved of Obama.
The drop in Obama's approval from 4 years ago is understandable,
given the sluggish economy and the hope American's had as his presidency
began. The considerable drop from just a few weeks ago is more
puzzling. According to the media, he was the "winner" of the fiscal
cliff negotiations, getting most of the tax hikes he campaigned on and
avoiding spending cuts.
Also according to the media, he has deftly exploited the Sandy Hook
tragedy to make a renewed push for gun control. This is supposedly
popular with the American public and Obama has been all over the
airwaves pushing his proposals. He even orchestrated a back-drop of
children from across the country to release his proposals to the
And, yet, his approval rating is dropping. Exit polls from the past
election make it pretty clear that voters chose Obama the person and not
his policies. Pushing his policies even further to the left looks like
its backfiring with the public.
Boy this douche needs to learn to read a poll - or at least report on it accurately. Obama's approval has hoovered around the 50 percent mark for all of 2010, 2011 and most of 2012. Gallop does a rolling three day poll. Since Oct. 2012, that poll shows Obama's approval has generally been on the upswing. If you look at the Jan. 17 poll specifically on Obama's gun proposals, he's at 53 percent.
Oh, I know, he's saying by at one time early in his administration, obama was at 67 percent and now is at 49 percent. Early in Bush 2 reign, he was at 90 percent. When he finally left washington, he was at 29 percent.
Meh, he's always been around this level. At least 1/2 of the country is going to disapprove of any president. Even popular presidents like Bill Clinton and Reagan are not that far off Obama's ratings. It's not like he is extremely unpopular as a rule, especially considering the horrible state of the economy. I linked a cool gallup graphic that lets you overlay approval ratings for up to 4 presidents at a time.