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Obama Approval Rating Lower Than Bush’s At The Same Point In Presidency




” If you recall George W Bush’s 5th year in the presidency, Iraq was still going badly (the surge hadn’t worked yet), the news networks still had a daily count of the dead they featured and we were told that America was tired of war, and especially a war of choice.  And then there was Katrina. We were also told that President Bush was suffering horrendous disapproval numbers, numbers so bad that they would be hard to beat in modern history.

Until today:

When President Obama first ran for the White House in 2008, it was with the promise to turn the page on the presidency of George W. Bush. But for all their political differences, it turns out the American public pretty much view the two men in the same light, according to new polling data.

“By the same light” it seems obvious that the majority of the American people disapproved of both presidents at the same point in their presidency.  But other than that the disapproval comes via different routes.  President Bush was fighting not only an unpopular war, but a negative press and the Democratic party that continually went negative about he and his administration (something they seem to have forgotten since President Obama has taken office).

Obama, on the other hand, has pretty much gotten a free pass on Afghanistan and has had a supportive, almost adoring press that has mostly worked to blunt any criticism of he and his administration, to include any criticism by Republicans.

But despite that, his approval rating is in the toilet.  Why?”


Illustration by William Warren








Bush Had Higher Approval Rating Than Obama At This Point In His Presidency





” President George W. Bush held a higher approval rating in October of his fifth year in office than President Obama.

Obama’s approval rating stands at 37 percent with a 53 percent disapproval rating, according to an Associated Press/GfK poll released Wednesday October 9.

At the same point in the first year of his second term, Bush held a higher approval rating even as he battled criticisms of his handling of weeks-old Hurricane Katrina.

Bush held a 39 percent approval rating in an AP/Ipsos poll conducted between October 3-5, 2005.”










IBD/TIPP Poll: Obama’s Approval Dives To Record Low

” President Obama’s approval rating tumbled to a record low as Americans react to the government’s sweeping surveillance programs and other scandals, according to the latest IBD/TIPP Presidential Lead
ership Index.

The Presidential Leadership Index fell to 43.2 from 48.9 a month earlier, th lowest since Obama took office. The 11.7% monthly decline also was his worst ever. It’s the fourth straight reading below 50, signaling disapproval . ”

Poll: Americans Don’t Really Like the Job Obama’s Doing


” When President Obama discusses the economy in his State of the Union Address Tuesday night, he will be dealing with an area in which the American public gives him relatively low performance ratings.

The same thing applies to immigration, energy policy, guns, and taxes.

Gallup found that President Obama is heading into his fourth State of the Union address Tuesday night with an overall job approval rating of around 50 percent. But in eight of the nine specific areas measured, more Americans disapprove than approve of the job he’s doing.

In only one category — national defense — did Obama’s approval rating (53 percent) exceed his disapproval rating (44 percent). “



Here are the latest Gallup poll results for the president’s approval ratings …


Gallup Obama 2-7:10-13



Obama Rated Highest on Foreign Affairs, Lowest on Deficit



” If President Obama focuses on the economy in his fourth State of the Union address Tuesday night, as news reports indicate he will do, he will be dealing with an area in which the American public gives him relatively low performance ratings. The president’s 39% rating on handling the economy is essentially the same as the 38% from this time last year, although lower than the ratings of 45% and 44% he received just before and just after last November’s presidential election. Obama received his lowest rating on the economy (26%) in August 2011, in the aftermath of the debt ceiling fight in Washington. Obama earned his highest economic rating, 59%, in February 2009 — in the first measure after he took office.”



Read the entire poll results and details here .






” Gallup released a poll this month stating that the NRA stands at 54 percent approval.

Fifty-four percent of Americans have a favorable opinion of the National Rifle Association, while 38% have an unfavorable opinion. The public’s ratings of the NRA have fluctuated since first measured by Gallup in 1993 — from a low of 42% favorable in 1995 to a high of 60% in 2005.

On the other hand, the same polling firm shows that the media is distrusted by 60 percent of the population: approval rates for the media are below 30 percent.

And Congress? Their approval rate was last measured by Gallup at 21 percent. ”



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Obama’s Approval Rating , that is


” President Obama’s job approval rating slipped to 43%, dangerous territory for an incumbent president.

   Just as tellingly, those who disapprove of the president’s job in office rose to 51%.

  Of the last eight incumbent presidents seeking re-election, only one had a job approval rating under 50% in June of his re-election year and won: George W. Bush at 49%. The final pre-election job approval ratings for losing incumbents (as far back as Gallup goes): Truman (’52) – 32%; Johnson (not on ballot ’68) – 42%; Ford (’76) – 45%; Carter (’80) – 37%; Bush Sr. (’92) – 34%. “

Obama: Negative ratings in 37 states, but king of DC

“Gallup has just released Barack Obama’s job approval rating for the first half of 2012, broken down by state, and the news is not encouraging for the president.
Obama’s approval rating is below 50 percent in 37 states, ranging from a 26 percent rating in Utah to a 49 percent rating in Michigan. Obama is at 50 percent or higher in just 13 states, from a 50 percent rating in Minnesota to a 63 percent
rating in Hawaii. The president is most popular in Washington DC, where his job approval rating
is an astonishing 83 percent.”