Gallup: President Obama's Approval Hits a 52-Week Low

Obama approval November 5, 2013GallupMaybe it's not just Obamacare. Maybe NSA spying revelations, rough treatment of critical journalists, a lack of transparency, and other presidential foibles have also played a role. However it breaks down, though, Gallup reports that President Barack Obama's approval rating now stands at 39 percent, which is the lowest it's been in the past year. It's also only one point higher than his all-time low, which he hit October 14-16, 2011. That's a bit of a tumble from the early hopey-dreamy period, when he scored 69 percent in January 2009. Oh, how jaded we've all become. Our once shiny, new president has lost our favor. Well...Maybe he actually pushed the favor away.

Interestingly, Gallup has a tool that allows you to compare approval ratings over time among presidents. It seems that Americans have become a bit tougher on national chief executives than was once the case. Of course, we're probably a bit less naive, and more knowledgeable of their flaws than we used to be, too. How does the current guy stack up? Well, Obama may rank generally lower than his predecessor (and let's concede that 9/11 gave George W. Bush an early advantage, public-perception-wise) though it's practically a dead heat this far into their administrations, but he at least pulls greater support at this point relative to...(drumroll, please)...Richard M. Nixon.

Obama vs Nixon vs BushGallup

So...He has that going for him.

Of course, approval rating or no, we're stuck with the guy.

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  • Bam!||

    Healthcare.gov = Obama's Katrina.

  • Brian||

    Why do you want to show that people are mostly racists?

  • Sevo||

    Gallup: 39% of the US population should be certified as incompetent.

  • The Rt. Hon. Serious Man, Visc||

    We don't deserve Obama. The people should be abolished and replaced with a new one worthy of the Great One.

  • Anonymous Coward||

    The Future of America New SovietProgressive Man.

  • BakedPenguin||

    Between Obama literally ret-conning history and the useful idiots basically screaming the everything would have been okay if not for the Republican wreckers, the Stalinism is disturbing.

    I really, really, hope his next project isn't collectivizing Midwestern farmland.

  • Anonymous Coward||

    Our once shiny, new president has lost our favor.

    You had to elect Obama to find out what is in him. Now that you know, what's your excuse, 39% of those polled?

  • Auric Demonocles||

    Alt-text ratings hit a hours long low.

  • ||

    It seems that Americans have become a bit tougher on national chief executives than was once the case.

    I think chiefs have gotten worse...or they have concentrated enough power that their crappy decisions have had a greater negative effect.

    or both.

  • Paul.||

    When the POTUS can actually affect your daily life, that's the sign of just how far off the path we are.

  • gaijin||

    (and let's concede that 9/11 gave George W. Bush an early advantage, public-perception-wise)

    Was there anything that gave Obama an early advantage, perception-wise, I wonder?

  • Paul.||

    Yeah, the people who voted for him that he was a genetic concoction of God, Jesus, Martin Luther King Jr, Oliver Wendell Holmes, John F. Kennedy and Lenny Kravitz-- worthy of a nobel peace prize straight out of the gate.

    After his 2008 election, there were people wearing tee-shirts with his visage on it, unironically.

  • ||

    I was thinking he would go below 40% before the end of the month. Now I see I underestimated his poll progression. This is joyous news. It would please me immensely if he ended his presidency with the lowest approval rating of all time.

  • Paul.||

    Maybe it's not just Obamacare. Maybe NSA spying revelations, rough treatment of critical journalists, a lack of transparency, and other presidential foibles have also played a role.

    Mmmmnope, it's pretty much Obamacare. NSA spying and rough treatment of journalists are the wonky insider stories that only pundits care about. A few million people losing their health insurance when the president lied to them about their ability to keep it is what does it.

    Hit people in their backyards, and they'll take notice. Something happens across town or to other people? Not so much.

    The only question that remains is will Obamacare hurt the dems like it was 1994? Doubtful.

  • montana mike||

    I think it will in flyover states, not so much in solid blue, coastal ones.

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