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Obama still hasn’t had the low poll numbers the past five Republican presidents had

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The sixth year of Barack Obama’s presidency begins later this month, and his current job-approval rating stands at 42 percent in Gallup’s three-day tracking poll.

That’s certainly nothing to brag about, but it’s a little better than his all-time low of 38 percent approval in August of 2011. (Let’s not forget, however, that Obama won re-election in an Electoral College landslide just 15 months after he hit his lowest approval numbers.)

Perhaps the most interesting aspect of Obama’s overall approval ratings is that they haven’t been lower, especially considering all the garbage peddled by Birthers and other conspiratorialist wackos of the political right since he first became a presidential candidate in 2007.

Truth is, Obama’s approval ratings have never fallen as low as those for any of the last five Republican presidents.

In chronological order, here are the respective low numbers for those previous presidents: Richard Nixon, 24 percent; Gerald Ford, 37 percent; Ronald Reagan, 35 percent; George H.W. Bush, 29 percent; George W. Bush, 25 percent.

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  1. Hey Patrick C?, why don’t you find some favorable stories about The TPP so you can help Obama push it through, to further sell out America to the trans-nationals? It seems everything Obama does, you support. He’s just as bad as Clinton chasing those corporate dollars and all the while making those fancy talking speeches about the American people. This guy came in with an agenda that he never expressed during his 2 candidacies. I’m so disappointed in him. His job was to bring the left along just like GWB’s was to bring the right along, while they error in favor of their corporate donors. I feel so deceived by Obama.

    Voting for 3rd party candidates seems more and more appealing as each day passes.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/11/fast-track-trade-democrats_n_4580720.html#comments

  2. You are correct that other presidents have made decisions that have been more unpopular.
    However the better metric I prefer is average, in this obama ranks on the low end.

    If we were to only look at who had the highest approval rating and consider them to be the “best” president we’d have GW Bush. I didn’t particularly feel he was the best, but at one point his approval rating was 90% which is just amazing.

    source:
    http://www.gallup.com/poll/116677/Presidential-Approval-Ratings-Gallup-Historical-Statistics-Trends.aspx

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_presidential_approval_rating#cite_note-AveragePolling-15

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