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