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One month in, Barack Obama's approval slips, disapproval doubles

Discussion in 'Political Zone' started by WoodysGirl, Feb 24, 2009.

  1. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Shut up and play! Staff Member

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    One month down, 47 to go.

    And Barack Obama's poll numbers have slid almost 10% already. According to the latest Gallup Poll, the new president's approval rating of 68% in January has slipped now to 63%, about average for recent new presidents one month in.

    What isn't average, however, is Obama's new disapproval rating -- 24%, or 50% higher than the 16% average for a month-old new presidency.

    And it's twice the 12% disapproval rate that Obama had last month.
    While liberal and independent support has held fairly steady, the rookie chief executive's approval among Republicans has plunged from 41% to 30%, presumably tied at least somewhat to growing awareness of the spending program. The drop has been especially steep among conservatives, from 36% at inauguration to 22% now.
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    Additionally, Obama's support has weakened among middle-class Americans, those touted during the campaign as benefiting from his promised tax cuts. Among that working crowd, Obama's approval fell from 69% to 58%.

    Tonight's speech before a joint session of Congress and a nationwide television audience will give the new 47-year-old president an opportunity to make his case, not just for his already-signed but still controversial economic stimulus package but for his own evolving style of executive leadership.

    And to possibly put the crumpled Cabinet nominations of recent weeks behind him.

    Historically, 63-62% approval after a month is about average; Ronald Reagan had the worst at 55%, and Jimmy Carter had the best at 71%. Look how they turned out.

    In fact, after 30 days, the Gallup Poll shows Obama has about the same approval rating as did George H.W. Bush and his son, George W. Bush, the man whose eight years in office the Illinois senator so often denounced as destructive during the recent campaign.

    What's surprising, as the astute Don Surber points out this morning, is that the gap between approval and disapproval is worse now for Obama than it was for the newly departed Texan after his first month. Bush's differential gap was 41 points between approval and disapproval. Obama's is 39 points, still above Bill Clinton, who had the worst differential of 30 points. Carter again had the best after one month of 62. Richard Nixon had 54.

    The new Gallup survey involved 1,614 adult Americans between Feb. 19-21 with a margin of error of +/-3%.

    -- Andrew Malcolm

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    Posted by Andrew Malcolm on February 24, 2009 in Democratic Politics , First 100 Days , Political History , Polls , President Bush , President Obama , Republican Politics | Permalink
  2. ABQCOWBOY

    ABQCOWBOY Moderator Staff Member

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    According to the New York Times, the numbers are even worse.

    The numbers reflect 57% approval and 32% disapproval. The disapproval, according to this poll, is significantly up.
  3. burmafrd

    burmafrd Well-Known Member

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    When basically all you have is talk and no real action its not surprising.

    As I said before the higher you are the farther you have to fall.
  4. SacredStar

    SacredStar Active Member

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    He's only been in office a month.......it will take decades to repair the damage Bush has done.
  5. Cajuncowboy

    Cajuncowboy Preacher From The Black Lagoon

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    People are starting to realize he has no idea what he is doing. He didn't have the experience to get us through any of this and people know it.

    The ether seems to finally be wearing off.
  6. MetalHead

    MetalHead Benched

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    Who are these people???
  7. ABQCOWBOY

    ABQCOWBOY Moderator Staff Member

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    Mostly, from what I can tell, they are the ones running the country.


    :laugh2:
  8. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Shut up and play! Staff Member

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    Well I wouldn't go that far, but I do think no matter who was elected, it was going to take some time for the economy to recover.
  9. ABQCOWBOY

    ABQCOWBOY Moderator Staff Member

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    I think this is a very fair statment. The question, to me, is how much worse will it get between then and now.
  10. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Shut up and play! Staff Member

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    Yep, I wonder the same thing.
  11. SacredStar

    SacredStar Active Member

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    I was jokingly being extreme there, but it's going to take a tremendous amount of time to right the ship.
  12. Bach

    Bach Benched

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    It's only a matter of time before the shine comes off and his empty "hope and change" rhethoric becomes exposed.
  13. iceberg

    iceberg detoxed...part 2 Zone Supporter

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    oh borrow some money from obama and buy a clue.
  14. jrumann59

    jrumann59 Well-Known Member

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    This line of thought is so funny, when W got into office and things were going great they all said it was Clinton's economy and his policies, except for when it came to 9/11. Now if things improve under BHO in the next year he will get all the credit and it was GWB plicy that caused all the problems. Remember the president has little to do with domestic affairs it falls more to Congress any mpresident can have visions of granduer, but ultimately the Congress gets to say yeah or nay.

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