On a Roll? President Obama’s Job Approval Rating Increases For Third Straight Quarter
The poll shows that President Obama averaged a 46.8 percent approval rating in Gallup’s tracking poll over the 14th quarter of his presidency, which is the third straight quarter that the president’s approval has increased.
“The recent and continuing improvement in his approval rating, though, is a positive sign for his reelection prospects, but it remains below the 50 percent level that virtually assures a president of a second term in office,” said Gallup’s Jeffrey M. Jones in a release. “Obama appears in much better shape now than the two recently elected presidents who were denied a second term — Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush — both of whom averaged below 40 percent approval their 14th quarters in office.”
For the sake of comparison, one should note that Jimmy Carter averaged a 35.8 percent approval rating in the 14th quarter of his presidency, while George H.W. Bush averaged a 39.2 percent approval rating.
Assuredly, much of President Obama’s job approval rating has more to do with his opponent’s missteps that his successes. It is true that the Supreme Court upheld Obamacare, and that probably accounts for some of the increase. But it is just as true that Mitt Romney is still refusing to disclose his tax returns, and Tea Party Republicans, like Michele Bachmann (R-MN) are on a Muslim Brotherhood witch hunt. Having opponents like that makes it a bit difficult to plummet in the polls.
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