Sunday, January 25, 2009

Obama's approval rating drops 15% in one week

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Obama's Approval Rating Plummets 15% in a WeekPosted by Informer on January 25, 2009 at 12:33pm
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by: Bill Dupray posted: 2009-01-24 18:43:00

Hmmmm. On January 16, 2008, Obama had an approval rating of 83%, which was during the transition, a time when Obama didn't actually do anything (remember "No comment - there is only one president at a time").

Today, a week later, he is at 68%.

What could account for this sudden plunge in popularity? Could it be that the guy wants to spend a trillion dollars of taxpayer money at a time when we actually need our money just to make ends meet? Call me crazy, but telling people he is going to take their money and use it to paint bridges ain't exactly persuasive stuff.

Maybe he is losing support among the lefties, who might be realizing that The One might be a warmonger, no better than Bush, for bombing innocent dirt farmers in Nowhereistan?

Whatever the reasons, his numbers are falling. From Politico.

The Gallup Poll on Saturday released the first job-approval rating for President Obama, based on interviews during his first three full days in office: 68 percent.

Now that he’s in office, Obama’s approval ratings are starting to normalize, as partisan back-and-forth picks up. Just a week ago, Gallup found an astonishing 83 percent approval of how he has handled his transition, showing he had even won over most Republicans.

The new job-approval figure puts him at the upper end of opening poll numbers for presidents, but doesn’t set a record.

Gallup’s initial job approval ratings were President John F. Kennedy, 72 percent; Dwight Eisenhower, 68 percent; Jimmy Carter, 66 percent; Richard Nixon, 59 percent; Bill Clinton, 58 percent; George W. Bush, 57 percent; and Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, 51 percent.

So JFK he ain't. Eisenhower and Carter are more his speed. As I recall, one of those guys had a real job before he became president, saving Europe and all. The other one was well . . . Jimmy Carter. And we know how that ended.

Have the bloom and the rose begun to part ways?