Sure, Obama’s approval rating (currently 43%) is low. But geez, stop believing the lie that it’s any different than any other President. George W. Bush was at 42% at this same time in his Presidency.
Obama’s lowest score ever was 38% a few weeks ago. Let’s compare that with other Presidents’ lowest scores ever:
Harry Truman (22%)
Dwight Eisenhower (48%)
John F. Kennedy (56%)
Lyndon Johnson (35%)
Richard Nixon (24%)
Gerald Ford (37%)
Jimmy Carter (28%)
Ronald Reagan (35%)
George H.W. Bush (29%)
Bill Clinton (37%)
George W. Bush (25%)
Hmm. Just using these numbers, it looks like Obama is the most popular President since John F. Kennedy. 😉
PS: After writing and posting this, I realized some people may not get the subtle point I was trying to make with my smiley face, which is this: You don’t look at one number to proclaim that a President is the “worst ever” or “most popular.” George W. Bush’s popularity was tremendously high after 9/11 (as would any President’s be), but if you average out his term, it’s very low.
Better is to compare based on similar periods. All Presidents start off strong and drop over time. Also, comparing poll numbers in the present day to those from Truman’s time where there was not 24 hour news coverage, lots of channels, the internet, and Fox News is probably not too enlightening.
Here’s a great link to a page where you can compare the Presidential ratings.