Presidential Approval

Barack Obama and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Year

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It’s not been a good year for Barack Obama.

Of course, the midterm elections during the sixth year of a two-term president’s time in office are historically bad for the president’s party. In 2006, Democrats defeated President George W. Bush’s party and picked up a net of six seats in the Senate and 31 seats in the House. The 1998 elections held steady for Republicans during President Clinton’s sixth year, and they kept majorities in both chambers.

In 1986, during President Reagan’s sixth year, Democrats picked up eight seats in the Senate, giving them control of the Senate, and gained a net five seats in the House, giving them a massive 258-177 majority. To give context, Republicans are expected to start the next Congress in January with 247 members to the Democrats’ 188 — and that’s historically high for Republicans.

But President Obama’s bad year doesn’t start and end with Election Day 2014. According to Gallup, which has been tracking presidential approval ratings for decades, 2014 is the first year where President Obama’s approval rating never eclipsed his disapproval rating, meaning he has not — at any point this year — had a net positive approval. He has been under water since August 2013 and has not recovered.

National Journal’s James Oliphant writes:

Gallup: Voters disapprove of Obama on economy, health care and deficits

A new Gallup survey shows declining numbers across the board for President Barack Obama, including a new low on the economy.

Here is a look at the issues surveyed:

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The most concerning numbers have to be health care, the budget defict and the economy. These are issues the administration has spent the most political capital on in the last couple weeks. This poll shows he is continuing to lose independents, with on only 29% approving of Obama’s handling of the economy. Even worse, 24% percent of independents approve on his handling of health care and the budget deficit.

Calls for bipartisanship aren’t necessarily too late, but Democrats have absolutely no momentum right now, and both parties in Congress seem so far apart on every issue.

Chart To Watch Of The Day

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Will President Obama get an uptick in the polls from last nights State of the Union, and how long will it last ?

Watch these numbers over the next two weeks to find out.

Quote of the Day: Charles Manson could beat Barack Obama in Floyd County, Kentucky

“I’d have thought in the past that if Charles Manson ran against a Republican in Floyd County he would win. But Charles Manson could beat Barack Obama here right now. Thousands of miners out of work, the entire local economy in the tank. But he’s got a couple of years where he could turn this round. If he does that he could win. If he doesn’t, Charles Manson could come in and win.” - Keith Bartley, Floyd County (KY) Democratic chairman

Bush Ends 8 Year Reign With 22% Approval

CBS & the NYT released what will probably be their last Presidential Approval poll for George W. Bush as a sitting President. The results were, well, unsurprising at 22% approval.

(CBS) President Bush will leave office as one of the most unpopular departing presidents in history, according to a new CBS News/New York Times poll showing Mr. Bush’s final approval rating at 22 percent.

Seventy-three percent say they disapprove of the way Mr. Bush has handled his job as president over the last eight years.

Mr. Bush’s final approval rating is the lowest final rating for an outgoing president since Gallup began asking about presidential approval more than 70 years ago.

The rating is far below the final ratings of recent two-term presidents Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan, who both ended their terms with a 68 percent approval rating, according to CBS News polling. - CBS

Hopefully this will be seen as a final indictment on the evil ideology that is neoconservativism, though I do readily expect them to work their way back into positions of power after a few years of laying low.


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