12 April 2010

O Approval Hits New Low

Whatever “bounce” Obama got from the passage of ObamaCARE has vanished in a big way. Obama’s job approval rating fell to 47% for the week ending April 11 (including 43% among independents), the lowest weekly average recorded by Gallup for the Obamanation.

In historical context, Obama’s job approval rating is slightly below where Bill Clinton was in April 1994, his second year in office, but roughly equal to Ronald Reagan’s approval rating in April 1982. Both of these presidents’ political parties lost substantial numbers of House seats in the midterm elections in their second years, a historical fact that does not bode well for the Democratic Party in this fall’s elections if Obama’s ratings stay at their current level or go lower.

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