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Grading Obama: Average Approval, Country on Wrong Track

The latest round of approval and opinion polls for President Barack Obama have revealed that the majority of Americans disapprove of him and believe that he has put the country in the wrong direction.

Gallup Approval

  • Approve – 44%
  • Disapprove – 51%

Rasmussen Reports Approval

  • Approval – 47%
  • Disapprove – 52%

Reuters/Ipsos Approval

  • Approve – 42%
  • Disapprove – 53%

Reuters/Ipsos Direction

  • Right Direction- 24%
  • Wrong Direction – 64%

The results for this poll were pretty typical. Obama is in his last year of public office and he doesn’t have much to gain at this point. He will try to pass exit policies, but for the most part, his public opinion is meaningless at this point as he cannot serve a third term and Obama is finished with politics when he leaves office.

The numbers are on par with Obama’s averages. For the better part of the last year, Obama has managed to keep a consistent approval rating of low to mid 40. The results vary based on which company the poll was conduced by, but they have been fairly consistent over this period.

In terms of the direction of the country, most Americans have low confidence in Obama and his ability to deal with ISIS. This fear is misplaced and the result of continuous attacks by Republicans who paint the president as incompetent. In reality, Obama has handled the situation in the Middle East to the best of his ability and he has had to work with a combative Congress through every step of the process.

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