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Obama Approval Ratings Remain Static

Ramussen 7/14/14

Obama Approval Ratings

Obama Approval Index History - Rasmussen Reports™

Via Ramussen.

Following the Fourth of July, President Barack Obama’s approval ratings have remained static. There has been very little change in the last 10 days. The results have shifted minimally, from a 45 percent approval rating to 46 percent.

Surprisingly, Obama’s approval rating did not increase, despite news of a surplus and overall job growth through the month of June. Perhaps, the pending lawsuit from Republican House Speaker John Boehner had something to do with the lack of change in the President’s approval ratings.

Regardless, Obama has a lot of work to do if he wants to improve his numbers before the upcoming elections in 2016. Since May, his approval rating has declined from 50 percent to 46 percent. While this may seem like a small change, it is still worth nothing that the President has struggled to maintain a consistently high approval rating, something that would suggest that the average American has little faith in Obama’s ability to do his job, and this lack of faith could translate into poor electoral results if the Republicans are able to choose a sensible candidate to run against the Democrats.

When Obama was elected in 2008, his approval rating fluctuated between 52-69 percent. He achieved his highest ever approval rating in the winter of 2008 and 2009, where he scored 69 percent. His lowest ever approval rating was achieved in June and September of 2010, where he achieved a lowly 41 percent.

Will the numbers change or will they continue to hover around the 45-50 percent mark? If changes are to occur, they will take place over the next year when the two parties are forced to take a stand on specific issues throughout their respective campaigns. Obama will do his best to support the Democrats, but his approval ratings may decline if he is forced to show support for a losing party.

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