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Obama’s Approval Ratings Linger in the Low 40s

Gallup, 8/29 – 8/31

President Obama Job Approval

  • Approve – 42%
  • Disapprove – 51%

The weekly Gallup poll asked 1,500 national adults whether or not they approved of President Barack Obama and his overall job as the leader of the U.S. The poll had a margin of error of 3%. 42% of adults approve of Obama, while 51% disapprove. Obama has struggled to improve his approval ratings, but he has managed to average around a low 40 for over a month.

A Rasmussen Reports poll from the same dates pegged his approval rating at 46% and his disapproval rating at 52%. A week before that, a poll by You Gov revealed an approval rating of 43% and a disapproval rating of 56%. Overall, the numbers have been pretty static and a lot of this has to do with Obama’s overall political strategy as midterm elections approach. His strategy is to do as little harm as possible to his fellow party members.

Instead, he is focusing on a popular issue, like raising the minimum wage. Increasing the minimum wage would be a major success for the Democrats and it would net them a lot of votes if they were able to pass some form of meaningful legislation. In terms of the lawsuit he is facing, it would be wise for Obama to deflect criticism towards the Republicans for their incompetence, irrationality, and their unwillingness to work with the system. Obama must shy away from talking about the situation in the Middle East as it will severely damage his approval ratings and the image of his party. There are no clear cut answers for solving the crisis in that region and Obama would be wise to avoid discussing it all together.

With elections fast approaching, Obama’s approval ratings will be at the mercy of his fellow party members and how they develop the image of the Democrats to the masses who will show up at the polls. Experts believe that the polls will favor the Republicans, an unfortunate truth that always seems to happen during midterm elections.

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