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Obamas Approval Ratings Remain Static as a Result of the Events in Ferguson

Gallup, 8/18 – 8/20

Barack Obama Job Approval

  • Approve of the job of Barrack Obama – 44%
  • Disapprove of the job of Barrack Obama – 50%

The most recent Gallup poll measured President Barack Obama’s approval ratings in regards to the job he has done as president. To date, he has a 44% approval rating and a 50% disapproval rating. The poll measured the results of 1,500 national adults and had a margin of error of 3%. A recent Rasmussen Reports poll calculated Obama’s approval rating at 46% and his disapproval rating at 53%.

Overall, his approval rating has remained static as many individuals thought that he didn’t do enough in response to the Ferguson shootings. Through the early stages of the event, he issued a typical presidential response that called for a de-escalation of violence, the unity of the American people, and for a restoration of order. Many believed that this wasn’t enough and that Obama should have stepped in and used his executive power to mandate some form of reform for police departments that would descale the rampant problem of militarization or call for mandatory body cams.

Overall, Obama has been an unpopular president who has failed to gain any significant momentum in the polls. Part of the blame can be placed on the Republicans in Congress who have created a massive gridlock in Congress and who have refused to work with the Democrats on any legislation. Obama has also received a lot of flak and his approval ratings have suffered as a result of the stance that he took in Iraq. Many Americans want to pull out of Iraq, but the President has ramped up airstrikes and they are trying to make the country stable, a task that is nearly impossible given the current political climate of the country.

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