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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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Obama’s Approval Ratings Remain Static

The latest round of polls tallying President Barack Obama’s approval ratings remain static. Several polls conducted by Gallup, Rasmussen Reports, Reuters, The Economist and YouGov, and ABC News and the Washington Post had the president scoring approval ratings across the mid-forties

Obama’s Approval Ratings:

  • Gallup – 45%
  • Rasmussen Reports – 45%
  • Reuters – 44%
  • The Economist / YouGov – 47%
  • ABC News / The Washington Post – 47%

Obama’s approval ratings have hovered around the forties for over a year. For most of the summer, his approval ratings were at the current average and they haven’t budged at all. His highest approval ratings of the current term were achieved in 2012 when he scored a 53.8 percent in Dec. 2012. It seems unlikely that his approval ratings will change much going forward as he rides out his final term. Obama’s main job for the Democrats is to remain low key and to avoid damaging the party’s reputation as they approach the upcoming election.

Former President George W. Bush achieved much lower approval ratings when he left office. From 2008-2009, his approval ratings were below the forties and he scored as low as the high twenties at certain points. Obama may be an unpopular president as his term comes to an end, but he isn’t as unpopular as Bush was.

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Obama’s Approval Ratings Hover Around 45%

The latest Gallup poll tallying President Barack Obama’s approval ratings is in. Obama achieved a pretty standard approval rating that was consistent with his overall average.

What is your opinion of the president?

  • Approve – 45%
  • Disapprove – 49%

A different poll by Fox News pegged Obama’s approval rating at 42 percent and his disapproval rating at 51 percent, while a poll by Rasmussen Reports had the totals at 47 percent and 52 percent respectively.

There is nothing unordinary about these totals and they suggest that the majority of Americans are indifferent to Obama. For the majority, they recognize that his time in office is nearly done and that it is time to start thinking about who they want to elect as the next president.

Obama’s presidency started on high hopes, saw the implementation of Obamacare, and saw the government protect Wall Street, despite their role in bringing the economy to its knees. Most Americans are eager to move on from Obama, not because he was a bad president, but more so because they are antsy to elect someone new and see if they can fix the country.

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Majority of Americans Believe the U.S. Is Heading in the Wrong Direction

Today is Independence Day and with it the United States celebrates its freedom and overall commitment to democracy. A recent poll by The Economist and YouGov has revealed that the majority of American citizens do not believe in the president, Congress, and the overall direction of the country.

The poll was conducted between June 27 and 29 and asked 1,000 American citizens over the age of 18 several questions. The margin of error was 4 percent.

Obama Approval:

  • Disapprove – 49%
  • Approve – 48%

Congress Approval:

  • Disapprove – 58%
  • Approve – 13%

Direction of Country:

  • Wrong – 60%
  • Right – 32%

Assessment:

President Barack Obama’s approval ratings continue to remain stagnant. This is a normal trend that Obama hasn’t been able to break for most of his presidency. These numbers will not change as he rides out his final term and the most Obama can do at this point is pick a nominee for the Democrats and encourage voters to side with them.

In terms of Congress, their approval ratings continue to remain low as the majority of Americans have become fed up with a political system which is so divided on party lines and petty politics. In most cases, Congress isn’t interested in passing meaningful legislation, but instead, they seek to score victories purely on party lines at the expense of American voters. Today’s Congress is best labeled as wasteful and unproductive.

It is not surprising that the majority of voters are angry with the direction of the country. The United States lacks both a clear foreign policy and has no domestic policy to speak of. It is impossible for the country to head in the right direction if there is no direction for the country to head in, and the politicians leading this country are clearly to blame for that. While Obamacare still exists, it is not enough and needs to develop into a system similar to Canada or Britain, Republican leadership are content committing the U.S. to another armed conflict, and big business continues to dominate the American landscape.

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Barack Obamas Approval Ratings Remain Stagnant

The latest round of approval ratings for President Barack Obama reveal stagnant and show that the president is highly unpopular and unlikely to ever recover.

July 1 pegged the president at a 49 percent approval. 27 percent strongly approved of him, 38 percent strongly disproved of him.

In mid-June, the president’s numbers were slightly worse. He achieved a 46 percent approval and 52 percent disapproval.

On July 1, 2014, the president had a 48 percent approval and 50 percent disapproval. A year prior to that, his numbers were largely the same.

The president’s highest approval rating was achieved early in his first term. He scored a 69 percent approval rating during the holidays in 2008. During the same period, his disapproval rating was a lowly 29 percent.

Obama has often been criticized for being a lifeless puppet, unable to act, and unwilling to budge from the status quo. He recently passed the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership bill, one that big business was working hard to push through the system.

When discussing the recent bill, he suggested that it was beneficial to American workers.

“I would not be signing these bills if I was not absolutely convinced that these pieces of legislation are ultimately good for American workers,” he said.

His administration was in charge as the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage across the country. This issue is popular with younger voters, but older Americans and conservatives will all be dissatisfied with the decision and it will likely reflect in the president’s approval ratings.

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