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Obama’s Approval Polls Remain Static Amidst the Election Cycle

The latest approval polls for President Barack Obama have been released by Gallup. The results show no significant change for Obama as voters are becoming disinterested in him and more interested in the upcoming election.

The Stats

  • Approve – 46%
  • Disapprove – 50%

Obama’s numbers have been static for the past year. He has struggled to dent the 50 percent mark and it looks unlikely that he will be able to do this heading into his final year as president.

Despite Paul Ryan becoming the new House Speaker and promising change, he has already made it clear that he will not work with Obama to hash out an immigration plan. Ryan’s refusal to work with Obama will make him look weak and ineffective, and in the eyes of voters, they will continue to lose confidence in him as a president.

However, Obama did manage to sneak a two-year budget deal through, something that he deserves credit for. Almost yearly, the budget topic is a major one that is heavily charged by partisan politics. This year’s budget was quickly debated and slid through the system, proving that party cooperation is possible. Still, the budget deal didn’t earn Obama any praise as the average American isn’t overly concerned with the details of the U.S. budget.

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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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Obama’s Approval Ratings Remain Stationary Midway through September

Gallup / Rasmussen Reports, 9/13 – 9/15

President Obama Job Approval

  • Rasmussen Reports

o   Approve – 47%

o   Disapprove – 53%

  • Gallup

o   Approve – 41%

o   Disapprove – 55%

President Obama’s mid-September approval ratings have been released in the most recent Gallup and Rasmussen Reports polls. Gallup pegged Obama at a 41% approval rating and a 55% disapproval rating, while Rasmussen Reports recorded a 47% approval and 53% disapproval. The margin of error for both polls was 3%.

Obama continues to be an unpopular president. With elections looming, Obama has been relatively quiet as he is trying to cause as little damage as possible for his fellow party members. Congress continues to be inept, Republicans continue to oppose Democrats, and vice versa. The entire political system is a mess and Obama’s approval ratings are indicative of that.

The Middle East continues to be a dividing topic amongst all Americans. Supporters of intervention say that Obama isn’t doing enough, that his ramped up missile strikes are inadequate, and that the president is not committed to winning the war. On the other side, Obama is criticized for any form of intervention. These individuals feel that the president is overstepping his authority, stretching the country thin, and engaging them in a senseless conflict that will yield no results and that doesn’t benefit the average American citizen.

In the end, Obama is trapped in a paradox. If he does nothing, he loses, and if he does something, he loses. This concept applies to all policy. When he passed Obamacare with the intention of providing poor families with healthcare coverage, he angered the right-wing and other quasi-conservatives. When he intervened in the Middle East, conservatives claimed that he didn’t do enough and liberals hated the fact that the U.S. was committed to the region again. The immigration crisis angered conservatives who wanted the immigrant children tossed out of the country at all costs. Using this knowledge, Obama can never improve his approval ratings past the current range that they have been trapped in for the last few months.

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