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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

Rasmussen Reports, 15/9 – 21/9

Direction of the Country

  • Right Direction – 25%
  • Wrong Direction – 65%
  • Undecided – 10%

Not surprisingly, most Americans do not believe in the current direction of the country. A newly released Rasmussen Reports poll asked 3,500 likely U.S. voters several questions related to the direction of the country, their views on Barack Obama, a generic Congressional ballot, and what issues they felt were most important. The results demonstrated that 65 percent of the voters believe the country is heading in the wrong direction, 25 percent say it is heading in the right direction, and 10 percent were undecided. The margin of error for this poll was 2 percent.

The demographics for the poll were as follows: 49 percent of the voters were male, and 51 percent were female, 30 percent were aged 18-39, 52 percent were 40-64, and 18 percent were over the age of 65, 76 percent were white, 10 percent were black, and 14 percent were a different ethnicity, and 31 percent identified as Republican, 35 percent as Democrat, and 34 percent identified with a different party.

Obama’s approval was slightly better than his average amongst other polls. 46 percent of the voters approve of Obama, while 53 percent disapproved of him. If a generic congressional ballot were to take place, both parties would receive 40 percent of the votes. These results show how split the country is and how much distrust voters have for the political establishment. Both parties are viewed as ineffective.

36 percent of the voters believe that the economy is the most important issue, 21 percent say national security, 17 percent say domestic issues, 11 percent say fiscal issues, 6 percent say cultural issues, and 9 percent were unsure. Yet, the major focus of the government is the situation in the Middle East. Average Americans are fed up of policing the world and are more interested in rebuilding the economy within the country itself.

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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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Majority of Voters Believe That the U.S. Is Going in the Wrong Direction

Rasmussen Reports, 8/25 – 8/31

Direction of the Country

  • Right direction – 25%
  • Wrong direction – 66%
  • Undecided – 8%

A new Rasmussen Reports poll has revealed that the majority of Americans believe that the country is going in the wrong direction. 3,500 likely voters were asked several questions. Amongst those voters, 49% were male, 51% were female, 52% were between the ages of 40-64, 76% were white, 10% black, and 14% other, and 31% were Republican, 35% Democrat, and 34% politically identified as other.

In the recent weeks, Americans have been aggravated with the overall direction of the country. 25% of Americans believe that the country is heading in the right direction while 66% believe that it is going in the wrong direction.

Why are the disapproval ratings so high? Much of it has to do with the events unfolding in the Middle East, the numerous beheadings, and the overall chaotic appearance of the United States foreign policy. Barack Obama also continues to score low approval ratings for most major polling companies. Currently, 46% of voters approve of the job he has done while 52% do not. It is hard for voters to believe that the country is going in the right direction if they do not believe in the man they have elected to lead it. The balance is currently broken and until it is restored, the majority of voters will feel insecure about the United States and its role in the world.

Voters also identified which issues they believed were the most important. The economy came in first with 37% of the vote, national security and domestic issues tied at 17%, fiscal issues at 11%, cultural issues at 8%, and 10% of voters were undecided. Realistically, the economy and fiscal issues are related in many ways, so almost 48% of voters believe that the economy and the country’s finances are the most important issue. However, in the news, the most popular topics are the Middle East, ISIS, and other foreign policy nightmares.

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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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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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Obama’s Median Approval Ratings Remain around 40-43 Percent

Gallup / The Economist / Rasmussen Reports, 7/26/14

President Obama Job Approval

  • Gallup – 40% Approve / 54% Disapprove
  • The Economist – 42% Approve / 56% Disapprove
  • Rasmussen Reports – 47% Approve / 52% Disapprove

President Barack Obama’s approval ratings have remained consistent over the course of the summer. As reported by three separate polling institutions, the average approval rating is 43 percent while the disapproval rating is 54 percent. Obama has been consistent so far and any minor declines in his approval rating have likely been caused by the looming lawsuit of House Speaker John Boehner and the threat of impeachment from Congressional Republicans.

Obama signed a LGBT executive order that protects the rights of LGBT workers. This decision has slightly affected Obama’s approval ratings on both ends, depending on the political party that the individuals polled support.

Interestingly, Gallup compared Obama’s 22nd quarter approval ratings to those of past presidents. Listed below are the results:

  • Eisenhower / 53% / 3 polls
  • Nixon / 26% / 7 polls
  • Reagan / 64% / 4 polls
  • Clinton / 61.6% / 5 polls
  • G.W. Bush / 35.8% / 8 polls
  • Obama / 43.2% / 88 polls

Obama ranks higher than George W. Bush and Richard Nixon while all of the other names are substantially higher than Obama. However, Obama has also been exposed to a much larger number of polls than any of the past presidents listed. In addition, many of the president’s with high approval ratings are subject to context. Eisenhower benefited from the massive boom of the 1950s, Reagan was riding the waves of Reaganomics and the conservative policies of the 1980s, and Clinton benefited from NAFTA and US policy in the 1990s.

Obama’s approval ratings will continue to hover around the low 40s as long as the partisan divide remains strongly intact. Barring any international blunders, substantial legislation that is scored as a decisive victory for the Democrats, or Republican embarrassments, Obama’s numbers will remain static into the upcoming elections.

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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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Obama’s Approval Ratings Continue to Suffer

A new poll by Rasmussen Reports has revealed that President Barack Obama’s approval rating has continued to decline over the course of the last month. These changes are not surprising considering the current political climate of Washington. Will they continue to decline, or can the Obama Administration patch up their bleeding wounds?

Data from the most recent poll suggested that 46 percent approved of Obama and 53 percent disapproved. Obama’s approval ratings have steadily declined in the last month. One month ago, his approval rating hovered around a 49-50 percent, however, the numbers are now dipping to a 45-47 percent. There appears to be no end in sight due to the deadlock in Congress. Could this change?

With midterm elections on the horizon, Obama is taking advantage of the opportunity to go on the offensive in an effort to damage the reputation of the Republicans. “Republicans in Congress, they’re patriots, they love their country, they love their families,” he said from the Key Bridge. “They just have a flawed theory of the economy that they can’t seem to get past. . . . That’s their worldview. I’m sure they sincerely believe it. It’s just not accurate. It does not work.”

Will a strategy like this lead to an increase in his approval ratings? Obama’s reputation is already doomed. He has already severely damaged his credibility. However, he is capable of vilifying the Republicans, a move that would help the Democrats in the upcoming elections. By making the Republicans out to be the enemy of the average American, which in many cases, is rightfully deserved, can provide ammunition for the Democrats to use in an election. The Democrats will have to effectively communicate to the average American that they were not responsible for the gridlocks that plagued Congress and that the Republicans were the real culprits. If they can achieve this, their approval ratings will rise.

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Obama’s Approval Ratings in Every Swing State and How They Impact Hillary Clinton’s 2016 Chances

When we talk about swing states in the presidential race, there are eight in particular that we talk about. These are the states that have been carried by the narrowest of margins, have voted for both parties over the last two decades, and are expected to be battleground states once again in 2016. On the other hand, we already know which ways New York and Texas, along with the other 39 states, will swing.

With this in mind, let’s take a look at President Obama’s approval rating in each of those states and what that can mean for Hillary Clinton’s chances in the all-important battleground states in 2016.

Florida: Obama’s job approval in Florida depends on who you ask. According to an April Rasmussen poll, 51 percent of Floridians approve and 46 disapprove. Of course, a Quinnipiac poll conducted at the same time shows Obama with a 46 approve, 51 disapprove. Hillary, however, remains very popular in Florida among the elderly, female, and Hispanic voters. In the last poll we’ve seen, Clinton leads every GOP candidate by double-digits in Florida, except Jeb Bush who trails Clinton by 8 percent.

Ohio: We haven’t seen any numbers out of Ohio since a February Quinnipiac poll that pegged the Prez at 40 approve, 55 disapprove. That same poll also showed Clinton leading every Republican by at least 9 percent so despite a massive disapproval of the president, Ohio still seems to be on good terms with the former Secretary of State.

North Carolina: In April, a PPP poll had Obama at 44 approve, 52 disapprove and a New York Times poll had him at a similar 41 approve, 49 disapprove. Unlike Ohio, however, Clinton’s lead over the GOP pack in North Carolina is slim. She leads Jeb Bush by just one point, Christie by four, Rand Paul by six, and Mike Huckabee by seven. This one could definitely go Republican depending on how things pan out.

Virginia: In March, Quinnipiac had Obama at 44 approve, 52 disapprove. Though not a huge gap, Clinton’s edge over the GOP in Virginia is slim. She leads Christie by four, Bush by eight, Huckabee by eight, and Paul by six. Like North Carolina, Virginia could certainly turn red in 2016.

New Hampshire: In March, a Rasmussen poll had Obama at a decent 48 approve, 52 disapprove. Obama is doing better than he is in most places here and so is the former First Lady. Clinton leads every candidate by at least 11 points.

Iowa: In April, a Suffolk poll had it at 40 approve, 50 disapprove while a March Rasmussen poll had it at 44 approve, 54 disapprove. This has not affected Hillary whatsoever, as she leads every candidate by at least 10 percent.

Wisconsin: As of April, a PPP poll showed Obama with a 45 approve, 50 disapprove in Wisconsin. Clinton could have trouble in Wisconsin if the nominees are Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker or Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan (though she still leads them) but leads all other GOP candidates by at least 10 percent.

Colorado: In March, a Rasmussen poll showed Obama with a solid 49 approve, 50 disapprove. Ironically, it’s here that Clinton could see some of her stiffer competition as she is tied with Chris Christie, leads Huckabee by just 1 percent, and Rand Paul and Jeb Bush by just five percent.

As we can see, Obama’s lack of approval isn’t hampering Hillary’s standing in those states as voters seem to have a separate opinion of her than Obama, for better or worse. We can see that Colorado, Virginia, and North Carolina have a good chance to go Republican. If Bush gets nominated, he could win Florida and Ryan or Walker could win Wisconsin. On the other hand, Clinton has commanding leads in Iowa, New Hampshire, and Ohio.