President Obama’s approval rating declined in the days after his Thursday evening speech to a joint session of Congress according to the latest daily tracking poll by Gallup.
Obama used the speech to announce a new $447 billion “jobs” bill, which he submits to Congress today. Undoubtedly, he also hoped it would help boost his standing with a public that believes he has failed in his handling of the economy.
Surveying by Gallup done from Tuesday through Thursday of last week put Obama’s approval rating at 43 percent. But polling from Friday through Sunday, released today, gave the president a 42 percent approval rating.
The president’s disapproval rating stands unchanged since the speech at 49 percent.
The change from 42 percent to 43 percent is within the poll’s margin of error. But at the very least it suggests no bump for Obama after the speech and calls into question whether the president maintains his ability to strongly sway Americans with what had once been regarded as his supreme weapon – his rhetorical skills.
The president has been barnstorming the country in recent weeks, appearing at town halls, giving speeches, and staging a highly publicized three-day bus tour through the Upper Midwest during the middle of August. And yet his approval rating has remained at the lowest levels of his presidency.
Nevertheless, last month Obama hit his all time low of 38 percent in the Gallup poll.
The stock market has similarly failed to be swayed by Obama’s rhetoric and plans, falling about 400 points since opening Friday morning to about 10,900 at midday today.