President Obama got a nice little boost in the polls after the death of Muammar Qaddafi, but as in the case of Osama Bin Laden, the reward Americans are giving Obama for offing a bigtime bad guy appears to be ephemeral.
Obama’s approval rating soared in the days after Qaddafi’s death last week, rising from 39 percent to 44 percent by Sunday. The president had been careful to associate himself with Qaddafi’s killing by announcing it in the Rose Garden.
But alas, today we’re right back down to 42 percent, and presumably trending down.
Gallup today also announced that this last quarter, the 11th of Obama’s presidency, was by far his worst, falling to 41 percent approval from an average of 46.8 percent in the tenth quarter – not to mention 63 percent in his first.
According to Gallup:
Only one elected president since Dwight D. Eisenhower, Jimmy Carter, had a lower 11th quarter average than Obama. Carter averaged 31% during his 11th quarter, which was marked by a poor economy and high energy prices. Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton were the only other post-World War II presidents whose job approval averages were below 50% in their 11th quarter in office.
After taking out Bin Laden May 2, Obama received a gift of about six points in polls, only to see the gains removed by early June.
Anybody for a late October 2012 surprise? Would Obama do something like that??
It would have to be very soon before Election Day, because these shots in the arm don’t last long.