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Gallup: Obama Approval Highest in Three Years

by Keith Koffler on December 21, 2012, 9:34 am

President Obama’s approval rating stands at 56 percent, the highest level since October 2009, according to Gallup.

The survey, which was conducted Monday through Wednesday of this week, found that 37 percent disapprove of the job Obama is doing.

According to Gallup, the sudden bump in Obama’s popularity – it has been hovering at just over 50 percent since he was reelected – could stem from the Newtown shootings.

The timing of the increase in Obama’s ratings could reflect a broad-based public reaction to the Newtown shootings, similar to the “rally around the flag” effect often seen at the start of wars and other threats to national security, in which Americans rally behind their leader. It could also reflect the impact of the president’s specific actions after the tragedy, including his attendance and speech at a Newtown prayer service Sunday night, and his appointment on Wednesday of a national task force to recommend steps that can be taken to reduce gun violence in the future.

Still, the president’s rating is at a higher level than it was after the killing of Osama Bin Laden, when it went up only to 52 percent.

Obama also may be earning some support for his handling of the fiscal cliff, according to Gallup.

H/T to Donovan Slack at Politico.


Just2old December 21, 2012 at 9:40 am

Poll shmoll….75% of the people in this country don’t pay attention to what’s going on. We’ll see how he fairs when the higher tax rates kick in. Let’s check back in Feb to see how popular this POS is.

DeniseVB December 21, 2012 at 9:49 am

Oh I agree. Non-political people will always say nice things about our president because, well, he’s the president.

Also, Obama tends to blame evil republicans for everything that goes wrong in his administration with every speech, eulogy and presser where the cameras are rolling. It’s how he got re-elected too.

Star December 21, 2012 at 10:26 am

Ore when tax refunds don’t go out as expected.

Star December 21, 2012 at 10:26 am

“or”–did the world end yet?

Just2old December 21, 2012 at 10:43 am

Apparently not…..(-:}

Sadie December 21, 2012 at 11:10 am

It’s “evolving”. ; )

Just2old December 21, 2012 at 11:30 am

lol devolving!

Star December 21, 2012 at 11:47 am

I am still here. Almost time for lunch. So much for end of the world.

Langley Spook December 21, 2012 at 3:22 pm

So-called “citizens” are SO IGNORANT!
This is why I think we need “Voter IQ” laws. If you are too ‘stupid’ to answer a simple Civics/Current Events test (re: Jr. High/High school level) you should NOT be allowed to “Vote”.

Frederick R December 21, 2012 at 9:55 am

That’s because Republicans can’t or won’t explain the problem to the people and why they need new House Leadership. The ‘Cliff’ will hit every Middle American family with a 5-8% federal tax hike totaling $2000 – $3500 per family. A great many now not paying taxes are going to start paying and those getting tax credits (ie refunds) will no longer. By ‘going over’ President Obama gets his tax increase on the wealthy whether Republicans do anything or not. However, because of poor explanations, the massive tax hike across ALL income levels that Obama can now be blamed on Republicans.

Though we no longer have a Federal Budget and do everything by Continuing Resolutions, the annual departmental percentage increases each year have been typically greater than any of the required Sequestration Percentage Budget cuts. So the true future affect on Federal Spending will be a wash. Each department’s future budget will probably still get at least the prior year’s budget amount plus one or two percent more (102% instead of 110%). So Sequestration is be at most, a ‘freeze’ on portions of the federal budget because it caps department budgets.

In that respect, by holding out, Obama becomes more Republican than the current Republicans. He appears to be at least willing to TRY to control the budget. Too many in Congress (including most Republicans) won’t raise taxes to pay for their spending nor cut any spending to bring it in line with revenue. The ‘Fiscal Cliff’ does exactly that.

DeniseVB December 21, 2012 at 10:06 am

We need a pit bull as speaker, is Newt available ? :D

Jeff1000 December 21, 2012 at 10:18 am

Yes, Newt or Mark Levin. Can you imagine either of this duo just shredding Obama to pieces.

JustSaying12 December 22, 2012 at 2:44 pm

Mark Levin has helped destroy the Republican party.

Guillermo Grande December 21, 2012 at 10:55 am

Nice summary. This what the Dems have wanted all along: higher taxes and no blame. It is astounding how poorly the GOP has played this out.

Dirk The Imapiler December 21, 2012 at 10:12 am

After the last election, I will never believe another poll.

Obama is just biding his time, wating to get to flip one conservative member of the Supreme Court. Once he has his liberal majority on the SCOTUS, our republic is officially dead.

Elections have consequences. And this one was fatal…

Star December 21, 2012 at 10:25 am

Make that MANIPULATING of the fiscal cliff.

Star December 21, 2012 at 10:34 am

Can’t he just go to Hawaii and browse in bookstores and eat ice cream and have 1,500 parties or something?…I have a severe case of Obama fatigue.

mad as all get out December 21, 2012 at 11:10 am

you and me both!!!

Lizzy December 21, 2012 at 3:20 pm

No cure for that and it causes exploding head syndrome.

Julie Brueckheimer December 21, 2012 at 11:20 am

Polls are manipulated. Obviously, Gallup must have not questioned any of the people who are supposedly joining the NRA in numbers nor the 75% of the population who want to see spending cuts because Obama certainly is not naming any specifics in his fiscal plans. My guess is the poll questions were massaged into making Obama look good because at this disturbing moment in time we have to rally around the leader whether he’s good or not.

RickW December 21, 2012 at 11:39 am

Considering the fact he is a lame duck, who cares what the polls say about his popularity anyway? He can’t run again (legally) so whats the point in measuring this criteria except to feed his swelled ego?

Car in December 21, 2012 at 12:02 pm

Who cares? He’s been coasting/doing nothing since the election anyway. That’s when he’s always risen in the polls. I bet it peaks while he’s in Hawaii.

Mrs Compton December 21, 2012 at 12:26 pm

Didn’t we all learn in the election, polls don’t mean crap anymore?

Lizzy December 21, 2012 at 12:29 pm

Fools rush in you know. Reading the Daily Mail there’s an article where
Michelle wrote a letter to the families of Newtown saying her heart brakes for
them. Perhaps that message should have been delivered in person.

Julie Brueckheimer December 21, 2012 at 12:54 pm

I know that I don’t have this quote word for word, but Rabbi Kushner, the author of Why Bad Things Happen to Good People, also said that in a tragedy or death, just be there and keep your mouth shut. MO has done the opposite.

Girly1 December 21, 2012 at 1:37 pm

A written proclamation of sympathy from Queenie – how tacky! Judging from her semi-literate college thesis, I doubt that she wrote it herself. Heck, she can barely speak in simple sentences.

Lizzy December 21, 2012 at 2:27 pm

Released to the media. Now if she had been a real First Lady she would
have gone with her husband and if she wrote a letter it should have
been private and not released to the media seriously classless.

Jeff December 21, 2012 at 2:57 pm

auto pen or zerox?

Lizzy December 21, 2012 at 3:20 pm


Langley Spook December 21, 2012 at 3:24 pm

“Flotus” Michelle had something to say about the Newtown shooting? -lol

Girly1 December 21, 2012 at 1:08 pm

“The survey, which was conducted Monday through Wednesday of this week, found that 37 percent disapprove of the job Obama is doing.”

Pray tell, what has changed since-the mid-term massacre two years ago when Obama’s approval rating was at 37%? If anything, things are worse. He has done nothing but campaign for 4 years and increase the deficit by $6 Trillion. He kicked the Budget down the road for 4 years – unprecedented. Is everyone suffering from long-term memory loss? We;re about to lose our Second Amendment rights and everyone is celebrating….even Republicans. Knee-jerk reactions do not solve problems!

cindylu December 21, 2012 at 1:17 pm


Jeff December 21, 2012 at 2:54 pm

Irrelevant.Thats cause most people are ignorant leeches and cant even point out their local reps in pictures let alone who or what really happens in DC

Langley Spook December 21, 2012 at 3:27 pm

That is why need “Voter IQ” standards