President Obama’s job approval rating is inexorably grinding its way downward, resting today at 45 percent – tied for the lowest level of the his second term, according to Gallup.
The president’s approval during the first half of the year had generally been at about 50 percent. But since the end of June, Obama’s numbers have been hovering in the range of 45-47 percent.
Obama’s rating is declining even as the economy is slowly starting to improve and employment is picking up.
On the other hand, his faltering popularity is occurring as Obamacare unravels and its effects become more clear, including the postponement of mandates and the moves by business to hire part timers to escape requirements of the law.
It’s hard to understand the buyers’ remorse. The election really was a contest to see if this massive new government program would remain on the books. And Obama in 2012 – in contrast to 2008 – hardly hid his liberalism or his penchant for acting imperially with respect to Congress and the law.
People seem to be unhappy with the president for doing exactly what he said he’d do during the campaign, and for continuing to behave as he always has.
Sorry, November has come and gone. No do-overs.