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Obama Approval Hits New Low for 2013

by Keith Koffler on August 12, 2013, 9:59 am

President Obama’s approval rating has declined to 43.6 percent, according to the RealClearPolitics average of Obama polls, his lowest rating of the year and the worst performance since December 2011, when his rating was at a similar level but began rising as he moved toward reelection in 2012.

Obama’s RCP average approval rating is now closing in on the record low of 42 percent, which he reached on October 9, 2011. The president’s disapproval rating is also at its highest level of the year, with 51.1 percent saying they don’t like the job he is doing.

Obama’s worst showing in a recent poll was a 40 percent approval rating in a Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted at the end of July. The most recent result from the widely watched Gallup daily tracking poll puts Obama’s approval at 42 percent.

Many factors could explain Obama’s diving ratings, including the continued sluggishness of the economy, the proliferation of scandals plaguing the administration, the resurgence of al Qaeda, and the general disarray in the Middle East.


Julie Brueckheimer August 12, 2013 at 10:32 am

It doesn’t matter that much, but I just saw the most recent Gallup at 41%. I wonder how much of a politically correct pass is not built into these polls anyway, and I’ll guess that the pollsters and media are afraid or will be afraid to be the first to admit he is under 40%.

Star August 12, 2013 at 10:44 am

Personally, I think it’s the incessant speeches. Save us!

Julie Brueckheimer August 12, 2013 at 10:54 am

If it is, bring them on! : – )) My personal opinion is it’s the scandals. In spite of the media giving the scandals short shrift, the public is very concerned about them. The scandals and Obamacare.

judybeth August 12, 2013 at 2:56 pm

Julie & WHD Readers,

The Heritage Foundation will sponsor nine ‘Heritage Action’ townhall meetings beginning Monday, 8/19 through 8/29, to counter the dems notion that the Republicans/Conservatives/few Dems have no chance or ‘grassroots support’ for ‘defunding’ o-Care! Congress can defund it without shutting down the gov’t!

Only bho can cause a gov’t shutdown! Soon, the Sept budget ‘free-for-all’ will begin, and the American citizens need to be involved! We need to counter the ‘blame game’ tactics of the left-wing media.

The Heritage Morning Bell news update for today lists the cities where they will meet with citizens. Go to the Heritage website. Inform your friends. Call the local offices of your Congressmen regardless of party while they are on August recess. Find out what their positions are on healthcare!

Plus, read the article from Sen Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) father on the devastating impact the obamacare will have on the elderly and the most vulnerable. We need to blast our Congressmen with a simple message: GET A BACKBONE and STAND UP for the citizens who elected them. jb

Julie Brueckheimer August 12, 2013 at 8:43 pm

Thanks, judybeth. My keyboard wasn’t working earlier.

DeniseVB August 12, 2013 at 10:56 am

I’m getting that “posting too fast slow down” message and lost a comment :(

Star August 12, 2013 at 10:58 am

Same–that’ll teach me to have witty comments. Oh, it was a great one, people.

Julie Brueckheimer August 12, 2013 at 11:17 am

Funny, I’ve been posting more than usual, and I haven’t got the message. At other times I can just put up a : – )) or an ! and get told to slow down.

DeniseVB August 12, 2013 at 1:00 pm

I try and leave a comment on each post, there were a lot this morning :) Sometimes I get it the slow down on my first comment of the day.

ImNoDhimmi August 13, 2013 at 7:35 am

My comment has disappeared completely – no warning.

Guillermo Grande August 12, 2013 at 11:08 am

Thematically speaking, “It’s just a flesh wound.” They will come up with a new plot to manipulate and raise the numbers without actually having to do any work.

(Comment moderation…can we get that for politicians?)

srdem65 August 12, 2013 at 11:14 am

It would be difficult to pinpoint one reason for MrO’s poor poll ratings, but there is a general theme for the public’s dissatisfaction with his perfomance.
Friend Star brings up the Obama speeches as a reason and it could be true because his speeches are a combination of pie-in-the-sky goals and a constant nagging or complaint about Americans who don’t behave in a way he approves. If Americans are tradionally gun-totin’, stand your ground, and proud of our countries global influence or humantarism, then MrO’s no guns, run and hide, and be ashamed of what America has done to other countries just puts him outside and clueless of American values.

Americans are mostly OK with being tolerant of gays, but we’re not going to wave the gay flag around at the Olympics in Russia. We’re mostly OK with legitimate immigration, but we don’t want a flood of illegal aliens to overrun our country from the inside. We are mostly OK with anti-racist policies, but we don’t want all of us to be called racists every time someone hurts a Black person.
We didn’t want Obamacare in 2009 and we haven’t changed our minds in 2013. We don’t want to be nice to Islamist countries that hate us and we don’t want to send them our money, either.
We’re a proud people and we don’t like being scolded or told we’re not measuring up to someone’s personal agenda, even if he is the POTUS.

Guillermo Grande August 12, 2013 at 11:29 am

Awesome per usual.

Star August 12, 2013 at 11:40 am

Good post.

DeniseVB August 12, 2013 at 1:01 pm

Go srdem Go ! That was great ;)

Girly1 August 12, 2013 at 2:10 pm

Spot on, srdem!

nellas August 12, 2013 at 2:12 pm

Boy, did you hit that nail on the head! Great comments!

Susan August 12, 2013 at 11:15 am

Many of the young people who voted for Preezy Revenge bought that snake oil he was selling them. Then Edward Snowden exposed the regime’s massive intrusion into their personal lives, and it turns out he’s nothing more than another lying government stooge. When they saw him arguing for the Patriot Act and government spying on them, all of the sudden he’s not the freedom fighter he pretended to be. Besides, Preezy won re-election so he has got his now. Judging from his behavior, I doubt he even cares what the American people think of him at this point in time.

Girly1 August 12, 2013 at 2:19 pm

Agree, Susan. The mask is off. The slings and arrows don’t even begin to penetrate his enormous ego. He won – we lost! Tough luck, suckers!

veritaseequitas August 12, 2013 at 11:16 am

Still not low enough.

DeniseVB August 12, 2013 at 1:05 pm

I don’t understand it either, he’s a much worse President than GWB and Carter, and they were in the 30′s I think.

I think a President should lose his Executive Order privileges when they go under 50% since over half the country will not have confidence in you !

Jeff1000 August 12, 2013 at 11:20 am

You mean that 43.6% of Americans are dolts?

Star August 12, 2013 at 11:41 am


Jeff1000 August 12, 2013 at 11:53 am

“Well”, if he doesn’t mean it he should mean it: political anti-American dolts anyway (whether they know it or not).

Moe August 12, 2013 at 11:27 am

Mad magazine’s new cover explains much, no words at all.

Dawn August 12, 2013 at 11:30 am

Awesome! Thanks for the link, Moe!

DeniseVB August 12, 2013 at 1:08 pm

3…2…1…..That cover’s raaaaaacist ! ;)

Otis Driftwood August 12, 2013 at 2:04 pm

Ohhhhhh I like that cover!.. Too bad they had to put BO’s picture in it. Am still laughing though. Big Ears and all.

Dawn August 12, 2013 at 11:28 am

preeeezy doesn´t care. he was reelected and will do what he wants. Sigh.

Tregonsee August 12, 2013 at 11:44 am

When it falls below 90% in the press, I will know he is in trouble.

lizzytalorburton August 12, 2013 at 10:41 pm

Why would Obama even get 40% approval? Gotta be because of low info voters, welare recipients, illegals, etc. This country is turning into a dumb place.

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