President Obama’s approval rating jumped during the past couple of weeks to 48 percent, according to Gallup, but it’s not clear whether this was due to anything other that he was no longer around.
On December 17, as Obama prepared to depart for his 17-day Hawaii vacation, his approval rating stood at 42 percent, about his usual level. By December 29, it has risen to 48 percent – the highest level since mid-2013 – even though Obama hadn’t done a single thing!
And that is just the point. Unable to do further damage to the economy, race relations, international affairs, or anything else other than a delicate fairway, Obama became more popular. About six percent of Americans, it seems, had forgotten he was president.
Alas, by January 3, as he boarded Air Force One to get back to Washington and resume the mischief, his approval had inched back down to 46 percent. The amnesia, it appears, was wearing off.
A poll of Tea Party members finds that President Obama is the worst president since Harry S Truman.
Wait. Wait a second. That’s not a poll of Tea Partiers. That’s a poll of American voters.
Ahh, the buyers’ remorse kicks in.
According to the poll, conducted by the respected Quinnipiac polling outfit, a third of voters think Obama is the worst president, followed by George W. Bush, who was the choice of 28 percent. Richard Nixon was third with a respectable 13 percent.
Both Republicans and independents rates Obama the worst. Democrats, no surprise, think he’s just great.
Obama fared least well among the sensible folk in the 50-64 age demographic, 39 percent of whom rated him worst, followed by their elders 65 and up, among whom 34 percent gave him top billing in the Hall of Shame.
Even 24 percent of Obama’s young enthusiasts in the 18-24 age group thought he was the worst president since mid-century, though 38 percent of them gave the title to George W. Bush.
Meantime, Ronald Reagan was voted the greatest president since Truman, with 35 percent rating him tops. Bill Clinton was second with 18 percent, followed by John F. Kennedy with 15 percent. Obama was the pick of only 8 percent.