Gallup: Obama’s approval rating now at … 47/46

posted at 4:07 pm on December 7, 2009 by Allahpundit

They’ve had him below 50 before but the spread has never been this narrow.

Barack Obama’s presidential job approval rating is 47% in the latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking update, a new low for his administration to date. His approval rating has been below 50% for much of the time since mid-November, but briefly rose to 52% last week after he announced his new Afghanistan policy.

Afghanistan is just one of many high-profile issues with which the president is dealing. Immediate public reaction to his new Afghanistan policy showed 51% in favor and 40% opposed, according to a Dec. 2 USA Today/Gallup poll…

In the new Dec. 4-6 Gallup Daily results, Obama’s approval rating is 14% among Republicans, 42% among independents, and 83% among Democrats. Compared to his ratings in early November, when he averaged 53% job approval overall, his ratings are down three points among Democrats, seven points among independents, and four points among Republicans.

Feast your eyes on the converging lines. Coupled with the 49/50 he’s pulling in today’s Rasmussen snapshot and the surprise 48/50 in last week’s CNN survey, he’s now underwater in the poll of polls for the first time too: 48.4 percent disapproval versus 47.8 percent approval. Not the place you want to be with crunch time on ObamaCare coming to the Senate. In fact, after skimming Gallup’s weekly demographic breakdown, I see there’s only one group who’s soured on him by as many as nine points since last month. Attention, Blue Dogs:

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The problem with analyzing polls about The One, of course, is that he has so much on his plate that it’s hard to tell what people are reacting to. Are conservative Dems peeling away because we’re getting closer to passing O-Care? Because they’re unhappy with his timeline on Afghanistan? Because, as working-class types, they’re fed up with double-digit unemployment? What’s it all about, Alfie?

I’ll tell you what it’s about. Racism.


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The problem with analyzing polls about The One, of course, is that he has so much on his plate that it’s hard to tell what people are reacting to.

Maybe they’re reacting to the plate.

Jim Treacher on December 7, 2009 at 8:07 PM

Hey, you actually admitted that Obama has far more on his plate than the average president. That’s nice.

orange on December 7, 2009 at 5:47 PM

Can you admit that he’s the one who put it there?

Jim Treacher on December 7, 2009 at 8:09 PM

I guess it’s more fun to point that out in the context of Palin’s (un)popularity than Obama’s. But intellectual honesty and consistency would demand that you bring it up here, too. Oh well.

Intellectual honesty would also compel you to admit that Chicago Jesus started out with loads of advantages: a fawning media being among them. Obama’s slide and Palin’s rise are remarkable because of where they started.

You could also point out that the modest slide in Obama’s ratings pretty closely mirror another president’s…

orange on December 7, 2009 at 5:47 PM

Intellectual honesty would also compel you to point out that Reagan’s agenda was far more popular and growth-oriented than Obama’s. If Obama stays his present course, he’s Carter II.

ddrintn on December 7, 2009 at 8:44 PM

59% of 18-29 year olds polled are bozos.

nyx on December 7, 2009 at 4:38 PM

Just wanted to point out that’s a major reason I can’t wait to turn 30, I’m sick of being lumped in with 20 year old morons. Only a year and a half or so to go. But then I’d still be in the 18-34 group which is heavily influenced by the same morons, drats 6 and half years in that case.

jarodea on December 8, 2009 at 12:24 AM

And I’m way late on a thread again, I suppose I’ll have to start checking the site every 30 min.

jarodea on December 8, 2009 at 12:25 AM

I’ve seen some pretty out-of-line comments about Palin, and no one got banned. So what is unacceptable? Was it specifically about her being black? It really would be useful to know.

JAM on December 7, 2009 at 5:46 PM

That was yesterday, so I don’t recall the exact comment (not that I would repeat it at the risk of being banned myself) but it was something comparing her to an animal.

Hot Air ran a thread a few weeks (months?) ago warning everyone that attacks on physical appearances of public figures or their spouses would not be tolerated. I’ve seen a couple of people banned since then for making such comments.

UltimateBob on December 8, 2009 at 9:31 AM

I’m sorry. Obama has a lot on his plate? He wanted to be President, No? That job comes with a full plate. And the more incompetent you are the fuller it gets!

So saying Obama has more on his plate is the same as saying he is incompetent and I agree.

petunia on December 8, 2009 at 9:45 AM

Can you admit that he’s the one who put it there?

Jim Treacher on December 7, 2009 at 8:09 PM

I forgot that on 1/20/09, Obama invaded Iraq and Afghanistan and used his time machine to cause a financial collapse that started months earlier.

orange on December 8, 2009 at 11:23 AM

Intellectual honesty would also compel you to admit that Chicago Jesus started out with loads of advantages: a fawning media being among them. Obama’s slide and Palin’s rise are remarkable because of where they started.

But when Palin first hit the scene after being named VP nominee, her approval ratings were enormous. Her recent gains still come nowhere close to the peak she began with.

Intellectual honesty would also compel you to point out that Reagan’s agenda was far more popular and growth-oriented than Obama’s. If Obama stays his present course, he’s Carter II.

ddrintn on December 7, 2009 at 8:44 PM

Wait, I point to a link showing that Obama and Reagan have had very similar approval ratings over their first year, and your response is that Reagan’s agenda was more popular? Don’t you see how that flies in the face of the evidence at hand?

If Reagan was more popular, his first-year approval ratings would be higher than Obama’s. That’s what “popularity” means. However, they were not. He was not more popular in his first year.

orange on December 8, 2009 at 11:29 AM

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