Rasmussen: Obama more disliked than Bush?

posted at 3:52 pm on March 19, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Today’s Rasmussen numbers from their daily presidential poll puts Barack Obama into an unusual position.  In just 14 months, he has made himself more unpopular than his predecessor, at least by the measure of strong disapproval.  Obama’s approval index has tied its lowest mark yet at -21:

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows that 23% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Forty-four percent (44%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -21. That matches the lowest Approval Index rating yet recorded for this President (see trends).

Each time the President leads a big push for his health care plan, his job approval ratings suffer. For Members of Congress, the impact may be more tangible. Just 34% say they’re more likely to vote for someone who supports this legislation. Fifty-percent (50%) are less likely to vote for a Member of Congress who supports the health care reform plan proposed by the President and Congressional Democrats. …

Overall, 45% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the President’s performance. Fifty-five percent (55%) disapprove.

Yid with Lid notes that Bush’s final strong-disapproval number was 43%:

Well that didn’t take very long, in January 2009 Rasmussen reported In the final full month of his Presidency, just 13% of American adults said they Strongly Approved of the way that George W. Bush performed his job as president. Forty-three percent (43%) Strongly Disapproved.

This morning, the same Rasmussen Presidential Tracking Poll reported that 23% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Forty-four percent (44%) Strongly Disapprove of his performance. (I wonder if that means he will start blaming everything on Obama).

YWL mixes apples and oranges a bit here, since the Obama rating is the daily poll result and not the monthly poll that he quotes for Bush.  It’s worth noting, though, that Bush’s approval rating at the time of his exit from the White House was 35%, ten full points below that of Obama.   That wasn’t even Bush’s worst monthly showing, either.  He hit 32% in July 2008.

What do these numbers show?  Despite Bush’s reputation as a polarizer, Bush attempted to govern on domestic policy much closer to the center, which kept the “strong disapproval” numbers somewhat lower even when his popularity ebbed to its nadir.  Clinton did the same after 1994, and still was a polarizing figure in politics.  Barack Obama, on the other hand, has pushed through a radical, statist agenda since his inauguration, which has more actively polarized the electorate than happened with either of his predecessors.

The comparison shows that people who disapprove of Obama are much more likely to feel strongly about that disapproval.  Those who approve of Obama are a lot less likely to feel strongly about it than Obama’s critics.  That comes from the ideological approach Obama and the Democrats have adopted.  As long as his support remains in the 40s, comparisons to Bush as “more unpopular” are not terribly credible — although if Obama continues on this trajectory, he may get there a lot sooner than did Bush.

On the other hand, the fact that the RCP polling average has Obama underwater for the first time is pretty significant, especially since Obama is still stuck on agenda item #2.


Related Posts:

Breaking on Hot Air

Blowback

Note from Hot Air management: This section is for comments from Hot Air's community of registered readers. Please don't assume that Hot Air management agrees with or otherwise endorses any particular comment just because we let it stand. A reminder: Anyone who fails to comply with our terms of use may lose their posting privilege.

Trackbacks/Pings

Trackback URL

Comments

Comment pages: 1 2

I can’t wait to hear the lefty spin on this one.

Aitch748 on March 19, 2010 at 3:53 PM

1. Rasmussen is a Rethuglican

2. Therefore this poll is racist.

3. They will also say Ed is lying here:

It’s worth noting, though, that Bush’s approval rating at the time of his exit from the White House was 35%, ten full points below that of Obama. That wasn’t even Bush’s worst monthly showing, either. He hit 32% in July 2008.

They will support their allegation that Ed’s statement above is a lie by citing a NY Times “poll” that had Bush in the 20s.

Del Dolemonte on March 19, 2010 at 4:46 PM

And they’ve put out a bid to by shotguns….hmmmmmmm
sicoit on March 19, 2010 at 4:44 PM

They’ll need them.

thomasaur on March 19, 2010 at 4:46 PM

I can’t wait to hear the lefty spin on this one.

Aitch748 on March 19, 2010 at 3:53 PM

msm: *crickets chirping*

cmsinaz on March 19, 2010 at 4:47 PM

If the thread I was reading was the one he got banned for he was speaking about the Multiple Individuals Living Independently Amongst us and the tools that they may carry.

CTSherman on March 19, 2010 at 4:47 PM

fullogas on March 19, 2010 at 4:45 PM

I went through hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Ike…I feel your pain.

sicoit on March 19, 2010 at 4:48 PM

Dang, I can’t get the quotes right today…..sorry

sicoit on March 19, 2010 at 4:49 PM

OT: I heard sapwolf got banned at HA. Anyone know what happened?

james23 on March 19, 2010 at 4:15 PM
sapwolf got banned?

darwin on March 19, 2010 at 4:29 PM

More ferns are being hung around the lounge known as HotAir.

thomasaur on March 19, 2010 at 4:52 PM

canopfor on March 19, 2010 at 4:38 PM
——————-
Could it have been the audio yesterday?

yoda on March 19, 2010 at 4:44 PM

yoda: Do you have a linky,?:)

On my Intel search Sapwolf has been on alot
of blog websites!!:)

canopfor on March 19, 2010 at 4:53 PM

sicoit on March 19, 2010 at 4:44 PM

Yep. I saw that a few months ago. I think they settled on the Mossberg’s 904s(?)the Marines are issued.

I went through a 5.9 earthquake once and believe me, my stomach feels today just like it did that day. Not good.

fullogas on March 19, 2010 at 4:45 PM

look I’m not going to tell you to not worry, you should, but we need to now reconcile ourselves to facts, this is a socialist government, it is increasingly illegitimate, and it is running amok, and we are going to have to dismantle it by any means possible.

will it be easy? no. will things lead to violence? probably. But it will come down.

We just need to get used to the idea that the country we love is no more and we are going to have to fight.

elduende on March 19, 2010 at 4:53 PM

PollingReport.com

PRESIDENT BUSH – Overall Job Rating in national polls
========================================================

http://www.pollingreport.com/BushJob.htm

canopfor on March 19, 2010 at 4:21 PM

I notice a couple of interesting things at that Polling Report link.

First, of course, this “non-partisan” site refuses to post Rasmussen’s results.

But even more interesting, Polling Report has quietly removed the NY Times’ name from all of the “polls” the Fishwrap did with their polling partner C-BS. Now, the uneducated reader is led to believe that the NY Times was not at all involved.

Del Dolemonte on March 19, 2010 at 4:54 PM

I’m going to hold out commenting until I see the results from the MSNBC/OBAMASCHILDREN poll.

fogw on March 19, 2010 at 4:56 PM

Well, at least we’ll be able to move on from always mentioning Carter as the worse president in recent times…

Scrappy on March 19, 2010 at 5:02 PM

Ed’s conclusion that Rasmussen saying Obama is less popular than Bush is not credible is itself subjective and, perhaps, not correct, because he is disregarding the intensity factor, which is important.

GaltBlvnAtty on March 19, 2010 at 5:07 PM

First, of course, this “non-partisan” site refuses to post Rasmussen’s results.

Del Dolemonte on March 19, 2010 at 4:54 PM

Del Dolemonte:I found it a good data base,as to President
Bush’s poll numbers,hopefully they’re accu
rate!:)

canopfor on March 19, 2010 at 5:10 PM

canopfor on March 19, 2010 at 4:53 PM

I looked and can’t find it….I let my husband listen to the audio yesterday and it wasn’t a good sound.

yoda on March 19, 2010 at 5:16 PM

It is so sad to see so many people losing faith in hope and change./

TXMomof3 on March 19, 2010 at 5:17 PM

Maybe I’m just naive here, but I like to think that this is one more reason not to have an activist government – it divides the people. If our government did a lot less, it would matter who was in power a whole lot less, and there wouldn’t be so much politically partisan passion.

David Shane on March 19, 2010 at 4:03 PM

+10000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000

Sekhmet on March 19, 2010 at 5:20 PM

Maybe I’m just naive here, but I like to think that this is one more reason not to have an activist government – it divides the people. If our government did a lot less, it would matter who was in power a whole lot less, and there wouldn’t be so much politically partisan passion.

David Shane on March 19, 2010 at 4:03 PM

An article on Townhall had a quote from President Calvin Coolidge today.

“Perhaps one of the most important accomplishments of my administration has been minding my own business.” – President Calvin “Silent Cal” Coolidge

He’s usually ignored by historians because he ‘didn’t do anything’ during his presidency. Apparently, he (and I tend to agree) saw that as a feature, not a bug.

JadeNYU on March 19, 2010 at 5:23 PM

Of course power divides the people; that is part of the plan. Look at the benefit to Obama of the left having the power to shut off the water to the central valley in California. That gives them the ability to buy a couple of votes by agreeing to turn the water back on, for awhile at least.

GaltBlvnAtty on March 19, 2010 at 5:23 PM

‘disliked’ I can think of several more accurate words.

jeanie on March 19, 2010 at 5:28 PM

So Dear Leader’s numbers sink lower than Bush’s despite media propping. Just imagine what they would be if we had an honest media reporting the news.

atheling on March 19, 2010 at 5:29 PM

On my Intel search Sapwolf has been on alot
of blog websites!!:)

canopfor on March 19, 2010 at 4:53 PM

I just spoke to Sapwolf on the phone and will be posting what he said on my website probably tonight or tomorrow.

upinak on March 19, 2010 at 5:32 PM

Del Dolemonte:I found it a good data base,as to President

Bush’s poll numbers,hopefully they’re accurate!:)

canopfor on March 19, 2010 at 5:10 PM

All I am saying is that they do not post all polls. Therefore they are not “non-partisan” as their masthead claims.

Del Dolemonte on March 19, 2010 at 5:56 PM

NObama is a terrible polling of -23, Note Epic Miserable Failure NObama after only 13 months of fawning media is MORE disliked at -44% than G.W. Bush after 8 years of Liberal Socialist Democrat LIES, guess that make it the Uber Miserable Failure NObama

mathewsjw on March 19, 2010 at 6:11 PM

Rasmussen: Obama more disliked than Bush?

Well I certainly dislike him a hell of a lot more that W.

Dingbat63 on March 19, 2010 at 6:25 PM

I will say it again cause I love to…worst president in history will be O,s legacy.

royzer on March 19, 2010 at 7:16 PM

Obama more disliked than Bush?

-
Yes he is… But the growing and incomparable hate for Obast*rd will be much longer lasting, due to his creation of decades of debt and suffering.
-

RalphyBoy on March 19, 2010 at 7:24 PM

IF………IF……he ever leaves office we’ll be dealing with his messes/accomplishments for decades to come!

For example, who dropped the ball and let a US ally Iran fall?

Mmmmm, That w/b Jimmy Carter 32 years ago!!!!!

PappyD61 on March 19, 2010 at 8:18 PM

We need a cult of personality guerrilla Bush image poster campaign. Cover every flat surface in every city.

daesleeper on March 19, 2010 at 9:38 PM

Obama inherited this failed presidency, and has not been able to fix it!
Heh!

Cybergeezer on March 20, 2010 at 11:52 AM

MURDER’S ROW

You guys are going to be downright giddy before this is all over.

Our Leader has taken a fool’s technique and the worst possible ideology for the present economic reality of this nation into a game against a financial meltdown and a imperfect health insurance system.

The pitcher is in trouble.

On deck is the immigration contact hitter, followed by the domestic economic slugger and the big Islamic “bomb”er with clean-up still on the bench in the person of ole Tax Increase.

Ole Tax has knocked pitchers out of the game all by himself.

And no, I’m not George Will talking about a 1920′s Yankee team.

IlikedAUH2O on March 20, 2010 at 6:55 PM

sapwolf got banned?

darwin on March 19, 2010 at 4:29 PM

darwin:)
==================================

From the ultimate Pro-Lifer. Sapwolf says goodbye

upinak on March 20, 2010 at 3:33 AM

canopfor on March 20, 2010 at 9:07 PM

Crap,wrong thread above!

canopfor on March 20, 2010 at 9:08 PM

Comment pages: 1 2