Gallup: Bush’s job approval now higher than Obama’s

posted at 8:49 pm on December 6, 2010 by Allahpundit

Via Jim Geraghty, a reminder that Inauguration Day 2009 seems, oh, so looong ago. Actually, The One’s daily approval rating stands at 47 percent today, so he and the Bushitler find themselves in a dead heat:

A few obvious points. One: The Kennedy mystique is eternal. By the time the 50th anniversary of his assassination rolls around in 2013, I expect the wistful Camelot reminiscences to push him to a cool 90 percent. Two: Although Dubya’s numbers were Nixonian towards the end of his presidency, we can now lay to rest the idea that he’ll ever be remembered in the same class. “Not nearly as bad as Nixon” isn’t something you want to carve over the doorway of the presidential library, but still, 47 percent approval is a remarkable rehabilitation in less than two years’ time. Three: What explains the bizarre drop in support for Carter versus the almost equally sharp rise for other presidents? The temptation is to say that America’s in the throes of a backlash to liberalism, but in that case, explain the famously progressive LBJ and the famously centrist Bill Clinton rising eight points in four years. For that matter, explain Bush 41 bumping up by the same amount. Is the Carter backlash here less a reaction to his liberalism than it is to his lack of “effectiveness”? LBJ passed seminal civil rights legislation and escalated in Vietnam, Clinton balanced the budget and presided over a roaring economy, and Bush 41 inherited the Reagan legacy and won the first Gulf War, whereas Jimmeh … eh. Obama, having sent thousands more troops to Afghanistan and passed ObamaCare, is arguably a lot closer accomplishments-wise to Johnson than he is to Carter, but the feeling of weakness right now among Americans is so profound that I think it leaves them searching for Obama/Carter comparisons. Which is also why Carter’s ratings are down so sharply, I think. Suddenly people are remembering the malaise. Vividly.

Exit question via Politico: Does this poll signal the end of the White House blaming its problems on Bush? They can continue to do so, but they’re not getting much mileage out of it anymore.


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Lol

Asher on December 6, 2010 at 8:51 PM

WWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

dmann on December 6, 2010 at 8:52 PM

Hard to blame Bush when he just extended his tax cuts.

Jocundus on December 6, 2010 at 8:55 PM

This was inevitable.

jawkneemusic on December 6, 2010 at 8:55 PM

So’s his IQ.

SouthernGent on December 6, 2010 at 8:56 PM

Obama’s support is going to crater over the next few days. Thankfully I will be seeing far fewer Obama bumper stickers.

pedestrian on December 6, 2010 at 8:58 PM

Superf

Suplurfl

Splufer…

Hard to say that with twelve stitches in my blue lip.

Inanemergencydial on December 6, 2010 at 8:58 PM

Unexpected

txag92 on December 6, 2010 at 8:59 PM

Zero is reminding people of Carter and others to reminisce of W…

d1carter on December 6, 2010 at 9:01 PM

Aw. How delicious. Frank Rich and all the others must be close to spontaneous combustion by now. I hope.

cynccook on December 6, 2010 at 9:02 PM

Historic!

farright on December 6, 2010 at 9:03 PM

Quick Obama, fight off a killer rabbit! Oh, wait…

Vera on December 6, 2010 at 9:05 PM

This a really bad day for Democrats, the hits just keep coming! Monday of misery for them one might say.

bluemarlin on December 6, 2010 at 9:05 PM

Aw. How delicious. Frank Rich and all the others must be close to spontaneous combustion by now. I hope.

cynccook on December 6, 2010 at 9:02 PM

He’s drowning his feelings in New York City cannolis

blatantblue on December 6, 2010 at 9:05 PM

Slurpee Summit Bump :)

Dr Evil on December 6, 2010 at 9:05 PM

This a really bad day for Democrats, the hits just keep coming! Monday of misery for them one might say.

bluemarlin on December 6, 2010 at 9:05 PM

I forgot to add how enjoyable it is for me to watch them melt down.

bluemarlin on December 6, 2010 at 9:06 PM

Does this poll signal the end of the White House blaming its problems on Bush? They can continue to do so, but they’re not getting much mileage out of it anymore.

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA…..

No.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on December 6, 2010 at 9:06 PM

Piff,President Bush’s poll numbers were
above Hopey’s all along I bet!(sarc).

canopfor on December 6, 2010 at 9:07 PM

Hmmm. And I see people still think JFK sh!t roses.

Emily M. on December 6, 2010 at 9:08 PM

Clinton balanced the budget

Gingrich and congressional republicans balanced the budget, and ‘reformed’ welfare despite threats from congressional democrats that the cities would burn.

Clinton was forced to go along with congress in the same way that congressional democrats stiffed Reagan over spending cuts, and later democrats taxed and spent the Bush presidents into oblivion.

Skandia Recluse on December 6, 2010 at 9:08 PM

Team Liberal,

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!*MISSION*ACCOMPLISHED*!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cat o Strophic Fail ure!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on December 6, 2010 at 9:09 PM

The rise in JFK’s numbers are obvious: he’s the hero who kills all the zombies in Call of Duty: Black Ops.

John the Libertarian on December 6, 2010 at 9:11 PM

Sweet! You’re take on Carter is spot on. People are beginning to see incompetence blooming, and the parallel is uncomfortable.

FalseProfit on December 6, 2010 at 9:11 PM

Bummer, Barry. /

Hard to blame Bush when he just extended his tax cuts.

Jocundus on December 6, 2010 at 8:55 PM

Exactly. Next thing you know, in an attempt to persuade people to accept some new inane initiative, Barry will be saying this is what Bush would’ve done!

anXdem on December 6, 2010 at 9:12 PM

I wonder how much of a bump GW received can be attributed to his recent book promotion tour. I’ve been showing the video of Mark Zuckerberg interviewing W to some liberal friends of mine and even they had to admit they have grown to hate the guy a lot less since Obama has been in office.

Watch that video if you have a minute, it’s stunning.

Tman on December 6, 2010 at 9:18 PM

Two: Although Dubya’s numbers were Nixonian towards the end of his presidency, we can now lay to rest the idea that he’ll ever be remembered in the same class. “Not nearly as bad as Nixon” isn’t something you want to carve over the doorway of the presidential library, but still, 47 percent approval is a remarkable rehabilitation in less than two years’ time.

I haven’t heard anyone who isn’t a raging liberal suggest Bush is as evil Nixon. Only Hollywood libs and liberal bloggers make those claims.

terryannonline on December 6, 2010 at 9:21 PM

Unexpected!

SlaveDog on December 6, 2010 at 9:25 PM

I saw a McCain/Palin sticker on a SUV at Wholefoods, Austin the other day. Way to discombobulate the hippies, dude!

Fortunata on December 6, 2010 at 9:26 PM

Oops, “unexpected” has been used.

Unprecedented, then.

SlaveDog on December 6, 2010 at 9:27 PM

Carter’s problem is that he just can’t stay away from camaeras and microphones and people keep being reminded of just what a complete bonehead he really is. He’s so bad, he even makes Slick Willie look like a statesman by comparison.
Obama’s problem is that he came in on a wave of pure fantasy and then turned out to be just what he looked like; an inexperienced empty suit! And now all his most rabid fans, the very ones who created him to begin with, are the ones most bitterly disappointed.
Caution!! Watch out for these people, they’re dangerous when they feel let down and betrayed!

Lew on December 6, 2010 at 9:27 PM

While I’m no big fan of Obama is still think Carter is WAY more jerkier than Obama.

terryannonline on December 6, 2010 at 9:27 PM

Heh, I’m full of popcorn!

tinkerthinker on December 6, 2010 at 9:29 PM

Barry isn’t done yet… he will save Nixon from being bottom of the heap.

ajacksonian on December 6, 2010 at 9:29 PM

Count it?

Left Coast Right Mind on December 6, 2010 at 9:30 PM

Change you can believe in!

SlaveDog on December 6, 2010 at 9:33 PM

Up next,on Fox Bob Beckal is pissed off with Hopey!!

http://atdhe.net/4371/watch-fox-news

canopfor on December 6, 2010 at 9:35 PM

Tman on December 6, 2010 at 9:18 PM

Great interview! Thanks!

John the Libertarian on December 6, 2010 at 9:35 PM

maybe an affair could help him out???

ted c on December 6, 2010 at 9:41 PM

Up next,on Fox Bob Beckal is pissed off with Hopey!!

http://atdhe.net/4371/watch-fox-news

canopfor on December 6, 2010 at 9:35 PM

He is such a tool!

bluemarlin on December 6, 2010 at 9:43 PM

maybe an affair could help him out???

ted c on December 6, 2010 at 9:41 PM

He would then have to bomb Iran or something to get people`s minds off the affair. Billy Jeff resorted to some missiles if I remember right.

bluemarlin on December 6, 2010 at 9:44 PM

Proudly still have my “W ’04″ bumper sticker…

Have been seeing fewer Obama stickers lately…’cept on the obvious vehicles with the “hug the world” or “war is bad for children” stickers…all of them 20 year old cars held together with duct tape. You’d think liberals would learn being liberal means less money…haven’t seen any Obama stickers on higher end recent model cars. Wonder why?

coldwarrior on December 6, 2010 at 9:45 PM

Ironically, JFK couldn’t get elected Dog Catcher in the current Democrat Party. And, if he went R, he’d be condemned by even our current RINOs as being too far to the right. That he and Ronaldus Maximus top the poll is an optimistic sign. ✪

TXUS on December 6, 2010 at 9:46 PM

canopfor on December 6, 2010 at 9:35 PM

The guy could use a good stiff drink or something. /

coldwarrior on December 6, 2010 at 9:46 PM

Why does Billy Jeff’s number stick out at me? /s

lizzie beth on December 6, 2010 at 9:46 PM

Folks rate JFK high because they feel sorry for his wife and children. It’s a sympathy vote. Had he not been assassinated he would have gone down in history as a middling president, and he might have even lost the election of 1964.

slickwillie2001 on December 6, 2010 at 9:48 PM

And this is surprising how? About as surprising as the economic decline starting in July 2008. Who could have predicted things going so badly south at that point in time? Well, that was when McCain gained the nomination, and the world knew that the U.S. would have a liberal President one way or another.

Freelancer on December 6, 2010 at 9:51 PM

Which is also why Carter’s ratings are down so sharply, I think. Suddenly people are remembering the malaise. Vividly.

Indeed, especially the liberals.

Gracelynn on December 6, 2010 at 9:54 PM

coldwarrior on December 6, 2010 at 9:45 PM

Unfortunately, there are still quite a few cars with Barry stickers here in NY. Every time I see one, I can’t resist the urge to cut in front of them, turn on my wipers, and blast my windshield washer fluid. Immature, I know.

anXdem on December 6, 2010 at 9:58 PM

Superf

Suplurfl

Splufer…

Hard to say that with twelve stitches in my blue lip.

Inanemergencydial on December 6, 2010 at 8:58 PM

Blue lip?? Racist, much? Everyone knows his lips are purple… ;0

tigerlily on December 6, 2010 at 10:03 PM

They can continue to do so, but they’re not getting much mileage out of it anymore.

I wish I could agree with you there, Allah, but I see too many of my lefty friends complain on FB and other places how unfair it is that BO’s approval rating is going down because he can’t possibly fix in two years–or even an entire first term–what it took GWB 8 years to screw up. They honestly believe that, and I don’t think it’s going away any time soon, as they do not see how BO’s actions have only made it worse.

Bob's Kid on December 6, 2010 at 10:06 PM

I hear that the Captain of the Exxon Valdez is smiling and Captain Queeg is looking for a room-mate. (Sans strawberries.)

AnthonyK on December 6, 2010 at 10:06 PM

Hmmm. And I see people still think JFK sh!t roses.

Emily M. on December 6, 2010 at 9:08 PM

You’re remarkably adept with the language for such a youngin’. :)

Bob's Kid on December 6, 2010 at 10:08 PM

canopfor on December 6, 2010 at 9:35 PM
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He is such a tool!

bluemarlin on December 6, 2010 at 9:43 PM

bluemarlin:The Leftys Eeyore,a hoot to watch tho!:)

canopfor on December 6, 2010 at 10:14 PM

canopfor on December 6, 2010 at 9:35 PM
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The guy could use a good stiff drink or something. /

coldwarrior on December 6, 2010 at 9:46 PM

coldwarrior: A Stiff Sumpin,haha!:)

canopfor on December 6, 2010 at 10:16 PM

The Lefties and the Donks never could beat him, and that bone will stick in their collective craw until, as the late, great Dan-da-roo would sing “it’s time to turn out the lights, the party’s over.”

Bruno Strozek on December 6, 2010 at 10:17 PM

Two things that Reagan and Kennedy had in common? Lowering taxes and telling Russia to pound sand!

AnthonyK on December 6, 2010 at 10:17 PM

Exit question via Politico: Does this poll signal the end of the White House blaming its problems on Bush? They can continue to do so, but they’re not getting much mileage out of it anymore.

Ahhh, but Obama doesn’t NEED to blame Bush anymore. Republicans are back in power, so he will just blame them for what goes wrong, while taking it for anything that goes well — as will the media.

But you knew that.

American Elephant on December 6, 2010 at 10:25 PM

that should read taking credit for anything that goes well.

American Elephant on December 6, 2010 at 10:26 PM

Have been seeing fewer Obama stickers lately…’cept on the obvious vehicles with the “hug the world” or “war is bad for children” stickers…all of them 20 year old cars held together with duct tape.

coldwarrior on December 6, 2010 at 9:45 PM

Where is this? I see Obama stickers on 1 of 2 types of cars:

1. late model Prius/Civic
2. Luxury car/suv

angryed on December 6, 2010 at 10:26 PM

Two things that Reagan and Kennedy had in common? Lowering taxes and telling Russia to pound sand!

AnthonyK on December 6, 2010 at 10:17 PM

Baloney. It was JFK’s pitiful weakness that encouraged the Soviets to test him, after which he had no choice but to stand up to them which almost got us into a hot war. The Soviets would not have done that to a more competent and experienced president.

slickwillie2001 on December 6, 2010 at 10:36 PM

Where is this? I see Obama stickers on 1 of 2 types of cars:

1. late model Prius/Civic
2. Luxury car/suv

angryed on December 6, 2010 at 10:26 PM

Pretty much only on the sad little Prius slipping and sliding all over the snowy roads here in Akron, Ohio…..I force myself not to look over scornfully as I pass in my 8cylinder SUV. We owe those misguided little trolls a lot — pretty much the entire Republican Renaissance is thanks to them.

cynccook on December 6, 2010 at 10:44 PM

Tman on December 6, 2010 at 9:18 PM

Thanks, Tman. Seeing that Facebook interview of G.W. Bush was worth the time.
An hour well spent.

NaCly dog on December 6, 2010 at 11:06 PM

the feeling of weakness right now among Americans is so profound that I think it leaves them searching for Obama/Carter comparisons. Which is also why Carter’s ratings are down so sharply, I think. Suddenly people are remembering the malaise. Vividly.

Right on…which leaves us with the obvious question: 61%?!

Who the hell ever approved of Jimmy Carter’s job as President? We voted him out after one term with a hard kick in the a$$, and in his dotage he has only looked worse with each passing day. Who are these 61%? And LBJ? He has gone from lunatic liberal to lunatic pervert liberal in the last four years…and up 8 points?

Please.

Jaibones on December 7, 2010 at 1:34 AM

Carter may be more of a jerk, but I think Obama may be scarier. With all his deception and anti-America agenda, we have a serious problem with “The Won” in office.

scotash on December 7, 2010 at 3:46 AM

Does this poll signal the end of the White House blaming its problems on Bush? They can continue to do so, but they’re not getting much mileage out of it anymore.

he’ll double down on it….guaranteed

cmsinaz on December 7, 2010 at 6:32 AM

Gallup: Bush’s job approval now higher than Obama’s

Just wait until next year!! Nixon may be ahead of Obama by then!!

Khun Joe on December 7, 2010 at 9:24 AM

Obama is going to go N-U-C-U-L-A-R!

search4truth on December 7, 2010 at 10:50 AM

Fortunata on December 6, 2010 at 9:26 PM

It’s not just hippies that shop there, despite the stereotype.

I think another explanation for Carter’s drop would be how he’s handled himself as ex-president since 2006. Sure, there were already issues in 2006, but I think it’s been more pronounced since that time.

OneGyT on December 7, 2010 at 11:18 AM

I think this is a good time to “rub it in” on Allah.

Who oft said in the early days of this administration that the GOP should have “another plan” other than hoping that Obama would “over reach”.

There was never a doubt he would “over reach” with his Socialist policies and, if you’re a TRUE believer in Conservatism – there was never a doubt that his socialist policies would fail this economy miserably. You can always count on a ball falling to the earth after it’s been tossed into the air. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to realize that. You only need a basic understanding of the laws of physics.

HondaV65 on December 7, 2010 at 11:23 AM

Jimmy Carter at 52 percent, what bizarro universe are they polling?

eaglewingz08 on December 7, 2010 at 12:01 PM

Jimmy Carter at 52 percent, what bizarro universe are they polling?

eaglewingz08 on December 7, 2010 at 12:01 PM

It’s like First Ladies…
They start with 70 points,
And work their way down…

Haiku Guy on December 7, 2010 at 3:21 PM