Obama hits new low in Rasmussen presidential index

posted at 11:25 am on August 23, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Rasmussen has produced what it calls the Presidential Approval Index before Barack Obama took office, but it’s probably better described as a passion index.  The measure uses their daily presidential tracking poll and compares those who strongly approve of Obama’s performance as President to those who strongly disapprove as a means to test momentum.  While Obama enjoyed a wide margin lead in his first few months, the streams crossed at about the time he began pushing ObamaCare in the summer of 2009 and have never switched back to support.

However, it’s never been this bad:

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows that 19% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Forty-five percent (45%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -26 …

This is the lowest Approval Index rating yet measured for President Obama. The previous low was -24 reached yesterday and also in September 2010. Additionally, the level of Strong Approval matches the lowest yet recorded. By way of comparison, President Bush had ratings near the end of his second term in the minus 30s.

It’s not really news that Obama has begun to explore approval ratings in his first term seen by Bush in his second term, but this measure points out a more nuanced problem for Obama.  A lack of strong approval means a lack of energy for a re-election campaign.  At 19%, Obama’s enthusiastic support now comprises only a part of the natural Democratic base.  That doesn’t mean that Democrats will start becoming Tea Party activists (although it certainly doesn’t preclude it, either), but it means that Obama will have to count on a lower level of engagement and volunteerism for his next campaign — perhaps a much lower level.

The weekly results as of last week show that Obama’s decline has accelerated.  As of the 17th, his presidential index rating was -16, not -26.  His overall approval ratings in the demographics were still atrocious.  Among independents, Obama got a 41/54, with only 17% strongly approving.  His rating among Democrats was still 85/15, but only 51% strongly approved. Obama only scored majority approval among 18-29YOs in the age demos (a relatively weak 55/43), but has majority disapproval in all other age groups.  He wins a solid majority among the lowest-income earners (55/44) and a bare majority among the wealthiest income earners (50/48), but loses all of the other income demos.  And these numbers probably all declined over the last few days, along with the presidential index.

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“Adios…Mo-Fo!”

elowe on August 23, 2011 at 1:30 PM

Does this mean he won’t get a statue?

docflash on August 23, 2011 at 1:32 PM

Let them riot. This isn’t England. There are people in this country who take their second amendment rights seriously, and exercise those rights.

We won’t sit around and wait for the cops to “consider” using water cannons and rubber bullets to control the violent looters. We will protect our loved ones and our property by every appropriate means.

UltimateBob on August 23, 2011 at 11:49 AM

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Hey… when Philadelphia burns… I’m buying marshmallows and throwing a party. During the 60s riots I lived in Camden NJ (right across the river). Camden burned… It never recovered.
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Buy land. Out in the docks somewhere. Prepare for the worst.
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A soon to be 60 liberal couple that I gave up on a couple years ago just bought in a middling area in Phila… The workers in that area are not the ones with the guns. Shame on them.
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RalphyBoy on August 23, 2011 at 1:33 PM

father even has his BA and MA in ECONOMICS!

I just can’t fathom how someone who actually STUDIES econ can still be supportive of a guy whose policies have empirically made our economy worse.

Washington Nearsider on August 23, 2011 at 11:33 AM

Because economics is pretty much a bogus major like ethnic and gender studies.

Think of the economics ‘professor’ in ‘Back to School’.

Lanceman on August 23, 2011 at 1:34 PM

Because economics is pretty much a bogus major like ethnic and gender studies.

Think of the economics ‘professor’ in ‘Back to School’.

Lanceman on August 23, 2011 at 1:34 PM

Zombie Milton Friedman says, “What am I, chopped liver?”

:-)

Mary in LA on August 23, 2011 at 1:46 PM

The measure uses their daily presidential tracking poll and compares those who strongly approve of Obama’s performance as President to those who strongly disapprove as a means to test momentum. While Obama enjoyed a wide margin lead in his first few months, the streams crossed at about the time he began pushing ObamaCare in the summer of 2009 and have never switched back to support.

Ed,

To hear Scott Rasmussen describe it, the “stronglies” represent those motivated to go out and act to support or work against the particular POTUS/subject in question as opposed to the working stiffs who are busy with their daily struggles.

The index shift Mercurially but over the past year Obama has rarely been in the single-digit range. Since the “debt crisis” he has been putting up a string of -20s. It looks like yet another crack in Fortress Obama and he will not be able to blow this off with perfidious brickbats and “farting in [his detractors'] general direction”.

The War Planner on August 23, 2011 at 1:47 PM

I know 1 or 2 of these people. Nothing will ever convince them that Barack 0bama is not the second coming of Jesus Christ.
UltimateBob on August 23, 2011 at 11:28 AM

Most of the ones that I know transfer any displesure they have to Republicans, who they have set up in there head as a philosophical whipping boy.

Count to 10 on August 23, 2011 at 1:47 PM

Because economics is pretty much a bogus major like ethnic and gender studies.
Think of the economics ‘professor’ in ‘Back to School’.
Lanceman on August 23, 2011 at 1:34 PM

It can be a real major, it’s just that most people get into it with the idea that it will let them instruct the government on how to control the economy.

Count to 10 on August 23, 2011 at 1:50 PM

It can be a real major, it’s just that most people get into it with the idea that it will let them instruct the government on how to control the economy.

Count to 10 on August 23, 2011 at 1:50 PM

I saw Ben Stein on BOR last night. He has totally lost it.

Mary, I do agree about Freidman.

But it seems that the longer ‘republican’ economists, strategists, you name it stay around, the more they cross over to the darkside. I really do think that D.C. is an infectious disease rather than the Capitol.

Lanceman on August 23, 2011 at 1:55 PM

..also, today The Pantload has hit 38% in the Gallup Daily.

Ed’s speculation last Sunday about Obama eschewing a second term might just materialize.

The War Planner on August 23, 2011 at 1:59 PM

OT: Big earthquake here in VA!

BobMbx on August 23, 2011 at 2:01 PM

We won’t sit around and wait for the cops to “consider” using water cannons and rubber bullets to control the violent looters. We will protect our loved ones and our property by every appropriate means.

UltimateBob on August 23, 2011 at 11:49 AM

..think L.A. riots (thanks to Rodney King) where a lot of Korean merchants (and others) were atop their buildings with semi-autos protecting their convenience stores from looting.
Frederick’s but got caught. They found out it was too hard carrying a big box of split crotch panties and running in 6″ platform heels.

The War Planner on August 23, 2011 at 2:05 PM

..think L.A. riots (thanks to Rodney King)

The War Planner on August 23, 2011 at 2:05 PM

A lot of that thanks goes to Maxine Waters.

Lanceman on August 23, 2011 at 2:08 PM

A lot of that thanks goes to Maxine Waters.

Lanceman on August 23, 2011 at 2:08 PM

..she wears split crotch panties and 6-inch platform heels?

(Sorry; some things cannot be unseen.)

The War Planner on August 23, 2011 at 2:16 PM

I saw Ben Stein on BOR last night. He has totally lost it.

Mary, I do agree about Freidman.

But it seems that the longer ‘republican’ economists, strategists, you name it stay around, the more they cross over to the darkside. I really do think that D.C. is an infectious disease rather than the Capitol.

Lanceman on August 23, 2011 at 1:55 PM

Stein is a buffoon. I have to mute the tv when he comes on.

slickwillie2001 on August 23, 2011 at 2:21 PM

OT: Big earthquake here in VA!

BobMbx on August 23, 2011 at 2:01 PM

Are you and yours okay?

Mary in LA on August 23, 2011 at 2:24 PM

(Sorry; some things cannot be unseen.)

The War Planner on August 23, 2011 at 2:16 PM

Except for Unseen.

Lanceman on August 23, 2011 at 2:29 PM

At my employer’s corporate hq in central NJ, there is an astonishing number of Obama cubicle shrines. The base.

bloviator on August 23, 2011 at 12:24 PM

Makes it easier for the employer to pick out the next round of layoffs!

dominigan on August 23, 2011 at 2:34 PM

Waiting for the Palinbots to come in and say that Obama is re-electable because Rasmussen is a Republican Party hack.
E L Frederick (Sniper One) on August 23, 2011 at 11:38 AM

Awwww… Got your panties in a bunch cuz Palin is the fav and your candidate is not????

CCRWM on August 23, 2011 at 2:42 PM

A lot of that thanks goes to Maxine Waters.

Lanceman on August 23, 2011 at 2:08 PM

..she wears split crotch panties and 6-inch platform heels?

(Sorry; some things cannot be unseen.)

The War Planner on August 23, 2011 at 2:16 PM

Why would you DO that???

runawayyyy on August 23, 2011 at 3:37 PM

I can hardly wait until his numbers are lower than Biden’s…

right2bright on August 23, 2011 at 6:05 PM

..she wears split crotch panties and 6-inch platform heels?

(Sorry; some things cannot be unseen.)

The War Planner on August 23, 2011 at 2:16 PM

Ban this man…I demand you ban this poster…never has there been a more obscene, disgusting post.
You are disgusting, ban thee…ban thee…ban thee…

right2bright on August 23, 2011 at 6:07 PM

right2bright on August 23, 2011 at 6:07 PM

Maxine Waters, Debbie “Positive” Wassermann-Schultz, and Helen Thomas doing the can-can…

(runs away giggling)

Mary in LA on August 23, 2011 at 6:30 PM

You are disgusting, ban thee…ban thee…ban thee…

right2bright on August 23, 2011 at 6:07 PM

..I can’t be held responsible. I am the victim of the current hate-filled political environment. Yeah, that’s it! It was those nasty Tea Party people that forced me to right such disgusting stuff.

On the other hand, pass the Clorox! Mary in L.A. has zoomed into the lead in this category.

The War Planner on August 23, 2011 at 6:42 PM

I guess all Obama needs is to give another speech.

HellCat on August 23, 2011 at 6:43 PM

So we now have confirmation that 19% of the populace is Communist. It’s possibly more than that since some Commies are unhappy that O hasn’t done more. 25%?

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on August 23, 2011 at 8:02 PM

Why do you think Obama is pushing so hard for illegal alien amnesty? It’s his main hope for re-election. With an ever growing and ever more dependent welfare constituency, Obama could be a two-termer even if anarchy reigns in the streets. Don’t count him out!

MaiDee on August 24, 2011 at 3:07 PM

The good news is his handicap went down as well! He is more concerned with that number, I’m sure.

Fuquay Steve on August 24, 2011 at 9:16 PM

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