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Obama approval falls back to average

Discussion in 'Political Debate & Discussion' started by Revmitchell, Feb 24, 2009.

  1. Revmitchell

    Revmitchell Well-Known Member

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    Though he began his presidency with the second highest approval rating in the Gallup Poll's history of tracking the statistic, Barack Obama's numbers have dropped back to merely average, driven by Republicans who are growing increasingly unhappy with the president's policies.

    Obama's initial job approval rating in January stood at 68 percent, second only to Kennedy's 72 percent among elected presidents since Gallup began tracking the rating during Eisenhower's administration.

    But after only a month in office, Obama's negative rating has doubled: from 12 percent who disapprove of the job he's doing, to 24 percent.


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  2. Andy T.

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    If things are still bad by July 4, and he is still playing on our worst fears about the ecomony, his approval rating will be in 40's by then.
     
  3. JamieinNH

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    When Bush was in office, polls meant nothing.. so I have to ask why does it matter now?

    Also, when you start higher than most normal presidents, don't it stand to reason that you won't 1. stay that high and 2. won't go any higher?

    This is a non story... Everyone likes a new POTUS, and then they have to get to work and people in general don't like policies. It happens on both sides equally I am sure.

    What is that saying? "Two things you don't want to see made are sausage and legislation"
     
  4. Andy T.

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    I don't think I ever said polls mean nothing. I don't put a lot of stock in polls, but I was merely making a political prediction about future polls - i.e., I think the Pres. has very little time before his support starts to deteriorate. And this is a political forum after all. Since you are obviously in continual disgust about the politics of our nation, maybe you should avoid participating in this political forum. The "both sides are wretched" becomes tiresome and you've become a one-note Johnny.
     
  5. JamieinNH

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    Sorry, I didn't mean for that to seem like I was talking about you. I meant in general.

    Users on this board will say that polls mean nothing if 'their guy' is losing and then will post a poll later in the year showing 'their guy' winning...

    There were tons of polls out both for and against Bush and yet people didn't really care. That is why I said polls mean nothing.. It's just another gimmick in the world of Washington....
     
  6. JamieinNH

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    Or his ratings could stay the same or they could go up....


    Yeah, that is how to solve the problem... just go away and maybe it will "fix" itself. It's that kind of mentally that has gotten us into this mess by the way.

    I am sure my 'one note Johnny" gets old, but hey... it's the truth and at least I stand on the same note va hoping from poll to poll or opinion to opinion.. At least you can't slam me to "flip - flopping" :laugh:

    Hey, I have an idea, why don't you tell me how Great everyone is doing and then we can have a nice balance in this forum....

    No, I will stay in this section and continue my on note song... If we are lucky more people will wake up and see that both parties are bad and will finally want to do something about it instead of blowing hot air....
     
  7. Andy T.

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    Sure, and that's why they call it a prediction. I might be right, or I might be wrong.

    You're right - I respect you on that.

    That's not what I'm proposing at all.

    I can agree to a certain extent - both parties as a whole have failed. However, I think there a some good politicians on both sides of the aisles, despite their parties' overall failures.

    Sorry for the harsh response in post #4 - I was reacting to what I perceived as you being cantankerous for the sake of being cantankerous.
     
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    Yep, Obama still has approvals in the high sixties, compared to Bush's 20s. Yippee!!
     
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    These numbers are lower than Carter's at this point in each administration.
     
  11. Enoch

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    FYI - President George W. Bush holds the record for the highest approval rating. :love2:
     
  12. canadyjd

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    So, is Obama...

    1. abnormal?

    2. abbynormal?

    3. superior in every way to every other person on the planet?

    peace to you:praying:
     
  13. JustChristian

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    He did inherit an economic crisis from GW that's not easy to deal with. Compare his first month in office with Bush's first month. Bush came in with a stock market that had boomed and was flattening out. Certainly not the situation that greeted Obama. No credit crisis in sight for Bush. No talk of depression. The consumer confidence level didn't fall to its lowest level ever as it did recently for Obama. Our major banks weren't on the verge of collapse. GM, Ford, and Chrysler weren't talking about bankruptcy. Sears too for that matter.

    Obama isn't playing on our worst fears about the economy. He talking straight something we got very little of the last 8 years.
     
  14. JamieinNH

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    Well after this country lived through 9-11, don't you think the people would come behind and support (approve) of the POTUS?!? His highest approval was in Nov 2001, right after the attacks.

    He also holds the third lowest... :love2:
     
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    None of the above... it's me typing in "southern" and not being able to present myself well. :)
     
  16. Andy T.

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    What does this thread have anything remotely to do with Bush? Man, your obsession with him is creepy.

    The thread is about Obama's polling numbers. I think it is quite obvious that each President faces a different landscape than the one before.
     
  17. Revmitchell

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    He cannot address any criticism of his leader so he redirects. Of course there is an effort to have threads shut down that criticize Obama by getting them off topic which will have the mods close them down. It is just a tactic. Best thing to do is ignore them.
     
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