Obama More Unpopular than Bush

March 29, 2012

A reader suggests that people should know about this, given the (liberal) narrative that Bush was a very bad, and very unpopular, president:

Gallup not only offers weekly averages of the current president’s job-approval ratings (“Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as president?”), but also offers a number of historical comparisons.  Here are a few that I think are especially of interest:

Obama currently (March 19th–25th): 46%

“Term average to date” (January 2009–present): 49%

“Other presidents in March of re-election year”:

  • George W. Bush: 51%
  • Jimmy Carter: 45%

Go ahead and compare for yourself:  Going back to Eisenhower (March 1956—in other words, for as long as Gallup has been collecting these data), every president who was below 50% at this point in the cycle (Ford, Carter, and first Bush) went on to lose the election.  Every incumbent who won was above 50%.  Obama’s current rating is closest to that of Carter, whom many think he resembles in other ways as well.  (Carter lost to Reagan in a 44-state landslide.)

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10 Responses to “Obama More Unpopular than Bush”

  1. Snoodickle Says:

    Instead of posting this school girl gossip nonsense, why not make a post on something that matters?

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/30/business/economy/jobless-claims-at-lowest-since-2008.html?hp


  2. Obama is still a darling to the mainstream media and they overwhelming support him as an industry and among the individuals who report for them. Perception is reality and they are working very hard on maintaining the perception that he is popular. True facts mean very little to them.

    Jeff Metz
    http://www.mostly-right.com


    • I don’t disagree, but I get the impression that the news media were for Carter (or at least very much against Reagan) in 1980, too, and it wasn’t enough to save him—and some would say that the traditional news media’s power today is significantly weaker, not stronger, than it was thirty years ago.


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