Obama Approval Ratings vs. Clinton’s and Reagan’s: Doomed, Doomed I Say!


    Courtesy of Gallup, here are the approval ratings for Presidents Obama, Clinton and Reagan at the same points in their presidencies. As we know, both Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan were failed, 1-term presidents who…oh wait, they weren’t?  You mean they actually rebounded from low approval ratings and massive losses in their first mid-term elections to be reelected 2 years later in landslides?  But isn’t Barack Obama supposed to be doomed, doomed I say?  Not to say that he’s not in a tough spot right now, given the Bush Great Recession he inherited (that is now HIS Great Recession, unfortunately), but let’s not get carried away about Obama being seriously primaried  in 2012 (zero chance of that) or of him being a political “goner” because of the mid-term results and mediocre approval ratings (47%-45% in the latest Gallup results). Check back on this in a year or so, then we’ll see…

    • linda b

      But we do have the Senate to let bills just die (oh they already did that) and the White House to veto.

      Bohner has already come out saying he wants to raise the SS age to 70. How is that working out for ya Republican’t voters???

    • Elaine in Roanoke

      When Mitch McConnell made his already infamous comment that the first order of business for the GOP was to make Barack Obama a one-term president (not jobs or deficit reduction), he was referring to the fact that Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, and now Barack Obama all had severe congressional losses two years into their first term, with talk that they were sure to be one-term presidents. Didn’t work out that way, huh???