According to Gallup, President Obama’s net “approval” rating has pretty much been flat for over a year now. Still, there have been fluctuations, with Obama bottoming out at 41%/52% (-11 points) on August 15-17, 2010. Today, Obama is at 50%/42% (+8), the highest he’s been since May 7-9, 2010, when he was at 51%-42% (+9) net “approve.” Now, obviously, today’s number is just one data point, and it’s possible it will go right back down tomorrow, but for everyone who was saying that Obama was political toast, that he’d be primaried for sure, that he would lose to Romney/Palin/Gingrich/whoever in 2012…well, maybe not, especially if the economy continues to improve?
Also of interest: Barack Obama is currently ahead of both Ronald Reagan (37% approval rating) and Bill Clinton (40% approval rating), at the same points in their first terms. Quick, someone remind me, what happened to those guys in their reelection campaigns? Hmmmm. 🙂
P.S. And no, Rasmussen is not a serious polling outfit, so I couldn’t care less what they have to say for themselves.