Obama: One of the Worst Approval Ratings Averages in 67 Years


Democrats are patting themselves on the back today for managing a second term victory for Carter 2.0. But it’s a victory over a profoundly divided nation.

Obama has a mandate from half the country and firm opposition from the other half. He has been one of the most divisive figures in American history who walks into his second term, having already declared war on the Bill of Rights and on tens of millions of gun owners. That divisiveness is what appeals to the left and what marginalizes him.

This inauguration is the triumph of extremism.It is proof that divisiveness works and that in a low turnout election, pandering to special interests and openly spewing hate can drive ignorant and bigoted voters to the polls. But it takes more than winning an election to be a great leader.

Obama will never be a great leader or a national figure. He is doomed to be what he always was. A corrupt Chicago pol planted by powerful interests in the White House with the aim of tearing apart the country for their benefit. Warren Buffett and George Soros are celebrating tonight while 8 million Americans have permanently left the workforce.

Ruling by executive order does not mean that you are a national leader. It means that you are a petty tyrant who is incapable of bringing the other side around or compromising with them.

America under Obama remains a divided nation. And it will be a divided nation, as long as Obama insists on imperial rule through executive order, while ignoring the nation as a whole. Low turnout elections can get you into office. But they cannot give you the legitimacy to make meaningful and long-term reforms.

Obama’s supporters imagine he’s FDR. He isn’t. And his executive orders and illegal actions are not a New Deal. They are an illegal policy framework by fiat that will be dismantled in the same way by his successor. FDR eventually managed to win the admiration of the country. The first term numbers for Obama show that he never has and never will.

Barack Obama averaged 49.1% job approval during his first term in office, among the lowest for post-World War II presidents. Only Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford had lower job approval averages. Obama’s first-term average is most similar to Bill Clinton’s. Lyndon Johnson, John Kennedy, and Dwight Eisenhower were the most popular first-term presidents.

And no. It doesn’t get any better.

Barack Obama’s approval rating currently stands at 56% in the latest three-day Gallup Daily tracking average — seven percentage points higher than the average of his monthly approval ratings (49%) for the first 48 months of his administration, between January 2009 and December 2012. Despite this popularity boost, if Obama’s second-term average approval rating eclipses his first-term average, it would buck the historical trend — only two out of seven post-World War II presidents have had higher approval ratings in their second than in their first term.

Another four years to go before the United States has a shot at recovering from this national tragedy.

  • http://twitter.com/RobertGalman @RobertGalman

    USA obsessed with ruling the world, and inadvertantly arming the wrong countries. Then it bites them in the toochus.

    • Mary Sue

      I take issue with the "ruling the world" part, but the rest is accurate.

  • Questions

    Aren't we little selective with our information?

    As for JFK being a popular first-term president, quite obviously, he never got to finish that term — his fatal visit to Dallas, as historians have concluded, was to shore up his badly sagging popularity in Texas and elsewhere in the South. And talk about low approval ratings: George W. Bush averaged around 25-30% throughout his second term. Which may explain in large measure why Obama was elected in the first place.

    I'm a card-carrying Republican, but I resent skewed portraits of reality, like these, that try to get us to Stick It to Those Evil Liberals without grasping the larger context. We'll win back the White House when we come up with better candidates, especially those who give us straight talk on race and immigration. Neither McCain nor Romney fit the bill.

    • Mary Sue

      we can only deal in the realities we are given. It's kind of hard to measure in terms of what might have been.

    • Bright Knight

      The Republicans… NO… let me say: the conservatives have the better "product", but the Libtards -unfortunately- have snakeoil-salesmen who are able to sell the crappiest product. The GOP must stick to the "product" but change the sales-staff. The "elites" need to support great people such as Allen West, Mia Love, Sarah Palin, Ted Cruz, Michele Bachmann, etc. – the GOP has a lot of conservative women, conservative "minorities", conservative younger people, who represent the GOP values and principles and can connect with more democrap-leaning groups. Unfortunately the leadership is moving the party away from its values and principles toward center or even center/left. That doesn't work, because the people don't vote for a copy of the Libtards when they can get the original that gives even more free stuff! With this left-turn, the GOP will lose more conservative voters than they win on the left side. The exit polls showed that the people stand for the values which are usually associated with the GOP (or better: conservatives), but voted for the Dictator-in-Chief because they think, the Democraps "care more", which is wrong! All studies show that the conservative people care more for their fellow Americans, donate more money to charities, etc. The GOP must convey this truth!

  • Rifleman

    That's okay the msm and hollyweird like him enough to do whatever it takes, and that counts for a lot.

  • JacksonPearson

    Yep, Hussein rates right up there with Carter and Ford. And of course, Obama's a Chicago graveyard favorite! /S

    • Ben Jabo

      Insofar as Obummer is concerned, the fools voted him into office again, the Voters be damned

      Nobdy will recognize his new America for the old by 2016

  • Arlie

    I keep praying for a miracle, but everyday I wake up and it's worse than the day before. I'm doing ok but because I know that G-d is just I tremble for my country especially since all nations will be judged by how they care for Israel. Maybe I read the bible too much but I don't see this ending well with the devil may care road to h3!! 0 is taking us on. I wish all peace and prosperity with faith in a higher power to protect us from the evil 0 is unleashing on the god fearing people of America.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    It is hard to understand the thinking of anyone backing Obama but they are filled with
    defects that are enough to put the rest of us in danger. Considering the defective persona
    of the Obama thugs,then the right half, the strong half of America must act in sefl preservation
    and act through all legal means to defeat what is becoming more obvious, a gangster
    and criminal enterprise that must get worse to keep power and destroy a free America
    while persuing new and more evil ways to undermine America through theft and
    total dishonesty…………………….William

    • guest

      You are a joke.