WASHINGTON, June 12, 2014 — Politicians live and die by their approval ratings. Unfortunately for President Obama, polls this week show that 52 percent of Americans have an unfavorable opinion of the job he is doing.
President Obama’s overall Job Approval average is a steady 44 percent.
Presidents do suffer ups and downs in the polls. Previously Obama had similar favorability ratings in October 2010 (44 percent), just before that year’s mid-term elections, and lower in 2013, when the Affordable Care Act rollout pushed his approval ratings down to 40 percent. His lowest approval rating was 38 percent in October, 2011.
Obama’s 44 percent approval rating has him below Harry Truman (45.4 percent), Richard Nixon (49 percent), Gerald Ford (47.2 percent) Jimmy Carter(45.5 percent) and George W. Bush (49.4 percent).
Gallup also takes a look at the fifth-year job approval rating. Obama’s first year high was 69 percent in the week of his inauguration; five years later, on Jan 19, 2014, it was 41 percent.
Fifth year comparisons have Obama sharing similar approval ratings with Richard Nixon (41.1 percent) and George W. Bush (45.7 percent).
Obama’s fifth year approval ratings are highly differentiated by party. Eighty-two percent of Democrats approve of his job performance, while only 11 percent of Republicans approve. That 71 percentage point gap represents a high degree of political polarization.
Not only doesn’t America like Obama much these days, they are starting to question his character as well.
The largest approval gaps by party on record are shared by Obama and G.W. Bush; both appear five times amongst the 12 largest approval gaps by party in presidential approval ratings from 1953 to 2013.
Being president is a tough job. And it seems Obama has more than half of America unhappy, just as George W. did.
Maybe the next guy should remember the shoes of the one before him?