President Obama Is Still Adored by America -- Or IS He?

obamaIn the lead-up to President Obama's second inauguration, the media's taking a microscope to his approval rating. According to a New York Times/CBS News poll released today, 51 percent of just about 1K Americans surveyed between January 11-15 approve of how the prez is handling his job. By comparison, 41 percent disapprove. So, okay ... Doesn't sound necessarily very good or very bad, right? 

But to figure out where our POTUS really stands, it helps to compare these approval numbers next to other presidents' as they were entering their second-term. Not to mention considering the circumstances that may be contributing to his "progress report," so to speak ...  

So, according to Marjorie Connelly in the Times, Obama's current rating is actually quite similar to George W. Bush's at the start of his second term. But it's definitely lower than the ratings of the previous two presidents who served eight years. For example, Bill Clinton was at 60 percent approval in January 1997 and Ronald Reagan was at 62 percent in 1985.

Still, shouldn't we consider what those presidents -- and the country as a whole -- were facing at those times? For Clinton, the economy had improved significantly since he had first taken office, and for Reagan, the same was true. But no president has ever or could ever act alone to get that done. And Obama has faced an uphill battle with Republicans in Congress since Day 1.

Also, it seems to bear noting that while 8 in 10 Dems approve of Obama's job performance, 8 in 10 Republicans disapprove. In other words, it seems to me like we continue to be more divided than ever before. And that's not something you can necessarily blame on the Commander-in-Chief. It's about where we stand on the most polarizing issues as Americans. And sadly, our president's handling of our current challenges appears to be another one of those issues.

How do you feel about Obama's current approval rating vs. past presidents'?

 

Image via Daniel Borman/Flickr

2012 election, barack obama, in the news, white house, politics

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fleur... fleurdelys3110

Quoting I something I read on msnbc (yes you read that correctly), this term is going to be more about "cope" than "hope".

jessi... jessicasmom1

really? I am axiously waiting for this term to end

Pinkmani Pinkmani

Unfortunately, people pray for President Obama and his family to die. As far as my approval, there are some things that I like and some things that I don't like that he did (Same with Bush and Clinton). I honestly believe he has good intentions.


Behind the computer screen, people have pernicious things to say but when confronted face-to-face, most don't have the balls to repeat what they typed. 

MrsYo... MrsYoung1287

Seriously?? Your using the word "adore" in the same sentence as the name "obama"?? Not everybody thinks he's some sort of god.........

MrsYo... MrsYoung1287

Hey pinkmani, i'll say the same things I type to peoples faces and I have. Also I don't believe he has good intentions because all his actions have proved to me that he dosen't.

fave82 fave82

Still, shouldn't we consider what those presidents -- and the country as a whole -- were facing at those times? For Clinton, the economy had improved significantly since he had first taken office, and for Reagan, the same was true. But no president has ever or could ever act alone to get that done. And Obama has faced an uphill battle with Republicans in Congress since Day 1.


OOOOOOHHHHH so this is all the Republicans fault!! Gotcha!

Flori... Floridamom96

Does anyone else find it creepy for people to "adore" the president of the United States?

handy... handy0318

fave82 :-) Yeah, I caught that as well.... As if neither Reagan nor Clinton had to deal with opposing parties. Obama isn't the worst President in the modern age... but he isn't the best either. Mainly, he's just been ineffective on important things and is overstepping on other things.  However, there's been some things that he's done that are good.

bills... billsfan1104

I find it troubling that the author and Obama's sheep "adore" him.

wamom223 wamom223

I agree that the adore thing is creepy, really creepy.  I shy away from people that have zealous follower's and yes I'm talking about the conservative side too (some of the Pauly's were getting a bit creepy.) Because you shouldn't see your leader as a rock star.  You should see him as a human.  To answer the question at hand this blog only proved that since Bush our country has been divided or you could say since the Clinton administration our country has been divided.  I also want to say that your little comment about Congress being against him is a joke coming from you Maressa.  You are one of his biggest follower's so shouldn't you believe that your almighty leader should be able to stand up to the challenge.  I mean the Democrats have control over half of Congress and its not like Boehner is the greatest leader ever.  


Pinkimani-I know a ton of people that wish he wasn't President but I don't know anyone that wants him to die.  Every one I know is scared to death of the happening because than Joe Biden would be in charge and that is a fate worse than death.

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