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Approval Ratings

Obama Has Tied Reagan In Public Opinion Polls

John A. Tures | Posted 12.27.2014 | Politics
John A. Tures

Don't look now, but President Barack Obama has been inching up in the polls, tying Reagan for this juncture in his presidency. Several polls have him inching up to nearly 50 percent approval rating after a rough 2014.

President Obama Is No Bush

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 08.15.2014 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Obama has accomplished far too much in the face of far too much adversity. To spin his plunging popularity numbers as if he's a complete failure is to horribly mangle the comparison with the president who clearly was a failure.

The Reagan Legacy at 10

Jason Saltoun-Ebin | Posted 08.05.2014 | Politics
Jason Saltoun-Ebin

The 40th President of the United States, the larger-than-life Ronald Reagan who left office 25 years ago with an impressive 63 percent approval rating among Americans, passed away 10 years ago this week.

Obama Poll Watch -- May 2014

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.02.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

In five out of the last six months, in fact, Obama's numbers have gotten better. He is now roughly where he was right before the impact of the Obamacare website rollout hit his approval rating.

Obama Poll Watch -- April 2014

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.05.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Obama has gained back all the ground he had lost and then some (well, "and then a little bit more" would be more accurate...). He still hasn't quite made it back to where his poll numbers were before the Obamacare website rollout, but if the trendlines continue in May, he is at least within reach of this goal for the first time since October.

Obama Poll Watch -- March, 2014

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.02.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

President Obama's job approval polling was down a bit last month, ending three months of positive news. He didn't slip back much, but the reversal does bring up a serious question: is Obama stuck in a "new normal" of job approval numbers in the low-40s range?

Obama Poll Watch -- February, 2014

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.05.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

For the second month in a row, President Obama had an all-around positive month in the public polls. His job approval average was up, his job disapproval was down, and he has almost completely recovered from the dip his numbers took after the Obamacare website rollout fiasco.

Obama Poll Watch -- January 2014

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.05.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

As I accurately predicted last month, Obama was set to have a pretty good January -- and he did. To be fair, in absolute terms, this still is pretty dismal territory for Obama's polling. If you don't count the previous two months, Obama's January numbers would be the worst of his entire presidency.

OUT OF LINE: Congressional Approval

Mort Gerberg | Posted 03.10.2014 | Politics
Mort Gerberg

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Obama Poll Watch -- December 2013

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.08.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Obama started the month of December at rock bottom. There's just no other "polite" way to put it, folks.

Why President Obama's Approval Dip Doesn't Matter

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 02.04.2014 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Whether a president's ratings rise or fall, they aren't running for reelection so their approval numbers have no effect on their prospects. The only issue of concern is their legacy. The same is true with Obama.

Obama Poll Watch -- July 2013

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.05.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

There was plenty of political news in July, but little of it was directly attributable to President Obama. What this means is that it's really anyone's guess why the polling continued downwards.

Power, Bad Behavior and Who We Are

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 09.24.2013 | Politics
Mark Rubinstein

Is it worrisome that our federal government is paralyzed in partisan deadlock? Have we so little expectation of officeholders that we view politics as simply a sideshow; and if we vote at all, do we pull the lever based on nothing more than name recognition?

Obama Poll Watch -- May 2013

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.03.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Barack Obama had a pretty bad month inside the Beltway, with Republicans on the warpath over multiple scandals. Outside Washington, Obama didn't have too bad a month at all, as his job approval ratings barely budged.

Obama Poll Watch -- April 2013

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.06.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

In April, Obama's numbers returned to a normal level, after experiencing a very short post-election "honeymoon period" with the public which bounced his numbers up to a peak, and then bounced them right back down again.

Obama Poll Watch -- March, 2013

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.03.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

President Obama lost almost all the ground he had gained late in the 2012 election season. He hit a new low in approval and a new high in disapproval for his second term, as the honeymoon bounce completely evaporated.

Report Finds High Job Satisfaction In Congress Amid Low Approval Ratings

The Huffington Post | Chelsea Kiene | Posted 03.12.2013 | Politics

Members of Congress say they are happy with their jobs and feel fulfilled by the work that they do -- even as congressional approval ratings continue ...

A Bigger Problem for President Obama Than a Drop in Poll Numbers

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.07.2013 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

It's a tough place for Obama to be in with the GOP loaded for bear against him, and Democrats ready to do battle hard against him on what they won't accept in a budget deal. It's a problem that's far bigger for Obama than the momentary drop of a few points in an approval poll.

Obama Poll Watch -- February, 2013

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.06.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

As expected, Obama's "second honeymoon" in the polls is starting to fade. The election is long over, the inauguration is fading from memory, and now the real legislative struggles of Obama's second term have begun.

Ariel Edwards-Levy

State Of The Union Unlikely To Change Obama's Approval Ratings

HuffingtonPost.com | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 02.12.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday night may do much to outline his second term priorities, but if history is a...

How Do Republicans Like Boehner Get Reelected?

Jane White | Posted 03.23.2013 | Politics
Jane White

Ohioans have elected Mr. Tan, rested and ready to office 11 times despite the fact that there is no other politician on Capitol Hill who more embodies the ethic of sell-your-soul-to-the-1-percent. Mad about the bailouts of bad banks? Blame Boehner.

What Do Both Washingtons Have In Common? Troubled Houses

Iman Baghai | Posted 03.13.2013 | Teen
Iman Baghai

If you don't like the way your legislator or Representative is acting, regardless if you support or don't support them, send them a message, start a petition, and make some noise.

Obama Poll Watch -- December, 2012

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.04.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Obama is currently enjoying not only a vacation with his family in Hawai'i, but also a "second honeymoon" with the public at large. If history is any guide, the fiscal cliff deal could create another wave of approval on top of the "second honeymoon."

Obama Poll Watch -- November 2012

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.02.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

November was certainly good to President Obama. He won the election at the beginning of the month, and he's been riding a "bounce" in the polls ever since. There are two notes of caution here, though, for Obama fans.

Congress' Still Terrible Approval Ratings Explained Through Rotten Tomatoes Scores

Nico Lang | Posted 10.01.2012 | Comedy
Nico Lang

Here are some movies on the review aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes that received either the same approval rating as Congress, or somehow got better reviews than our chief legislative body.