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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.

Obama Seen As A Nice Guy, But...

AP | JENNIFER AGIESTA and NANCY BENAC | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nice guy, so-so president. Taking stock of President Barack Obama at the five-year mark in his term, less than a third of America...

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.

I'm A Millennial, And I'm Disappointed In Obama

Posted 01.25.2014 | College

This article originally appeared on Bustle. By Krystie Lee Yandoli I turned 18 just months before the 2008 presidential election, making me elig...

Here's How Many Americans Don't Trust Obama

Reuters | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

By Susan Heavey WASHINGTON, Nov 25 (Reuters) - A growing number of Americans doubt President Barack Obama's ability to manage the nati...

What Do Obama' Bad Poll Numbers Mean?

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

Bad polling numbers in the middle of a president's second term are not devastating or even very unusual, but they also cannot be ignored.

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.

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.

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.

Obama Poll Watch -- January, 2013

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.06.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Obama's "second honeymoon" period with the public may not last more than a few months, but for now seems to be holding steady. He's in a pretty good position right now in terms of "political capital," but this will likely change as legislative reality sets in.

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.

New Poll Hits Obama Where It Hurts

Reuters | Posted 08.12.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON, June 12 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's approval ratings have dipped to their lowest level since January on deep economic worries, ...

Obama Poll Watch -- April, 2012

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.02.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Bush's numbers and Obama's have been almost exactly tracking each other for the past three months. Bush had a 48.6 approval rating at this point, and a 46.9 percent disapproval rating. Both are within one point of where Obama now stands.

Obama Poll Watch, March 2012

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.02.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

President Obama had a fairly flat month in the polls. His approval rating slipped back half a point, and his disapproval rating stayed unchanged from last month. While his approval stayed above his disapproval for the month, the gap between the two is smaller than it's ever been.

Obama Poll Watch -- February, 2012

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.06.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

President Barack Obama's job approval numbers are back "above water" (where his approval rate is higher than his disapproval number), continuing an impressive rise in the polls, which began in November of last year.

Obama Poll Watch -- January, 2012

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.02.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

While the overall trend is indeed extremely positive for Obama at this point, he's still got a long way to go to retain his job this fall.

Obama Poll Watch -- November, 2011

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.04.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

This month Obama poll watchers got some good news, and some bad news. This was capped off by the Washington punditocracy making a stupid comparison between polling for Obama and Carter.

Why Candidates Win: Tactics vs. Fundamentals

Brendan Nyhan | Posted 06.18.2012 | Politics
Brendan Nyhan

Today's NYT news analysis by Jeff Zeleny offers a classic example of how journalists attribute political success to tactical strategies.