President Barack Obama’s job approval rating from the American public continues to slide, hitting a new low of 47 percent in a new Gallup daily tracking poll.
The new low erases a slight increase in public job approval following the President’s announcement of his Afghan war “surge” and shows the new President’s honeymoon is over with an increasingly skeptical American public.
With employment still in double digits and Americans going into a Christmas season with little money for basic necessities, let along gifts, Obama’s approval ratings will most likely continue to drop.
The polls numbers signal bad news for Democrats as they head into a pivotal year with mid-term Congressional elections.
Barack Obama’s presidential job approval rating is 47% in the latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking update, a new low for his administration to date. His approval rating has been below 50% for much of the time since mid-November, but briefly rose to 52% last week after he announced his new Afghanistan policy.
Any slight bump in support Obama received coincident with his new Afghanistan policy proved to be very short-lived, as his approval rating returned to below the majority level by the weekend, and slipped further to 47% in Dec. 4-6 polling.
In the new Dec. 4-6 Gallup Daily results, Obama’s approval rating is 14% among Republicans, 42% among independents, and 83% among Democrats. Compared to his ratings in early November, when he averaged 53% job approval overall, his ratings are down three points among Democrats, seven points among independents, and four points among Republicans.
Thus far in December, Obama has averaged 50% job approval. That is similar to the December averages for Ronald Reagan (49%) and Bill Clinton (53%), who also took office when the economy was struggling. All other recent presidents elected to their first terms had approval averages of 57% or above in their first December in office.