Former President Obama is perceived to be a fantastic president by his base and even thinks his Presidency was a great success. The polling tells a different story.
A Gallup poll released on Friday showed that Former President Barack Obama had an overall approval rating during his time in office of 47.9%. This puts him behind both Rickard Nixon, who resigned and George W. Bush who’s approval dropped to 25% near the end of his term.
To illustrate just how bad that is, only 3 presidents have had a lower overall approval rating since Gallup began recording in 1945. Gerald Ford had 47.2%, Jimmy Carter had 45.4% and Harry Truman had 45.4%.
Obama’s ratings did, however, go up to 57% near the end of his term in the IBD/TIPP poll. The aforementioned numbers were widely reported on by the Liberal media as proof that Obama’s presidency was a success. He also had high approval ratings when he first took office in 2009, which is something also widely publicized by the press. At that time Obama’s approvals were 75.3%.
Via Breitbart “After his first year, he received sustained majority approval only once more during his first term in office,” Gallup notes. “Shortly after his second term began, his support dipped back into the 40s and did not return to the majority level again until his final year in office.“
Gallup reported that Obama’s lowest approval ratings coincided with the negotiations in 2011 during the debt ceiling debate, and separately when ISIS was releasing videos containing the beheadings of U.S. journalists.
The fact of the matter is that Obama’s approvals were highest on his way into office and on his way out. This is likely attributable to the fact that people like Obama as a person but don’t actually like his policies. This is further reinforced by the fact that Obama won election by healthy margins twice, but when he wasn’t on the ballot, his party suffered major losses. There has existed a perception that Obama was a successful President, when the reality is he was successful at gathering good will.
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