Regarding the myth of Obama’s so-called sinking poll numbers
It’s no secret that President Obama’s approval ratings in public-opinion polls are less than enviable.
And it’s not surprising that the right-wing noise machine would harp on this situation.
But it’s irresponsible — nay, it’s downright dishonest — of the mainstream media to exaggerate the matter with incessant references to “dropping” or “sinking” ratings.
HERE‘s the reality:
According to the cumulative ratings posted daily at Real Clear Politics, which averages together an array of national polls to come up with Obama’s composite job approval rating, the president’s approval on January 1, 2014 stood at 42.6 percent. The president’s approval rating on October 30, was 42 percent. So over the course of ten months, and based on more than one hundred poll results in 2014, Obama’s approval rating declined less than one point.
Obama is the only president in U.S. history whose approval rating dropped a single digit over a ten-month stretch and it was described as having “plummeted.”
And no, there hasn’t been a large fluctuation during the year. Obama’s high for the year hit 44 percent in February. His low fell to 41 percent in July.
Gallup tells the same story. It posts daily tracking results for Obama’s approval rating. On January 1, 2014 it was 42 percent. On October 30, it was 43 percent. Also, there was no major fluctuation. Obama peaked at 44 percent (May and June) and bottomed out at 38 percent (September).
And then, as I’ve mentioned here on several occasion, there’s the fact that Obama’s approval ratings have never fallen as low as those for any of the last five Republican presidents.
In chronological order, here are the respective low numbers for those previous presidents: Richard Nixon, 24 percent; Gerald Ford, 37 percent; Ronald Reagan, 35 percent; George H.W. Bush, 29 percent; George W. Bush, 25 percent.
Obama’s lowest approval rating in the Gallup poll was 38 percent in October of 2011 and, as noted above, again in September of this year,