Gallup Daily Tracking Poll shows more approval than disapproval of Obama
The Gallup Daily Tracking Poll measures the percentage of Americans who approve or disapprove of the job Barack Obama is doing as president and publishes results showing a three-day rolling average.
It’s perhaps as good a way as any to follow how the public is reacting to Obama’s ongoing performance. Most other polls are conducted at longer intervals and include numerous other questions.
In recent weeks and months, the Gallup Tracking Poll has shown Obama’s approval rating at least slightly tilted to the negative side.
However, the numbers for the first three days of this week, in polls ending on Tuesday, show Obama’s approval rating at 48 percent, one point ahead of his disapproval rating.
Then, too, as I’m fond of noting, 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 again in September of last year.