MONDAY MORNING GALLUP POLL PEAK
Posted by Andrew Roman on November 23, 2009
A Monday morning reality check for all the guys and dolls who either make their living, or take up needless space, at the White House …
As President Obama’s approval and disapproval numbers edge ever-closer to each other – separated by only four points in the latest Gallup Daily Poll – his “thumbs-up” rating remains below the 50% line (Now at 48%).
On November 20th, his approval rating had dipped below 50% for the first time in his presidency – the fourth fastest slip below majority approval ever.
Here’s the latest from Gallup:
Gerald Ford dropped below 50% approval during his third month in office, and Bill Clinton did so in his fourth month. Ronald Reagan, like Obama, also dropped below 50% in his 10th month in office, though Reagan’s drop occurred a few days sooner in that month (Nov. 13-16, 1981) than did Obama’s (Nov. 17-19, 2009).
Half recovered quickly — Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, Ronald Reagan, and George W. Bush were back above 50% approval the same month they dipped below that mark, and Lyndon Johnson returned to majority approval in his second month after his initial sub-50% rating. The remainder continued to sink further below 50% and remained there for many months, but eventually recovered, with Ford’s effort boosted by the Mayaguez incident.
Wasn’t it Chris Matthews, Rachel Maddow and the other boob-tube Leftocrats who said that if Obama’s approval rating ever dipped below 50% that it would be time to start worrying?