If you watched any of the press coverage in the final weeks of President Obama’s presidency, you would likely think he was among the most beloved presidents of all time. They honored him, praised him and hailed him. They said that those of us who did not approve of him were simply not ready for his wisdom yet. It seems that many Americans fit into that category.
President Obama, like many liberals, tended to live his political life according to the polls. If he had enough liberal support, then he would move forward with his agenda despite not having the support of the rest of America. Just look at how ObamaCare, a federal program that would change our entire country’s economy, was shoved through Congress without the support of many of the American people. When he knew he could not get enough support, he simply used his infamous pen and signed yet another executive order to bypass Congress.
Now CNS News reported that Obama’s lack of support was higher than you might think. In fact, the numbers are low enough that the spin the media put on about his popularity just might make you dizzy. The final Gallup poll of Obama’s administration reveals that his average approval rating was 47.9 percent.
“That puts him behind Richard Nixon, who resigned, and George W. Bush, who saw his approval rating drop as low as 25 percent near the end of his term,” CNS News reported. Only Gerald Ford (47.2 percent), Jimmy Carter (45.5 percent) and Harry Truman (45.4 percent) had lower average approval ratings.
At the top of the list were Presidents John F. Kennedy (70.1 percent), Dwight Eisenhower (65 percent) and George H.W. Bush (60.9 percent).
Gallup “published the average approval rating for all twelve presidents who have served since World War II.” That puts Obama at number nine out of twelve. That certainly does not sound like the president the media were praising so vehemently.
In fact, Gallup’s analysis reveals that Obama’s approval numbers only reached “majority approval” level once in his first term following his first year. That one time occurred in the fall of 2012 as he was seeking re-election. As his second term began, his approval numbers once more declined and remained in the 40s until his final year of office.
Source: CNS News