Is President Barack Obama the worst president in recent history? So claims Washington Whispers, who points to Obama’s dismal job approval ratings that now rank him even lower than former Democratic President Jimmy Carter. “Since March, Obama’s job approval rating has hovered above Carter’s, considered among the 20th century’s worst presidents, but today Obama’s punctured Carter’s dismal job approval line. On their comparison chart, Gallup put Obama’s job approval rating at 43 percent compared to Carter’s 51 percent.”
Talking Points Memo’s Josh Marshall calls the claim “bogus.” “This new factoid stems from the fact that Carterís approval numbers actually spiked dramatically (about 20 points) in November of 1979 at the beginning of the Iranian hostage crisis,” Marshall explains, pointing out that Obama’s approval rating has actually been increasing recently.
And while the USA Today political pundit notes that George W. Bush had a much higher approval rating a year out from reelection, a CBS poll that put Bush and Obama in a hypothetical head-to-head match-up actually has the Democratic president winning.† “Overall, 40 percent of respondents said they would prefer Obama, compared to 31 percent for Bush – while 27 percent said that they would reject both, according to the CBS/Vanity Fair poll. While partisan voters are deeply divided, independents prefer Obama by a significant margin. Thirty-three percent of indie would vote for Obama, 24 percent would back Bush, and 42 percent donít want either.”
But Obama isn’t the only unpopular political entity out there.† It seems that the Tea Party’s time may be coming to an end, and they may be taking the Republican party’s popularity down with them.† Post Partisan reports: “[H]ereís the bad news for the GOP. Its unfavorable rating among the general public has always been higher than its favorable. Back in September 2010, it was a 49 percent-43 percent split. Today, itís 55 percent-36 percent. More ominous for the Republican party is that even its standing in Tea Party districts has gone underwater. In September 2010, the GOP was viewed favorably in those districts by 51 percent and unfavorably by 43 percent. Today, the party is viewed favorably by 41 percent and unfavorably by 48 percent.”
Still, not everyone is struggling in the polls these days. In a sure sign that the Newt Gingrich momentum is still continuing, a new Florida poll shows the GOP frontrunner ahead in the Sunshine State, leading former Governor Mitt Romney by 24 points.† Add that to yesterday’s polling in other key early voting states, and it looks like we have a definite trend occurring.
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