President Obama's job approval rating has fallen to 47 percent in the latest Gallup poll, the lowest ever recorded for any president at this point in his term.
Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford and even Richard Nixon all had higher approval ratings 10-and-a-half months into their presidencies. Obama's immediate predecessor, President George W. Bush, had an approval rating of 86 percent, or 39 points higher than Obama at this stage.
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said he doesn't "put a lot of stock" in the survey by Gallup, which has conducted presidential approval polls since 1938, longer than any other organization.
"If I was a heart patient and Gallup was my EKG, I'd visit my doctor," Gibbs said in response to questions from Fox. "I'm sure a six-year-old with a Crayon could do something not unlike that. I don't put a lot of stake in, never have, in the EKG that is daily Gallup trend. I don't pay a lot of attention to the meaninglessness of it."
The new low comes as Obama struggles to overhaul the nation's health care system and escalates America's involvement in the Afghanistan war. He is also presiding over a deep and prolonged recession, with unemployment at 10 percent.
"There's no doubt Obama's 47 percent is mainly a result of the continuing bad economy," said Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia's Center for Politics. "But there is also a growing concern about government spending and debt, and a sense that Obama is trying to do too much, too soon."
People are giving all kinds of reasons for why Obama's ratings are so low, mostly blaming it on the horrible economy and the war. I have to think some of this backlash comes from too much talk and too little action. So many promises were made that there were bound to be some failures. He's still got a ways to go in his term but I don't see him getting re-elected at this point. Why do you think his rating is so low?
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I could see right through Obama during the campaigning. He scared me then & he scares me now. I never thought I would have a President that I truly feared. It is a sad day in this great country of ours when our own president apologizes for America and knows and cares NOTHING for the founding principles of this nation!
You Americans are just screwing up your own future,utleast guve Obama a chance,I mean you did give George Bush 2 terms.