Obama's average approval rating
April 29, 2009 6:47am CST
We are 100 days into the Obama presidency and it appears he is faring about average as far as public approval when compared to his predecessors. The following numbers were taken from CNN as approval ratings at the 100 day mark. Obama 64% W. Bush 62% Clinton 55% H.W. Bush 58% Reagan 67% Average 61.2% What does this mean? Very little I think. I believe that most people are willing to give a new President some time at the beginning of their term unless their ideology is very strong in one direction or the other. I do believe that this will be the beginning of when most people begin to hold President Obama responsible to a greater degree for the course of the country. It will be interesting to see if the country has actually taken on a more liberal slant or if they will find this direction undesirable. I still believe that the U.S.A. is a mostly conservative nation and they will reject the policies of the Obama administration.
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
29 Apr 09
Something that is both interesting and disrurbing is that Obama the man, is more opoular than his policies. I can't cite the specific numbers off hand, but it was by almost 10 points. Personaly, I think everyone should have been holding him accountable from day one. I am tired of the argument "he has only been in office for X period of time", it doesn't work. It only takes two minutes to determine an unconstitutional act when one sees one and with him continuing many of the same unconstitutional policies from the last administration, this is looking more like a 3rd Bush term, in fact, he is Bush on steroids. I hope now that the "honeymoon" is over, those still clinging pitifully to the idea of obama start looking more at the president Obama.
• United States
29 Apr 09
I didn't vote for Obama, I was disappointed when he won office, however unlike many of my friends and family, I was willing to "wait and see". Problem is the "wait and see" option is kinda long. I don't think Obama is, in the end, going to do any better than Bush did. Most of his policies and "wants" for our nation, I don't like thus far. He hasn't given us much as a whole. But I am willing to still wait. What choice do I have? We have him for 4 years minus 100 days.
• United States
29 Apr 09
I don't think it matters much. I mean, it's nothing but a popularity contest. Most polls I've seen supply numbers of loaded and misleading questions, meaning that the answer you want to give about a President's performance is used as nothing more than semi-factual filler to pad the numbers up or drive them down. The tactics used against Bush II may not be used against Obama, but the approval rating is meaningless, nonetheless. And I already see a gigantic liberal slant where applicable. The war, well, this is reaffirming that Bush was right. I know that's something that a lot of people don't want to hear, but even though Obama's base is wholly anti-war (so long as it's America at war), that's one area he can't impose an ideological change on. At least not yet. But as far as enormous government being part of the progressive philosophy, we see this happening big time. The government is basically the owner of the auto industry and the housing market, and they're trying to take over the energy enterprise and cannot wait to take healthcare over completely. They're also setting the groundwork to take more control over individual states, and when it comes to the free market, the government is all in and just waiting to close the door and private ventures. Since the waning years of Bush II, the country has drastically moved to the left in terms of attitude and media precense. Although the policies of Obama have yet to take full effect in the real America, it's only a matter of time before the big changes do hit and some may be irreversible. I don't know what this will do to his approval rating. The truth is that Obama supporters just want Obama, policy be damned. In the world of hardcore Obama supporters, thinking that he can do any wrong at all makes you a dirty neo-con racist. And there are plenty of public figures who attempt to drive this point home on a daily basis. So, in my opinion, his approval rating - though it still doesn't mean much in the end - will rise or fall based only on what real Americans (the ones who work and struggle to get by) can see, touch and feel. If their lives get worse, Obama could lose in one of the biggest landslides in history. If their lives get better, Obama and his administration could ammend the Constitution and he could be serving 12 terms.