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11-29-2011 08:21 PM  5 years agoPost 1
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Obama's Job Approval Drops Below Carter's

by Paul Bedard November 29, 2011

President Obama's slow ride down Gallup's daily presidential job approval index has finally passed below Jimmy Carter, earning Obama the worst job approval rating of any president at this stage of his term in modern political history:

http://www.gallup.com/poll/124922/P...val-Center.aspx

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.

Back in 1979, Carter was far below Obama until the Iran hostage crisis, eerily being duplicated in Tehran today with Iranian protesters storming the British embassy. The early days of the crisis helped Carter's ratings, though his failure to win the release of captured Americans, coupled with a bad economy, led to his defeat by Ronald Reagan in 1980.

According to Gallup, here are the job approval numbers for other presidents at this stage of their terms, a year before the re-election campaign:

-- Harry S. Truman: 54 percent.

-- Dwight Eisenhower: 78 percent.

-- Lyndon B. Johnson: 44 percent.

-- Richard M. Nixon: 50 percent.

-- Ronald Reagan: 54 percent.

-- George H.W. Bush: 52 percent.

-- Bill Clinton: 51 percent.

-- George W. Bush: 55 percent.

What's more, Gallup finds that Obama's overall job approval rating so far has averaged 49 percent. Only three former presidents have had a worse average rating at this stage: Carter, Ford, and Harry S. Truman. Only Truman won re-election in an anti-Congress campaign that Obama's team is using as a model.

Many pundits believe that job approval ratings are the key number to look at when determining if a president will win re-election. Generally, they feel that a president should be higher than 47 percent to win re-election.

Obama's troubles have revived talk in Democratic circles that Vice President Joe Biden should be replaced by the politically popular Hillary Clinton. She plans to leave as secretary of state at the end of Obama's term no matter what happens in the re-election.

A key Democratic source said that Clinton could help revive the Democratic base and bring in Clinton backers, with whom the administration has had a cool relationship. Clinton has repeatedly rejected talk of her swapping roles with Biden, but Democratic operatives eager to keep the president in office believe that she would be the key to winning educated white voters and liberals upset with the administration's actions.

http://www.usnews.com/news/blogs/wa...s-below-carters

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11-29-2011 09:22 PM  5 years agoPost 2
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Well, I'm just shocked.

90% of life is "showing up"

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11-29-2011 09:25 PM  5 years agoPost 3
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can you imagine Dumbjoe as Sec. of State??? My god. Leave him where he's at so he can't do any harm.
What I find hardest to believe about this post, is that his approval rating is that high. I would think it's got to be closer to 30%. Even the blacks are bailing on him.

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11-30-2011 02:36 AM  5 years agoPost 4
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he will still easily win re-election. He will break all the records about people getting elected with high unemployment and low approval rating. or an independent will run and divide the republican votes giving the election to dems.

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11-30-2011 12:45 PM  5 years agoPost 5
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I predict that whoever runs against him will have a bunch of women come forward and make vague claims that they were offended by off color remarks that were supossedly made decades ago.

That is how Obama wins all of his elections!

Anything is possible if you don't know what you are talking about!

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11-30-2011 01:16 PM  5 years agoPost 6
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The blacks are bailing because they are seeing he is too white.
Its funny cuz the blacks dislike Cain because he is too black. lol

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11-30-2011 01:24 PM  5 years agoPost 7
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The black democrats can't stand anyone that got off of the welfare plantation that their democrat masters built for them.

Anything is possible if you don't know what you are talking about!

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11-30-2011 01:30 PM  5 years agoPost 8
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he will still easily win re-election. He will break all the records about people getting elected with high unemployment and low approval rating. or an independent will run and divide the republican votes giving the election to dems.
Unfortunately, I think you may very well be right. The only way he'll be defeated is if enough white, middle class voters can take a few hours off during their work day and go out and vote.
His victory was a given last time, so I think that kept a lot of people away from the booths. Hopefully that won't happen again.

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11-30-2011 01:32 PM  5 years agoPost 9
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He will break all the records about people getting elected with high unemployment and low approval rating.
Wow,now wouldnt that be something to be proud of.
His white momma would be so happy for her son.

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11-30-2011 06:29 PM  5 years agoPost 10
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I am surprised his approval rating is that high. Comparing him with a white, southern peanut farmer is disgraceful.

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12-01-2011 03:51 AM  5 years agoPost 11
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The only way he'll be defeated is if enough white, middle class voters can take a few hours off during their work day and go out and vote.
He can win without the white working vote. Obama's team has already done the electoral math and they are not even going to target white middle class voters. There is no need to now because of the boom in population of minority / poor people.

It was all over the webs the other day here is a link

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...s-educated.html

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12-01-2011 03:55 AM  5 years agoPost 12
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If you guys haven't noticed the white, working, middle class is the minority!

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12-01-2011 01:12 PM  5 years agoPost 13
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I am surprised his approval rating is that high. Comparing him with a white, southern peanut farmer is disgraceful.
Peanuts everywhere are outraged to be compared to Obama...

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