Obama's Approval Rating Sinks to 50%

By M. Morris,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 27, 2009 5:40 PM CDT

(Newser) – President Obama's job-approval rating slipped to 50% in Gallup poll results out today, a new low for the 10-month-old administration, the Los Angeles Times reports. The drawn-out health care reform debate apparently is dragging down the number, which hit 69% after the inauguration. The disapproval number is 43%. "It's real easy to stay popular in Washington if you don't do anything at all," a White House rep said.

Obama has seen his ratings sink faster than some of his predecessors—Both Bushes saw their approval rating hold above 50% for about 3 years. President Clinton sank below the magic number just 4 months in, and President Ford took a mere 3 months, thanks in large part to his pardon of Richard Nixon.

President Obama, with daughter Malia, 11, waits for lunch at Nancy's yesterday in Oak Bluffs, Mass.
President Obama, with daughter Malia, 11, waits for lunch at Nancy's yesterday in Oak Bluffs, Mass.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
President Obama pauses as he reads a statement about the death of Sen. Edward Kennedy Wednesday on Martha's Vineyard.
President Obama pauses as he reads a statement about the death of Sen. Edward Kennedy Wednesday on Martha's Vineyard.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
President Obama, with brother-in-law Konrad Ng, waves from Gay Head Lighthouse in Aquinnah, Mass., today on Martha's Vineyard.
President Obama, with brother-in-law Konrad Ng, waves from Gay Head Lighthouse in Aquinnah, Mass., today on Martha's Vineyard.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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