Obama's Approval Rating Sinks to 50%
By M. Morris, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 27, 2009 5:40 PM CDT
President Obama, with daughter Malia, 11, waits for lunch at Nancy's yesterday in Oak Bluffs, Mass.    (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

(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.

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FreeThemAll
Aug 28, 2009 12:57 PM CDT
But all you wingnuts have been calling Obama a Fascist lately. Now he's a commie? Make up your mind! And NO, they are not the same thing, in spite of what Rush Limbaugh, and all his imitators have been feeding you. Fascists are extreme right wingers; Communist (commies) are extreme left wingers. If you want to remain as clear thinking, and open minded, as you presently are, continue to credit only right wing sources as reliable information.
BryanJ62
Aug 28, 2009 12:33 PM CDT
It's August 2009 right wingers. If you can do the math, help is needed just ask, President Obama has three (3) more years before he has to run for re-election. Who cares right now. This is nothing more than six minutes into the 1st quarter of an NBA game.
LiberalJesus
Aug 28, 2009 12:26 PM CDT
Lets see......A black man with an arab sounding name was overwhelmingly elected in a landslide over a so-called hero white guy, the Dems take major control of both houses of Congress and you want to take this poll as a barometer of his Presidency after 7 months? Even leading republicans such as Orrin Hatch and John Cornyn have grudgingly given President Obama props on getting as much done as he has in such a short time. No President since FDR (that's Franklin Roosevelt for all you Fox viewers who are very short on historical knowledge) has had to deal with such a mess left behind by the previous republican administration. And like most pollster points out, 95% of his recent slide is due to Progressives getting their panties in a bunch! Like GW Bush said, the only poll that matters is the one they vote in. President Obama is sitting pretty! And unfortunately for you republicans, the Democratic Party will only grow as more and more minorities and the younger generation seek the level headedness and compassion that is so lacking now in a party that is filled with uneducated older white people and militant racist who just cant get over the fact that the days of white power is over. Welcome to the new world, where every color is just as good as white! Like it or not, the gop is dying from old age and like the dodo bird, close to extinction. Unless major changes come from within there wont be a republican party in a decade. The Democratic Party has been around much longer than the republican party and like the Whigs and Do Nothing Party of the past, this strain of republicanism that requires hate, fear and violence to appeal to its core members is a dead horse.