Obama‘s Approval Rating Finally Drops Below Carter’s: Worst of Any President at This Stage of His Term
It’s been a slow, steady decline but President Barack Obama‘s job
approval rating has finally dipped below Jimmy Carter’s, earning Obama
the worst approval rating of any president at this stage of his term in
daily presidential job approval index put the current president‘s job
approval rating at 43 percent compared to Carter’s 51 percent.
US News adds:
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
– 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.
To make matters worse, Gallup reports that Obama’s overall
job approval rating ranks among the worst in American political history,
averaging 49 percent. Only three former presidents have had a worse
average rating at this stage: Carter, Ford, and Harry S. Truman.
It might also be worth noting that no president in history, save the
unpopular Truman, won re-election with such ratings. And, as U.S. News
points out, Truman did so by running an anti-Congress campaign that Obama’s team is using as a model.
Strangely, the current climate in Iran is eerily similar to what it was when Carter held the highest office in the land.
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