Rasmussen: Americans’ Opinion of Obama’s First Year in Office
He’s the leader of the free world, but it seems like he’s popular everywhere but at home, these days. The man who was ridiculed as “The One” and as a celebrity by John McCain in 2008 is facing a very bleak picture of unpopularity coming out of 2009. Rasmussen recently released a month by month profile of the president’s first year in office.
Republicans running for Congress: take note.
Here’s the story:
When tracking President Obama’s job approval on a daily basis, people sometimes get so caught up in the day-to-day fluctuations that they miss the bigger picture. To look at the longer-term trends, Rasmussen Reports compiles the numbers on a full-month basis, and the results can be seen in the graphics below.
The president’s Approval Index ratings fell three points in December following two-point declines in both October and November.
Looking back, the president’s honeymoon ended quickly before his ratings stabilized from March through May. They tumbled in June and July as the health care debate began before stabilizing again over the summer. Public attitudes towards the health care legislation have hardened in recent months, with most voters opposed to the work being done in Congress.
As Congress has drawn closer to achieving the president’s goals on health care, unemployment also has been rising, and Obama’s ratings have reflected the turmoil.
The number who Strongly Disapprove of the president’s performance inched up a point to 41% in December. The number who Strongly Approved fell two more points to 26%. That leads to a Presidential Approval Index rating of -15, a new low for Obama.
Also in December, the president’s total approval dropped two points to 46%. His total disapproval gained a point to 53%. It’s worth noting that the Approval Index ratings have generally proven to be a good leading indicator of the president’s overall approval ratings.
Other measures of the president’s performance can be found on the Obama by the Numbers page.
Rasmussen Reports also tracks consumer and investor confidence on a daily basis and support for health care reform on a weekly basis. Currently, Republicans have a modest lead on the Generic Congressional Ballot.