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Rasmussen: Americans’ Opinion of Obama’s First Year in Office

January 2, 2010

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.

  1. Marcus Tullius Cicero permalink
    January 2, 2010 9:03 pm

    Our Year of Obama –
    Obama is in a great race: Can he remake America before the next elections?

    By Victor Davis Hanson

    America is at a day of reckoning that it never quite expected to face.

    Not long ago, tired of eight years of Republican rule, terrified by the September 2008 financial panic, unimpressed by the campaign of John McCain, and mesmerized by the hope-and-change elixirs and landmark candidacy of Barack Obama, the American people voted for change.

    But change of what sort?

    I think voters wanted an end to the Bush deficits. Big government and Wall Street insiders sickened them. They were tired of the expense of two wars. By 2006, the scandals of the Republican Congress had turned them off. But mostly voters just wanted an end to the shrill politics that had torn the country in two.

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  2. Merryweather permalink
    January 3, 2010 4:40 am

    The Liberals are upset:

    Rasmussen is quick to point out the accuracy of his surveys — noting how close his firm was to predicting the final outcome in this fall’s New Jersey governor’s race. (Rasmussen’s final survey in the race showed Republican Chris Christie edging out Gov. Jon Corzine 46 percent to 43 percent. Christie beat Corzine 48 percent to 45 percent on Election Day.) And he argues that he was among the first pollsters to show Obama narrowing the gap with Hillary Clinton in the 2008 Democratic presidential primary.

    Last year, the progressive website’s pollster ratings, based on the 2008 presidential primaries, awarded Rasmussen the third-highest mark for its accuracy in predicting the outcome of the contests. And Rasmussen’s final poll of the 2008 general election — showing Obama defeating Arizona Sen. John McCain 52 percent to 46 percent — closely mirrored the election’s outcome.

  3. Raymond Hart Massey (as Gail Wynand) permalink
    January 5, 2010 10:00 am

    “The Banner”


    The Republican Party must find its voice—nationally, at each of the several states of the nation and at the various localities, city and county, in each and every one of “These United States”.

    Nationally, the Obama administration has demonstrated its inability to lead, uphold or defend. For their part, the Republicans have neither led, followed, nor gotten out of the way.

    As and for the Republicans in New York State the future remains especially problematic. Democratic control continues to be an unmitigated and evolving “man-made disaster”. Wake up, smell the coffee, we’re already in 2010!!!! To date, there still are not enough Republican candidates who have announced for each of the state-wide slots. Candidates for the NYS Assembly and Senate are also scarcer ‘n hens’ teeth. Where is the Republican leadership—Ed Cox on down to the county leaders?


    With nobody to say it, can anything be said [if no tree falls in the forest—you know the rest]? Without form, can there be any content? If not now, when?

    One wonders, as Andy Williams once said, “Stevie, can you hear me—Stevie, can you see me?”

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