Back Where We Started … Obama Presidential Approval Index Rating at -17


Last month the MSM had dubbed President Barack Obama the come back kid. The media’s effort to build back up Obama after the shellacking Democrats took in the 2010 midterm elections seems to have been for naught. According to the most recent Rasmussen Presidental Approval Index, Barack Obama is back where he started at -17%.

Obama’s Approval Index ratings have fallen nine points since Monday as the crisis in Egypt unfolds as the trending shows that the presidents numbers are headed back to where they started.


Rasmussen reported the following:

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Saturday shows that 23% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Forty percent (40%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -17 (see trends).

As the Gateway Pundit states,”too bad the Comeback Kid couldn’t quite hang on.” One might say that the Egypt crisis caused the downfall in Obama’s polling numbers; however, as Hot Air points out Obama was at -4 in the Rasmussen poll on 1/24 and then came the SOTU and it skyrocketed back up to double digits.

However, I think this is more due to the abrupt end of a second Obama honeymoon.  The goodwill seems to have faded almost as soon as Obama left the podium from his State of the Union speech.  In two days

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  • Comments

    5 Responses to “Back Where We Started … Obama Presidential Approval Index Rating at -17”

    1. NGBoston on February 6th, 2011 5:05 am

      -17. LOL

      Hmnnnn….similar to the readings before Sunrise this morning in several regions across the US.

      Repeat -17″!” hahaha ///getting a kick out of that one///

    2. southernsue on February 6th, 2011 8:04 am

      can’t wait until we elect a republican president and republican senate, along with the republican house. that’s when we get our country back on track.

      right now, i’m just praying for my country and that GOD will deliver us from this evil man’s regime.

    3. Michelle Smith on February 6th, 2011 11:39 am

      Wow! -17 ROFLMAO

      The man is clueless. He has no idea what it means to be POTUS; he thinks he’s a ROCK STAR and wants to party & vacation all the time. The whole Presidency to date has been a big party for him.

    4. Steve on February 7th, 2011 12:16 am

      I get the sense that the Rasmussen organization is pedaling junk statistics here.

      1) What real difference is there between strongly approve and approve; strongly disapprove and disapprove? Is there an actual definition so that we can all share the same understanding of these words, or is each individual left to define the two categories as they choose? How does using these general terms lead to meaningful and significant public opinion?

      2) Who decided that only comparing the “strongly” results to arrive at a Presidential Approval Index, actually has any measurable meaning? If the dividing line between these two related categories is vague (can anyone describe how it is not so?), then where each response falls is ambiguous. At best it seems that “approve” and “disapprove” should be the component factors if an index of this type is to have meaning.

      3) What is the underlying opinion when a “disapprove” response is given. It must be granted that those who disapprove of Obama can do so from opposite directions; either he has gone too far with his policies, or he has not gone far enough with them. Without getting to this level of understanding, a supporter can only offer one answer, whereas the reality is not so simple. They could prefer to say they approve of what has been done, but disapprove that not more was done. How should such an opinion be scored? It all goes back to flawed questions where accurate answers are not available.

      BTW, although not described, I think a case can be made for “approve” along similar lines.

      For these reasons, this just seems like a bunch of junk; statistics that don’t really describe what we think, just a simplistic method of feeding us pablum. I don’t know about most people, but IMO, being fooled in this way is not useful or desirable.
      SM: Sorry, you do not get to be one of the most respected name in the business and be correct on so much stuff and be called junk. Just because you do not agree with the poll does not make it junk. It is hardly a liberal push poll that are done to get inaccurate data.

      Funny how no one thought his polling was JUNK whe he precisely predicted Obama’s win over McCain.

    5. Steve on February 7th, 2011 8:51 am

      I make three distinct points and you make counterpoints for any of them. Thanks you for your agreement and support.
      SM: Hardly Steve, I do not have the time this AM, I have more important fish to fry.

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