A Gallup Poll gives President Obama a job approval rating of 46.8% in his 10th quarter in office. His lowest rating was in his 7th quarter in office, at 44.7%.
How does that compare with past elected presidents who were seeking re-election? George H.W. Bush had the highest rating in that group at 73.6% and Jimmy Carter had the lowest at 31%. Neither won re-election. Second highest in that group was Dwight Eisenhower at 69.3%. Of course, Ike was re-elected. One of the lowest was Ronald Reagan at 44.4%. He won a second term as well.
Gallup asked about the most important problem facing our nation. 31% of respondents said the economy in general, 27% said unemployment/jobs, and 16% said federal budget deficit/debt. Only 5% said war was our most important problem, probably because so few Americans are actually involved in Afghanistan or Iraq.
Only 3% of the respondents said taxes are the nation’s biggest problem. Really? Three percent?
Our thought for today is from Elizabeth Drew:
“The world is not run by thought, nor by imagination, but by opinion.”