In the summer of 1979, Jimmy Carter’s approval rating sank to its low point, 29 percent. I’m not sure if Barack Obama will reach that particular goal, but he’s making an impressive run at it.
For the record, Obama’s approval ratings have fallen to a new low, with only 36 percent of Americans saying they approve of the way he is handling his job overall, according to a new poll from the Economist/YouGov. A majority of Americans – 56 percent – disapprove of the president’s performance. Needless to say, a 20-point gap only 13 months away from an election is a very dangerous place for the president to be. And the internals of the poll are, if anything, worse. Only 30 percent of Americans strongly or somewhat approve of the president’s handling of the issue. Fully 50 percent of Americans believe the policies of the Obama administration have hurt the economy, while 53 percent say they have hurt the middle class.
Can Obama drop below 30 percent approval in his first term? It won’t be easy. On the other hand, he still has many more months left to reveal new and unexplored areas of incompetence. And things in America are likely to get worse before they get better. So, I suppose anything is possible. To quote from Obama not all that long ago, “Yes We Can.”