For the third day running, Barack Obama’s “Presidential Index” in the Daily Rasmussen Poll is Minus 22 – a huge disparity between the percentage that Strongly Approves of his performance (23) and the percentage that Strongly Disapproves (45). Minus 22 is his worst rating of the year, and the 45 percent that Strongly Disapproves exceeds the 43 percent that Strongly Disapproved of George W. Bush in his final month in office (Obama probably believes this is Bush’s fault).
Overall, 54 percent of likely voters disapprove and 44 percent approve of the president’s performance, but what seems most striking is that the 45 percent Strong Disapproval is approaching an absolute majority, and is a very high percentage of the Total Disapproval. In contrast, Obama’s Strong Approval is barely half his Total Approval, indicating relatively weak support. For a thousand words on this, look at the Boker tov, Boulder! chart this morning, which graphically illustrates the results.