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RE: Obama Rivals Carter

To add a bit to Alana’s post: Gallup’s Daily Tracking Poll this week showed President Obama with a 38 percent approval rating. As a reference point, Jimmy Carter’s Gallup approval rating in February 1980 was 41 percent; in April 1980 it was 40 percent; and as late as August 1980 it was 37 percent. (Carter also dipped into the low 30s on several occasions in 1980.) All of which means that Barack Obama has pitched his tent squarely in the upper quadrant of Carter Country when it comes to his approval ratings.

Jimmy Carter, by the way, won six states against Ronald Reagan.

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