So, I Was Wondering If Barack Obama Recently Became A Popular President . . .

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on January 23, 2010

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And then I checked, and saw that he hasn’t:

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Saturday shows that 24% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Forty-three percent (43%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -19 (see trends).

These figures come from nightly telephone surveys and are reported on a three-day rolling average basis. Today’s update is the first based entirely upon interviews following Tuesday’s election in Massachusetts and the Approval Index has fallen eight points since Tuesday morning.

The number of Democrats who Strongly Approve has fallen from 55% on Tuesday morning to 48% today. The number of unaffiliated voters who Strongly Disapprove has increased from 43% on Tuesday to 51% today. It remains to be seen whether those changes are a temporary reaction in the wake of a stunning election upset or the beginning of a more lasting change.

To be sure, there are a lot of pundits these days who are willing to admit that the President is no longer popular. But for whatever reason, those same pundits are also willing–even eager–to portray him as still being some sort of political superstar. I have no doubt that Barack Obama has his gifts as a politician, and that those gifts are considerable. But one need only check the polls to see that whatever superstar status the President once had, is long gone.

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