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A Year of Negative Ratings for Obama

President Obama’s not likely to turn things around during the rest of his presidency.

Today makes a rather problematic anniversary for President Obama. It was one year ago today that Gallup conducted their last tracking poll which actually found Obama with a positive job approval rating.

Last September Obama briefly saw his approval ratings go positive, with 47 percent approve to 46 percent approve. Since then Obama’s approval rating has been negative every single day of Gallup tracking poll. That is a full year in which a plurality of Americans have been disappointed with the president’s job performance.

Over the past year Obama’s approval rating remained mostly in the low 40’s, while his disapproval rating has often been just over 50 percent. There is little indication that Obama will be able to turn things around during the rest of his tenure.

While other Presidents have experienced lower job approval ratings, his current rating is bad enough that it is creating real issues for the Democratic party. He’s a drag on Democratic candidates in every single one of the major Senate races this year. Even in states that traditional lean Democratic, like New Hampshire and Michigan, Obama’s job approval rating is significantly negative.

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Jon Walker

Jon Walker

Jonathan Walker grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He is an expert on politics, health care and drug policy. He is also the author of After Legalization and Cobalt Slave, and a Futurist writer at