Thursday, July 23, 2009

Barack Obama, the Nation’s Most Polarizing Modern President

David Paul Kuhn, Chief Political Correspondent for RealClearPolitics, highlights the latest poll numbers for President Obama who it seems is way past his honeymoon.

Here’s the bad news for 44 (emphasis mine):

This week Obama crossed the six-month mark with a public approval rating in the lower half of modern presidents, compared to the 11 presidents regularly polled by Gallup in the post-War World II era.

Obama's final approval rating after his first half year in office, based on a three-day average as of Tuesday, is 57 percent--ranking eighth of the 11 modern presidents.

In statistical terms, Obama is tied with George W. Bush (whom Obama technically falls a point above) and Richard Nixon (whom Obama technically falls a point below).

It's hard to believe, but according to Kuhn, the candidate who promised to transcend all those baby boomers’ issues and unite the country continues to be the most polarizing president of modern history.

Kuhn concludes:

Yet even the most remarkable fact of Obama's first 100 days, compared to past presidents, has eroded. The portion of Americans who thought that the nation was on the right track roughly doubled from Obama's first day to his 100th, from 22 to 42 percent respectively based on the RealClearPolitics average. But today, only 37 percent of Americans believe the country is on the right track.

This is not how Democrats imagined Obama's narrative six months ago.

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