Obama approval rating edges up to 56 per cent
Washington, August 04, 2009
First Published: 14:41 IST(4/8/2009)
Last Updated: 14:42 IST(4/8/2009)
The approval rating of US President Barack Obama has edged back up to 56 per cent in the last three days from a low 52 per cent in the middle of the last week.
Gallup opinion poll which measures Obama's approval rating on a daily basis, on Tuesday said that current 56 per cent rating of the US President is about average for the job approval ratings of all presidents Gallup has measured since 1945.
It is roughly equal to the approval rating of his immediate predecessor George W Bush in early August 2001 -- Bush's first year in office, it said.
Obama's three-day average was 61 per cent as recently as July 17-19. It began to drop, thereafter reaching the aforementioned low point of 52 per cent from July 27-29, Monday through Wednesday of the last week.
The high point for Obama was the 69 per cent average that was measured in late January, just after he took office.
Gallup said comparisons of Obama's current standing to that of other recent presidents in the summer of their first year in office are mixed.
Obama is well above where Bill Clinton was at about the same time in the summer of his first year, but he is at least a few points behind the positions of George HW Bush, Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter at comparable times in their first year in the White House, it said.