Graph: Barack Obama’s Pre-Midterm Slide In Popularity Rivals George W. Bush’s


The Washington Post ran a timeline graph today superimposing the approval rating trends of Presidents Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush through their second terms. The graph, supplied to the paper by Robert Blizzard, a Republican pollster at Public Opinion Strategies, also includes Barack Obama’s approval rating through the first ten months of his second term.


What’s interesting is how closely Obama’s approval rating through his second term mirrors that of George W. Bush – a potentially dire sign for Congressional Democrats and State governors seeking office in the 2014 midterm election cycle.

“[I]f you believe that at least some portion of a president’s legacy is built on — or broken by — the state he leaves his party in when he departs office than Obama’s poll standing matters a whole heck of a lot as we get closer and closer to 2014,” writes the Post’s Chris Cillizza.

“The loss of the Senate majority and a smaller minority in the House after November 2014 would make any attempt to rack up second term accomplishments before he left office extremely difficult for Obama. Combine that with the reality that Obama’s second term has not exactly been larded with major wins to date and you understand why Obama and his legacy are on the ballot in 2014 — even if his name is not. And that means his poll numbers matter. A lot.”

Cillizza points out that every midterm election from WWII to 1986 saw the President’s party lose an average of 48 House seats and seven Senate seats during midterm elections, and that the trend has dipped only slightly since then. Add in an unpopular President who appears to be doubling down on an equally unpopular agenda, and the potential for turnover in 2014 is ripe.

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  • Warrior

    I could possibly see an approval number of 4. No, not 4%!

    • Bill Thomas

      Never happen since most minorities will always see him in a favorable light regardless of what the rest of the country and world think of the Emperor in Chief.

      • bob arnold

        they have minorities so mixed up by their lies it is pathetic
        like the communist say,tell a lie long enough and people will start to believe

  • regulus30

    YOU CAN LIE TO SOME THE PEOPLE SOME ALL THE TIME;;; you can lie to all the people some of the time ;; but you can never lie to all the people ALL OF THE TIME.

    • John Mitchell

      You can lie to progressive liberals all the time once they have had their enema. (brain washing). Just look at the endless stream of liberals insisting that Obama never lied.

      • regulus30

        this is true ; “BUT THEY ARE ONLY SOME OF THE PEOPLE ALL THE TIME”. ideologues like lib/progs will NEVER CHANGE THEIR MINDS,, it is a fact of life;; need to have conservatives with intelligence having MORE CHILDREN, than the slackers do..

  • Lizard

    Good let all Democraps dig own GRAVES and take Obamacare with you……

  • hippybiker

    If Barry whatever his name is had a brain, he would take it out and play with it.

  • hippybiker

    If Barry whatever his name is had a brain, he would take it out and play with it.

    • rocketride

      Now, there’s a mental picture I could have lived without.

  • Edd USN Ret.

    Do any of you really believe that oBOMBa plans on leaving office at the end of this term? If by chance he is removed from office by any, way, shape or form, are you ready for our current VP to step up or GOD FORBID Hillary steps into the WH as the next IDIOT in CHIEF. Time to get the Hell out of Dodge with MS (Bill) Clinton in the CUM office!

    • Dajeno

      Hopefully her broom will crash before that happens.

  • twspears6007

    Comparing Obamas slide to President George Walker Bush’s slide is so ridicules. President Bush was faced with 911 and his response to the terrorist was the right thing for America interest and safety. Bush’ request to go to war was supported by most Democrats at the time and the response was overwhelming and we won the war and toppled a vicious Dictator Saddam Hussein and the Iraqis celebrated his removal. President Bush took care of Afghanistan and while we are still there Obama ending the war there is a despicable act of cowardness. Yes President Bush we really miss you. Trenton Spears

    • Sarah417

      Three Billion dollars disappeared the day before 9/11 and no one knows where it went.

      W.Bush NWO Globalist knew that the twin towers were going down, he just didn’t know exactly when. Look at the video where he is reading to the kindergarden class and his aide comes in to inform him of the bombing. Do you see any look of surprise? Do you see any look of how could this happen? No. His look is, it finally happened and he continued reading to the children.

      It has taken 50yrs to find out the truth about JFK assassination and it will probably take 50yrs to find out the truth about 9/11.

      • Ringgo1

        Just another libtard, covering for the O by blaming Bush. Tiresome.

      • bob arnold

        i suppose you wanted him to jump up and down in front of the kids and tell them the world is ending.and now you want to say he knew about it,you are not just a liberal you are a dumb fool

    • bob arnold

      finally a person with some good facts and common sense,well said
      one thing for sure history will be kind to GW like it was to Harry Truman
      it will not be to Obama

  • Jeff Noncent

    to quite honest with everybody the president of the United States of America should have o% approval rating because he lie to the American people more than once, I can understand one time, but more than once that’s not right

  • Jeff Noncent

    to quite honest with everybody the president of the United States of America should have o% approval rating because he lie to the American people more than once, I can understand one time, but more than once that’s not right

  • terryk

    Democrats should pay for the lies of Obamacare The GOP needs to remind the people durinng the elections and be prepared with plans to help correct this mess. People should control their own healthcare not the government. First set up a recovery plan and then repeal Obamacare. No one should be exempt from the laws that are passed especially lawmakers then maybe they will read the bill before they pass it into law.

  • vietnamvet1971

    It is Depressing to think we have to look at this Muslim, LYING, UnAmerican for 3 more years.

  • Sarah417

    Carter,Clintons’, Bushes, Obama all NWO Globalists. Clinton would have been as bad a Carter had it not been for Speaker Newt Gingrich leading a Republican House and forcing Clinton to cut spending and get a balanced budget for four years.

    Hillary’s co-chairman for her campaign is George Soros NWO crook. Don’t forget that the ACA was conceived and birthed by Hillary. If she wins, America is gone if it isn’t already.

    Looks like the New World Order Globalists aren’t faring so well. They’re doing a really lousy job of trying to run the world. We are a Land of Laws and we keep believing that those laws will save America. They have a lot of money. A LOT of money. It looks pretty grim for America.