President Barack Obama’s job approval rating is hovering just above 40 percent in the latest Gallup Poll tracking.
The 43 percent approval reported today and 41 percent recent-low reported in early August — with 49 and 50 percent disapproval ratings attached to those numbers — is reminiscent of approval low-points seen in early June of 2012, as an election contest was underway.
It goes without saying that Obama won that November election, though he also reached a peak of 58 percent approval in December, a level unseen since the summer of his first year in office.
Presidential approval running 15 points lower than its post-reelection peak is a reflection of how much adversity Obama has confronted during the first seven months of his second term — a failed attempt at gun safety regulation at the start, an uphill fight for immigration reform underway now and a looming budget battle with another debt ceiling looming.
Add to all this the latest events: The 43 percent approval rating recorded by Gallup over three days — Sept. 1-3 — coincides with Obama’s announcement the day before that he has approved military force against Syria for its use of chemical weapons and seek congressional approval. The public largely opposes that action, recent polls have shown, though the Senate Foreign Relations Committee today voted to approve it.