That’s a hard word for a president’s approval rating.
That’s the headline at the newly designed MSNBC this morning. Bold and arresting — like the president’s poll numbers.
President Barack Obama’s job approval has reached an all-time low in the polling of NBC News and the Wall Street Journal, one of the major media surveys conducted by a bipartisan pair of experts. Just 42 percent of Americans approve, they report today. In polling parlance, Obama is “upside down,” with 51 percent disapproving.
This is down from a peak of 61 percent approval in April 2009, by the NBC/Journal count.
The only solace for the Democratic Party in this report is that the Republican Party’s public approval also has reached an all-time low in this and other major polls.
“Several recent factors—including widespread problems with the implementation of the health care website, issues surrounding the IRS and National Security Agency, and the debate over Syria’s chemical weapons—have affected the public’s view of the president,” MSNBC reports. “Thirty-seven percent currently hold a `positive’ view of Democrats.”
Former President George W. Bush’s job approval averaged 62 percent in his first term, according to the Gallup Poll. It catapulted to 90 in his bullhorn days after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. His second-term approval rating averaged 37 percent in Gallup’s count.
So is 42 tanking? Or planing?
And where, exactly, is the real floor — not yet one full year into Obama’s second term?
Bush’s favorable rating slumped to 32 percent at the lowest point of his presidency, in 2008 — his unfavorable rating peaking at 66 percent — the Gallup Poll found. He left office upside down: 40 percent favorable, 59 percent unfavorable, in January 2009.
Gallup has tracked Obama’s job approval ratings from their high of 63 percent in the first quarter of his presidency to their low of 41 percent two and a half years in. Last quarter: 44.5 percent.