Daily Kos: Hello 2016: Obama’s Polling Numbers Spike as the GOP Takes a Dive

The following is an excellent article written by Kerry Eleveld on the Daily Kos website on March 30, 2016 titled “Hello 2016: Obama’s Polling Numbers Spike as the GOP Takes a Dive” and I quote:

“One of the biggest questions coming into 2016 was whether President Obama’s approval ratings would be a drag on Democrats. Well…

Graph showing Obama

Gallup has Obama at 53-44 percent approval in its daily tracking—three points higher than when the polling company sent out a headline earlier this month stating his approval rating was at its “Highest Level Since May 2013.” Yeah, we know… Gallup. But the trend holds in other recent polls.

Obama now rates just slightly better than Ronald Reagan did in March of 1988, just before Republicans took a third turn in the White House.

But the question is, what’s at play? Though Obama has drawn some positive headlines lately—like looking very presidential during his Cuba trip—I would argue that his jump in popularity is inversely proportional to that of Republicans who have simply dominated 2016 headlines. In January, for instance, when people really started paying attention to the presidential race, they got a look at the GOP “dream team” and, guess what? Obama started looking pretty good.

In fact, Obama’s bump corresponds nicely with the uptick in Trump’s unfavorable ratings, which start to rise right around the beginning of February (his popularity just hit a new low). Same with Ted Cruz—his unfavorables shoot up around the beginning of the year while his favorable ratings begin plummeting around the end of January.

Meanwhile, Obama’s main inflection point on Gallup—when his favorables go positive—comes in late February (25-27, to be exact).

Here’s some other factors that jump out around that time: 1) While Congressional approval ratings have remained almost uniformly abysmal for a handful of years now, Independents’ view of Congress began to absolutely tank at the beginning of February; 2) McConnell issued his No-SCOTUS-vote edict on Feb. 13; 3) by early March, PPP found that only 10 percent of voters approved of McConnell’s job performance, while 59% disapproved; 4) Obama announced Merrick Garland on March 16 and by March 21, Gallup found 52 percent of Americans favor Senate confirmation, while 29 percent oppose.

So Obama’s relative popularity might be as much about him as it is him vs. the Republican parade of idiocy. Whatever the case, we’ll take it!”

(IT DOESN’T SURPRISE ME THAT PRES OBAMA’S POLL NUMBERS ARE GOING UP BECAUSE HE IS DOING A GREAT JOB, WHILE THE REPUBLICAN-CONTROLLED CONGRESS HAS REALLY DONE NOTHING, OTHER THAN PROMOTE LOWER FEDERAL INCOME TAX FOR THE WEALTHIEST BILLIONAIRES.!!

LaVern Isely, Progressive, Overtaxed, Independent Middle Class Taxpayer and Public Citizen Member and USAF Veteran

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About tim074

I'm a retired dairy farmer that was a member of the National Farmer's Organization (NFO). Before going farming, I spent 4 years in the United States Air Force where I saved up enough money to get my down payment to go farming. I also enjoy writing and reading biographies and I write about myself as well as articles and excerpts I find interesting. I'm specifically interested in finances, particularly in the banking industry because if it wasn't for help from my local Community Bank, I never could have started farming which I was successful at. So, I'm real interested in the Small Business Administration and I know they are the ones creating jobs. I have been a member of Common Cause and am now a member of Public Citizen as well as AARP. I have, in the past, written over 150 articles on the Obama Blog (my.barackobama.com) and I'd like to tie these two sites together. I'm also on Twitter, MySpace and Facebook and find these outlets terrifically interesting particularly what many of these people did concerning the uprising in the Arab world. I believe this is a smaller world than we think it is and my goal is to try to bring people together to live in peace because management needs labor like labor needs management. Up to now, that hasn't been so easy to find.
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