Opinion: How low will he go? Obama approval hits yet another bottom and 54% now say, ‘No second term’


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It’s too late to back out now because President Obama is already racking up frequent flier miles on his Western campaign swing, allegedly to help out embattled Democratic senators.

But a new Gallup Poll out this morning puts the top Democrat himself at his lowest approval rating ever and finds most Americans do not want the Real Good Talker to have a second term.


Other than that, Obama should be a real help to Washington’s embattled Patty Murray today and Nevada’s embattled Harry Reid and California’s embattled Barbara Boxer later, trying to salvage the large Democratic majorities in both houses of Congress.

The new survey reveals that the more Americans get to know this guy, the less they like him. His ...

... approval rating has gone down every single quarter since that sunny promising inauguration on Jan. 20, 2009. For the third quarter of 2010, the seventh of his presidency, Obama’s approval fell 2 more points, from 47.3% to 44.7%. These results are based on daily tracking polls involving some 90,000 Americans.

Latest Gallup numbers also show that on the first day of his 22nd month in office, for the first time more Americans view Obama unfavorably than favorably, 50% to 47%, his lowest favorable rating yet.

His highest favorable rating was just before he took office, 78%. Since then it’s been a plummet of 31 points.

According to Gallup’s results, 39% of Americans now believe Obama deserves a second term.

Unfortunately for him, 54% believe he does not deserve a second chance at change.

That 54% against a second term is almost 2 points higher than the popular vote total Obama amassed in the 2008 election.

At this point in the second year of George W. Bush’s presidency, 62% thought he deserved a second term after only 48% voted for him in 2000.

President Obama’s Seattle Thursday, of course, starts the same way as his Wednesday ended in Portland -- with a fundraiser.

And then he accompanies Murray to the administration’s new favorite campaign rally place, a college campus where curious crowds of gullible young people with free time are easy to come by and will cheer almost anything. Today, it’s the University of Washington. Previously, it’s been Ohio State and the University of Wisconsin, and later this week in LA it will be the University of Southern California.

-- Andrew Malcolm

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