Friday, May 14, 2010

Obama's Approval Rating Up

By GARY BAUMGARTEN
Paltalk News Network


Oh how I remember people coming to News Talk Online on the Paltalk News Network - Republicans mainly - excited by President Obama's falling approval rating. How certain they were that he'd be a one-term president.

Well, their prognostications may prove true - only time will tell. But certainly not based on daily trends.

Because if the daily trends were the determining factor - then one would say - the president is destined for a second term.

How else - after all - are we to interpret his return from his fall from grace?

The daily Gallup Poll of Obama's job approval rating is at 52 percent. Fifty-two percent! A majority!

Of course, as ridiculous as the claims that his lower ratings provided proof he's a one-term president - so too would be claims that this poll is indicative of any kind of long-term trend. All it is, is a snapshot. And like any snapshot - people have good days and people have bad days. Think about all those photos of you that you'd rather no one else ever see!

Obama is not the first, nor will he be the last, president to both suffer and enjoy wide fluctuations in approval ratings. After all, we the voters, are fickle political lovers, aren't we?

For the most part, I'm dismissive of daily polling. But in this case, I'm actually interested in watching the trends for a few days. Now that Obama has taken the gloves off with regard to the Gulf oil spill. Sending verbal darts that could kill at both the companies that are responsible - but who try to dance away from that responsibility - and the federal regulators who the president so correctly suggested have cozied up to those they are supposed to be regulating.

It took him three weeks to grow some cohonas and stand up to the status quo. I'd have been happier had it happened in three days. But no matter. His remarks today showed leadership and decisiveness. So it will be interesting to see how it affects daily polling trends.

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