Greetings, There is more bad polling for Obama from Gallup. But there just doesn’t seem to be a good explanation for why his approval rating is dipping.
Gas prices have gone up and Newt Gingrich has made that a signature issue in his campaign. But that hasn’t been proven as a link.
It may be the simple fluctuation based on the political schedule. Republicans are no longer debating each other and embarrassing themselves. Obama and Congress are doing little with each other, and less to each other.
Unless gas prices go up much further, we expect that his numbers will rebound (at least a little) as the summer months approach.
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