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President Obama shouldn’t see his improving approval ratings as a sure sign for victory come November. There are still plenty of people who think he’s done a bad job.According to a new Gallup poll, half of all Americans say that the Obama presidency has been a “failure” thus far. Meanwhile those saying it has been a success (44 per cent) pale to those who said the same for Bill Clinton’s administration just before his re-election bid in 1996 (64 per cent).
Not surprisingly, most of those who believe that Obama’s presidency has been a failure are Republicans, but what’s interesting is that 53 per cent of Independents said the same.
All these figures come as Obama continues to try and breakthrough that magical 50 per cent approval rating barrier. Historically, every incumbent elected to a second term had at least a 50 per cent approval rating by February. Obama’s approval rating for February was 45 per cent, the same as in January. The last time the president had a monthly approval rating averaged 50 per cent or better was in February 2010.
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