Re: What Grade Would You Give Obama for First 100 Days?May 4th, 2009
Study: Obama's Early Popularity Only Average Among Predecessors - Presidential Politics | Political News - FOXNews.com (external - login to view)
FOX is not exactly an admirer of Obama. It is Obama’s harshest critic, along with Rush Limbaugh. So I wouldn’t’ believe anything that FOX says.
Anyway, it does admit (somewhat grudgingly) that Obama’s job approval rating is strong (which must have been galling for FOX to admit), that is something. It also admits that Bush’s average popularity rating during first 100 days was around 58% (lower than Obama’s), which is even more astounding (it probably is akin to blasphemy in conservative circles).
Anyway FOX leaves out the most important factor of all. When Bush came to power, things were going very well, economy was roaring ahead, thanks to Clinton. People were not worried about their jobs; they felt pretty good about the direction the country was going. It is easy to achieve high popularity rating when everything is going smoothly.
When Obama came to power, the country was going to dogs. People were talking of another depression, with unemployment approaching 25%. Most economists and experts were in agreement, world economies were in financial meltdown, thanks to the economic mismanagement by the Republicans.
People were not feeling good about their own personal finances, about the economy of the country. People thought that we were headed in the wring direction. It is much more difficult to achieve good popularity rating under those conditions.
Bush’s approval ratings of high 50s (obtained when economy was roaring ahead and people were feeling good about themselves) in no way compare to Obama’s approval rating in the 60s (when economy was in the tank, thanks to Republicans and people were not feeling good about themselves or about the country).