Just how popular is Obama?
Saw this headline courtesy of Zogby:
It came with this chart among others:
|Very Favorable||Somewhat Favorable||Somewhat Unfavorable||Very Unfavorable||Not Sure|
|Totals may not add up to 100% due to rounding|
Sixty percent’s pretty dang good. However, I am kind of curious. When George HW Bush won in 2000, he was accused of stealing the election because Al Gore got more popular votes and Florida was so close they had to fling lawsuits all over the place to get it cleared up. By the time Bush took office, the damage was done. His popularity when he took office was only in the upper 50′s.
Due to an extreme event, his popularity would soar. Within a couple of years, it would slowly decline to what it was when he took office. Over time, it would drop to horrendous figures that made most major media giddy.
Contrasting that to Obama taking office as the annointed one of all media, it surprises me his numbers are not much higher than Bush’s were. I’m tellin ya’, the reality of Obama is not what the media is telling you. Unless he has some very big successes in very short order, things could get real ugly real quick. Of course, it should be noted that the most unpopularly elected president was Bill Clinton, who entered office at 49%. He actually left higher than he got elected with. However, people liked Congress then too.