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Gallup: Obama's Approval Again Dips Below 50 Percent

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By Sandy Fitzgerald   |   Monday, 22 Jul 2013 12:05 PM

President Barack Obama's approval ratings are continuing to fall, marking the second consecutive quarter his numbers have come in below 50 percent, according to a new Gallup poll.

Gallup's average of daily tracking polls
from April 20 through July 19 show a 47.9 percent approval rating for the second quarter of his second term, which is down nearly 2 points from the 49.7 percent approval rating he received in the first quarter of this year.

Both ratings are down from the 51.9 percent approval rating Obama enjoyed when he was re-elected in November.

The poll, which tracked 45,000 adults nationwide, shows Obama's ratings went up slightly just after the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15, but have kept declining from there and have not gone over 50 percent in nearly a month, The Hill reports.

According to Gallup, a president's approval rating often improves slightly after significant events, especially those concerning national security, and from late April through early May, Obama's ratings stayed at or above 50 percent.

Gallup said Obama's declining rating averages are typical for second-term presidents. In comparison, former President George W. Bush's rating was 47.3 percent for the same time period during his last term in office.

Obama's ratings were higher than those for former Presidents Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon, but well below those for Dwight Eisenhower, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton. Gallup noted that George W. Bush and Harry Truman finished their presidencies with some of the worst approval ratings on record, pointing out that it was unlikely Obama would do worse because Bush and Truman left office with lengthy U.S. military engagements that began on their watches and economies that were headed into recessions.

Obama, Gallup noted, ended U.S. involvement in Iraq and has plans to pull troops from Afghanistan next year. And while the economy remains sluggish, it continues small but consistent growth.

But the polling firm said the president should expect his rating to decline a bit further, given the expanding federal debt and the uncertainty surrounding Obamacare, his signature health-reform law.

"Given the historical trends, it would not be unexpected for Obama's approval rating to decline further during his next quarter in office," a Gallup news release said. "However, his ability to respond to the challenges he faces will determine whether his approval ratings continue to decline or improve in his final years as president."

Obama began his presidency in 2009 with a 63 percent approval rating. But by 2011, when he was involved in debt limit negotiations and other budget matters, his rating had fallen to 41 percent, his lowest ever.

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