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Obama at 84%

January 19th, 2009

Eighty-four percent–with about six out of ten Republicans showing approval–is pretty incredible. The thought that came to my mind immediately was the something I then saw that a CNN analyst said when Obama was at 79%:

“An Obama job approval rating of 79 percent — that’s the sort of rating you see when the public rallies around a leader after a national disaster,” said Bill Schneider, CNN’s senior political analyst. “To many Americans, the Bush administration was a national disaster.”

Spot-on. After 9/11, Bush’s popularity shot up from about 50% to 90%. Obama won the election by 53%, and now his ratings are up to 84% and climbing. After the partisan campaign finished and the political smear ads have dropped away, is it simply that bleary-eyed Americans saw clarity through the fog and realized that they had just suffered an 8-year disaster that makes 9/11 pale in comparison?

Just sayin’.

Update: The 84% may represent only the transition rather than overall approval ratings. Nevertheless, some general “approval” polls have Obama as high as 79%, with Pollster giving him an average of 71.4% (Zogby and CBS, the most “liberal” sources, have him at 60%, dragging down the average). Nevertheless, 71.4% is still historical, or almost so–it matches what Kennedy had when he was inaugurated, and his were the highest ratings for any elected president (via Gallup polls):


Gallup, as of 10 days ago, had Obama at 78%. It could very well be that Obama is the most popular elected president of the United States, at inauguration, at least. (Bush 43, as you’ll note, was at about 57%, and save for significant times of crisis, never enjoyed as much after that.) Republican politicians, pundits, and operatives may not be ready to cut Obama a break, but average-American Republicans seem to be doing just that.

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  1. Tim Kane
    January 19th, 2009 at 09:12 | #1

    anothering – 80% is virtual unanimity.

    For most of my life the United States has been considered a white nation – because roughly 80% of it was white.

    For most of my life Israel has been considered a Jewish State because 80% of it was Jewish (these days only 76%).

    These days, only cranks, skin heads and wing nuts are anti Obama which includes most of the members of my family.

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