President Obama sure has been catching hell this past week. The devastating loss of 30 American service members in Afghanistan. The unprecedented S&P downgrade. And the subsequent market gyrations that have Americans thinking the country is going in the wrong direction and demanding that Obama do something. From the deluge of criticism raining on him, you’d think Obama was well on his way to private citizenship in 15 months. You’d be wrong, of course.
A poll from USA Today/Gallup is another bit of evidence that the president is not doing nearly as poorly as you’d expect. He’s not doing great. But he’s not politically dead. Asked if Obama deserved reelection, 47 percent said yes. That mirrors the 48 percent job approval rating he received in last week’s New York Times/CBS News poll. The two surveys also hold the lowest ratings for Congress in either poll’s history. In the Gallup poll, 24 percent said most of Congress should be reelected. That’s the lowest since it first asked the question in 1991. Meanwhile, Congress got its highest disapproval rating since the New York Times began tracking such ratings in 1977.
Considering all that’s going on, having 47 percent saying they’d still pull the lever for you isn’t bad. That last three percent? That’s the hard part.