USA Today/Gallup poll: 47 percent would reelect Obama. Not bad.


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.

Jonathan Capehart is a member of the Post editorial board and writes about politics and social issues for the PostPartisan blog.

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