While on Vacation, Obama's Approval Rating Dropped to All-Time Low, Says Gallup Poll

By Michael W. Chapman | August 31, 2009 | 2:57 PM EDT

The first family steps off Air Force One at the Cape Cod Coast Guard Air Station in Bourne, Mass., on Sunday, Aug. 23, 2009.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

(CNSNews.com) – President Barack Obama’s job approval rating fell to an all-time low of 50 percent during the time he was on vacation in Martha’s Vineyard, says the Gallup Poll. As he returned to Washington, D.C. on Sunday, however, his approval ticked up one point to 51 percent.
In the 3-day polling period that ended on Aug. 25, Obama's job approval was at 51 percent. Then for the next four polling cycles--Aug. 26 through Aug. 29--it fell to 50 percent, the lowest it has been since he was inaugurated.
Finally, in the 3-day polling period that ended on Sunday, Aug. 30, Obama's approval ticked back up to 51 percent.
Gallup, which has been tracking the president’s job approval since January, noted that should Obama’s “rating continue its downward trend and fall below 50%, he would--like most post-World War II presidents--have less-than-majority approval at some point in his presidency.”
President Bill Clinton’s approval rating fell below 50 percent during the fourth month of his presidency. Gerald Ford's approval rating fell below 50 percent in his third month. George W. Bush fell below 50 percent after 37 months in office.  Dwight Eisenhower did not fall below 50 percent until the 63rd month of his presidency (into his second term).
The Rasmussen Reports poll for Aug. 31 shows that 46 percent of likely voters “say they at least somewhat approve of the President’s performance. That’s the lowest level of total approval yet measured for Obama.”
Rasmussen does its polling by telephone of 500 likely voters per night and reports the results on a three-day rolling basis (1,500 likely voters total) and the margin of error is +/- 3 percentage points.
Gallup polls adults, aged 18 and older, by telephone nationally, also over a three-day period for approximately 1,500 respondents per polling cycle. The margin of error is +/- 3 percentage points.
Michael W. Chapman
Michael W. Chapman
Michael W. Chapman