Obama and Reagan: poll twins
Democrats, liberals and some elements of the so-called professional Left are tickled that Gallup's latest daily tracking poll shows that President Obama's approval rating has cracked 50 percent for the first time since May/June 2010. But take a look at the chart below. Notice anything?
Look how relatively consistent Obama's approval rating has been. Sure, there have been blips up and down. But considering the hell he caught for much of 2010 (health care, BP oil spill, horrible job numbers), that's not bad.
Still, the most fascinating graph is in Gallup's Presidential Job Approval Center. When you click the link, it will show you "Obama job approval" numbers. Go two tabs over to "Compare Presidents." You will see a dashed line signifying the average approval ratings of all presidents since Harry S. Truman and then you'll see a green line for Obama. Now click on Ronald Reagan and marvel at what you see. The ratings track so closely that you'd be forgiven for reaching for 3-D glasses.
ABC News deputy political director Z. Byron Wolf wrote about this similarity last July. That Obama and Reagan are still almost identical poll twins could portend good news for the current occupant of the Oval Office down the road. After all, the economy roared back to life under Reagan and he sailed to a second term. If you believe in omens, this one isn't half bad.
| January 4, 2011; 5:16 PM ET
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