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Not Too Much Clout

D G Wrote: Dec 01, 2012 2:25 PM
USA lost the presidential election.
upwithRomney Wrote: Dec 01, 2012 5:32 PM
We are a government of the people, for the people, and by the people and the people elected Obama by a margin of 3,000,000 votes.
D G Wrote: Dec 02, 2012 8:51 AM

Generally, presidents enjoy a post-election approval rating bounce.  Nate Silver notes that since Harry Truman left office in 1952, the median bounce in approval has been 6.25%; the average has been 7%.  The bounce for Obama is the smallest since Truman (who actually lost a percentage point); he has enjoyed a bounce of only 2%.

As Silver points out, this may represent the hardened partisan divisions of the present day.  But it also makes it hard to argue that President Obama is sweeping into a new term on a resurgence of public approval -- and his inability to make that claim...