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Not Too Much Clout

John5507 Wrote: Dec 01, 2012 6:59 PM
LOL! Now Nate Silver is a credible source after bashing him for 6 months and then, much to your chagrin, he was EXACTLY correct about thurstons gigantic loss? Spin spin spin......

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...