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Not Too Much Clout

rhinegarten Wrote: Dec 01, 2012 11:06 AM
It may as well be. Why would Obama worry about approval ratings now? He's got this country right by the short hairs and he knows it. It's going to be his power grubbing communist way and that's that.
Lance8762 Wrote: Dec 01, 2012 11:08 AM
Ya know, rhine, I wouldn't be suprized if even that "bump" was inflated by his propaganda media guys.

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...