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Not Too Much Clout

rmiller Wrote: Dec 01, 2012 7:46 PM
I can't figure how he got this far
Duke Nuk'em Wrote: Dec 01, 2012 7:56 PM
Thanks to lots of idiots, as the Foamin' Cajun calls democrats.

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...