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Not Too Much Clout

Texaslady58 Wrote: Dec 01, 2012 12:33 PM
Wy are you here maybe there is hope for you yet open your eyes and quit believing what your messiah is telling you, it has nothing to do with race or gender.

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...