In response to:

Not Too Much Clout

will_8080 Wrote: Dec 01, 2012 1:06 PM
And, Carol, you are not aging gracefully. You are thoroughly petty & ugly, inside and out.
bagsrao Wrote: Dec 01, 2012 3:04 PM
Um, you people are going to run someone in 2016 who thinks that Earth is 6000 years old..........so which side believes in facts?
katepatate Wrote: Dec 01, 2012 2:52 PM
Can't debate with facts, can you? Liberals never can. Facts must not get in their way.
NW-Res Wrote: Dec 01, 2012 1:26 PM
Typical liberal, personal attacks when they can't refute the facts.

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...