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Not Too Much Clout

Zak8 Wrote: Dec 02, 2012 3:49 PM
Hello Obama lovers!!!!!! He hasn't provided a single job. Oops. I lie. He created a heap of public service jobs for people to provide no service to the community. Clearly alot of people jumped for the Obama handouts. Clearly Obama isn't the only monkey around.

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...