At least that’s the opinion of the American people, as conveyed to Gallup pollsters.
“President Obama’s slow ride down Gallup’s daily presidential job approval index has finally passed below Jimmy Carter, earning Obama the worst job approval rating of any president at this stage of his term in modern political history,” writes Paul Bedard of U.S. News and World Report.
“Since March, Obama’s job approval rating has hovered above Carter’s, considered among the 20th century’s worst presidents, but today Obama’s punctured Carter’s dismal job approval line,” Bedard continues.
According to Gallup, here are the approval ratings for ten of the last twelve presidents (including Obama) at this point in their administrations:
Dwight Eisenhower: 78 percent
George W. Bush: 55 percent
Harry S. Truman: 54 percent
Ronald Reagan: 54 percent
George H.W. Bush: 52 percent
Jimmy Carter: 51 percent
Bill Clinton: 51 percent
Richard M. Nixon: 50 percent
Lyndon B. Johnson: 44 percent
Barack Obama: 43 percent
This list obviously doesn’t include John F. Kennedy, who was assassinated on November 22, 1963. Kennedy was polling at 58 percent in a poll taken nine days before his death, however. The list also doesn’t include former president Gerald Ford, who left office in January 1977 after serving less than two-and-a-half years as president.
Amazingly, despite his historically awful approval ratings Obama is still even money to defeat even the most “electable” Republican challenger – which should tell you all you need to know about the ideological bankruptcy of the current crop of GOP contenders.