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Obama Is Unpopular, And That’s Unlikely To Change

by Bill Hayes

In Obama Is Unpopular, And That’s Unlikely To Change, the data site FiveThirtyEight concludes little will change in the president’s popularity in the next two years, just as it didn’t change much for the last seven presidents serving two terms.

The public appears to have made up its mind about President Obama. His job-approval rating in early 2014 averaged 41.5 percent in Gallup surveys. In late 2014 — despite an improving economy — it averaged the same 41.5 percent. Over the past year, his rating has never gone higher than 44 percent and never lower than 41 percent.

And history suggests Obama’s popularity will continue to flounder even if the economy continues to improve. [more]