Obama Approval Rating In 2014 Drops, Now Worse Than The George W Bush Average

Patrick Frye

The latest 2014 Obama approval rating has just been announced and, perhaps not unsurprisingly, the President has seen a significant drop in popularity in recent times. But how does this compare to the George W Bush approval rating over the eight years prior?

In a related report by The Inquisitr, the Bowe Bergdahl Taliban trade had some people say that Congress should impeach Obama since it is claimed the President's actions broke the US Constitution and may even be considered treason.

The newest poll by Gallup shows the disapproval rating has once again exceeded the Obama approval rating. Now only 47 percent of Americans have a favorable opinion of President Obama while 52 percent disapprove of his job performance to date. While this is not the first time Obama's approval rating was less than his disapproval rating it is still a far cry from when he began his presidency when Obama had a 78 percent approval rating and a 18 percent disapproval rating back in January of 2009.

In addition, only 48 percent say "Obama understands the problems Americans face in their daily lives," 47 percent believe believe the President is "honest and trustworthy," 45 percent find him "a strong and decisive leader." Gallup also discovered that Americans are "less likely to say he shares their values (43%)" only 39 percent say he can manage government effectively and 34 percent claim he "has a clear plan for solving the country's problems."

Obama Character Rating

Now the Obama approval rating average during the last four years is said to be 48 percent. As a comparison, Bush's approval rating average was 49 percent overall and it's possible that if Obama's popularity continues to dip his entire presidency will be seen as less favorable than the job accomplished by former President Bush. In addition, the highest Obama's approval rating has ever been was 78 percent while Bush had a peak of 90 percent shortly after 9/11 occurred. Still, Bush's lowest point was 25 percent and his second term average was 37 percent. And if we compare the June numbers from Bush's sixth year in then Obama's approval rating is actually better since Bush had a 56 percent disapproval rating.

The implications for the Obama approval rating will probably be felt by Democrats at the end of 2014. Gallup claims "an improving economy may be holding up his job approval rating and offsetting any potential negative effect from the VA and Bergdahl situations" but "given the strong influence that presidential approval has on midterm election outcomes, Democratic candidates face a strong headwind as they campaign in this year's elections."