|RCP Average||12/3 - 12/22||--||42.7||52.5||-9.8|
|CNN/Opinion Research||12/18 - 12/21||1011 A||48||50||-2|
|Gallup||12/20 - 12/22||1500 A||44||51||-7|
|Rasmussen Reports||12/20 - 12/22||1500 LV||48||51||-3|
|The Economist/YouGov||12/13 - 12/15||698 RV||44||54||-10|
|ABC News/Wash Post||12/11 - 12/14||RV||39||57||-18|
|NBC News/Wall St. Jrnl||12/10 - 12/14||1000 A||45||50||-5|
|Reuters/Ipsos||12/10 - 12/14||2096 A||37||54||-17|
|GWU/Battleground||12/7 - 12/11||1000 LV||43||50||-7|
|FOX News||12/7 - 12/9||1043 RV||42||53||-11|
|Associated Press/GfK||12/4 - 12/8||1010 A||41||58||-17|
|McClatchy/Marist||12/3 - 12/9||923 RV||43||52||-9|
|USA Today/Pew Research||12/3 - 12/7||1507 A||42||51||-9|
|Bloomberg||12/3 - 12/5||1001 A||39||52||-13|
Recently, I would have put myself in the disapprove column, when I've been considering how many ways I've been disappointed by President Obama: failure to address the crimes of the Bush administration, failure to push for a stronger stimulus to bring more people back in to the work force (and giving college graduates the opportunity to start their careers), giving in to the counterproductive deficit reduction mania and supporting the damaging sequester, nominating Wall Street hacks to important policy positions.... I have a long list of disappointments..
(Some believe that disapproval of the president's performance translates into support for the Republican Party. No sir! Mr. Obama may have disappointed me, but at least he hasn't been crazy damaging like the Republican Party has been and wants to be.)
And now Andrew Sullivan comes along to help restore some sense of proportion:
When he was elected, I had hoped Mr. Obama would prove to be one of our great presidents like Lincoln and FDR. I guess I have to settle for pretty good.There has long been a pattern to Barack Obama’s political career on the national stage. There are moments of soaring moral clarity and inspiration; there are long periods of drift or laziness or passivity; and there are often very good fourth quarters. The 2008 campaign was an almost perfect coda: the sudden initial breakout, then a strange listlessness as he allowed the Clintons to come back in New Hampshire, turning the race into a long and grueling battle for delegates, then a final denouement when he made up with the Clintons and stormed into the White House. Or think of healthcare reform: a clear early gamble, followed by a truly languorous and protracted period of negotiation and posturing, and then a breakthrough. Or marriage equality: an excruciating period of ambivalence followed by a revolution. On climate: a failed cap and trade bill … followed by real tough fuel emissions standards, new carbon rules from the EPA and an agreement with China.
Update 12/24/2014 Yglesias weighs in as well
Update 1/12/2015 So does Chait
Update 6/4/2015 David Axelrod on Obama's thinking (after a classic Jon Stewart takedown of RWNJs):
I'll never forget, he said, "Look, I get all that [the many failures of previous administrations to pass universal health care, and the political minefield it would be to take it on], but what are we supposed to do, sit here for eight years, put our approval rating in the shelf, and just admire it? Or are we going to draw it down and try to do some things that mean something." and he said. "If we don't do it now, we'll never get it done."