Obama's Approval Rating
Obama’s Approval Rating

Rasmussen has Obama at a historic low in his 16 month Presidency. Obama currently has a 42% approval with 56% disapproving. Obama’s passion index is at a -20, reflecting a mere 24% who strongly approve while with 44% strongly disapprove. He appears to be on a downward trend again:

Americans appear to have found Obama wanting as a leader and have all but abandoned thoughts a political newcomer could bring hope and change to Washington:

Forty-four percent (44%) say the president is doing a good or excellent job on national security issues while 39% give him such positive marks on the economy. See other measures of the president’s performance at Obama By the Numbers. Thirty-four percent (34%) say the president is doing a good job handling the Gulf oil spill while 33% give him poor grades on that topic.

Most Americans have “come to believe that the political system is broken, that most politicians are corrupt, and that neither major political party has the answers,” observes Scott Rasmussen. Just 27% believe Congress knows what it’s doing when it comes to the economy and 41% say that a group of people randomly selected from the phone book would do a better job than the current Congress. In his new book, Scott adds, “Some of us are ready to give up and some of us are ready to scream a little louder. But all of us believe we can do better.”

While most of us knew Obama was just another corrupt politician, it is high time the rest of the electorate wakes up and smells the coffee. The question remains what exactly set Obama’s numbers on a downward trajectory once again. Ed Morrissey points out the poll doesn’t suggest the public is quite ready to declare the Gulf oil spill Obama’s Katrina, at least not yet anyway. Though Obama may get a bump after he finally holds another presser Thursday hoping to contain the damage on the Gulf, the bump isn’t likely to last. His base is not with him on the decision to continue to allow more drilling and the disaster in the Gulf has no apparent end in sight.

Recent predictions that the economy may hit yet another downturn spell disaster for this President. The internals for this Rasmussen poll show a mere 26% trust Obama on an economic crisis while 27% trust Congress to handle an economic crisis. Another economic crisis will leave Obama and his Democratic Congress with few alternatives for intervention after their stimulus proved such a failure. The combination of the Gulf oil spill along with projected downturns for the economy may leave Obama hoping for approvals Bush experienced post-Katrina.