Is anyone really surprised?
PRINCETON, NJ -- The latest Gallup Daily tracking results show 49% of Americans approving of the job Barack Obama is doing as president, putting him below the majority approval level for the first time in his presidency.
Although the current decline below 50% has symbolic significance, most of the recent decline in support for Obama occurred in July and August. He began July at 60% approval. The ongoing, contentious debate over national healthcare reform has likely served as a drag on his public support, as have continuing economic problems. Americans are also concerned about the Obama administration's reliance on government spending to solve the nation's problems and the growing federal budget deficit. Since September, Obama's approval rating had been holding in the low 50s and, although it has reached 50% numerous times, it had never dropped below 50% until now. MORE
What Obama needs is an actual accomplishment and one that the people actually want (i.e. lower the deficit, create some REAL jobs, etc.) I don’t see that on the horizon. We have the $18 million Recovery.gov looking like really expensive way to lie to the American people, Eric Holder sounding like a second rate law clerk explaining his actions to try KSM in NY, health care reform looking more and more like a big fat tax scheme and Obama dithering his head off with Afghanistan. The nation seems rudderless. If things keep up like this Obama will have worse numbers than Bush.