Gallup Barack Obama: Worst Poll Rating Drop for First Term President in 50 Years


Gallup recorded an average daily approval rating of 53 per cent for Mr Obama for the third quarter of 2009. The rating represents a record drop from the 62 per cent he recorded in April 2009.

Obama’s approval rating was 78 percent when he started his term in January 2009.

The low approval rating comes at a time when former Vice-President Dick Cheney charged Obama Wednesday with failing to give Americans troops on the ground a clear mission or defined goals and of being seemingly “afraid to make a decision” about Afghanistan “The White House must stop dithering while America’s armed forces are in danger,” Cheney said at the Center for Security Policy in Washington. “Make no mistake, signals of indecision out of Washington hurt our allies and embolden our adversaries,” Cheney said.

The low approval rating also came at a time when the White House attempted to marginalize and isolate FOXNEWS — comparing it to ‘Talk Radio’ — and attempted to prohibit FOXNEWS from participating in a news pool. There was an announcement by the Obama Administration that pay Czar Kenneth Feinberg would be doing interviews with the five network pool that covers the White House. The message specified that all members of the pool were welcome except Fox News. All networks rebelled. ABC, NBC, CNN and CBS refused to interview Feinberg unless Fox was also permitted to interview Feinberg, who was announcing details about a decision to dramatically cut executive compensation among executives of the seven banks receiving bailout funds.

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