December 22, 2009 10:58 PM
|Obama overall job approval|
In addition to the surveys above, the Gallup weekly average number for December 7-13 is 49%/42%.
When matched against the approval ratings of the last 8 Presidents in mid- December of the first year of their initial terms in office, Obama is now tied with Ronald Reagan for 8th/9th place on the basis of their approval ratings, and "1st," based on disapproval ratings. [Gallup surveys]
|GW Bush (II)||86%||11%|
|G Bush (I)||71||20|
The following are selected demographic cuts of Obama's job approval ratings in the Gallup surveys in the 12/7-13/09 period.
|18-29 year olds||59%|
|65 years and older||40%|
|Weekly Church Att||42%|
Here is how Obama is rated based on the two news sources.
|Obama job approval||47%||15%||59%|
|Obama job disapproval||46%||80%||33%|
The December 13th WP/ABC survey recorded a 52% disapproval of Obama's performance on the economy. 46% approved. This was the first time that his performance on the economy has moved into negative territory.
The NBC/WSJ survey taken at roughly the same time found a similar shift. 51% disapproval and 42% approval. This was also the first time his disapproval score exceeded his approval score in this survey.
Obama does get positive ratings for his performance in foreign policy. 49% approve - 42% disapprove. More specifically, he gets a 46% approval - 42% disapproval score for his handling of the war in Afghanistan. [NBC/WSJ 12/09]
The President is seen as doing a better job than the Republicans in Congress on the economy, healthcare reform, Afghanistan, and energy policy. [WP/ABC 12/09]
19% of Americans are extremely confident that Obama has the right goals and policies to be President. 33% are not at all confident.
13% are extremely confident that the President has the right goals and policies to improve the economy, but 36% are not at all confident. [NBC/WSJ 12/09]
Here is how Obama is rated on his handling of the Federal budget deficit.
Personal feelings about the President remain relatively high, with little change since the middle of the year.
As of the end of 2009, 32% of the officials that Obama has announced, nominated or had confirmed are women. This compares with 42% in the first year of Bill Clinton's Administration, and 26% in the first year of the Administration of George Bush II. [WashPost.com/headcount-2001 Brookings study]
Finally, in several recent December surveys, 50% or more disapprove of the way Obama in handling healthcare.