Obama’s chances for reelection are threatened by the sour national mood, according to a new set of surveys, with Gallup noting that current economic conditions and other indicators more closely mimic when incumbent presidents lost reelection than when they won.
“Comparing today’s economic and political ratings with those from previous years when presidents sought re-election reveals that today’s climate is more similar to years when incumbents lost than when they won,” writes the polling firm.
The polling firm reports Wednesday that Obama’s approval rating remains below 50 percent; that only about a quarter of the country is satisfied with the direction of the country; and that economic issues remain the primary concern for two-thirds of Americans.
In particular, Obama’s job approval rating averaged 47 percent during the first full week of March.
A separate poll said that only 24 percent of Americans are satisfied with the way things are going in the United States; and 66 percent referred to one of five economic issues as the “most important problem” facing the nation.
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