President Obama’s approval rating has dropped three percent just over the past two weeks, bringing his overall approval rating down as low as 47 percent, according to Gallup’s daily tracking.
The president and his administration have been busy with damage control after three major scandals broke within a few days of each other: the Benghazi email revisions, the Internal Revenue Service improperly targeting conservative organizations and the Associated Press phone records seizure.
As history shows, however, the drop in the president’s approval rating as a result of scandals is often short-lived.
“When the arms-for-hostages Iran-Contra scandal emerged in late 1986, Ronald Reagan’s approval rating in the Gallup poll quickly plummeted from 63 percent to 47 percent and stayed relatively low throughout 1987,” The Rockford Register Star’s Pat Cunningham wrote in his column Wednesday. “But his numbers jumped back to the upper 50s and lower 60s in the following year.”
Unfortunately, it is likely that Obama will be able to look forward to a rise in his approval ratings at some point in the future, granted that his scandal trifecta doesn’t become larger over the next few days.
As Sen. Dan Coats (R-Ind.) tweeted on Thursday:
We are beginning to hear echoes of Watergate whispering through DC and 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue— Senator Dan Coats (@SenDanCoats) May 16, 2013
Clarification: The Gallup poll number is based on a three-day rolling average. The number used on this story was based on the three-day average between May 12-14, 2013.