by Michael Flynn
In the wake of his reelection victory last month, President Obama has enjoyed a steady rise in his approval ratings. According to Gallup’s daily tracking poll, Obama’s approval rating reached 58% on December 21st, a 52-week high. Election winners typically see a rise in their approval ratings in the weeks following victory. Over the last week, however, Obama has shed most of his gains.
In Gallup’s latest tracking poll, Obama’s approval rating has dropped 5 points to 53%, a considerable drop in just one week, especially considering it was a holiday week. His approval/disapproval rating is now roughly where it was when he was reelected. In short, Obama has squandered all the good will he garnered from his reelection.