Gallup: Obama Job Approval Hits 54%

According to the latest Gallup poll, President Obama’s job approval hit a 52-week high at 54% approving and 42% disapproving.  (Indeed, it was his highest approval number since November 2009).

Those are not the kinds of numbers that the Romney campaign want to be seeing at this stage (or, really, any stage) of the campaign.

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  1. Markey says:

    Romney needs to do a photo op with Big Bird asap..

  2. rain of lead says:

    so, could not find a way to see the cross-tabs from the poll
    how much did they over sample Dems to get that total?
    how about D+15
    ever since Axlerod threatned Gallup, their numbers have been fishy

  3. superdestroyer says:

    Since Romney has zero chance of winning, who cares what his campaign feels about the President’s poll numbers. A real question for the future is what will be the new floor for an unemployment rate and what will happen to the U.S. as the private sector shrinks.

    What does the U.S. hold for the those currently in school as the U.S. slowly transforms itself into Mexico or Brazil?

  4. LaMont says:

    Just heard that jobs numbers show that unemployement percentage just droped below 8% for the first time since Jan 2009. What is team Romney going to use now???

  5. C. Clavin says:

    Wait and see what happens to his approval after todays job numbers.
    Poor Dougie must be crying in his cheerios…no gloom and doom today.

  6. LaMont says:

    Come to find out that the jobs numbers and July and August were adjusted higher. In the pass three months there has been an evergae jobs increase of approx. 146,000 per month.

  7. Tsar Nicholas says:

    I’m actually surprised the folks over at Gallup are not self-medicating by having Obama at 56 or even 58 percent approval. After all why wouldn’t they? When you’re all in, you’re all in. Plus it’s not as if anyone will give a crap after the election. If Obama wins, whether by a decent margin or by the margin of some departed felons in Cleveland, the likes of Gallup will spend the ensuing four years celebrating, preening, beating their chests and mugging for the cameras. If Romney wins it was because somehow he Jedi mind tricked racial minorities and college students into not voting. Either way they’ve got it covered.

  8. Gromitt Gunn says:

    @Tsar Nicholas: Its so encouraging to see one of the last supposedly-reasonable conservative commenators here go full “poll birther.” Zombieland, indeed.

  9. @Tsar Nicholas:

    racial minorities and college students

    One thing I have noticed is that a lot of right-leaning commenters keep using this phrase, and usually in a derisive manner.

  10. And again: it was only a week or so ago that Gallup was on the approved list of polls, and now that they are not saying what some people want them to say they are going off the list.

    I sense a pattern.

  11. snarky bastard says:

    @superdestroyer: you do know that the private sector has been expanding for the past three years and the public sector shrinking…but why let fActs get in your way

  12. @Steven L. Taylor:

    And now the Employment numbers are suspect… I sense a pattern there too.
    What i really don’t get is the visceral hatred people wingers have for him.
    Regular “my team ” distain is one thing – but it’s bad and getting much worse.. and the real damage is to the institutions they are attacking – If the right can do it, then sure enough the left will when it feels like it – and that’s a slippery slope all right.

  13. pylon says:

    What i really don’t get is the visceral hatred people wingers have for him.

    Well, what could account for the difference? What is unique about Obama, I wonder?


  14. @pylon:
    I know, but I can’t really bring myself to believe it’s all about skin color.
    I really did not think it had more than a 10% factor overall,meaning about 10% of people think he’s a N-Clang!, and would not vote for him… I guess that’s low? Or is the investment in his failure SO high that it’s all about face saving now?

    I don’t know but the constant straining for issue, any issue to attack Obama on is tiresome and petty.

  15. The Q says:

    Since when have the wingnuts become such unbearable whiny ass pussies about EVERYTHING?

    “Damn, my stool was soft today….that friggin’ Obama put something in my oatmeal this morning while I was taking a shower…..curse you libtards!!!”

    “Sorry honey, not tonight?…damn that Obama, he must have used that Jedi mind trick through the TV to make my wife frigid.. .KKKKKHHHHHHAAAANNNNNNNNNN!!!!

    “What, this country is doing better than in 2008? No way, since there’s fleas the size of rats feasting on rats the size of cats and 10,000 peopleoids split into small tribes…

    Grow the frig up wingnuts and take your medicine like a man.

    All this mass paranoia from the tin foil hat brigade who seek to blame everything but themselves for the fact that the majority just don’t think like them.


  16. superdestroyer says:

    @snarky bastard: Only because of recent economic downturns. However, since many states and local governments have been increasing taxes during an economic downturn, when the economy recovers, those local and state governments will receive a windfall of new money and will quickly repopulate the ranks of the public sector.