Obama Approval Rating at All-Time Low, Bus Tour Launched

Category: Politics / Aug 15, 2011 10:27AM EDT
According to Gallup’s “daily tracking poll” released Sunday, President Obama’s approval rating has dipped below 40 percent for the first time. The results, which are based on telephone interviews with approximately 1500 national adults, touting a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points, found that the president’s disapproval rating rose to 54 percent, while only 39 percent of those tallied were satisfied with his performance thus far. In the aftermath of the S&P downgrade along with the rippling resonance of panic represented in the markets last week, frustration is continuing to bubble to the forefront as the majority of the country begins to ask themselves what the definition of a recovery really is and if we’ve even begun the process as millions of Americans continue to remain chronically unemployed with no end in sight. In a statement to the people made over the weekend, the president said that we still have a long way to go and that it’s going to take time to get out of it. And seemingly, in an effort to regain footing in a downward slide, though the timing has been labeled as coincidental, Obama kicked off a three day, five town bus tour today on a mission to connect with the Midwest, during which he will attempt to relay certain triumphs and achievements on the economic front in recent days and look to put down the rising storm of criticism over the perceived lack of attention he has paid to the flat-lining economy. The tour will launch in the town of Cannon Falls, Minnesota, where he will engage residents in a town hall, and then move onto enclaves in Iowa and Illinois. While it may look grim at the moment, especially in the wake of last Thursday’s Obama bashing session, tides can certainly change in a heartbeat, and while the reverberations of a possible one term scenario continue to make the rounds, the one thing Obama and the economy may be able to bank on in the very near future may be the one thing he has been calling for all along, hope.