Since August 9, Barack Obama has had lower job approval ratings than George W. Bush had on the same days in August 2001. So far, that is–but the trend lines have been pretty clear over the past few weeks. It also looks like since early July, Obama’s job disapproval ratings have been higher than Bush’s comparable numbers from the same days in the summer of 2001.
Go see the chart–it’s interesting, because my memory of August 2001 was that Bush’s approval ratings were tanking too, and that the common wisdom was that his famous speech cancelling federal money for most stem cell research failed to stanch his fall. Interestingly, that speech was on August 9, and it appears to have coincided with a modest bump in Bush’s approval ratings that began in early August. The lowest approval rating in his first seven months Bush ever got was 51%, in early July of 2001.
And now back to our regularly scheduled blog post for today, “Historiann’s After School Special: Young Goodman Wood.”