...polls do not reflect it? His approval rating, while not good, really isn't as bad as it could be (Gallup has it at 46% right now). On average, he is tied with Romney for a hypothetical election. So why do think his approval ratings are not lower than they should be? Why isn't Romney crushing him in a hypothetical match-up? While Bush's approval ratings were decent in his first term, they were terrible in his second. Personally, I think the reason why his approval ratings are lower than they should be is because people expected him to be a cure-all for the economy. They figure since job growth has been slow, it must be ALL Obama's fault. That, of course, is not true.