Obama's approval rating higher than Reagan or Clinton at same point

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  1. ElephantMcDonk
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    Obama's approval rating is higher than Reagan's or Clinton's at the same point in their first terms.

    In a different thread, a very good poster, stated that Obama's approval rating is substantially lower than Reagan's or Clinton's at the beginning of his third year. That being the reason that he could not be expected to be successful in 2012. I'm not suggesting Obama will blowout his GOP challenger, similar to what Reagan did Mondale or Clinton did Dole, but the numbers are quite different than some people think.

    From January 1982-January 1983 Reagan's average approval rating was 43%
    From January 1983-January 1984 Reagan's average approval rating was 45%

    This week in 1994, so November 28-29, Clinton's approval rating was 43%

    Obama's is currently 47%...
     
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    Welcome to the board.

    Interesting post....

    just wondering, I wasn't reading the papers back then, but did Reagan get the slobbering love from the MSM that this President did?

    If not, do you think that could be a factor?
     
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    That might have had something to do with the fact that we were in the 16th month of a recession that started 6 months after Reagan took office.
     
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    Thanks for welcoming me.

    I have to say I'm fascinated by the two posts so far. The conservative seems to have made a point that a conservative wouldn't normally make and the lefty a more conservative point. Glad to see there are open thinkers on this board...
     
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    It's a slam dunk when the left controlled media who pretty much got him elected is still in love with him.
    What news person back in the day professed his near sexual experience for a a President like Chris Mathews did when he had this thrill running up and down his leg when Obama speaks!.....

    Give me a break.
     
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    In a previous thread I was making the point that I think he wins re-election in 2012 and then a Republican wins in 2016. Various reasons, a main one being I think the GOP field for 2012 is dismal. The up and comers in the party almost certainly won't run this time.

    The last two success stories in beating an incumbent were Reagan over Carter and Clinton over HW Bush. CLinton and Reagan were fantastic candidates and aided by third parties, in Clinton's case an actual third party in Perot. In Reagan's, Kennedy challenging Carter. On top of that, both had a bad last year in office. A lot has to go right for a challenger to beat an incumbent for President.

    I just don't see Obama being that weak or any of the potential candidates on the Republican side being that strong.
     
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    No, more like i posted a rational theory and the rightwingers tried to play the liberal media victimology card.
     
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    What was Bush 41's approval rating in 1990? 1991?
     
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    Does this mean that O will win 49 states in 12?
     
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    What was Carter's approval rating in 1978?
     

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