According to GALLUP: weekly approval rating average for April 25, 2011 – May 1, 2011 is 44%.  His average for his entire term so far is 51%.  His highest was 69% in January 2009 and his approval ratings have hit a low of 41% several times with the latest being April 13-15, 2011.

In comparison, the average for a U. S. President in the tenth quarter of his Presidency is 55%.  For May of the third year of the term, George W. Bush’s approval rating was at 66%, and even Bill Clinton had a higher approval rating than Obama with 51%.

RASMUSSEN calculates it a little differently.  They break it down into those who Strongly Approve of the job Obama is doing, which is currently 26%, with 35% Strongly Disapproving.  Rasmussen subtracts the Strongly Disapprove rating from the Strongly Approve to obtain their Presidential Approval Index rating.  In this case, it comes out to -9.  Overall, 49% of the voters at least somewhat approve of the job Obama is doing with 50% disapproving.  Rasmussen noted the numbers moved very little since the death of Usama Bin Laden.

REAL CLEAR POLITICS has his approval rating at 51.3% with 42.6% disapproving.  They also have an excellent table comparing the major polls with each other making it easy to see the differences in the polling data.


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