[Guest post by DRJ]
Press Secretary Robert Gibbs claims the Obama Administration doesn’t care about today’s Gallup Daily Obama Job Approval poll, which is fortunate since it and other polls show Obama at the lowest rating of any modern President at this stage in his term:
“White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs slammed Gallup’s daily tracking poll on Tuesday after it showed President Obama’s approval rating had fallen to 47 percent, the lowest approval rating for any president at this stage of his presidency dating back to President Harry S Truman.
Despite the scope of Gallup’s data and its reputation for professional political polling, Gibbs dismissed its survey.
“I don’t put a lot of stake in, never have, in the EKG that is daily Gallup trend. I don’t pay a lot of attention to the meaninglessness of it.”
And it’s not just Gallup:
“Rasmussen’s recent survey has Obama’s approval at 47 percent.
CNN/Opinion Research found Obama’s approval rating to be 48 percent.
Fox News/Opinion Dynamics pegged Obama’s approval rating at 46 percent.
The last poll to show Obama above 50 percent approval was conducted in mid-November by CBS News.”
As a candidate in Iowa, Obama promised to lead “not by polls, but by principle” although he nevertheless employed six campaign pollsters. Some of them now work for him as President. Even Gallup’s Editor in Chief noticed the inconsistency between what the Obama campaign did and what the Obama Administration says:
“And I’m sure the Obama campaign in 2008 paid a great deal of attention to their own tracking polls measuring how his candidacy was doing as the events of the campaign rocketed across the news each day.”
I think President Obama cares about polls as much as candidate Obama cared — because the polls impact his ability to lead and govern. At this rate, Obama will undoubtedly focus more and more on the urgency of acting immediately and sweepingly.