John King, CNN’s Chief National Correspondent and anchor of Inside Politics, revealed the results of a recent Gallup poll on President Barack Obama’s approval rating after six years in office. According to Gallup, “Each of Obama’s six years in office rank among the 10 most polarized in the last 60 years, with George W. Bush holding the other four spots.”
King summarized the results:
It’s no secret our politics are polarized and for the most part, sadly, pretty dysfunctional. But a new Gallup report out this past week is a stunning exclamation point to that point. Look at this: average approval rating six years into the Obama administration among Republicans, the Democratic president 13 percent; among Democrats 83 percent. So it’s a 70 point gap between the two parties. How’s that compare?
Well, it was polarized under George W. Bush but not quite as badly. About the same number among his own party, but President Bush had a little bit more average support among Democrats, a 61 point gap. And polarization we might say got more profound, started to get more profound during the Clinton administration. Again though, only fifty-six points. There is sixty-one, seventy.
President Obama clearly will be the most polarizing president in our history.
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h/t: The Right Scoop