A new study by US thinktank, the Brookings Institution, outlines that - despite facing more difficult circumstances - President Barack Obama is the most popular president 6-months into his term of office since Ronald Reagan.
In a week when Congress has been delaying his healthcare plan, there was some good news for President Barack Obama. A new study by US think tank, the Brookings Institution, outlines that – despite facing a host of unprecedented circumstances – Obama is the most popular president at this stage of his term of office since Ronald Reagan.
Across a series of measures, President Obama faces more difficult circumstances than any leaders since Jimmy Carter. The economy is contracting at a 5.5% annualised rate, unemployment is at 9.5%, 97% of large metropolitan areas have employment declines, and consumer confidence is at just 49.3.
Despite this and just 31% of people being “satisfied with how things are,” Barack Obama enjoys a 60% approval rating. The anger appears to be taken out on Congress with only 33% approval.Like this article? Sign up to Left Foot Forward's weekday email for the latest progressive news and comment - and support campaigning journalism by making a donation today.