Surprising to some (but not me), Obama's numbers are lower than some would expect.
Polling data show that Mr. Obama's approval rating is dropping and is below where George W. Bush was in an analogous period in 2001. Rasmussen Reports data shows that Mr. Obama's net presidential approval rating -- which is calculated by subtracting the number who strongly disapprove from the number who strongly approve -- is just six, his lowest rating to date.
Overall, Rasmussen Reports shows a 56%-43% approval, with a third strongly disapproving of the president's performance. This is a substantial degree of polarization so early in the administration. Mr. Obama has lost virtually all of his Republican support and a good part of his Independent support, and the trend is decidedly negative.
That's not surprising, particularly with his true self now showing – the inexperienced Chicago pol with a socialist chip on his shoulder, someone incapable of being able to speak coherently in front of the public without his trusty teleprompter. He's managed to piss away any political capital by shutting out the conservatives within Congress, despite his claims of being able to foster bipartisanship. (As I'm going to repeat again, he defines bipartisanship as “Shut up and do what I tell you to do!”) He's done quite a bit of damage to his credibility with quite a few moderates as well.
As he piles on one spendthrift 'plan' after another, I expect his numbers will decline even faster. That downward trend will accelerate once the taxpayers get the bill for all of his new spending.