And while he retains the support of most Democrats, he has lost the support of independents, 54 percent of whom disapprove of the job he is doing. No doubt the poor economy – 86 percent say it is in bad shape — has kept Mr. Obama’s job approval ratings low.
Obama’s approval rating drops to all-time low; Public split on jobs plan
Previous modern presidents who have been re-elected to second terms have also held office during bad economies. President Ronald Reagan faced an unemployment rate of over 9 percent in 1983 – similar to the current jobless rate – and his 46 percent job approval rating at this point in his presidency was similar to that of President Obama now. In 1995, President Bill Clinton’s approval rating was 43 percent…