Obama’s Overall Approval Tops Economy, Foreign Affairs Ratings
|By Michael D. Pitman, Journal-News, Hamilton, Ohio|
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The poll, conducted by phone from
According to Gallup's report, presidents generally have a higher overall rating than on both the economy and foreign affairs.
"This has been the most common pattern, describing five of the nine presidential terms since 1981, including Obama's second term to date," according to the report.
In the president's first term, his approval rating for foreign affairs was at 50 percent, which matched his overall job rating. His economic approval rating was at 41 percent in Obama's first term.
Obama's job approval average for his second term is at 45 percent while his average foreign affairs approval and economy ratings are at 39 percent and 38 percent, respectively.
Speaker of the House John Boehner is arguably one of the president's biggest critics. He said in January about the country's national security programs following a speech by Obama:
"Our national security programs exist to root out terrorist threats and save American lives -- and they have. Because the president has failed to adequately explain the necessity of these programs, the privacy concerns of some Americans are understandable. When considering any reforms, however, keeping Americans safe must remain our top priority. When lives are at stake, the president must not allow politics to cloud his judgment."
In June, Senate Majority Leader
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Following the president's presentation of the 2015 budget, Boehner said:
"In the president's vision for our future, America's budget never balances -- ever. After dramatically expanding entitlement programs, the president now believes our entirely predictable long-term debt crisis is the next president's problem."
In July, Reid said in response to some of Obama's recent proposals to grow the economy:
"Every day I am impressed by
House Minority Leader
The president's average ratings are not the lowest since Gallup measured ratings for foreign affairs and economy during President
The highest ratings on foreign affairs and the economy belong, respectively, to
Gallup regularly began measuring presidential approval for handling the economy and foreign affairs during
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