By Andrew Kohut
With two years to go, Barack Obama is widely seen as a failed president, responsible for his party’s losses in the mid-term Congressional elections. He still faces strong headwinds on both domestic policy and foreign affairs. The notion that the president can make a comeback with the American public may seem very unlikely. Yet a close look at attitudes about him and recent presidential history suggests such a rebound is not out of the question. In fact, to paraphrase Mark Twain, reports of Barack Obama’s political death may have been greatly exaggerated.
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Indeed views of Obama are not any worse than were attitudes toward Ronald Reagan at about this time in his second term.
Understanding the arc of a presidential popularity rating, especially one as varied as Obama’s, requires a longer perspective than a single midterm snapshot.
President Obama may have been assigned too much blame for the Democratic Party’s losses—and he’s actually more popular than we think he is.