As the Republican Party nears a state of Trump led collapse, President Obama’s approval rating has reached its highest level since 2011.
The Washington Post reported on President Obama’s new approval rating high via the ABC News/Washington Post Poll:
The poll, conducted in the immediate aftermath of a massacre in Orlando that was perpetrated by a man who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State, showed Obama’s approval rating at 56 percent — its highest level in Post polling since May 2011, after the killing of Osama bin Laden.
Obama is more popular now than Republicans George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush in the waning months of their presidencies. Although Obama’s approval rating has not reached the level of former Democratic president Bill Clinton’s in 2000, his standing suggests that he could be a relatively effective surrogate for Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail.
After the Orlando terror attacks, President Obama’s approval ratings went up while Donald Trump’s poll numbers dropped. The voters are paying attention, and they are appreciating the job that Obama is doing for the country more by the day.
Republicans had already given away the qualifications argument to Hillary Clinton by nominating Donald Trump, but they are also watching the change argument quickly evaporate as voters are showing no signs of Obama fatigue. If Republicans can’t argue that they have the more qualified candidate, and the change argument falls on deaf ears, what exactly are Republicans planning on running on this fall?
The best guess is that Republicans will try to run against Obama, but running against a president who is getting more popular as his time in office winds down will be the ultimate fool’s errand. With poll numbers like these, President Obama is going to be a powerful surrogate for Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail.
Democrats are going to have an advantage that they haven’t enjoyed before. The Democratic Party is going to have a popular outgoing two-term president on the campaign trail making the case for why his party should keep the White House. Al Gore kept Bill Clinton mostly on the bench in 2000, but Hillary Clinton won’t make that mistake in 2016.
Obama is beloved, fired up, and ready to help Democrats elect the first woman President Of The United States.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor, who is White House Press Pool, and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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