The Sanity Of The American People


CNN finds what Gallup does: no impact on the president’s approval ratings, even as Americans do take the current scandals seriously:

According to the survey, which was conducted Friday and Saturday, 53% of Americans say they approve of the job the president is doing, with 45% saying they disapprove. The president’s approval rating was at 51% in CNN’s last poll, which was conducted in early April.

Here’s Gallup’s timeline of approval:


The tone of the CNN piece seems to find this data surprising. It isn’t. It simply reflects the fact that no real connection has been directly made between these scandals and the president. And, I’d say, he’s buoyed somewhat because the economy here is better than any in Europe – and less vulnerable than Japan’s current Keynesian jolt – and because he’s still a broadly liked president. In the post-re-election lull, the press corps needed a storyline, rather than just three stories. But sometimes the line falls apart for lack of evidence (at least among the non-GOP base).

(Photo: US President Barack Obama smiles as he returns to the White House in Washington on May 19, 2013 from Atlanta. By Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images.)