Republican rhetoric to the contrary notwithstanding, President Obama’s approval ratings aren’t too bad of late.


The two principal daily tracking polls, Gallup and Rasmussen, both SHOW that more Americans approve of the job Obama’s doing than disapprove — 49 to 48 percent in the former, and 50 to 48 percent in the latter.


Even the latest poll from Fox News shows that the president’s disapproval rating is barely outside the survey’s margin of error.


Then, too, there’s the fact that Obama’s approval ratings have never fallen as low as those for any of the last five Republican presidents.


In chronological order, here are the respective low numbers for those previous presidents: Richard Nixon, 24 percent; Gerald Ford, 37 percent; Ronald Reagan, 35 percent; George H.W. Bush, 29 percent; George W. Bush, 25 percent.


Obama’s lowest approval rating in the Gallup poll was 38 percent in October of 2011 and again in September of last year.

Republican rhetoric to the contrary notwithstanding, President Obama’s approval ratings aren’t too bad of late.

The two principal daily tracking polls, Gallup and Rasmussen, both SHOW that more Americans approve of the job Obama’s doing than disapprove — 49 to 48 percent in the former, and 50 to 48 percent in the latter.

Even the latest poll from Fox News shows that the president’s disapproval rating is barely outside the survey’s margin of error.

Then, too, there’s the fact that Obama’s approval ratings have never fallen as low as those for any of the last five Republican presidents.

In chronological order, here are the respective low numbers for those previous presidents: Richard Nixon, 24 percent; Gerald Ford, 37 percent; Ronald Reagan, 35 percent; George H.W. Bush, 29 percent; George W. Bush, 25 percent.

Obama’s lowest approval rating in the Gallup poll was 38 percent in October of 2011 and again in September of last year.