Gibbs Bashes Gallup Daily Tracking Poll

By Gorman Gorman

Dec 8, 2009 1:46pm

ABC News' Jake Tapper and Sunlen Miller report:

President Obama's presidential job approval rating in the latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking update is 47%  — a record low.

The president's job approval rating is below 50% in several other polls, but White House spokesman Robert Gibbs today, when asked about the Gallup results, called them meaningless.

"If I was a heart patient and Gallup was my EKG I'd visit my doctor," Gibbs said. "If you look back I think five days ago we were, there was an 11 point spread, now there's a one point spread."

Gibbs continued, "you know, I mean I'm sure a six year old with a crayon could do something not unlike that. I don’t put a lot of stake in, never have, in the EKG that is the daily Gallup trend. I don’t pay a lot of attention to meaninglessness."

Since mid-November the President"s approval rating has been below 50%, Gallup says, though it has averaged 50% in December, similar to the December averages of 53% for President Bill Clinton and 49% for President Ronald Reagan, who also took office during times of economuc turmoil. Every other president averaged in their first December job approval ratings of 57% or higher.

ABC News Political Director David Chalian points out that the very latest Gallup number, out just minutes ago, is 50%.

Not that Mr. Gibbs is paying attention to such piffle!

You are using an outdated version of Internet Explorer. Please click here to upgrade your browser in order to comment.
blog comments powered by Disqus