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Obama’s Ratings Are Lower Than Crack-Smoking Toronto Mayor’s

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Obama's approval rating is now underwater in the double digits, as more Americans now disapprove of his job performance than approve of it. His approval is in the low 40s, while his disapproval is in the mid 50s. That's not just according to one isolated poll – it's the average of all polls from Real Clear Politics. In other words, Obama isn't doing terribly well with you, the American public.

Obama's rating has dropped really sharply in November, possibly the result of apparently being overseen by people who couldn't start a pissup at a brewery. And possibly also the result of Obama's statement that "if you like your plan you can keep your plan" being all-of-a-sudden exposed as a fiction.

By contrast – and what a contrast – Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has held on to higher approval numbers since admitting he took crack cocaine in one of his "drunken stupors." Ford is still approved of by 44% of Torontoans, although most also want him to go into rehab or resign. Obama is playing catchup with an approval rating of 42%.

On the bright side for Obama, he's still vastly more popular than Republicans in Congress, who have approval ratings below minus twenty in recent polls.

The moral of the story: if you want to be popular, you're better off smoking crack than trying to improve healthcare.


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