This Thanksgiving, President Obama can be thankful for his high approval rating – a seven year high standing at 57 percent – though the results of a new CNN/ORC poll could put down-ballot Democrats in a foul mood.
The new survey showed that while the POTUS was sitting pretty in the mind of Americans, Democrats’ favorability has dropped 6 points since October, which was before the presidential election where Democrat Hillary Clinton was routed by President-elect Donald Trump.
Even Democrats are displeased with their party, with favorability ratings dipping 10 points among the party faithful since late October.
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With less than two months left in office, President Obama’s approval rating is at a seven-year high – at 57 percent
While Americans are giving a thumbs up to POTUS, the Democratic Party has seen a fall in support since Hillary Clinton lost her bid for the White House
Obama’s post-election bump, given to him mostly by Republicans and GOP-leaning independents, isn’t without precedent.
President Bill Clinton had similarly high numbers at the end of his tenure when the White House, like in this election, switched political parties.
Obama’s figure is also similar to how people felt about President Ronald Reagan as he approached the end of his eight years in office.
The Republicans, however, kept the White House in 1988, with Reagan’s vice president, George H.W. Bush, taking over the reins.
Beyond his approval rating, 59 percent of respondents said they viewed the outgoing commander-in-chief favorably, while 38 percent had an unfavorable view of the Democratic president.
Those numbers are quite different when voters were asked about Obama’s party, with 39 percent holding an unfavorable view of the Democrats, compared with 54 percent who have an unfavorable view.
The Democrats’ ratings have slipped below Republicans, with 41 percent saying they had a favorable view of the GOP and 52 percent having an unfavorable view of the party, which now runs both houses of Congress and will take over the White House come January.
Democrats are personally grading their party harshly with a favorability rating standing at 81 percent, which is 10 points down from late October.
CNN noted that this is the lowest mark Democrats have had for themselves in more than a decade.
Independents are also not impressed with just 28 percent holding a favorable view of the Democratic Party, an 11-point drop since the presidential election.
The CNN/ORC was conducted over the telephone from Nov. 17 through Nov. 20 among a sampling size of 1,003 adults. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percent.