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Will Another Presidential Bifurcation Be Coming Our Way?

Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama, January 16, 2010

Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama, January 16, 2010

Do you remember the second presidential term of William Jefferson Clinton? (America’s first “black” president.) Do you remember his polling numbers? (They sank pretty darn low.) More to the point — do you remember something else that happened to those polling numbers that had never happened before?

When Clinton’s approval numbers tanked and stayed tanked, the folks in mainstream media came to the rescue of their fellow Democrat by doing something they hadn’t done before: reporting two presidential approval numbers, the “job approval” rating vs. the “personal approval” rating.

They hadn’t done that for Ronald Wilson Reagan, a Republican. And two presidential approval numbers went back to being one presidential approval number starting on January 20, 2001, when George Walker Bush, another Republican, was inaugurated.

We haven’t heard two presidential approval ratings since.

That may be about to change, though, since approval numbers for President Barack Hussein Obama, another Democrat, sank to 37% in an AP-GfK survey this week.

If Obama’s approval numbers remain south of 40 for very long, look for another bifurcation into “job approval” and “personal approval” presidential ratings from the “Democratic protection racket” that is mainstream media.


Lane Core Jr. joined the Catholic Church at age 17, having been raised a Methodist. With a B.S. in Math & Computer Science, he has been on the Internet since 1995, and from 2002 through 2009 published The Blog from the Core. He has freelanced for the Pittsburgh Catholic and the Tribune-Review newspapers. A lifelong bibliophile, he enjoys poetry, theology, history, biography, and psychology.
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  • Tomacz Tesla

    If you really dislike the MSM do these two things and they will go away:

    1. Do not watch, read, or hear them

    2. Do not buy anything they advertise or sponsor

    And that includes the Faux News Channel, the largest distributor of pornography in the US, member of the so-called “conservative” media.

  • ELC

    As of Jan. 25, 2014, my prediction has come true.

    “The poll showed that President Obama’s likability had increased by nine percent since the end of the government shutdown in October. Fifty-eight percent of Americans now view the president as very or somewhat likeable. The good news for the president does not extend to his policies however. The poll shows that the view of the president is slipping even among Democrats and liberals. The percentage of Americans who view Obama as outstanding or above average has declined by six points since he was reelected in November 2012. Thirty-one percent now view Obama’s presidency as outstanding or above average while 42 percent see it as below average or poor.”

    Examiner.com: “Poll: Americans like Obama, but not his policies”

    http://www.examiner.com/article/poll-americans-like-obama-but-not-his-policies