For the first time since July, President Obama’s approval rating is higher than his disapproval rating. Though only slightly higher than the 45 percent disapproval rating, Obama received an approval rating of 47 percent for the days between December 21 and 23.
It may be due to the Republican’s change of heart as they agreed to extend the payroll tax cut for an extra two months after adamantly stated they would not. Whatever the reason, this is the first time since July that more people approve of what Obama is doing rather than disapprove, and for a person in any job that’s an improvement. Especially when, for most of those months, Obama’s disapproval rate was higher than 50 percent. According to Gallup, in order for a president to even consider being reelected he should have at least a 40 percent approval rating.
Though Republican’s finally swayed in their payroll tax cut position, the extension only lasts for two months meaning negotiations over the subject will once again intensify and put millions of Americans on the line. Perhaps it was the way Obama handled the situation that lead to an increased approval rating. Last week, Obama was quoted saying, “Has this place become so dysfunctional that even when people agree to things we can’t do it? It doesn’t make any sense. Enough is enough.”
What Obama, Democrats and many Republicans really wanted was a year-long extension to the tax cut. Perhaps when February rolls around, congressional Republicans and Democrats alike will agree upon a solution.