The Incredibly Shrinking Mandate
Inasmuch as people have a tendency to express approval or disapproval for subjective reasons and the popularity of policies isn’t necessarily reliable evidence of their necessity, watching approval polls is a bit like watching traffic patterns in reaction to a fog. That said, perhaps these results will begin to move us past the silly declaration that Americans want the full dose of Obama’s medicine good and hard:
According to the table of daily results, President Obama began his term with a strongly approve/disapprove differential hovering around thirty points; it’s now four. His “total approve” has slipped from 65% to 56%, while his “total disapprove” has surged from 30% to 43%.
Watch for the emphasis to change from Americans’ specific desire for a particular political platform to their general disgruntlement.