Neither the trouncing of the Democratic Party in the midterm elections nor the surprising legislative accomplishments of the “lame duck” Congress has had a measurable effect on opinions of Barack Obama. The president’s approval ratings have been rock steady since late August and his personal image has changed very little since the middle of last year.
Currently, 46% say they approve of how Obama is handling his job while 44% disapprove. The public is similarly divided on other general measures of his job performance. One-in-four (25%) think that in the long run, Obama will be a successful president, while about the same number (26%) believes that he will be unsuccessful. And 47% think that Obama’s accomplishments will be good for the country in the long run, compared with 42% who do not.
At a comparable point in his presidency, the public took a less negative view of Ronald Reagan’s accomplishments; in January 1983, 50% said the things he had done would be good for the country compared with 31% who said they would be bad.
Read the complete findings of Obama's Job Ratings, Personal Image Unchanged by Recent Washington Events on the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press Web site.