Looks like Obama's approval rating is finally starting to come down to earth.
When you follow politics, you start to notice certain trends. I knew Obama's approval numbers had to come down to normal levels eventually. Some couldn't figure out why his approval numbers remained high month after month. To me it was a clear as water flowing out of a tap. Back in December, I said that Obama had two types of supporters that made it possible for him to win the election. He won among his base of Democrat kooks, and he won the majority of Independents voters. Democrats voted for Obama overwhelmingly because of his skin color, his liberal ideology, and he wasn't George W. Bush. Independents on the other hand voted for Obama based mainly on the current issues. The number one issue that came out of the exit polls was "the economy". Well we are almost seven months into the Obama "era", and it looks like reality is starting to set in for Obama. The latest Gallup Poll was released the other day, and it showed what I knew was going to happen. Obama's approval numbers have slipped to it's lowest rating yet at 58%. Many would say that it is still a high percentage of support. I agree, but Obama's all time high was around 70% percent. Look at the graph very carefully, and you all will see why Obama is sinking slowly but steadily. Obama has maintained his very high support among his Democrat bottom feeding base. That is to be expected. His support among Independents is where things get interesting. Obama biggest drop in approval has come from Independents voters. I gave a detailed explanation why Republicans lost control of congress in 2006 and why McCain lost to Obama in November. Candidates regardless of party affiliation "can't win elections with out attracting support from "Independent voters". Independent voters are looking at the issues and how Obama is addressing them, and they don't like what they see. Obama's numbers dropped 7 points among Independent voters and 4 points among Republican voters. Even with Obama's support among Dems increasing, it isn't enough to keep his overall approval numbers above 60%. If Obama continues to lose support among Independents, his approval numbers could get down to the low 50% range. I don't want this to happen just yet. I want to see his numbers start to tank among Independent voters around 2011 going into 2012. Independents are becoming very upset at Obama's reckless spending and his "out in the open" power grab to expand the federal government. I said it many times that Obama benefited from the nation's negative taste of George W. Bush. The decline in Obama's numbers prove that Obama can no longer milk the "blame bush cow" in order to mask his failures. People are starting to catch on. For whatever it's worth, it's still an interesting trend, and it's a clear signal that the "Honeymoon is coming to an end" for Obama.