Barack Obama began his presidency with record approval ratings. The 80-83%
Obama ratings on inauguration easily topped John F. Kennedy's
inaugural approval ratings of 71-73%, the previous record set in 1961.
Just three days later, however, President Barack Obama's approval rating
dropped 15 points to 65-68% after his executive order on
key details of his economic plan
and religious beliefs (see
Barack Obama's approval rating declined steadily thereafter except
for a brief spike just after Osama bin Laden was killed in Pakistan.
His current rating reflects his handling of the economy,
including the anemic job growth, persisting high unemployment rate and housing crises, as well as
America's national debt, now at
100% of our gross domestic product (GDP) and still growing at an alarming rate.
Also reflected is the president's stance on the issues of abortion,
including of Born Babies,
and marriage (see Obama &
handling of the war in Afghanistan, as well as the growing threat
from Iran's nuclear ambitions, Islam (see Obama & Islam)
and the instability in the Middle East.