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article imageGibbs doesn't pay attention to the "meaninglessness" of Gallup

By Michael Krebs     Dec 8, 2009 in Politics
Responding to Gallup's 47 percent approval rating for President Obama - the lowest of any president at this point in his term - White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs sought to discredit the long-standing polling group's methodologies.
According to the latest Gallup poll, President Obama's approval stands at 47 percent - the lowest of any U.S. president at this point in his term. However, according to White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, Gallup is a study in "meaninglessness."
Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter, George W. Bush, and Gerald Ford all scored higher in Gallup-measured job approval than President Obama.
"If I was a heart patient and Gallup was my EKG, I'd visit my doctor," Gibbs told Fox News. "I'm sure a six-year-old with a Crayon could do something not unlike that. I don't put a lot of stake in, never have, in the EKG that is daily Gallup trend. I don't pay a lot of attention to the meaninglessness of it."
Gallop's findings pointed to dissatisfaction over the economy, Afghanistan, and health care - yet 8 in 10 Democrats still support Obama.
"Gibbs said that if Gallup were his EKG, he would visit his doctor. Well, I think the doctor might ask him what's going on in his life that would cause his EKG to be fluctuating so much. There is, in fact, a lot going on at the moment -- the health care bill, the jobs summit, the Copenhagen climate conference and Afghanistan," Gallup Editor-in-Chief Frank Newport told Fox News.
Gallup also noted that Obama has averaged a 50 percent approval in the month of December, which mirrors the December averages for both Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton - who also took office during challenging economic times.
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