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As we wade through the puddles of today’s Tea Parties, I was curious where President Obama stood with his approval numbers. Per Rasmussen, the pollster considered the most accurate of the 2008 election, Obama’s approval rating stands at 55%. This seemed a bit low to me since the President should be experiencing a bit of a Pirate Bump by now.

So I wondered where Bush stood at the same time in his Presidency, mid-April of 2001. Since Rasmussen wasn’t available, it seems fair from a statistical perspective to use an average of four major polls to determine Bush’s approval rating at the time. That’s when the surprise came in…

ABC News/Washington Post Poll

4/19-22/01 – 64%

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll
4/18-19/01 – 63%

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll
4/21-23/01 – 56%

USA Today/Gallup Poll
4/20-22/01 – 62%

An average approval rating of 61.25%. Six points higher than Obama.

All despite being only a few short months out of one of the most divisive elections in American history.

Go figure.

h/t: Duke Buck

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