Although approval ratings for President Obama are currently low, it is possible for him to win re-election in 2012. The American people are angry and disillusioned with high unemployment and a failing economy, as evidenced in the results of the November 2010 elections. Despite Obama’s opponents blaming him for much of what is wrong with our country today, many Americans realize that the economy started to slide before he became president, with the recession hitting most foreign countries. Bank bailouts started before the 2008 election was over. Job loss began years ago when the government offered tax breaks to large corporations if they outsourced jobs to other countries where minimum wage was a lot lower than that of the United States. Those companies benefitted from those tax breaks and lowered their payroll budgets. Americans should realize that any president past, present, or future, does not control the amount of oil or the pricing of oil from independent nations that produce that oil. President Obama is not the only president who has tried to remedy the health care issue this country faces. President Clinton set up a committee to look into overhauling the healthcare system. President George W. Bush pushed through the Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Act to help those on Medicare pay for their medications.
Having a low approval rating does not always indicated that a president has no chance for re-election. Ronald Reagan won the 1980 election. His approval rating was at its lowest in 1983, yet he was re-elected in 1984. His average approval rating over his eight years in office was 52.8. Bill Clinton was elected to the presidency in 1992. His approval rating was at its lowest in 1993, yet he was re-elected to office in 1996. His average approval rating over eight years was 55.1. These are figures taken from the Historical Gallup Poll found at Wikipedia*.
President Obama’s average approval rating is 52. His re-election to office is partially dependent upon how he and the now Republican-dominated Congress can work together to bring forth the necessary changes this country needs to survive and flourish. The bi-partisanship of both parties needs to be set aside and the needs of their constituents should take precedence over promises made to lobbyists, campaign donors and foreign governments. Recently, President Obama appears willing to compromise with Republicans on certain issues in order to get some bills passed. He will have to continue to reach common ground with Republicans and encourage both parties to set aside their differences in the best interest of those who elected them to office. A lot of good can be done if the president and members of Congress work together. If President Obama can accomplish that, there is a good chance he can be re-elected.