Gallup Poll Shows Barack Obama Got No Bump Following State of the Union

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 31, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Gallup Poll Shows Barack Obama Got No Bump Following State of the Union

by Steven Ertelt Editor
January 31
, 2010

Washington, DC ( — The Gallup daily presidential approval tracking poll shows pro-abortion President Barack Obama received no bump in his approval ratings following his State of the Union speech.

In the three days following the speech, Gallup shows Obama with a 48 percent approval and 46 percent disapproval rating — unchanged from before the address.

Philip Klein, a writer at the conservative magazine American Spectator gives his insight on the poll.

"Going into President Obama’s first State of the Union speech, Gallup noted that annual speeches to Congress rarely affect presidential approval ratings (in large part because the audience tends to be skewed toward those who already support him). It turns out that despite his oratorical skills, our current president is not different in this respect from his predecessors," he writes.

The new Gallup poll shows Obama is "exactly where he was in the three days of polling proceeding the speech," he said.

Klein continues, "What this tells us is that Obama has reached the point in his presidency at which he’ll no longer be able to boost public opinion through talking — he’s being judged based on his objective performance. Monthly job reports will have much more impact on public perception than anything he can say or proposal he could make."

Another poll, from Rasmussen, shows Obama got a slight bump but only from Democrats.

Rasmussen shows 50% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the President’s performance and another 50 percent at least somewhat disapprove. Some 33 percent strongly approve while 40 percent stgrongly disapprove.

"The number who Strongly Approve is the highest in more than four months (since September) and the overall Approval Index rating is the best in more than three months (since October)," Ramussen indicates.

Obama got Democrat backing but turned off independents.

"The bounce comes almost entirely from those in the president’s party. Sixty-four percent (64%) of Democrats now Strongly Approve, up from 50% before the speech," Ramussen noted. "However, the speech appears to have had the opposite impact on unaffiliated voters. Among those not affiliated with either major party, 50% now Strongly Disapprove. That’s up from 42% before the speech."

"The next few days should give an indication as to whether these changes will fade or if they signify the beginning of a new phase in the political environment," the polling firm said.

The Obama State of the Union speech and the Republican response from pro-life Gov. Bob McDonnell of Virginia provided stark contrasts.

Obama’s State of the Union address promoted the pro-abortion health care bill while McDonnell included a reference to promoting pro-life values in his response.

"I want everyone to take another look at the plan we’ve proposed," Obama said of the Senate bill that funds abortions and have other abortion problems.

"Here’s what I ask of Congress, though: Do not walk away from reform. Not now. Not when we are so close. Let us find a way to come together and finish the job for the American people," Obama said.

In his response, McDonnell presented a response from Americans opposed to Obama’s health care plan.

"In recent months, the American people have made clear that they want government leaders to listen and act on the issues most important to them," he said. “We want results, not rhetoric. We want cooperation, not partisanship."

“All Americans agree, we need a health care system that is affordable, accessible, and high quality," he said. “But most Americans do not want to turn over the best medical care system in the world to the federal government."

On the issue of abortion itself, only McDonnell bothered to address it and he took a clear pro-life stance.

“America must always be a land where liberty and property are valued and respected, and innocent human life is protected," he said.

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