President Obama and Congress have had some of their lowest approval ratings on record in 2011, and Gallup’s data for Obama’s 11th quarter bore that out: he averaged 41 percent approval during the period from July 20th to October 19th, a six point drop from the previous three months.
Gallup noted that the 11th quarter is a particularly tough time for Presidents approval-wise, but also pointed out that Obama has more trouble than previous office-holders:
“From a broader historical perspective, Obama’s 11th-quarter approval average of 41% ranks 220th out of the 262 presidential quarters for which Gallup has data since the Truman administration. That translates to the 16th percentile, placing it in the bottom fifth of presidential quarters. Thus, Obama’s recent approval ratings are well below average.”