With the latest Gallup tracking polls showing that President Obama's approval rating among Americans is now right at 50%, it's very clear that the honeymoon period -- when his ratings were in the high 60's, and he seemed untouchable -- is now over. So what caused him to go down as quickly as he has?
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The fact is, all presidents since World War II have eventually gone below 50% approval in Gallup, as Obama seems about to do any day now, with the exception of John F. Kennedy -- whose presidency was tragically cut short before this might have happened at a future date. The record for the longest 50-plus streak goes to Dwight Eisenhower, at 63 months. (People liked Ike for a long time -- but even that couldn't last forever.)
With Obama, however, his decline has happened a bit sooner than it did for others -- and there could be a good explanation why.