Is Barack Obama now the most unpopular US president since Jimmy Carter?
Barack Obama’s latest approval rating recorded by Gallup is 39 per cent. As Gardiner reports, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton had both been below this level at this stage of their presidencies, at 35 and 37 per cent respectively.
Which caused the Committee to pause over its decision as to whether to admit this question to the list, which does not normally include questions answered in the negative by their authors. However, the official criterion for inclusion is that, in asking the question, the author or publisher implies that the answer is Yes, which Gardiner does, before himself going on to show that it is not.
His reasoning is that, by this stage of their presidencies, Reagan and Clinton had recovered to above 39 per cent.
Perhaps what he meant to ask was: Is Barack Obama the most unpopular US president that we have at the moment?
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