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Barack Obama - Presidential Approval Ratings

posted Aug 13, 2011, 8:43 PM by Simon Nguyen   [ updated Aug 17, 2011, 7:27 PM ]
This page analyzes Barack Obama's presidential approval ratings using unconventional methods. Check back often for updates.

About Simon's Presidential Index: We measure presidential approval ratings using a model based on the Tiebout Hypothesis, which contends that people reveal preferences through their habits. In this case, we observe key search trends patterns to gauge the intensity of people's approval or disapproval of the president's job performance. Search data are from Google Trends

Barack Obama

*A positive rating indicates majority approval; a negative rating indicates majority disapproval.

By Month
Simon's Index
July 2011 -6
June 2011  -6
May 2011**  +5
April 2011**  -2
March 2011  -6
February 2011  +6
January 2011**  +11
December 2010  +13
November 2010**  -5
October 2010 
 -1

By Event  Simon's Index
Osama Bin Laden's Death
(May 2-8, 2011)
 +6
Debt Limit Crisis
(Aug 1-3, 2011) 
 -21
Bush Tax Cuts Renewed
(Dec. 14-21, 2010) 
 +10
Health Care Bill Passed
(March 19-26, 2010) 
 -11

 By YearSimon's Index 
 2011 
 2010 +1
 2009 

**Adjusted because of low search volumes.
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