Gallup has a nifty little gadget that allows you to compare the popularity of various presidents at various stages of their administrations. Here's a quiz: How would people rank the following presidents, in order of popularity, in the first week of December after their respective midterm elections?: Reagan, Clinton and Obama
Time's up. I am guessing most people who pay attention to the media's relentless drumbeat of how much trouble the president is supposedly in, would put them in something like the following order: Reagan most popular followed by Clinton, then Obama.
In fact, it is the opposite. Our current president, Barack Obama, has a 46% favorable rating this week, followed by Bill Clinton with 42% and Ronald Reagan with 41%. So far it looks like Obama has survived his midterm "shellacking" in the best shape of these three. And I probably don't need to remind anyone that both Clinton and Reagan were re-elected handily.