During this period, Obama’s three-day rolling average also hit a new low of 39% for Aug. 11-13, the first such average below 40% since he took office, though it recovered to 41% for Aug. 12-14.
With the exception of a dramatic national or international event, it is usually difficult to pinpoint the causes for the short-term ups and downs in a president’s job ratings.
In the current situation, it is reasonable to assume that several events of the last few weeks have played a part in depressing the public’s approval of Obama.
These include the widespread public disapproval of the way Washington handled the debt crisis, a substantial drop in the public’s confidence in the economy, and last week’s gyrations in the stock market.
Although the new lows in Obama’s job approval rating represent only a slight drop from his previous low readings, they symbolically underscore the weaker position the president is in as he begins a “listening tour” of the Midwest this week.