The Washington Times - August 19, 2013, 08:44AM

The dog days of summer are accompanied by cold attitudes toward President Obama, according to a new poll out Monday.

A Gallup survey found that Mr. Obama is most unpopular in August, with his approval ratings sinking to 45.6 percent on average this month. The figures routinely dip as summer goes on, bottom out every August, then begin to rebound each fall, the poll shows. Mr. Obama’s average approval rating in May, for example, is 51.8 percent; after hitting its lowest point each August, the figure starts to rise each September, with an average approval rating of 46.8 percent during that month, the poll shows.

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So far in 2013, Mr. Obama’s approval rating has slowly but steadily declined throughout the summer. It began at 49 percent in May, dipped to 47 percent in June, hit 46 percent in July and finally crashed to 45.6 percent in August.

Gallup suggests that the annual drop may be because “the president is a bit less active in the summer months with Congress out of session for most of August … and presidents typically go on vacation themselves during the summer.”

Still, Mr. Obama’s approval rating this August actually is better than in some previous years. In August 2011, the figure was only 41 percent, according to Gallup.

The yearly slump also is not unique to Mr. Obama. August also saw the lowest approval ratings for former President George W. Bush, an average of 47.6 percent.

Former President Bill Clinton had his second-worst month of approval ratings in August, with an average figure of 54 percent. Only June was worse for Mr. Clinton, the poll shows.