Gallup is showing some interesting numbers this week that average out the country’s economic and political mood between January and May of this year and compares the time frame to recent past presidents. Gallup’s final analysis of the charts below is:
President Obama is running for re-election with Americans feeling about as dissatisfied with the country and the economy as they were in 1992 when George H.W. Bush lost. However, with a modest 47% job approval average in early May, his approval rating is nearly the same as in 2004 when George W. Bush won. This makes Obama’s re-election prospects quite uncertain, but supports the results of Gallup’s trial heat tracking showing Obama and Romney essentially locked in a statistical tie.
Gallup discusses its findings further here