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Gibbs slams Gallup poll showing record low approval for Obama

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs disses Gallup poll showing Obama approval rating at record low.

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White House press secretary Robert Gibbs took a swipe Tuesday at a Gallup poll showing President Obama’s approval at a low point for his presidency.

The poll, released Monday, put the president's job approval rating at 47 percent – a figure that Fox News correspondent Major Garrett noted, at Mr. Gibbs' Tuesday meeting with reporters, "is the lowest of any president dating back to [Harry] Truman at this stage of his presidency."

In a blame-the-messenger moment, the press secretary, citing swings in Mr. Obama's approval ratings in Gallup daily tracking data, said: “I am sure a 6-year-old with a crayon could do something not unlike that."

Gibbs continued: "I don’t put a lot of stake in, never have, in the EKG that is the daily Gallup trend. I don’t pay a lot of attention to the meaninglessness of it.”

The Monitor has asked Gallup for comment. If the polling firm gives one, we will report it here.

Poll numbers bounce around, affected by events in the country and the world. But they do provide a rough guide to the clout a president has in getting his legislative program through Congress.


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