Gallup Poll Editor in Chief Frank Newport said President Obama maintains his popularity through trying economic times better than the experience of his predecessors would dictate.
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Polling expert Frank Newport is editor in chief of The Gallup Poll, a nonpartisan global polling organization. He is a past president of the American Association for Public Opinion Research. He was guest speaker at the July 19 Monitor Breakfast in Washington.
The president's approval ratings:
"Obama is better situated in the minds of the average American than either Republicans or Democrats in Congress." [His approval rating in July was 45 percent, congressional Democrats' was 33 percent, and Republicans' was 28 percent, Gallup reports.]
Obama's approval ratings and the weak economy:
"He is overperforming.... His approval rating now is higher than we would predict it to be [given that only] 16 percent of Americans are satisfied with the way things are going in the US."