Have New Policies Caused Obama’s Approval Dip?

The POTUS' poll drop may be a result of an aggressive agenda on gay rights and more.

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President Obama is gearing up to deliver his State of the Union address soon, and a poll shows that his approval numbers have dropped a bit since his second term began last month. However, experts say this is normal, especially in light of his aggressive policy goals, reports CNN.

According to a CNN Poll of Polls, which averages the latest surveys, 49% of Americans say they approve of the job the president’s doing in office, with 44% saying they disapprove of his performance in the White House. That’s down just a bit from a 52%-43% job approval rating in a CNN Poll of Polls from mid January, just before Obama’s second inauguration …

“Historically speaking, it’s not a surprise for a second-term president to lose a couple of points in the aftermath of his second inauguration,” says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland …

“I think he’s put forward an aggressive agenda on guns immigration gay rights. It’s hard to get much beyond 50% with that approach, unless the president gets a big tailwind from faster economic recovery,” says CNN Senior Political Analyst and National Journal Group’s Editorial Director Ron Brownstein.

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