Why Obama's approval ratings experience low variation

Washington, June 28 (ANI): US President Barack Obama's approval and trust numbers have dropped sharply among Americans in the past one month but his approval and disapproval marks have varied very little since he took office, a new poll has revealed.

GOP economic consulting firm, Hamilton Place Strategies, conducted the poll and found that Obama's standard deviation for his first term was 6.3, the third lowest of the post-1980s presidents, Washington Post reports.

According to the report, President Bill Clinton who had a 3.7 deviation in his second term and a 5.5 deviation in his first is the only president with a lower standard deviation in his approval ratings.

The firm analyzed each term of the five presidents who have held the office since 1980 and rated them by the standard deviation in their approval ratings, which refers to how clustered a certain set of data is; the lower the standard deviation, the more clustered.

The poll found that since partisanship has grown so acute in the past 15 years or so there is little that can really make the numbers fluctuate.

The only fluctuations occurred during the time of war when both George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush carried high standard deviations in their first terms due to war.

When the US initially went to war, the presidents' approval ratings soared but they faded from those heights as their terms wore on. (ANI)


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