Bus Tour Bust: Obama’s Approval Plummets Back Into 30s, Says Gallup
August 17, 2011
(CNSNews.com) – President Barack Obama’s politically charged but taxpayer funded bus tour through the Midwest turned into a bust yesterday with his approval rating dropping back to its all-time low of 39 percent in the Gallup poll.
Obama’s approval in the Gallup poll had first dropped into the 30s three days ago, hitting 39 percent just as he began his bus tour. Then it rose to 41 percent two days ago, before dropping back to its all-time low of 39 yesterday.
Tuesday’s bus tour was highlighted by Obama’s verbal encounter with Tea Party activist Ryan Rhodes at a townhall meeting in Decorah, Iowa. Rhodes wanted the president to tell him why Vice President Joe Biden had likened Tea Party activists to terrorists while the president was touting civility.
Obama ultimately ended the conversation–which was highlighted by Rush Limbaugh and Mark Levin on their radio shows, and by Sean Hannity of Fox News–by saying: “It doesn’t sound like you’re interested in listening.”