Going into President Obama’s first State of the Union speech, Gallup noted that annual speeches to Congress rarely affect presidential approval ratings (in large part because the audience tends to be skewed toward those who already support him). It turns out that despite his oratorical skills, our current president is not different in this respect from his predecessors.
We now have data from Gallup tracking polls based on interviews taken in the three days following President Obama’s speech on Wednesday, and his ratings now stand at 48 percent approval and 46 percent disapproval — exactly where he was in the three days of polling proceeding the speech.
What this tells us is that Obama has reached the point in his presidency at which he’ll no longer be able to boost public opinon through talking — he’s being judged based on his objective performance. Monthly job reports will have much more impact on public perception than anything he can say or proposal he could make.