How America Has Changed Since the 2008 Election

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  • Democrat Party, Republican Party
  • 2012 presidential election, social media
  • Barack Obama, John McCain, 2008 presidential election
  • Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, 2012 Presidential Election
  • President Obama approval rating
  • economy 2012
  • role of federal goverment
  • Congress approval rating
  • American leadership in the global marketplace

Obama's Approval Rating

President Obama had an initial job approval rating of 66 percent when he took office in January 2009. The most recent poll numbers from Gallup report Obama's approval rating at 50 percent. 

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