Obama’s Mid-June Popularity Exceeds Predecessors’

The dire headlines on today’s polls had me a bit freaked out, but Dave Weigel calmed me down with some data. Barack Obama is way more popular than Bill Clinton was at this point, and considerably more popular than George W. Bush was. I made a chart:

Basically, he’s doing well. In some ways the question is why he isn’t trying harder to actually deploy that popularity and bring pressure on congress.