We have all (me included) gasped and gawked and wrung hands and clutched pearls over the polling over the past week. But, as many have told us repeatedly, an incumbent POTUS who is at 50% job approval on election day wins reelection. Period. At 49%, he usually wins. Well, looking at Obama's job approval over the last ten days, we see that on October 1, President Obama had a net +.3% approve/disapprove number, with his approval at 48.8%. And on the date of the debate, his job approval had risen to 49.7%. After that horrendous debate, of course his approval would plummet and probably be negative, right? Wrong!! This morning, the President is at a net + 2.5 %, with his approval at 49.9%. That is only .1% off his all time high in the RCP average this year.
Even GOP leaning Rasmussen has the President's job approval today at 51-48, and Mr. Obama is up by a point head to head. This compares to a two point lead by the President the morning of last weeks debate.
So, time to settle down (me included) and know that the storm has passed, our President is doing what he needs to do to get reelected, and the country really likes him.