Today's Gallup tracking poll puts Barack Obama at 45% approval, down a couple of ticks from yesterday. That's in line with his recent results, but the more interesting thing to me is that as of yesterday, the entire range for Obama's approval ratings from Gallup for a full year have been narrow: no lower than 44%, and no higher than 56%. Now, there has been change over the year, but everything that's happened since the beginning of August last year has basically pushed Obama from a bit above 50% to a bit below 50%.
He's been slipping a bit on the Pollster.com average of polls lately, and now stands at exactly 45% there too so perhaps he's about to fall out of the zone he's been in for so long...but maybe not. Whatever happens in the future, it's worth (at least in my view) the reminder that Obama's real slide in the polls happened in spring and early summer 2009, and that since then he's been fairly stable, with just a bit of a downward drift.