President Obama on Thursday suggested his lagging poll numbers are due to high gas prices around the nation.
Speaking to supporters at his sixth fundraising event in California, Obama conceded that gas prices are having an effect on how people view his administration, but indicated he is prepared to weather the storm.
"My poll numbers go up and down depending on the latest crisis and right now gas prices are weighing heavily on people," he told a gathering of backers at a Los Angeles restaurant, according to a pool report.
Pollsters have said that rising gas prices have played a large part in the decline of his approval rating since announcing his reelection campaign on April 4, but the president's comments Thursday are among the first times he has publicly acknowledged it.
Obama's Gallup approval rating fell into a tie of its all-time low of 41 percent last Friday as the national average for gas prices edged closer to $4 per gallon.
Friday, April 22, 2011
Captain Obvious: Maybe My Poll Numbers Suck Because of High Gas Prices
Yes, maybe it's true. Factor in trillions in debt, socialized medicine and an open hostility to anyone who disagrees with him and he may be on to something.