When tracking President Obama’s job approval on a daily basis, people sometimes get so caught up in the day-to-day fluctuations that they miss the bigger picture. To look at the longer-term trends, Rasmussen Reports compiles the numbers on a full-month basis.
The president earned a monthly job approval of 49 percent in March, showing no change from February and matching the highest finding in all of last year. In 2015, the president’s full-month approval ranged from 46 percent to 49 percent. Since 2013, the president's monthly job approval rating has improved slightly at the beginning of each year and then fallen back. Obama's monthly approval hit a recent low of 45 percent in November 2013 during the troubled rollout of the national health care law.
For most of the three years prior to his reelection, the president’s full-month job approval stayed at either 47 percent or 48 percent. In 2012, it improved as Election Day approached. Following the election, he received a bounce, peaking at a high of 56 percent in December 2012. Then his job approval gradually began falling back to pre-election levels. The president experienced a less dramatic bounce in his job approval ratings after Election Day in November 2014.
Last month, 49 percent disapproved of the president's performance, down a point from February and his lowest overall negative since January of last year. His monthly disapproval rating has been in the low 50s for most of his presidency, hitting a high of 55 percent in August and October of 2011.