After The Honeymoon

by Patrick Appel

Mark Blumenthal points to this post by Brenden Nyhan on Obama's unsurprising dip in approval ratings:

Presidential approval tends to decline after the honeymoon period as the opposition party begins to be more critical of the president. These messages remind opposition party members and sympathetic independents why they dislike the president. As a result, his approval numbers go down. This decline was likely to be especially significant in Obama's case because his initial Gallup approval levels were the highest for any president since JFK.