The high of +30 was set on January 22, 2009 -- a couple of days after Obama's Inauguration.
This seemed to be the popular culmination of the most grandiose part of his nomination speech of June 3, 2008.
"I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal."
Our "call" on his term of office was made the Pivotal Events of January 29, 2009.
"The editors at Institutional Advisors regret to announce that they have lost all patience with the Obama Administration."
The Rassmussen Poll is the difference between those who "Strongly Disapprove" and those who "Strongly Approve". The -24 is a record low and represents one of the quickest plunges in popularity of any president since Gallup started in the 1940s.
Other measures show an interesting contrast. Rassmussen in August reported that 67% of the political class think that the US is "Heading in the right direction".
Going the other way, 84% of the ordinary public disagree. Whoever the governing classes are--they are away out of touch with political reality.
More recently, Gallup shows that on the "Generic Ballot" that the Republicans are 10 points ahead of the Democrats - for the first time in a poll that began in 1942.
On September 7, the American University reported that for the first time since 1930 more Republicans voted in mid-term primaries than did Democrats. Republican turnout exceeded Democrats by more than 4 million voted. The average percentage of those who voted was the "lowest ever".
It looks as though there could be an interesting change with the mid-term elections on November 2.
This reviews a remarkable change in politics whereby an expanding portion of the electorate is discovering that the Obama Administration has been determined to dramatically reduce America's form of constitutionally limited government to as authoritarian as can be accomplished.
It is extraordinary that this is being accomplished largely through the efforts of late 1960s political radicals. The movement from the "SDS" and Weatherman" factions that trashed universities to around 40 "advisors" in the White House show an indefatigable drive to control everyone's lives. The "Alinsky Model" has been successful in "boring" into many institutions. Fortunately, "The Manchurian President", a recently published book by Aaron Klein, provides a readable and scholarly review of one of the most audacious political schemes in American history.