Sinking fast, Obama’s average approval rating in his third year in office hovers atop only Jimmy Carter’s in Gallup polling history for low presidential third years. The poll spanned the time period of January 20, 2011 through January 19, 2012. The White House made the announcement of their rejection of the Keystone Pipeline XL on the January 18, 2012. It’s likely the impact of that move was not felt with only the last day of the polling period left.
Obama’s third-year average is based on approximately 175,000 interviews with U.S. adults conducted between Jan. 20, 2011 — the second anniversary of his inauguration — and Jan. 19, 2012.