ABC News' Jake Tapper and Sunlen Miller report:
President Obama's presidential job approval rating in the latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking update is 47% -- a record low.
The president's job approval rating is below 50% in several other polls, but White House spokesman Robert Gibbs today, when asked about the Gallup results, called them meaningless.
"If I was a heart patient and Gallup was my EKG I'd visit my doctor," Gibbs said. "If you look back I think five days ago we were, there was an 11 point spread, now there's a one point spread."
Gibbs continued, "you know, I mean I'm sure a six year old with a crayon could do something not unlike that. I don’t put a lot of stake in, never have, in the EKG that is the daily Gallup trend. I don’t pay a lot of attention to meaninglessness."
Since mid-November the President"s approval rating has been below 50%, Gallup says, though it has averaged 50% in December, similar to the December averages of 53% for President Bill Clinton and 49% for President Ronald Reagan, who also took office during times of economuc turmoil. Every other president averaged in their first December job approval ratings of 57% or higher.
ABC News Political Director David Chalian points out that the very latest Gallup number, out just minutes ago, is 50%.
Not that Mr. Gibbs is paying attention to such piffle!