According to Gallup, President Obama is tied with George W. Bush for most unpopular re-elected president since Gallup began measuring presidential job-approval in 1945.
In fact, Gallup found that apart from Bush, “every president…has had a higher job-approval rating in the January following his reelection than Obama has.”
Obama’s approval rating is at 52.
Think about it this way–following reelection, President Reagan’s approval numbers beat Obama’s by 11 points, President Eisenhower’s beat Obama’s by 21, and a much-derided Republican President named Richard Nixon beat Obama’s numbers by 7.
Hardly representative of a mandate and certainly a long way from supporting the misconception that Obama is lauded by the public while Republicans are despised.