Gallup: New Low for Obama, 48% Disapproval

Friday, 09 Jul 2010 01:50 PM

By David A. Patten

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A Gallup daily tracking poll released Friday shows President Obama's disapproval rating matching its worst performance ever.

Forty-eight percent now disapprove of Obama's job performance. That matches the president's record disapproval rating recorded in March, April, and June.

Only 45 percent of voters approve of the president's job performance, according to the tracking poll of 1,500 adults, which has a margin of error of 3 percent.

Friday's news followed hard on the heels of a July 7 survey that showed the president's job approval among the all-important independent voters has dropped to only 38 percent.

Obama continues to enjoy strong support from the Democratic base – 81 percent of Democrats approve of his job performance – but Republicans and independents are increasingly critical. Only 12 percent of GOP voters approve of the job Obama has done.

High unemployment, the sluggish economy, and the federal response to the oil spill in the Gulf are all reasons pundits give for Obama's slipping poll numbers. Any further slippage could call into question Obama's effectiveness on the campaign trail on behalf of Democrats hoping to win re-election.

The latest generic ballots show U.S. voters preferring Republican over Democratic candidates by 46 percent to 44 percent.

Polls also indicate Republicans are more enthusiastic about the looming midterm elections. That means they are more likely to turn out to cast ballots for their preferred candidates.

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