President Barack Obama’s approval rating among liberals has plunged to an all-time low — just 70 percent, according to the latest Gallup Poll.
The survey was conducted last week, from Nov. 29 to Dec. 5, as Obama began negotiations with Republicans that ultimately led to his capitulation to GOP demands to extend the Bush tax cuts for all Americans.
Also last week, Obama called for a freeze on pay for civilian government workers, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that the national unemployment rate had risen from 9.6 percent to 9.8 percent.
Obama’s approval rating among liberals peaked at 92 percent in the week of May 4-10, 2009, and stood at 78 percent as recently as the week ending Nov. 7, according to Gallup.
In the new poll, 52 percent of moderates approve of Obama’s job performance, down from 54 percent the week before, as do just 27 percent of conservatives, although his rating among self-described “pure independents” rose to 36 percent from 31 percent the previous week.
Overall, 46 percent of respondents approve of Obama’s his job performance, and 46 percent disapprove.
“Americans remain largely dissatisfied with the state of the nation and more pessimistic than optimistic about the economy,” Gallup observed. “To the extent these attitudes remain negative, Obama may see his support erode.”
The political challenge for Obama “is to win back enough public support for re-election in 2012,” Gallup added, noting that Gerald Ford had a similar approval rating, 45 percent, before the 1976 election, and lost his bid for re-election.
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