The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows that 24 percent of the nation's voters strongly approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. But almost 45 percent strongly disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of minus 20.
Overall, 42 percent of voters say they approve of the president's performanceat least somewhat . That’s his lowest level of approval yet, while 57 percent now disapprove.
Almost 50 percent of Democrats strongly approve, while 75 percent of Republicans strongly disapprove. Among those not affiliated with either major party, 12 percent strongly approve, and 52 percent strongly disapprove.
These results are based upon nightly telephone interviews and reported on a three-day rolling average basis. As a result, the results are based almost entirely on interviews conducted before the president’s speech to the nation on the BP oil spill. The impact of the president’s speech will be seen over the next several days.
Heading into the speech, 30 percent of voters gave President Obama good or excellent marks for handling the oil spill, while 45 percent said he was doing a poor job. Almost 60 percent still favor offshore oil drilling.
On another topic, 53 percent continue to believe that the bailout of General Motors and Chrysler was a bad idea.
The Presidential Approval Index is calculated by subtracting the number who strongly disapprove from the number who strongly approve.
The president’s approval rating has held steady in the 46 percent to 47 percent range for six months, and it remains to be seen whether this new low is merely statistical noise or the start of a lasting change.
The Rasmussen Reports Media Meter shows that media coverage of President Obama has been 41 percent positive over the past week. Since the passage of the healthcare law, coverage has ranged from a high of 60 percent positive to a low of 39 percent positive.
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