Half of U.S. Would Vote Against Obama Now

Friday, 15 Jan 2010 10:41 AM

By Dan Weil

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A new poll shows that if the next presidential election were held today, 50 percent of Americans would vote against Barack Obama.

That amount said they would definitely or probably vote for someone else, according to the Allstate/National Journal Heartland Monitor poll. The amount that would definitely vote against Obama totals 37 percent.

Only 39 percent said they would vote for him, and 23 percent would definitely do so.

As you might expect, Obama’s approval rating slumped to 47 percent in the poll, down from 61 percent in April.

Only 34 percent of respondents view the country as moving in the right direction, down from 47 percent in April. And 55 percent of those surveyed see the country moving in the wrong direction, up from 42 percent in April.

Clearly voters are upset with the Democrats’ healthcare reform effort, talk of higher taxes and the surge in unemployment to 10 percent.

Just 41 percent of Americans trust Obama more than Republicans in Congress, while 33 percent trust the Republicans more. That eight-point gap has plunged from 21 points in September.

And what policy areas concern voters the most? Of those who believe Obama has us headed in the wrong direction, 45 percent identify spending and government regulation as a top reason for their view.

Obama’s standing has slumped in other polls as well. According to the latest Fox News survey, his approval rating stands at just 50 percent, down from 65 percent a week after he took office.

That poll also indicated that less than half the country believes he's meeting expectations, and nearly two out of three respondents are dissatisfied with the country’s direction.

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