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Zogby: Obama's Job Approval Rating Dips

By Jim Meyers   |   Tuesday, 24 Mar 2009 01:41 PM

President Barack Obama’s approval rating has dropped and less than half of voters surveyed rate his performance as good or excellent, a new Zogby Interactive poll reveals.

In the survey of more than 4,500 likely voters conducted from March 20 to March 23, 50 percent of respondents rated Obama’s job performance as fair or poor, 49 percent said it was good or excellent, and 1 percent were not sure.

The positive approval rating was down three percentage points from a survey completed on March 5.

Nearly 9 out of 10 Democrats graded Obama’s performance as good or excellent, but only 9 percent of Republicans felt that way.

Overall, 47 percent of respondents said the nation is headed in the wrong direction, and 45 percent felt it is headed in the right direction, up from 40 percent on March 5.

This table shows attitudes about the nation's direction from Zogby Interactive polls this year:

Is the nation headed in the right or wrong direction?

March 23

March 5

Jan. 26

Jan. 8

Right Direction





Wrong Direction





Not Sure





Obama fared better in two other recent polls. In a CBS survey, 64 percent of respondents said they approve of the job Obama is doing, and 65 percent of those polled in a Gallup survey gave Obama a positive job approval rating.

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