NYT/CBS Poll: Obama's Approval Rate Tumbling

Monday, 12 Mar 2012 09:31 PM

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President Obama is heading into the November election on "treacherous" political ground, according to the latest New York Times/CBS poll.

The numbers indicate the President is not benefiting from better job numbers and signs of an improving economy, and instead, reports The Times, is suffering under rising gas prices, the possibility of an Israeli strike on Iran and the long pullout of Afghanistan.

The poll found that 47 percent of those asked disapprove of the job he is doing, while 41 percent of respondents approve of his job performance, "dangerous position for any incumbent seeking re-election," The Times said.

The poll highlights the precarious position the president finds himself in despite a topsy-turvy GOP race that remains unsettled, a help for a president heading into the general election. A month ago, Obama had reached the 50 percent approval rating in the same poll.

Obama's numbers improved once he was matched against a GOP candidate, however. In a hypothetical matchup against Mitt Romney, Obama had a 47 percent to 44 percent advantage, a statistical tie falling within the poll's margin of error of plus of minus 3 percent. Against Rick Santorum, Obama had a 48 to 44 percent advantage.

In the matchups, Obama also maintained advantages among important groups, including women, although he lost some support among women.



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