Rasmussen: Only 22% Strongly Approve of Obama

Tuesday, 14 Jun 2011 03:37 PM

By Hiram Reisner

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The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows that 22 percent of the nation's voters strongly approve of the way Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Forty percent strongly disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of minus 18.

Overall, 46 percent of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the president's performance; 54 percent at least somewhat disapprove, Rasmussen says.

The Presidential Approval Index is calculated by subtracting the number who strongly disapprove from the number who strongly approve.

Meantime, Republicans hold a five-point lead over Democrats on the Generic Congressional Ballot for the week ending Sunday, June 12, according to Rasmussen Reports.

A national telephone survey finds that 43 percent of likely U.S. voters say they would choose  their district’s Republican congressional candidate, while 38 percent would vote for the Democrat. This is almost identical to findings for the previous two weeks.

The GOP has been consistently ahead on the Generic Ballot since June 2009, leading by as many as 12 points and as little as two.

In other polling, 36 percent give the president good or excellent marks for his handling of the situation in Libya, according to Rasmussen, down five points from a month ago. 

Just 26 percent think we should continue U.S. military action in that country.

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