Voters in three critical swing states disapprove of the job President Barack Obama is doing by a total of nine percentage points, a new poll has found.
The Quinnipiac University Swing State Poll
conducted Feb. 5-15 of over 3,000 voters in Colorado, Iowa and Virginia found that the president gets negative job approval ratings of 43 percent to 52 percent in Colorado and Iowa, and 44 percent to 53 percent in Virginia.
"Events change and issues move on and off the front-burner, but President Barack Obama's job approval stays relatively the same — low. In the critical Swing States of Colorado, Iowa and Virginia the president's job approval rating is in the low to mid 40s," said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac Poll, in a statement.
"That's about where it has been for most of the last year."
The survey also found that voters want the next president to change direction from Obama's policies.
"By margins of 24 points or higher, voters say they want the next president to change direction and not follow President Obama's policies. Whether that desire for a new direction will hurt the eventual Democratic nominee in 2016, time will tell," Brown said.
At the same time, voters support by wide margins Obama's proposal to increase taxes on higher income earners
and reduce taxes on the middle class.
But by smaller margins voters in each state oppose the president's proposal to offer free tuition
for community college.
And Brown also pointed out that the poll found that the president is not getting much credit for improving the economy.
"One reason for this seems to be that while voters in all three states say their state economy is excellent or good, and many say their personal financial situation is improving, more think Obama's policies have hurt rather than helped the economy," Brown said in the statement.
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