Second Recent Poll Shows President Barack Obama’s Approval Rating at New Low

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jun 22, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Second Recent Poll Shows President Barack Obama’s Approval Rating at New Low

by Steven Ertelt Editor
June 22
, 2009

Washington, DC ( — The second recent poll within a week is showing pro-abortion President Barack Obama’s approval rating at a new low since he took over the White House. Rasmussen has Obama’s approval rating dipping down and he also saw new lows in a recent survey conducted by the respected Gallup polling firm.

The Rasmussen Reports daily presidential tracking poll for Monday revels a very divided public assessment of Obama’s track record and his lowest showing what it calls a Presidential Approval Index rating.

The poll shows that 33 percent of Americans now strongly approve of Obama’s performance but that is offset by the 34 percent of Americans who strongly disapprove.

That gives Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of negative one as the rating tracks how Americans with the most intense feelings one way or the other feel about Obama’s job approval.

Overall, 54% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the President’s performance so far, according to the Rasmussen survey, while 45 percent disapprove.

Among those who are politically liberal, 64 percent strongly approve, 40 percent of moderates strongly approve while 61 percent of conservatives strongly disapprove.

The Rasmussen polling numbers over time show a clear progression from a president who enjoyed very strong approval ratings and relatively little disapproval to one who has more Americans strongly opposed to his track record than strongly approving it.

The new survey follows one from Gallup on Friday showing that Obama’s approval rating fell to 58 percent — a new low for Obama in the polling firm’s survey. He had previously received 59 percent on four different occasions.

Thirty-three percent of Americans now disapprove of the job Obama is doing as president, just one point shy of his record-high 34% disapproval score from early June.

The latest decline in Obama’s approval score, to 58%, results from a drop in approval among political independents as well as among Republicans. Democrats remain as highly supportive of the president as ever.

In the June 16-18 polling, Democrats’ approval of him stands at 92% — up slightly — whereas approval is down among both independents (by seven points) and Republicans (by four points).

With Republican approval now down to 21% and independent approval down to 53%, Obama’s overall job approval has dipped to a new low for his presidency.

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