Majority of Americans Now Disapprove of Pro-Abortion President Barack Obama
by Steven Ertelt
August 11, 2009
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — New polling data released today confirms a majority of Americans now disapprove of the job pro-abortion President Barack Obama is doing. The Rasmussen Reports daily presidential tracking poll finds 49 percent of voters approve of Obama’s performance while 50 percent disapprove.
The Rasmussen poll surveys 1,500 likely voters and has a three percent margin of error.
However, the trend for the poll clearly shows that, over time, Obama’s approval rating has steadily dropped from his high water mark in January to a 50-50 rating over the last couple of weeks.
Looking at what Rasmussen calls the Presidential Approval Index, which takes into account the voters with the most intense feelings, 37 percent of Americans strongly oppose Obama’s track record while just 30 percent strongly support it.
The survey has shown for over a month that the most passionate Americans oppose Obama rather than support him — a marked contrast from the hoopla that surrounded his presidential election victory.
Meanwhile, just 45 percent of Americans give Obama good or excellent marks on leadership, down three points from last month and down 19 points from when he took office in January.
Nearly one-third of voters (32%) see Obama as a poor leader, down two points from July. The percentage of voters who give the president a poor rating on leadership is double the level it was the week after his inauguration.
Slightly more women (48%) than men (44%) give the president positive marks on leadership.
Eighty-two percent (82%) of Democrats say the president is doing a good or excellent job, but 57% of Republicans rate his performance as poor. Voters not affiliated with either party are much more closely divided: 39% say good or excellent, while 35% say poor.
A Quinnipiac University poll this week, released on the eve of Obama’s 200th day in office, had Obama at 50 percent, with 42 percent of those polled disapproving.
Meanwhile, a new Gallup analysis of state-by-state approval rating numbers finds Obama getting the most support in the expected places. Washington, D.C., Hawaii and Vermont give Obama the highest ratings.
Maryland, Massachusetts, Connecticut and New York followed while Wyoming and Alaska gave him the lowest ratings.
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