Pro-Abortion President Barack Obama Hits New Low, Just 47 Percent Approval
by Steven Ertelt
August 13, 2009
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — President Barack Obama has hit a new low in his approval ratings as a new Rasmussen Reports poll released today shows just 47 percent of the public now approves of the job he is doing. Obama first fell to 50 percent support a couple of weeks ago and now the public disapproves 52-47 percent.
Overall, 47% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the President’s performance, which is the lowest level Rasmussen has recorded since Obama took over the White House in January.
The new survey shows 77 percent of Republicans disapprove along with 65% of independent voters not affiliated with either party. Seventy-eight percent of Democrats still approve of Obama’s performance in office.
A slim majority of women, 51 percent, give Obama their approval while a bigger majority of men, 56 percent, disapprove.
Rasmussen also measures public opinion on the president using what it calls a President Approval Index, which shows the feelings of those who most strongly support or disapprove of Obama.
The poll finds 29% of the nation’s voters strongly approve of Obama’s performance but 37 percent strongly disapprove, a negative eight percent index.
The index is important because it measures the intensity of voter’s feelings which could easily translate into votes at the ballot box or grassroots involvement in key debates and issues such as abortion and health care.
A new Marist University poll released yesterday shows better numbers for Obama but it relies on registered voters instead of likely voters.
The Marist poll shows 55 percent approve of the job President Barack Obama is doing in office while 35% say they disapprove.
However, Obama’s on a slippery slope with Independent voters as the survey found 47% of Independents nationwide say they approve of the job the president is doing while 37% disapprove.
This is the first time Obama has lost a majority of Independents since taking office, according to the Marist survey.
Marist found 90 percent of Democrats support Obama while 71 percent of Republicans disapprove of his job performance.
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