Gallup Poll Finds Barack Obama Approval Rating Hitting New Low at 47 Percent

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Dec 7, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Gallup Poll Finds Barack Obama Approval Rating Hitting New Low at 47 Percent

by Steven Ertelt Editor
December 7
, 2009

Washington, DC ( — The Gallup daily presidential tracking poll today found President Barack Obama hitting a new low, with just 47 percent of Americans saying that approve of his job performance. A new high of 46 percent of Americans now say they disapprove of Obama’s actions since taking over the White House.

Obama suffered a net four percentage point loss of support — a noticeably sharp decline for a tracking poll that normally doesn’t move either way more than one or two percent.

The poll comes after Obama spent the weekend pushing members of the Senate to support the government-run health care plan, which currently funds abortions and opens the door to mandating that insurance plans pay for abortions.

Although the Gallup poll shows Obama with a positive approval rating of one percent, the poll is conducted of adults nationwide.

When examining the views of likely voters, polling data shows Obama at a negative approval rating among all Americans — with significantly lower marks from both Republicans and independents.

The Rasmussen Reports daily presidential tracking poll shows 49% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of Obama’s performance while 50 percent disapprove.

Looking at the approval numbers only of voters who show the most passionate views for or against Obama’s performance, Rasmussen finds Americans much more opposed than supportive.

Just 27 percent of voters strongly approve of Obama’s job to this point while 38 percent strongly disapprove.

"It is important to remember that the Rasmussen Reports job approval ratings are based upon a sample of likely voters. Some other firms base their approval ratings on samples of all adults. President Obama’s numbers are always several points higher in a poll of adults rather than likely voters," pollster Scott Rasmussen explains.

According to Real Clear Politics, an average of the last seven national polls finds a collective 49 percent approval rating for Obama and a 45.1 percent disapproval rating.

The average includes the Rasmussen and Gallup surveys along with those of CNN, USA Today, Fox News, and CBS News.

Fox found a 46-46 percent approval rating, USA Today had Obama’s approval at 50 to 44 percent, CNN showed Obama down at 48-50 percent, and a seventh poll from the Democracy Corps polling firm, run by Democrats, with Obama up 50-44 percent.
Only the Gallup, Rasmussen and CNN polls were conducted in December and they show Obama at 48 percent when combined and a 48.7 percent disapproval rating.

Rasmusssen also finds a majority of Americans oppose the pro-abortion Congressional health care plans while just 41 percent favor it and only 23 percent strongly favor it.

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