Gallup: Obama Approval Rating Drops to 38 Percent for Independent Voters

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jul 7, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Gallup: Obama Approval Rating Drops to 38 Percent for Independent Voters

by Steven Ertelt Editor
July 7
, 2010

Washington, DC ( — A new Gallup poll shows just 38 percent of independent voters think pro-abortion President Barack Obama is doing a good job. Those figures don’t bode well for Obama and his pro-abortion Democratic allies heading into the 201 election season where pro-life Republicans are poised to pick up seats.

The 38 percent figure is the first time independent approval of Obama has dropped below 40% in a Gallup Daily tracking weekly aggregate.

Meanwhile, Obama maintains the support of 81% of Democrats, and his job approval among Republicans remains low, at 12%.

"Over the past year, Obama has lost support among all party groups, though the decline has been steeper among independents than among Republicans or Democrats. Today’s 38% approval rating among independents is 18 percentage points lower than the 56% found July 2009," Gallup noted.

During the same period, his support has fallen nine points among Democrats (from 90% to 81%) and eight points among Republicans (from 20% to 12%).

Overall, 46% of Americans approve of the job Obama is doing as president in the June 28-July 4 aggregate, one point above his lowest weekly average. Obama’s average weekly job approval rating has not been above 50% since February.

"Obama is not alone in facing a challenging second year in office — Bill Clinton (43%), Ronald Reagan (42%), and Jimmy Carter (40%) all were below the majority approval level in July of their second year. Of course, each of those presidents saw his party lose a substantial number of seats in that year’s midterm congressional elections, though both Reagan and Clinton recovered in time to win a second term as president," Gallup explained.

The Republican National Coalition for Life, which works to keep the GOP pro-life, noted the poll and said it is "good news for the pro-life movement as we seek to defeat abortion advocates and replace them with pro-life legislators in Washington."

"Pro-life Republican candidates should win in November with the support of independent voters," the group said.

"Although the pro-life movement as a whole supports pro-life candidates of either political party, with pro-abortion Democrats bringing a massive health care bill that funds abortions and preventing votes on pro-life amendments and legislation, electing Republicans provides the best hope for unborn children at this time," it concluded.


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